Cape Surville

Today’s walk was a visit to a lesser known cape on the Tasman Peninsula. Accessing the start of the track is is not recommended in a car with little clearance, as there is a low level creek crossing and sections with large ruts.  The end of the road provides an excellent view of the cape and enough room to park a few cars. A shortcut from the car park to the track is marked by some tape; otherwise the start proper is about 50m back along the road.

It begins with a short climb through typical dry forest and bracken fern, and about 5 minutes in you are provided with an excellent view point north towards the large cliffs of High Yellow Bluff. The track continues to climb quite steeply as you reach the highest point of the walk, before dropping down into a small gully that passes over the first of two unnamed creeks.  There was very little water coming down so we continued on towards the next creek, which had a surprising amount of water given the lack of rain.  We spent some time walking around the creek and checking out the large ferns that line both sides. The track then climbs again until it reaches the turnoff to Macgregor Peak which provides access to the forestry road that leads to Deep Glen Bay.

Good views of Sisters Rocks to the south can be had from a small clearing just before the summit of Cape Surville. Atop the summit, lunch was had out of the wind and enjoying the views of the sea cliffs.

All up 4.8kms in a leisurely 2 hours and 20 minutes with 416m ascent.

Getting There:  The road to the start of the track has degraded to the point that accessing in a 2wd with low clearance would be difficult.  In brief, at Murdunna, turn onto Hylands Road and follow it for 6.4 and it will become Richardsons Road which is followed all the way to the start of the track. Google Maps


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Cape Surville
Looking back at High yellow Bluff
High Yellow Bluff
The track
Large man ferns
Creek on the track
Turnoff to Macgregor Peak/Deep Glen Bay
Sisters Rocks
Looking back towards the start from Cape Surville
Weathered cliffs

2 thoughts on “Cape Surville”

  1. Hi Loic,
    To the north of the car park there are some other walking tracks/pads that lead onto High Yellow Bluff. Nothing really exciting up there, apart from some reasonable views south. The area was very scrubby and untracked/ marked when I was in there. However, you do go around a place called Walters Opening and this is probably the most interesting part of the walk. I wouldn’t necessarily go any further than this.


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