Walk the Tasman Peninsula
From 26/12/2023 to 16/02/2024
Stay in the fascinating village of Port Arthur, a small place with a big history.
A former penal colony, there are a wealth of stories to uncover here.
Hike to the unusual, jagged spires of Cape Raoul, taking in showstopping views of Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak, Mt Fortescue and the soaring cliffs of Cape Pillar along the way.
Venture through gorgeous woodland dotted with wildflowers to come upon the dramatic dolerite columns of Cape Hauy which plunge into a wild sea below.
Start and end your adventure in the flourishing city of Hobart, paying a visit to ningina tunapri - TMAG's Tasmanian Aboriginal culture gallery.
Breakfasts Included: 3.
Lunches Included: 3.
Motel (3 Nights).
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Hobart - ningina tunapri TMAG's Tasmanian Aboriginal culture gallery.
Port Arthur - Historic Site Visit & Cruise.
Tasman Peninsula - Cape Raoul Track.
Tasman Peninsula - Cape Hauy Track.
Tasman Peninsula - Remarkable Cave.
Tasman Peninsula - Waterfall Bay, Tessellated Pavement & Tasman Arch.
Tasman Peninsula - Canoe Bay Walk.
Itinerary / more information
1 - Hobart Welcome to Tasmania! Your walking adventure begins in Hobart (nipaluna in the language of the muwinina and palawa peoples, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Hobart is now located). Meet your local leader and travel companions for a 9:30am welcome meeting and pick up something tasty to have later for lunch. Take a short walk to ningina tunapri - TMAG's Tasmanian Aboriginal culture gallery - to start our journey off by connecting to the Traditional Owners of Tasmania. Then say goodbye to Hobart and make tracks for the historic village of Port Arthur. On arrival, learn more about Port Arthur's history as a former penal colony on a visit to the historic site.
2 - Tasman Peninsula Fuel up for the day ahead with breakfast at your accommodation, then drive to the trailhead of the Cape Raoul track. Follow the trail away from the coast through heathland which eventually gives way to views of the showstopping dolerite cliffs of the Tasman National Park. Walk along a plateau alive with yellow-flecked coastal scrub as glimpses of Mt Brown, Arthurs Peak, Mt Fortescue and the soaring cliffs of Cape Pillar are revealed to you. Finally, you'll come upon the dramatic and jagged spires of Cape Raoul, an unusual and fascinating sight. Pause for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot along the track, then head back along the same path before returning to Port Arthur for an evening at leisure.
3 - Tasman Peninsula Jutting into the Tasman Sea, the dolerite columns and sea stacks of Cape Hauy are really something special. Head out to explore this unique landscape today, setting out after breakfast to the walking track's trailhead. First walk through delightful woodland and heath, dotted with colourful wildflowers, then descend towards the cape along a steep set of stone steps. Stop en route for a picnic lunch and take the opportunity to admire your incredible surroundings. Continue along to Cape Hauy and feel like you're on the edge of the earth as wild waves crash into the striking dolerite formations. Once you've had your fill of stunning scenery, return the way you came and head back to Port Arthur for an evening at leisure. Perhaps use the opportunity to uncover the village's spooky past during an after dark tour.
4 - Tasman Peninsula This morning it's time to stretch your legs and head out on your final walk. Visit the aptly named Remarkable Cave which impresses with its sea-carved sandstone tunnels, then head to Fortescue Bay. Begin your walk by strolling the beautiful white sands of the bay before crossing a rocky headland sheltered Canoe Bay. Look out for Little Penguins that live between the boulders. Return the same way after a picnic lunch. On your way back to Hobart we'll stop to visit Waterfall Bay, Tasman Arch and Tessellated Pavement. Arrival back into Hobart will be around 5pm, at which point your adventure will come to an end.
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