Walking the Three Capes Track in Tassie with my son – Day 2.

Jeremy edges close to the cliff to get another photo.

Day 2 of the Three Capes Walk in Southeast Tasmania is significantly harder than the first day, so there was a bit of pain involved for me (sore feet), but it was also full of spectacular views, amazing vegetation and the chance to get to know some of. our fellow walkers better.

I’m sharing this adventure with my 21 year old son Jeremy and I feel so blessed to have his company. Jeremy and I are sharing a room in each of the three lodges/cabins along the route with a young couple from Newcastle, both lawyers and keen bushwalkers, who are inspiring us to get out and try the 6 day Overland Track next time we come to Tassie. It sounds hard, but I’d love to give it a go. I have to see how I feel at the end of this 4 day walk first.

Looking back towards Part Arthur

There’s a varied crew among the 35 walkers that started out on the Three Capes Track at the same time as us, although we only get brief glimpses of some of them, as they’re very early to bed and off walking in the morning before we get up. There’s two groups of what I assume to be recently retired folks of varying levels of fitness. There’s a solo mum out for a walk without her family. There’s a family of five from Cairns, an amazingly cohesive unit considering there are three teenagers involved.

Another family of four are such a tight knit group that they don’t really interact at all with the other walkers in the common kitchen/dining rooms that we are all sharing. They wear matching outfits and march of early each morning. I’ve always been mystified by this sort of family cohesion, as in my family of four, we’ve often been pulling in different directions and in the past I felt like I was chief cat herder. The fact that I’m here on this walk with only one son and no husband is evidence of our diverse interests and inclinations.

Its a really well made track

Today we walked through heath, cloud forest and tall eucalyptus forest. The dramatic changes in vegetation on this track make the walking very interesting. The track has lots of rest points with unique sculptured seats and information provided in the guide book about the human and natural history. I’m loving that I’m learning about the rocks, trees and birds. I’ve been a passionate naturalist since a very young age. There are park rangers at each hut that are showering us with their knowledge and great stories. There are Tassie Devils, quolls, bats, owls, wallabies. and possums around here, but we’ve only seen the wallabies as all the rest come out very late in the evening and we’re too tired from the walking to stay up to see them.

We walked 11km today and it took us a long time. Jeremy and I have become the stragglers of this cohort walkers, managing to come in to each hut last on both days. I think it’s quite likely to be the same again tomorrow. Jeremy is taking lots of photos with the heavy, old film camera that he brought along and he’s enjoying the challenge of choosing his shots carefully. He also stopped by the side of the track to write down a poem that had appeared in his mind as we walked along and I’m happy to stop with him to rest my aching feet and shoulders and take in the views.

The scenery here is epic. Huge cliffs plunging 300 metres down to the Southern Ocean. We’re getting much closer to the edge of those cliffs tomorrow but I can’t write any more about that now, as I’m going off to bed. I’ve checked with our roommates, who didn’t notice my snoring last night, so I’m hoping to relax into a better sleep tonight. We’ve got a big day tomorrow — a 19.5km walk to the end of Cape Pillar, so I need all the sleep I can get.

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I’m a parenting, unschooling and spiritual mentor and writer. I help parents live with their children without stress or struggle.

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Freya Dawson

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I’m a parenting, unschooling and spiritual mentor and writer. I help parents live with their children without stress or struggle.

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