Breathtaking scenery of the Tasman Peninsula
Explore the highlights of the magical Three Capes and Tasman Peninsula over four fantastic days of walking and sightseeing. This itinerary incorporates some of Tasmania’s most spectacular scenery and supports the conservation of one of Tasmania’s iconic wildlife species – The Tasmanian Devil.
The Tasman Peninsula contains a spectacular coastal environment including soaring 300-metre high dolerite sea cliffs. The park is home to a wide range of land and marine animals, including the brushtail possum, Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins, migrating whales, the endangered swift parrot and many forest-dwelling birds. It is also where you will find one of the last naturally wild populations of disease-free Tasmanian Devils.
Enjoy towering clifftops, marvel at amazing rock formations, take a cruise around the spectacular Tasman Peninsula and join a Devil Tracker experience to learn about the local monitoring project supporting wildlife conservation efforts.
You only need to carry a light day pack on the walk with this tour suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. This world-famous destination is just waiting to be explored on foot!
This walking tour is graded moderate to hard and a reasonable level of fitness is required for this walking tour.
- Experienced guides
- Three nights’ 3.5 star cabin-style accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur
- All transport and guiding
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
- Marine wildlife and spectacular sea cliffs on a 3-hour wilderness boat cruise
- Amazing walks including Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Cape Raoul
- Small group of 10 or less
- Visit the historic Port Arthur precinct
- Guided walks each day with experienced guides
- Devil Tracker experience provides the opportunity to contribute to local Tasmanian Devil conservation initiatives and give something back
- 3-hour Tasman Peninsula wilderness cruise
- Return group transfer from Hobart to Port Arthur.
Duration: 8 – 12 May 2018
Price: from AUD $2,150 Per Person twin share
Single supplement: AUD $2,450
Day 1: Hobart – Crescent Bay and Mount Brown – Port Arthur
Walk: 9km, moderate to hard grade (approx. 5 hours walking, including breaks)
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 today’s 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
Day 2: Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy
Walk: 8km, moderate to hard grade (approx. 5 hours walking including breaks)
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 cliff’s 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
Day 3: Just south of Port Arthur to Cape Raoul – Devil Tracker Experience
Walk: 14km, moderate grade (approx. 6 hours walking)
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 join a Devil Tracker experience to go behind the scenes and become part of the vital research effort to save the last isolated, natural population of disease-free wild Tasmanian devils on the planet. Led by experienced local guides, you’ll help monitor the progress of the local population of wild devils, observe recorded devil activity and record the latest findings from our hi-tech infrared cameras including checking infrared camera footage to monitor the local Tasmanian Devil populations health.
We then 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 and lunch (dinner guests own expense)
Day 4: Wilderness Cruise and visit Port Arthur site
Walk: 2km, easy grade (approx. 1 hour walking)
After breakfast and lunch walking, we head out for our final day. This morning we head out on the 3-hour award-winning 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 1 pm 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.
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 room option 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.
This walking tour is graded moderate to hard and a reasonable level of fitness is required for this walking tour. Walks range from 8 – 14 kilometres a day and we walk at the group’s pace with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery.
This walking tour supports the ongoing monitoring of the regions local population of wild devils. Observe recorded devil activity and record the latest findings from our hi-tech infrared cameras including checking infrared camera footage. The information is used to monitor the health of the local Tasmania Devil population.