12 Reasons You Should Walk the Three Capes Track in Winter
Dramatic scenery, furry friends and atmospheric skies – yes you might even see an aurora on Tassie's cool, dark nights. In case you need more reasons to walk the Three Capes Track this winter, here are just a few.
1. Cape Pillar
Stand at the very end of The Blade and take in the beauty that is Tasman Island, then continue on the new track to The Chasm and peer down nearly 300 m to the ocean below.
Cape Pillar / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
peer down nearly 300 m to the ocean below
2. Your retreat
At the end of an invigorating day's walking, what better than having a cabin to shelter in. With the social space heated, just pour a hot drink and relax! (Did we mention the beds? – they are sooo good!)
The Retreat / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
Just pour a hot drink and relax
3. Cape Raoul
A fantastic day-walk (5 hr) that's part of the Three Capes Track. Spend a night on the Tasman Peninsula to walk this before starting the multi-day walk.
Cape Raoul / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
4. Time to reconnect
Take a deep breath and feel the stresses of everyday life slip away. Enjoy these four days to reconnect with nature, loved ones and yourself.
Lookout, Three Capes Track / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
reconnect with nature, loved ones and yourself
5. The boat cruise
The Pennicott Wilderness Journey's eco-cruise that takes you to the start of the walk is an exhilarating introduction to the adventure. (Dolphins might drop by to say hi.)
Boarding Pennicott Wilderness Adventures / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
an exhilarating introduction to the adventure
6. The art
The art installations along the trail are fascinating. It's worth stopping at each to read the stories about where you are.
Art work / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
7. The views
There are so many different types of scenery – from dizzying cliff-top heights to moody, moss-covered rainforest – and keep an eye on the sky at night, you just might catch an aurora.
Three Capes Track / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
from dizzying cliff-top heights to moody, moss-covered rainforest
8. The track
From the boardwalks and steps, to the wide and dry gravel paths, the track is perfectly constructed.
Boardwalk / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
9. The warm welcome
Stationed at each cabin, the host rangers are really welcoming and love telling a good story. Aside from keeping the place spick ‘n' span, they share their knowledge of the park and its history with walkers.
Arriving at your accommodation / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
10. The Port Arthur Historic Site
A fascinating part of the experience and worth arriving early for – and returning to again! All walkers receive a two year pass to this World-Heritage site, so it's worth setting aside a day just to explore it.
Port Arthur Historic Site / Poon Wai Nang
it's worth setting aside a day just to explore it
11. The beach
Fortescue Bay is a beautiful end to the walk. A refreshing swim in the water is a great way to wash off the aches and welcome yourself back to reality.
On the beach / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
12. The shower
Yep, there's a hot shower on Day 2. It's the icing on the cake.
End of an adventure / Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service