Tasmania small group walking holiday

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  • Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness – the South Coast Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness – the South Coast
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16 day expedition
(NZD5350 - USD3990 - CAD5090 - EUR3520 - GBP2980)


  • Traversing the entire southwest region of Tasmania.
  • Enjoy the challenge of trekking through dense rainforests,vast buttongrass plains, steep mountain ridges and exposed ranges.
  • Camping, swimming & trekking along isolated and pristine beaches along the South Coast Track


Grading:Challenging

2 professional wilderness guides15 nights camping15 breakfasts, 16 lunches & 15 dinners
Food drop provisions along the trackTransport by private minibusTent & inflatable sleeping mat
Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipmentEmergency communications & group first aid kit

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Our largest bushwalking expedition, 16 days of pure World Heritage Wilderness. Extending the South Coast Track by adding a 7 day challenging bushwalk to Melaleuca, which makes this trek unique. We trek through the heart of the southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area - from Scotts Peak Dam and Lake Pedder to Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey then on to Melaleuca.
We join the South Coast Track group before continuing for another 9 days trekking along Tasmania’s most remote wilderness coastline. The expedition creates one of the greatest wilderness experiences in Australia, traversing the entire southwest of Tasmania



Itinerary


Day 1:Hobart to Scott’s Peak Dam – Trek to Junction Creek
Following an early morning drive from Hobart we get ready to begin our walk from Scott’s Peak Dam and the green shelter of the Huon campsite. Leaving our transfer vehicle, we begin our journey south through small pockets of rainforest and button grass plains. The trail undulates over a series of ridges before we cross Junction Creek and a Phytophthora (root rot) wash down station. Our camp for the evening is located on a protected knoll close to here and Junction Creek.
Walking Distance 7Km
Walking Time 4 Hours

Day 2:Junction Creek to Crossing River via Mt. Hesperus
Today we are provided with great views of the western extreme of the Arthur Range. In good weather the optional side trip up Moraine Alpha (A) towards the high peak of Mt. Hesperus (1098m) is offered. Packs will be hidden behind glacial erratics and a scramble to the top will reward us with expansive views of the Frankland and White Monolith Ranges.
Returning to our packs, we continue to skirt along the western rim of the Arthurs. We trek through open country of Swamp Melaleuca and Buttongrass and climb through a broad saddle with the White Monolith Range to our west. Tonight we make camp at the southern side of the Crossing River.
Walking Distance 9Km + 6Km side-trip
Walking Time 5 Hours + 4 Hours side-trip

Day 3:Crossing River to Watershed Camp
Today’s trek takes us around imposing Mt. Robinson and along the vast Crossing Plains with its large water catchment. We traverse up to eight different creeks, which in wet weather can extend this days walking immensely. Small pockets of resilient south west rainforest are encountered and we arrive at camp approximately two hours after the last major creek crossing. Camp is spread between two sites with great towering rainforest dominating the immediate area to the west.
Walking Distance 11Km
Walking Time 5-8 Hours

Day 4:Watershed Camp to Spring River
Today is a long day with relatively easy trekking and expansive views along the course of the Spring River, Bakers Ridge and Mt. Braddon. A distinctly Tasmanian quartzite track leads us up onto the Lost World Plateau after negotiating several creeks. The phrase ‘being in the middle of nowhere’ definitely rings true here. The group may have to choose between two campsites depending on the level of the Spring River and if a safe crossing can be attempted.
Walking Distance 14Km
Walking Time 6-8 Hours

Day 5:Spring River to Joan Point or Farrell Point
Today commences by climbing on top of a spectacular ridge just after gaining the high peak of Border Hill. We continue along the ridge and descend steeply into Paper Bark Forest and into a deep rainforest gully. This gully harbours the densest and most biodiverse rainforest along the entire track.
Lunch is often enjoyed in this refuge of shade before climbing back up onto the exposed ridgeline, around Lindsay Hill exposing Mt. Rugby to our east. Depending upon the tidal update from our Tasmanian Expedition base and current weather conditions, the Bathurst Narrows are crossed late this afternoon in rowboats. If a crossing is not possible, we make camp at Farrel Point on the northern side of the Narrows.
Walking Distance 10Km
Walking Time 5-7 Hours

Day 6:Joan Point or Farrell Point to Melaleuca
After a relative sleep-in we begin our last days trek to the tiny post tin mining era outpost that is Melaleuca. Your guides may offer an excellent side trip down to the waters of Bathurst Harbour affording expansive views north and into the harbour. We walk into Melaleuca mid-afternoon and reflect on the journey behind us and the present beauty at hand!
Walking Distance 12Km
Walking Time 4-6 Hours

Day 7:Melaleuca Rest Day
After a hearty breakfast there is sufficient time to explore the historic mining and conservation surrounds of Melaleuca. Spend some time bird watching and catch a glimpse of the rare and endangered orange bellied parrot or walk up to the inlet and go for a swim.
Today is enjoyed lazing under the shade of our camp, enjoying a game of cricket on the remote airstrip and simply resting up for the South Coast Track ahead.

Day 8:Melaleuca to Point Eric (Cox's Bight)
Today we have a great opportunity for a sleep-in and a relaxing morning at Melaleuca. Further guests may be flying in from Hobart on this day to join the next section of our adventure.
We trek towards the Southern Ocean and arrive at Cox's Bight and Point Eric. On arrival at our water-front campsite we pitch our tents, collect drinking water and settle in with a hot drink and time for a game of beach cricket, a swim or just a wander along the beach before dinner.
Walking Distance 12km
Walking Time 4-5 hours

Day 9:Cox's Bight (Point Eric) to Louisa Creek
After breakfast and packing up camp we head out along the beach. Tides dictate this morning’s timing as we skirt around a rocky headland before climbing up onto Sedge and Melaleuca clad plains that draw us inland. There are a number of suitable lunch spots where the tannin stained fresh water trickles through the ancient quartzite hills. We have a short but steep climb and descent over Red Point Hills and enjoy wonderful panoramic views from the top – today’s high point. In the afternoon we make our muddy way toward Louisa Creek where, depending upon our timing, we may camp beneath the towering trees that border this beautiful watercourse.
Walking Distance 11km
Walking Time 5-7 hours

Day 10:Louisa Creek (Louisa Bay) to Louisa River
Today’s destination is Louisa River which flows close by the base of the impressive Ironbound Range. If timing and conditions are favourable we can enjoy a side trip to the stunning Louisa Bay. Here we can explore, swim and enjoy morning tea before continuing our journey towards the looming Ironbound Range. Our night’s camp is located in the wonderful eucalypt forest that lines the Louisa River. It is a stunning campsite that sets us up for the following day’s early start. The broad river is a favourite swimming spot if the afternoon is warm and a major obstacle after rainfall.
Walking Distance 6km
Walking Time 2 hours

Day 11:Louisa River to Little Deadman’s Beach via the Ironbounds
The mighty Ironbounds!!! Our high point is almost a thousand metres above where we start and finish today. Your guides will have breakfast ready in the predawn darkness and be busy to get the group on the track by sun-up. We climb up the exposed western slopes, over open ground and vegetation stunted by the prevailing westerlies. In fine weather there are plenty of great rest spots where the views are spectacular beneath us. From the top of the range we may be lucky enough to see the Eastern and Western Arthur Ranges including Federation Peak, through to Mount Anne and all the way to formidable South West Cape and Maatsuyker Island.
The broad top of the Ironbound Range commonly receives the harshest conditions known in Tassie and snowfalls, gale force winds and pelting sleet are never unexpected. This is a long and demanding day and the top is not even half way, the slippery and muddy descent is through a tangle of lush rainforest which in turn becomes thick Teatree bush as the last few kilometres follow the coastline to a very welcome sight – our campsite at Little Deadman’s Bay.
Walking Distance 13km
Walking Time 7-10 hours

Day 12:Rest Day at Little Deadman’s Bay
Today is the only full rest day on the tour and the only place along the track where an open fire is permitted. It’s a wonderful treat to sit by the glowing embers, read a book, play some cards and let your body relax and recover from the last few days’ activity. Your guides will spend some time today re-supplying from our nearby food-drop.

Day 13:Little Deadman’s Bay to Osmiridium Beach
Feeling refreshed, we look forward to tackling some of the track’s best mud holes, a challenging rowboat lagoon crossing and walking along the coast’s longest beach. We trek over broad sand dunes, wade across watercourses and climb over headlands letting no obstacles stand in our way!
There are a few campsite choices for tonight and your guide’s will decide where to stay based on the availability of fresh water, the fitness of the group members and their own personal favourite spots where they may know special sights and hidden points of interest.
Walking Distance 11Km
Walking Time 4-5 Hours

Day 14:Osmiridium Beach to Granite Beach
This is a favourite day for many people as we wander through wet sclerophyll forest from beach to beach. Today’s short distance means a leisurely lunch with time to wriggle your toes in the sand, swim in the ocean, search for Devonian Fossils, or just sit back and relax. A favourite lunch spot is Surprise Beach, which is just a short distance, if not a little steep, to our afternoons destination Granite Beach.
As we descend onto this bay our eyes are drawn out to the incredible fluted dolerite columns of South Cape. At the eastern end of the bay our campsite is perched above the cliffs beneath the tea tree and eucalypt canopy. Our water source here cascades off the cliffs onto the beach to make a wonderful, refreshing shower.
Walking Distance 10Km
Walking Time 4-5 Hours

Day 15:Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet
A big day in the hills – We get an early start to make our way over the South Cape Range to our final night’s camp at South Cape Rivulet. We begin with a lengthy climb through the moist forest to the day’s highpoint about 500m above sea level offering beautiful views back along the coast as far as South West Cape if we’re lucky and into the mountains of Pindar’s Peak, Mount LaPerouse and Mount Lilateah.
This is a deceptive day with our high point being the first of 7 hills that we climb and descend before stepping into the sand of South Cape Rivulet where we cross the sometimes deep, outlet of the lagoon to our campsite. This is a wonderful day of wet and dry forests, buttongrass plains, tea tree swamps and dazzling coastal views. The beach at our camp is one of the best along the South Coast for a swim and not many people pass through without enjoying one.
Walking Distance 8Km
Walking Time 6-8 Hours

Day 16:South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek
Today is a gentle end to an amazing trip. The morning has us strolling along a couple of picturesque beaches and then up over a headland. The top of the cliffs is a perfect place for a rest while the waves below crash at the base of our lookout.
Our 9 day trek concludes at Cockle Creek – this quiet blissful bay has a couple of holiday homes, an information shelter and a Tasmanian Expeditions bus & driver waiting to take the group to Hobart. We usually drop you at your accommodation in Hobart at approx 5pm & after a shower and some clean clothes it’s common for the group to get together, to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants. This is an astonishing trip that will truly stay with you for some time to come.
Walking Distance 11Km
Walking Time 3-4 Hours