The Tasman Peninsula is a short 90min drive from Hobart, even less from the airport. The peninsula is both home to Australia’s most infamous penal colony, the historic Port Arthur Penal colony and now also the Three Capes walk.
This walk is Tasmania’s premium coastal walking experience as it traverses one of Australia’s most dramatic and inhospitable landscapes. The original settlers chose this location in part due to the insurmountable prospect of escape. Fortunately, we benefit from the well-maintained tracks as we escape through the same dense forest and up and over the most dramatic escarpments that kept the early inhabitants trapped.
The Tasman Peninsula is one of the most striking parts of Tasmania and the walk incorporates all the best parts including the iconic towering sea stacks, the highest vertical sea cliffs in Australia. Wander over the 190 million-year-old dolerite columns and via a great variety of landscapes, as the track winds in and out of temperate rainforest heathland, dry woodland and over striking sections of coastline.
The turquoise waters and white sandy beach of Fortescue Bay and Waterfall Bay area are a welcome change-up from the cliff-hugging walking experience that characterises most of the track. The massive seas at Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul and the amazing Shipsterns Bluff, one of the preeminent big wave surf locations worldwide, is an amazing side-show to this already amazing adventure.
What’s more whales and dolphins are regular visitors to the areas as are albatross, sea eagles, peregrine falcons, diving gannets and cliff-nesting cormorants. All make this their home in or around the ocean surrounding Tasman Peninsula National Park.
Walk each day with the confidence that you’re being looked after by one of Australia’s oldest walking companies and two experienced guides. The self-guided version of Three Capes walk allows you to walk with your own friends, when you want at your own pace. What’s more you’ll stay in comfort, eat chef-prepared 2-course dinners, cooked breakfasts and enjoy lunch at some of the most epic locations Australia has to offer.