Yesterday I went for a trudge to Cape Raoul. Cape Raoul is on the Tasman Peninsula, about 120 km from Hobart.
I showed you on my write up of the Cape Huay walk how to get to the peninsula, and also info on National Park fees, entry, etc.
Here’s some more maps (prepared without the owner’s permission) that explain how to get there a bit better.
Drive toward Port Arthur, but don’t go into the old convict settlement. Unless you want to, I guess. I mean, it is a tourist attraction…
After the Port Arthur settlement, keep going about 10km until you get to a turn off on your left to Stormlea Road. If you get to Nubeena, turn around, retrace your steps… or the way you drove… (You know what I mean…).
To make it easier, just turn left at this sign.
Follow the ‘Cape Raoul Walk’ signs along Stormlea Road for about 10km until you get to a campground and car park. Park here.
If you want to use the toilet, climb here. Make sure you take some coins to pop in the money box. (Seriously – the land owner maintains the toilet for free… and accepts donations).
The walk starts at the end of the car park.
Serious note about this walk. There are massive (and I mean 200 metre +) cliffs along most of the length of this walk. There are no fences, or any other protections to stop you from falling over the edge. Be careful. If you’re not going to be careful, then this may not be the walk for you.
It also has the dubious honour of having the strongest recorded wind gusts in Tasmania.
A short way in you will pass some signs and this fallen log, where you can engage in some stunt-trudging.
This rock formation is really cool. I presume you can add a rock? I did…
A short way uphill you will come to an intersection. If you choose to go to Shipstern Bluff, all the best to you. People do crazy things there…
Follow the left hand trail and continue uphill. At the top, you get this view. This is a view of the Cape Raoul Plateau, where your walk will take you. Of course, if you like this view and think you’ve seen enough, then you can just turn around and walk back to your car. However, the further you go on this trek, the better the views get.
To give you some perspective, I’ve (poorly) superimposed the Eiffel Tower over the top.
If you peek over the edge, it looks like this…
A short side-trek to the right, and you get to another cliff. Here you can see back to Shipstern Bluff. Very placid today.
It can get quite windy up here, so please be careful. Remember… cliffs?
The trail heads roughly east along the cliff tops and onto the Cape Raoul Plateau.
Once there, simply follow the trail. I’ll not articulate it as well as these pictures do.
When you’re on the plateau, make sure you keep going past the (currently dry) lake and out to the northern coastal bits.
You will come to a fork in the trail… turn left and walk for a hundred or so metres and you can view the cape from the northern side.
I usually do a trudge with my ipod on, and today was no exception. I was listening to Iron Maiden (El Dorado, for all those who are interested), and I could still hear the seal colony ‘barking’ from the base of the cape. You can just make out the colony’s home (white colouring on the rocks) at the base.
I had lunch perched atop the rocks in this picture, but more of that to come…
If you go back to the fork and continue along the right hand trail, you will come out atop Cape Raoul.
It is… just… wow.
In the distance to the north, you can make out Tasman Island and Cape Pillar
Return the way you came… but stay as long as you can – this scenery is so majestic, awe-inspiring.
Oh, just in case you missed the log, I did some stunt-trudging on the way back
The walk is listed as being 7km one-way (as the crow flies*), 14km return.
I trudged for about 17.4km all up: this is because I did every single side trail and often took the opportunity to blaze a trail to a cliff’s edge to have a peek, despite there being no official trail. It took me four and a half hours, which included the side treks and admiring the views. Give yourself as long as you can though; this trail is a beauty.
*No crows were harmed in the measuring of this track…
Thanks for reading!