Right place for South Coast Track Information

by Brendon on March 31, 2014

Updated

31st March 2014

The warmer months are the best time to walk the South Coast Track.  So be like many others and grab a book, read all about it and get out there and enjoy Tasmania’s great wilderness.

Howdy and welcome to your information resource for the South Coast Track, one of Australia’s last great wilderness walks in Tasmania.

South Coast Track information

This 84 km walk between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek on Tasmania’s South Coast presents numerous challenges and many wonderful times for walkers.

My name is Brendon Sinclair and in January 2010 I completed the South Coast Track walk with my 2 sons – 17 and 15 – and brother-in-law.  He’s really old.  46.

Information On This Site

We’ve put together some information that we hope will be helpful to those people looking to complete the Walk.

The site contains:

Can Now Buy The Book Direct Off Us (And Save!)

Without question, the best book I found for the South Coast Track walk is John Chapman’s “South Coast Track“.

For just $16.94 you’ll get what is considered the bible by walkers walking the track – detailed track notes, useful maps and much more.

You can buy this book direct from us here and we’ll send it straight out.

The Usual Disclaimer: Don’t rely upon the information on this web site.  Whilst we try and provide accurate information, none of it comes with any warranties.  Obviously. ;o)

Cheers

Brendon

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

nick page February 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hi, Brendon,
I look forward to seeing the info and photos, learning about the track and inspiring me to get fit enough to walk it too.
cheers from Perth.
Nick

Phil and Ange February 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

G’day Brendon, Jack, Harry and Jack & Harry’s uncle
it was great spending time with ya’s on the track, especially loved the beers on day 3 and 4 … Oops, other people might read this and it would give them the wrong impression of the track, that there is a pub on day 3 and 4 or you can actually have the strength to carry beers.
Loved your photos, we will send you ours.
Phil and Ange

Cindy March 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Thank you Brendon for the site. Im just about to do the walk and what you have here has made it a lot easier to plan.

Brendon March 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

No worries Cindy.

I learnt a lot about the walk from other sites and photos and thought one big site with tons of info would be really useful for visitors.

Cheers

Brendon

AL Purdon April 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

Only 7 days. What was the rush? Getting from point A to B is such a small part of this walk as there is so much to see and experience along the way. 10 days should be minimum !

AL

Brendon April 2, 2010 at 11:04 am

Howdy Al

We actually planned for 10 days, but found 7 was just fine for us to do it comfortably and smell the roses along the way.

It is a great walk with so much to see and do.

Mark Ashton April 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Dear Brendon, looks like it was a very good decision to pass over the domain name to you .. well done .. top information for everyone to use for this great trek across the bottom of Tasmania ..!
Mark.

Brendon April 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Thanks Mark

Hope you’re well.

You wouldn’t believe it but I was just on the site looking at what I can do next to provide better information.
Can I use that great image you have? I’ll pop that on the front page and into the big rotating image section too if that’s okay.

And shoot through any links to your great photos and I’ll link over.

Cheers and thanks again.

Mark Ashton April 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Of course you can .. that Lion Rock picture has been published all over the place last year and is now available exclusive to your online visitors to http://www.southcoasttrack.com.au ..!
If you set up a dedicated RED BUBBLE photo album for the south coast track i will give you a couple more pics that you can sell .. like a form of contribution for the upkeep of your web site .. that way others might also want to do similar gratis/ sponsorship contributions? In any event let me know and I will take the Watermark off that Lion Rock picture.
Just a suggestion .. if you want to set up an annual working group to hit parts of the track each year (maintenance) .. let me know and maybe we can joint-venture with Parks & Wildlife?

Mark Ashton April 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

One other idea as well .. there are many people who want to walk this track but can’t get the planets lined up with their usual walking partners .. maybe some form of departure date idea could be worked into your web site that shows other people who is leaving and when and how many in that party .. (then they could communicate with each other via their own private emails) .. sort of like an introduction service?
It is NOT a good idea at anytime of the year to do this walk on your own (too much can go wrong very quickly with the weather, etc,.) and ideally should be done with a minimum of four in each party. You and your sons were very lucky with your week .. I have never been that lucky with major storm fronts seemingly coming out of nowhere and not much time to find a camp site and get bunkered down!
Your thoughts?

Amanda May 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Hi Brendon

Great site and very informative. Myself and four others walked the track in late March and felt that prospective (especially inexperienced) walkers should be aware that the walk is very strenuous (a great deal harder than any of us expected) and usually VERY muddy, particularly in bad weather. You obviously had very beautiful weather judging by your photos which show the views alot better than ours!

Amanda

Brendon May 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thanks Mark

Yep, that photo is a cracker.

I won’t go the selling/donation path as yet – but will keep it in mind for later.
And I won’t have any time for a working group in the next year or so – will review that one later.

And a good idea re adding a resource so people can add details. Will find a solution for that – a forum is often okay, but the amount of spam and hacking they attract generally make them a very time intensive solution.

Cheers

Brendon

Brendon May 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hi Amanda

Glad you found the site useful.

Yes, the walk is pretty tough and it would be really tough in bad weather. I’ll edit that site to push this point a little more.

Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers

Brendon

Brendon August 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Seem to be selling plenty of the South Coast Track books at the moment, with lots more visitors to the site.

Wouldn’t want to be there at the moment though (!) – August 17, 2010 – with reports of plenty of snow in Southern Tassie.

Guy February 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hi Brendon,

I did the track solo in January 2011 over 8 days. In preparation I did a lot of research on the area. I just wanted to say I found your website extremely informative…track notes, maps and guide book recommendations, packing suggestions…and led me on to other sources of information. Thanks!

The track was absolutely amazing and I’ll definitely be back.

Guy

Brendon February 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hi Guy

Thanks for the comment and thanks for the kind words about the site.
I tried to develop the site based on the info I went looking for and what I found most useful.

That was more practical stuff like the Gear list, photos of what we took, bit of info about us (i.e. when you see how unfit I am you get some confidence!).

Thanks again and hope to bump into on the track when we next do it.

Cheers

Brendon

Bernie April 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hey guys just came upon your web site, great stuff. I did the track solo mid Feb 2010 did it over 9 days with two days rest, what a great part of the world. I had one afternoon of rain the whole time over the 9 days, found parts of the track a real mental challenge on the mind because you have no one to chat to and encourage each other to keep moving. The reason for finding your page is that I am planning to do it again in the next year or two. I have bookmarked your site so I can come back to it, even tho it is not hard to find. I wish it was up and running when I was planning the walk than. One other idea as well for the site is to invite updates on the track from recent walkers who have just completed the track would be good if thats possible. Anyway keep up the great site and hope all goes well with it. May see you on the tracks somewhere around OZ. Cheers, Bernie

Brendon April 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Thanks Bernie

Glad you enjoyed the walk – it’s a beauty. I’ll be going back in January with my wife I think.

Thanks for the suggestion too re the updates. Will figure out a way to do it (forums tend to get spammed to death and they take a lot of work to keep clean).

Thanks again.

Cheers

Brendon

Steve McGuire May 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Hi Brendon

Loved your site thanks for the inspiration – just helpful to read about camp sites, water, steep places and how muddy. I am originally from Tassie now livin in Kalgoorlie so be great to catch up with Neil sometime if you could give me his surname or address – I have done the Overland track and trekked in Nepal and the Kokoda track so your boys are awesome doin the Kokoda like that !!! I want to do the Port Davey & South Coast together in Jan – Feb next year

Keep up the great website work

Steve

Brendon August 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Hi Steve

Sorry, didn’t see this comment. Neil left the Pit last year after about 20 years of driving trucks.

Enjoy the walk – sure you will!

Rosie House January 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Howdy Brendon!
I have enjoyed reading your very descriptive track notes for the south coast track. I am about to embark on ths adventure with my husband Tim. We’re leaving on the 5th of Jan 2012. I’m really looking forward to it! but the mud sounds a bit ordinary. Do you know anyone who has done the detour to Precipitous Bluff from Prion Beach recently and if so what’s it like? I will fill you in with a recent update on the track when and if we return
cheers Rosie House

Brendon January 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Hi Rosie

Thanks for the kind words.
Sorry, no help on the detour to Precipitous Bluff from Prion Beach. No one I’ve spoken to has mentioned it.

Hope you enjoy the walk and would love your comments when you get back.

Cheers

Brendon

Bernie February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Brendon
Just got back last Sun the 12th Jan from doing the South Coast track, over 7 days. Mate have to say the track has declined a bit over the 2 year period since I did it last, A lot of fallen trees over the track, and the mud is still there LOL. We had a very windy/wet day crossing the Ironbounds we estimated around 70 knot winds on top. And a wet trip down the other side. The mud was something else slowed us down a bit.
But in all had a great time, but in saying that it was good walking out on the last day. To ask would I do it a third time?? Ask me in a few more years LOL.
Cheers. Bernie

Adam October 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

Another great place for information on this walk, and many others, is the friendly community at http://www.bushwalk.com

South Coast track is a fantastic walk, but you do need to be prepared.

Leonie March 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Hi, just have to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed checking out your site – gave me some good chuckles. :) Will also use it if I end up doing the track like I’m considering!

Jackee April 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Hi Brendon,

Thanks for all the great information. My husband and I who are also in our 40′s are considering doing the track this Christmas (2013). I am a bit hesitant, but after reading your website I think it would be a great adventure. We’ve previously completed the Overland Track a couple of times and just love the Tasmanian landscape.

Cheers, Jackee

Martin June 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

Hi there,

A friend and I just got back from going the Track in late April / early May and I used your website extensively as a trip-planning resource beforehand. Thanks very much for maintaining it.

We chose to walk in and fly out, on advice of a friend (I planned in a couple of days contingency and got a food drop to Melaleuca to meet us).

Was pretty awesome, and very remote – we only saw 4 people until Melaleuca, despite walking contrary to normal flow. Not a lot of sand on the beaches compared to your photos, and the creeks were very full, so and we had some fun with deep crossings and ocean waves in creek mouths. Primary limitation was actually matching low tide times with the short daylight (~10.5 hours in May – winter must be a real challenge)

It was ‘interesting’ getting around Black Cliffs even at half tide. We also got delayed a day at South Cape Rivulet near the start, due to rain (I went in over my head with pack on; slipped off a rock while testing the creek).

Very memorable, and I’ll head back in Summer one year. The South West Cape circuit looks interesting, and so does Precipitous Bluff.

Jackee August 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

We have booked our flights to Hobart and are just starting to plan our itinerary for the South Coast Track between the 23rd and 30th December 2013. We were going to stick to the same camps as you guys did, but looking at the tide charts that may be difficult.
Did you plan your trip around tides?

Tim November 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

For readers planning a trip, I couldn’t find anything on the Tassielink site about the bus out of Cockle Creek but Evans departs Cockle Creek at midday Mon-Fri. $80 to Hobart. Last time I tried the website was offline. Their contact number is (03) 6297 1335.

Brendon November 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

Thanks for the comments everyone. I’m pretty sure I’ve responded via email to people as the comments come in. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone.

Cheers

Brendon

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