239-South Coast Track, an introduction

Show notes

This is the first in a planned series of four podcast episodes in addition to a full trip review to be released over the coming weeks on my upcoming trip on the Tasmanian South Coast Track. In this episode we set the scene for my upcoming trip and provide some background on what I expect from this trip. We hope you enjoy.

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast and Episode introduction (time index 0:01:30)
  • The Facts (time index 0:02:19)
    • Trail logistics
      • Duration
        • Recommended and created as a 6-8 day walk, I am doing this walk in 5 days
      • Direction
        • West to East – why
          • Flying into Melaleuca
          • Transport back to Hobart by road
      •  Distance
        • Day by day distances (planned)
          • 23.9km
          • 18.6km
          • 18.4km
          • 12.2km
          • 11.4km
    • Cost (time index 0:05:59)
      • No trail fee
      • Park access fee $41.20 (as at December 2022)
      • Travel to by Melaleuca by light plane $328.25 (as at December 2022)
      • Return to Hobart from Cockle Creek by commercial transport $110.00 (as at December 2022)
    • Trail tread (time index 0:10:54)
      • Trail tread consists of a combination of natural trail, beach and rock walking, and occasional timber and constructed trail
      • Creek and river crossings
      • Oh and mud at times (potentially)
  • Facilities (time index 0:12:59)
    • Camp sites
      • The only huts are at Melaleuca
      • Cleared natural camp sites
      • Fuel stoves only – no fires
    • Water on trail
      • Rainwater tanks and natural sources
    • Mobile reception
      • Non existant
  • When to walk (time index 0:15:13)
    • Year round
    •  Temperature
      • Summer around 11-38°C
      • Winter around -3-11°C
      • Rainfall expected 250 days per year
  • Gear (time index 0:17:04)
    • 36-48 litre pack still to be determined
    • Two person tent
    • Stove and all food for six days
  • The scenery (time index 0:20:17)
    • Coastal
    • Heathland
  • Wildlife (time index 0:22:38)
    • Expect to see lots including snakes
  • How am I feeling going into this trip? (time index 0:23:46)
  • Gill and Tim’s wrap up (time index 0:25:08)


Close (time index 0:29:03)


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