This four day walking experience takes you to the edge of the world. The Three Capes Lodge Walk is a fully-guided walking experience along Tasmania’s dramatic Tasman Peninsula with the wild Southern Ocean as your constant.
A boat voyage, dolerite spires and 37,000 years of history form part of the journey. Settle in each evening in our architecturally-designed in-park lodges and enjoy Tasmania’s finest eats and drinks on this 46km walking adventure.
This walk will commence on 1 September 2018. Forward bookings are being taken directly by Tasmanian Walking Company, the only guided walking company authorised by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service to offer the Three Capes Track and stay within the national park each night.
DAY ONE: HOBART TO CRESCENT LODGE
Walkers depart Hobart in the morning and upon arrival at Port Arthur Historic Site, make their way to the jetty where a private boat will depart for Denman’s Cove at 12.30pm. Cruising beyond Port Arthur, aside from possible seal and dolphin sightings, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view as an indication of the drama to come.
In Denman’s Cove, walkers enjoy local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. If the Southern Ocean allows, guests can take a swim before a gradual walk up to the lodge.
Home for the night, Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul. After hot showers, the guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local Tasmanian gourmet food. Post dinner, walkers are welcome to take a Tasmanian wine to a quiet deck for their own private sunset and to reflect on their first day.
Distance – 6km (two hours walking)
DAY TWO: CRESCENT LODGE TO MUNRO LODGE
Waking to the silence of Crescent Lodge, guests will smile as they hear the crackling of a cooked breakfast. From the lodge, the walking group head due south to enjoy views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300m above sea level, is truly worth the rewarding ocean vista. Here White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents so this too could be an added bonus to the walk experience. Lunch follows an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are aplenty – albatross, petrels and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica. Look far and wide.
Following lunch, walkers skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Munro Lodge, home for the next two nights. Sometimes people pick up the pace knowing that there is an optional massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer at Munro Lodge too.
Distance – 11km (five hours walking)
DAY THREE: MUNRO LODGE RETURN
This is the most adventurous day on this Great Walks of Australia experience. Walkers head through through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names – Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.
Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout – with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct return journey home to Munro where the relaxation pavilion, three-course dining and ocean views await. By now, walking strangers might just have become firm friends.
Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Munro Lodge if they choose. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 45 minutes to a splendid three hours and immerse yourself in the enchanting surrounds.
Distance – 15km (6 hours walking) – this day can be optional but it’s spectacular!
DAY FOUR: MUNRO LODGE TO FORTESCUE BAY
Our walkers say farewell to their home at Munro Lodge in the forest. First up is crossing Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) enroute to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in – lush mosses, ferns and vibrant greens. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing 490m above sea level. Guests enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.
Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy – or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes in pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear water. After some canapes and a glass of sparkling wine you’ll be transported back to Hobart via Port Arthur and the airport.
Distance – 13km (6 hours walking) with optional Cape Huay side trip (distance 4km return)