Bay of Fires, Maria Island and Three Capes Walking Tour – 29 MAR 2021

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11 DAYS | 10 NIGHTS | 29 MAR – 8 APR 2021

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TAS | Tassie Trifecta – Three Capes walking tour (Palawa)

Our unique walking tour to Three Capes, Bay of Fires, and Maria Island awaits. So join Big Heart Adventures for a triple sized adventure, we have affectionately named the Tassie Trifecta!

This trip provides men and women the opportunity to enjoy three carefully selected iconic walks of Tasmania.  With easy to moderate pack free back to back adventures from Launceston all the way to Hobart. Starting with the oceanic spell of Bay of Fires, then the  wildlife and wombats of Maria Island and finishing with the sheer cliffs of Three Capes. This walking tour will leave you in awe and fulfilled from being immersed in nature. These three diverse iconic walks form this triple treat, offering you choices of walks along the way.

We ensure all the details are taken care. With an all-inclusive experience of meals, evening wine and pre-departure training walks with us. This is your opportunity to maximise your Easter break and join us for an autumnal delight on the Apple Isle.

three capes walking tour on maria island, with group members pointing for fun new sandstone cliff

Small group pack-free walking tour to Three Capes, Bay of Fires and Maria Island. Three iconic trails in the one tour, delicious evening meals with wine on trail days, and comfortable accommodation each night.

  • Date: 29/3/21 – 8/4/21
  • Destination: Tasmania
  • Type: Challenge Trek for men and women
  • Group Size: Max 12 plus leaders
  • Investment: $5429 incl GST per person
  • 5% Discount for WWW Gold and Silver Members – JOIN HERE

Fitness Requirement

  • A good to moderate level of fitness is required to walk on the trails on this trip.
  • We will be walking with day packs carrying up to 5kg.
  • You should be able to walk on a variety of surfaces: undulating trails, rocky paths and soft sand.
  • Walking up to 9 consecutive days – some shorter distances will be offered where possible.
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive Launceston

This is arrival day into Launceston! We will meet for a welcome drink and enjoy dinner as a team this evening with a pre-trek briefing. If you arrive early, today is yours to enjoy in Launceston. You can head out to Cataract Gorge, hit the shops or cafes in town prior to meeting up this evening.

Day 2 | Launceston to Bay of Fires

This morning we head off with our guides after breakfast for a scenic drive to Mount William National Park with a comfort and coffee stop enroute at the seaside town of Bridport. Our travel time is approx. 2.5 hours. Once at Mt William National Park we will enjoy breathtaking and remote wilderness areas untouched by human development.

We lunch at Stumpies Bay before commencing our walk with views of pristine beaches, granite outcrops and Aboriginal history for the first 2km. We rock hop our way to secluded bays with a 4km stretch of sand walking to Cod Bay before a short meander in coastal heath and fiery iconic red rocks for an afternoon break. With just 6km to go, we cover small beaches and rocky headlands for the final stretch along Purdon Bay to Deep Creek. From here we will be led to our waterfront accommodation for the night approx. 15 mins away.

Relax and enjoy the delicious dinner and local wine served this evening after a wonderful introduction to this iconic walk.

Walking Distance: 12km 6.5 hours with breaks

Difficulty: Mostly beach walking on hard sand, moderate to good level of fitness needed

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 3 | Bay of Fires

After breakfast today we transfer back to Deep Creek to start our second day of walking. Have your cameras ready as we reach Picnic Rock before we continue on to Eddystone Point Lighthouse for a historical revisit with our guides. On to the beautiful intertidal rockpools for a morning tea stop and continuing to Eddystone Point and Abbotsbury Beach. We beach walk for the next 4km with a great chance to spot birds and spread out to walk our own pace. We lunch at the end of the beach before heading south past breathtaking shell coves towards Baileys Rock. If warm, a great spot for a swim in crystal clear waters. With just 5km to go we tackle a rocky headland towards our lodgings for the night where we enjoy Tasmanian cheeses and refreshments before another freshly prepared gourmet dinner this evening.

Walking Distance: 14km 5.5 hours with breaks

Difficulty: Mostly beach walking on hard sand, slight inclines over headlands, moderate to good level of fitness needed

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 4 | Bay of Fires to Triabunna

After breakfast we make our journey on the final section of our Bay of Fires walk to Binalong Bay and the beautiful forest in Humbug Point Nature Reserve. This diverse area has a variety of plant, wildlife and bird species and its stunning coastline makes for a wonderful way to finish our time on the Bay of Fires experience. Afterwards, we join our vehicle and enjoy make our way to Triabunna, the launch pad for our next adventure on Maria Island. This is approx. 3 hours drive and we include comfort stops along the way. We spend the night in cabins in Triabunna this evening.

Walking Distance: 5km 3 hours with breaks

Difficulty: Mostly beach walking on hard sand, slight inclines over headlands, moderate to good level of fitness needed

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 5 | Maria Island

Today we start our Maria Island Walk!! We transfer to the island this morning after breakfast by boat and cruise to the start of our walk around the historical township of Darlington with stories of hardship, entrepreneurialism and tenacity of those who lived here.  Then we walk to Skipping Ridge for lunch enjoying some of the best views of Fossil Bay and Bishop & Clerk. Learn about the amazing geology of the fossil cliffs seeing a variety of fossilised sea creatures.   After lunch, we hike one of the top 10-day walks in Australia. The walk takes you through grasslands, open forest and tall woodland, to the rocky slopes of the summit. The highlight of this walk is the views at the summit of Bishop & Clerk.  Note this walk involves hiking through a large area of rocky slopes to the summit, with some boulder scrambling near the top. For those that don’t hike to the top of Bishop and Clerk – our Logistics Guide will take you on an alternative walk back to Darlington where you can enjoy some free time.  This afternoon, we return to our accommodation in the world heritage township of Darlington where hot showers are available. Enjoy a delicious dinner featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine. To get a real taste of what life was like on Maria Island, our accommodation tonight will be in the historic convict Penitentiary which has been refurbished with comfy bunk beds and wood fire heaters. This is shared accommodation based on 4 people sharing a large 6 person room.

Walking Distance:12km approx. 6-7 hours with breaks

Difficulty: medium to hard grade if completing the summit walk. Some rock hopping over large boulders to the summit, mostly walking on gravel roads and narrow, natural trails, uneven terrain at times.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 6 | Maria Island

Today we cover wombat country following Counsel Creek through Blue Gum woodlands plus the chance to bird spot many endangered species of forty-spotted pardalote and cuckoos. Our destination is the remote Encampment Cove but to get here we will head towards Frenchs Farm first. We sleep in off the ground bedding tonight in a gorgeous remote campsite – no buildings here and the chance to truly immerse in nature. You can take a short walk this afternoon or choose to relax and take in the beautiful views. Enjoy a wine or two over dinner and relive the days adventures.

Walking Distance:12km approx. 5-6 hours with breaks

Difficulty: moderate graded walking

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 7 | Maria Island to Stewarts Bay

Today we farewell the beautiful Maria Island. After a hearty breakfast, our final hike takes us back to Darlington along Lesueur Point via the convict ruins. The views from here offer 270 degrees of bays and Mercury Passage. Again the chance to spot wombat and kangaroos as we pass what remains of Frenchs Farm, built back in 1936. We also include a visit to the famous Painted Cliffs, shaped by the ocean and Mother Nature herself before returning to Darlington for our boat cruise back to the mainland. We transfer to Triabunna where our minibus will be waiting to take us on to Cape Raoul for the third instalment of our walking tour, Three Capes! Our drive will take approximately 2 hours to the Tasman Peninsula allowing us to arrive in time for dinner at Stewarts Bay Lodge.

Walking Distance:12km approx. 5-6 hours with breaks

Difficulty: moderate graded walking

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 8 | Three Capes - Cape Raoul

After breakfast we transfer to our walk start point approx. 20 mins drive away. We have two options today on our walking tour of Three Capes. Both with spectacular view so depending on how you are feeling you can choose 14km or 8km. Both options offer moderate uphill and downhill sections on the same trail that climbs gently to a lookout above the cliffs before splitting the group if desired at our lunch spot on the Raoul Plateau after lunch. If the group size allows, those who want to continue after lunch will have the option to continue the tour walking Three Capes to the tip of Cape Raoul with sheer sea cliffs and some extra elevation (200m of switchbacks). The views from Cape Raoul offer the chance to see fur seals as well as views to Bruny Island.

With time to freshen up and relax back at the lodge, we head out this evening for a 2 course dinner at a nearby 1830 Restaurant with local wines and delicious local produce while overlooking the historical site of Port Arthur.

Walking Distance: 8km approx. 4 hours with breaks or 14km approx. 6/6.5 hours with breaks

Difficulty: moderate graded walking

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 9 | Three Capes - Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay

This morning we drive approx. 25 mins to the start of the trail to continue our Three Capes walking tour. Today’s challenging walk on the Tasman Coastal Track is nothing short of awesome and covers a variety of terrain including creek crossings, rocks, logs, exposed tree roots, unfenced tall cliffs, rainforest and narrow sections of low hanging vegetation. With this in mind, we are rewarded with the spectacular Waterfall Bay with its 100m waterfall plunging straight into the ocean – a real highlight for today.

We head through stringybark forest and then lush rainforest climbing steeply to Tatnels Hill which takes around an hour on our way to Fortescue Bay. The chance today to see echidnas, wombats, potoroos, pademelons, penguins and Tasmania’s endemic birdlife including the rare and endangered swift parrot are high as we take in the impressive views of dramatic cliff scapes.

There is the chance to walk 6km or 17.5km today but either way today will reward. We drive back to our accommodation approx. 25 mins away where our day ends with an al a carte meal in Gabriel’s Restaurant overlooking the bay.

Walking Distance: 6km approx. 3-4 hours with breaks or 17.5km 9 hours with breaks

Difficulty: moderate graded walking

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner)

Day 10 | Three Capes - Cape Huay

After a hot breakfast today, we have choices for walking with the main walk offered to Cape Huay 9km or a shorter walk 6km on the same trail offering a wonderful viewpoint approximately half way. We drive approx. 25 mins to our walk start point this morning. The trail offers some short steep sections and many steps that wind their way to the sea cliffs of Cape Huay offering view of the sea stacks known as Totem Pole, The Candlestick and The Lanterns. Being the final stage of our walking tour of Three Capes, this is your last chance to take in the beauty of the Tasman Peninsula on foot.

We enjoy a celebration lunch with our guides at the Lavender Farm Port Arthur before we head to Hobart approx. 90 mins away. Congrats on completing all three walks on our Tassie Trifecta – Three Capes Walking tour!

Walking Distance: 9km approx. 4.5 hour with breaks or 6km approx. 3 hours with breaks

Difficulty: moderate graded walking

(Breakfast, Lunch, Trail Snacks)

Day 11 | Hobart

Your tour concludes after breakfast today.  We can assist with airport transfers or extending your stay in Tasmania.

 

(Breakfast)

Important Info

  • Read our terms and conditions before booking
  • Due to partnering with our friends at Life’s an Adventure, bookings are bound by their terms and conditions too – read here
  • COVID – with restrictions and travel requirements changing. Note this tour does not offer the refund guarantee as per Life’s an Adventures terms and conditions
  • Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
  • Travel Insurance is recommended – click here for a quote from Covermore
  • Twin share rooming applies noting that 1 night may require up to 4 people in a bunkroom
  • Single rooming can not be guaranteed for every night on this itinerary. Please ask for a single supplement quote (subject to availability)
  • Note weather, group member welfare and a range of circumstances outside our control can mean last minute changes to our itinerary are necessary once on tour
  • Please do not book flights until this tour has been guaranteed

Gear you will need:

  • Rainproof jacket and pants (this is a must if wet weather is forecast)
  • Backpack 35 litre (approx)
  • Water bottle/hydration kit
  • Personal medications
  • Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly
  • Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream, insect repellent (head/hat nets are good for the flies!)
  • Sleeping attire
  • Walking poles (optional)

A minimum of 4 travellers are required for this trip to depart (without a leader host)
A Big Heart Adventures Leader will join the group with a minimum of 8 travellers

Inclusions

Travel

Comfortable private transport, boat cruise to and from Maria Island

Meals

All meals as per the itinerary

B x 10 | L x 9 | D x 8

Accommodation

9 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night quad share accommodation in historic building – note 1 night includes remote camping in off ground bedding

Activities

Guided walks on Bay of Fires, Maria Island and Three Capes trails

  • Big Heart Adventures ioMerino hiking top and head sock
  • Big Heart Adventures trip specific training sessions and or program
  • Big Heart Adventures discount card for pre-departure purchases at Scouts Outdoor Centre (15% off)
  • Big Heart Adventures journal
  • Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
  • National Park entry fees
  • A charity contribution to our Give Back program
  • Day pack walking on all three adventures
  • 2 night at Bay of Fires waterfront accommodation
  • 1 nights at Triabunna Cabin Park
  • 1 Night at Maria Island Penitentiary
  • 3 nights at Stewart Bay Lodge, Port Arthur
  • 1 Night at Encampment Cove under Canvas
  • Private transfers throughout the entire tour
  • Two experienced local guides that carry safety equipment
  • Ferry transfer to and from Maria Island
  • 10 x hot and cold breakfasts
  • 8 x walkers lunch including fresh fruit and trail mix
  • 1 celebration lunch at the Lavender Farm, Port Arthur
  • 8 x chef-cooked à la carte dinners Tasmanian wine with dinner on nights 2-9
  • Tea, coffee and hot chocolate on the trail
  • Big Heart Adventures Leader Host with min. 8 travellers

Exclusions

  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Your Host/s

1 Big Heart Adventures leader will join the group with 8 or more bookings. Visit our About page to see our awesome team of leaders.

Additional information

Payment Type

Deposit, Full Payment