Tasmania’s East Coast (Part 3): Tasman National Park

The Tasman National Park on the Forestier Peninsula is unfortunately the last region we visited on Tasmania. But before we pack our backpacks and clean up our campervan Wolly, we book two nights at the Fortescue Bay campground.

Fortescue Bay Campground

Fortescue Bay is a sheltered bay with a beautiful white sandy beach and has two distinct camping areas: Banksia (for tent based family camping) and Mill Creek (vehicle access sites for campervans, caravans, etc).

We stayed two nights at Mill Creek where we found clean long drops. The campground offers direct access to the most important hiking trails in the region. Among others, the Three Capes Track starts here, but it takes several days and has to be booked in advance. The campground costs $13 per night (about 8,25 €).

Toilets at Mill Creek
Wolly at Fortescue Bay / Mill Creek campground

Cape Hauy

We wanted to hike at least a part of the Three Capes Track and went to Cape Hauy, which is indicated with about 4 hours. If you love stairs, you will get your money’s worth! Those who hate stairs may want to choose a different track. We didn’t count the steps, but other hikers wrote in their reviews about 2.200 steps (each way!).

Comment by Christiane:
In contrast to other tracks, where you hike solely uphill for hours on the way there, these steps also led downhill on the way there. Thus, it is not the case that you go solely uphill for two of the four hours – that’s nice. The steps were very well constructed and you get rewarded all the time during the hike with fantastic views. So you don’t have to wait for a summit to get your reward. ?

After we had found our rhythm, we enjoyed the hike to the full. It leads partly directly along the steep coast and offers beautiful views of the adjacent bays. We took a long break at Cape Hauy before heading back the same way.

Trail to Cape Hauy
Spectacular dolerite columns and cliffs at Cape Hauy

From Cape Hauy you can also have a look at Cape Pillar. Cape Pillar has with 300 m the highest sea cliffs in the Southern hemisphere.

View of Cape Pillar from Cape Hauy track
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