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Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015
Dubbed by Lonely Planet as the world’s hottest new travel experience – even before it was officially unveiled – the Three Capes Track was today opened for the world to see.
Federal Tourism Minister Senator Richard Colbeck, and Tasmanian Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Matthew Groom today cut the ribbon on what is Australia’s newest wilderness experience.
Senator Colbeck said the Track is destined to be a major drawcard – encouraging people from across the world to come and experience the spectacular beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness.
“Already, over 2,000 people have booked to walk the Track – it’s set to become one of Australia’s iconic walks.
“The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have worked in partnership to achieve what is undeniably a wonderful world-class ecotourism attraction.”
Mr Groom said that the Three Capes Track will become an integral part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s plan to make Tasmania the environmental tourism capital of the world.
“The Three Capes Track will be a jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s world-class walking experiences,” Mr Groom said.
“The multi-day walk spans 46 kilometres across the State’s far south-east, leading visitors through Tasmania’s breathtaking natural landscapes with exhilarating cliff top outlooks on Cape Pillar, Cape Hauy and stunning views to Cape Raoul.
“This is a truly Tasmanian, truly innovative experience, which is vital to building Tasmania’s brand. Tasmania has developed a global reputation for high quality nature-based experiences and this walk demonstrates how visitors can see the wild natural beauty of Tasmania while at the same time enjoying quality facilities that are inspiring and sensitively designed.
“We want to make it easier for more Tasmanians and visitors to experience our unique, world class natural assets and enhance their time here through a range of recreational and tourism activities.
“This Government has a plan to attract 1.5 million visitors a year which the industry says will create 8,000 new jobs and the Three Capes Track will help us reach this goal,” Mr Groom said.
Federal Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson, said this walk will deliver an unforgettable wilderness experience for visitors, while also delivering significant economic benefits for the State.
“The Three Capes Track will deliver benefits for the entire State, and will create jobs and opportunities in the local community here. Over 40 new jobs will be created on the Tasman Peninsula alone and it’s estimated that walkers will spend more than $1 million a year in the region.
“The Tasman Peninsula offers something for every walker. The three day trek joins the many short walks and day walks in the area which only require a National Parks pass. I hope the local community will continue enjoying the Tasman Peninsula as well as welcoming new visitors from Tasmania and further afield. The area already has one of Tasmania’s most popular visitor experiences at Port Arthur and there is no doubt that the opening of the Track will bring even more people to the region,” Mr Hutchinson said.
This is a world-class experience and pricing has been determined to ensure it remains accessible to tourists and Tasmanians alike. Prices will range from $495 for the premium multi-day, accommodated experience, concession and children’s tickets will cost $396 and educational group tickets will cost $295. As with the Overland Track, day walks such as Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff will not attract a fee and can continue to be enjoyed by walkers with a valid park entry pass.