Fortescue Bay Campground
A few steps from the sun, sand and surf of lovely Fortescue Bay, this camping area is a popular summer destination and bookings are necessary for peak times. Camping sites are grouped into 2 areas – Mills Creek for vans and Banksia for tents – tucked into shady forest clearings at the end of Fortescue Bay Rd, 12 km from the Arthur Hwy turn-off, which is signposted 4 km south of Taranna. The road is unsealed but fine for 2WD vehicles and mountain bikes. Bring your own drinking water. Campfires are allowed and wood is available for sale, but the rest of the park is a gas/fuel stove-only area. Walking tracks from here lead to Canoe Bay (2 hr return), Mt Fortescue (7 hr return) and the spectacular Cape Hauy (5 hr return).
Who to contact: PWS Seven Mile Beach (03) 6214 8100; or Fortescue Bay Campground manager (03) 6250 2433 Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au
This campsite is located in Tasman National Park
Needle-like rock spires, towering sea cliffs, blowhole caves and pounding surf make up the awe-inspiring gothic landscape of this coastal park, which spans the remote southern regions of the Tasman and Forestier peninsulas. It offers some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia, and sits alongside some of the country’s most brutal history in the slowly crumbling remains of Port Arthur’s convict heritage. To reach the park, take the Arthur Hwy (A9), turning left along Blowhole Rd just past Eaglehawk Neck, to the park’s thumping blowholes in its eastern section; or continue towards Port Arthur, turning left along the 12 km unsealed Fortescue Bay Rd to a lovely white-sand beach and camping area. Further west, access tracks to Cape Raoul and the world-renowned big-wave surfing site at Shipstern Bluff are reached from Stormlea Rd.
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