Cockle Creek feels worlds away, nestled on the pristine shores of Recherche Bay. This remote paradise is just a 2 hour drive south from Hobart, at the very end of Australia’s southern-most road. We’ve listed six things to do when you arrive.
1. Soak up the scenery
The end of the road sure is pretty! Forested hills stretch right down to tranquil coves and white sandy beaches, with sparkling turquoise water. Distant mountain peaks add to the remote and untouched vibe of this enchanting edge of the world. If you were searching for paradise, you might just have found it.
2. Play on the beach
Go for a wander, make some footsteps in the untouched sand, and comb the beach for treasure. If it’s warm enough (or you don’t feel the cold), go for a paddle in the clear, calm waters of Recherche Bay. In good weather, take the boat out and try your luck fishing. Alternatively, throw a beach towel down and settle in for the day with a good book—you might even have the whole place to yourself!
3. Delve into the area’s history
Cockle Creek is dotted with Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, old gravestones, and other ruins. Sealers and convicts were among the 2,000 early European settlers who lived in the area in the 19th century. Head out on the captivating walk to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station ruins (2 hrs return).
4. Watch out for whales
Whaling in the early 19th century had a devastating impact on whale populations, and there were four whaling stations at Cockle Creek alone. Thankfully, these majestic creatures have returned to our waters, passing through on their annual migration. If you’re really lucky, you might spot a migrating southern right whale out in the distance. Take the short walk to the big bronze whale sculpture at Adams Point.
5. Explore the Southwest National Park
If you like to walk on the wild side, step across the threshold into the Southwest National Park. From the Cockle Creek entrance, you can get a taste of the epic South Coast Track by tackling the South Cape Bay Track (4hrs/15.4km return). Witness the raw beauty of the rugged coastline, with its jagged cliffs and windswept beaches.
6. Set up camp
One you’ve had a taste of paradise, you probably won’t want to go back! The good news is, there’s a free campsite, so you can settle in for a few days. Basic facilities provided include toilets, cleared campsites, and tank water (untreated).
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