Copper Cove -3rd December 2022
We were going to visit Copper Cove in September, but a forecast for severe weather forced us to cancel – just as well, because it poured in that region!
The new date means you can make this the first walk of the summer! While the weather can still be variable at this time of year, hopefully, we will have a warm sunny day 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, Grace Hillman, ph. 0490 840 866 to book in. The departure time is 8:30 am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. If meeting at Badger Beach carpark, arrive about 9:30 am.
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. Do NOT turn into C741 but continue just under 1 km, then turn left into Badger Head Rd. C721 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, even at this time of the year.
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.
GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version 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).