Day 8 - packed our bags then wandered down to Salamanca markets for a bit and caught the Skybus to the airport. Muttley and Robyn flew out to Brisbane earlier in the morning and we said goodbye to Pia and Bayard at the airport as they will be traveling around Tasi in a camper for another week. The flight was good and we got back home around 5:00pm and parted ways with the rest of the crew - Stevo, Kerry, Roddo and Wayne. It’s been a fantastic week with good friends and the Three Capes Track is absolutely fantastic and well worth the money.
Until the next journi ...
Day 7 - a bit of a sleep in this morning and late sloth around before walking to the Botanical Gardens for a wander. Following this delightful trip we headed to Shambles Brewery for a few beverages and listening to music from local artists. We had dinner back at the hotel then went to Salamanca waterfront for some live music. After grooving at Jack Greene’s we headed back to the hotel at 1:00am 😳
28 February 2019
Day 6 - up, breakfasted and on the trail by 9:00am. We travelled 14km through varied micro climates and along cliff edges ranging from dry scrubby areas, lush rainforest to swampy areas. One of the highlights was the walk out to Cape Hauy and the world famous climbing pinnacle. At the end of the walk we dropped our packs and went for a cold swim at beautiful Fortescue Bay before boarding the bus back to Hobart. A quick shower then headed out for pizza, beers and a good old chat about the trip.
27 February 2019
Day 5a - we woke up and saw the sunrise on a stunning Tasi day, had coffee and porridge then packed a day pack and stored our main pack in a bird proof shed. We headed out to Cape Pillar 16km round trip stopping at many vantage points along the way high up on the 300m high sea cliffs (the highest in Oz). This dolomite rock coastline has many column formations sometimes resembling fantasy castles. Two of the main features were the sketchy climb up the narrow Blade outcrop and the view across to Tasman Island. We got back to Munro Hut around 4:00pm , had a coffee, chatted, collected our packs then walked another hour to Retakunna Hut arriving 5:45pm. After the briefing from ranger Nicko we cooked spaghetti Calabrisie , chatted for a while and got to bed about 9:00pm. What an epic day !!!
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26 February 2019
Day 4 - a change came through overnight and we awoke to light showers and a cold wind. The max today was around 20 and the wind picked up dramatically in the afternoon. We trekked 11 km’s today through varied landscapes and vegetation. All of us took our time absorbing the surroundings, stopping a couple of times to brew up and have a feed. We arrived at Munro Hut around 2:45pm, stowed our gear and did a bit of a group stretch session lead by Tamara a young doctor doing the trek. We were able to have a bush shower this afternoon and chilled out having a bit of a trivia game before ranger Laura gave a talk on the area’s history, flora and fauna. Dehydrated beef curry and deb mashed potatoes for dinner, a bit more of a chat then bed around 9:30pm
25 February 2019
Day 3 - beautiful sunny 27 degrees today. We got up and sorted our packs then checked out of the accommodation and headed down to the wharf area . We boarded the bus for an hour drive to Port Arthur, registered for the walk and boarded the boat for an hour cruise around the bay and out of the heads to view Tasman Island . The conditions were amazingly calm and the skipper managed to ease the boat into a sea cave. Eventually we landed at Denman Cove then our group of 28 was left to swim, have lunch and enjoy this pristine beach. After a few hours we did the 4km walk up to Surveyors Hut to meet ranger Annie and find our sleeping allocation. We basically chilled out for the rest of the day , listened to a talk by ranger Jess and cook up dinner. Late afternoon we walked to an exposed spot to watch the sunset, sat up and chatted then an early night at 9:00pm
24 February 2019
Day 2 - a beautiful 26 degree sunny day in Hobart. After a light breakfast with Pia and Bayard we went to the tourist information centre then got some last minute supplies for the trek. From the hotel we took a self guided historical tour around town, including the oldest tennis centre in Australia then ended at the Shambles Brewery. Later in the afternoon we headed to Jack Greene’s again for a feed and a few beers chatting to Sarah from Ireland and Owen from New York. Back to the room by 9:30pm for an early night.
23 February 2019
Day 1 - 23rd Feb 2019 up at 6:00am and caught the 7:00am shuttle bus to Sydney domestic terminal then boarded our flight to Hobart. After collecting our luggage we got the Sky Bus ($19.50 each) to our accommodation Hadley’s Orient Hotel in CBD Hobart. Shortly after checking in we all met up and walked down to the Salamanca area for a coffee then started a bit of a pub crawl. We eventually found a really nice spot upstairs at Jack Greene Bar and did some serious hydration loading. Everyone (Stevo, Kerry, Roddo, Pia, Bayard, Muttley, Robyn, Di and Wayne) got on really well as we had a a great afternoon/ evening laughing and dancing to some live tunes. A few trail nicknames are starting to emerge : Stevo (Lost Boy) is always going the wrong way, Roddo (Dick Dastedly) with a similar moustache, Di (Talwafwuhb) talks a lot with a few wines under her belt, Bayard (Siri) coz he knows a lot. Back to the room by midnight. PS/ check out the photo of Muttley at the one way mirror urinal 😳