Monday, 10 October 2016
The three capes walk was spectacular and I think that within a few years it will be one of those walks that you have to book a year in advance if you want to do it. So if you are considering doing it, I'd get a crew together now and lock down a date. Our crew contained experienced walker Zali (12), Zali's friend Emily (13) who has been on an overnight walk with us before, Lottie (9), who was a first timer, and her aunt and my good buddy Jo, who was doing her first serious hike this century.
As a group we had great fun. Each night we made use of the hut's supply of boardgames and I'm pleased to announce that I also won my first ever game of trivial persuit (kids edition). That was a part of why the trip was so awesome - great company with lots of time to enjoy it!
Here are some photos - they aren't great, but until I get access to Jo's (her iPhone seemed to be taking better photos than my compact camera!), these will have to do!
Setting sail from Port Arthur. Which reminds me, part of our travelling village included a group of 15 or so Belgians, who had signed up to a mystery hiking tour, only discovering their destination when they reached Dubai. Only a few of them had ever even heard of Tasmania, let alone this walk!
We had a 1hr scenic cruise on the way to the drop-off point, which in reality was a 5 minute boat trip away. It was nice though.
Unloading at Denims Cove on the cool boat ramp thingy..
The lovely beach and rivulet ..
and we're off!
Doing some relaxation yoga on the first afternoon at Surveyors Hut.
Every walker got an information book which had many stories and information about the area. Zali and Emily took turns in reading it out to us, then testing us before we could continue. There's lots of interpretive art installed along the trail - I really enjoyed it.
The beautiful Munro Hut on Day 2. The windows of all the huts slope outwards to discourage birds from flying into them. From the Munro lookout which extended out into Munro Bight, we saw dolphins and whales down below.
Heading off to the Blade on day 3..
The 'Blade' is just to the left of the middle of the photo below. That's Tasman Island on the right.
Zali as high up as we dared to go on the Blade. And leaving the hut on our final day of hiking
Some of the beautiful flowers along the way, there were so many more of them..
Heading out to Cape Huay..
The happy crew at the end..
* regular hikers can still get to Cape Pillar from Fortescue Bay - using the old (but still used) track to get about 1/2 way, then using the new one to get out to the end. In fact you could do a pretty nice 2/3 day loop hike utilising most of the new trail and the upgraded (albeit leechy apparently) camping site. You could also do it in a long weekend which is good if that's your only option, as there's no option to do the paid 3 capes trail in less than 4 days.