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Three Capes Lodge 'Art Walk' with Julie Payne

 December 2-5, 2020 

The Tasmanian Walking Company and Handmark Gallery are offering a series of 'art walks' in the heart of nature, hosted by Tasmanian artists.

Julie Payne has taught in the fields of Architecture, Sculpture and Drawing. She has always found encouraging others in their own creative pursuits particularly rewarding. Julie has exhibited widely in Australia and has been selected for many prestigious national art prizes. She has undertaken artist residencies at the Cite des Arts in Paris, Draw International at Caylus France and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. 

In this 'Art Walk', walkers are encouraged to take time and raise the level of observation on their walk. Julie will work with walkers to produce a small concertina book that records their journey through the landscape. A number of locations are selected on each walk where direct observations can be recorded. These range from small scale plant details through to the grand landscapes.

The Three Capes Track is a journey to the world’s edge and a spectacular backdrop to witness the soaring flight of Tasmania's sea eagles. Journey along some of the world’s highest sea cliffs with The Three Capes Lodge Walk, the only fully guided Three Capes Track experience with accommodation inside the National Park.

  Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

Trip Notes   Walk Map

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Julie Payne

Julie Payne has exhibited in many solo and collaborative exhibitions within Australia. Her interests are wide ranging which has led to a diverse arts practice incorporating sculpture, site specific gardens, drawings and installations. Site specific text gardens have been commissioned at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Woolmers Historic Site, the Cataract Gorge and at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Julie has lectured within the fields of Architecture, Furniture Design, and Sculpture at the University of Tasmania.

Handmark Gallery

Handmark is more than a gallery. It is a portal through which we meet Tasmanian artists, are introduced to their art and Tasmania reveals it's beauty, majesty and moods. The Tasmanian Walking Company cherishes its relationship with Allanah Dopson and her team. Our lodges, huts and lounges feature the work of Handmark's artists. 

Allanah has spent her life immersed in the arts, both performing and visual.  She has a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and a post-graduate Diploma in Arts Management from City University in London and has worked across Australia. Allanah is the founding Director of the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival. She has served on the board of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Contemporary Art Tasmania and Brand Tasmania and she is passionate about promoting Tasmania and its artists.

The gallery has two locations and features exhibitions at both Salamanca, Hobart and Evandale galleries. 

Handmark has curated three walks for the first season of Art Walks. Julie Payne will launch the program with a four-day walk on the spectacular Three Capes Track in Spring. We'll host a summer workshop with Peter Gouldthorpe on our Cradle Mountain Huts Walk on January 30, 2021. And in autumn we'll offer a special lodge-based "en plein air" workshop with Jock Young.

Three Capes Lodge 'Art Walk' (4-days)

Ready to walk the world’s edge? Journey along some of the world’s highest sea cliffs with The Three Capes Lodge Walk, the only fully guided Three Capes Track experience with accommodation inside the National Park. The experience begins with salty wind in your hair - a boat cruise across to Denman’s Cove. It’s then onward to Crescent Bay Lodge, sitting loftily with views across to Cape Raoul.

This 'Art Walk' will pause along the route for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Walkers will complete a page of their concertina book during each of these breaks, creating a record of their journey. Julie has produced concertina sketchbooks in many parts of the world and they always prove to be of great interest. It’s a wonderful way to be inclusive, even when there is no common language. 

Materials are provided and the books are hand made by Julie. They include a portable friendly concertina book (140x90 mm of up to 15 pages), a waterbrush, waterproof pen and watercolours.

The artist walk would cater for all levels of ability and interests if others wanted to be actively involved. Most drawings are within a 15min time frame while travelling. 

Price $3,245 pp

Crescent Lodge

Day 1: Hobart - Crescent Lodge

Approximately 2 hours walking

Upon arrival at Stewarts Bay, we will make our way down to the jetty where a private boat will be waiting to depart for our short trip across to Denman’s Cove at 1.15 pm. Cruising with views back to Port Arthur, aside from the possible seal and dolphin spotting, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view, an indication of the drama to come.

In Denman’s Cove, we’ll fuel you with local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. At this point, if the Southern Ocean begs, head for a dip before a gradual incline up to the lodge.

Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local fare. Post dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck for your own private sunset.

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Day 2: Crescent Lodge - Cape Pillar Lodge

Approximately 5 hours walking

Wake to the silence of Crescent Lodge and wander down to the stunning dining room for a hearty breakfast to start the day. From here, head due south with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300 metres above sea level, is worth the oceanic vista. In these parts, White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents, so be sure to look skyward. Lunch isn’t far away, an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are plenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica.

Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken in the knowledge there is a massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer at Cape Pillar Lodge.

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Day 3: Cape Pillar Lodge return

Approximately 6 hours walking (optional)

This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names - Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.

Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout - with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct return journey home to Cape Pillar Lodge where the relaxation pavilion, three-course goodness and ocean views await. By now, walking strangers might just have become firm friends. Unlace the boots, read a book with sea breeze in your toes.

Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Cape Pillar Lodge. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 30 to 60 minutes and immerse yourself in the enchanting surrounds.

Cape Hauy

Day 4: Cape Pillar Lodge - Fortescue Bay

Approximately 6 hours walking (Cape Hauy side trip optional)

Time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) en route to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in - lush mosses, ferns and vibrant greens. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 metres above sea level. Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.

Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy - or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes in pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear waves. We will then travel back to Hobart via the airport. We will finish in Hobart with a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Itinerary Details

Three Capes Lodge 'Art Walk' (4-days)

 December 2-5, 2020 

Also "Available By Request"

  • 4 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 14 (Twin Share)
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $3,245.00

Direct bookings only:

Booking Terms and Conditions 

All prices are quoted per person in $AUD, including GST

View our booking terms and conditions 


  • Return transfers from Hobart
  • Lodge accommodation 
  • All meals,  non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of Tasmanian wines
  • National Park Pass
  • Boat transfer from Port Arthur to Denman's Cove
  • Use of a backpack and weather-proof jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Linen and comfortable beds
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk


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