IT'S CLOSER TO THE ANTARCTIC THAN TO CAIRNS
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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On our last trip to Tasmania about 5 years ago, we were unable to camp or tackle the tracks at Cockle Creek because of inclement weather. This time, from Dover we were able to choose the day and weather to ensure a successful result.
Cockle Creek is the southern most point in Australia that you can drive to and the population is 3, according to an entry sign there- probably Park Rangers, although we only sighted 2.
The area was first inhabited by Aboriginals who had their first encounter with Europeans when French explorer D'Entrecasteaux entered the area in 1792 to conduct scientific research. The relationship with the aboriginals was at first respectful and friendly but by 1820 European expansion had pushed them out of their traditional lands and the government of the day was even forcing them on to islands where most of them perished. As in most of southern Tasmania, timber felling and mining was ripping through the landscape and whales were greedily pursued and overharvested.
The area became a National Park in 1992.
It was a stunningly beautiful day and we enjoyed the spectacular coastal scenery with the distant Southern Mountain Ranges in view from the first beach.
We cross three more beaches and negotiate some rocky sections before reaching our destination- Fishers Point.
Someone had built a heap of flotsam and jetson at Fishers Point and there were whitened skeletons and bones around the Point. could be birds or fish??
Apart from the rocky bits where you have to watch out for ankle injury this was an easy walk
We found this uninhabited area of beach on return to enjoy a sandwich and quiet moment.
Oh what a lovely place. At this time of the year there are a lot of campers enjoying this far away place; the facilities are minimal with toilets only and a rangers office. Nearest shop and fuel stop 30 kms away at Southport. It is the entrance to the wild and remote South West National Park where you can trek into wilderness so remote and spectacular that walking is your only way in.