Cockle Creek is the furthest point south that you can drive in Australia and the entry point to the South West National Park in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. The South Coast Track, one of Tasmania’s great bushwalks begins – or ends – here.
Sheltered among the tranquil cove of Recherche Bay, Cockle Creek has campsites and basic facilities but no shops or services.
A short stroll around the foreshore takes you to a whale sculpture and interpretation sign explaining the bay’s whaling history.
Continue to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station Ruins, or take the well-marked track to South East Cape for stunning views of the Southern Ocean and Maatsuyker Island.
French explorer, Bruni D’Entrecasteaux, sailed into Recherche Bay in 1792 on a botanical expedition. The remains of a garden planted by the French were found here in 2003, resulting in the creation of a reserve to protect the area.
Cockle Creek was named after the once abundant cockles, oysters and mussels found at its mouth as it enters the sea.
Cockle Creek is a two-hour drive south of Hobart (148 km) via Geeveston.