PWS has taken several steps towards ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
At the hut sites PWS encourages walkers to follow covid safe behaviours such as social distancing, hand hygiene, mask wearing and optimising ventilation.
48 walkers depart per day in the multi-share dorm style rooms pictured for more information refer to cabins. To assist with ventilation, we encourage walkers to sleep with windows open; remember to pack a good quality sleeping bag!
We appreciate walkers like to come together and encourage all walkers to be considerate of others regarding these new measures. Host Rangers will continue to arrange room lists that are mindful of walker’s family / friend dynamics. However at times there may be the need for a member of one group to share with others depending on the configuration of the overall walker numbers on the day.
Host rangers will continue to maintain a high level of hygiene at each hut site, however please come prepared to assist to keep communal areas and equipment clean i.e. use the hand sanitiser, soap and wipes provided.
The cleaning before and after use of shared equipment, e.g. books, yoga mats, cooking equipment, etc is the responsibility of all walkers.
We encourage all walkers to undertake self-assessment of personal health prior to departure and contact the booking office if unwell to reschedule or cancel.
Please inform the Host ranger as soon as possible and contact public health for further advice. Each situation may be different - based on risk of transmission and current advice from Public Health. As a walker you will be assisted off the track as soon as practicably possible in order to follow directions given by Public Health. The remainder of walkers on that day will continue and be asked to monitor for symptoms. We will seek and follow advice from Public Health in any case where the determination of close contacts is not clear.
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. Cabins are equipped for up to 48 per night for shared cooking and dining, so there is plenty of room; 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 encouragement, you can 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. We recommend that you don’t go off track, but if you do, stay back at least 2 metres from the edge. There are a number of constructed safe viewing points located a safe distance back from the cliff edges. While there are no barriers to prevent you wandering off the track, we recommend you do not, as this may expose you to dangerous fall risks.
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. 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). While we have a porta cot available at each hut, this is a serious undertaking and generally we recommend the experience for children 8 years and older.
Yes. Your group will be sharing facilities with all other walkers as there are no separate facilities dedicated to your group apart from your allocated bunk rooms. Consideration of hiker etiquette should be followed to limit impacts that larger groups have on individual walkers.
With high quality track and cabin accommodation, lighter pack weights, and rich interpretative stories, we think Three Capes Track is well 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.
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 well insulated and comfortable however they are unheated. 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), is only accessible in the presence of staff, to ensure security of luggage items. Walkers will be given a luggage tag to write their contact details on, which will help the staff to retrieve their luggage.
The Cape Raoul Track has been upgraded, and 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 Cape Raoul site by car or local transport operators, if you are not driving. Please contact Port Arthur Historic Site on +61 3 6251 2371 (between 9am and 4:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) to arrange bookings.
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 reschedule 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).
Covid -19 Terms and conditions:
Requests for refunds will need to be submitted in writing with supporting evidence to determine your eligibility prior to approving the refund or postponement of your booking.
From 1 July 2023, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will increase the fees for the Three Capes Track iconic multi-day walk to ensure the experience is maintained as Australia’s premier coastal hiking destinations well into the future.
The Three Capes Track fee will change from $495 to $595 for adults, and from $396 to $476 for concession and children, reflecting the first price increase since the award-winning experience opened in 2015.
Revenue from the fees will be re-invested into the existing tracks and associated infrastructure. This will help PWS to ensure the experience is maintained at a high standard in a complex operating environment of increased maintenance costs in a remote and harsh landscape.