Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul, Port Arthur: Address, Phone Number, Cape Raoul Reviews: 5/5

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Mikaela M
Brisbane Region, Australia66 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
This was a long walk with a few stairs and hills.
It was very windy towards the end.
About 16km return.
It was so worth the views! Highly recommended.
No animal sightings, just a few birds.
Written May 27, 2021
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Jos-C
Perth, Australia406 contributions
Feb 2021
Enjoyable hike not too challenging.
Young and fairly fit we managed to finish in 4 hours took just under two hours each way.

It is probably one of the most clear paths I’ve hiked across aus and you are easily able to see the way, there’s no markers along the way so you don’t know how far you’ve come except at the first 1.5km mark and the last few hundred. It’s a very clear path there is no climbing over rocks or scaling sections it’s a pretty easy walk for an inexperienced hiker.

Starts off with a reasonable ascent for the first 1.5km to the first lookout, this is a decent view so you could finish here.
Continues pretty flat and then you go downhill for 3km there is a number of steps in this section and our return trip was slow through here. Then flattens out again and is largely flat until a small incline in the end.

We were lucky with a cool clear day there’s large section of covered walk for about 4km then the final section is exposed.

The view was beautiful and you can see lots of seals from the seal lookout!
Written February 20, 2021
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,267 contributions
Feb 2021
The hike to Cape Raoul is fantastic. Excellent benched tracks and lookouts along the way. The seal lookout was wonderful - you could hear the seals barking at each other!
Written February 12, 2021
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia1,647 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Perhaps by this point we were just spoiled with some of the walks in Cradle mountain, Mt Wellington and Freycinet national park. Still I think this one pales in comparison to cape hauy which we did a couple days later and the shorter walks along pirates bay area.

Yes it did have some lovely little art installations along it, and had been heavily upgraded/gentrified as part of the 3-capes experience. This meant you can walk along boardwalk and nice even steps, and the forest path is wide and clear of roots. It makes the walk a very easy one, and it took maybe 4h return. You also have the option to go out to shipsterns bluff (we walked out to the lookout, adding about 25min to the overall walk). I also give it a bonus point for having 1/4 the number of walkers compared to most mainstream trails.

The problem with it is that a large section of it at the beginning is just Forrest, and then some scrub. You don't reach any scenic views until the last 30min or so before the top. It's not a circuit either, so once you're done it is an out-and-back trip back through the same repetitive forest scenery.

Probably not worth staying in pt Arthur to try and do this unless you are there for some other reason.
Written January 14, 2021
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Sarah255344
Launceston, Australia39 contributions
Oct 2020
The new track is criticised by some as a walk in the park rather than a bushwalk, but this makes it more accessible to occasional hikers. The walk is not difficult but is quite long: around 14km, but with options to include Shipsterns Bluff. The scenery is varied, but the highlights are the stunning cliffs. There is no shelter or picnic area at the Cape itself.
Written December 6, 2020
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chris
16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
fantastic walk. Takes less time than sign posted. Great views of ocean and cliffs. Leave early in summer as it can get warm but also cold when the wind blows.
Written February 23, 2020
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Adrenalinetravellers
77 contributions
Jan 2020
Cape Raoul was the last hike of our Tasmania trip in Jan 2020 and we had high expectations given the hype of the Three Capes Walk. We had done the Cradle Mountain Summit, Mount Amos, and Wineglass Beach hikes prior and unfortunately, Cape Raoul turned out to be our least favourite.

Some tips for fellow travellers:
1) Start early, the hike is much more pleasant on an empty trail. Even the 3 other hikers with us at the final small lookout felt like a crowd.
2) There was a 10 min drive on gravel road to reach the start of the hike, where the only restroom was around 150 m away. It was very clean, with toilet paper.
3) 2L of water/pax was more than sufficient for us. We suggest carrying some high energy snacks as well. Definitely need sunblock and a cap and/or sunglasses.
4) The path was well maintained, with some inclines and declines, but nothing too strenuous. We would rate the terrain easy but the hike moderate because of the long distance. It is doable in running shoes.
5) The environment of the hike towards Cape Raoul was: Forest (1 h 20 min, with a lookout after 40 min) -> Bush (30 min) -> Clifftop (40 min). So the return time will be 5 hours, excluding any rest stops.
6) There was a split leading off to Shipstern Bluff about 20 min from the start of the walk. It was a 30 min return to the Shipstern Bluff lookout and a 2 h return to the Bluff. We did not visit either as we saw the Bluff from various viewpoints while on our way to Cape Raoul.
7) There were warning signs about not doing this hike in high winds. It was a relatively calm day when we visited but we can imagine it being worrying up on the exposed cliff in a gale.
8) There were 2 lookouts at Cape Raoul, 10 min apart and visible from each other. We went to both and preferred the lookout on the right.
9) Keep a keen watch for wild animals and it is likely you will be rewarded. We saw wallabies and echidnas!

My partner and I found the hike to Cape Raoul rather boring as much of the hike was through the forest and bush with little to no views. Even the views from the cliff were not as impressive as we had expected, with Cape Pillar and Tasman Island too far away to look imposing. Also the sea was calm that day, and we suspect that we would have liked the cliff walk better had the waves been pounding against the cliffs. We were lacking our usual hiking high on our return which made the walk feel like it was dragging on. All in all, we do not feel that effort to walk to Cape Raoul is worth it and feel that this activity can be missed.
Written February 14, 2020
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Jane Z
Melbourne, Australia348 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
There are 2 walks at the start of the walk - we did the cape Raoul because it’s one of the great short walks in tassie.

After 30 min or so you will first arrive at a viewing platform. If you are lucky you will see some boats fishing along the coastline.

The rock formation at the end of the walk is really amazing and picturesque. It’s a grade 4 walk with many stairs and upward slopes - I would recommend the walk if you are reasonably fit. For your record I clocked 28k steps on my Fitbit, and over 200 flights of floors.
Written December 29, 2019
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Kevin1807
Terrigal, Australia4 contributions
Nov 2019
We walked to the Cape Raoul lookout through rain and fog and when we got there we at first huddled under our umbrellas in thick fog, thinking we might be out of luck with getting a view. However, the fog was moving and the rain lessening so we hung in there and within minutes it cleared to reveal these amazing sea cliffs. What a sight! The clouds and fog kept coming in and clearing again quickly and we were treated to some great scenes to experience and photograph. One of the highlights of our Tassie trip.
Written December 17, 2019
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Margaret W
Hobart, Australia12 contributions
Nov 2019
Great walk to cape raoul and shipstern bluff easy walk to both lookouts stunning scenery toilets at carpark
Written December 9, 2019
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