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Cockle Creek

Cockle Creek sits on beautiful Recherche Bay at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is the furthest point south that one can drive in Australia.

Once a settlement with over 2,000 residents, its rich history is found today in Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, gravestones and ruins.

These days it's a departure point for treks into the South West National Park with no shops or services, only a large campsite with plenty of nearby attractions and great walking tracks.

A simple stroll along the beach at Recherche Bay is enough to take in the peace, quiet and beauty of this remote place.

Continue to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station ruins and take the well-marked track to South East Cape for stunning cliff-top views of the Southern Ocean and Maatsuyker Island.

Cockle Creek and the wilderness beyond feels like the end of the world, and that's a very good thing.

Cockle Creek is a 2-hr drive (148 km) south of Hobart via Geeveston.

Local tips

  • Stroll along the foreshore to learn of the bay's whaling history