Jane Reilly Travels: Tasmania’s Three Capes Track

Jane Reilly recently returned from a walking adventure of a lifetime on Tasmania's Three Capes Track. Here she shares with FIFTY+SA all about the four day trek within the beautiful Tasman National Park.

My recent Three Capes Walk in Tasmania started a year ago over a cup of coffee. A friend had recently returned from doing the walk on Tassie’s South East Coast. Her photos were amazing, her enthusiasm infectious! 

In a heartbeat I had purchased my first ever pair of hiking boots and I was heading into the Adelaide Hills to get “walk fit” and to break in my boots. Fast forward to March this year and I’m on my way with thirteen other like-minded girls to do the Three Capes Track.

We booked with the Tasmanian Walking Company, opting for the Lodge Walk. Located within the beautiful Tasman National Park, the 48 kilometre walk hugs towering dolerite cliffs. The views are exhilarating with rugged perpendicular cliffs plunging into wild seas. Our guides constantly remind us not to go too close to the edge!

There’s plenty of wildlife along the way and at every curve in the well maintained track there is yet another spectacular photo, taking in rainforest to natural heathland.

Spread over four days, some are longer than others, and I admit I struggled but my reward at the end of the day was a hot shower, delicious food and great Tassie wine shared with wonderful company.

Daily, over a morning cup of billy tea on the track our experienced guides share stories about the local Aboriginal culture, the area’s convict past and the stunning natural vegetation.

You really need a moderate level of fitness to do this walk, while carrying your back-pack weighing around 9 kilos. I proudly took out the “true grit” award for my determination to finish the walk. 

I may have come home with sore feet but also wonderful memories of a stunning adventure shared with a wonderful eclectic group of women.

  • Jane Reilly

    Jane Reilly OAM is a well-known face around Adelaide, previously working as an announcer on FIVEaa’s breakfast program and as a weather presenter at Channel 10.

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