The Three Capes Track takes in spectacular areas of coastline in the southeast of Tasmania, within the Tasman National Park. Tasman National Park is located approximately 90 minutes from Tasmania’s capital at the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula. The region is known for its natural beauty, ocean cliffs and views, with the three capes track designed to capitalise on these factors and provide an experience that will truly make an impact. Image thanks to Sean Scott.
The Three Capes Track is located at the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula. The Tasman Peninsula begins approximately 70 kilometres to the southeast from the centre of Hobart and is an area of approximately 660 square kilometres.
The Three Capes Track experience begins with guests being collected at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Port Arthur is found just over 2 hours drive from Hobart. The track concludes at Fortescue Bay on the east of the Peninsula approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the start point at Port Arthur. Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon.
The Three Capes Track is a 46 kilometre, 4-day independent walk where you are met each evening by a host at a well-equipped cabin to rest and rejuvenate for the next day. The track is designed in a ‘Y’ shape and it was named after the three capes in the area, Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. You’ll experience breathtaking scenery, get as close as you dare to huge sea cliffs, look out at an ocean where the next land mass is Antarctica and truly marvel at how spectacular nature is. If experiences can be transformative – the Three Capes Track will definitely change the way you see things.
A unique experience, the Three Capes Track offers walkers a modern bushwalking experience designed to be environmentally sensitive, give visitors the best views, and provide a comfortable but challenging walk. The track can be walked in all seasons and has been designed to highlight the phenomenal views.
Walking the Three Capes Track should be a bucket list item. If you enjoy adventure and the wilderness then you’ll really feel at home here.
The walk is accessible to most people with a reasonable level of fitness. The recommendation is that participants be comfortable with walking 4 hours for 4 consecutive days prior to embarking on the walk.
Day 1 – You’ll begin the walk with a fantastic and informative custom Pennicott Wilderness Journey cruise. The Cruise Departs Port Arthur Historic Site and takes walkers to Denmans Cove while showing you areas only accessible by boat. Once you reach Denmans Cove you’ll have a short 2-hour walk (4 kilometres) to your first night’s accommodation at Surveyors Cabin. Image thanks to Jesse Desjardins.
Day 2 – You’ll set out to climb Arthur’s Peak today and will be rewarded with views of Crescent Bay and further afield to Cape Raoul. On your descent the track opens out into Ellarwey Valley before you dive back into the forest to find Munro Cabin for the evening. Today’s walk covers 11 kilometres and takes 3.5-5 hours of walking.
Day 3 – Taking only a day pack today you’ll head out to see Tasman Island. There are not enough words to describe the truly exhilarating views you will encounter today. You’ll take on The Blade at Cape Pillar and marvel at the power of nature, the wind, and the ocean - it will take your breath away. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Joe Shemesh.
Returning back to Munro cabin you’ll collect your things and meander down to Retakunna Cabin through forest and heathland ready to put your feet up and reminisce on your day 3 experience. Day 3 covers 17 kilometres and takes 5-6 hours of walking.
Final Day/Day 4 – You’ll set off nice and early to ascend Mount Fortescue and reach the point of Cape Hauy. If you’re lucky you’ll see fearless rock climbers taking on the famous Totem Pole or other amazing cliffs in the area. To complete your journey, you’ll wander down to Fortescue Bay where the track ends and your bus to the starting point awaits. After 14 kilometres and 6-7 hours of final day walking you’ll be armed with amazing tales, photos and memories from what truly is one of the best walks in Australia.