Third Cape on track for completion

Matthew Groom, Minister for Environment and Parks

26 August 2017

The Three Capes Track is the new jewel in the crown of Tasmania's wilderness walks, and I am very pleased to announce that Parks and Wildlife will be advertising this weekend for tenders as part of the ongoing upgrade to complete Stage Three.

The reaction to the track has been extraordinary, with a total of 11,527 people walking the track in its first full year of operation and forward bookings up 41 per cent for the upcoming peak period.

The success of the Three Capes Track has been fantastic for tourism in Tasmania and especially for those on the Tasman Peninsula ,as the people who walk the track are also staying in local accommodation, while shopping and eating locally.

We want to attract more people to Tasmania and encourage them to spend more while they're here as they are the lifeblood of so many regional businesses, and the ongoing success of the Three Capes Track is achieving this while supporting the Government's plan to increase visitor overnight stay in regional areas by 70 per cent and increase visitor spend by 50 per cent by 2022.

Stage Three is upgrading the track to the third cape and the tenders will see the existing road and car park at the end of Stormlea Road upgraded with a widened road, parking for up to 80 cars and several small buses. A new public toilet is also planned for the site.

At the finish of the Three Capes Track at Fortescue Bay, works are under way to provide an improved destination point for walkers finishing the Three Capes Track. New facilities include an improved car park, turning area and walkers' barbecue and shelter.

A total of $7.8 million has been allocated for Stage Three, with the State Government providing $4 million and the Australian Government providing $3.8 million.