Thursday, 14 November 2013

Restricted access to the Cape Pillar Track

Contact: Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania
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Location: Cape Pillar Track, Tasman Peninsula
Dates: see details for the dates the track will be closed

Intended Audience: Teachers taking school groups to Cape Pillar; general public

As construction of the Three Capes Track has now begun on the Cape Pillar peninsula, it is necessary to restrict access to the Cape Pillar Track in the interests of public safety.

The Parks and Wildlife Service has made every effort to provide some level of access without compromising public safety or track construction proceeding as efficiently as possible. Therefore, from 10 November 2013 until the New Year, access to the Cape Pillar Track will be restricted on Mondays through Thursdays while track crews are working and helicopters are delivering materials.

The track will therefore be closed on
- November 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
- December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-24 and
- January 2 and 6-9.

Access for walkers to the Cape Pillar Track for walkers will be permitted on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and during the Christmas break from 25 December 2013 to 1 January 2014.

Walkers are asked to respect this closure for their own safety. These arrangements will be reviewed as construction progresses and there may be further restrictions as required in order to complete the project for its planned opening to walkers in November 2015.

The restriction affects the Cape Pillar Track from the trackhead at Fortescue Bay. The Cape Hauy Track, one of the 60 Great Short Walks, will remain open from Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy, and for a short distance south towards Mt Fortescue.

There are a number of excellent alternative walks at Fortescue Bay, including the overnight walk from Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay. Day walks from Fortescue Bay include the walk to Cape Hauy, Canoe Bay and Bivouac Bay. Other walks that feature its spectacular the Tasman Peninsula’s coastal scenery include the Tunnel Bay/Ship Stern Bluff and Cape Raoul tracks, and the track to Mt Brown.

While this restricted access may be inconvenient for some walkers in the short term, we believe that this track will achieve its vision to be Australia’s premier coastal bushwalk and will deliver many benefits for the Tasman Peninsula and the state into the future.

Further information about the Three Capes Track project, is available on this page of the PWS website. Email enquiries or comments can be sent to the PWS at