Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October, 2023 - Cockle Creek to South Cape and Return
SOUTH COAST TRACK
42.2 km of supported freedom to Australia's far south
Compass Club South
Tasmania's South Coast Track will host it's sixth Compass Club event, a 42 and 21 kilometre out and back run to Australia's deepest south. 2023 will also include a 7km Fun Run on the program.
Competitors will encounter chilly winds, sprawling plains, rocky cliffs and lengthy boardwalks amongst some of Australia's most stunning landscapes.
The event starts with a traditional indigenous Welcome ceremony, in the carpark of the community centre in the serene Cockle Bay. Competitors will make their way down Cockle Creek Road and onto the South Coast Track. The track winds through thick forest, solid boardwalks and a cool, tranquil valley. After a narrow and thick final 500 metres, competitors will meet a burst of sunshine on top of a seaside cliff, marking your arrival at the South East Cape.
Your obligatory photograph at Australia's most southern point will be taken, then turn around and head back towards the finish line in Cockle Creek, thus completing your 42.2 kilometre marathon.
Cockle Creek experiences exceptionally high rainfall, humidity levels and numbers of cloudy days. It also experiences far below average daytime temperatures and overnight temperatures. Wind speed and numbers of clear days are below average.
The average temperatures in October for Cockle Creek are -
Low 7 degrees Celsius
High 18 degrees Celsius
HOW TO GET THERE
The Elements Running crew will be camping at Cockle Creek from Friday the 13th of October, and we encourage you all to camp with us. There will potentially be an air-conditioned mini bus leaving from Dover both mornings should you require to stay in the Huon Valley (dependant on numbers). More details will be provided on this option by request.
Cockle Creek is 148 km south of Hobart (2 hours drive). It can be reached by travelling along the Huon Highway (A6) through Geeveston. Take
the C635 past the Hastings Caves turn off, then follow the C636 rough gravel road through Lune River and Ida Bay to Cockle Creek.
Southport is the most southerly place to purchase petrol.
The Compass Club South event will start at the Community Centre on Cockle Creek Road, some 7km north of the start of the South Coast Track.
Given that October is mid-Spring and remaining darker in the morning, the 42km race will be underway by 7am. The later start time allows
competitors who camped time to freshen up, as well as allowing the bus leaving Hobart enough travel time.
Participants will run from the starters arch on Cockle Creek Road in a northern direction. Competitors will continue along Cockle Creek Road for approximately 5km, before turning around and heading south down Cockle Creek Road, around the Whale sculpture and onto the South Coast Track.
Competitors then take the South Coast Track from the walking trail car park, and travel approximately a further 7.5 kilometres to South Cape Bay,
having their photo taken at what is currently the most accessible southern most point of Australia. Runners will then turn back and do the reverse of the route just travelled, returning along Cockle Creek Road to the finish line and thus completing their 42 kilometre marathon.
Registrations for this event are now open. To register click on the Register Now button below.
The Compass Club Southern Edition will be staged in one of Australia's most remote locations.
The event provides full support for all runners and support and pacing runners, including support and refreshment stations, and full access to
The standard fee for the The Compass Club South 7km Fun Run is $25AUD, which includes a medal and buff.
The Early Bird entry fee for The Compass Club South 21km is $70AUD and for 42km is $110AUD, which is available until midnight on July 31, 2023.
The standard entry fee for The Compass Club South 21km is $85AUD and for 42km is $140 AUD, which is available till 5pm Friday Octopber 13 and inclusive of -
Event staff and medical support throughout the entire event
Support stations at start/finish line, Cockle Creek Rangers Station, South Cape Beach and South Cape Rivulet
Finishers line arena facilities including massage tent (potentially) and refreshments
Air-conditioned bus couriering runners back to their accommodation in Dover/Southport (potentially - dependant on interest)
Unique Finishers Medallions
Tasmanian Parks Day Pass
Limited edition Compass Club South event shirt and buff, and photograph of you at the Southern most point of Australia
If for any reason, a runner needs to cancel their registration, a 75% refund will be provided if event organisers are notified in writing more then
30 days from the start of the event. If a runners needs to cancel their registration within 30 days of event commencement, then a 50% refund will be provided. If a runner cancels within 7 days of the event, then no refund will be issued.
Every competitor will be required to enter their Finisher's Shirt size when registering for this event.