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Hiking in West Coast
The route basically follows the west coast from Bathurst Harbour (Port Davey area) to Macquarie Harbour (Strahan). This is the southern half of the west coast of the state. This is wilderness walking par excellence. There are no ranger stations, no habitation and no marked walking tracks. The only signs of civilisation are the flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shore, some shipwrecks, a small lighthouse half way and some old overgrown vehicle tracks to the light (they now service the light by boat).
there is no track, the route is basically easy, keep the ocean to your left
and the scrub to your right. The coastline itself is extremely varied ranging
from sandy bays, stony shores, rugged rocky headlands and sections of sea
caves, which provide considerable difficulty in passing.
It is possible to visit the northern section of the coast from Cape Sorrell (Strahan) to Hibbs Lagoon as an easier 5 day walk. Most groups that do this allow 7 days and spend the extra time visiting Point Hibbs. Seaplanes can land on Hibbs Lagoon (the only place on the coast they can land) and provide a lift in or out from there to Strahan.
is very isolated walk. While it is difficult to determine exact numbers of
walkers, from the seaplane records it appears that about one party walks the
entire coastline about every second year. At least 2 to 3 groups walk the
shorter easy section from Cape Sorrell to Hibbs Lagoon each summer. Help cannot
be expected on this remote coastline - while fishing boats are often in the
area, they often stay well out to sea and are difficult to contact.