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The Premier announced yesterday the State Government would invest $100,000 in a feasibility study into a new iconic bushwalk on the Tasman Peninsula.

Addressing a community forum at Taranna, Mr Lennon said the 'Three Capes Track' would be Tasmania's second great bushwalk, building on the success of the Overland Track.

"We looked at 18 potential spots in Tasmania to develop another iconic bushwalk and identified the Tasman Peninsula as the best," the Premier said.

"Its unique geography, stunning coastal scenery and Aboriginal and European cultural heritage ensure the proposed walk would be five or six days of unforgettable experiences.

"Taking in Cape Hauy, with the Candlestick and the Totem Pole, Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul, the walk would include Australia's highest vertical sea cliffs - 300 metres above sea level.

"It's a walker's and a rock climber's paradise."

More than 370,000 people who visited Tasmania last year took part in some form of bushwalk (46 per cent of all visitors) and spent more than $710 million whilst in the State.

Mr Lennon said the Tasmanian Visitor Survey also showed that more than 230,000 tourists visited the Tasman Peninsula last year and the region had great potential for growth.

The Premier said the State Government wanted to explore innovative ways of increasing visitor numbers outside Tasmania's cities and was committed to helping build stronger regional communities.

The feasibility study would be completed by December and would include a business case and market testing.

Mr Lennon said he was hopeful that if the study indicated the 'Three Capes Track' project was viable, it could provide a new tourism focus for the Tasman Peninsula, encouraging new investment and boosting employment in the region.

"The possibilities are endless. There could even be scope to combine a land and sea experience with sea kayaking and boating," he said.

"This is one of the most accessible places in the world to experience breathtaking scenery and marine wildlife.

"This is an exciting project. It's an opportunity for Tasmania to build on the success of the Overland Track and it's an opportunity for us to be a world leader in iconic walks."

"It would be a first-class visitor experience and a uniquely Tasmanian signature experience of world-leading quality."