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 5Mb) 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 721Kb).
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 and lights in the social hub
Toilets with handwash basins
2 outdoor showers (at Munro cabin only)
Host Ranger to greet you and answer questions
Rainwater is available from tanks at each cabin. We recommend you carry 2L per day.
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). These rooms have no heating or lights, don't forget your sleeping bag and head torch! 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 48 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. Rooms are allocated by a Host Ranger, who will be available 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.
Yes. You can park your car, caravan or campervan in the long-term carpark, which is signposted for Three Capes Track walkers, within the Port Arthur Historic Site.
This carpark is approximately 500m walk to the Visitor Centre. You will need to advise staff of your vehicle registration number upon check in.
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!
The designated Three Capes Track walker check-in room is located downstairs, in the Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre. Port Arthur staff will be on hand to assist you to find your way and make the most of your time at Port Arthur.
Please bring your Three Capes Track Booking Receipt. If you have booked a concession fare, your valid Australian Government issued concession card will be required to verify your booking.
Luggage can be stored in either the luggage storeroom or a personal locker. Both options are available for either short-term storage (i.e. while you explore the Historic Site before your boat departs) or for the four days while you are on the Three Capes Track.
The luggage store for larger items (suitcases, 60L packs or larger), and is only accessible in the presence of PAHS staff, to ensure security of luggage items. Walkers will be given a luggage tag to write their contact details on, which will help the PAHS staff to retrieve their luggage.
Cape Raoul Track has been upgraded, we welcome you to walk Cape Raoul as a day walk either before or after your Three Capes Track Experience.
You will be able to access the site by car or local transport operators, if you are not driving, please contact Tasmanian Visitor Information Network at Port Arthur on +61 3 6251 2371 to arrange bookings.