WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Discover adventure and rugged beauty on the Tasmanian coast
My first tentative steps on to a cliff ledge were more of a shuffle of feet, really, as I imagined how many times my heart could beat during a plunge of 200m to the rocks and crashing sea below.
The park ranger had warned our group of hikers the night before not to become the latest victims of death by selfie, and her words reverberated in my head as I took a peek over the cliff edge.
I was on a track on the Three Capes walk in Tasmania’s south-east.
My best friend and I had reached the end of the road on day three of a four-day, 46km hike through the Tasmanian wilderness.
The morning hike of about 12km had led us through coastal woodland and dunes on to the sheer cliffs of one of the most southerly points of Tasmania.
We had climbed The Blade: a sheer and wind-swept rocky outcrop 262m above sea level.
At that height, the boats below us carrying tourists and commercial fishers looked like water-borne ants.
In front of us was Tasman Island, its white lighthouse dwarfed by the dark dolerite cliffs of the island and our own perch.
Dolerite is an ancient volcanic rock found in many parts of the Apple Isle.
The vertical formations often look like a giant has snapped the darker keys off a piano and bundled them together and I did not tire of their hulking beauty.
Unlike many hikes of modern times, the Tasmanian Government gave the okay for the track to be built without
A view from The Blade across to Tasman Island, in Tasmania's south-east, on the four-day Three Capes hike.