Three Capes & Tasman Peninsula Walking Tour – 4 days
Explore the highlights of the magical Tasman Peninsula over four fantastic days of walking and sightseeing.
This itinerary incorporates some of Tasmania’s most spectacular scenery. Enjoy towering clifftops, marvel at amazing rock formations, visit historic Port Arthur and take a cruise around the spectacular Tasman Peninsula.
Tour dates 2018
- Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 April – FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 April – 1 PLACE LEFT
- Sunday 22 to Wednesday 25 April – FULLY BOOKED
- Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 May – FULLY BOOKED
- Sunday 30 Sept to Wednesday 3 October
- Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 October
- Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November
- Sunday 4 November to Wednesday 7 November
- Friday 9 to Monday 12 November
- Monday 19 to Thursday 22 November
- Wednesday 28 November to Saturday December 1
- Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 December
- Saturday 29 December to Tuesday 1 January 2019 (NYE trip!)
Tour dates 2019
- Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 January
- Monday 21 January to Thursday 24 January
- Sunday 3 to Wednesday 6 February
- Sunday 10 to Wednesday 13 February
- Monday 25 to Thursday 28 February
- Monday 4 to Thursday 7 March – FULLY BOOKED
- Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 March
- Friday 5 to Monday 8 April
- Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 April
- Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 May
- Sunday 12 to Wednesday 15 May
- Three nights’ Deluxe Spa Chalet accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur, single supplement available at time of booking
- All transport and guiding
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
- Three hour Wilderness Cruise
- Amazing walks including Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Cape Raoul
- Small group of 10 or less
- Guided walks each day with experienced guides
- All inclusive pricing
- Return group transfer from Hobart to Port Arthur.
Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy
8km, approx. 5 hours walking, including breaks– moderate to hard grade
This is a well-constructed trail with fantastic views. This walk is spectacular however is graded moderate to hard due to several hundred meters of steps that go up, and down (you must navigate these heading out to the Cape and on the way back again). Extra care needs to be taken when navigating these steep steps on this part of the trail.
The Cape Hauy trail heads follows the rocky coastline and as the trail climbs, the She Oaks and Banksia’s of the lower coastline give way to dry sclerophyll forest.
The walk starts at a beautiful cove and there are some steep sections with stairs that you need to navigate in both directions. There is a steep climb at the start (and end of the walk), but once at the top of the first saddle extensive panoramic views stretch far north past the Forester coast to Maria Island and south, detailing the ridges of Cape Pillar.
Towards the end the track follows the cliffs edge, providing thrilling views. The final segment of the trail, before reaching a large plateau, is quite steep and narrow and again care needs to be taken to navigate this section. Once at the end you are able to clearly view the exceptional rock formations of the Candlestick and Totem Pole, large columns of dolerite rocking out of the ocean. The Hippolyte’s, a large section of rock also sits severed from the mainland just east of you. We then return via the same route.
The terrain is quite rocky and there are ups and downs but it is a magnificent start to the tour if you are prepared.
After the day’s walk, we head back to our accommodation for well-earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides.
Overnight accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur
Meals: lunch and dinner
About our accommodation
At Stewarts Bay Lodge, we stay in two-bedroom, two-bathroom Deluxe Spa Chalets.
The property itself sits on the edge of an amazing untouched coastal reserve, overlooking the natural bush and water.
For 3 nights we enjoy the comfort of the bush view Deluxe Spa Chalets, each featuring a king size bed in the 2 bedrooms, 2 en-suited bathrooms and a spacious living / dining area and private balcony.
You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room.
Just south of Port Arthur to Cape Raoul
14 km, approx. 6 hours walking, including breaks – moderate grade
After breakfast and lunch making we begin our walk today out to Cape Raoul. Offering some of the most spectacular coastal lookouts in Tasmania, Cape Raoul is an excellent return day walk within the Tasman National Park. With only a few steep sections, the walk is a comfortable walk allowing ample time to relax and enjoy the expansive views of the surrounding Tasman Peninsular and further south to Bruny Island.
The bushland opens up with spectacular views of the incredible dolerite cliffs of the Tasman National Park. Cape Raoul is just beyond the lower plateau to the east. A short distance to the right is another open section of the cliff top allowing you a stunning view down to Shipstern Bluff, beyond to Bruny Island and Tasmania’s southern coast.
From these lookouts we also may have our first encounter with the intense winds the capes are famous for (some of the strongest recorded winds in Australia).
Once on the plateau the landscape changes to stunning coastal banksia scrub and soon we see our first glimpses of the northern coastline including Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak and Mt Fortescue. Situated a little further east, are the impressive 300 metre high cliffs of Cape Pillar.
Following this walk we visit the Port Arthur Historic Site for a 40 minute introductory walk and talk. Following the tour, guests have some time to explore the site themselves. There is the opportunity to take an audio tour of the site. Blending history, music and readings from colonial-era journals and books, this is the official audio-visual guide to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Listen to stories from those who lived, worked in and visited this infamous place, both during the height of the convict settlement and in more recent times.
We then head back to our accommodation for well-earned nibbles, followed by a two course dinner prepared by your guides.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight at Stewarts Bay Lodge
Crescent Bay and Mount Brown, and Port Arthur
9 km walking, approx. 5 hours of walking, including breaks (moderate to hard grade)
Tucked between the Remarkable Caves and Port Arthur, the Crescent Bay and Mount Brown track plays host to the most spectacular beach on the Tasman Peninsula. In addition to the enormous dunes and crystal clear waters of Crescent Bay, the hike to the summit of Mount Brown offers hikers vast panoramic views of the peninsulas rugged coastline.
We begin todays walk at the Remarkable Caves carpark. The first part of the hike crosses a series of sand dunes covered in coastal heath vegetation, and you may even spot an echidna. This section offers westerly views back towards Cape Raoul. The track then opens out into a gaping cavity known as Maingon Blowhole.
The track then heads inland onto the lower knolls of Mount Brown where a series of cairns will direct your ascent. The walk up to the summit is moderately steep, with views over Cape Pillar, Tasman Island, Arthurs Peak and further south to cape Raoul and Bruny Island.
Once back on the main track we reach Crescent Bay. This beach is incredibly beautiful and often sparsely populated.
After the walk, we then head back to our accommodation. This evening we enjoy dinner at the onsite restaurant at Stewarts Bay Lodge.
Overnight accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (at guest own expense)
Wilderness Cruise and visit Port Arthur site
2 km approx. of walking around Port Arthur – easy grade
After breakfast and lunch walking, we head out for our final day. This morning we head out on the 3-hour award wining Wilderness Cruise which departs daily. Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise – warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended.
The boat gets very close to the spectacular rock formations along the coastline and stops regularly for easy viewing and photography. See seals, albatross, white-bellied sea eagles and enjoy an exhilarating ride on this fantastic cruise.
We are back on dry land by 1pm where we enjoy some lunch and make our way back into Hobart. We arrive back at approximately 5.30pm where we drop you back at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Davey St, Hobart.
If you are flying out that night you’ll need to book a flight out after 6.30 pm.
Images courtesy Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service