Getting there & around
The most popular way to tackle the South Coast Track is to fly into Melaleuca and walk out to Cockle Creek. Par Avion (1800 144 460, 03-6248 5390; www.paravion.com.au) and Tasair (1800 062 900, 03-6248 5088; www.tasair.com.au) fly between Hobart and Melaleuca for $155 and $176 one way respectively.
For those who like their creature comforts, there is a soft option – scenic flights from Hobart over the southwest, with time spent on the ground. Par Avion’s speciality is a four-hour ‘Heritage Tour’ (adult/child $170/136), passing the big peaks and surf-ravaged south coast, along with a boat trip on Bathurst Harbour. Full-day trips cost $275/220. Tasair’s offerings include a two-hour scenic flight with 30 minutes on the ground at Cox Bight or Melaleuca ($243 per person). Their 3½-hour option ($316) has 1½ hours at Melaleuca, and includes a gourmet hamper.
From December to March on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, TassieLink (1300 300 520; www.tassielink.com.au) runs buses from Hobart to Cockle Creek ($65, 3½ hours), returning to Hobart on the same days. In the same months TassieLink also runs from Hobart to Scotts Peak Rd at the end of the Port Davey Track ($73, four hours).