Three Capes Track

A unique Tasmanian walk with views that need to be seen to be believed.

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Three Capes Track - Munro Cabin. At days end, you can rest in warm comfortable cabins.
Image thanks to: Jesse Desjardins

The Blade, Tasman Passage, Tasman Island on the Cape Pillar Track part of the Three Capes Track.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Sarajayne Lada

Three Capes Track - View of Cape Pillar
Image thanks to: Jesse Desjardins

Fortescue Bay
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

Tasman Island Cruises - Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Image thanks to: Wai Nang Poon

Tasman Island Cruises - Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Guard Tower - Port Arthur Historic Site
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

Three Capes Track

Region

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.

Location

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.

Tasman Island Hualage (Cape Pillar in distance), Tasmania, AustraliaThe 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/Level of Difficulty

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.

Three Capes Track - Denmans Cove, Tasmania, AustraliaDay 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.

Cape Pillar, Tasmania, AustraliaDay 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.

When to Go/Seasons

The Tree Capes Track walk can be taken at any time of the year. If you’re not a keen bushwalker it may pay to book for warmer months, however in Tasmania you are likely to experience any type of weather at any time of the year, so no guarantees can be given!

How Long Does it Take

The walk covers 46 kilometres and takes 4 days/3 nights. You are unable to extend the number of nights on the walk as there is a strictly limited number of 48 walkers embarking on the trip each day.

What you Need to Bring/Prepare/Food

As accommodation is provided in the purpose-built cabins along the walk, you are saved from the annoyance of needing to carry a tent or cooking equipment. What you do need to bring is your own meals and snacks for each of the 4 days, water for the first day (there is rainwater available from tanks at the cabins) sleeping gear, appropriate clothing and personal items. The Three Capes Track website has a comprehensive packing list to help walkers prepare.

Accommodation on the Walk

Accommodation on the walk is provided in purpose-built cabins. These environmentally sensitive cabins provide participants with mattresses, drinking water, cooking facilities and for the chillier evenings they even have heating.

Self Guided

The Three Capes Track walk is an independent walk with a well-marked and purpose-built track. At each overnight cabin there is a park ranger on hand to welcome you after your day of walking and to answer any questions you may have.

Getting There

The most popular way to get to the Tasman Peninsula and the start of your walk at Port Arthur is by driving. Alternatively, you can take a bus with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys who supply a specific bus service for track walkers or one of the local bus companies, Grayline or Tassielink.

Accommodation Offerings Before or After the Walk

The Tasman Peninsula has a number of accommodation options if you would like to stay longer after your walk or would like to be in the area before you set off. Accommodation options range from hotel and motel to campgrounds (serviced or basic) as well as many self-contained options.

Activities and Things to Do and See

The walking track features artist installations in the form of ‘story-seats’ were you can take a break and relax while marvelling at the view. Each walker receives a guidebook which contains stories to match your rest stops along the way. The track truly provides a complete experience.

Fun Fact

The Three Capes Track was opened at the end of 2015.

Environment

You’ll experience some of Tasmania’s best landscapes on the Three Capes Track. From Eucalypt woodland to coastal heathlands, you’ll see a variety of landscapes along the track and plenty of wildlife.

Useful Information/Local Tips

Pirates Bay, Tasmania, AustraliaIf you have time on your drive to your pickup point why not detour to the Pirates Bay Lookout just before Eaglehawk Neck? The views here will whet your appetite for the amazing scenery to come! Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy.

What's Nearby

Penitentiary - Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania, AustraliaPort Arthur is the pickup point for your walk and entry fees are included in your track fee, so why not arrive a few hours earlier and explore this magnificent historic site? The Tasman Peninsula also has some amazing natural attractions that you won’t see on your walk, like the Tessellated Pavement. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Gene Goldberg.

What to do

Three Capes Track

Three Capes and Tasman Peninsula Walking Tour

This itinerary incorporates some of Tasmania’s most spectacular scenery. Enjoy towering clifftops, marvel at amazing rock formations, visit historic Port Arthur and take a cruise around the spectacular Tasman Peninsula. Tour Includes:

  • Three nights’ 3.5 star cabin-style accommodation (twin share) at Stewart’s Bay Lodge, Port Arthur, single supplement rooms available at time of booking
  • All transport and guiding
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Three hour Wilderness Cruise
  • Entry and visit to Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Amazing walks including Cape Hauy, Fortescue Bay, Cape Raoul
  • Small group of 10 or less
  • Guided walks each day with experienced guides
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Return group transfer from Hobart to Port Arthur.
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Three Capes 3 day walk

Join us for a Life's an Adventure's 3 Capes Escape walking experience. Explore the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula in the far south-east corner of Tasmania. This region is famous for the highest vertical seas cliffs in Australia.

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Wineglass Bay and Three Capes Tour

Hobart - Wineglass Bay

Experience the spectacular scenery of the East Coast of Tasmania from the air, ground and sea, on this full day tour including landing at a boat cruise to Wineglass Bay

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Two Capes and Tasman (30 minutes)

A 30 minute tour taking in the sights of the world heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, the capes of Pillar and Raoul, Tasman Island and Shipstern Bluff. An experience of the Three Capes region that will blow you away!

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Where to Stay

Three Capes Track

Stewarts Bay Lodge

Porth Arthur - Tasman Peninsula

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 2 km of Shipstern Bluff and Port Arthur Historic Site. Port Arthur Lavender Farm is 4.7 km away.
A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and WiFi in public areas are available at this hotel. Self parking is free. Other amenities include conference space, dry cleaning, and laundry facilities.
Weekly housekeeping is available.

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Port Arthur Villas

Port Arthur - Tasman Peninsula

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 2 km of Shipstern Bluff and Port Arthur Historic Site. Tasman Golf Course and Point Puer are also within 5 km.

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Bay Retreat Port Arthur

Port Arthur - Tasman Peninsula

Situated near the beach in Port Arthur, this cottage is close to Tasman Golf Course, Port Arthur Historic Site and Point Puer. Also nearby are Isle of the Dead and Shipstern Bluff.

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Sea Change Safety Cove

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Port Arthur Motor Inn

Port Arthur - Tasman Peninsula

Situated in Port Arthur, this motel is within 2 km of Shipstern Bluff and Port Arthur Historic Site. Tasman Golf Course and Point Puer are also within 5 km.

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