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Warning to visitors after Shipstern Bluff collapse

17/01/2017

The Parks and Wildlife Service is installing signs at Shipstern Bluff track warning visitors not to approach the cliff area or the recent rock fall at the base of the bluff, following a significant collapse.More

An improved South Coast Track experience

13/01/2017

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks that attracts 1200 walkers per year and recent works on the track are now bearing fruit and improving the experience.More

Tenders awarded for final stage of Three Capes Track

19/12/2016

Tenders have been awarded that will complete Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track.More

Bivouac Bay

4. Bivouac Bay

time 3 hour return walk (5km one way)
access Arthur Highway (A9) to junction with Fortescue Bay road (C344) which is 4km south of Taranna and 4km north of Port Arthur. Turn into C344 and drive 12km to Fortescue Bay. (This road is unsealed but is suitable for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes.) See map
fees Park entry fees apply.
facilities Camping, boat ramp, drinking water, picnic and toilet facilities available at Fortescue Bay.
grade Level 3.
what to take Group B items
cautions Supervise children, unpatrolled beach, unprotected track edges
prohibited No pets, firearms or bicycles

Here in the Tasman National Park you can enjoy a coastline, remote from roads and houses without walking a long distance or climbing steep hills. The walk leaves from the squeaky white sands of Fortescue Bay and gives you close-up views of sparkling waters and large kelp forests. You might see a seal or dolphins!

Highlights

Wreck of the William Pitt
Photo by Steve Johnson

The William Pitt (43º 07' 37.54"  147º 57' 23.27")
About halfway along the track you will come to Canoe Bay, where the remains of a shipwreck can be clearly seen above the waterline. Built in the UK in 1904, the ship was a steam hopper barge named Andre Reboulas,  later sold to the Dutch.

In 1907 she was renamed William Pitt and sold in Melbourne. She came to Hobart in 1940 for use in the construction of the floating Arch Bridge across the Derwent River. She was later scuttled in 1955 to act as a breakwater for small craft in Canoe Bay.


The Candle Stick and Totem Pole (43º 08' 21"  148º 00' 22")
Horizontally bedded Permian (marine) and Triassic (non-marine) sediments intruded by Jurassic dolerite dominate the Tasman peninsula. The action of the sea has produced a cliffed coastline with many erosion features noted for their grandeur. Nestled in a narrow chasm between the Lanterns at Cape Hauy,  two such features, the dolerite towers of the "Candlestick" and the "Totem Pole" at Cape Hauy, are able to be seen across Fortescue Bay from the track leading to Bivouac Bay. See the Cape Hauy Great Short Walk for details.