2 Day Hike Option: Mount Field National Park + Cape Hauy, Tasman National Park
- Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
- Location: Hobart, Tasmania
- Product code: MFCH
Tour departs each morning from the Hobart Travel and Information Centre at 8:30 AM.
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to departure.
Day 1: Explore the alpine environment of Tasmania with a walk to the Tarn Shelf. Visit mountain ranges, ancient lakes, unique flora, heritage ski-fields and glacial landscapes Visit the iconic Russell Fall and Lake Dobson. Learn the history of Tasmania's oldest National Park.
Day 2: Hike the last day of the award-winning Three Capes Track. Cape Hauy is a dramatic 9km return track with amazing views towards Cape Pillar and Maria Island, plus along the Tasman National Park coastline. Start and finish the hike at the beautiful white sand beach of Fortescue Bay. This track has plenty of steps - a rewarding trip to finish the tour with.
Mount Field - Wednesday
- Drive along the Derwent River and learn the history of this rich agricultural region.
- Enjoy morning tea with plunger coffee/herbal tea and fruit
- Arriving at the Mount Field National Park, we drive the rustic roadway to the Mount Field ski fields.
- First, we hike to the Tarn Shelf, a 2.5 hr trail via Lake Seal Lookout, Rodway Hut, returning via the Pencil Pines of the Pandani Grove Walk. - this 6km return trail involves some short, but steep uphill sections with some loose rocks.
- We enjoy lunch in a mountain hut or if weather permits, outside overlooking the Tarn Shelf and Broad River Valley.
- Hiking back down from the shelf, we finish this section with a short walk around the beautiful Lake Dobson.
- Finishing the afternoon we visit the iconic Russell Falls before hitting the road home.
- This 20min trail takes us under huge tree ferns and giant eucalyptus forests, some of the tallest trees on earth! Finishing up at Tasmania's most celebrated waterfall, Russell Falls.
- We aim to be back in Hobart at 5:30 PM with complimentary accommodation drop-offs.
Walking time: 4 hours | Walking distance: 8KM
Terrain; Sub-alpine, mixed forest, rain forest, ski fields.
Track Rating: 3 - Some steep sections, loose rocks, exposed, partly board walked with signed tracks.
Food/Drinks: morning tea (plunger coffee/tea), picnic lunch
Cape Hauy - Thursday
- Scenic drive to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, via the seaside towns of Dunalley & Eagle Hawk Neck, learning the harsh convict history from this natural prison.
- Enjoy morning tea with hot coffee/tea, fruit and trail snacks, while overlooking the map for the days walk.
- The hike to Cape Hauy is a 9KM return walk. The first section is a great warm-up for the day. The trail work is some of the best in the country, pleasantly placed rock steps, skirting the coastline then winding up in-land.
- Cape Hauy is the last leg of the newly opened Three Capes Track, jutting out into the Tasman Sea, the track concludes on the cliff's edge, 100m above the water. Enjoy panoramic views to Cape Pillar, Hippolyte Rock and Maria Island.
- View spectacular dolerite columns popular with dare-devil climbers. Gaze over the sea stack known as the "Totem Pole".
- On returning to Fortescue Bay, enjoy an afternoon lunch by the beach. Soak your toe in the water, have a swim or walk the beach before we hit the road home.
- Arrive back to Hobart approx. 5:30 PM
Walking time: 4 hours
Walking distance: 9KM
Track Rating: 4 - involves many rock-stairs, undulating terrain, exposed cliff lines, board walked with easy signed tracks.
Terrain: Beach, rock stairs, gravel paths, coastal.
Food/Drink: Morning tea: plunger coffee/herbal tea, trail snacks, afternoon picnic lunch.
Things To Bring
We wear warm, comfortable clothing with a base layer and jacket for the wind/rain.
Worn in jogging shoes or hiking boots.
Rain jackets, hiking poles or day packs available if needed.