Lonely Planet Writer

Tasmania's spectacular Three Capes Track is about to get a major expansion

A spectacular cliff-hugging walking trail in Australia is about to get even better with plans for a major extension of its path.

The Three Capes Track extension will involve a boat ride to nearby Cape Raoul
The peninsula from the air. Image by Three Capes Track

The Three Capes track on Tasmania currently covers 46 kilometres along a rugged island coast of soaring cliffs, incredible rock formations, and sea eagles soaring overhead. Now – due to its enormous popularity – the Australian and local governments have confirmed they will fund another leg on the trail.

The extension will involve a boat ride to nearby Cape Raoul to add to the paths already in place at Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar.

The hiking trail was last year chosen as one of Lonely Planet’s hottest new travel experiences even before it had opened and has more than lived up to expectations.

Hikers can stop and rest on the beach.
Hikers can stop and rest on the beach. Image by Three Capes Track

Its construction involved some incredible engineering with hand-crafted stone steps and materials flown in on more than 17,000 separate helicopter flights. It is designed to be all-weather and the track does not get mucky, making it suitable for walkers of all abilities and a wider range of ages.

A walk on the Three Capes track is not free and special deals of AUS$250 are available until the end of August for the adventure.

The cost has not put off any hikers and even though the local Parks and Wildlife Service had hoped to get 6,000 walkers in the first year, numbers are already in and around 9,000.

A view from the clifftops.
A view from the clifftops. Image by Three Capes Track

The hike is designed to be taken over four days, with three overnights at “environmentally sensitive” cabins with shared dining hubs and panoramic decks. The tour begins and ends at Port Arthur – itself a UNESCO world heritage site – with Day One highlights including an eco-cruise through ancient cliffs and coves.

Day Two features an 11 kilometre hike through the appropriately named Tornado’s Ridge and up to Arthur’s Peak, with views back over Tasmania. Day Three is a 17 kilometre walk along the edge of enormous cliffs with a final day hike of 14 kilometres up Mount Fortescue and back to the bay below.