Image: Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service
Why this Hike
Taking you along the beautiful Three Capes Walking Track this hike shows of some of the best coastal parks in Tasmania. With Eucalypt Woodlands, Coastal Lookouts and Cabin Accommodation, this hike is truly a great Tassie adventure and is not to be missed.
Track Notes & Overview
4 Days, 3 Nights - 46KM
Day One – Denmans Cove to Surveyors Cabin (4.4KM)
This day starts with a ride on a boat cruise (all must be booked in advance) from Port Arthur to the trailhead in Denmans Cove. From here you will follow the Three Capes Walking Track along the coast through parts of native eucalypt woodland before reaching Surveyors Cabin (your accommodation for the night), please note that this must be booked with Parks Tassie before visiting.
Day Two – Surveyors Cabin to Munro Cabin (11KM)
Setting off from Surveyors Cabin continue to follow Three Capes Walking Track until reaching the junction with Cape Pillar Track. Take a right down Cape Pillar Track and stick to it ignoring turn offs onto other tracks until reaching Munro Cabin a few kilometres further (your accommodation for the night), please note that this must be booked with Parks Tassie before visiting.
Day Three – Munro Cabin to Retakunna Cabin (17KM)
From Munro Cabin, keep following Cape Pillar Track away from the Three Capes Walking track you were previously walking until reaching ‘The Blade’ at the end of this track. Return back along Cape Pillar Track to Munro Cabin which you could have left your packs at for this morning park of the walk and continue past the cabin joining back up with Three Capes Walking Track. At this junction take a right and continue to walk for about 500 metres until reaching Retakunna Cabin (your accommodation for the night), please note that this must be booked with Parks Tassie before visiting.
Day Four – Retakunna Cabin to Fortescue Bay Campground (14KM)
After leaving Retakunna Cabin continue to walk along Three Capes Walking Track over Mount Fortescue and downhill towards the ‘Totem Pole’. At the intersection with Cape Huay Track turn right down it and walk to the ‘Totem Pole’ where a lookout can give you a good vantage point. From here turn back along the track to the intersection and take a right, continue walking until reaching Fortescue Bay Campground (the end of the hike), please note that you will need to book a bus from here if you would like transport back to Port Arthur.
*Please note that this walk is a demanding and difficult adventure and bookings must be made in advance with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service here.
Packing for a Multi-day Walk
Packing is an important part of any multi-day adventure, the long list of things needed can be hard to remember but this free packing list aims to make it easy and includes everything you need for when you're packing.
Food for a Multi-Day Walk
Creating a menu for a hike can seem challenging at first especially if it is an multi-day hike. Your menu should be nutritious, delicious and lightweight which can limit some of the meals you can create.
Our recipe hub includes great suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and even dessert, covering all the ingredients you will need and how to make them.
Leave No Trace
A Hikers Friend fully endorses the 7 principles of ‘leave no trace’ hiking which aim to protect our natural spaces and encourages you to apply them on your next adventure.
Are we missing a hike?
Help us document hikes from all around Australia by adding your favourite hikes to our growing list of adventures!