Walk the Tasman Peninsula
Remote, rugged and totally remarkable – the southeast of Tasmania has an undeniable allure. Jumping off from your base in historic Port Arthur, walk a section of the celebrated Three Capes Track and explore the scenery that surrounds it. From soaring, jagged cliffs to sand dunes and secluded bays, this corner of the island offers so much to the curious explorer. Trek to the serrated spires of Cape Raoul, pass by caves and blowholes on your way round Mt Brown, chill out on Crescent Beach and hike to the dramatic dolerite columns of Cape Hauy. Prepare for a matchless encounter with some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife.
This trip is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 1 passenger and maximum group size of 10.
Get ready for
- Hike Tasmania’s most magnificent Coastal scenery including Remarkable Cave, Maingon Blowhole, Mt Brown and the secluded Crescent Beach
- Stay in historic Port Arthur, the former penal colony with a wealth of stories
- Hike the jagged spires of Cape Raoul, with views of Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak, Mt Fortescue and the soaring cliffs of Cape Pillar
- Walk woodland & wildflowers and the dramatic dolerite columns of Cape Hauy
- In Hobart pay a visit to ‘Art Mob’, a fantastic gallery showcasing Aboriginal art from across Australia
On the trail
Underfoot the track is mostly wooden boardwalk, crushed stone or compact dirt paths, or stone steps. There is nothing technical about the track, however the walk out to The Blade at Cape Pillar involves climbing over narrow stone steps which can be a little harrowing for some, especially if there’s a strong southerly! The highest climb is Mt Fortescue at around 500m.
Welcome to Tasmania! Your walking adventure begins in Hobart. This morning’s meeting will take place at 9am at Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre in Hobart. Make sure you are on time for this important meeting, as the group will leave to grab lunch straight after and then depart for Port Arthur. If you can’t find a flight that arrives on time we recommend you book an additional night in Hobart prior to the start of the trip.
Meet your local leader and travel companions for a 9am welcome meeting and pick up something tasty to have later for lunch. Take a short walk to Art Mob, a fabulous gallery showcasing Aboriginal art from across Australia, then say goodbye to Hobart and make tracks for the historic village of Port Arthur. On arrival, learn more about Port Arthur’s history as a former penal colony on a guided tour of the historic site. Once the sun goes down, you’ll also have the option to uncover the village’s spooky past during an After Dark Tour.
There are no meals included on this day.
Optional: Port Arthur After Dark Tour (AUD35). Available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Your leader can assist you with bookings.
Fuel up for the day ahead with breakfast at your accommodation, then drive to the trailhead of the Cape Raoul track. Follow the trail away from the coast through heathland which eventually gives way to views of the show-stopping dolerite cliffs of the Tasman National Park. Walk along a plateau alive with yellow-flecked coastal scrub as glimpses of Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak, Mt Fortescue and the soaring cliffs of Cape Pillar are revealed to you. Finally, you’ll come upon the dramatic and jagged spires of Cape Raoul, an unusual and fascinating sight. Pause for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot along the track, then head back along the same path before returning to Port Arthur for an evening at leisure.
Meals: B, L
Jutting into the Tasman Sea, the dolerite columns and sea stacks of Cape Hauy are really something special. Head out to explore this unique landscape today, setting out after breakfast to the walking track’s trailhead. First walk through delightful woodland and heath, dotted with colourful wildflowers, then descend towards the cape along a steep set of stone steps. Stop en route for a picnic lunch and take the opportunity to admire your incredible surroundings. Continue along to Cape Hauy and feel like you’re on the edge of the earth as wild waves crash into the striking dolerite formations. Once you’ve had your fill of stunning scenery, return the way you came and head back to Port Arthur for an evening at leisure.
Meals: B, L
This morning it’s time to stretch your legs and head out on your final walk. Visit the aptly named Remarkable Cave which impresses with its sea-carved sandstone tunnels, then continue through sand dunes, past the Maingon Blowhole and along the coastline. Finish your walk by heading to the secluded and absolutely beautiful Crescent Bay. Return to Port Arthur and perhaps grab some lunch, then this afternoon, meet Tasmania’s most famous creatures at an “unzoo”, designed to give animals freedom while allowing people to observe them in their natural habitats. Watch fascinating Tasmanian devils go about their business and learn about their role on the island. Return to Hobart in the afternoon, arriving at around 5pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end.
Meals: B, L
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Route type: Day walks
Start: Port Arthur Historic Site
End: Port Arthur Historic Site
Location: Tasman Peninsula
Closest town: Port Arthur (Hobart 1.5 hours away)
Cape Raoul Peninsula and walking track
Cape Hauy Peninsula and Track,
Crescent Bay Tracka and Remarkable cave
- Guided walks with local leader
- 3 night’s at Port Arthur hotel (twin share room)
- Hobart – Art Mob Gallery
- Port Arthur Historic Site – Entry and tour
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches
- Return transfers from Hobart
- Private vehicle transfers each day
- National park eees
- Carbon offset for your trip
- 10% GST
- Accommodation in Hobart
- Any Dinners, Breakfast and lunch on day 1
- Optional activities, including ‘After Dark Tour’
Our essential information guides give you everything you need to know – and none of the information you don’t – to prepare well for one of these hikes. Though these were written for our Independent hikers they alos give a welath of background information useful for walkers guided trips also. We cover off all bookings required, transport and transfers with contacts, full equipment lists tailored to each walk, and safety factors to consider that can be unique to each track. We give you the information you need to know about water and where the best accommodation is before and after your trip, plus overviews of Aboriginal & European history and wildlife you can expect to encounter.
It saves countless hours of trawling through websites, guidebooks and forums to get to the essential information you need to know, so you don’t forget to factor in anything for your adventure.
Need to Know
This trip is operated by our partner Intrepid Travel & their supplier. Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.
1. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 9am on Day 1 in Hobart. This trip ends on Day 4, arriving in Hobart at around 5pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. This walk is not the same as the Parks & Wildlife Service’s Three Capes Track package.
Please see here for the most up to date COVID-19 information about travelling to and within Tasmania, including any current border
Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers’ belongings.
While the walking is relatively moderate and suitable for families, there are some narrow, rocky ledges to negotiate as well as short up and down bursts and reasonably long days walking so a certain level of fitness and agility is still required. The path itself consists of wooden boardwalks, level gravel paths and stone steps.
The warmer months are more popular, but the offseason provides some definite bonuses for the adventurous. Make no mistake, however, you will be about as far south as you can get before you reach Antarctica — so expect to get chilly, or downright cold, at some stage of your walk, no matter what the season.
Weather conditions on the Three Capes Track can be changeable and unpredictable throughout the year. Come prepared (and expecting sun, pelting rain, howling wind and even snow) and you will enjoy it. Remember a coastal environment = cooler temperatures so be prepared for chilly nights with an insulated sleeping bag. You need to be fully equipped to withstand very cold and wet weather with extreme wind chill in exposed areas. Wearing gaiters does help to protect your feet and boots against heavy rain.
On the plus side, because the Three Capes Track has water on three sides, it means a maritime climate that provides moderate temperatures compared to other parts of Tasmania and so Winter walking is possible and not a bad option. Daytime maximum temperatures average 16-19°C in summer and 10-12°C in winter.
Social and environmental
All our adventures are fully carbon offset so that you know your travel has minimal impacts. Hiking itself is a low impact activity but we offset the cost of all our office operations and food production as well, so you can be satisfied that you have chosen a form of travel that is both good for you and good for the planet. Each year we also plant trees on behalf of every customer who has travelled with us, aiming to build towards a carbon positive effect with our operations.
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