South West Cape (Tasmania)

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South West Cape
Cape
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Region South West
Coordinates 43°34′12″S 146°01′48″E / 43.57000°S 146.03000°E / -43.57000; 146.03000Coordinates: 43°34′12″S 146°01′48″E / 43.57000°S 146.03000°E / -43.57000; 146.03000
Easiest access South Coast Track
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Name Tasmanian Wilderness
Year 1982 (#6)
Number 181
Region Oceania
Criteria Mixed
National park Southwest NP
South West Cape (Tasmania) is located in Tasmania
South West Cape (Tasmania)
Location of South West Cape in Tasmania

The South West Cape is a cape located at the south-west corner of Tasmania, Australia. The cape is situated in the south-western corner of the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) southwest of Hobart in Tasmania, and about 65 kilometres (40 mi) west and a little north of the South East Cape.

The cape is bound to the southeast and southwest by the Southern Ocean and is located south of Low Rocky Point and Point Hibbs.[1]

The South West Cape Range [2] provides a buffer between the cape and the inland wilderness area to the east and north, and the next range to the east is the Melaleuca Range. The high point of the southern end of the range, closest to the cape is Mount Karamu at 439 m. The mount is named after the USS steam ship which foundered off the cape in 1925 [3][4][5][6]

Wrecks and foundering of boats up to 500 kilometres (310 mi) away in distance, are usually referred to this cape as an identification point,[7][8] and mapping of the area usually uses the cape as a boundary between sections of the coast.[9][10]

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  1. ^ "South Coast Track". Parks & Wildlife Service. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmanian Government. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  2. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/127092/20120716-1147/anpsa.org.au/APOL23/sep01-5.html
  3. ^ "LOSS OF S.S. KARAMU.". The Daily Telegraph. XLV (216). Tasmania. 10 September 1925. p. 4. Retrieved 23 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "S.S. KARAMU HELD UP". The Daily Telegraph. XLV (201). Tasmania, Australia. 24 August 1925. p. 5. Retrieved 23 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "S.S. KARAMU.". The Advocate. Tasmania. 5 July 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 23 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "VESSEL'S PLIGHT". The Daily Telegraph. XLV (211). Tasmania. 4 September 1925. p. 5. Retrieved 23 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "LOSS OF A FRENCH BARQUE.". The Register. Adelaide. 22 July 1902. p. 5. Retrieved 22 June 2011 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ Australian Government (1973). "Court of Marine Inquiry". Foundering of the Motor Vessel Blythe Star off the South West Cape, Tasmania on 13 October 1973 (Transcript of proceedings). Melbourne: Commonwealth Reporting Service. 
  9. ^ Australian Government; Royal Australian Navy (2008). "Hydrographic Service". South West Cape to South East Cape, Tasmania. Wollongong, NSW: Australian Hydrographic Service. 
  10. ^ Australian Government; Royal Australian Navy (2008). "Hydrographic Service". Low Rocky Point to South West Cape, Tasmania. Wollongong, NSW: Australian Hydrographic Service.