Walkers line up for Three Capes track

Students in the SAGE Three Capes group endured 46km of cliff-hugging wilderness in Australia’s far south-east.

The Three Capes track is a challenging hike and few places on Earth remain that feel so remote, raw, and removed from the ordinary.

“The Three Capes group appealed to me as soon as I first learned of the activities and sites that we would come across,” said Declan McDonald.

“Who wouldn’t want to take up the opportunity to walk on and become connected to this beautiful part of the world?”

Declan reflected on the different natural elements the group observed throughout their trek.


“We hiked through the bushland and came to the top of a hill, and suddenly a vast clearing emerged where we saw a combination of all different sized trees and plants, and I remember thinking how everything was flowering and blooming,” Declan said.

“It looked so rich and lively.”


Students who selected the Three Capes group required a good level of fitness and resilience, however the hike was made a little more comfortable by staying in eco-cabins each night, rather than camping in tents.

Students’ new experiences of water usage and waste allowed them to reflect on their own processes back home.


“There aren’t a lot of bins where we travelled, so it made us much more considerate of waste, and ensuring that we left each spot the way we found it,” Declan said.

“We got to pump our own water by hand which was refreshing because we felt as though we had to earn it, and because of this we also became more aware of our water usage.”

After the hike, students activities included a historic exploration of the Port Arthur site.


“It was an incredible experience combining the outdoor activities with the historic tour of Port Arthur,” Katerina Alexander said.

“We all overcame a lot of physical challenges through some tough terrain, but the views and scenery made it all worthwhile.

“It’s much more beautiful than I expected, and seeing wildlife like echidnas and whales was been fantastic.”


On the Port Arthur historic tour, students gained great insight into convict settlements of the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s a place of vivid historic and cultural heritage, and holds global significance as it’s one of the 11 locations that make up the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage-listed Australian Convict Sites.


The group made their way back to Hobart before returning to Sydney, reflecting on an incredible week full of new sights and experiences.

For their extended piece of work, students were to submit a photo journal of the expedition, incorporating photographs and descriptions of their adventures, as well as advice for future adventurers.

Please click here to read Ilse Johnannsen’s submission.