Three Capes Track, Tasmania – Day 3

How lucky are we? We woke up to yet another gloriously sunny morning and, while a bit stiff, the legs were ready for another amazing day out on the Three Capes Track.

Let’s go….

Sunrise at Munro Bight, Three Capes Track, Tasmania
Golden morning light at Munro Bight

Logistics:

Day: 3

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022

From: Munro Hut to Cape Pillar & back

To: Retakunna Hut

Official Distance: 19km                 Actual Distance: 18.8km

Total: 34/48km

Time: 6h

Ascent: 6299m                                Descent: 619m

Weather: Endless sunshine and light breezes

Stayed At: Retakunna Hut

General Comments:

  • Despite the very comfy sleeping quarters, I am still not sleeping well. Excitement? Nocturnal noises? A brain that simply won’t shut down? Or knowing that at some stage soon I am going to have to wander out into the chilly night for the long trek to the loos? All of the above.

Our room has 4 sets of double timber bunks. They are solidly made – with no squeaks or rattles – and the mattresses are thick and firm. There are a couple of benches and plenty of hanging hooks for hats and coats. The rooms are definitely designed for function, not beauty, but they are perfect for our needs. I understand there are also a couple of smaller rooms that sleep four people if you are walking with a small group of friends. I imagine you could request these rooms when you book.

  • Ranger Joel recommended we get up early to enjoy the spectacular sunrise from the helicopter pad/viewing area. Many of us did just that and, while it was very pretty, I think I have seen just as nice sunrises from my own front verandah at home. No matter, we were up early and that gave us plenty of time to get ready for our longest day.
  • Out & Back: Today was to be 19km in total, with an out and back route to Cape Pillar, returning back to Munro Hut and then walking on to Retakunna Hut. It was an incredibly beautiful day and even more so because you got to see the same scenery twice, but from a different perspective ie. in reverse.
  • Timing: The times I have included in these posts are very generous in comparison to the distance covered. They include plenty of time for stopping to admire the views, taking photos, snack breaks and chatting to fellow walkers. As our beds were always guaranteed at the next hut, there was no need to rush unnecessarily.

Top Tips for this Section:

  • Story Seats: If you have the energy and inclination, I recommend you read the information book, focussing on the specific section you will be walking the next day. It makes the path more relevant and interesting, especially the information about each of the story seats you will find on the path. It is a great way to get humans to engage even more closely with the landscape as we pass through.
  • Bag Storage: Munro Hut has a secure, dry storage shed to leave your backpack as you complete the out-and-back route. This facility makes this walking day so much more enjoyable as you are not carrying your big, heavy pack. You could carry a small, foldable daypack to use during this stage or simply pull out the dry bag from the main compartment of your backpack and leave that in the shed. I did that as I wanted to have access to my water bladder etc., and it worked out perfectly.
  • Cliff Top Views: Today’s path spends a lot of time meandering close to spectacular cliffs made up of towering dolomite columns. The views are simply stupendous and it is virtually impossible to stop taking photos.

While the path does hug the cliff on the way to Cape Pillar, you are perfectly safe and there is little risk of toppling over the edge. If you have a thing about heights, you may like gaze lovingly inland rather than out to sea as you pass by these sections.

If you are a bit nervy, The Blade (262m) will definitely be off-limits for you. Sit and relax in the shade at the bottom of The Blade and wait for your friends to return from the rocky climb up to the top. Don’t miss the walk out to Cathedral Rock. From there you can enjoy equally beautiful views back to The Blade, out to Tasman Island and northwards to Cape Hauy.

For those wondering where the third cape is, as in Three Capes Track, there isn’t one! Yes, poetic licence has been used in naming this path. There is another cape in the general vicinity – Cape Raul – but you would have to swim across to it, rather than walk. As the ol’ saying goes, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  • Rubbish: Like most national parks in Australia, there is a strict policy of ‘pack it in, pack it out’ for any of your rubbish. This creates an interesting exercise of trying to minimise packaging and being very conscious of how much waste we actually generate. Have a spare zip lock bag to store this rubbish as it can get a little stinky after a couple of days. Food waste such as tea bags and apple cores etc. go into a compost bucket for onsite processing and disposal.
  • Energy: Today is a slightly deceptive day as after your 16km return walk to Cape Pillar, you feel like you are done for the day, but there is still another 3km to get to Retakunna Hut. Rest and revive at Munro Hut on your return, repack your main backpack, grab a snack and then push on for the final stretch.
  • Beef Jerky: This is my new favourite snack and I loved comparing recipes and homemade batches with other walkers. I must fire up the dehydrator again soon.

We are on the home strait now, but have your wet weather gear handy.

Resources:

  • Three Capes Track – Read more about it – HERE
  • Parks Tasmania – Read more about it – HERE
  • Overview of the whole Track – Read more about it – HERE
  • Day 1 on the Three Capes Track – Read more about it – HERE
  • Day 2 on the Three Capes Track – Read more about it – HERE
Hikers, Three Capes Track, Tasmania
Happy hikers psyching themselves up for the last day

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28 thoughts on “Three Capes Track, Tasmania – Day 3

  1. Master of Something Yet October 12, 2022 / 1:40 pm

    Just as well the timing is generous as you would be hard pressed not to stop every few minutes for photos. It looks stunning.
    +1 for the homemade jerky. Was just saying to my son I want to make some just to eat at home. Who says it’s only for hiking?

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    • Life...One Big Adventure October 12, 2022 / 2:43 pm

      I like the way you think…and eat! I am tempted to make some jerky for home too, but would eat it all in one sitting! Best to keep it out of temptations way! 🙂

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  2. restlessjo October 12, 2022 / 6:33 pm

    Easily my favourite section, Mel. Love those views! Not even sure what beef jerky is but I’ll not fret about it.

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    • Life...One Big Adventure October 13, 2022 / 8:32 am

      Beef jerky is marinated and dehydrated beef strips. It sounds a bit grim, but is delicious and a really satisfying snack when you are out strolling the countryside. Not quite as delicious as Portuguese cakes, of course, but a wee bit more portable.

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  3. Heyjude October 13, 2022 / 12:18 am

    Wonderful views. I imagine beef jerky is the same as biltong? Usually venison in SA rather than beef.

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    • Life...One Big Adventure October 13, 2022 / 8:34 am

      Yep, same same. I also loved ostrich biltong when I was in RSA. Although not many ostrichs are readily available in Aus. Emu perhaps? Hard to catch though! 🙂

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  4. Easymalc October 13, 2022 / 2:12 am

    What fabulous scenery – and a really informative post as always

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      • The Travel Architect October 17, 2022 / 10:21 am

        I just thought of you this evening. We’ve been watching some Australian nature documentaries (nothing like getting started early) and tonight’s showed us some of Tasmania (and it’s eponymous Devil).

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  5. Eunice October 17, 2022 / 9:34 pm

    Such stunning scenery, I think I would be lagging behind the group as I would be continually stopping to take photos 🙂 I tried biltong just once in SA – never again, it was horrible 😦

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    • Life...One Big Adventure October 19, 2022 / 7:28 am

      Yes, it was a photographer’s paradise. Wherever you looked was yet another stunning vista. I’m afraid I am a biltong fan! 🙂

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  6. wetanddustyroads October 17, 2022 / 10:55 pm

    Ha, don’t you just like “endless sunshine” weather conditions while on a hike (except, it seems on your last day you were not that lucky)! And yes, I love your views – it will be very easy to take a 100+ photos on this day! Delicious beef jerky – but in our case, it’s biltong … we’re big fans (sorry Eunice) 😄.

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  7. Monkey's Tale October 21, 2022 / 8:09 am

    Love the views of that rocky island and the sea stacks! What a great hike this is! Maggie

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