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6955 Arthur Highway

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Active travelers who want to break a sweat while taking in breathtaking bay, sea and cliff panoramas cannot miss Tasman National Park's Three Capes Track. This 28 ½-mile trail, which features a flat timber boardwalk and paved steps, making it a great option for hikers of all skill levels, starts by the Port Arthur Historic Site and takes you on a four-day, three-night hike around Port Arthur, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. You may even see marine mammals like seals, dolphins and whales along the way.

The track offers three cabin sites for hikers to use along their journey. You'll need to pack some camping essentials like meals, sleeping bags and insect repellent, but previous travelers were impressed with each rest stop's rustic yet clean and well-appointed cabins and bathrooms. Many also said that the trail's views are "magnificent" and the hike "exhilarating." To help you pack for your hike, several recommend using the attraction's packing list.

The Three Capes Track is open 24 hours a day, but access is limited to 48 hikers per day and advance bookings are required. Trekking the trail costs 495 Australian dollars (or $392) per adult and AU$396 (about $313.50) per child; each pass includes three nights in a self-catered cabin, entry to and parking at the Port Arthur Historic Site, a boat cruise, a guide book and a one-way bus ride from Fortescue Bay (where the trail ends) back to Port Arthur. To get to and from the trail's starting point, you can drive – the path is about 60 miles away from Hobart – or use Tassielink Transit's No. 750 or 751 bus. Check out the Three Capes Track website to learn more.

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#1 Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay)

Occupying a peninsula just south of Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park is a prime spot for bird-watching, camping and scenic drives. The park also features white-sand beaches surrounded by pink granite peaks that are just as popular with photographers as they are with swimmers, kayakers and snorkelers. If you'd rather hike while exploring this protected area, you'll find multiple trails for short, half-day and overnight hikes on-site.

Visitors rave about this national park's scenery, adding that locales like Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach are so breathtaking that you could spend several hours admiring your surroundings. If you're short on time or new to hiking, travelers recommend trekking the Wineglass Bay Lookout path; for a more challenging hike, several suggest taking the path to Mount Amos. Reviewers also rave about the sunsets at Honeymoon Bay and Cape Tourville's lighthouse.

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