Jan
14
2012

Cockle Creek: A bushwalker’s paradise

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If you drive as far south as possible in Tasmania you will reach the tiny seaside settlement of Cockle Creek, an ideal destination for the holiday maker looking to escape city life for a few days.

Situated at the edge of Southwest National Park it offers a number of fantastic walking options, each with its own scenic highlights.

At Recherche Bay you can stroll around the foreshore and among the quiet coves, before stopping to see the whale sculpture and reading about the region's whaling history at the informative sign.

From there you might wish to continue to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station Ruins – two of the town's most rewarding landmarks – and spend a relaxed afternoon enjoying the tranquillity of this beautiful corner of the world.

Travellers who love nothing more than to gaze across stunning landscape and coastlines from a high perch will be impressed by perfect views of Maatsuyker Island and the Southern Ocean found along the South East Cape walk.

This is a clearly-marked track suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and is just one of the many great bushwalks you can take in this area.

Cockle Creek is also home to fascinating Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, gravestones and ruins, while camping and fishing trips are a pleasant way to pass your time.

A visit to the southern tip of Tasmania is not complete without stopping by at this quaint town and exploring the nearby national park that is a World Heritage listed wilderness area.

You can reach Cockle Creek by driving two hours from the capital Hobart via Geeveston, making it a rewarding full daytrip for those with limited time on their itinerary.

Coves and Bays Near Cockle Creek

Cockle Creek Peace

Cockle Creek and the South Coast Walk

Bridge Across Cockle Creek

Whale Statue at Cockle Creek

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