Fortescue Bay - Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh
When would construction commence?
Construction of Stage 2 began in 2013 and the track will be open to walkers in November 2015.
What opportunities will there be for employment on the project?
Positions will be advertised through the Tasmanian Government website: http://www.jobs.tas.gov.au There will also be opportunities in the commercial sector for guides.
What is the planned route and why is the walk finishing at Fortescue Bay?
The walk is being constructed in three stages. The first stage was the upgrade of the Cape Hauy Track. This was completed in May 2012. Stage 2, from Denmans Cove to Fortescue Bay, is now under construction. It will be a four night, three day walk. Bus transport may also be available from Fortescue Bay.
Will the track be available for day walks?
As with the Overland Track, the booking system and fee will not apply to day walks on sections of the Three Capes Track. Therefore popular day walks such as Cape Hauy, Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff can continue to be enjoyed by day walkers (a valid park entry pass will still be required).
What facilities are planned for the overnight campsites?
One hut for independent walkers and one hut for those walkers undertaking a fully guided experience, plus staff and management facilities. Three campsites will be provided on the Cape Pillar/Mt Fortescue section of the track at locations yet to be determined.
Is there further opportunity to make comment on the project?
Yes, the PWS welcomes ongoing feedback from the community either directly or informally. Email enquiries or comments can be sent to the PWS at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does this project mean in terms of impacts on the Tasman Peninsula’s roads?
The project has been carefully designed to minimise any significant impacts on the peninsula’s roads. When fully operational it is expected there will be up to 60 walkers departing each day during the booking season, with the vast majority accessing the start and finish points by bus rather than private vehicles.
How can my tourism operation benefit from the Three Capes Track?
The Three Capes Track is designed to lift the brand appeal of the Tasman Peninsula’s natural values and it is expected that people will travel and visit the peninsula as a direct result of the increased profile of the area.
The Three Capes Track will contribute to changing visitor perceptions that the Tasman Peninsula is a day-trip destination. During the development of the project the PWS, Tourism Tasmania and the Tasman Council will work with tourism operators to develop tours, experiences and accommodation for walkers before and after their Three Capes Track walk.
Will people just fly in, do the walk and fly out?
Our research has shown that the average length of stay of interstate and international Overland Track walkers is an average of 12-13 nights in Tasmania and we expect a similar pattern with Three Capes Track visitors. Some who have only a week’s holiday will fly in just for the walk.