By Road & Track
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By Road & Track

Stories of the trail…

The track to Huay: steps and more steps

Seastacks, and in the distance, Cape Pillar.
Just a short section of the first set of steps. There are more. Many more.

The track

The track starts in the eucalyptus forest at Fortescue Bay and ascends into coastal heathland dotted with outbreaks of flowering species. Heath is a common ecosystem of Australia’s coasts. It is a low-growing, tough, wiry and close-packed vegetative community which can be hard to push through were you tempted to wander off-track.

A banksia flower, a heathland species of Cape Huay. The plant is named for the naturalist on Captain James Cook’s voyage, Joseph Banks, when he followed part of the Australian coatline in 1970.

Early days

I must have looked out and seen Cape Huay across the sea when I did the walk to Cape Pillar… when?…more than 40 years ago? Guess it was that long ago. What I remember of that walk is being with a group from the local bushwalking club, traversing a rough track through coastal heathland, camping not far from the cliffs and walking out to the tip of the cape with Tasman Island and its lightstation just offshore and sea cliffs falling over 300m to a wild sea below.

Looking back into Fortescue Bay, the flowers of wattle, Acacia, in the foreground.

Three Capes: an authentic bushwalk, or not?

There are three capes on the Tasman Peninsula where it juts out into the Tasman Sea — Huay, Pillar and Raoul. For decades, bushwalkers have reached them along rough, poorly maintained tracks. Now, Huay and Pillar are linked by the Three Capes Track.

A visually inspiring walk

Cape Huay and, offshore, the Hippolytes.
A steep descent follows, then an ascent up another set of steps and, finally, the cape.

More information

Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania—Cape Huay



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Russ Grayson

I'm an independent online and photojournalist living on the Tasmanian coast after nine months on the road in a minivan.