It is possible that the marketing will win out and the Three Capes Track will become a popular iconic walking experience but a more probable future involves:

  • The majority of walkers accessing Cape Pillar by the old direct track from Fortescue Bay and camping.
  • PWS will eventually withdraw from subsidising its unprofitable commercial walking operation and the hut complexes will be leased to a bona fide commercial operator.
  • Visitors seeking a longer walk will continue north from Fortescue to Waterfall Bay using the scenic coastal track constructed by the Hobart Walking Club decades ago.
  • Cape Raoul will remain a short, easy day walk separate from the walks east of Port Arthur; and
  • A government committee will inquire into how so much money came to be spent on such a poorly researched project with no proper business plan.
Three Capes & Cape Pillar. Photo: Rob Blakers

Three Capes & Cape Pillar. Photo: Rob Blakers

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.