Other than the pre-booked huts associated with the Three Capes Track, there is no built overnight accommodation available within the Tasman National Park, however the Tasman Peninsula has several types of accommodation ranging from caravan parks and cabins to luxury motels.
Fortescue Bay Campground
Fortescue Bay has a campground which can be accessed by car. Over 40 sites are available. Caravans can also be used. A shower block, toilets and barbeques are available. There is also a boat launching ramp. Fireplaces are provided and wood is available for sale. There is a rubbish collection at Fortescue Bay. Please ensure that rubbish is placed in the rubbish facility in the day use area.
See Camping and Cabin Fees for further details and costs.
Storm clouds over Cape Raoul,
a popular walking destination
If you like camping, bushwalking, picnicking, sightseeing, swimming or fishing, you can enjoy them all in the Tasman National Park.
Day visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied. Vehicles are able to access the Tasman Arch, Blowhole, Waterfall Bay, Fortescue Bay and Remarkable Cave areas, where visitors need only walk a short distance to gain views of these features.
The waters off Pirates Bay, Fortescue Bay, Port Arthur and the Tasman Sea are popular boating destinations because of the beauty of the area, the sheltered waters and good fishing. Visitors with boats can use the boat ramps at the Blowhole in Pirates Bay State Reserve, Fortescue Bay within the park and Stewarts Bay State Reserve. Vehicle access on beaches to launch and retrieve boats is not permitted within the park. Anchorages are available in Fortescue Bay and Port Arthur when the conditions are favourable.
Note that Fortescue Bay jetty and boat ramp were damaged during storms in 2016. After inspection they were cleared for ongoing use, but planning has begun to improve them. The new facilities - which will take into account the long-term needs of different users - should be completed during 2017.
Currently, visitors using the Fortescue Bay jetty and boat ramp don't require a valid park entry pass - an historical anomaly. It's the Parks and Wildlife Service's intention to make valid park entry passes a requirement of using the new facilities. This change would bring Fortescue Bay's recreational boat facilities in line with all others managed within Tasmanian national parks.
Sea kayaking and canoeing around the rugged cliffs of Tasman National Park is increasing in popularity. However, would-be canoeists should be well-equipped and aware that sea conditions can change rapidly. There are very few areas where canoeists can reach safety should conditions deteriorate.
A Rock Climber tackles
the Totem Pole
Abseiling and Rockclimbing
The spectacular dolerite columns and cliffs along the coastline of the Tasman National Park are popular areas for climbing and abseiling. Sea stacks north of Fortescue Bay, the "Candlestick" and "Totem pole" at Cape Hauy and more recently the clifflines around Mount Brown are used by climbers, abseilers and commercial operators. Please note that no bolting is permitted.
All of the cliffs climbed are National Estate listed for their geoheritage values and are accessed off the existing walking track network. Please use only existing tracks and do not add to track proliferation by creating new pads.
Within the park there is a hang gliding launch site overlooking Pirates Bay which is used periodically by hang gliding clubs, and enthusiasts when conditions are suitable. Landing is only permitted in a designated area on Pirates Bay Beach in Pirates Bay State Reserve.
Bushwalking tracks are found throughout the park. Walks vary from pleasant strolls along the beach and rocks to longer and more energetic walks. Many walks provide spectacular views of the rugged coastal formations. Walking opportunities range from short strolls and half day walks to 2-3 day overnight walks.
The park is home to Tasmania’s newest walking experience, the Three Capes Track. This pre-booked walk has been designed as an achievable experience for a wide range of ages and abilities. Over four days and three nights, walkers will cover the 46 kilometres, taking in tall eucalypt forests, coastal heath and Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Evenings are spent in warm and comfortable environmentally-sensitive cabins. For more information and to book your adventure, visit www.threecapestrack.com.au
Please note that Tasman National Park is a Fuel Stove Only Area. Camp fires are not permitted outside the designated areas at Fortescue Bay.
(about 2 hours return)
A short walk along the Tasman Coastal Trail from the beach at Fortescue Bay leads to Canoe Bay. Canoe Bay contains an old steel boat wreck and was, until the early 1970s, the site of a fish processing works. This walk is suitable for families.
Cape Hauy Track
(4-5 hours return)
The Cape Hauy Track leads from Fortescue Bay, just near the boat ramp. The walk passes through a variety of heath and woodland to the magnificent views of steep cliffs and spectacular rock formations.
Tasman Coastal Trail
(about 8 hours one way)
The Tasman Coastal Trail (not to be confused with the Tasmanian Trail
) follows along the clifflines from the north of Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay, or on to Tasman Arch (9+ hours). This walk will require a car shuffle. Walkers will need to be prepared by taking water, food and wet weather gear.
The dramatic sea cliffs
of Tasman Peninsula
Cape Pillar Track
Walkers can access Cape Pillar via the old Cape Pillar track from Fortescue Bay. It is a 29 km round-trip walk. A formal campsite is provided at Wughalee Falls with tent platforms, toilet and rainwater tank. Returning via Mt Fortescue and taking in Cape Hauy is a 34 km circuit.
(about 5 hours return)
The Cape Raoul Track begins from Stormlea Road, off Highcroft Road. The initial section of the track crosses private land before entering the park. Excellent views are obtained along the track.
The Remarkable Cave Site provides visitors with short walking opportunities to Remarkable Cave and Maingon Lookout and is the main access to Mount Brown and Crescent Bay. Rock climbers also access the cliffs around West Head and Dauntless Point from this site.