Three Capes Track, Wineglass Bay & Maria Island

5 days of fantastic walk along Tasmania’s East Coast. Includes Wineglass Bay, Maria Island and the Three Capes Track. Comfortable accommodation, all meals. $2,100pp – 5 days ex Hobart, most moderate terrain, 46km

The East Coast of Tasmania is a mecca for walking. Trek some of it’s highlights on this 5 day lodge accommodated guided walking tour. From the sprawling aquamarine Wineglass Bay to the mighty heights of Maria Island and the Three Capes Track this tour will leave you with a fever for hiking in Tasmania.

Three Capes Track, Wineglass Bay & Maria Island. Tasmania’s East Coast Highlights Tour at a glance:

  • 3-4 Star lodge accommodation.
  • 5 days – 4 days of walking the best of the East Coast of Tasmania.
  • Includes the very best walks around Wineglass Bay, Maria Island and Three Capes
  • Start in Launceston and finish in Hobart
  • Moderate to challenging walks, with some steep ascents and descents
  • Professional guide/s
  • Air conditioned mini bus
  • Small group size (maximum 12)

Want to see more of Tasmania? Check out your options to combine this tour with another one of our Tasmanian walking tours.

Click here to Download our East Coast Tasmania Tour – Info For Walkers Document

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Tour Length:
5 days
Distance walked:
Various distances
Difficulty:
Moderate to challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
2 – 6. Jan 2021
23 – 27. Jan 2021
13 – 17. Feb 2021
12 – 16. Mar 2021
14 – 18. Nov 2021
24 – 28. Nov 2021

Highlights of this walk

The walks are mostly moderate, but with some challenge comes the satisfying reward of achievement and splendid vistas that will buoy your spirit to remember. Also, there are echidnas and wombats.

 

 

Walking Tour Itinerary

Your guides will take you to the best walks on the spectacular East Coast of Tasmania, enhancing your understanding of the nature and history of the areas you visit.  Each night you’ll stay in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a shower and a good night’s sleep.

Please note, the plan may alter depending on weather conditions, accommodation availability and local advice.

Day 1: Arrival Day with welcome dinner

Day 1: Arrival Day with welcome dinner

Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to your first nights stay in Launceston. We will see you in the lobby of the hotel at 6pm for a tour briefing followed by a 7pm welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Meals: D

Day 2: Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay Circuit

Day 2: Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay Circuit

11.5km

The view over Coles Bay toward the Hazard Range Freycinet Peninsula draws us in to this iconic national park.

Enjoy a gorgeous 11.5km circuit walk which takes in the white sand beach of Wineglass Bay and the equally beautiful Hazards Beach on the other side of the Cape Freycinet isthmus.

After our walk, and perhaps an icy but refreshing swim, we head to Swansea, our home for the evening.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: Maria Island Walk

Day 3: Maria Island Walk

12km

A quick ferry ride and we are at the beautiful Maria Island Tasmania.  There are are few options today but the most scenic is a challenging but rewarding climb up Mt Bishop and Clerk. The walk is steep but the views from the dolerite columns at the summit of the mountain are sensational. The forested section of path offers delightful walking, with glimpses of ocean beyond the sheer cliffs.

For those wanting an easy day, there’s plenty to explore including the Painted Cliffs, the Fossil Cliffs and the old Darlington settlement, which has seen many transformations over the years.

After our ferry trip back to the mainland we’ll head south to the historic town of Port Arthur and our accommodation for the next two evenings.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsula, Cape Raoul

Day 4: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsula, Cape Raoul

14km

Today we will explore the second of the Three Capes on the Three Cape Track, after a short drive from Port Arthur.

Our walk today starts off inland where we get to enjoy some beautiful heath country. As we come closer to the coastline the bush opens up and we get some of our first glimpses of the absolutely spectacular dolerite cliffs of the Tasman National Park. If we’re lucky we may encounter some of those intense winds the capes are famous for.

Eventually the trail starts heading east along the cliff tops and we descend onto the Cape Raoul plateau. Here we are rewarded with coastal banksia scrub and the odd glimpses of the northern coastline and the impressive 300m high cliffs of Cape Pillar in the distance. Once we’ve had plenty of time taking in all the beautiful scenery at the end of Cape Raoul we make our way back the same way to the bus.

From the end of the walk it is a short drive back to Port Arthur for our final night together.

Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 5: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsula, Cape Hauy

Day 5: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsula, Cape Hauy

8km

Our last walk, on the Tasman Peninsula, is nothing short of spectacular.  Part of the Three Capes Track, as we’ve come to expect from Tasmania, there are up’s and there are downs and there are absolutely incredible views to marvel at.

As we walk along Cape Hauy the promontory narrows and the views get better and better. Massive dolerite cliffs descend vertically into the ocean on either side, making this an exciting walk to finish on.

In the early afternoon it’s a 1.5hr drive back to Hobart, arriving late afternoon.

Meals: B,L

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

During our time in Tasmania we’ll stay in variety of accommodation from comfortable, self contained cottages and cabins to motel style rooms. Accommodation is on a double or twin share basis. A limited number of single supplements are available – please let us know if you would like this option when booking.

1 night: Grand Chancellor Launceston

Located in the heart of Launceston, we will stay here for the first night before an early departure for Wineglass Bay the next day. To celebrate our journey ahead we will enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. Rooms are standard Twin share/Queen rooms with ensuites.

1 nights: Swansea Motor Inn

Our launching pad to Maria Island, Swansea Motor Inn overlooks the Great Oyster Bay with the renowned Hazards of Freycinet National Park in the distance. Watch the sun rise over the water and pelicans fishing near the beach in the afternoon. We’ll head to the Bark Mill Tavern for a generous and hearty dinner.

2 night: Fox and Hounds Inn.

With great access to the Three Capes Track, the Fox and Hound motel is situated right next to Stingaree Bay a little outside of Port Arthur in a really picturesque and quiet setting. We will have dinner at the restaurant.

At all of the locations we will meet up together to share breakfast and to make our packed lunches for the days walk. We will enjoy dinner at local restaurants for the duration of the tour.

 

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book.

Food

All meals are included unless indicated in the itinerary.

Breakfast comprises cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads with juice, tea and coffee.

Lunch is self-made from supplied breads, salads and meats.

We’ll eat dinner at various local establishments close to, or at, our accommodation. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Each day we provide morning tea whilst out on a walk and fruit is available for snacks. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks (e.g. muesli bars, nuts) if you feel you need them. There will be some limited opportunity to purchase additional supplies and alcohol throughout the tour.

Your out of pocket expenses for this trip include snacks and alcohol.

Transport

We’ll use a comfortable 12 seat, air conditioned commuter bus for the tour.

This walk includes

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All meals, using fresh Tasmanian produce where possible

Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner are included each day throughout the tour. Some dinners may be at your own expense, as indicated on the itinerary

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Comfortable cabin and hotel accommodation

We stay in three locations on this tour. See the ‘Accommodation’ section for more details.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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Maria Island Ferry

We’ll take to the water to access Maria Island

Minibus transport throughout Tasmania

Watch the scenery glide by from the comfort of our air conditioned vehicle

National Park entrance fees

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

Tasmania Walks FAQs

How should I prepare for the walks in Tasmania?

Most of the walks on this tour are moderate to challenging – and are more challenging without adequate preparation. Tasmania seems to be made of hills, and we’re set to climb a lot of them, which can be hard on the knees, thighs and glutes. However, the walks are achievable to those of good fitness. Training prior to the tour will ensure you enjoy it and reduce your chance of injury.

The best way to prepare physically for the trip is to walk up and down hills or stairs, over a variety of surfaces. Try to walk frequently. By the start of our tour you should be able to comfortably walk 15 km and be confident up and down hills.

One great tip to prepare for the rocky surfaces is to step over a series of milk crates. The key with rocky terrain is to lift up your leg nice and high.

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How hard are the walks in Tasmania?

By our estimation, most of our guests will find the tour roughly;

30% easy, 55% moderate and about 15% challenging.

For those who choose to do the summit of Mt Rufus (optional walk on the Central Highlands Tour), the percentage of challenge, would be slightly higher.

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About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book. We won’t always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen beds with a single supplement due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and the team bake some mean cakes. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious dinner at a restaurant with the group.

What people have said

I completed the 10 day “Tasmania’s best guided” walk with Rachelle & Stacey during November 2018. We were lucky enough to have brilliant weather to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes I’ve walked! Rachelle and Stacey were amazing professional guides as they were well organised, knowledgeable and full of passion and fun. Thoroughly recommend this walk and Inspiration Outdoors, I’ve put Inspiration Outdoors on my annual Australian walk list

Linley K, Best of Tasmania Tour 2019

What an amazing 10 days I have just completed with awesome guide Stacey and my fellow hikers. The itinerary was well thought out and demonstrated the diversity Tasmania has to offer. The walks were challenging yet achievable. No chance of going hungry with an abundance of food provided including homemade cakes for morning tea. The accommodation was always comfortable and usually located to include some great views. This is my second trip with Inspiration Outdoors and again they have exceeded my expectations. I totally recommend this trip.

Trip Advisor, The Best of Tasmania 2019

Pricing

$2,100 pp twin share. ($355 Single Supplement)

$350 deposit to hold your place

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  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
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