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 and take a cruise around the spectacular Tasman Peninsula.
Tour dates 2019
- Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 May – FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 May – FULLY BOOKED
- Sunday 12 to Wednesday 15 May – FULLY BOOKED
Please note: As of September 2019 accommodation will be in The Three Capes and Tasman Lodge in Port Arthur with the exception of 5 dates listed below in February, March & April 2020. This lodge is a purpose built 6 bedroom, 6 en suite bathroom hiking lodge set on 45 acres of bush land with sea views of the spectacular Tasman Coast. The walking itinerary will remain as outlined below except 3 dinners included (no dinner at restaurant on night 3).
- Friday 20 to Monday 23 September – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September
- Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 October – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 October – 1 PLACE LEFT
- Monday 14 to Thursday 17 October – 1 PLACE LEFT
- Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 October – FULLY BOOKED
- Saturday 26 to Tuesday 29 October – 6 PLACES LEFT
- Friday 1 to Monday 4 November – 1 PLACE LEFT
- Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 November – FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 November – 5 PLACES LEFT
- Monday 25 to Thursday 28 November – 1 PLACE LEFT
- Sunday 1 to Wednesday 4 December – FULLY BOOKED
- Saturday 7 to Tuesday 10 December – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Friday 13 to Monday 16 December
- Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 December
- Sunday 29 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 NYE tour – 4 PLACES LEFT
Tour dates 2020
- Saturday 4 to Tuesday 7 January – FULLY BOOKED
- Friday 10 to Monday 13 January – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 January
- Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 January – FULLY BOOKED
- Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 January – FULLY BOOKED
- Monday 3 to Thursday 6 February- FULLY BOOKED
- **NEW DATE – Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 February – Accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
- Sunday 9 to Wednesday 12 February – FULLY BOOKED
- Saturday 15 to Tuesday 18 February – FULLY BOOKED
- **NEW DATE – Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February – Accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
- Friday 21 to Monday 24 February – FULLY BOOKED
- Thursday 27 February to Sunday 1 March – FULLY BOOKED
- Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 March – FULLY BOOKED
- **NEW DATE – Monday 9 to Thursday 12 March – Accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
- Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March – FULLY BOOKED
- Monday 16 to Thursday 19 March – FULLY BOOKED
- Sunday 22 to Wednesday 25 March – 1 PLACE LEFT
- ** NEW DATE – Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 March – Accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
- Saturday 28 to Tuesday 31 March – FULLY BOOKED
- ** NEW DATE – Wednesday 1 to 4 April – Accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge
- Friday 3 to Monday 6 April – 1 PLACE LEFT
- Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 April
- Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 April – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 April – 2 PLACES LEFT
- Monday 27 to Thursday 30 April – 4 PLACES LEFT
- Sunday 3 to Wednesday 6 May – 4 PLACES LEFT
- Saturday 9 to Tuesday 12 May – 3 PLACES LEFT
- Friday 15 to Monday 18 May
As of September 2019 accommodation will be in The Three Capes Lodge in Port Arthur. This lodge is a purpose built 6 bedroom, 6 en suite bathroom hiking lodge set on 45 acres of bush land with sea views of the spectacular Tasman Coast.
- Three nights accommodation at Three Capes & Tasman Lodge/Stewarts Bay Lodge, 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
Depart Hobart at 8am
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 when walking through 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. 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: Three Capes & Tasman Lodge, Port Arthur
Meals: lunch and dinner
About our accommodation
Three Capes & Tasman Lodge is a purpose built and newly refurbished 6 bedroom, 6 ensuite property with sweeping water vistas over the Tasman coast.
The property itself sits on 45 acres of bushland, with spectacular views overlooking the water.
For 3 nights we enjoy the comfort of the Lodge. Rooms feature a king/queen-sized bed or twin singles. There is one room with a king single only. Each room has its own spacious ensuite with shower and toilet. Each room has its own private sitting area of the verandah which encompasses the house. There is also a spacious living / dining area and kitchen.
You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room. As a single supplement traveller you will have your own room and own ensuite.
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.
This evening we enjoy nibbles, followed by a two course dinner prepared by your guides.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight at: Three Capes & Tasman Lodge, Port Arthur
Crescent Bay and Mount Brown
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 afternoon you have the option to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site (own expense).
This evening we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight accommodation at: Three Capes & Tasman Lodge, Port Arthur
Meals: breakfast, lunch (dinner at guest own expense)
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. 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.