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22.4 mile 36.0 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable


Ascent: 4,152' 1,265 m
Descent: -4,141' -1,262 m
High: 1,607' 490 m
Low: 38' 12 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)


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Must be attempted in counterclockwise direction from Fortescue Bay


A well signposted and beautifully maintained trail that takes you through eucalyptus forests, remote valleys and some of the highest clifftops in the Southern Hemisphere.

Need to Know

You access the head of the trail via Fortescue Bay, a stunning white sandy beach that is a 10km dirt track drive from the A9. It is approx 1:45 drive from Hobart or 25 mins from Port Arthur.

You must register yourself with the Tasmanian Parks office situated at the bay that you are going to be returning within a day. There is 3G signal at the starting point; however, it will be rare beyond here, so let someone know of your plans.

You must also purchase a parks pass in advance. This is easily done online through the government website and must be displayed in your vehicle.

Runner Notes

Pack a lunch for stopping at Cape Pillar. Climbing to the top of 'the blade' is a great place to take in views, see the whales and dolphins playing in the bay.


Entering the route from Fortescue Bay, you must take it in a counter-clockwise fashion on Old Cape Pillar Trail (I believe this is due to the spread of root bacteria—I'm no biologist).

The first 10km of the route is the most rugged as it's not part of the glamping route; however, as far as trails go, it's well sign posted. Look out for snakes on Snake Hill, although they're usually more scared of you! All flatlands are maintained with wooden boards and bush well maintained.

At the main junction, head straight onto Cape Pillar Track. As you approach the end of the trail that heads out to Cape Pillar, you'll notice a change in the trail. Most of the rugged terrain has been replaced with boardwalks, benches, and sculptures. Munro Campsite is a great place to refill your waterparks and use the facilities.

Expect steps out to Cape Pillar and undulating surfaces. The views are stunning once you get there. You then proceed back the way you came until you reach the 4-way junction and head right onto Three Capes Track. You then head towards Mount Fortescue and Cape Huay. At the base of Mount Fortescue is Retakunna Cabin which is again another good place to refill and replenish. Expect steep ascents but well kept steps, taking you up to 1,608 feet. After this, follow a nice, shallow descent back towards Fortescue Bay.

Any icy cold bath in the sea caps off a superb trail, well worth a trip.

Flora & Fauna

An array of wildflowers, wallabies, and possibility of snakes. Large amounts of whales and dolphins playing off the blade!

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