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Southwest National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located in the far south west of Tasmania is the aptly named Southwest National Park. A visit to Cockle Creek will take you to a wilderness heritage area, rimmed by spectacular mountain ranges. Once a busy whaling, coal mining and logging area, it now offers secluded beaches and a variety of spectacular walks.

There is an information booth at Cockle Creek. Activities vary from bushwalking, fishing, boating and other water activities. There are safe boat launch sites at several points around Recherche Bay.

Location: Only 2 hour drive from Hobart and accessible via the Huon Highway (A6), through Geeveston. Take the C635 past the Hastings Caves, turn off then follow the C636 gravel road through Lune River to Cockle Creek.
Don’t forget that the weather in the southwest is unpredictable and can change rapidly.

A variety of passes such as the daily, holiday and annual, can be purchased to visit all of the national parks in Tasmania. Contact the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service for more information.

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Parks and Wildlife Service - Southwest

Parks and Wildlife Service - Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs

Southwest National Park Attractions

Walks
A variety of walks, including short walks around Recherche Bay that takes in Creek Cemetery and D’Entrecasteaux Watering Place.
  • South Cape Bay
    — popular walk passes through forest, moorland and wildflower heath, reaching one the many beautiful beaches on the south coast. 4 hr return.
  • Cola Bluff-South Cape Rivulet
    — spectacular views of the south coast. 15-20 minute walk.
  • South Coast Track to Melaleuca
    — take the Cola Bluff towards South Cape Rivulet and then continue on, following the track to Melaleuca. This walk takes about 6 to 9 days.

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