Three Capes Track day 4, TAS

Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmanina

Three Capes Track day 4, TAS

Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmanina
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2 h 56 m
11.77 km
Hard
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The final leg of the walk is as stunning and brilliant as all the others but has the most variety of bushland from rainforests to tall gums and scrubby bushlands.

Three Capes Track day 4, TAS

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The Three Capes Track is an fantastic 4-day walking experience along 48 kilometres of cliff-hugging stunning coastline in Australia.

The Three Capes Track is walked in one direction with a maximum of 48 walkers per day, but people can walk by themselves or in small groups. The track includes the highest coastal cliff tops in Australia that have some shear drops down to the water. There are no fences or barriers so walkers must stay on the paths.

Walkers are required to stay one night in each overnight stop which is a collection on some pretty amazing 4 bunk cabins and shared dining hubs that are equipped with heating, gas cooktops, tables and seating.

The track must be booked in advance booked in advance and costs between $400-$500 for the 4 days.

We have mapped the 4-day walk in stages, click here to see Day 1 , Day 2 or Day 3 or the whole Three Capes Track in one map.

For this last section of the walk "rise early for the final climb, Mount Fortescue, before venturing out to the tip of Cape Hauy. Here, you may catch a glimpse of brave rock climbers tackling the Totem Pole and other dolerite columns, while islands rise up from the sea. It's mostly downhill from this point, where the white sands of Fortescue Bay below beg for a bracing swim. Dry off just in time for your return bus trip to Port Arthur. Bus transfer from Fortescue Bay back to Port Arthur Historic Site takes 30 minutes and you can choose from 2:30 and 4:00pm daily (from Oct 1, 2018 onwards)."

The points of interest and photos are probably not in the exact position, particularly around Mount Fortescue, but their placement gives you an idea of where they are.

Note, although the walk is called The Three Capes Track, it really only goes to two Capes (Pillar and Huay) but you get to see Raoul from across the water.

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Points of Interest

1. The track

After a short boardwalk teh track starts a gentle climb towards Mount Fortescue.

2. The blue seat

The blue seat stands in stark contrast to teh surrounding bush, but funnily, it doesn't seem out of place.

3. The steps

More beautifully constructed steps, these ones with rocks set in the wood structure.

4. Covered rock

Not sure if this is a moss, but it's an impressive growth that covers this rock.

5. The rainforest

The rain forest atop of Mount Fortescue was one of the most amazing sections of the entire Three Capes Track.

6. The coast

Looking back along the coast towards Cape Pillar. How lucky were we with the weather!

7. Fungi

There was so many stunningly different fungi when we walked the track in early April.

8. The trees

Don't forget to look up now and then!

9. Rainforest boardwalk

Walking through a forest of tree ferns is a delight.

10. Tree ferns

Leaving the tree ferns into more traditional Eucalyptus bush.

11. Black fungi

This was an amazing find in a small damp section of the track. The layers were probably more than 20cm in total.

12. Coastal views

More stunning views out to sea make for a good spot to sit and ponder.

13. Track toward the junction

Well and truely out of the rainforest in this bush made up primarily of scrubby game trees and the odd conifers.

14. Track over the hills

The track out to Cape Hauy is hard work with hundreds of steps that weave through the vegetation.

15. The bays

Looking across to Canoe Bay and Bivouac Bay.

16. Down to the water

For anyone scared of heights, this view down form the end viewing platform can be a bit overwhelming

17. Track to Fortescue

Another stretch of beautiful constructed pathway as you head downward to Fortescue Bay.

18. The end

The official end of the Three Capes Walk, what an truly amazing experience!

Features

Art and Culture Art and Culture
Natural Trail Natural Trail
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
General General
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Seating Available Seating Available

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