Bush Walking/ Hiking – South Cape Bay

According to Wikipedia (the source of pretty much all human knowledge)… “The Ends of the Earth is a figurative expression based on the geographical reality of the most distant parts of the earth from whatever point may be treated as central”.

That’s kinda what I did today.

Kinda. If you have a very good imagination, and we stretch reality a bit.

Okay, a lot.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah… South Cape Bay. I was there today.

Why do I relate it to the Ends of the Earth?

Well, it’s a long shot, but it’s at the end of the southernmost road in Australia. When you get to the end of said road, you park your car, get out and start walking.

How far you walk is up to you, because there are a few walking tracks there. But the one I did was South Cape Bay. Did I already mention I was there today?

To get there: Drive from Hobart to a place called Cockle Creek.

It’s pretty easy; just drive south and follow the signs to Southport. Then keep going, and follow the signs to Cockle Creek.

Cockle Creek

^ In this picture there is a warning sign, and I’m not 100% sure what its warning about. I get the log trucks drawing… you have to be careful of those, they hide behind trees and often leap out to scare people. But what is the other thing on the sign? It looks like a sparrow picks up entire trees and drops them on unsuspecting motorists. Or it could be a dragon, I guess? I didn’t see any of whatever it is, so I’m pretty grateful.

Here’s a map I prepared earlier (thanks Google Maps…).

Map

Stop at Cockle Creek, park your car and start walking. You can drive no further.

 

As always, the Bat Ute may not be there when you arrive.

Bat Ute

(Oh, I started referring to my ute as the ‘Bat Ute’. Sounds great doesn’t it?)

 

Its only 118km from Hobart, but it is a 2 hour journey. There are unsealed roads you will need to traverse once you pass Southport. They are not bad roads and passable by two-wheel drive vehicles, but as always, drive with care.

 

The track itself is very easy to follow, and it is quite flat. There are no substantial hills at all. The steepest part is the stairs down to the beach (see below). You will still need to be careful where you put your feet, to avoid tree roots and rocks. There are substantial duck-boarded sections to make it even easier. The walk can be done without any hiking gear. I took gaiters and hiking poles and needed neither. You can even do it in Crocs.

Crocs

Yes, some people I saw today who were walking this track had Crocs on. I felt like pushing them off the cliffs.

But, anyway…

 

Once you get to South Cape Bay, the scenery is just amazing. You will walk out at the cliff tops and views abound. Be careful, as these cliffs while not big (baby cliffs, compared to others around the place), you still may fall to your doom if you slip and fall.

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You can walk down to the beach (and will need to if you are connecting up with another walk) via these handy stairs.

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It would have been good to have this sign on the way in to the cliffs, rather than the approach from the other side. But I guess as this track connects to the South Coast Track, its plausible that weary hikers coming the other way may need some warning of what lies ahead.

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There is even a broken surfboard.

I think the surfboard owner may have been eaten by Tasmanian Devils. This is just a guess, but its more probable than almost any other explanation.

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This is Lion Rock. It looks like a rock, that could be named after a lion.

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I ate my lunch while perched on this bit of wood. I am forever grateful to it, and immortalise it here.

 

The trail is about 15km (return), but I did about 17km over about 4 hours due to some exploring along the beach at the end bit.

I ran out of phone coverage (Telstra) about 2km in.

Here is a link to my Endomondo workout that will show you in a lot more details where I went, and how fast or slow I was.

Thanks for reading!

 

Pete

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