The real Tasmanian devil
Taz, the Looney Tunes character, is similar in name only. In real life, the Tasmanian devil walks on four legs and is much more timid. It only exists in captivity on the island of Tasmania, and it is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.
It’s a 46-kilometre hike between Denman’s Cove and the top of Cape Hauy. In total, four days and three nights walking amongst the tallest cliffs in Australia. The journey begins in Port Arthur, a former prison that has been converted into a tourist attraction and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From there, an eco-cruise sails to the start of the route, accompanied by dolphins for part of the trip. Once on firm ground again, it’s time to tie your bootlaces. The route has been designed to be simple, including wooden handrails, steps carved into the rock and gravel paths. This is the main attraction: you don’t have to be a trekking professional to enjoy this adventure. There are barely any steep gradients and although it rains, it doesn’t turn to mud on the passing points. “It’s designed for all seasons” the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service proudly states.
People walk between 10 and 17 kilometres every day, except on the first day when the route is completed in under two hours. The sea caves at Denman’s Cove and the eucalyptus forest at the beginning of the walk never fail to impress. These are just a taste of what’s to come. During the next three days, the cliffs and the sea become your companions while you walk along the edge of the abyss. “I knew that the Tasmania coastline was beautiful, but I could never have prepared myself for what unfolded before me”. These are the words of photographer/globetrotter Michael Bonocore after flying over the three capes that give the route its name.