South West Cape (Tasmania)

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South West 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
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 provides a buffer between the cape and the inland wilderness area to the east and north.

Wrecks and foundering of boats up to 500 kilometres (310 mi) away in distance, are usually referred to this cape as an identification point,[2][3] and mapping of the area usually uses the cape as a boundary between sections of the coast.[4][5]

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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. ^ "LOSS OF A FRENCH BARQUE.". The Register (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 22 July 1902. p. 5. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ 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). 
  4. ^ Australian Government; Royal Australian Navy (2008). "Hydrographic Service". South West Cape to South East Cape, Tasmania (Wollongong, NSW: Australian Hydrographic Service). 
  5. ^ Australian Government; Royal Australian Navy (2008). "Hydrographic Service". Low Rocky Point to South West Cape, Tasmania (Wollongong, NSW: Australian Hydrographic Service).