Australia’s southern-most drive
The road that leads to Cockle Creek is the furthest south you can drive in Australia. When you get there, naturally you’ll come across the most southerly town in the country. Dotted with a few shacks, this seaside town is a popular camping destination for locals and is the end (or beginning) of the famous South Coast Track.
At one time, Cockle Creek was home to 2,000, but today is a sleepy camping destination with no services or shops. Left largely untouched, Cockle Creek sits on the shores of Recherche Bay with the Southwest National Park as its wild backyard.
There’s plenty of history to absorb down this way, from Aboriginal sites and abandoned tramways to whaling and visits from French explorer Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in the 1700s. A great way to take in the region is on foot. A walk of two hours return along the shoreline takes you to the lighthouse at Fishers Point and if you’d like a taste of the South Coast Track, head to South Cape Bay. This four hour return journey follows a section of the famous track and offers views across the vast Southern Ocean.
Allow about two hours to reach Cockle Creek from Hobart, via the town of Geeveston. If you are planning to camp at Cockle Creek be sure to bring all your own provisions as well as fuel or a gas stove. Once you’re here, you’ll have little more than the wild outdoors and what you’ve brought along. Enjoy the peace!
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