Exploring Cape Raoul

This weekend’s adventure took us to Cape Raoul in the Tasman National Park. There we set off on a 14km return hike, which is considered one of the most spectacular clifftop walks in Australia.

The walk takes you through wet and dry sclerophyll forests, banksia and heathlands. As a special treat for a girl who isn’t great with heights, it also involves wandering along quite a few unfenced cliff edges. But the spectacular views make up for the fear. As well as the towering dolomite pillars of the cape itself, on a clear day you can see south over Storm Bay to Bruny Island and the south coast, and north to Cape Pillar and Tasman Island. It also provides a lovely view of Ship Stern Bluff, which is on our to do list for another day.

The walk is also brimming with wildlife, from the seal colony at the base of the cape, through the range of tiny birds flitting around chasing insects on the heathland, to pademelons in the forests, and lizards everywhere. There were also a few snake sightings (not by me, happily).

It’s a walk I’m very happy to have added to our completed adventure list.

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul, Tasman National Park

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Views from Cape Raoul lookout out to Ship Stern Bluff, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul, Tasman National Park

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Seal colony at Cape Raoul, Tasman National Park

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Views from Cape Raoul to Cape Pillar and Tasman Island, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Shallow lake, Cape Raoul, Tasman National Park

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park

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Views from Cape Raoul to Bruny Island and the south coast, Tasman National Park.

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Cape Raoul hike, Tasman National Park & Dunalley Fish Market.