One of the Great Walks of Australia, hike the Three Capes Track with local guides while staying in private eco-lodge accommodation and enjoying Tasmanian food and wine
The Three Capes Lodge Walk in Tasmania features exclusive lodge accommodation, professional guides and local food and wine. Limited to just 12 guests per departure, this all-inclusive guided four day walk departs from Hobart and follows the Three Capes Track on the dramatic Tasman Peninsula taking in well-known Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. Local guides lead guests on a traverse of the towering dolerite sea cliffs, silver gum forest and white sand beaches, discovering unique marine and bird life on the way. After a hot shower, relax in the evening with Tasmanian wine and a gourmet dinner showcasing local produce. The lodges are sensitively-set within the dramatic landscape and invite the view in, making them a special place to contemplate this wild place after a day in the elements. One for your luxury walk bucket-list.
Pricing is per person on a twin-share basis and includes:
- Four days of walking with two qualified guides
- Three nights of lodge accommodation including linen
- All meals, non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of Tasmanian wines
- Boat transfer from Port Arthur to Denman's Cove
- A backpack and a weather-proof jacket for the duration of the walk
- National Park Pass
- Return transfers from Hobart
Hobart - Crescent Lodge (approximately 6km or 2 hours walking)
NOTE: Guests can choose to be collected from MACq01 or the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel between 9am and 9.15am, or head directly to the walkers' base (164 Murray Street, Hobart) at 9.30 am to meet your guides for a gear check and pre-walk briefing.
The first stop is Stewarts Bay, where a private boat will be waiting for a short trip across to Denman’s Cove in the early afternoon. Cruising with views back to Port Arthur, you may spot seals and dolphins as some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere appear. A short wade ashore from the boat signals your arrival at Denman’s Cove. As you may encounter knee-high waters, shorts or zip-off trousers are recommended today. Enjoy lunch on the beach featuring local produce before a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. At this point, there is the option for a dip in the Southern Ocean or continue on the gradual incline up to the lodge. Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far-stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides prepare a three-course feast of local fare. After dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck to enjoy a private sunset.
Included: L - D
Crescent Lodge - Cape Pillar Lodge (approximately 11km or 5 hours walking)
Wake to the silence of Crescent Lodge and wander down to the dining room for a hearty breakfast to start the day. The walk begins heading due south with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300 metres above sea level, is worth it for the ocean views and the chance to spot White Bellied Sea Eagles. From here, descend on a gentle trail to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are aplenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. At this point, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica. Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken in the knowledge there is a massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer this afternoon.
Included: B - L - D
Cape Pillar Lodge Return (optional; approximately 18km or 6 hours walking)
This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest, a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. You'll soon understand why Cape Pillar is referred to as Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views toward Tasman Island. Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout, with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct journey back to Cape Pillar Lodge, where the relaxation pavilion, a hearty three-course meal, and ocean views await. Unlace your boots, read a book with the sea breeze on your toes or join new friends for a chat. Those who would prefer to unwind can forego today’s walk and spend the day at the Lodge. Enjoy a spa treatment in the Relaxation Pavilion (fees apply) and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings before dinner.
Included: B - L - D
Cape Pillar Lodge to Fortescue Bay (approx 13km or 6 hours walking; optional Cape Hauy side trip additional 4km or 2 hours)
After breakfast it's time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here, you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (the local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) enroute to a patch of rainforest. Breathe in the lush moss, ferns and vibrant greens. Next you'll continue to the Tasman Peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 metres above sea level. Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument. You may opt for a side trip to Cape Hauy or join the remaining group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the white sands of Fortescue Bay. Drop your pack, sink your toes into the ocean before joining the transfer back via the airport to Hobart arriving around 5.45pm. Finish with a glass of celebratory bubbles.
Included: B - L
Year-round, with more frequent departures between September and May