Tackle Tasmania's Rugged Three Capes Lodge Hike
Tackle Tasmania's Rugged Three Capes Lodge Hike
TASMAN NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA
Four days hiking across one of the planet’s most remote and rugged landscapes with expert guides and luxurious base camps each night.
from $2,590 pp 4 Days/3 Nights $647/Day
TACKLE TASMANIA'S RUGGED THREE CAPES LODGE HIKE
TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
Built for those who like to live life on the edge, this four-day walking experience is nothing short of breathtaking.
The best way to experience a place is slowly, and in this case, with a good pair of hiking boots. Join expert guides on this four-day adventure as you hike spectacular coastal trails along the dramatic Tasman Peninsula. You’ll trek 30 miles through stunning landscapes as seabirds soar overhead, while the Southern Ocean crashes below against the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. But like any good Outside GO trip, you’ll hardly be roughing it! You’ll arrive by foot at two brand new lodges, Munro and Crescent, that offer the perfect architecturally-inspired indulgence after being in the elements all day. These are the only private accommodations offered within Tasman National Park, and you’ll be among the first to enjoy them (including the delicious local Tasmanian fare served up for meals).
The walk begins September of 2018 and is one of our few set departure dates, so get in touch to schedule your perfect adventure Down Under with this as the perfect centerpiece.
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HIKE THROUGH COASTAL WOODLAND TO CRESCENT LODGE
On day one, you’ll depart from Hobart and make your way to Port Arthur Historic Site where your private boat awaits to take you to Denman’s Cove. Keep an eye out for dolphins and seals as you cruise beneath the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. Upon your arrival, you’ll tuck into a great locally sourced lunch before a walk through the coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. Depending on the mood of the Southern Ocean, you might be able to take a dip before a mellow ascent up to the newly built Crescent Lodge, your home for the night. Revive any possible jet lag with a hot shower followed by a three-course feast of local Tasmanian gourmet fare. Wash it all down with a Tassie wine on the deck overlooking the sunset.
Total distance: 3.7 miles
SUMMIT 1,000-FOOT ARTHURS PEAK AND TRAVERSE TORNADO RIDGE
The next day, you’ll continue south to climb 1,000-foot Arthurs Peak, while enjoying views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. At the summit you’ll be greeted by White Bellied Sea Eagles, soaring in the thermal currents above. From here you’ll descend to the south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds nest in great numbers, particularly albatross, petrels, and gannets. After a picnic-style lunch, you’ll skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south to Munro Lodge, your home for the next two nights. If you’re already feeling the effects of the multi-day hiking trip, maybe you’ll indulge in a massage or facial once you arrive.
Total distance: 6.8 miles
TREK TO CAPE PILLAR ON THE HIGHEST SEA CLIFFS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
Day three is the longest, and most exciting, of the trip! You’ll be hiking nine miles through silver gum forest (a type of endemic eucalyptus) to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. The area is full of drama—your destination, Cape Pillar, is also known as Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully, and you’ll be having lunch at Chasm Lookout. Enjoy views of Tasman Island’s lighthouse before returning back to Munro Lodge, where another three-course dinner awaits. Not feeling the walk today? Spend your time at Munro Lodge enjoying one of the spa treatments and general ambience of this wild place.
Total distance: 9 miles (optional)
CLIMB MOUNT FORTESCUE AND GO FOR A CELEBRATORY SWIM
The last day is a bittersweet farewell, but not before you enjoy another eight miles of Tasmania’s gorgeous hiking trails. You’ll cross Retakunna Creek (which means “creaking trees” in local dialect), on your way to a small area of rainforest. Lush mosses, ferns, and vibrant greens surround you to almost make you forget you’re on a remote island. Next, you’ll summit the peninsula’s highest peak—Mount Fortescue, standing at 1,600 feet above sea level. From here you can either take a short 2.5 mile venture to Cape Hauy, or simply descend from Fortescue to the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay below. Celebrate your accomplishment by diving into the crystal clear water, then indulge in some canapés and a glass of sparkling wine before your departure to the next portion of your adventure Down Under.
Total distance: 8 miles
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- Hike along the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere
- Experience the only private lodges in Tasman National Park
- Summit 1,000-foot Arthurs Peak with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay
- Indulge in well deserved spa treatments and three-course meals at Munro Lodge
- Explore a variety of flora and fauna as you pass through endemic eucalypt forests and rainforests
- Climb the peninsula's highest peak, Mount Fortescue before jumping in the bay below
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