Hiking Tasmania’s Three Capes Track & Beyond
If experiencing a rich natural landscape and stunning views is down your alley, Tasmania is calling. This spectacular Australian island state boasts some of best bushwalking tracks in the country. It's filled with sheer mountains, pristine lakes and native flora and fauna. Follow Wild Weekend as they hike the Three Capes Track and venture on to explore the Overland Track.
Wild Weekend Itinerary
Fly into Hobart and pick up a rental car at the airport. Drive 15 minutes to Forcett Lodge and stay the night.
Leave Forcett and drive towards Port Arthur (1 ½ hours driving time). Take the ferry to Fortescue Bay and being the Three Capes Track (46km). Stay the night at 'Munro' cabin in Cape Raoul.
Continue hiking to Cape Pillar along the Three Capes Track. Stay the second night at Retakunna along the route.
Continue hiking to Cape Hauy then to Fortescue Bay. Catch the return bus to Port Arthur. Drive to Par-Avion Wilderness Tours at Cambridge (1 hour) and take the Tasman Peninsula Flight.
Drive 3 ½ hours to Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair. Check into accommodation and prepare for the Overland Track.
Begin walking the Overland Track section 'i' via 'Rodway' (12km). Stay overnight at Burn Bluff Hut.
Take a return trek to the starting point. Stay the night at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village.
Drive 20 minutes to Launceston airport and say goodbye to Tasmania.
Three Capes Track
Not for the faint hearted, the Three Capes Track is a 46km trek along the far Southeast coast of Tasmania. On the journey, we encountered the geological wonders of giant dolerite sea columns that protrude up to 300 meters from the ocean. Luckily we were equipped for the ever-changing Tasmanian weather and packed for rain, hail and shine. We'd recommend taking a look at the official Three Capes website to help you plan your trip before you go.
Tasman Peninsula Flight
We really couldn't help ourselves. This helicopter ride is the best seat to see and experience Tasmania from above. Flying through Fury Gorge and then onto Barn Bluff and Cradle Mountain in sunset is a magnificent sight and an exhilarating experience. When in doubt, get to the chopper.
From mountains to waterfalls, lakes and plains, the full Overland Track is a lengthy, but beautiful, 65km and a six-day trek for most hikers. The Overland Track hike goes through the heart of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and a truly remarkable escape. To plan your hike through the famous national park, visit www.parks.tas.gov.au.
Places to Stay
There are a large range of accommodation options in this incredible corner of the earth, including cabins, motels and campgrounds in close proximity to key hiking locations. If you're planning on going native and camping or staying in a cabin, don't forget to pack a cosy sleeping bag and compressible travel pillow for a good night's sleep.
What We Packed
– A large rucksack –
With overnight hiking trips, a large rucksack is essential for the journey. The 75L Surmount Rucksack had a lot of space for equipment and supplies with the added benefit of a rain cover which is perfect for Tasmania's unpredictable weather.
– A smaller, more convenient backpack –
For short day trips, the Surmount Daypack was the perfect size and extremely comfortable to wear.
Warm, light jacket
Available in men's and women's styles, the Pro-Elite Climber Fleece Jacket was exactly what we needed. The thickness of the jacket provided much needed warmth with the inclusion of a waistband to ensure no cold air could get in underneath.
Durable and versatile pants
The Six Foot Convertible Pants came in handy for the variety of terrain. They allowed me to comfortably and easily transition between long pants for cooler climates and shorts when temperatures started to rise. The pants were extremely breathable and dried quickly.
The Pro-Elite Baselayer and Super Dry Long Sleeve Crew are fantastic for all weather situations. They helped maintain warmth while also repelling water and sweat away from my body. The long sleeves in the baselayer also provide sun protection.
To ensure maximum sun safety, the Legionaries Convertible Cap offered versatile and comfortable protection from the natural elements. The brim protected our eyes and face, and the neck flaps ensure sun and rain protection on an area that is often forgotten when it comes to sun safety.
Protective and durable jacket
The longer length of the Storm King Jacket allowed for more protective trekking through wet weather as well as dense bush land.
The Classic Thermo Bottle was great for keeping our water cool and refreshing throughout the day.
Eating food during the multi-day hike was made much easier with the Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System. We were able to easily boil water and the MiniMo has the ability to simmer soups and dinners.