Cobler Rocks - Mount William - Bay of Fire
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This hike can be done the entire year. Anyhow, it's more fun on a sunny day to enjoy the picturesque fiery granite rocks on white sandy beaches and a blue sea. Best time for a perfect shot with these mesmerizing rocks is after midday. In addition, more rocks are visible and accessible at low tide. Due to the remote location and the gravel road at the southern end of the park we didn't meet any person. Tide times Bay of Fires
From November to March pleasant temperatures mostly above 20°C. In the winter, most days with single-digit temperatures. Most precipitation during winter, although the highest amount of rain occurs in November. The driest months are January to March. Anyhow, the eastern part of Tasmania experiences less rain. The wind can be pretty chilly even in the summer.
Due to the remote location and basic facilities at the campgrounds, it’s only crowded during Australian school holidays. We camped here in November 2016, and there was just one more tent.
The circular Cobler Rocks trail is 6 km long and usually takes 2 hours. The trail starts just outside at campground Stumpy No 4, and the trailhead is well marked. The first part leads over lush and green heathland with banksias to the beach at Cobler Rocks.
The walk back is the most beautiful part which passes lagoons and white beaches full of granite rocks covered with reddish-orange lichen. Although this part does not belong to the Bay of Fire, it is one of the most beautiful sceneries of vibrant orange color granite rocks the reason that we spent more than three hours on the trail.
Another highlight of the park is the “Forester Kangaroo Drive”. At dusk and dawn Tasmania’s only species of kangaroos, wombats with a darker fur, wallabies, pademelons, and echidnas can be spotted. At the campground, the wallabies and kangaroos are used to campers. They are curious and come relatively close even with their “Joey” in their pouch.
One hike goes to the summit of Mount William. This hike also starts close to Stumpy No 4 and takes around 5 hours.
Camping Stumpys Bay
There are five different campgrounds at the southern end of the National Park. The first one is called Top Camp and located at the top, but there is nothing special. The others are Stumpy No 1 to 4. The first one was a bit busier; the fourth has the best location for hiking plus a gas BBQ and picnic tables (marked on Google maps). The facilities are two basic pit toilets without any shower. There is no drinking water or power nor a shop nearby. Be self-sufficient and bring all food and enough water. Stumpy No 4 is located close to a lagoon the reason for a few mosquitos in the evening. Anyhow, we loved this campsite. It was utterly quiet and not busy.
It's a three hours’ drive from Launceston to the entrance of the park. Don’t visit the park in a rush there is too much to enjoy. We highly recommend staying a minimum of two nights.