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One of Tasmania’s most scenic short walks, the South Cape Bay walk, has been improved with track work worth $50,000 completed recently.

Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region manager Ashley Rushton said the South Cape Bay track from Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks and provides a taste of walking in the spectacular Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“Two years ago the staircase that provided beach access was destroyed in a storm. Following that, the track was re-routed to avoid the area until the steps could be replaced to provide safe access,” Ashley said.

“Parks and Wildlife Service staff and a track construction contractor John Hughes and team completed a 60 metre long staircase built of timber and stone at this site, which provides a fantastic view of South Cape Bay and access to the beach.

“The lower section of rock work was pinned to the bedrock with steel rods for additional strength as the area experiences large storm events and it is hoped that the use of rock will provide a long term solution to beach access.

Ashley said further improvements to the South Cape Bay track and nearby facilities, will be completed in coming months.

“Materials and tools have been airlift for the replacement of three small bridges along the walk into South Cape Bay from Cockle Creek. Materials have been delivered to upgrade the toilet at Lion Rock and for construction of a new toilet at the Granite Beach campsite.

“We acknowledge that there are track sections and facilities on the South Coast track requiring maintenance and we are committed to undertaking these as funds become available.”

South Cape Bay track improvements completed

The staircase providing access to the beach was washed away two years ago.

South Cape Bay track improvements completed

Stones on the lower section of the staircase have been pinnned to the bedrock for additional strength.

South Cape Bay track improvements completed

The new staircase is a combination of rock and timber.

South Cape Bay track improvements completed

South Cape Bay from the track.

South Cape Bay track improvements completed

A prefabricated roof was secured to the toilet at Lion Rock, providing improved privacy for users.