Tasmania’s Pristine South 2019 | Page 55 Tasmania’s Far South is where you will find the most southern point of not just Tasmania, but Australia. This is where the rugged southern mountains meet the wild Southern Ocean and where opportunities abound for outdoor adventure and discovery. This blend of bush and bay offers visitors many opportunities to be out in nature. Walk a deserted beach, fish for your dinner, go boating, catch a wave or simply enjoy the stillness and beauty of the surrounding forest or summit’s peak. THE SCENIC ROUTE Just south of Geeveston, the alternative Scenic Route (C638) from Surges Bay takes in some wonderful elevated views over the mouth of the Huon River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel, and includes a close up glimpse of salmon farm operations. You can even stop and take the walk up to Lake Esperance, Lake Osborne, Hartz Peak, Arve Falls and more. DOVER Heading further south, you enter picturesque Port Esperance with its three islands; Hope, Faith and Charity. Majestic Adamsons Peak provides a dramatic backdrop to the township of Dover, established in 1845, once a convict probation station, now a popular seaside destination and main service centre for the area. It’s a good idea to stock up with supplies here before heading further south. Dover foreshore has some easy walkways and barbecue shelter for picnics at the beach. Recreational fishing from the wharf is another popular pastime. SOUTHPORT The sheltered settlement of Southport skirts a bay that opens south-east, to the great Southern Ocean. Southport is a smaller community with a rich history, with residents who appreciate the beauty of the place as well as good recreational fishing and a sheltered port of call. COCKLE CREEK Cockle Creek enters the sea at the southern end of Recherche Bay and is Tasmania’s most southerly point accessed by road. Cockle Creek partly defines a boundary for the Southwest National Park and is a popular place for camping, both with locals and visitors. This is where you can start the moderate five-hour return walk to South Cape Bay, where you will reach the most southern bay of Australia. For the more adventurous, this can also be the start of the six to nine day walk from Cockle Creek to Melaleuca, over 85 kilometres. Far South Top and centre: Southport Lagoon - photography by Penny Walker. Bottom: Port Esperance - photography by Bianca Curran.