Southwest Wilderness Map

This map of the southwest wilderness of Tasmania will demonstrate just how remote and vast this area really is. It includes the Southwest National Park, Lake Pedder, the South Coast Track, Bathurst Harbour, Melaleuca, the Hartz Mountains, Geeveston and the Arve Valley, Federation Peak, Strathgordon, Lake Gordon, Cox Bight, New Harbour, New River Lagoon and Port Davey. It can easily be accessed by air from Hobart, either on day trips or one way for backpackers and hikers.

Things to Look for in Southwest Wilderness

Getting There

The southwest wilderness area of Tasmania is about as far from civilization as you can get. It’s the perfect getaway for anyone looking to immerse themselves in wilderness and be surrounded by natural beauty in the heart of the great outdoors.

A simple one hour plane flight takes you from Hobart to a point where the only access is by foot. If you are prepared to walk about 5 days in either directions on the South Coast Track, you will make it. There are no roads to Bathurst Harbour – you have to fly, walk, or go by sea.

Getting There by Road

The nearest you can get by road is at either Strathgordon in the north, or Cockle Creek in the south. To reach Strathgordon, head up the Derwent Valley and then follow the B61 past Mt. Field National Park and on into the wilds. To reach Cockle Creek, head south from Hobart and take the A6 through the Huon Valley, past Geeveston and to the end of the road. You will be able to take walks on the ends of the South Coast Track, but accommodation options are limited.

Bushwalker Drop-off and Pickup

Light planes can land at the airstrip at Melaleuca, near Bathurst Harbour. Bushwalkers can book one way or return flights.


There are a number of outdoor activities that one can enjoy here, depending on your preferences. Walking tracks, kayaking, camping, boating, witnessing wildlife, fishing…the list goes on and on. Pick your adventure depending on how long you’d like to stay and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer!

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