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Travel Tip

12 Reasons You Should Walk the Three Capes Track In Winter

Tim Clark
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 aerial view three capes walk track tasmania
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The 'blade' at Cape Pillar

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!)

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Retakunna cabin, your accommodation for on day 3

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 three capes track tasman peninsula tasmania
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Cape Raoul, Tasmania

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.

couple hugging standing at a lookout on cliff face at the three capes track tasmania
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Take a deep breath

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.)

walkers waiting to board penicott wilderness tour
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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.

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Witness the art along the Three Capes Track

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.

aerial view cliff face three capes track tasman peninsula tasmania
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Views from dizzying cliff top heights

8. The track

From the boardwalks and steps, to the wide and dry gravel paths, the track is perfectly constructed.

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This track is perfectly constructed

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.

Hikers arriving at accommodation on the three capes walk
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Be welcomed by the Host Rangers

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.

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Port Arthur, Tasmania

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.

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Welcome yourself back to reality with a swim

12. The shower

Yep, there’s a hot shower on Day 2. It’s the icing on the cake.

couple on three capes walk tasman peninsula taking photo on cliff
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Three Capes Walk, Tasmania

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