Cape Hauy Walk Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 9.3km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Fortescue Bay Campground

  • End: Fortescue Bay Campground

  • Location: Tasman National Park

  • Closest Town: Port Arthur

  • Distance from CBD: 100km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -43.141904

  • Longitude: 147.967384

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Cape Hauy Walk is a 9.3km, grade 4 return hike, located in Tasman National Park, Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

You can get a great view of Cape Hauy in the spectacular Tasman National Park as you travel to the Tasman Peninsula. To get this view, make a short detour, from the Arthur Highway (A9), to the Pirates Bay lookout just before Eaglehawk Neck. The walk to Cape Hauy leaves from Fortescue Bay 15km further south.

Highlights

The Cape Hauy Track leads from Fortescue Bay, just near the boat ramp. The walk passes through a variety of heath and woodland before coming to the magnificent views of steep cliffs and rock formations.

The spectacular dolerite columns and cliffs at Cape Hauy are popular areas for climbing and abseiling. Sea stacks, the "Candlestick" and "Totem Pole" at Cape Hauy are used by climbers and are not, you may be pleased to know, a part of this short walk!

About the region

Tasman National Park is a wild, yet accessible park of tall forests and a truly spectacular coastline. Waters from the Southern Ocean collide with the towering sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula, creating spectacular rock formations, including caves and arches. The coastal vegetation grows precariously close to the edges of the cliffs, creating a blanket of green that contrasts with the surging surf below. Australia’s highest sea cliffs have walkers on the award-winning, multi-day Three Capes Track in awe. Day walkers can also discover a slice of this beauty high atop the cliffs on shorter coastal walks at Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul and the world-famous big wave mecca, Shipsterns Bluff.

Getting there

Arthur Highway (A9) to junction with Fortescue Bay road (C344) which is 4km south of Taranna and 4km north of Port Arthur. Turn into C344 and drive 12km to Fortescue Bay. (This road is unsealed but is suitable for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes).

Tips

Park entry fees apply.

Camping, boat ramp, drinking water, picnic and toilet facilities available at Fortescue Bay.

Supervise children, unpatrolled beach, unprotected track edges.

No pets, firearms or bicycles.

GPX File

Total distance: 9422 m
Max elevation: 180 m
Min elevation: 12 m
Total climbing: 550 m
Total descent: -550 m
Download file: Cape-Hauy.gpx


For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania

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