Recherche Bay

Recherche Bay is located 121km southwest of Hobart and is the southernmost point accessible by road in Tasmania. The beachside reserve between Catamaran and Cockle Creek permits free camping in this beautiful and peaceful location.


The camping areas are spacious, most grassed and protected by bushlands. There are pit toilets and plenty of fireplaces along the reserve or you can make your own. Camping is restricted to 1 month which is more than enough time to lap up the scenery and serenity at this spot. Note the boat ramp is located at Catamaran and dogs are permitted at the camping reserve.

Cockle Creek lies on the border of Southwest National Park on a gorgeous bay. This is “The End of the Road”, literally and Australia’s southernmost street. Cockle Creek has significant whaling history which can be learnt by taking a 5 minute walk to the whaling sculpture. The Southern Right Whale marks the site of the first arrival of white men in 1792 when French scientists came ashore to study our foreign flora and fauna. This “lonely harbour at the world’s end” as they put it, is the end of the road before Antarctica. The aqua water and scenery here on the South East Cape Peninsula is stunning.


Along the end of the Huon Hwy heading south towards the bay are a couple of seaside fishing villages which also offer camping in peaceful locations.


Dover is situated on Port Esperance and enjoys this quiet and tranquil part of the state. The picturesque setting on the waterfront, boating and fishing are calling cards for the keen angler. Dover has a tourist park, basic shops and a café/restaurant serving dine in and takeaway food. Boat hire is available on the foreshore for the travelling fisherman without a vessel.

recherche-bay-southport Southport marks the end of the Huon Hwy in Tasmania’s far south. The coastal fishing village lies on a lovely beach with picturesque scenery in a serene setting. This is a quiet location attracting commercial and recreational fishermen alike. Explore the unsealed road to the west and appreciate views of the inlet and mountains. Southport has a caravan park, holiday shacks, tavern, public jetty and boat ramp.

The Recherche Bay area is so quiet and peaceful. This less frequented region is the perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days after making your way half way around the state.

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Destinations in Tasmania




Cradle Mountain



Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers

Freycinet National Park






Mt Field National Park


Port Arthur


Recherche Bay



St Helens



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