This day will start early with a final climb to Mount Fortescue before reaching Cape Hauy. There’s a chance you’ll see some rock climbers as they’re tackling the Totem Pole before you head on to Fortescue Bay and its white beaches. If you have the time, take a swim before you climb the bus back to Port Arthur. Let us begin by acknowledging the Palawa people, 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.
Transport options and directions
This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Three Capes Track.
After another 1.4 km turn left, to head along Three Capes Track.
After another 700 m pass the "Mount Fortescue" (10 m on your right).
After another 2.3 km come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 1.6 km continue straight, to head along Three Capes Track.
After another 8 m come to the "Monument Lookout" (25 m on your right).
After another 580 m pass the "Three Cape Walk pack drop location" (10 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Cape Hauy for amazing views over Totem Pole, The Candle Stick, Mitre Rock and The Lanterns. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of Cape Hauy Track & Three Capes Track turn left, to head along Cape Hauy Track.
After another 1.8 km pass a seat (6 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 1.2 km come to "Fortescue Bay Campground".
About 65 m past the end is "Boat ramp carpark".
About 105 m past the end is a toilet.
About 120 m past the end is "Mill Creek Campsite".
Side trip to Cape Hauy for amazing views over Totem Pole, The Candle Stick, Mitre Rock and The Lanterns.
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Cape Hauy Track & Three Capes Track Start heading along Cape Hauy Track (a walking track).
Find the Three Cape Walk pack drop location at the start.
After 240 m come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 1.4 km come to a viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.6 km to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Three Capes Track: Retakunna to Fortescue Bay
3 h 30 min to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.3 km apart with the largest gap of 9.9 km.