South Cape Rivulet (bushwalking) Route Details

Route Description

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Summary

Bushwalk to South Cape Rivulet in the Tasmanian World Heritage Area

Hazards and warnings

Dangerous waves if using coastal shelf to negotiate past Lion Rock, there is a safer bypass over the headland

Detailed description

Easy track to South Cape Bay then beach and headland track to the rivulet

Narrative

Our plan to spend four days in the Walls was replaced with two days to South Cape Rivulet, simply because the north west was expecting rain for the last days.   The weather was absolutely ideal with clear skies and quite calm wind on both days.  Late in the afternoon a group of about 12 from a Cygnet school arrived  , but as we had the small campsite a little distant from the main one, our peace wasn't disturbed much at all.

Whilst most of the walk was very pleasant there is one aspect that is very much below par.  And that is the deplorable state of the track that bypasses Lion Rock.  I have been along this track over a number of years and have observed the gradual deterioration. Stretches that had once been heavily shaded but relatively dry, became soft and muddy over the years, but are now quite boggy and this  causing braiding  as people walk wide to avoid the bogs. The lengths of deteriorating sections has now increased as well.  After having walked the South Coast Track on four occasions over  my 40 years of walking throughout Tasmania, I feel that this part of the track is in many ways an indicator of the likely  state of similar parts of the South Coast Track.

The track is being promoted by the Tasmanian Government, through Parks and Wildlife and the Tourism authority.  This is evidenced by PWS web site and the PWS South Coast map and the Tasmanian Walking Tracks Strategy and Marketing Plan 1997 as well as wilderness tourism advertising.  There is no doubt that part of the reason for promotion is to bring bushwalkers to Tasmania to help boost the economy.  It is therefore an obligation of the Government and other promoters to ensure that the track is maintained to a reasonable standard.   If it wasn't promoted then there would have been less people using it over the years and the track would therefore not be as bad as it is currently.

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