Cape Hauy

The Cape Hauy walk is a 4 hour return walk in SE Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula (near Port Arthur) which at 300m, has the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. Not surprisingly the walk includes spectacular coastal views.

Cape Hauy is one of the 3 capes which make up the recently opened Three Capes Track. The only cost for this day walk is a National Parks entry fee as the walk is within the Tasman National Park. There is no water on the track in the warmer months so take what you will need for the four hour trip.

To commence you drive one and a half hours from Hobart to Fortesque Bay near Port Arthur. It's worth stopping at the viewing point at the hill just prior to Eaglehawk Neck.

 View of Cape Hauy, the Lanterns and Pirates Bay from viewing point.

View of Cape Hauy, the Lanterns and Pirates Bay from viewing point.

The start of the walk is well sign posted adjacent to the day use area.

 Start of the track

Start of the track

The walk starts at sea level with views in front and back of the white sands of Fortesque Bay.

 Looking back at Fortesque Bay

Looking back at Fortesque Bay

The track climbs steadily on well fashioned stone stairs built in recent years as part of the Three Capes Track project.

Eventually you emerge from the dry sclerophyll forest the expansive views to Cape Hauy and beyond.

 Cally on the track.

Cally on the track.

 Getting close now.

Getting close now.

 Views in all directions.

Views in all directions.

At the end of the track is a cliff lookout.

 Lookout

Lookout

Peering over the edge you can see a formation called the Totem Pole, a well known and very challenging rock climbing site.

 The Totem Pole

The Totem Pole

 Alex and Zac came along for the walk.

Alex and Zac came along for the walk.

 View to the south.

View to the south.

After a break retrace your steps.

 view north from cape hauy track

view north from cape hauy track

On the day we were there it was warm enough for a swim at the end.

For more detailed notes click here.

Ken