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Hobart to Cockle Creek: An Adventurous Itinerary

From Hobart, you can drive to the end of the southernmost road in Australia in just two hours. We reckon the journey is half the fun, so take your time!

Stop at attractions along the way and discover some real gems. Fly through the forest, disappear into an epic cave system, float in a thermal forest pool, or swim in pristine southern waters.

We’ve put together a little itinerary for your Cockle Creek adventure. Now, off to the paradise at the end of the road!

1. Hobart to Grove 

32km. 30 minutes

Take a short 30 minute trip down the Huon Highway, pull over at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for a quick refresh and bite. 

Take a tour through the Apple Museum and learn about the rise, fall and recovery of the once infamous ‘Apple Isle’ of Tasmania and the Huon Valley, which was at its heart. The self-guided tour takes around 20 minutes to complete, with many relics from the past and storyboards to guide you through.

Willie Smiths Apple Shed. Image Credit: @casualshadow
Willie Smiths Apple Shed. Image Credit: @casualshadow
Geeveston Visitor Centre
Geeveston Visitor Centre

2. Grove to Geeveston

30km. 30 minutes

Drive through the picturesque Huon Valley and stop off in the quaint town of Geeveston, which is featured in the TV series Rosehaven. 

Drop into the Visitor Information Centre and Gallery on the main street to collect brochures and flyers. 

Keep an eye out for the famous Misaki Sushi van, or drop into Harvest and Light for wine and cheese or the Old Bank for coffee and an incredible feed.

3. Geeveston to Tahune Adventures

30km. 35 minutes

Follow the picturesque Arve Road to Tahune AirWalk.

The famous Tahune AirWalk is an elevated walkway 30 metres above the forest floor, with the final cantilever section sitting at a height of 50 metres above the Huon River, with spectacular views to the confluence of the Huon and Picton and beyond to the peaks of the World Heritage Area. 

Tickets to Tahune AirWalk include access to all forest walks on site.

Tahune Airwalk, Huon Valley. Image Credit: @tahuneadventures
Tahune Airwalk, Huon Valley. Image Credit: @tahuneadventures
Hastings Caves © @grantvineyphotography
Hastings Caves © @grantvineyphotography

4. Tahune to Hastings Caves

75km. 1hr 20mins

Hastings Caves existed for millions of years before timber workers chanced upon them in 1917. Friendly and knowledgeable Parks and Wildlife guides run regular tours, and they are fascinating! Walking through the cave entrance and discovering a whole world underground is an unforgettable experience.

Above ground, enjoy a relaxing float in the naturally heated thermal pool in the forest or explore the walking tracks. There are BBQ facilities available, or you might like to bring a picnic.

5. Hastings Caves to Cockle Creek

26km. 40 minutes

From Hastings Caves, drive another forty minutes south until the road runs out. Woohoo, you’ve arrived at the southern edge of Australia! Next stop, Antarctica.

Find the giant bronze whale sculpture, climb aboard, and gaze longingly into the distance for real migrating whales. For a taste of history, walk to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station ruins (2hrs return).

Cockle Creek. Image Credit: @iansuat9
Cockle Creek. Image Credit: @iansuat9
South Cape Bay. Image Credit: @jamesalewin
South Cape Bay. Image Credit: @jamesalewin

The Southcoast Track

Cockle Creek also offers an entry point to the wild Southwest National Park (get your Parks Pass here). If you’re feeling adventurous, give the ruggedly handsome South Cape Bay Track a whirl (7.7 one way/4hrs return).

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