The South Coast Track in Tasmania, Australia, is understandably one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness walks. Our South Coast Track Tasmania tour commences in the World Heritage Area at Melaleuca and takes you 85km across rugged mountain ranges, coastal heathland and vast pristine beaches. There are no roads to Melaleuca, so hikers must fly in to begin the walk.
Depending on your timetable, we recommend taking between 8 – 9 days to complete the track. It covers some of the most untouched and remarkable wilderness found anywhere in Australia. You will need considerable planning, experience and equipment, and you should be familiar with Tasmania’s wilderness walking conditions before you start hiking Tasmania’s South Coast Track. It is recommended that the track is walked during the summer months, and our South Coast Track Tasmania tours are available from December to May only.
This is a guided tour only. You will need to carry all your own packs, tent, sleeping gear, food, cooking facilities and so on. The group leader also carries a satellite phone in case of any emergencies.
A recommended gear list can be obtained upon request. We supply an 80L back pack and a lightweight 2 person tent to sleep yourself and have room for your gear. If you wish to bring your own back pack and/or tent, make sure the back pack has sufficient capacity (75L or more), and make sure the tent is lightweight (around 2kg). This walk is not for the faint hearted!
To get a bird’s eye view of the walk, just click on the link below and you will get some idea of the terrain involved with hiking Tasmania’s South Coast Track!
Due to Melaleuca’s remote location, the beginning of the South Coast Track can only be accessed by plane. Par Avion offer light plane flights from just outside of Hobart at Cambridge. Pick up at Cockle Creek also can be arranged for travel return to Hobart by commuter bus.
Although the majority of the track is well constructed and easily navigated, there are some sections of difficulty (especially in relation to traversing mud). Our South Coast Track Tasmania guided walk is a wilderness experience, so all walkers must be fully self-sufficient and have suitable experience in the Tasmanian bush. There are no hut facilities between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek. Time requirements for the South Coast Track differ greatly depending on fitness levels and time spent relaxing.
The Southwest National Park is a fuel stove only area. Cooking fuels are not allowed on the flight to Melaleuca and must be purchased from Par Avion once at Melaleuca. Be sure to arrange this before taking off. Water is easily found on each day’s hike, but be sure to always carry enough in case of an emergency.
Want to go hiking on Tasmania’s South Coast Track? Wild Trek Tours can take you on a comprehensive South Coast Track Tasmania guided walk where you can take in everything this beautiful region has to offer.
The journey onto the South Coast Track begins with a view of the rugged Southwest wilderness from the window of your light plane trip to Melaleuca. From this introduction, you quickly get a sense of the areas remote nature. We will stay the night at Melaleuca where you can explore the Denny King museum, take a boardwalk stroll to the Melaleuca Inlet to Bathurst Harbour, look at the old tin mine remnants, view the endangered Orange Bellied Parrot nesting areas, and generally soak in the atmosphere of this remote wilderness.
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