Bushwalking/ Hiking – Cape Raoul

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.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Cape Raoul Maps

Cape Raoul Maps

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.

Turn here

Turn here

Follow the ‘Cape Raoul Walk’ signs along Stormlea Road for about 10km until you get to a campground and car park. Park here.

Car Park (and Winnebago Park, apparently)

Car Park (and Winnebago Park, apparently)

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).

Hop over here for number 1 or number 2

Hop over here for number 1 or number 2

The walk starts at the end of the car park.

Start here

Start here

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.

Leave your horses and dogs at home so they can play with your guns while you're out

Leave your horses and dogs at home so they can play with your guns while you’re out

Log - perfect for stunts

Log – perfect for stunts

This rock formation is really cool. I presume you can add a rock? I did…

Not a natural rock formation

Not a natural rock formation

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…

Shipstern Bluff - for crazy surfing people

Shipstern Bluff – for crazy surfing people

This link will explain more…

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.

Cape Raoul Plateau

Cape Raoul Plateau

To give you some perspective, I’ve (poorly) superimposed the Eiffel Tower over the top.

With Eiffel Tower...

With Eiffel Tower…

If you peek over the edge, it looks like this…

Over the edge

Over the edge

Looking down

Looking down

A short side-trek to the right, and you get to another cliff. Here you can see back to Shipstern Bluff. Very placid today.

Shipstern Bluff

Shipstern Bluff

It can get quite windy up here, so please be careful. Remember… cliffs?

Cliffs, in case you missed them

Cliffs, in case you missed them

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.

Views down

Views down

Cliffs

Cliffs

At the end of the plateau

At the end of the plateau

More views

Majestic

Majestic

Picture tells a thousand words… or a few million…

When you’re on the plateau, make sure you keep going past the (currently dry) lake and out to the northern coastal bits.

Make sure you see this

Make sure you see this – the dry lake is behind you, you probably won’t notice it

The view down

The view down

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Big rocks... look small from up here

Big rocks… look small from up here

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.

Northern view

Northern view

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.

Cape Foot...?

Cape Foot…?

I had lunch perched atop the rocks in this picture, but more of that to come…

lunch up to the top right

Lunch up to the top right

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.

Looking back

Looking back

Rocky thing sticking up

Rocky thing sticking up

The view down the rocky thing

The view down the rocky thing

'Perched on the rocks'

‘Perched on the rocks’

Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul

And again, in case you missed it

And again, in case you missed it

Lunch

Lunch

In the distance to the north, you can make out Tasman Island and Cape Pillar

Even bigger cliffs?

Even bigger cliffs?

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

Stunt-trudging

Stunt-trudging

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.

Here is a link to my Endomondo workout.

*No crows were harmed in the measuring of this track…

Thanks for reading!

 

Pete

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