Three Capes 4-Day Paddle
Lodge-Based Kayak Adventure
The Tasman Peninsula is located in south-east Tasmania, Australia roughly 75 km south-east of Hobart, and is connected to the Forestier Peninsula, via an isthmus called Eaglehawk Neck. The Tasman Peninsula is surrounded by water; to the north by Norfolk Bay, to the northwest by Frederick Henry Bay, to the west and south by Storm Bay, and to the east by the Tasman Sea.
Paddlers are mesmerised by the spectacular dolerite cliffs, unique rock formations, blowholes, kelp forests and hidden sea caves. The famous Three Capes walk affords fantastic views of sea arches, sheltered bays and beautiful sandy beaches. Tasman National Park has a myriad of flora (the rare Cape Pillar sheoak) and fauna (Australian furs seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating whales). Other attractions are the World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site (penal settlement) and Coal Mines Historic Site (convict operated coal mine).
After a day of paddling and hiking, enjoy a gourmet meal featuring local produce at our exclusive waterfront base, The Bolthole, Pirates Bay.
- Return transfers between Hobart city and the Tasman Peninsula.
- Three nights’ share accommodation
- All meals from Lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 4.
- Double expedition kayaks, paddles, pfds, spray skirts.
- One 20L dry bag.
- A paddling cag (waterproof jacket).
- Pogies (paddling mittens).
- Two professional sea kayak guides.
Comprehensive first aid kit and emergency safety equipment.
- Accommodation and meals in Hobart.
- Travel Insurance.
Due to the unique nature of this area and the variability of weather, there is no fixed route or schedule. The following itinerary is a sample only. Please note that the weather, logistical conditions and group preference will determine the day to day activities. Paddling distances should be seen as an approximate guide only.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
We start the trip with a morning pick up (around 8am) from your Hobart hotel for the two-hour drive to Lime Bay Coastal Reserve. Prior to launching, your guides will run through a full kayak safety briefing before a short paddle to the infamous convict coal mines historic site. After a picnic lunch, we’ll stretch our legs and explore the area. We continue our paddles north, past delicate sandstone cliﬀs and sandy beaches to finish at Lime Bay. We meet our vehicle and transfer to the The Bolthole, our accommodation for three nights. After settling in, it’s time to relax on the large deck looking out to Pirates Bay, Clyde Island and Cape Hauy. For dinner, your guides will prepare a gourmet meal with a focus on local produce. Paddling distance approximately 12 km.
L • D / LODGE ACCOMMODATION
After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guides, we drive a short distance to Fortescue Bay, located in the heart of the Tasman National Park. This morning’s paddle is towards Cape Huoy, one of the highlights of the Three Capes Track. If the weather allows, we can make our way to the base of the Candle Stick, a mecca for rock climbers from around the world and conveniently located beside a seal haul-out. We will pause here while Australian fur seals play in the water around us. Depending on sea conditions, we can paddle underneath the candlestick to the open sea beyond. Returning to the shelter of the bay we’ll explore hidden coves and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to our accommodation, perhaps even pausing for a quick swim on the way. Paddling distance approximately 12-15 kms.
B • L • D / LODGE ACCOMMODATION
This morning we launch the kayaks from the shelter of Pirates Bay and experience true ocean paddling as we paddle south past the Tasman Arch and Blowhole. Towering sea cliﬀs, deep sea caves and abundant marine life are highlights of today’s paddle. Lunch is enjoyed at Bivouac Bay where we can stretch our legs on a hike with great views over the sea cliﬀs. Transfer back to the lodge. Paddling distance today is around 15 kms.
B • L • D / LODGE ACCOMMODATION
After another delicious breakfast, we head for Port Arthur for our final day on the Tasman Peninsula. Launching from a nearby cove we have a unique opportunity to experience the site by kayak before paddling south to the spectacular Crescent Bay for lunch. After a rest and a swim for the bold, we will round out the afternoon with a 2.5 km return hike to the summit of Mt Brown. From here it is only a short paddle back to our waiting vehicle and on to Hobart. We end the trip with a drop oﬀ at your Hobart hotel at around 5.30pm. Paddling distance today is around 15 kms.
B • L / END OF TRIP ARRANGEMENTS
- Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
- 4-day Package, 4 days Kayaking
- 3 Nights' Lodge Accommodation
- Grade: Easy to moderate
- 14 – 17 Dec
- 14 – 17 Jan
- 05 – 08 Feb
- 08 – 11 Mar
- 12 – 15 Apr
- 15 – 18 Nov
- 13 – 16 Dec
- 10 – 13 Jan
- 25 – 28 Jan
- 14 – 17 Feb
- 07 – 10 Mar
- 11 – 14 Apr
Private departures on request – Contact us
We stay three nights at The Bolthole, a large private house set on a secluded 5.8-acre bush block with coastal forefront and direct access to Pirates Bay. The lodge has five bedrooms; one king bed with ensuite, two rooms with queen beds, one twin bedded room and a bunk room with four single beds. Your trip cost depends on room selection. The lodge has one private ensuite, one full bathroom and two separate toilets (one outside) and an outdoor shower. Linen and bath towels are provided. There’s a fully equipped kitchen where your guides will whip up fabulous meals for the group. Single travellers may be asked to share a room. Rooms will be allocated according to preference, group makeup and time of booking.