Traverse the untamed landscapes of southeast Tasmania
Remote, rugged and totally remarkable – the south east 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 to Mt Brown’s summit, 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.
Begins at 9am at Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre in Hobart (20 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000)
Around 5pm at Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre in Hobart (20 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000)
Explore some of Tasmania’s most magnificent scenery on foot, walking past the Remarkable Cave, Maingon Blowhole, Mt Brown and the secluded and beautiful Crescent Beach.
Stay in the fascinating village of Port Arthur, a small place with a big history. A former penal colony, there are a wealth of stories to uncover here.
Hike to the unusual, jagged spires of Cape Raoul, taking in showstopping views of Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak, Mt Fortescue and the soaring cliffs of Cape Pillar along the way.
Venture through gorgeous woodland dotted with wildflowers to come upon the dramatic dolerite columns of Cape Hauy which plunge into a wild sea below.
Start and end your adventure in the flourishing city of Hobart, paying a visit to Art Mob, a fantastic gallery showcasing Aboriginal art from across Australia.
Welcome to Tasmania! Your walking adventure begins in Hobart. 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 (perhaps ask your leader for the story of this former penal colony on the drive!). On arrival, enjoy some time to get to know Port Arthur. You may like to visit the Port Arthur Historical Site to learn more about its history as a penal settlement, or perhaps delight your senses at the nearby Lavender farm. Once the sun goes down, you’ll also have the option to uncover the village’s spooky past during an after dark tour.
Hotel (1 night)
Hobart – Art Mob Gallery
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
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 showstopping 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.
Hotel (1 night)
Three Capes – Packed Lunch
Three Capes – Cape Raoul Trail
Today’s walk is approximately 14km and takes around 5-6 hours.
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.
Hotel (1 night)
Three Capes – Packed Lunch
Three Capes – Cape Huay Trail
Today’s walk is approximately 10km and takes around 4-5 hours.
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 towards Mt Brown. Climb to the summit and pause to take in unbelievable views of the surrounding landscape, then descend the mountain to the secluded and absolutely beautiful Crescent Beach. Return to Port Arthur and perhaps grab some lunch, then in 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.
Three Capes – Remarkable Cave to Mt Brown Walk
Three Capes – Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Today’s walk is approximately 7.5km and takes around 4 hours.
This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
Min 1, Max 11
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.
You will have to be prepared for all weather extremes. You will be walking at alpine altitudes. We suggest that you take all of the items on the below list.
Walking Boots – Ankle High – not shoes [leather is more durable]
Sunhat with brim & Beanie
Drink Bottles and/or Camelback System [no less than 2 litres]
Sunscreen, Lip Balm & Insect Repellent
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.