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A joyful meditation on the end of the world, taking refuge in Tasmania’s secluded and stunning environments, and drinking good whisky along the journey. Emerging at South Cape Bay, one of the most southern points in the inhabited world, take a moment to gaze out at the great nothingness before you. Perhaps this is where humanity ends and nature takes over.

Talk by First Dog on the Moon with music by Emily Sheppard.

Suggested walking location

Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay

Experience a taste of the wild south on this delightful​ extended walk. Leave from the southern-most ​road in Australia and walk through woodland and open bush till you reach the cliff above South Cape Bay. It’s a rare day when the wind isn’t howling and the surf roaring at this breath-taking place. Grade 3: Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. Click here for more information.

Photo credit: Andrew Wallace 

Meet the presenter

First Dog on the Moon

First Dog on the Moon is Australia’s only Walkley award-winning marsupial-based cartoonist and has done all sorts of things including books, radio, stage shows and a lot of lying down. 

Meet the musician

Emily Sheppard

Emily Sheppard explores the extremities of violin and viola playing. Written in the depths of caves, blackened forests and mountain summits, her music evokes landscapes, imagined and real. A haunting and emotive deep-listening experience. 



Feature image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Geoffrey Lea


Sci Art Walks is a project by Beaker Street Festival, an annual celebration of science and art in Hobart, Tasmania. The unusual circumstances of 2020 inspired us to innovate, and create something that would get people away from their screens and out into nature. You might say Sci Art Walks is a project for a pandemic. In times of uncertainty and anxiety, many of us find solace in our natural world. Creating these episodes was also a great opportunity to continue to facilitate collaborations between scientists and artists, and showcase some of the amazing talent and groundbreaking scientific research coming out of Tasmania.