South East Cape

The South East Cape is a cape located at the southernmost point of the main island of Tasmania, the southernmost state of Australia.[1] The cape is situated in the southern and south-eastern corner of the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, approximately 94 kilometres (58 mi) southwest of Hobart in Tasmania and about 65 kilometres (40 mi) east and a little south of the South West Cape.

South East Cape
1916 map of the south coast of Tasmania, showing South East Cape
1916 map of the south coast of Tasmania, showing South East Cape
South East Cape is located in Tasmania
South East Cape
South East Cape
Location of South East Cape in Tasmania
Coordinates: 43°38′37″S 146°49′39″E / 43.64361°S 146.82750°E / -43.64361; 146.82750Coordinates: 43°38′37″S 146°49′39″E / 43.64361°S 146.82750°E / -43.64361; 146.82750
LocationSouth Coast
Official nameTasmanian Wilderness
Criteriaiii, iv, vi, vii, viii, ix, x
Inscription1982 (6th Session)

Location and featuresEdit

South East Cape from South Cape Bay

South East Cape is the southernmost point of the mainland of Tasmania but not of the state of Tasmania. The Maatsuyker Islands and the Pedra Branca island group, just offshore, are also part of the state of Tasmania and lie further south than South East Cape. The state of Tasmania also includes Macquarie Island, which is about 1,600 km SE of South East Cape.

South East Cape is one of the five southernmost capes that can be rounded by Southern Ocean sailors.

The cape is also a reference point for sectors of the southern coastline of Tasmania.[2] Much sea traffic passes near it, and many ships and boats have been wrecked or grounded there.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "SOUTH-EAST CAPE — TASMANIA'S END". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 18 May 1945. p. 7. Retrieved 29 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Nash, Michael; Tasmania. Dept. of Lands, Parks and Wildlife (1988), A maritime archaeological survey of South East Tasmania: Cape Raoul to South East Cape, Department of Lands, Parks and Wildlife, ISBN 978-0-7246-2113-2
  3. ^ Tasmania. Navigation and Survey Authority (1995), Foundering of FV "Tasmanian Enterprise", South East Cape, on 13 April 1995, Navigation and Survey Authority of Tasmania, retrieved 29 June 2015

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