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 14 to Wednesday 17 January – FULLY BOOKED
- Monday 29 January to Thursday 1 February – FULLY BOOKED
- Sunday 11 to Wednesday 14 February – FULLY BOOKED
- Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 March – FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 March – FULLY BOOKED
- Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 April – FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 April – FULLY BOOKED
- 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
- Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October
- Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 October
- Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November
- Saturday 3 November to Tuesday 6 November
- Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 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!)
- Three nights’ 3.5 star cabin-style accommodation (twin share) 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
- Entry and visit to Port Arthur Historic Site
- 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: breakfast, lunch and dinner
About our accommodation
At Stewarts Bay Lodge we stay in two-bedroom log cabins. The property itself sits on the edge of an amazing untouched coastal reserve and overlooking the water. Here we stay in two-bedroom cabins for three nights of the tour. These cabins have two rooms with the one shared bathroom between the two rooms and a shared living area.
Each cabin has its own bathroom, but none of the individual rooms within the cabin have their own ensuite. You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room in the two bedroom cabin and could be sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.
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 pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and (dinner guests own expense)
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 a two-course meal expertly prepared by our guides.
Overnight accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
Meals: lunch and dinner
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 and we then head to the historic Port Arthur site to explore this fascinating historic site again. We depart Port Arthur at approx. 3.30pm and return back into Hobart by approximately 5.30pm, where we drop you back at the Quest Hotel in Elizabeth St.
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