Bivouac Bay

3 h 45 min to 5 h 30 min

10.4 km
return

↑ 542 m
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Moderate track
Starting near the Banksia Campground on Fortescue Bay Road, Fortescue, this walk leads to Bivouac Bay and back via the Tasman Coastal Trail. This walk begins traversing the full length of the stunning white sands of Fortescue Bay. Once at the other end of the beach, the trail gently climbs to a modest clifftop, then skirts the coastline from above through light bush and forest. About halfway along the track, you will come to Canoe Bay, where the remains of a shipwreck can be seen rusting upon the rocks. After some short and steep climbs, the trail descends through thick blue gum canopies and huge tree ferns to the rocky inlet of Bivouac Bay. There are toilets, and you can collect fresh water in Bivouac Creek. If you are lucky, you may also spot seals, dolphins, or whales in the bay. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2020.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-43.1430061,147.9620989)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Arthur Highway, A9
  • Turn on to Fortescue Bay Road, C344 then drive for 11.9 km
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Track Notes
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Start.
There is a car park (about 30 m back from the start).
After 30 m come to the "Banksia Campground".
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Tasman Coastal Trail.
After another 450 m cross the ford.
After another 2.2 km cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 2.4 km come to the "Bivouac Bay" (30 m on your left).
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 5.2 km to get back to the start.
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Bivouac Bay


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 10.4 km
Time 3 h 45 min to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.5 km apart with the largest gap of 5.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
35 mBanksia Campground
Camp site
5.2 kmBivouac Bay
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