Climb through tall blue gums and stringybarks and into more open forest dotted with mountain berries. Then step out onto Cape Raoul Lookout, 400m above sea level, for one of the most spectacular vistas you’ll see bushwalking Tasmania.
Your reward for the effort thus far is a view west to Bruny Island and beyond, and down over the Tasman Peninsula’s southernmost point. Except in mist. Then the forest is a mysterious place. The steep descent from the lookout to the Cape becomes a Lord of the Rings adventure, with tall trees and then contorted she-oaks and bull oaks looming out of the grey.
Strong winds adds nothing to this walk but danger and it’s not worth proceeding beyond the lookout in rough weather.
Otherwise, this 14km-return walk puts you on Cape Raoul’s tip, surrounded by geological artworks: foot-shaped Cape Pillar, light-house topped Tasman Island, and mountains dropping down vertiginous dolerite cliffs into the sea. You’ll also get a bird’s eye view of an Australian fur seal haul-out and dolphins motoring through the inky waters below.