Bivouac Bay Walk
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Bivouac Bay Walk

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The Bivouac Bay walk, Fortescue Bay in the South East of Tasmania near Port Arthur is a great day walk in Tassie. It is some 10 kilometres return from the starting point at Bivouac Bay and will take you app. 4 hours to complete. This spectacular coastal walk is suitable for all standards of walking, and all experience levels. The walk feels remote but is accessible, starting on the spectacular white sands of Fortescue Bay, the walk climbs up to a clifftop that isn't too steep before undulating through light bush and forest. On the Bivouac Bay walk, you are never far from the water and are sure to see sea birds. If you are very lucky, you may also see seals, dolphins, or whales in the bay during the whale migration season Tasmania. At Canoe Bay, a bit over halfway to Bivouac Bay, you will find the rusting metal of the sunken dredge names the William Pitt. From Canoe Bay the track follows the coastline before another moderate climb into Bivouac Bay. After reaching Bivouac Bay, you return on the same track back to the starting point at Fortescue Bay campground.  Bivouac Bay walk is located in the Tasman National Park, which is located in the south-eastern corner of Tasmania. To access, it will take you app. 90-minutes drive on sealed roads if travelling from Hobart via Sorell on the A3. Then continue on the A9 Arthur Highway toward historic Port Arthur. The Tasman National Park straddles both the Tasman and Forestier peninsulas, however, most of its accessible features are on the Tasman Peninsula. ​​​​​To reach Fortescue Bay continue along the A9 towards past Eaglehawk Neck towards Port Arthur ​until you reach the junction with the C344 road. Turn off and continue on the C344 until you reach Fortescue Bay. This is a 12km drive along an unsealed road but is suitable for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes. Please note, roadworks are continuing on this road, so take extreme care and follow any road signs and directions. In summer or on warmer days, when you return from the Bivouac Bay track, you can enjoy great swimming and snorkeling. Alternatively, take your gear with you and swim or snorkel in any of the three bays passed during the walk - you can even do a dive on the boat wreck at Canoe Bay. See also: Waterfall Bay Walk: Shipsterns Bluff Walk:


Camping Comments
Great camping at Fortescue Bay, National Parks pass required and camping fees apply. Bookings highly desirable, this is one of Tasmania's most popular campgrounds.
Region of Tasmania
South East
Picnic Table
Start Location
Fortescue Bay
Type Of Walk
Gravel Dirt
Camping Available
10 klilometres
Walk Difficulty
Mobile Reception
Pets Allowed
National Park


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