Two weeks ago, the ‘Nunatak’ Adventure Tour Guiding students were out and about for three days following the Tasman Peninsula Circuit along bush tracks, long stretches of board walks and steep, slippery wet eucalyptus banks.
This was our final bushwalking trip within the comfort of the Adventure Tour Guiding program before heading into the summer season as qualified guides. Some students had already been assessed on previous trips and could happily tag along as ‘customers’ while others were bearing the full load of guiding, catering and interpreting. The scenery was spectacular, food was palatable and the weather was kind.
Managing the group whilst navigating unknown terrain proved a great challenge for the up-and-coming guides who all did their best to provide a great walking experience, whilst keeping everyone safe, happy, hydrated and fuelled across long days of walking.
After an easy first day heading inland from Fortescue Bay along the Cape Pillar Track we based ourselves at the Wughalee Falls campground for two nights. We headed out on the 17 km return trip to Cape Pillar’s stunning cliffs overlooking Tasman Island on Day 2, and braved the steep ascent over Mount Fortescue on Day 3. By this stage, the final track to Cape Hauy was just a hop, skip and jump. By the end of it all everyone was relieved to have made it back to the bus at Fortescue Bay as the day was slipping away rapidly.
Highlights included a look-behind-the–scenes of Tas Walking Co.’s brand-new hut along the Cape Pillar Track, the enchanting rainforest around Mount Fortescue and, of course, the vast expanse of ocean crashing into Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Other key learning points from the last trip of the year included:
- As a guide, be caring and compassionate! Check in with individual group members to make sure everyone is in good spirits!
- $500 to walk the Three Capes Track is well worth the investment; and if you want to get pampered, spend some extra on the Tas Walking Co’s experience!
- Just because it’s raining and freezing doesn’t mean you have to put on extra layers! (Look after yourself, Rhianna!)
- Cooking on camp stoves always takes longer than estimated!
- Snakes and spiders are much less frightening and dangerous than their reputation!
- You can disguise fake-meat in a Bolognese and no one will notice!
- Walking meditations are a great way to quieten the group and connect people to their surroundings. (Nicely done, Tristan!)