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Explore stunning hiking trails of Southwest National Park

Discover the diverse trails of Southwest National Park, Tasmania, offering hikes and walks for all skill levels and interests. Find your perfect adventure today.

Grade 3

South Cape Bay Walk (16km)

Explore Southwest National Park: Tasmania’s Rugged Wilderness

Southwest National Park, encompassing nearly 10% of Tasmania, is Australia’s largest and a jewel in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This vast wilderness boasts dramatic mountain ranges, windswept beaches, deep harbour and sprawling button grass plains. The park shelters unique plant and animal life, making it a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Explore the park on your terms. Choose from multi-day hikes like the challenging South Coast Track, or shorter walks that lead you to scenic lookouts or the rugged coastline. For an unforgettable experience, visit Cockle Creek, Australia’s southernmost accessible point by road. From here, a day walk to South Cape Bay offers a glimpse of the raw power of this wild landscape.

Carved by glaciers, the Gordon River Road winds through the park, providing access to vast lakes like Pedder and Gordon. Scenic drives along this route allow you to appreciate the park’s diverse landscapes.

If you’re looking for a true escape, consider flying into Melaleuca, a former mining settlement accessible only by air or a week-long hike.

Southwest National Park caters to all abilities. Whether you’re an experienced hiker seeking a multi-day trek or a casual visitor wanting a short stroll through the rainforest, you’ll find an adventure waiting for you.

Want to find the best trails in Southwest National Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? Trail Hiking Australia has the top trails for walking, hiking, running and more.