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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Cape Raoul

Sunday 8th May 2011

Cape Raoul from Raoul Lookout
Cape Raoul is one of the iconic walks on the Tasman Peninsula. The walk starts in Stormlea Road off the B37 in the Tasman Peninsula. The walk starts slightly further up the road than it used to as a new car park has been constructed. See map.
Today I had an early start and set off at 0715. The walk followed a well marked track uphill to a junction where it was Cape Raoul left and Shipstern Bluff right. I turned left and walked up to Raoul Lookout which provided commanding views all along the coast.
Shipstern Bluff from Raoul Lookout
From here I walked along the track as it gradually descended towards Cape Raoul. The type of country varied from Eucalypt to Casuarina to Tea tree and Heathland as the track wound its way towards the cape. The track went quite close to the cliff edge in places. There was a large pond as I neared the cape and I eventually reached the end of the track after about 2 hours of walking.
Pond at Cape Raoul
I had a snack and then walked around to another lookout where I could hear seals on the rocks below, but could not get a clear look at them. They were far below on the rocks.
From Seal Lookout - There are seals down there somewhere
From here I simply walked back to the car.
This is a stunning walk with fantastic coastal scenery and is one of my favourites.
Distance: 14.7 kms.
Time: 4'35"
Click here to download GPX track.
From Raoul Lookout

Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul

Cape Raoul

From Seal Lookout

From Seal Lookout

Looking towards Shipstern Bluff from Cape Raoul track


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