Walk for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Departure: April 19-22, 2022 | Price: $2,895
In April 2022, embark on a special 25th anniversary event and walk the Three Capes Track for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is one of Australia’s most respected children’s charities, and is dedicated to protecting children from violence and its devastating impact. The Three Capes Lodge Walk is a 4 day, 3 night, fully-guided walking experience along Tasmania’s dramatic Tasman Peninsula with the wild Southern Ocean as your constant. A boat voyage, architecturally designed in-park lodges and Tasmania’s fine food and wine are part of this 46 kilometre walking adventure.
Guests are invited to use the trek as a challenge to raise funds for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and will work towards raising or donating $2,500. All donations greater than $2 are tax-deductible. Guests will contact Sarah Costi to organise fundraising and/or donations. The Tasmanian Walking Company will provide a $500 discount for each guest once the goal has been met (full retail price at $3,395).
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation cares for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; reduces the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks; and, advocates for the safety and wellbeing of children. It believes that all children should have a safe and happy childhood, without being subjected to any form of violence.
Direct bookings only. For all enquiries and bookings please contact Sarah Costi at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation
On 28 April 1996 at the historical Port Arthur site in Tasmania, 35 people were tragically killed.
Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, along with their mother, died that day.
Because of this terrible act of violence, Alannah and Madeline's father, Walter Mikac AM, and a small group of volunteers, worked to set up the Foundation with the belief that all children should have a safe and happy childhood without being subjected to any form of violence.
It was launched on 30 April 1997 by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard OM AC.
More than 20 years ago, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation first took a stand in the face of unspeakable tragedy and made a promise to do everything within its power to protect children from harm. To ensure children touched by violence can heal from it. To serve as a beacon of hope for a better, safer world.
The Foundation's purpose took hold, and its impact grew. Now, knowing the dangers children face today are increasingly complex, they continue to adapt and evolve. They are building a meaningful alliance around the country to identify, prevent and respond to the modern challenges children and young people face.
The Foundation is recognised for providing best practice prevention and care for children and young people. They are transforming how society thinks about and responds to barriers to every child’s basic right to live free from fear.
They will never stop growing their vision.
They will never stop shining a light of hope in the dark.
They will always work to prevent harm, and where they can’t prevent, to heal.
They exist to keep children safe today, and into the future.
This is their promise.
Three Capes Lodge Walk for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation
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.
Day two includes summiting Arthurs Peak (keep an eye out for sea eagles), making our way to Cape Pillar Lodge, home for the next two nights. Perhaps a massage or relaxing bath while dinner is being prepared? Your pick for day three - an adventure through silver gum forest out to Cape Pillar and the infamous Blade or lazing the day away at the lodge. We must say, the views out to Tasman Island from the Blade are something else.
Those with plenty of kilometres left in the legs can take a side trip on the final day out to Cape Hauy while others can choose a direct route to Fortescue Bay. From here, we’ll take you back to Hobart where we’ll raise a glass to our four days well spent!
Prices $2,895 pp
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.
A short wade ashore from the boats signals your arrival at Denman’s Cove, where 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.
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.
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.
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.
True shelter, something that gives protection and refuge, simple and sustainable, clean and comfortable.
Our groups have the exclusive use of the only private hut accommodation along the Overland Track. Each hut has been discretely located off the main trail and offers a hot shower, drying room and twin share accommodation.
Our Private Lodges
Each evening, settle into the only private accommodation within the Tasman National Park. Our lodges offer true shelter - a place of protection and refuge. They are simple yet sustainable. Comfortable and inviting.
Walkers have exclusive use of our two lodges along the Three Capes Track. Both are discreetly positioned along the trail, their design responding to contours of the land. Hot showers, generous lounge areas and plush pillows await.
The final steps of each day’s walk lead to your lodge accommodation where afternoon tea is served. Free time allows you to explore the lodge, settling on a suitable perch for a glass of Tasmanian wine while your guides prepare the evening meal. As night falls, outdoor decking entices for star gazing on clear southern nights.
Large sliding doors in the living and communal spaces invite the outdoors in, encouraging connection with your surrounds. Each lodge features a dining and kitchen area, expansive views and sleeping quarters with crisp linen. On your final two nights, a generous bath tub brims with restorative goodness.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
We consider it a great privilege to provide the only private lodging along this trail, and have taken every environmental consideration during the design and build process. Our lodges rest lightly within the natural environment. Sustainability features include water minimisation features and the latest solar power technology. Bird-friendly Archimedes wind turbines bolster our renewable energy resources.
We’ve also worked closely with the topography of the land - each lodge aligning to contours of the existing landscape. This not only has minimised impact on the surrounding vegetation, but allows our accommodation to blend into nature’s setting.
We trust you’ll enjoy your days and restful nights with us.
Three Capes Lodge Walk
for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Departures: April 19-22, 2022
- 4 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
- Each trip requires a minimum of 7 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 14.
|Price per person for departures (inc GST)||$2,895.00|
(Discounted from $3,395)
Fundraising and bookings:
- For all enquiries and bookings please contact Sarah Costi at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
- The Tasmanian Walking Company will provide a $500 discount for each guest once the goal has been met (full retail price at $3,395).
Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions
These are in addition to our standard booking 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.
- 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.
- This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.
- Single supplements are not available on this walk.
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 rebook a different Walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests 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