Three Capes Lodge Sustainable Wellness Walk

June 6-9, 2023 | $4,295 per person

 Join Dr Gary Veale, Executive Director of the Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Sustainability and Business, for a unique insight and discussion into the topic of biophilia, nature and business over four days on the Three Capes Lodge Walk. In the heart of nature, discover the theory and practices that lead to sustainable, long-term benefits for individuals, teams and organisations.

Evidence tells us that everyday nature experiences profoundly influence many human decisions, desires and emotions - at work and elsewhere. Yet, corporate sustainability responses have largely ignored nature through their narrow focus areas such as natural capital, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, procurement and other utilitarian concepts. This event challenges this status quo and provides a practical insight into a future of sustainability responses that recognise, incorporate and gain value from the nature of being human.

The Melbourne Business School is the University of Melbourne's graduate school in business and economics, jointly owned by the business community and the University. It is where the world's brightest minds come to develop the skills and attitude they need to be the leaders of tomorrow. The Melbourne Business School's Centre for Sustainability and Business is focused on ‘unleashing leaders and ideas for an environmentally sustainable future’. 

The Three Capes Lodge Walk is the only all-inclusive guided walk offering the full Three Capes Track experience including the only private lodge accommodation inside the Tasman National Park.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email

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Introducing Dr Gary Veale

Gary is the inaugural Executive Director of our School’s Centre for Sustainability and Business. He brings to this role over 25 years of experience at the forefront of issues relating to sustainability, innovation, growth, high performance and engagement.

He holds a PhD in the role of nature in unlocking human potential and corporate nature responses, is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the School of Ecosystem and Forestry Science (University of Melbourne) and is a former Director with KPMG where he led several teams. He is a recognised expert in the human-nature relationship; the influence of nature on human decisions, desires and emotions; and broader issues of sustainability and business. This includes an interest in reframing of work away from an industrialised reference to a more effective, inclusive and engaging paradigm closer to nature; and seeking to understand and leverage the realities of everyday nature experiences.

He has been a Practice Partner with Monash Business School, and during 10 years with KPMG led several teams, including the firm’s national grants practice, global sustainable supply chain client offering, Australian environmental response, and various strategy, facilitation and performance improvement engagements with public and private sector clients and not-for-profit organisations. He was a founding member of KPMG’s Innovation Council, represented the firm at a range of national and international conferences and co-authored various reports. Prior to this, Gary spent 14 years with other professional services firms, in start-ups and in industry. He is a qualified teacher (Bath Uni), has an honours degree in biological science (Durham Uni) and his background includes co-establishing sustainability teams at both KPMG and EY, dog sledding in remote Alaska and being the creative director on a children’s animation property for international television.


This event features a day-long workshop at The Tasman and group dinner in Hobart on June 5.

As part of his presentation, Gary will share unpublished research into everyday nature experiences across life course stages conducted with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and new frameworks on actions for nature and nature connectedness. He will also discuss why our understanding of everyday nature experiences has become a critical issue for business and sustainability professionals.

The walks allow time for contemplation, thought and reflection. Each afternoon at the lodge will feature short group discussions led by Dr Gary Veale that inspire evening conversations.

Workshop sessions

  • Day 1:
    • Workshop at The Tasman: A presentation by Dr Gary Veale on biophilia and everyday nature experiences; how this relates to individual and organisational performance, mental health, and the future of work. What are the challenges facing business leaders and teams today? Which biophilia practices and wisdom improve wellness and happiness for individuals, their families and teams? How do they reduce absenteeism and lead to better outcomes and profits for organisations? Peer discussion and knowledge sharing. 
    • Evening: canapes, networking, drinks and group dinner.
  • Day 2: 
    • Walk: Acknowledge and payment of respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people & Techniques for connecting to place.
    • Crescent Lodge: A posture, mindfulness and breathwork masterclass to help reduce pain and stress.
  • Day 3 at :
    • Walk: Integrating posture, mindfulness and breathwork into your walking technique
    • Cape Pillar Lodge: Post-walk restorative yoga & Biophilia Skills Part One
  • Day 4 at Cape Pillar Lodge: 
    • Walk: Practicing Biophilia Skills Part One during your walk and day in nature
    • Cape Pillar Lodge: post-walk restorative yoga. Biophilia Skills Part Two
  • Day 5 at Cape Pillar Lodge:
    • Walk: Practicing Biophilia Skills Part Two during your walk and experience in nature
  • Post-walk Teams meeting
    • Bringing the practices, benefits and wisdom of biophilia to the workplace. The top five tips for staff that lead to reducing stress and long-term positive mental health outcomes for individuals and their families.
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Day 1: The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart

Approximately 7 hours workshop sessions, morning tea and lunch

Journey to the 1800s with a stay at this architecturally stunning and historically rich hotel in the heart of Tasmania's capital. This new hotel in Hobart boasts luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites with state-of-the-art technology. Guests will experience three eras of design; the history-filled hallways of the original 1840s heritage building, the understated luxury of the 1940s Art Deco building, and the spectacular views of the Hobart waterfront from the modern Pavilion building. The Tasman hotel embraces the character of its locale, integrating seamlessly with Hobart's breathtaking scenery and culture, with its signature Italian restaurant in partnership with Tasmanian Chef Massimo Mele and Mary Mary, a reimagined old-world cocktail bar. The day-long workshop led by Dr. Gary Veale will take place in an elegant and modern meeting space in Hobart within the hotel

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Day 2: 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.

A short wade ashore from the boat signals your arrival at Denman’s Cove. On day one, please wear shorts, zip-off walking trousers or pants that can be rolled above your knees. You may encounter knee-high waters, depending on where sandbanks have formed. At the beach, 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 3: 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.

Workshop sessions

*Which biophilia practices can improve business performance?

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Day 4: 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.

Workshop sessions

*How do we implement the lessons of nature to improve sustainability outcomes?

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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 Sustainability Walk

June 5-9, 2023 | $4,295 

  • One day workshop and night at The Tasman
  • 4 Day Guided Walk.
  • Available anytime by request for private groups.
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 10 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 13.


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.
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure. date, full payment is due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • Return Walker Discounts apply.
  • Single supplements are not available on this walk.

Please view our standard booking terms and conditions.

COVID-19 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 or receive a full refund with no additional fee or rebook a different Walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.


  • One day workshop and night at The Tasman
  • 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.

Additional information

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