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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 4 days kayaking
Accommodation
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts

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$2490 AUD

4 Days$2241AUD

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Trip Code: TCK

Trip highlights


  • Kayak from tranquil, sheltered bays to towering cliffs exposed to the Southern Ocean
  • Enjoying the delicious local food and wine
  • Wildlife spotting and the chance to see Australian fur seals, dolphins and fairy penguins

The Tasman Peninsula, located in south-east Tasmania, is surrounded by the Tasman Sea to the south and east, Storm Bay to the west and to the north by Norfolk Bay. The coastline, largely covered by national park, is made up of spectacular dolerite cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and sheltered bays, making it an ideal paddling destination. We’ll encounter an abundance of flora and fauna, both on the water and on short but spectacular hikes. The Peninsula is home to a wide range of land and marine animals, including Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating whales. It's also home to the endangered swift parrot and many forest-dwelling birds. Endangered wedge-tailed eagles and sea eagles can also be seen overhead. Our base is a beachside private lodge built for peace, privacy and comfort. Join us on a Tassie escape with four wonderful days exploring the diversity of the Peninsula’s natural landscapes.

Activities:

Itinerary

We start the trip with a morning pick up (around 8am) from your Hobart hotel for the two hour drive to Lime Bay Coastal Reserve. Prior to launching, your guides will run through a full kayak safety briefing before a short paddle to the infamous convict coal mines historic site. After a picnic lunch, we’ll stretch our legs and explore the area. We continue our paddles north, past delicate sandstone cliffs and sandy beaches to finish at Lime Bay. We meet our vehicle and transfer to the The Bolthole, our accommodation for three nights. After settling in, it’s time to relax on the large deck looking out to Pirates Bay, Clyde Island and Cape Hauy. For dinner, your guides will prepare a gourmet meal with a focus on local produce. Paddling distance approximately 12 kms.

Meals:  L,D

After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guides, we drive a short distance to Fortescue Bay, located in the heart of the Tasman National Park. This morning’s paddle is towards Cape Huoy, one of the highlights of the Three Capes Track. If the weather allows, we can make our way to the base of the Candle Stick, a mecca for rock climbers from around the world and conveniently located beside a seal haul-out. We will pause here while Australian fur seals play in the water around us. Depending on sea conditions, we can paddle underneath the candlestick to the open sea beyond. Returning to the shelter of the bay we’ll explore hidden coves and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to our accommodation, perhaps even pausing for a quick swim on the way. Paddling distance approximately 12-15 kms.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we launch the kayaks from the shelter of Pirates Bay and experience true ocean paddling as we paddle south past the Tasman Arch and Blowhole. Towering sea cliffs, deep sea caves and abundant marine life are highlights of today’s paddle. Lunch is enjoyed at Bivouac Bay where we can stretch our legs on a hike with great views over the sea cliffs. Transfer back to the lodge. Paddling distance today is around 15 kms.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our final day on the Tasman Peninsula begins with a hearty breakfast before heading to Port Arthur. Launching from a nearby cove, we have a unique opportunity to experience the Port Arthur site by kayak before paddling south to the spectacular Crescent Bay for lunch. After a rest and a swim for the bold, we will round out the afternoon with a 2.5 km return hike to the summit of Mt Brown. From here it is only a short paddle back to our waiting vehicle and on to Hobart. We end the trip with a drop off at your Hobart hotel at around 5.30pm. Paddling distance today is around 15 kms.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Professional kayaking guides
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine/beer/cider with dinners
  • 3 nights twin share accommodation at The Bolthole at Pirates Bay with shared bathrooms
  • Return transfers between Hobart city and the Tasman Peninsula
  • Double expedition kayaks, paddles, pfd, spray skirts
  • Half day Sea-kayaking activity
  • One 20L dry bag, a paddling cag (waterproof jacket), and pogies (paddling mittens)
  • Emergency communications and group first-aid kit

  • Travel to and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: additional alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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Sea kayaking is an activity that any reasonably fit person can participate in and could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for the four day itinerary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. In general, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the paddling. It’s a good idea to begin some regular exercise like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming well before the trip. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.


Departure dates


Notes

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Surcharge
Note:
The 4 March departure is accompanied by special guest Tim Cope and an additional supplement applies.

Total Priceper person from

$2241  AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for departure accompanied by special guest Tim CopeAUD$150
  • Single SupplementAUD$500
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Three Capes Kayak trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Tasman Peninsula has a cool, temperate climate dominated by the westerly flow of winds that blow across the southern ocean. November to April are the warmest months with air temperatures ranging from as low as 8°C to a comfortable 23°C, although fluctuations above and below these averages are common, often all in the space of a day! The ocean temperatures remain relatively stable over the course of the year with the temperature averaging between a refreshing 13-17°C from November to April. While rain can occur at any time of year, the summer months are typically dominated by a warm, dry northerly stream of air.

Sea kayaking is an activity that any reasonably fit person can participate in and could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary for the four day itinerary, but it is important to have a sound level of fitness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.

The kayaks used are Wilderness Systems Tsunami singles and Mission Eco Niizh doubles, all sit-in with rudder. The kayaks are stable, easy to paddle and control and suited for beginners to experts. On day one of the trip you will be given a thorough briefing on all aspects of sea kayaking techniques with ample time to practice and familiarise yourself with the kayaks.

Paddles used are Werner Skagit at 220cm length. All paddles are split for easy adjustment to suit your style.

Other equipment supplied include your pfd (life jacket), one 20 litre dry bag, a set of pogies (paddling mittens), cagoule (an over-the-head style jacket that has seals on the waist, wrist and neck offering protection from wind and rain).

The trip starts on day 1 with an early morning pick up from your hotel. You will need to arrive into Hobart the day before your trip starts.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.