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  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,618 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    This is a lovely 4 hour return walk from the Fortescue Bay carpark which you access from the Arthur Highway - it is 12kms on a dirt road. Drive carefully if wet. The walk consists of a lot of steps but the views are worth it. The track is well formed and easy to walk on but you need to have some fitness for the steps. You need to have a parks pass.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Larissa M
    Australia133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you’re not a hiker…
    If you’re not a hiker, and these optimistic depictions of a four hour walk up to a cliff top and back seem too rosy, here’s a more realistic depiction. The first hour, there aren’t really views, just trees. It starts out level, then goes up and up until, a few minutes after you’ve resigned yourself to two hours of nothing but climbing up steps, it levels out. Then you go downhill. Because if you went only uphill, there wouldn’t be enough steps to climb. Once you reach the halfway point, which you’ll notice because there’s a sign, it gets better. Still steps, going down, then up, then down, then up again, but it feels more worthwhile. Partly because there’s much better views. And once you get to the lookout at the end, the view is even better. Then the way back is just the same thing in reverse! Which means that last hour is now mostly downhill, a pretty good cool-down. You can cool down even further with the traditional beach swim at the end. I’m not going to say the view is worth the walk, because that’s entirely subjective, but it is pretty good, and if you’re early enough you can see wildlife like echidnas out as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Areeya
    Alice Springs, Australia413 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My calves are still super sore after 3 days. But I’m very proud of myself!
    Oh my, where should I begin? Well, I spent quite some time researching this trail before I made the decision to do it, thanks to you guys who did the reviews on here before me. Most of them did warn us that this is not an easy journey and they were not lying. I am 36 years old and go to the gym 3-4 times a week to work out on muscles and not doing cardio, so it was not an easy journey for me to complete this trail. I stopped a lot to catch my breath while going up those 5,000 steps 😅. The trail sign advises that the complete trail takes 4 hours and I did just over 4 hours with two stops for snacks and lots of stops to take photos because the view was amazing! The first hour, you will only go up and up the steps with not so much to see, but don’t let this stop you, it will get better and better after that. The views are amazing! So keep going, guys! Ps. Do this trail on a good day - it helped a lot if you were in a good head space, positive mindset, because it will help you keep going and not wanting to back down ☺️ Reward yourself after you complete it.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This is a lovely 4 hour return walk from the Fortescue Bay carpark which you access from the Arthur Highway - it is 12kms on a dirt road. Drive carefully if wet. The walk consists of a lot of steps but the views are worth it. The track is well formed and easy to walk on but you need to have some fitness for the steps. You need to have a parks pass.
Written July 20, 2023
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Matnshaz
Perth, Australia184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Don’t be fooled, if you are not fit, this walk will challenge you. Over 4,500 steps for the 10km return hike. However, if you’re brave enough the scenery is breathtaking.
Written October 10, 2021
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Mikaela M
Brisbane Region, Australia64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This hike had lots of stairs, but worth it with views most of the way.
The track is right next to the mill creek campground where we stayed!
Great lookout at the end!
Very worth it!
Written May 27, 2021
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Matt
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Having now done the 10k walk in and out of Cape Hauy I’ve been reading blogs of others who reckoned it was easy... well either they’re all super fit or I’m really unfit (probably the latter!) but I found it really challenging. For all that though, this was perhaps the most stunning walk I’ve ever done. Particularly in the later part of the track where you turn out towards the cape, panting and pushing thru all the lactic acid buildup in your legs as you traverse a seeming roller coaster of steps... with every twist and turn every view supersedes the last, til you reach the jaw dropping 200m vertical cliffs out the end of the cape. Stunning. Rewarding. Loved every second. And yes, today, my feet are killing me!!
Written December 27, 2019
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donjohnstone
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Magnificent views of ocean, rock columns, cliffs and humpback whales breaching. Very well maintained tracks. Amazing experience, and free once you have a National Parks pass.
Written December 31, 2022
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tek_m_l
Melbourne, Australia225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
As someone who isn't an experience bushwalker nor particularly fit (our daily exercise consist of taking the dog for 2 x 30min walks on flat land and some rowing throughout the week), this was a punishing 4 hours return trek however the views along the way were definitely worth it. We even managed to catch a few seals lounging on the rock formations at the end of the trek.

Would I punish myself again? Possibly.
Written November 12, 2022
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Jianing Sim
Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
was my first walk and prolly one of hardest trails i did/the difficulty is thT there are mAny stairs ups and downs - the road is well paved tho
I really love the part that extends into the tasman sea and u get to breathe in the sea breeze
We started late (2pm and by the time we reached the open area - sun has set and it starting hailing?!) but it was such a fun experience walking back in the dark with just torchlights! Be sure to do that only in a Group tho!
Estimated time to complete the whole trail to and fro is 4-5h!! So be prepared with your gear when it turns cold!!
Written March 13, 2020
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AustralianTravelGuru
Australia171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Put the boots on, pack plenty of water, waterproof and warm jacket, lunch (and a treat) and set off on this amazing walk. The views at the end more than reward the effort, so will the treat!
Written February 18, 2020
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
It’s a lovely speccy hike to Cape Hauy. There’s the totem pole at the end - a target for keen rock climbers..
Written February 12, 2021
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chris
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Fabulous well maintained walking track . Hundreds of well made rock steps give the calves a thorough workout. Prepare your fitness beforehand. the coastal scenery is worth the pain if you get pain.
Written February 23, 2020
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