Located just 7km outside of Orford, the Three Thumbs Track is an interesting short hike providing fantastic views of Orford, Spring Bay and Maria Island. The 2 hour, 4km loop walk takes you through dry eucalyptus forest and small sections of temperate rain forest.
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|Take the Tasman Highway (A3) from Hobart through Sorell (Left hand turn in Sorell township). Continue for 50km to Orford, turning right onto Charles Street (C320) just before the bridge. After roughly 1km, turn right onto Wielangta Road. After 4km take the right hand fork towards the Three Thumbs day use area (should be sign posted). The Three Thumbs Track starts on the large bend in the road just before the carpark.
It isn’t often that one of the best views from a hike is before you begin but it is the case with the Three Thumbs Track. From the Thumbs picnic area, fantastic views of Maria Island and Spring Bay are on show before walking 50m down to the start of the track.
The initial climb from the road is the steepest of the trail, climbing abruptly to meet the ridgeline of the Three Thumbs. Following the ridgeline, the trail leads you over the undulating hills of the thumbs. The trail itself is well-defined and often marked with cairns.
The third and final Thumb is accessed via some rock scree scrambling, gently climbing to the summit point of 549 metres. From the top views out towards Orford and the Prosser River can be gained through the tree line. Return to the carpark the same way.
Hazards and Warnings
The track is quite difficult to follow along the spree sections, stay aware of your surroundings.