Day 4 – Morning Trek to Cape Hauy – Afternoon Wilderness Cruise (Optional) – Return to Hobart
Trekking Time: 4 hours (will vary depending on team speed, breaks, etc.)
Distance: 8km (return)
Wilderness Cruise Time: 3 hours – departs at 2:00 PM (Optional extra if prone to seasickness – refer below for other activity options)
Meals Included: a-la-carte breakfast at Gabriel’s on the Bay, morning tea & pre-packed lunch & trail snacks prepared by the chef (option for lunch in Port Arthur prior to the wilderness cruise)
Leaving the best till last, today is a trek to Cape Hauy in the morning and then a three-hour wilderness cruise with the award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys exploring the sea cliffs up close and personal around Tasman Island and Cape Pillar. The way to Cape Hauy is moderately easy with some short steep uphill sections with well-built stairs as well as downhill sections, which are easily managed. It will take around four hours to complete.
The three-hour wilderness cruise is an added extra in our adventure itinerary when making the booking because we know some people suffer from severe seasickness. We have provided alternative options instead of the wilderness cruise further below.
After breakfast, we will head off at around 7.30 AM from the lodge for a 25-minute bus ride to the start of the trek. We will store our main luggage at the lodge reception ready to collect in the afternoon for the return trip back to Hobart.
The first part of the walk is through sclerophyll forest before the track starts to head down into Cape Hauy where the forest opens up to breath-taking coastal views. Cape Hauy is home to the famous Candlestick and Totem Pole rock features, which are large columns of dolerite rock protruding from the ocean and are popular climbing and abseiling features. At the edge of Cape Hauy, you’ll also see the Hippolytes, which are large formations of rock that sit severed from the mainland. After taking in the amazing views and rock features, we will head back to the bus and into Port Arthur – a 40-minute bus ride.
The wilderness cruise departs at 2:00 PM, but the team must be booked in by 1:30 PM at the latest for departure. There may be time for a quick stop in Port Arthur to grab a coffee, soft drink, or some food, but it will be subject to time.
The Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ departure facility is close to Port Arthur, so we will manage any extra time accordingly to make sure we are there by 1:30 PM. The three-hour wilderness cruise operates in the water from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck, and you will get up-close and personal with the towering sea cliffs, dolomites, and the abundant and diverse sea life around Tasman Island and Cape Pillar. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is an award-winning cruise operator in Tasmania. You can read more about them and the wilderness cruise on their website: https://www.pennicottjourneys.com.au/
For those who may choose not to do the wilderness cruise, you have the option of the following activities in the afternoon after the morning Cape Hauy trek:
- A tour of the Port Arthur historic settlement and just relax around the Port Arthur area
- a helicopter tour with Osbourne Heli Tours which will vary in time and cost depending on the flight package. This option would be subject to availability and you would need to pay for the heli tour directly. Please refer to the Osbourne Heli Tours website for more information: https://www.osbornehelitours.com/
- An early transfer back to Hobart.
After your wilderness cruise or alternative activity, the team will rejoin and you will be transferred back to Hobart for either your late flight or to the Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is our drop off point. Those who have flights will be dropped off first. The bus ride back to Hobart is around 90 minutes, so we would have you at Hobart Airport at 7:00 PM at the latest. From the airport, we arrive back at the Grand Chancellor Hotel by around 7:30 PM. We recommend staying at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, or at a hotel in close proximity.