Three Capes, TAS

 Australia

The Tasman Peninsula just south of Tasmania, the last stop before thousands of nautical miles of ocean meet Antarctica.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
September to May

Accommodation:
Lodge accommodation based on twin-share

Hiking the Three Capes

You'll explore some of its most spectacular sights over five fantastic days of walking and sightseeing on this adventure.

Starting from Hobart, you’ll quickly make your way to the wild, rugged start of the trek at Cape Hauy. From your nightly base in a comfortable lodge, you’ll explore some of the towering clifftops, flowering coastal heathland and rainforest pockets that make this one of the best trekking destinations in the world. From Crescent Bay to Shipstern Bluff to Mount Brown, each landmark is more spectacular than the next.

Dramatic cliffs rising up from the ocean
Cliffs facing the ocean. Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek with your teammates and guides through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world
  • See the highest sea cliffs in Australia, and gaze out to the endless sea beyond
  • Challenge yourself with five days of trekking over boardwalks, stone paths and up mountain peaks and be rewarded with unsurpassed views
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Hobart- Fortescue Bay to Cape Huay

We’re up early to convene as a group and depart the Hotel Grand Chancellor at 8:00am. Our first walk of the adventure is to Cape Huay on a well-constructed trail with stone steps almost the entire way.  From the top of the first saddle, extensive panoramic views stretch far north past the Forester Coast to Maria Island, and south towards the ridges of Cape Pillar. Later, we’re treated to views of the exceptional Candlestick and Totem Pole rock formations, large columns of dolerite jutting out of the ocean. After a memorable first day’s walk, we head on to our lodge for well-earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous meal prepared by your guides.

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Port Arthur to Cape Raoul

After breakfast, we begin our walk out to Cape Raoul. Offering some of the most stunning coastal lookouts in Tasmania, Cape Raoul is an excellent return loop within the Tasman National Park. With only a few steep sections, this is a comfortable walk allowing ample time to enjoy the expansive views of the surrounding Tasman Peninsula and further south to Bruny Island. We follow the trail east along the cliff tops, descending onto the Cape Raoul plateau. From there, the landscape changes to stunning coastal banksia scrubs and we soon see the first glimpses of the northern coastline including Mt Brown, Arthur’s Peak and Mt Fortescue. We return to the lodge for another well-earned dinner. 

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Crescent Bay and Mount Brown

This morning we head out for a short walk on the Crescent Bay and Mount Brown track. Tucked between the Remarkable Caves and Port Arthur, this trail plays host to the most spectacular beach on the Tasman Peninsula. In addition to the enormous sand dunes (where we may even spot an echidna!) and the crystal-clear waters of Crescent Bay, the hike to the summit of Mount Brown offers vast panoramic views of the peninsula’s rugged coastline. This afternoon is free to relax or explore. You might wish to take another short walk or visit the Port Arthur Historic Site (at own expense).

Trekking Distance: 9km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shipstern Bluff Walk

Today we head out on the breathtakingly beautiful Shipstern Bluff walk. We trek through bushland, across a small creek and then head uphill onto the heathland. As we exit the heathland forest we’ll get a fantastic view of Shipstern and Cape Raoul. Descending to the base of Shipstern Bluff can be tricky so we’ll take it slow. Trekking out on a rocky plateau, we’ll get a sense of the true magnitude of the cliffs. We return to our lodge to rest and freshen up before enjoying a final dinner together to celebrate our successful adventure. 

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay and return to Hobart

After breakfast, we pack up our bags and make our way North. En route to Hobart, we’ll stop to explore the blowhole and beach at Pirates Bay. Our last stop is to discover the tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck and find out why this picturesque site is so unique. We then return to Hobart, bidding our teammates farewell and reflecting on all we’ve achieved together. 

Trekking Distance: 2km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Depart Hobart- Fortescue Bay to Cape Huay

We’re up early to convene as a group and depart the Hotel Grand Chancellor at 8:00am. Our first walk of the adventure is to Cape Huay on a well-constructed trail with stone steps almost the entire way.  From the top of the first saddle, extensive panoramic views stretch far north past the Forester Coast to Maria Island, and south towards the ridges of Cape Pillar. Later, we’re treated to views of the exceptional Candlestick and Totem Pole rock formations, large columns of dolerite jutting out of the ocean. After a memorable first day’s walk, we head on to our lodge for well-earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous meal prepared by your guides.

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Port Arthur to Cape Raoul

After breakfast, we begin our walk out to Cape Raoul. Offering some of the most stunning coastal lookouts in Tasmania, Cape Raoul is an excellent return loop within the Tasman National Park. With only a few steep sections, this is a comfortable walk allowing ample time to enjoy the expansive views of the surrounding Tasman Peninsula and further south to Bruny Island. We follow the trail east along the cliff tops, descending onto the Cape Raoul plateau. From there, the landscape changes to stunning coastal banksia scrubs and we soon see the first glimpses of the northern coastline including Mt Brown, Arthur’s Peak and Mt Fortescue. We return to the lodge for another well-earned dinner. 

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Crescent Bay and Mount Brown

This morning we head out for a short walk on the Crescent Bay and Mount Brown track. Tucked between the Remarkable Caves and Port Arthur, this trail plays host to the most spectacular beach on the Tasman Peninsula. In addition to the enormous sand dunes (where we may even spot an echidna!) and the crystal-clear waters of Crescent Bay, the hike to the summit of Mount Brown offers vast panoramic views of the peninsula’s rugged coastline. This afternoon is free to relax or explore. You might wish to take another short walk or visit the Port Arthur Historic Site (at own expense).

Trekking Distance: 9km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shipstern Bluff Walk

Today we head out on the breathtakingly beautiful Shipstern Bluff walk. We trek through bushland, across a small creek and then head uphill onto the heathland. As we exit the heathland forest we’ll get a fantastic view of Shipstern and Cape Raoul. Descending to the base of Shipstern Bluff can be tricky so we’ll take it slow. Trekking out on a rocky plateau, we’ll get a sense of the true magnitude of the cliffs. We return to our lodge to rest and freshen up before enjoying a final dinner together to celebrate our successful adventure. 

Trekking Distance: 8km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay and return to Hobart

After breakfast, we pack up our bags and make our way North. En route to Hobart, we’ll stop to explore the blowhole and beach at Pirates Bay. Our last stop is to discover the tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck and find out why this picturesque site is so unique. We then return to Hobart, bidding our teammates farewell and reflecting on all we’ve achieved together. 

Trekking Distance: 2km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Three Capes trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

On this trek, you’ll be staying at The Three Capes & Tasman Lodge in Port Arthur. The lodge is a six bedroom, six bathroom hiking lodge set on 45 acres of bushland, with sea views of the Tasman Coast. All bedrooms have their own ensuite, and a large verandah wraps around the lodge. There are shared living and dining facilities.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental. Lunch varies from day to day, but includes things like meat, salad, bread and wraps, roast chicken and salad or quiche. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides (unless it is specified that we will be dining out). The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

Temperatures in the Three Capes region are moderate, with summer average highs of 20°C, dropping to 12°C overnight. In Spring and Autumn, temperatures average around 14-17°C during the day, and 7-12°C at night. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in lodge, based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Three Capes trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

On this trek, you’ll be staying at The Three Capes & Tasman Lodge in Port Arthur. The lodge is a six bedroom, six bathroom hiking lodge set on 45 acres of bushland, with sea views of the Tasman Coast. All bedrooms have their own ensuite, and a large verandah wraps around the lodge. There are shared living and dining facilities.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental. Lunch varies from day to day, but includes things like meat, salad, bread and wraps, roast chicken and salad or quiche. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides (unless it is specified that we will be dining out). The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

Temperatures in the Three Capes region are moderate, with summer average highs of 20°C, dropping to 12°C overnight. In Spring and Autumn, temperatures average around 14-17°C during the day, and 7-12°C at night. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

 

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in lodge, based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • National Park fees

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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