Drive south to the very end of the road and you’ll reach Cockle Creek. Find the big bronze whale sculpture, then continue along the track to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station ruins (c. 1843). The trail is best done at low tide, as it follows beaches and rocky coastline (4 km / 2 hours return).
The rugged South Cape Bay Track (15 km / 4 hours return) departs from Cockle Creek. The track is the eastern end of the bucket-list South Coast Track to Port Davey, and offers a captivating look at the unspoiled southern coastline. Majestic Lion Rock is a highlight, as well as the wild, windswept bay itself with its impressive cliffs and powerful ocean swells.
The remote South Coast Track is a challenging walk for experienced, well-prepared hikers only (85 km / 7 days). The track runs between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek, so walkers must either fly, sail or walk in and out. Along the way, spend some time enjoying the remote beaches. At Melaleuca, the Needwonnee Walk (1.2 km) weaves through the moorland, forest, and edge of the lagoon. This living, changing experience features sculptural installations interpreting some of the stories of the Needwonnee people.