There are many famous viewpoints on the Tasman Peninsula…the Tassellated Pavement, the Tasman Arch, and Remarkable Cave, but none of them compare to Cape Raoul.
On the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula is a promontory called Cape Raoul. This can only be reached by hiking, as no roads go here. It is a 14 km round trip hike, most of it through forests but some of it along the coastal cliffs. Once out on Cape Raoul, enjoy the views of Cape Pillar and then west to Hobart and Bruny Island. This is a gorgeous hike and another great way to experience the Tasman Peninsula coastline.
Facts About the Cape Raoul Hike
Distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)
Difficulty: Moderate. This hike would be suitable for most people of average fitness levels. Some of the trail is located along the edge of the cliffs, so keep an eye on children.
Allow five hours for this hike.
Getting here: This hike is located on the Tasman Peninsula, a two hour drive from Hobart. The trailhead starts at Stormlea. Here are the coordinates for the trailhead and car park: -43.195411, 147.777166
We did this hike in May. During our week in Tasmania, most of the days were overcast and rainy. We saved this hike for the one brilliantly sunny day of the week.
From the trailhead, it is an almost totally uphill walk through a forest to the first viewpoint. It takes about half an hour to reach the first viewpoint. And that first view of the coastline is jaw-dropping! This is probably one of the best views of the entire hike.
From this spot, is a mostly downhill hike out to Cape Raoul. The trail first takes you through a dense, dimly lit forest. Then you emerge back out onto the coastline for more amazing views.
The next section of the walk out to Cape Raoul is flat and on a wide plateau. The trail is lined with shrubs and you have endless views of the coastline. To the east is Cape Pillar and to the west you can see Bruny Island and Mount Wellington.
Once on this plateau, the trail becomes sketchy and difficult to follow (at least it was when we did this in 2015). The trail appeared to end, so we thought this was the end of the hike once we made it to this viewpoint. What we didn’t realize was that the trail continues out to the dolerite columns that you see in these photos.
You can enjoy the view and turn around here, like we did, for a 12 km round trip hike. Or continue on for the full 14 km hike and stunning close up views of the columns. Hopefully the trail is better marked now.
For more information before you go, check out this post on Hikespeak.
More Information for Your Trip to Australia:
- Bruny Island, Tasmania: 6 Must-Have Experiences on Bruny Island
- Tasmania: Do You Believe in Ghosts? and Other Adventures on the Tasman Peninsula
- Melbourne: 8 Must-Have Experiences in Melbourne
- Hiking: Is Kings Canyon Worth It?
- Great Ocean Road: One Day Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road
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