DISCOVER THE FAR SOUTH
The Far South – Dover, Southport, Cockle Creek Itinerary Ideas
Departing Hobart: Follow the Southern Outlet(A6) towards Kingston and follow the signs to Huonville, easy 30 minute drive.
Departing Huonville: Follow the scenic Huon Highway (A6) to Dover, leisurely 45 minute drive.
Take the drive south of Geeveston to the Far South region; you will drive through several small, picturesque rural settlements.
After leaving Geeveston you can either take the main highway A6 or an alternative coastal route into Dover, via the Esperance Coast Road C638. It is well worth the detour, providing some spectacular coastal views toward Bruny Island and the Channel, and gives a close up glimpse of salmon farm operations.
Esperance Coast Road route:
- Surveyors Bay has a lovely picnic area, BBQ area & toilet.
- Visit Huon Aquaculture for sales of fresh & smoked salmon available at the office Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm.
Main Highway A6 option:
- As you approach Dover you will pass St Imre Vineyard which is well worth a visit.
The deep bays where the fishing settlements of Dover and Southport are sited provided sheltered anchorages for the first European navigators find out more at the Dover Museum and Art Gallery.
- Bay view dining at the Dover RSL Club or café eateries in town.
- Fishing from the Dover wharf.
- It’s a good idea to stock up on supplies here before heading further south.
Dover Foreshore: BBQ facilities, boat ramp, fishing, kid’s play area, dog friendly area, river, beach, picnic tables, toilets and exercise station.
Take time to walk by the waterside in the township and sample the local hospitality including fresh seafood.
Head off to Southport (site of the first European settlement in the Huon) provides interesting walks to Bluff Beach and Southport Lagoon.
- Take your fishing gear and try your luck
- Picnic/camp at the Esperance picnic area
- Southport boasts the southernmost hotel in Australia “Southport Hotel” with great pub meals on offer.
Branch off the A6 onto the C635 (gravel road) and visit the Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs.
- Relax in the warm waters (28 degrees C) of the thermal pool
- Take a guided tour of the Newdegate dolomite cave system which is approximately 40 million years old and has many spectacular formations
- Walk in the forest or BBQ around the pool (there is a great BBQ hut with facilities for a log fire)
Head into Lune River and try fossicking at Lune River gem fields where everyone has a chance to find beautiful semi-precious stone. Lunaris Gemstones provides a terrific display and shop if you don’t have time to find your own gems
Experience the Ida Bay Railway, a unique Heritage listed railway which travels through beautiful bush land, button grass plains and along the banks of the Lune River Estuary and Ida Bay and terminates at Deep Hole with great beach walks and BBQ facilities.
After your return train ride, carry on to Cockle Creek which marks the end of the most southerly road in Australia. Enjoy the magnificent surroundings, clean air and pristine waters and beaches.
Cross the creek and enter the Southwest National Park (where you are required to possess a valid National Parks Pass)
- See the wonderful whale sculpture
- Walk out to Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station Ruins – moderate 1 ½ hour return. The walk starts from the bronze whale sculpture following along the coastline. On this walk you will discover past whaling practices, rock pools, the old pilot station and lighthouse.
- Try the walk over to South Cape Bay which is the beginning/end of the iconic South Coast Track (a 6/7 day walk along the magnificent south coast of Tasmania). The day walk to South Cape Bay takes about 4 hours return but the terrain is not too challenging and views are extremely rewarding.