Tasman Coastal Trail

8 h to 2 days

17.2 km

↑ 1168 m
↓ -1212 m

Hard track
Starting from the Devil's Kitchen carpark at the end of Tasmans Arch Road, Tasman National Park, this walk takes you along the coast to Fortescue Bay via the Tasman Coastal Trail. You can find some of Tasmania’s most dramatically beautiful coastal scenery on the east coast of the Tasman Peninsula, and experience breathtaking views from the clifftops over beautiful little bays and small offshore islands. A well-defined track follows the spectacular 300m dolerite cliffs along the coast, where you can see an array of wildlife; seals, penguins, dolphins and whales at various times, with fur seals on the rugged coastline, and fairy penguins along the foreshore. The walk starts at Devil's Kitchen, a spectacularly collapsed archway in the sea cliffs, with waves surging in and out below. From here it’s around a 2km hike to Waterfall Bay, where falls cascade over 100m from the clifftops into the sea. After following the dolerite cliffs for several hours the track descends to the lovely Bivouac Bay, and then just around the corner to Canoe Bay, where you can spot the sunken remains of the steamship William Pitt protruding from the water. From here it is not far to the pristine white sands of Fortescue Bay, where you can take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. This walk can be done in either direction – north to south from Devil's Kitchen to Fortescue Bay, or the other way around. The tracks are well-formed bush tracks, generally only wide enough for one. Some sections are rocky underfoot and/or muddy. Walkers may choose to stay overnight at Bivouac Bay or Camp Falls. Fortescue Bay has facilities such as toilets, cold showers, fireplaces and gas barbecues. 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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