Trekking in Southwest National Park

Tasmania’s largest national park, this wild World Heritage area comprises more than 6000 square kilometres of wild rivers, jagged mountain ranges, buttongrass plains and thick forest. It is the home of two of the greatest long-distance treks in the country, the South Coast Track and the Port Davey Track. Both are incredibly isolated, will take about a week, and should only be undertaken by hardened bushwalkers. The two walks meet at Melaleuca, the main breeding ground of the extremely endangered orange-bellied parrot. Melaleuca is only accessible by plane or boat.

Several companies offer guided tours of these muddy tracks including Tasmanian Expeditions, but you need to carry all your gear. Other classic long-distance, strenuous treks in this national park include Federation Peak and the rugged Western Arthur Range.

Contact Info

PWS: (03) 6288 1283 (entrance via Maydena); (03) 6264 8460 (entrance via Cockle Creek)

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