Modern Australian Magazine

Tasmania

  • Written by Gina Woodward


As the only official guided walk operator appointed to the Three Capes Track, the Tasmanian Walking Company has been formally accepted into the Great Walks of Australia Signature Collection with their new Three Capes Lodge Walk. Over the past thirty years, this company has continued to set and deliver the highest standards for guided walking holidays in Australia. They have two other Great Walks of Australia Signature Collection walks, Cradle Mountains Huts Walk and Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.

The new, fully-guided walk experience along Tasmania’s dramatic Tasman Peninsula includes exclusive use of new luxurious and sustainable eco lodges, the only private accommodation allowed within the Tasman National Park.

Chair of Great Walks of Australia, Geoff Dixon said, “The standards set by Tasmanian Walking Company are of the highest calibre. We look forward to welcoming this new product into our premium collection of walks, supported by Tourism Australia through their Signature Experiences of Australia program.”

The 46km walk takes guests to the edge of the world on this southern tip of Tasmania. From Port Arthur (with transfers from Hobart), this four-day walk starts with a boat transfer, incredible views of dolerite spires, marine and birdlife in an environment with 37,000 years of history.

Each evening, walkers settle into architecturally-designed lodges and enjoy comfort in the wilderness. These purpose-built advanced off-grid lodges are discreetly positioned off the trail, with their design responding to contours of the land. Hot showers, generous lounge areas and plush pillows on comfortable beds await hikers at the end of each day. Along with a showcase of Tasmania’s finest regional food and wine, guests may also choose to take in a bathing or massage treatment.

GM of Tasmanian Walking Company, Heath Garratt said, “It’s great to have our newest walk recognised within the Great Walks of Australia collective. Our advance bookings for this walk are both strong and well above expectations. We look forward to walking with people from all over the world, showcasing this magnificent destination on a world class walking track.”

Note: This walk will commence on 1 September 2018. Forward bookings are being taken directly by Tasmanian Walking Company, the only guided walking company authorised by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service to offer the Three Capes Track and stay within the national park overnight. The Three Capes Track and public huts originally opened in December 2015 for self-guided walkers.


Three Capes Lodge Walk by Tasmanian Walking Company 

Accessed from: Hobart, Tasmania

Commencing September 2018. Forward bookings currently being taken for walk opening.

Operating season: September - May               

Distance: 46km (28 miles)                                 Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Grade: moderate                                              Group size: 14 guests maximum

Price: from $2790pp all-inclusive twin share      Optional extras: bathing/massage treatments

Walk itinerary

Day 1 – Hobart to Crescent Lodge (6km)

Depart Hobart and arrive at Port Arthur township. Private boat ride to Denman’s Cove where walkers enjoy lunch before a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. If the Southern Ocean allows, guests can take a swim before walking up to Crescent Lodge. With far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, the lodge provides hot showers while guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course meal of local Tasmanian produce and sunset drinks on the deck.

Day 2 – Crescent Lodge to Munro Lodge (11km)

The walking group heads due south to enjoy views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300m above sea level, is truly worth the rewarding ocean vista. Lunch follows an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are aplenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. Walkers skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Munro Lodge, home for the next two nights.

Day 3 walk – Munro Lodge Return (15km)

This is the most adventurous day (and is optional). Walkers head through silver gum forest, a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island. Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout with the Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. Then a direct return home to Munro.

Day 4 walk – Munro Lodge to Fortescue Bay (13km with optional Cape Huay side trip +4km)

Walkers say farewell to their home and head to cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) enroute to the rainforest. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing 490m above sea level. Guests enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument before taking the side trip to enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy or wait for the final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay when a celebratory swim or a sooth of hiking weary feet in the cool Southern Ocean waters awaits. After canapes & sparkling wine, guests return to Hobart.

Great Walks of Australia 

Great Walks of Australia is a collective of 13 privately owned walks that highlight the very best of Australia’s premium, guided, multiday walk experiences – with coastal, inland and outback trails, high end accommodation, outstanding regional food and wine, and expert guides. Since its inception in 2012, Great Walks of Australia continues to grow with new member walks to the group, increased brand awareness, and partnerships through activity in the domestic and international markets that are key to the premium tourism sector of walking in Australia.

Signature Collection Walks (11 members):

Northern Territory: Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort by Australian Walking Holidays

Queensland: Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers Retreats

South Australia: The Arkaba Walk by Wild Bush Luxury; Murray River Walk by Luxury River Trails

Tasmania: Freycinet Experience Walk; The Maria Island Walk; and Tasmanian Walking Company’s three walks: Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Three Capes Lodge Walk

Victoria: Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk by Australian Walking Company

Western Australia: Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk by Walk into Luxury

Member Walks (new member tier introduced in 2017, differ from above Signature Collection by one selection criteria only, be it non-exclusive accommodation or shorter walk duration):

NSW: Seven Peaks Walk by Pinetrees, Lord Howe Island; Blue Mountains Grand Traverse by Auswalk

Australia Today

Your Winter Hot Water System Guide for 2019

News Company

Your hot water system is important no matter the time of the year it might be. That means that you will want to make sure that you have a system that is in good working order, naturally. After all, one of the worst feelings is to get ready for a hot shower in the morning, only to find out that t...

As the dust of the election settles, Australia's wildlife still needs a pathway for recovery

Rachel Morgain, Knowledge Broker, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

The Darling River near Louth NSW, April 2019, in the midst of a drought compounded by upstream irrigation policies.Jaana Dielenberg, Author providedThe environment was a keyconcern in the recent federal election. It was also a polarising one, with concerns raised about regional industries and liveli...

The long and complicated history of Aboriginal involvement in football

Roy Hay, Honorary Fellow, Deakin University

Over the next two weekends, the Australian Football League celebrates the contribution of Indigenous peoples to the history of the game. At the same time, a new documentary will show how one of the modern Indigenous superstars of the sport, Adam Goodes, was driven from it by prejudice and repeated d...

Curious Kids: why are there waves?

Mark Hemer, Senior Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere, CSIRO

Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation, CC BY-NC-NDCurious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation...

Friday essay: YouTube apologies and reality TV revelations

Kate Douglas, Professor, Flinders University

A little over a year ago, former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith made a tearful confession and apology to the public, having been banned from cricket for 12 months for ball tampering. Smith’s confession was expected. As Australian captain, he would take responsibility for the indiscreti...

Holidays & Travel

What to Do When Traveling From Australia to USA

Planning a trip to USA with your friends for the first time? Well, then you have miraculously landed at the right page. We have done all the homework to prepare...

5 Top Offbeat Things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong sure has some quirky attractions hidden up its sleeve. And if you are looking for some unusual sights and unique fun activities to experience, you won’t be disappointed...

Exploring Whakatane NZ

One of the most exciting road trips travelers can embark on is a motorhome hire new zealand journey. This unique and exciting country has it all when it comes to...

Important Considerations When Choosing Broome Accommodation

Broome is a fantastic place for visitors of all ages. Whether you want to lounge on the golden sands of Cable beach or take the kids to learn something new...

A tour guide to Melbourne

Welcome to the second most populous city in Australia with its beautiful sites and amazing scenery. Melbourne has been identified in so many spheres as one of the most livable...

Top 5 Places to Visit in Australia

The sheer, breathtaking expanse of the Australian continent is a thing of beauty. The vast landmass is actually packed with awe-inspiring landmarks to see and countless blood-pumping activities to partake...

Adhari Park: Why is it one of the must-visit sites in Bahrain?

Despite its small area that does not exceed the 1,000 square kilometers mark, the Kingdom of Bahrain is known for being rich of touristic sites and attractions. Bahrain comprises destinations...

Exciting Off Road Adventures In Western Australia

Western Australia has long been a top destination for off roading enthusiasts from all across the world. One look at some of the top off road destinations on offer in...

Things to Do and See in Ballina, Australia

The intricate coastline of New South Wales is renowned for its sumptuous, decadent beaches, hidden resorts and secret camping spots. A long and slow ride down the winding highway that...

Fashion & Beauty

Should you get a hair transplant in Turkey if your hair is grey?

The color of hair is a result of the pigment melanin which is made by special cells called melanocytes. The production of the pigment is largely genetically determined so you...

Marvelous Makeover - 5 Tips to Revitalize Your Look This Summer

The winter months can wreak havoc on your health and wellbeing. Your skin can dry out, your hair darkens and can go oily, and even your body changes as you...

The Gentleman’s Guide to Wearing Custom Ties

Ties are the finishing touch to your outfit and set you apart from the cloud. But with so many designs, patterns, and options to choose from, getting one that matches the...

5 unique ways to extract toxins from your body

City living can be great apart from all the environmental stresses that your skin is exposed to. Pollution, dirt’s and oils are constantly present no matter where we go so...

Modern Snapback Hats trending in Australia

Modern snapback hats are already the latest craze in the world of fashion, once again. They had ruled the roost way back in the 90s by becoming an indispensable part...

5 Tips Designed to Help Accentuate Your Hourglass Figure

Loving your body can be a difficult task at the age of social media. From the moment we wake up till we go to sleep, we’re constantly bombarded with photos...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

EXYRA eyewearShould you get a hair transplant in Turkey if your hair is grey?Do You Need a Tummy Tuck or Just Liposuction?Best 4 Sassicaia Wine with Soothing Taste and AromaMarvelous Makeover - 5 Tips to Revitalize Your Look This SummerWhat to Expect When Recovering from Gynecomastia SurgeryClickClack Pantry Range | Helping Australians save time & moneyThe Gentleman’s Guide to Wearing Custom TiesGynecomastia – Understanding the Facts and Treatment OptionsIs Coffee Good for you10 Foods Which Reduce Blood Sugar Levels4 Unexpected Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Your HairWhat to Do When Traveling From Australia to USAWhat we should know about ‘nitric oxide’ and why we need more of itDownsizing: What Is Too Small?