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 2: Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay Circuit
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.
Day 3: Maria Island Walk
A quick ferry ride and we alight at the beautiful Maria Island. An island steeped in interesting Tasmanian Aboriginal and post-Settlement history, there is lots to explore for the day. Visit the Fossil Cliffs, an old limestone quarry with fossils of ancient sea creatures embedded within the rock; and the Painted Cliffs, formed from Triassic sandstone that show-cases spectacular colouration from seeping groundwater and fantastic shapes sculpted by often fierce salt-laden winds.
Another landmark is Darlington township, with it’s fascinating re-inventions, including starting life as a penal colony before a new owner tried their hand at silk and cement production, finally being reserved as a wildlife sanctuary, which continues today.
Throughout the day, observe the numerous forester kangaroos, Cape Barren geese and the adorable waddling wombats from Flinders Island, whilst walking through various plant communities including dry sclerophyll Eucalypt woodlands, and cleared grasslands
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.
Day 4: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsula, Cape Raoul
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
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.