‘Walk This Way’ down to the Tasman Peninsula

Media Release

JM007/2018

25 January 2018

Joint release with:

Elise Archer

Tasmanian Minister for Environment and Parks

David Bushby

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

  • Construction has finished on a series of walking tracks in the Tasman Peninsula
  • New tracks will attract tourists and visitors and create local business opportunities
  • The Coalition Government invested $1.74 million in Stage One

The construction of new walking tracks in the Tasman Peninsula is nearing completion, with a $3.363 million upgrade as part of the Three Capes Track programme.

Tasmanian Minister for Environment and Parks, Elise Archer, said “The Three Capes Track is the star of Tasmania's nature-based tourism experiences and I am very pleased that this stage of the award winning walk has now been completed.

“This completes the Three Capes walking experience on the Tasman Peninsula and will complement the tracks currently available on the eastern side, as well as being an amazing day walk in its own right.”

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh, said the new walking track between Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff would showcase the Tasman National Park.

“While Tasmania's natural beauty is its own reason to visit, the new walking track will help increase tourist numbers and give visitors another compelling reason to book longer holidays in the region,” Dr McVeigh said.

The project highlights what can be achieved through the coordinated efforts of the Hodgman State and Coalition Government in boosting local economies and capitalising on Tasmania's natural assets.

“Visitation to Tasmania's natural areas is booming and through the current strong State-Federal Government relationship projects like this are being delivered,” Dr McVeigh said.

Senator for Tasmania David Bushby said that the Three Capes track has cemented itself as a major draw card to the Tasman Peninsula.

“Over 23,000 people have walked the Three Capes Track since it opened in December 2015, which is great news for businesses on the Tasman Peninsula that are reaping the benefits of the increased visitation,” Senator Bushby said.

The Coalition Government has invested $1,741,775, while the Tasmanian Government has provided $1,621,225 towards the $3.363 million project. The Coalition Government has allocated $3.8 million to the entire Three Capes Track project.

“But, we know we need to continue the momentum, which is why a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will build a new, 6.1 kilometre track from the Remarkable Cave to Mt Brown and Crescent Bay,” said Minister Archer.

“The new $2.8 million track will take two years to complete and will add to the existing Three Capes experience, attracting even more tourists to the Tasman Peninsula to experience the range of great bush walks on offer in the area.

“We have a plan for 70 per cent of visitors to stay overnight in our regional areas and to increase visitor spend by 50 per cent by 2022, and the completion of the Third Cape and the proposed new track will help achieve this and further build on our growing worldwide reputation for nature-based tourism,” Minister Archer concluded.

The Cape Raoul and Shipstern lookout tracks have been upgraded to a class 3 dry boot standard track consistent with the existing Three Capes walks and will be available for any walker with a valid Parks and Wildlife visitor pass.