Tasmania’s largest national park
The park, the largest in Tasmania, consists of more than 6,000 square kilometers of pristine wilderness.
Established in 1968, the park makes up the south west corner of Tasmania with the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Bathurst Harbour to the north and the Hartz Mountains National Park to the east.
Access to the park
There are two main access points to enter the park: Cockle Creek via the Huon Highway (south of Hobart) or via Strathgordon on the Gordon River Road to the Gordon Dam, to the north.
There are light aircraft flights to an airstrip at Melaleuca for those wishing to take part in the South Coast Track.
Apart from these access points there is no road system in the park and further access requires continuing on foot or through boat landing on the coast.
Scotts Peak in Lake Pedder
Central to the Southwest National Park is Lake Pedder which currently covers an area of some 240 square kilometers.
Just as with much of the Tasmanian Wilderness, the lake was original formed through glacier action, however, in 1972 with the building of a hydroelectric dam, the area of the original lake was flooded, reaching its current extent.
South Cape Bay
At the very southern end of the national park and in fact the island of Tasmania, is South Cape Bay.
The bay is truly a part of the Tasmanian wilderness, being subjected to almost constant winds and the wild seas of the Southern Ocean.
The bay can reached via a 4 hour return hike leaving from Cockle Creek. Some hiking experience recommended.