So I recently went for a fantastic walk down to Shipstern’s Bluff and Tunnel Bay. On the way down, I went past the clearly marked signs to the new Three Capes Walk, which opens with much fanfare this week.
The images I have seen do look incredible and it looks to have been very well done, but there has been considerable public debate about the how expensive the track fees are. Now I am not totally convinced there isn’t or won’t be opportunities for the public to use the track without paying the hefty $500 fees. But maybe I am wrong, in which case this particular walk may be one that remains restricted to those more affluent or willing to spend more on wilderness experiences.
I don’t have much of a problem with that. A quick bit of research found the track was almost booked out over this Christmas and New Year period, meaning it was bringing in over $20 000 revenue for the state government every day. Add to that the compounding effect this attraction has with other ecotourism ventures to make our state an even more attractive tourism destination and it is hard to argue how this not of benefit to Tasmania. In light of the inevitable decline of our forestry and mining industries, I am really excited by the potential of initiatives like this. We can’t complain about the state of the Tasmanian economy and then begrudge successful initiatives to improve our economy, just because we don’t get to play with them for free. This actually doesn’t bother me much because there are literally hundreds of amazing outdoor experiences waiting for you around this state. If you don’t know of any go to this page for some ideas about amazing places in Tasmania.