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Funding for walking tracks

22/08/2014

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding totalling $6 million for the South Coast Track and the final stage of the Three Capes Track.More

Cockle Creek bridge update

12/08/2014

Work is progressing on construction of a new bridge at Cockle Creek. The photo shows the strengthening works completed on the existing bridge, new piles and head stock for the replacement bridge, and the excavator preparing for new piles to be driven.More

Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

09/07/2014

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.More

Tasman National Park

Activities

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 Camp Ground

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

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 Trips

Day visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied. Vehicles are able to access the Tasman Arch, Blowhole, Waterfall Bay and Remarkable Cave areas, where visitors need only walk a short distance to gain views of these features.

Boating

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.

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.

Rock climbing on the Totem pole

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.

Hang gliding

Within the park there is a recently redeveloped 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

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.

Please note that Tasman National Park is a Fuel Stove Only Area. Camp fires are not permitted outside the designated areas at Fortescue Bay.

Important! Before planning any walks, be sure to check the weather.

Day Walk Planner

Boots and preferably gaiters are needed. A good map is essential.

NATURE WALKS

(Under 2 hours return)

* Canoe Bay

BUSHWALKS

(Over 2 hours return)

* Cape Hauy Track
* Mt Fortescue Track
* Tasman Trail
* Cape Raoul

Canoe Bay

(about 2 hours return)
A short walk along the Tasman Trail from the beach at Fortescue Bay, suitable for families, leads to Canoe Bay. Canoe Bay contains an old steel boat wreck and was, until the early 1970's, the site of a fish processing works.

 

The dramatic sea cliffs
of Tasman Peninsula

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.

 

Mt Fortescue Track

(6-7 hours return)
This track takes walkers to the 490 metre Mt Fortescue and provides excellent views of the rugged coastline. The track commences at Fortescue Bay. Follow the Cape Hauy Track (see above) for about one hour to a low spur where a sign marks the Mt Fortescue Track, which leads off to the right.

 

Tasman Trail

(about 6 - 8 hours one way)
The Tasman Trail (not to be confused with the Tasmanian Trail) follows along the clifflines from the north of Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay. This walk will require a car shuffle. Walkers will need to be prepared by taking water, food and wet weather gear.

 

Cape Raoul

(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.

 

Remarkable Cave

The Remarkable Cave Site provides visitors with short walking opportunities to Remarkable Cave and Maignon 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.