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Tasman Peninsula – Looking for Cape Raoul

9 January 2012 No Comment
Tasman Peninsula - Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul - the hill you have to cross

This bushwalk takes you to the Tasman Peninsula. A 5 hour round trip, it is level for a lot of the time though there is one hill that you must ascend about 10 minutes into the walk. You might want to partake in a rest at some stage but, 45 minutes along you come to one of the many spectacular views on this trek.

Unfortunately, after this you head inland away from the scenery and over the top of the hill before returning to the cliff tops about 20 minutes later. From then on you skirt them regularly, making for eye-catching views.
Cape Raoul

After that you eventually reach the end of the cape and here it splits into two prongs. On the left you can see a seal colony, easily recognizable by the excretive matter on the rocks, and you’ll see lots of dolerite cliffs, spectacular pencils of rock jutting vertically out of the sea. I was transfixed by them and tarried several times on the edge just to take in the wonder of it all.
Cape Raoul

Make sure you take something to drink and I would also advise food of some sort. For walks over three hours (this one is 5) I always pack a sandwich and some fruit.

Park entry fees also apply and, at the time of writing, fees in Tasmania were $22 each or you can get a holiday pass (recommended) for $56 and that covers you for anywhere.

Of all the people who venture to the Tasman Peninsula hardly any ever make their way here. This is evidenced by the paucity of car parking spaces (room for about four) at the end of the road.

To reach there you take the B37 route from nearby Port Arthur. Drive 8kms west then veer left at the sign to Highcroft and Stormlea or, if you come through Nubeena, it’s roughly 3 kms down the road before you turn off.

Facilities are non existent here, just a walker registration book to fill in. These books are in case you are overdue and someone has to come to your aid. Please make sure you fill it out before you leave and upon your return.

Ian Smith loves to write about and photograph his experiences. This is part of a series where he explores Tasmania. He has hundreds of images and reviews over at Virtual Tourist. The beautiful images in this article are all his work.

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