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Three Capes Lodge 'Art' Walk with Julie Payne

- The Nature of Drawing -

Available by request | Price $3,095 pp

This four-day drawing masterclass in nature with Handmark Gallery's Julie Payne takes place on the stunning Three Capes Lodge Walk at the height of spring blossoms.

 This workshop encourages participants to build their own individual story in response to their daily observations and interests, from the towering cliffs of Cape Pillar to the detailed observations of plants and wildlife. Using ink pens, pencils, watercolours and washes, we will produce a concertina journal that easily fits in your pack and can be taken home as a lasting memory. Tuition will be provided for all four days with workshops designed to complement the walk, sumptuous meals and spa treatments.

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.

The Tasmanian Walking Company and Handmark Gallery are offering a series of 'Art Walks' celebrating Tasmania's unique colour, light, flora, fauna and landscape, hosted by Tasmanian artists.Partners and friends of painters are welcome.

  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  Gear List


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. Her unique 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. Here is a link to a video with Julie talking about drawing, sketchbooks, story and travel.


Our lodges, huts and offices feature the work of Handmark's artists. Allanah Dopson and her team are found in Salamanca, Hobart. Allanah has curated two other Art Walks: Cradle Mountain Huts 'Art Walk' with Peter Gouldthorpe and Bay of Fires Lodge 'Art' Retreat with Jock Young

Allanah recommended Julie as her first 'Art' Walk leader because of her teaching experience and her dedication to drawing, both perfect for a walking workshop. 'She has spent a lifetime drawing, around the world, has incredible attention to detail, imparts knowledge with joy and is fascinating. She is the complete package!'

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

Travel journals are a unique way of building a connection to place and creating a collection of memories for the future. 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. 

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. Most drawings are within a 15min time frame while travelling. Over four days tuition can be tailored to individual interests with the materials available. 

Julie writes 'I see myself as being available at anytime on the walk and adaptable to individual needs/conditions. In the evenings we can do additional drawings at the lodges. I will prepare demonstrations of different drawing techniques and materials along with examples of other journals and how other artists have used travel journals to record ideas and landscape. The idea is to produce a fabulous journal that will serve as an individual memory of a precious time in Tasmania and again on future journeys.

The artist walk would cater for all levels of ability. Partners and friends are welcome.

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Julie has sourced components for a complete drawing kit from Artery in Hobart, Tasmania. The watercolour set is small, good quality and commercially made. The cost is $106.65 per kit.

  • Winsor and Newton watercolour set. 
  • USK concertina book.
  • Staedler Lumigraph pencils HB and 2B + eraser.
  • Staedtler enclosed pencil sharpener.
  • Micador water brush.
  • UniPin waterproof pen 0.1

The paint set and books are always subject to availability. Orders should be submitted no later than 28 February 2021. Because of the lead time prices may be subject to change. Please call (03) 6234 3788 to order a kit. We will arrange collection of the kits and delivery to the departure point.

Guests are welcome to bring their own materials

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)

Available by request 

  • 4 Day Guided Walk 
  • Minimum guests - 12
  • Maximum guests - 13
Price per person for departures (inc GST)

From $3,095.00

This walk is  also "Available By Request" for groups 

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

Single supplements are not available for this experience.

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST 
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • Minimum numbers are required six months prior to departure. 
  • The final payment is due three months before departure. For reservations made three months or less from departure date, full payment is due at time of booking. 
  • Prices are subject to change without notice
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

Please view our traditional booking terms and conditions 

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Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for the departure with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Three Capes Lodge Walk within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Three Capes Lodge Walk itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.


  • 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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