Copper Cove – 5th September 2020
Note the change in date – Miranda found that she had an important commitment on the original date.
Spring is getting closer, and we can hope for some pleasant sunny weather to explore a secluded cove in the coastal Narawntapu National Park, just west of Badger Head, and within reasonable distance of both Launceston and North-west Tasmania.
The walk follows a coastal track around the headland from the western end of Badger’s Beach. The track is well formed, and mostly open and easy to follow, although a bit rough in places with some steep and roughish steps over undulating terrain. Overall climbing would be about 100 m each way with most of this in the first part getting up onto the headland and again after leaving Copper Cove to come back. The walk will take about 2 – 2½ hours each way and is about 10 km in total. It is rated easy and suitable for families including energetic smaller children, but not suitable for prams, bikes and wheelchairs.
At Copper Cove itself there is a nice beach and the Windred Creek outlet is worth exploring and could be fun for kids, so if it’s a nice day quite some time might be spent there.
Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Miranda Gracie, ph. 0458 175 703 to book in. The departure time is 8:00 am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston.
If you would like to arrange to meet the group elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and you should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N’ All walk.
To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, follow the West Tamar Highway through Riverside and continue to Beaconsfield (41km). Continue through Beaconsfield and take the left turn into Greens Beach Rd. towards the northern end of the town, and continue 7.5 km to Yorktown. Turn left into
Badger Head Rd. and continue 10 km to the car park at the end of the road. Allow about 1 hour for the drive from Launceston.
Please take note of the weather forecast on the day. Make sure you bring drinking water – we suggest 1 litre per person. Walkers are advised to wear sturdy boots or sneakers. You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing including gloves and beanies in case of sudden weather changes. The exposed headland can be cold and windy, especially at this time of the year.
You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing in case of sudden weather changes.
Follow this link for further information on clothing suggestions for exposed conditions.
Click this link for a more detailed discussion of Preparation, Food and Safety guidelines for Boots N’ All walks.
Map details and references:
For Copper Cove, 1:100000 map is Tamar (Tasmap 8215) and 1:25000 map is Green’s Beach (TasMap 4645) for the tip of Badger’s Head, and Port Sorell (Tasmap 4644) for other parts of the walk.
Short ref. n/a
Zone Easting Northing Latitude Longitude
55G -41.06.638 146.38.847
Three are no peakbagger points associated with this walk. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger’s Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.
For GPX (.gpx) and Google Earth (.kml) versions of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and “save target as” to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the “Last modified” at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).
When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.