Starting near the carpark at the end of Stormlea Road in Stormlea, Tasman National Park, this walk leads to Cape Raoul and back via the Cape Raoul Track. This walk takes you on a newly refurbished track through heath, woodland, and rainforest vegetation to stunning coastal seascapes that feature rock platforms, towering cliffs, offshore islands and swirling seas. Once out on Cape Raoul, enjoy the views of Cape Pillar, Hobart and Bruny Island. Keep a lookout for seals on the rocks and small islands below. The track is narrow and the hiking is tough at times, but the stunning cliff-top views along the way reward the effort. With a few steep sections, this hike is suitable for people of average fitness levels. Be aware that some parts of the trail are located along cliff edges, and the weather can be extremely hostile near the cliff edges and on the plateau, with very high winds and cold temperatures. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Keep left onto Stormlea Road and drive for another 2.6 km
Keep right onto Stormlea Road and drive for another 2.6 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Cape Raoul Track & Stormlea Road Start heading along Cape Raoul Track (a walking track).
After 35 m to find the shelter.
Then pass the sign.
After another 1.5 km pass a seat (15 m on your right)., has a backrest.
Continue straight, to head along Cape Raoul Track.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Tunnel Bay Track & Cape Raoul Track) turn left, to head along Cape Raoul Track.
After another 520 m turn left, to head along Cape Raoul Track.
Then come to the "Cape Raoul Lookout" (20 m on your right).
After another 1.3 km pass a seat (6 m on your right)., has no backrest.
Then come to the viewpoint (6 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Cape Raoul Track.
After another 2.8 km come to the viewpoint (10 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Seal Lookout, for a different point of view over the ocean. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.1 km veer right.
After another 175 m come to "Cape Lookout".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 7.4 km to get back to the start.
This little side trip takes you to the Seal Lookout, for a different point of view over the ocean.
Directions & comments
After another 150 m come to "Seal Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Seal Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 150 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
5 h 30 min to 8 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 35 m from the start.
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.9 km apart with the largest gap of 11.4 km.