Tasman Island Coast Watch
Port Arthur Activities, Attractions, Weather & Webcam

Cape Raoul


This walk was undertaken in the Tasman National Park on a warm sunny day in late November by a diverse group; one fit male photography enthusiast and two sisters of very limited fitness who enjoy a little plant identification and bird watching. Consequently, although described in the guide book as taking 5 hours return, it took considerably longer. We would recommend allowing all day to enjoy its many aspects, not the least of which is awe-inspiring coastal scenery. We set off from Stormlea up a refurbished track cut through bracken, marked with orange ribbons, past a small pond, the only fresh water we encountered on the walk. Here the bird life was at its most abundant, although elusive. Having delighted in a large flock of Black Cockatoo as we left our accommodation at Safety Cove after breakfast, we disappointedly saw no more of these engagingly noisy birds.

However several Superb Fairy-wrens flashed by and we identified the Grey Shrike-thrush " jock-widd-ee" and Kookaburra by their characteristic calls. Dedicated birders (or twitchers) would have identified more. It was in this area that we also startled several wallabies on the return journey, late in the afternoon. The track soon left the bracken for dry sclerophyll forest, mainly a mixture of Stringybark eucalypts and acacia, with the occasional blue gum (eucalyptus globulus) with its smoother grey and cream bark. This well worn track then turned right up new sandstone steps past recent Parks and Wildlife signage and then gently descended to a presently dry stream bed. Then uphill through slightly more luxuriant forest where Pimelea humilus, Black-eye Susan (Tetratheca pilosa), Billardiera scandens and Native hop (Daviesia latifolia) formed large colourful swathes under the forest canopy.

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Tasman National Park Bushwalks. Fortescue Bay to Cape Hauy
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