Remote, rugged, and totally remarkable – southeast Tasmania has an undeniable allure. From your base in historic Port Arthur, walk a section of the celebrated Three Capes Track and explore the scenery that surrounds it. From soaring, jagged cliffs to sand dunes and secluded bays, this corner of the island appeals to the curious explorer. Trek to the serrated spires of Cape Raoul, pass by caves and blowholes on your way to Mt Brown’s summit, chill out on Crescent Beach, and hike to the dramatic dolerite columns of Cape Hauy. Prepare for a matchless encounter with some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.
Day 1: Hobart - Port Arthur
Welcome to Tasmania! Your walking adventure begins in Hobart. Meet your local leader and travel companions at a local cafe for a 9 am welcome meeting and pick up something tasty for lunch. Take a short walk to Art Mob, a fabulous gallery showcasing Aboriginal art from across Australia, then say goodbye to Hobart and make tracks for the historic village of Port Arthur.
Upon arrival, enjoy time to get to know Port Arthur. You may like to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site to learn more about its history as a penal settlement, or perhaps delight your senses at the nearby Lavender farm. Once the sun goes down, you have the option to uncover the village’s spooky past during an after-dark tour.
- No meals are included on this day
Day 2: Port Arthur - Cape Raoul
Fuel up for the day ahead with breakfast at your accommodation, then drive to the trailhead of the Cape Raoul track. Follow the trail away from the coast through heathland which eventually gives way to views of the showstopping dolerite cliffs of the Tasman National Park. Walk along a plateau alive with yellow-flecked coastal scrub as glimpses of Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak, Mt Fortescue, and the soaring cliffs of Cape Pillar are revealed to you.
Finally, you’ll come upon the dramatic and jagged spires of Cape Raoul, an unusual and fascinating sight. Pause for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot along the track, then head back along the same path before returning to Port Arthur for an evening at leisure.
- Three Capes - Packed Lunch
- Three Capes - Cape Raoul Trail
Day 3: Port Arthur
Jutting into the Tasman Sea, the dolerite columns and sea stacks of Cape Hauy are really something special. Head out to explore this unique landscape today, setting out after breakfast to the walking track’s trailhead. First walk through delightful woodland and heath, dotted with colourful wildflowers, then descend towards the cape along a steep set of stone steps.
Stop en route for a picnic lunch and the opportunity to admire your surroundings. Continue along to Cape Hauy and feel like you’re on the edge of the earth as wild waves crash into the striking dolerite formations. Once you’ve had your fill of stunning scenery, return the way you came and head back to Port Arthur for an evening at leisure.
- Three Capes - Packed Lunch
- Three Capes - Cape Huay Trail
Day 4: Port Arthur - Hobart
This morning it’s time to stretch your legs and head out on your final walk. Visit the aptly named Remarkable Cave which impresses with its sea-carved sandstone tunnels, then continue through sand dunes, past the Maingon Blowhole and along the coastline towards Mt Brown. Climb to the summit and pause to take in unbelievable views of the surrounding landscape, then descend the mountain to the secluded and absolutely beautiful Crescent Beach.
Return to Port Arthur and perhaps grab some lunch, then in this afternoon, meet Tasmania’s most famous creatures at an “unzoo”, designed to give animals freedom while allowing people to observe them in their natural habitats. Watch fascinating Tasmanian devils go about their business and learn about their role on the island. Return to Hobart in the afternoon, arriving at around 5 pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end.