Southwest National Park

Popular Walks

Parent Regions

Medium
14.3 km return
6.5 hrs

Lake Judd Track

This walk starts at the car park off Scots Peak Dam Road. It is a reasonably flat walk through a forest and then across a lot of button grass swamps, which is hard going, but the views across the swamps to Mount Anne make it enjoyable. The track itself is reasonably well marked with a few sections that require a bit of navigational skills. The final section is uphill to get to Judd Lake, but not too difficult. At the lake there is a fairly large flat area for camping next to the lake.

Medium
16 km return
5 hrs

South Cape Bay Track

This is a 16km return walk from Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay. This walk is the most southerly day walk you can do in Australia! When you arrive at the rocky headland, you are looking south to Antarctica but it is still many kilometres south. About 4,000 kms in fact.

Hard
85 km one-way
7 days

South Coast Track

The 85km South Coast Track runs between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek. There are no roads to Melaleuca, so walkers must either fly, sail or walk in and out.

Most people take about 6 to 8 days to complete the South Coast Track, depending upon time spent enjoying the beaches. Walkers should note that the track surface may be rough and muddy over extended sections.

Boat Crossings
There is a water crossing that requires walkers to use small boats at New River Lagoon. Extreme caution is needed when making crossings, particularly in windy weather. You should carry a couple of days extra food to allow for delays.

Track conditions
When crossing the Ironbound Range, note in one day the track goes from sea level to 1000 m above sea level, and back down again. It’s a very full day. Start from the campsite right at the base of the Ironbounds. The South Cape Range is half as high as the Ironbound Range, but equally difficult. It's a rough and muddy track. Start from the nearest campsite and expect a full day. Note that there's no creeks for most of the Ironbound Range and the South Cape Range.

There is no reliable fresh water at the campsite at New River Lagoon crossing. Most other creeks marked on the map are big enough to be flowing even in the driest time of summer.

If you want to visit Osmiridium Beach, be aware that the turnoff is not obvious and many people walk past it. Look for a little path meeting the track.

At South Cape Bay, there’s no track down to South East Cape (the southernmost point of the continent.) There’s no point leaving the South Coast Track to reach it as it’s an impassable coastline. When walking along narrow or rocky beaches at high tide, beware of large wave swells.

Very Hard
53.2 km return
6 days

Western Arthur Ranges

Incredible Walk - Partial Traverse Length (exit via Kappa Moraine aka Moraine K)