Cape Hauy

4 h to 5 h 30 min

10.1 km
return

↑ 670 m
↓ -670 m

Hard track
Starting near the Day Use Carpark on Fortescue Bay Road, Fortescue, this walk leads to Cape Hauy and back via the track of the same name. Enjoy this walk on a well-formed trail with fantastic views throughout its duration. It starts off by skirting the coast before climbing inland, through woodlands and heath containing an abundance of wildflowers. The forest then opens up, presenting the undulating slopes of Cape Hauy. The cape has spectacular dolerite columns that plunge directly into the sea, and there are extensive panoramic views that stretch far north past the Forester coast to Maria Island and south, detailing the ridges of Cape Pillar. The trail skirts close to cliff edges at points, and caution is advised. There are also some strong winds once you get out onto the headland. Be prepared for a lot of steps - walking poles make it easier on the knees. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-43.1430802,147.9637867)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Arthur Highway, A9
  • Turn on to Fortescue Bay Road, C344 then drive for 12 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 65 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Day Use Carpark at the start.
After 40 m pass the "BBQ Shelter" (6 m on your left).
After another 305 m come to the "Fortescue Bay Campground" (25 m on your right).
At the intersection of Cape Hauy Track & Fortescue Bay Road continue straight, to head along Cape Hauy Track.
After another 1.3 km pass a seat (6 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 1.8 km (at the intersection of Three Capes Track & Cape Hauy Track) continue straight, to head along Cape Hauy Track.
After another 20 m pass the "Three Cape Walk pack drop location" (15 m on your right).
After another 240 m come to the viewpoint (on your right).
Continue another 1.4 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 5 km to get back to the start.
A viewpoint.
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Terrain
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Cape Hauy


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 10.1 km
Time 4 h to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 350 m from the start.

Shelter: There is one 45 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 1.6 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
45 mBBQ Shelter
Camp site
350 mFortescue Bay Campground
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