DAY 1: Hobart - Fortescue Bay - Cape Hauy
8 km walking, approx. 5 hours of walking, including breaks, moderate to hard grade
The trip departs from Hobart. The central Hobart pick up is from from the Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart at 8am. Once in Port Arthur (approx. 2 hours drive), you then head off for the day's walk to Cape Hauy.
This is a well-constructed trail with fantastic views. This walk is spectacular however is graded moderate to hard due to several hundred meters of steps that go up, and down (you must navigate these heading out to the Cape and on the way back again). Extra care needs to be taken when navigating these steep steps on this part of the trail.
The Cape Hauy trail heads follows the rocky coastline and as the trail climbs, the She Oaks and Banksia's of the lower coastline give way to dry sclerophyll forest.
The walk starts at a beautiful cove and there are some steep sections with stairs that you need to navigate in both directions. There is a steep climb at the start (and end of the walk), but once at the top of the first saddle extensive panoramic views stretch far north past the Forester coast to Maria Island and south, detailing the ridges of Cape Pillar.
Towards the end the track follows the cliffs edge, providing thrilling views. The final segment of the trail, before reaching a large plateau, is quite steep and narrow and again care needs to be taken to navigate this section. Once at the end you are able to clearly view the exceptional rock formations of the Candlestick and Totem Pole, large columns of dolerite rocking out of the ocean. The Hippolyte’s, a large section of rock also sits severed from the mainland just east of you. We then return via the same route.
The terrain is quite rocky and there are ups and downs but it is a magnificent start to the tour if you are prepared.
￼￼￼After the day's walk, you'll be transferred back to your accommodation for well-earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides.
Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur