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Rewilding Creativity with Mandy Renard

Date: TBC | Price $TBC

Over four days, walk the inspiring Three Capes Track, stay in stunning lodges, explore the nature of Rewilding, and collaborate with Mandy Renard to create an image from one of Mandy's etchings. 

Your work will reflect your experiences of and around Rewilding and serve as a reminder of spending time in nature with Mandy. Afternoon and evening workshops are designed to complement the walk leaving time for you to indulge in sumptuous meals and a spa treatment.

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

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Mandy

Mandy Renard

Tasmania is a creator’s sanctuary.

The normalcy of living right in the thick of a thriving ecosystem amazes me. I am nestled in a cosy corner, listening to a mountain river mingled with the croaking of tiny brown frogs and wind in the many different trees. I get so much inspiration from observing all these things.

My shows have been about Tasmania’s animals and landscapes, Sufi poets, Greek philosophers, musicians, intuition, and meditation. But all of them have also been about relationships. I feel compelled to understand, explore and research the ways in which we relate to each other, to current affairs, to the world around us, and to ourselves. I love drawing, printing, painting, and sharing these ideas.

In 2005, I finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in printmaking at the University of Tasmania, which was a formative and brilliant experience. To create, I need to be excited and relaxed; I need access to endless research information and nature. And Tasmania is perfect for this.

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Handmark

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: Bay of Fires Lodge Art Retreat with Julie Payne and Bay of Fires Lodge 'Art' Retreat with Jock Young

Three Capes Lodge 'Rewilding Creativity' Walk (4-days)

Before the trip, Mandy will create and print a small etching for each guest at approximately A4 size so they are easy to carry safely in Mandy's pack. Also in Mandy's pack will be brushes, palette, watercolour pencils and paints for everyone in the group. 

The image will be figurative with a lot of negative space in which the guests can add their own imagery with watercolour pencils and paints.  

During the course of the journey, guests will learn and explore the concept of Rewilding and also create an image from Mandy's etching that they can take home. The work will reflect their realisations and experiences of and around Rewilding and a reminder of time spent with Mandy.

During breaks from walking, Mandy will chat about Rewilding as a concept and about Rewilding projects going on around the world. Guests will be encouraged to experience the interconnection of life in the moment and observe, take in and record the things that impact, move and expand their awareness of their relationship with the natural world.

At the appropriate time in the afternoon or night, Mandy will give guests assistance and encouragement to work on their take-home images, teaching the basics of watercolour, composition and colour theory. 

At the end of the trip, each guest will hopefully take home a completed co-created work which reflects their emotional, spiritual, visceral and personal experience of the Three Capes Lodge Walk. 

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

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.

Inclusions

  • 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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