There will be up to 48 people booked to start the walk each day, year round. With spaced departures, this means the track will feel yours alone. Rest assured the sleeping quarters are designed to maximise group privacy. Yet, cabins cater for 48 per night for shared cooking and dining, it also means you’re bound to finish with new Three Capes comrades.
The Three Capes Track has been designed to cater for a broad range of ages and abilities. For many, this will mark their first multi-day walk. The track emulates a ‘pathway’ and is a metre in width traversing gravel, rock and timber surfaces. If someone needs uphill encouraging, walk side by side, a rarity on multi-day hikes. Whether new to walking or a seasoned adventurer, the high standard track is a good fit for those who prefer ocean over boot views.
If you exercise regularly, and are capable of walking about four hours daily over four consecutive days, you will be fine. The dry track is well formed and all steeper sections have well-built steps (refer to the elevation profile (PDF 1Mb) for daily climbs). Along the way there are intriguing artfully constructed seats to slip off your pack and take a breather. For those looking to acquire fitness, we recommend by starting with a 30 minute daily walk and build up to four hours. Be sure to trial walking with the pack you intend to take, so you feel fully prepared.
The track is designed to take you near to the edge, but you decide how close to approach. For the intrepid, this means peering over the edge, while for others standing several metres back feels more comfortable. Rather than provide artificial barriers, the track construction uses natural features, such as large boulders, to reduce exposure. Regardless, the views from the track showcase the coastal cliffs without needing to test your nerves.
The lighter pack weights and achievable daily distances make the track a suitable introduction to overnight walking for children. The guidebook introduces stories along the track, many with an artful story seat for you to rest at. Many parents who’ve walked the track with children found them perfect for breaking each day’s walk into shorter sections. Any bookings for children (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult. Parents wishing to walk with an infant (under 3) need to phone us to book their trip (there is a maximum of 2 infants per day).
Yes. With high quality track and cabin accommodation, lighter pack weights, and rich interpretative stories, we think Three Capes Track is ideally suited for Educational Groups. If you wish to make an Education group booking, please read and complete the registration form (PDF 1.3Mb).
The following facilities are provided at the three cabin sites:
Comfortable mattresses in shared sleeping quarters
Gas cooktops, saucepans, frying pans and kettles in the shared kitchen (no microwave ovens or fridge)
Cooking utensils. (Bring your own knives, forks, spoons, cup, plate, bowl)
Dining tables and stools
Outdoor tables and bench seating
USB Charging stations (5 volt) for your mobile devices
Heating in the social hub
Toilets with handwash basins
2 outdoor showers (at Munro cabin only)
Host Ranger to greet you and answer questions
At each site, there are two separate sleeping cabins linked by a timber deck. The cabins sleep 48 in total in a co-share arrangement, with 6 rooms configured for 4 walkers and 3 rooms configured for 8 walkers. The 8-walker rooms include a partial wall, effectively making two smaller rooms for four walkers. You may be sharing a room with families that include children or an infant. Each walker has their own bunk bed with a single mattress (203cm x 90cm). For a sneak peek, click here.
The Host Ranger at each site has a list of arriving walkers, and will make their best effort to put people on the same booking in the same room.
If you are travelling with friends or family who are making separate bookings, you must use the comments box so that we can identify you as a group and allocate the appropriate sized room. Enter a group name (e.g. ABC Club - 6 persons) or enter all name/s of your friends/family.
The 4 day/3 night walk has been designed with comfort in mind. Tempted to move permanently into Munro cabin or hightail the 46 kilometres in record speed? Neither are possible – we’ve crafted your journey across four days to be safe, un-crowded and above all, a joy. You’ll spend the first night at Surveyors Cove, the second at Munro and the third at Retakunna Creek. Beds are allocated by a Host Ranger, ready to answer any questions you might have.
Mobile reception is available on the first two days, partially on day three and across most locations on day four. There is reception at Surveyors and Retakunna, and limited reception at Munro cabin. Not all mobile phone providers offer service in the region so check with your provider before departing. Phone/tablet charging ports are available in each of the cabins.
Yes, what better way to experience nature than swimming in the pristine waters at Denmans Cove and celebrate reaching your destination with a dip in the clear blue waters of Fortescue Bay.
To ensure a cracker Tasmanian holiday, there’s plenty more information and further experiences to be found on Discover Tasmania and Hobart and Beyond. For information on where to stay and what to do while visiting the Tasman Peninsula region, please refer to our Touring Map (PDF 1.7Mb), or contact the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network at Port Arthur on +61 3 6251 2371 (between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) or email@example.com.
The shuttle bus leaves Fortescue Bay at 2pm and 4pm and takes 30 minutes to return to Port Arthur. The 2pm shuttle connects with a 3pm Gray Line service, and the 4pm shuttle connects with a 4:45pm Pennicott Wilderness Journeys service. For more information, and to make a booking with one of these, please contact the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network at Port Arthur on +61 3 6251 2371 (between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three regular passenger transport services between Hobart and Port Arthur. For timetable and fare information please click on the links below:
There are also a number of taxis and charter bus operators that service the Tasman Peninsula. For more information, and to make a booking with one of these companies, please contact the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network at Port Arthur on +61 3 6251 2371 (between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) or email@example.com.
Yes. There is a long-term carpark, which is signposted for Three Capes Track walkers, within the Port Arthur Historic Site.
If for some reason you can't make the date you have booked, you can change it. This, of course, is subject to availability. There is no cost if you notify us more than 3 days from your start date but you may incur a fee if you provide us less than 3 days notice. Please refer to section 3.1 of the Terms and Conditions for specific details.
If for some reason you can’t make the date you have booked, we encourage you to alter your booking to a later date.
If you cannot arrange for a later date, and request a refund, a cancellation fee does apply. If your cancellation is more than 14 days from your start date, the cancellation fee is 25% of the booking fee (even if the cancellation is due to medical reasons).
If cancelling with less than 14 days from your start date, refunds are generally not provided. Please refer to section 3.2 of the Terms and Conditions for specific details.
If cancelling for medical reasons with less than 14 days but more than 3 days from your start date, a 75% refund is offered, if you provide a medical certificate.
If cancelling less than 3 days from your start date, no refund is offered.
PWS strongly recommends that you arrange travel insurance for the period of your walk and any associated travel.
Yes - expect atmospheric skies, bracing winds, cold nights, and of course some rain (you may even be treated to an amazing aurora!). To find out more about the winter conditions, please refer to the Tasman Island climate data.
The cabins where you socialise are heated, so you can relax in warmth in the evenings. The sleeping rooms are unheated, but are well insulated and comfortable. We recommend a sleeping bag rated to -5C.
Make sure you're well prepared to cope with wind chill in exposed areas. Be sure to double-check the packing list before you leave home!
Check-in for walkers occurs at the Port Arthur Historic Site. The Site's Visitor Centre is currently undergoing a redevelopment. Check- in for walkers will be from a temporary booth at the entrance to the site. This booth is clearly signed Three Capes Track. Port Arthur staff will be on hand to assist you to find your way and make your experience as seamless and as unimpeded as possible. Please follow any site safety signage and any directions from site construction staff to avoid areas where works are being undertaken. From 1 June 2017, the Visitor Centre will close with all access to the Port Arthur Historic Site through a temporary ticketing concourse. Please refer to the Port Arthur map (PDF 1.6Mb).
Please bring your Three Capes Track Booking Receipt. If you have booked a concession fare, your valid concession card will be required to verify your booking. On the day of your departure if you are unable to make it to Port Arthur in time for your boat crossing (for example due to a missed flight or other unforeseen incident), please contact the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network at Port Arthur on +61 3 6251 2371 (between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) or firstname.lastname@example.org (outside these hours).
Rainwater is available from tanks at each cabin. We recommend you carry 2L per day.