Tasmania – Three Capes walk

With two daughters now working in Tasmania it was time for a holiday to see them and tick off some more of those walks we had always planned to do. We set off as usual on the Spirit of Tasmania as we find it so much easier to have our own car for moving around. We took the day sailing for the savings and waved goodbye to the cruise ship passengers at the pier. The sailing was calm and uneventful as we quickly mastered the new layout. After a night at Narawntapu NP near Devonport  we slowly drove down the Heritage Highway making stops at Ross, Oatlands and Richmond.

An echidna tried to bury itself next to the gatepost at our daughter’s house so it was gently rescued and we enjoyed the serenity of Primrose Sands and the Carlton River while preparing for the Three Capes walk.

I was doing the whole experience while Ray took the bushwalker’s option of walking in on the old track . So while I was taking a wander around Port Arthur, a boat cruise and walking in to Surveyors Hut, he and Sara took a trip out to Cape Huay.

The hut provides an amazing view of Cape Raoul, the third cape, and we have previously taken a day walk out to this impressive rock sculpture. I was looking forward to sunset but unfortunately the clouds moved in. The next day was an easy 3-4 hour walk to Munro Hut with the highlight being the views from Arthur peak. Another feature is all the quirky seats provided each with their own little story as told in the track booklet.

Munro provided the best viewing of all with a deck built out to take advantage of the view to Cape Huay. Here I met up with Jessica and Ray as they popped over on a visit and to move some food. I got up early to enjoy sunrise from the helipad.

Ray walked over to join me on the day trip out to Cape Pillar. It was an easy walk in comparison to when we had  previously walked on the old track. We enjoyed amazing views of the sheer cliffs and rugged coastline. We had to put up with smoke haze from the fires in western Tasmania but it improved during the day. The climb to the Blade and the spectacle of Tasman Island and jaw-dropping rocky heights along the edge were stupendous. We were one of the few who ventured out to the Chasm on the rough old track.


We headed back to join Jessica at Retakunna Hut where she provided us with an amazing meal and breakfast. Her interesting briefing giving us the history of the Three Capes walk and other pertinent information was greeted with applause. We climbed up and over Mt Fortescue the next morning and the effort of the ascent was lightened by the beauty of the mossy rainforest and the artistry of the trackbuilders as they built all the steps without use of mortar.

The top gave us views back to Cape Pillar. We then descended to a point where we could leave our packs and take the side trip out to Cape Huay to peer straight over the edge at the rockclimbers mecca of the Totempole – though none were present on the day.