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Plan B

  • Southwest National Park Moonlight Ridge Track Southwest, TAS, 7139 Australia (map)

Three weeks exploring parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area.

Explore the Southern Ranges including Precipitous Bluff, walk a section of the South Coast Track toward Melaleuca and camp at stunning wild beaches along the South West Cape Circuit.

This adventure will suit a small number of fit and experienced long distance hikers who know each other and get along well. Participants need excellent equipment, skills, knowledge and experience to undertake a three week pack hike in remote and challenging terrain.

The rewards include spending time connecting with this country, including great views from Precipitous Bluff, walking in the footsteps of shipwrecked sailors from the 1800’s and relaxing on some of the most pristine and isolated beaches anywhere.

There will be challenges too, with long sections of track resembling an endurance course. Expect deep sloppy mud, huge climbs and descents, deep water swims and row-boat crossings. The weather can turn from glorious sunshine to thumping rain in minutes and relentless wind can tear a poorly located shelter to pieces.

A mix of awesome natural beauty and grinding determination, this will be a truly memorable trip where you can anticipate walking over 200 kilometres.

A detailed itinerary is available. Here’s the overview:
21 Dec - Fly to Hobart, travel to Ida Bay, then commence a traverse of the Southern Ranges.
28 Dec - Wade the shore of New River Lagoon, then walk west on the South Coast Track to Melaleuca.
3 Jan - Start an anticlockwise walk on the South West Cape Circuit
12 Jan - Light plane - Leave Melaleuca for Hobart
13 Jan - Travel onward from Hobart.

To find out more and discuss this trip, send an email to Rick (

• Airfares to and from Hobart
• TAS Parks & Wildlife - park pass.
• Transport to trackhead.
• Light plane from Melaleuca to Hobart.
• Hobart accommodation (if required)

People investigating this trip plan should study the Chapman book South West Tasmania and purchase a copy of the map South Coast Walks by TasMap.

Event image by Nick Stacey

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at

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