Most people (the vast majority) start at Melaleuca in the state’s south west – this means you need to fly in from Hobart.
The reason most people start at Melaleuca is that you fly in and walk out. If you start at Cockle Creek and fly out from Melaleuca you can be delayed by all sorts of things (mostly heavy rain making creeks impassable) and not be at the airstrip when you need to be.
Par Avion – Specialists in Bushwalking Flights
Located at Cambridge Airport – about 15 kms out of the middle of Hobart, Par Avion flights depart every day from early morning until late afternoon, at times on request – please contact them for full info.
You can park your car for free at Cambridge Airport.
Par Avion flights to Melaleuca feature:
- perfectly convenient – times to suit you
- experienced – they do these flights all day, every day
- operate a twin engine aircraft service to Melaleuca, giving an extra level of safety.
The guys at Par Avion have gas for your stove (of every variety) stored at Melaleuca, so all you need to do is let the pilot know how much you need, pay before you jump on the plane and the pilot will give you the gas once you land.
Open 7 Days Per Week
Contact Par Avion 7 days a week on:
Phone: (03) 6248 5390
National Park Pass
Parks and Wildlife Services Tasmania requires that you have a National Park Pass before entering a National Park (i.e. before flying to Melaleuca).
National Park Passes are available from Par Avion for $30.
Starting/Finishing At Cockle Creek
Cockle Creek is 148 kms out of the middle of Hobart (about 2 hours drive)
If you’re starting at Cockle Creek in the state’s south then simply follow the Huon Highway out of Hobart (head out of the city up Davey St to get onto the Huon Hwy), onto Lune River Road that becomes South Cape Road and then that becomes Cockle Creek Road.
Transport To/From Cockle Creek
(Thanks Lincoln & Craig for the updated info January 2016):
Phone Gilbert on: 0429 982 006 (there’s a public phone at Cockle Creek if you need it).
Gilbert will take up to 7 backpackers with packs.
- Cockle Creek to Geeveston to connect with Tassie Link $200 per vehicle (up to 7 people)
- Cockle Creek to Hobart $400 per vehicle (up to 7 people)
- Cockle Creek to Hobart Airport $430 per vehicle (up to 7 people)
Clients need to contact to make a booking. Gilbert will only pickup after clients have arrived at Cockle Creek and called Dover Taxico to tell him they are there waiting.
85% of time Gilbert is just 1 hour away from when you call.
If you get Gilbert to drop you at Geeveston for the Tassie Link bus, the bus to Hobart is $22 per person (as at Jan 4, 2016).