Tasman National Park is a seriously magnificent chunk of seashore bound rock and flora over on the South East coast of Tasmania. Love it, it's definitely worth the drive to get there.
Within Tasman National Park is the infamous and decisive 3 Capes Track, a Parks and Wildlife fundraising initiative designed to extract coin from comfort seeking punters who pony up silly money for a bunk bed and a colourbond roof over their heads.
Established walking tracks have been cleaned up, pounded into submission and made as smooth, inoffensive and mud free as possible to keep the kind of people who don't usually wander 50 metres away from their vehicles, secure and anxiety free.
To be fair the Parks Service has had to come up with schemes to generate much needed funding and the dumbing down of Tasmania's wild places is one that has proved exceptionally popular, attracting cashed punters who just wanna see four walls around them whilst in the woods. Each to their own I s'pose. But nah.
Hang on, shut up for a second Safari you judgy purist curmudgeon. Rant, rant, rant... what about the positives this track 'upgrade' could be bringing about?
Well, how about this ABC News article that shows the 3 Capes Track can be utilised by people with physical barriers that prevent them from hiking on regular crappy Tasmania trails. So there dude. 😉
Anyway, enough bickering with myself, what's important is that the scenic ranking of this area is right up there. It's really pretty and I definitely recommend walking the sections of the 3 Capes Track that can be done for free (which is most of it). A solid year round option near sea level and a swish over-graded path, you would be hard pressed to lose the way or feel seriously exerted.
It's simple and full of serene outlooks and overlooks, so go get it.
And yeah, I am once again writing up another one of my Tasmanian hikes.
I'm still stuck on the island! Fuckin Covid...
|Map sourced from Google maps.|
After returning to Wughalee I packed up and grinded out the climb along the inland, seldom used track for a couple of kilometres to meet the new 'highway' and bowled along to the Cape Huay turnoff. Even at a fairly late stage of the afternoon the popular out and back day hike track was full of traffic so I called it good and made my way back to Fortescue and my vehicle.