10 Day South Coast Track

10 Day South Coast Track - AdventuresThe south coast of Tasmania is, quite simply, awesome! Look south and feel the tingle of Antarctic air. Turn west into the roaring 40's wind and the next land mass is South America. The track follows Aboriginal trade and migration routes which were later utilised by ship wrecked European sea farers who found themselves washed ashore from the wild seas.

We fly into Melaleuca, once home to well known local tin miner Denny King and his family. From this remote, hand made airstrip the track leads eastward along wild beaches, crossing streams and rivers frequently swollen with torrential rainfall, and ascending several mountain ranges climbing well above sea level into alpine conditions – complete with snow if you're timing is such!

This is a challenging trek with some long days, big packs and trying conditions. Tasmanian Expeditions allow extra time so that we can kick off the boots, drop the packs and really experience what this place is all about. Our timing also allows for delays the elements throw at us – rising rivers, high tides, strong winds.

This is the hardest trip for your guides but, for the few that lead it, it's also their favorite. The South Coast is a stirring place and those who venture there come away inspired and enthused.

The day before departure:

Your group will meet in Hobart at 2pm. It is essential you attend this meeting with all of the clothing & equipment you will be taking on the tour with you. Your guides will conduct a trip briefing including a thorough gear check, distribution of food and equipment supplied by Tasmanian Expeditions and they will offer you packing assistance.

Your guides will also have any hire equipment you may have arranged to collect and they will inform you of departure times for the following morning. The meeting usually concludes by 5pm.

Day 1: Hobart to Cox's bite (Point Eric) Via Melaleuca

Walking Distance 12km Walking Time 3-4 hours

Our adventure begins early today as we are transferred to Cambridge Airport. The scenic flight into Melaleuca in the remote south western corner of Tasmania is a definite trip highlight. After a quick look around we begin walking to the coastline and today's destination, Point Eric.

On arrival at our water-front campsite we pitch our tents, collect drinking water and settle in with a hot drink and time for a game of beach cricket, a swim or just a wander along the beach before dinner.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Cox's bite (Point Eric) to Louisa Creek

Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 5-7 hours

After breakfast and packing up camp we head out along the beach. Tides dictate this morning's timing as we skirt around a rocky headland before climbing up onto Sedge and Melaleuca clad plains that draw us inland. There are a number of suitable lunch spots where the tannin stained fresh water trickles through the ancient quartzite hills.

We have a steep little climb and descent over Red Point Hills and enjoy wonderful panoramic views from the top – today's high point. In the afternoon we make our muddy way toward Louisa Creek where, depending upon our timing, we may camp beneath the towering trees that border this beautiful watercourse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Louisa Creek (Louisa Bay) to Louisa River

Walking Distance 6km Walking Time 2 hours

Today's destination is Louisa River which flows close by the base of the impressive Ironbound Range. If timing and conditions are favourable we can enjoy a side trip to the stunning Louisa Bay. Here we can explore, swim and enjoy morning tea before continuing our journey towards the looming Ironbound Range.

Our night's camp is located in the wonderful eucalypt forest that follows the Louisa River. It is a stunning campsite that sets us up for the following day's early start. The broad river is a favourite swimming spot if the afternoon is warm and a major obstacle after rainfall.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Louisa River to Little Deadman's Beach via the Ironbounds

Walking Distance 13km Walking Time 7-10 hours

The mighty Ironbounds!!! Our high point is almost a thousand metres above where we start and finish today. Your guides will have breakfast ready in the predawn darkness and be busy to get the group onthe track by sun-up.

We climb up the exposed western slopes, over open ground and vegetation stunted by the prevailing westerlies. In fine weather there are plenty of great rest spots where the views are spectacular beneath us.

From the top of the range we may be lucky enough to see the Eastern and Western Arthur Ranges including Federation Peak, through to Mount Anne and all the way to formidable South West Cape and Maatsuyker Island. The broad top of the Ironbound Range commonly receives the harshest conditions known in Tassie and snowfalls, gale force winds and pelting sleet arenever unexpected.

This is a long and demanding day and the top is not even half way, the slippery and muddy descent is through a tangle of lush rainforest which in turn becomes thick Teatree bush as the last few kilometres follow the coastline to a very welcome sight – our campsite at Little Deadman's Bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rest Day Little Deadman's Bay

Walking Distance 0km

Today is the only full rest day on the tour and the only place along the track where an open fire is permitted. It's a wonderful treat to sit by the glowing embers, read a book, play some cards and let your body relax & recover from the last few days' activity. Your guides will spend some time today re-supplying from the nearby food-drop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Little Deadman's Bay to Osmiridium Beach

Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 4-5 hours

Feeling refreshed, we look forward to tackling some of the track's best mud holes, a challenging rowboat lagoon crossing and walking along the coast's longest beach. We trek over broad sand dunes, wade across watercourses and climb over headlands letting no obstacles stand in our way!

There are a few campsite choices for tonight and your guides will decide where to call home based on the availability of fresh water, the form of group members and their own personal favourite spots where they may know special sights and hidden points of interest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Osmiridium Beach to Granite Beach

Walking Distance 10km Walking Time 4-5 hours

This is a favourite day for many people as we wander through wet sclerophyll forest from beach to beach. Today's short distance means a leisurely lunch with time to wriggle your toes in the sand, swim in the ocean, search for Devonian fossils, or just sit back and relax. A favourite lunch spot is Surprise Beach, absolutely gorgeous coast and just a short distance, if not a little steep, to our day's destination Granite Beach.

As we descend onto this bay our eyes are drawn out to the incredible fluted dolerite columns of South Cape. At the Eastern end of the bay our campsite is perched above the cliffs beneath the tea tree and eucalypt canopy. Our water source here cascades off the cliffs onto the beach to make a wonderful shower if you're brave.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet

Walking Distance 8km Walking Time 6-8 hours

A big day in the hills – We get an early start to make our way over the South Cape Range to our final night's camp at South Cape Rivulet. We begin with a lengthy climb through the moist forest to the day's highpoint about 500m above sea level offering beautiful views back along the coast as far as South West Cape if we're lucky and into the mountains of Pindar's Peak, Mount LaPerouse and Mount Lilateah.

This is a deceptive day with our high point being the first of 7 hills that we climb and descend before stepping into the sand of South Cape Rivulet where we cross the sometimes deep, outlet of the lagoon to our campsite. This is a wonderful day of wet and dry forests, buttongrass plains, tea tree swamps and dazzling coastal views. The beach at our camp is one of the best along the South Coast for a swim and not many people pass through without enjoying one.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek

Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 3-4 hours

Today is a gentle end to an amazing trip. The morning has us strolling along a couple of picturesque beaches and then up over a headland. The top of the cliffs is a perfect place for a breather while you gaze out over row upon row of incoming swell and the waves crashing at the base of our look out.

Our trek concludes at Cockle Creek – this quiet blissful bay has a couple of shacks, an information shelter and a Tasmanian Expeditions bus & driver waiting to take us to Hobart. We usually drop you at your accommodation in Hobart at approx 5pm & after a shower and some clean clothes it's common for the group to get together, to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

An astonishing trip that will truly stay with you for some time to come – at least until you get the ingrained mud off your legs!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Includes:

• Professional guides
• 8 nights camping
• All meals as specified
• Scenic flight to Melaleuca
• Return transport to Hobart by private minibus
• National Park fees
• Tent & inflatable sleeping mat
• Group camping equipment including all cooking and eating equipment
• Emergency communications & group first aid kit

NOTE: The following items are not included in the cost of the tour – travel to Launceston (airfares, Spirit of Tasmania etc), accommodation before and after the trip, items of a personal nature as listed in the gear checklist, car parking in Launceston, alcoholic beverages & travel insurance.

Departs

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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2022 - 2023 season. The 2022 - 2023 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023. The 2023 - 2024 season rates commence on the 1st April 2023.



Bookings

Due to the ongoing and evolving nature of Covid-19 restrictions and the unpredictable impact it is having on bookings we have temporarily ceased taking new reservations for this package. If you have a gift voucher that you would like to redeem please contact us and we will be happy to check availability.

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