Fortescue Bay

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Fortescue Bay
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Fortescue Bay, south-east Tasmania, and here there are forests of giant kelp that stretch from the sea floor sometimes to 30 metres in height, and then they’ll keep growing along the water surface as the forest canopy. And when you get masses of kelp growing in trees in this kind of way, it becomes a forest, and it’s as complex as a land forest. So I’m trying to show the wonder and the complexity. For example on the sea floor, under the shelter of the giant kelp, you see beautiful pink and red seaweeds and very different creatures living to higher up and in the canopy itself.

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Alexandra de Blas: Jeannie Baker, speaking there with Janet Parker. And Jeannie’s new book ‘The Hidden Forest’ is published by Walker Books, and it’s set a
Fortescue Bay on the Tasman Peninsula, which is one of my favourite places.

Guests on this program:


Jeannie Baker
Author
Walker Books


Reporter:
Janet Parker


with Alexandra de Blas
on Saturday 22/04/00 Saturday

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The Hidden Forest

Summary:

Jeannie Baker's latest children's book The Hidden Forest is about the surreal and disappearing kelp forests in the waters of South East Tasmania.

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Jeannie Baker: It’s the scene of a kelp forest; it’s actually a particular kelp forest that I explored off

Fortescue Bay, Tasmania. The exhibition conveys the extraordinary imagery of this precious, vulnerable, rich and complex environment. It also touches on our attitude to the sea and its plants and animals.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
The Hidden Forest Exhibition - Canberra Museum and Gallery
Featuring the work of Jeannie Baker (limited availability)
Jeannie Baker's work consists of collage constructions that are designed to illustrate Jeannie's award winning picture books, but stand individually as works of art. They are included in many public collections and have been exhibited in galleries in London, New York and throughout Australia.
These works are set in a Giant String Kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera) in



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SAIL INTO THE MILLENNIUM DOWN-UNDER
TASMANIA SMALL SHIP ADVENTURE ITINERARY
December 25, 1999 - January 3, 2000


DAY 1 Leave the port of Hobart and travel to Port Arthur penile colony. This is approximately a 5-hour boat trip. After a delicious dinner on board enjoy a guided "ghost tour" of the settlement. Return to the boat for evening drinks and snacks.
DAY 2 The next morning will be spent viewing the seal rookery around Tasman Island after departing Port Arthur. Tasman Island was named after the Dutch explorer "Able Tasman". Upon sailing to
Fortescue Bay, which is approximately a 3-hour trip, the day will be spent bush walking and fishing. We may not have the biggest or the best, but we sure have plenty of them! This is a beautiful area in which to explore -- a lovely, quiet bay where you can walk anywhere ashore. Snorkelling equipment and wet suits will be available for those who are interested.
DAY 3 We will take in the sights of the Eaglehawk Neck and Devil's Kitchen area. The trip from
Fortescue to Eaglehawk Neck will take approximately 2 hours. The blow hole and convict history surround this area. In the convict days of Port Arthur, troops were stationed across the neck of this passage with dogs and guards. To keep the prisoners from swimming to shore, they were told that the waters were shark infested and deadly. After the historical sights, we will sail through Mercury Passage, past Maria Island and Isle Defoc (approximately a 3-hour trip) re-named by early French explorers, and on into lovely Coles Bay (approximately a 2-hour trip). Tonight we sleep at local cottage. Enjoy an evening ashore, for those who wish to go to the local tavern or just relax in the accommodation provided.
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Tasmanian Branch Report 1997/98
Got the Bait

2/4/1999

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ATTENTION ALL CLUBS AND MEMBERS
Fortescue Bay Camping Ground and Launching Ramp is going to become part of the Proposed Tasman National Park. We have an urgent request from The Peninsula Club for all ANSA members to write to The Minister, David Llewellyn, stating that it would be best not to include the Camping ground and Launching Ramp in the proposed Park. A petition is being circulated on Tasman Peninsula but this is a matter of access for all fishermen around the State who use the area for recreational fishing. Paul Fannon, of the Peninsula Club, urges all individual members of ANSA and particularly all Clubs to write as strongly and as soon as possible to support his Club and your own interests.
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From
Sailing Alone Around the World, By
Captain Joshua Slocum, 1900


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I WAS determined to rely on my own small resources to repair the damages of the great gale which drove me southward toward the Horn, after I had passed from the Strait of Magellan out into the Pacific. So when I had got back into the strait, by way of Cockburn Channel, I did not proceed eastward for help at the Sandy Point settlement, but turning again into the northwestward reach of the strait, set to work with my palm and needle at every opportunity, when at anchor and when sailing. It was slow work; but little by little the squaresail on the boom expanded to the dimensions of a serviceable mainsail with a peak to it and a leech besides. If it was not the best-setting sail afloat, it was at least very strongly made and would stand a hard blow. A ship, meeting the Spray long afterward, reported her as wearing a mainsail of some improved design and patent reefer, but that was not the case.
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"When you sailed through here before," he said, "you fired a shot at me," adding with some warmth that it was "muy malo." I affected not to understand, and said, "You have lived at Sandy Point, have you not?" He answered frankly, "Yes," and appeared delighted to meet one who had come from the dear old place. "At the mission?" I queried. "Why, yes," he replied, stepping forward as if to embrace an old friend. I motioned him back, for I did not share his flattering humor. "And you know Captain Pedro Samblich?" continued I. "Yes," said the villain, who had killed a kinsman of Samblich--" yes, indeed; he is a great friend of mine." "I know it," said I. Samblich had told me to shoot him on sight. Pointing to my rifle on the cabin, he wanted to know how many times it fired. "Cuantos?" said he. When I explained to him that that gun kept right on shooting, his jaw fell, and he spoke of getting away. I did not hinder him from going. I gave the squaws biscuits and beef, and one of them gave me several lumps of tallow in exchange, and I think it worth mentioning that she did not offer me the smallest pieces, but with some extra trouble handed me the largest of all the pieces in the canoe. No Christian could have done more. Before pushing off from the sloop the cunning savage asked for matches, and made as if to reach with the end of his spear the box I was about to give him; but I held it toward him on the muzzle of my rifle, the one that "kept on shooting." The chap picked the box off the gun gingerly enough, to be sure, but he jumped when I said, "Quedao [Look out]," at winch the squaws laughed and seemed not at all displeased. Perhaps the wretch had clubbed them that morning for not gathering mussels enough for his breakfast. There was a good understanding among us all.
From Charles Island the Spray crossed over to
Fortescue Bay, where she anchored and spent a comfortable night under the lee of high land, while the wind howled outside. The bay was deserted now. They were Fortescue Indians whom I had seen at the island, and I felt quite sure they could not follow the Spray in the present hard blow. Not to neglect a precaution, however, I sprinkled tacks on deck before I turned in.
On the following day the loneliness of the place was broken by the appearance of a great steamship, making for the anchorage with a lofty bearing. She was no Diego craft. I knew the sheer, the model, and the poise. I threw out my flag, and directly saw the Stars and Stripes flung to the breeze from the great ship.
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In their mosquito fleet was a ship's boat stolen probably from a murdered crew. Six savages paddled this rather awkwardly with the blades of oars which had been broken off. Two of the savages standing erect wore sea-boots, and this sustained the suspicion that they had fallen upon some luckless ship's crew, and also added a hint that they had already visited the Spray's deck, and would now, if they could, try her again. Their sea-boots, I have no doubt, would have protected their feet and rendered carpet-tacks harmless. Paddling clumsily, they passed down the strait at a distance of a hundred yards from the sloop, in an offhand manner and as if bound to Fortescue Bay. This I judged to be a piece of strategy, and so kept a sharp lookout over a small island which soon came in range between them and the sloop, completely hiding them from view, and toward which the Spray was now drifting helplessly with the tide, and with every prospect of going on the rocks, for there was no anchorage, at least, none that my cables would reach. And, sure enough, I soon saw a movement in the grass just on top of the island, which is called Bonet Island and is one hundred and thirty-six feet high. I fired several shots over the place, but saw no other sign of the savages. It was they that had moved the grass, for as the sloop swept past the island, the rebound of the tide carrying her clear, there on the other side was the boat, surely enough exposing their cunning and treachery. A stiff breeze, coming up suddenly, now scattered the canoes while it extricated the sloop from a dangerous position, albeit the wind, though friendly, was still ahead.
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Nicole's Corner 55m 18

This obvious RH corner is situated approx. 30m left of the Totem Pole and Candlestick Normal Route. The climb starts where the sloping ledge emerges from the ocean and continues up past a small triangular ledge at the half way point to a bushy ledge at the top. Step down where the traverse around to the Totem Pole narrows just opposite the climb. Rap off natural pro on a 60 m static, past a sloping ledge into a deep crack and a stance at 5m above the water. From here, belay the swimmer down to the water and across to the sloping ledge at the base of the main corner. Use small nuts at the front of the ledge to set up a tyrolean on the abseil rope. Keep attached to the static when climbing to enable a tyrolean back to the mainland from the top. 1) 30m 18 Take the main corner moving right through the roof at 18m. Continue up to belay at the small triangular sloping ledge. 2) 25m 18 Continue up the corner. Step right into the cave at approx. 18m, then left at the roof to regain the corner and up to belay on the bushy ledge. Although some major cleaning of the route was done on the first ascent, a helmet for the belayer would be advisable as would a torch for the late trek home!!
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Some other great bushwalks I've done

Cape pillar - Tasman Peninsula Cape Pillar is reached by driving to Fortescue Bay (about 90 minutes drive from Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula). The walk into the campsite (Pigsty Ponds) takes approximately two hours. You should collect water at Lunchtime Creek about half an hour before reaching the campsite, in case there is none at Pigsty Ponds. There are magnificent views from the 300 metre high cliffs, and Tasman Island is also a fantastic site. This is one of the most spectacular walks I have done, and all for an easy effort to get there.
 
Cape Hauy - Tasman Peninsula Cape Hauy is reached by driving to
Fortescue Bay (about 90 minutes drive from Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula). The walk takes approximately 90 minutes. It is a beautiful coastal walk and on arrival you view seascape from amazing clifftop as seen in these two photos.
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Sailing Alone Around the World

C H A P T E R  V I I

Weighing anchor at Buenos Aires – An outburst of emotion at the mouth of the Plate – Submerged by a great wave – A stormy entrance to the strait – Captain Samblich's happy gift of a bag of carpet-tacks – Off Cape Froward – Chased by Indians from Fortescue Bay – A miss-shot for "Black Pedro" – Taking in supplies of wood and water at Three Island Cove – Animal life
ON January 26, 1896, the Spray, being refitted and well provisioned in every way, sailed from Buenos Aires. There was little wind at the start; the surface of the great river was like a silver disc, and I was glad of a tow from a harbour tug to clear the port entrance. But a gale came up soon after, and caused an ugly sea, and instead of being all silver, as before, the river was now all mud. The Plate is a treacherous place for storms. One sailing there should always be on the alert for squalls. I cast anchor before dark in the best lee I could find near the land, but was tossed miserably all night, heartsore of choppy seas. On the following morning I got the sloop under way, and with reefed sails worked her down the river against a head wind. Standing in that night to the place where pilot Howard joined me for the up-river sail, I took a departure, shaping my course to clear Point Indio on the one hand, and the English Bank on the other.
I had not for many years been south of these regions. I will not say that I expected all fine sailing on the course for Cape Horn direct, but while I worked at the sails and rigging I thought only of onward and forward. It was when I anchored in the lonely places that a feeling of awe crept over me. At the last anchorage on the monotonous and muddy river, weak as it may seem, I gave way to my feelings. I resolved then that I would anchor no more north of the Strait of Magellan.

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The sloop held the wind fair while she ran thirty miles farther on her course, which brought her to Fortescue Bay, and at once among the natives' signal-fires, which blazed up now on all sides. Clouds flew over the mountain from the west all day; at night my good east wind failed, and in its stead a gale from the west soon came on. I gained anchorage at twelve o'clock that night, under the lee of a little island, and then prepared myself a cup of coffee, of which I was sorely in need; for, to tell the truth, hard beating in the heavy squalls and against the current had told on my strength. Finding that the anchor held, I drank my beverage, and named the place Coffee Island. It lies to the south of Charles Island, with only a narrow channel between.
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Canoes manned by savages from
Fortescue now came in pursuit. The wind falling light they gained on me rapidly till coming within hail, when they ceased paddling, and a bow-legged savage stood up and called to me, "Yammerschooner! yammerschooner!" which is their begging term. I said, "No!" Now, I was not for letting on that I was alone, and so I stepped into the cabin, and, passing through the hold, came out at the fore-scuttle, changing my clothes as I went along. That made two men. Then the piece of bowsprit which I had sawed off at Buenos Aires, and which I had still on board, I arranged forward on the outlook, dressed as a seaman, attaching a line by which I could pull it into motion. That made three of us, and we didn't want to "yammerschooner"; but for all that the savages came on faster than before. I saw that besides four at the paddles in the canoe nearest to me, there were others in the bottom, and that they were shifting hands often. At eighty yards I fired a shot across the bows of the nearest canoe, at which they all stopped, but only for a moment. Seeing that they persisted in coming nearer, I fired the second shot so close to the chap who wanted to "yammerschooner" that he changed his mind quickly enough and bellowed with fear, "Bueno jo via Isla," and sitting down in his canoe, he rubbed his starboard cat-head for some time. I was thinking of the good port captain's advice when I pulled the trigger, and must have aimed pretty straight; however, a miss was as good as a mile for Mr. "Black Pedro," as he it was, and no other, a leader in several bloody massacres. He made for the island now, and the others followed him. I knew by his Spanish lingo and by his full beard that he was the villain I had named, a renegade mongrel, and the worst murderer in Tierra del Fuego. The authorities had been in search of him for two years. The Fuegians are not bearded.
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So much for the first day among the savages. I came to anchor at midnight in Three Island Cove, about twenty miles along from
Fortescue Bay. I saw on the opposite side of the strait signal-fires, and heard the barking of dogs, but where I lay it was quite deserted by natives. I have always taken it as a sign that where I found birds sitting about, or seals on the rocks, I should not find savage Indians. Seals are never plentiful in these waters, but in Three Island Cove I saw one on the rocks, and other signs of the absence of savage men.
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The Tasman Island Lighthouse

The Tasman Island Lighthouse is one of the highest in Australia.
When the light was first established the winds were so fierce that the steel tower would shudder, fracturing the lamps mantles and putting the light out.
History
Tasman Island is one of the two most isolated liqhtstations in Australia, and for that reason, was extremely unpopular with all keepers.
The light is sited on the highest point of Tasman Island, near Storm Bay, which is close to the Tasman Peninsula. The Tasman Lighthouse is known for the height, 250 metres, and steepness of it's cliffs. Once thickly forested, it is now almost bare as the result of the cutting of trees for firewood and of two severe fires.
Between Tasman Island and
Cape Pillar, the last point of the mainland in a south-easterly direction, is a narrow passage about 1,234 metres wide
The lighthouse was built in 1906. It is constructed of cast-iron plates, circular in section, bolted together and positioned on a concrete base 26 metres in diameter.
The Surrounding Area
The Tasman Peninsula
The
Tasman National Park
Tour of
Port Arthur
The
Port Arthur Penal Settlement
Cape Pillar
Maatsuyker Canoe Club's
Fortesque Bay to Tasman Island Trip
The
Iron Pot Lighthouse to the east.
The
Cape Bruny Lighthouse to the south.


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Fortesque Bay to Tasman Islan
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The most spectacular of all the south east coast trips. Along a very exposed coast with no landing spots, this trip is guaranteed to put a crick in your neck, gazing up at the 1000' cliffs. An adrenalin rush is common on this trip. Surf the gap between the candlestick and the Lanterns, creep into sea caves large and small and make a landing on Tasman Island , if you dare. The usual landing spot is a smooth, sloping rock that is washed by the waves. Time your run and your okay. The long climb up the old haulage way on Tasman is worth the effort. You can sleep in the old lighthouse keepers quarters if you are game enough to chance the weather.
There are seal colonies near Cathedral Rock and one year we saw hundreds of Dolphins in Munro Bight. If you are into diving, the wreck of the Nord lies up against the cliffs in 120' of water.


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A TRANSCRIPT OF THE POLICE INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN BRYANT
Part Three

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Q. Was the gun loaded?
A. Yeah the gun was loaded, yeah had about eight, nine rounds in it. Mmm.
Q. And where did this take place Martin sorry?
A. At the
Fortesque Bay turnoff, just, ohh about three or four minutes away from the Martin's farm.
Q. To which side of ...
A. That was.
Q. ... The Seascape is
Fortesque Bay turnoff?
A. Ahh, before you go to Seascape on the way to, on the way to Hobart.
Q. So it's on the Hobart side of Seascape?
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Part Five

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Q. Took the BMW, shooting the occupants.
A. Must've been, I told, the BMW was back there at the
Fortesque Bay turnoff.
Q. No, the BMW wasn't there
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Fishing Reports - Tasmania

, Tasman Peninsula. (2:16/02/01)

Fortescue Bay


, Tasman Peninsula, Tas.
    • Steve Scott
      Date fished: 07&09/02/01
      Time fished: 9-3
      I fished from: Boat
      The action was: Fast
      Bait/Lure/Fly used: hotheads
      Additional comments:
      Trolled along the shelf for many Albies 6-12lb, water temp on the shelf 19-19.5.
Fortescue Bay

    • Steve Scott.
      Date fished: 20/02/99
      Time fished: 7:00am - 2:00pm
      I fished from: Boat
      The action was: Hot
      Bait/Lure/Fly used: Hothead lure.
      Additional comments:
      Trolled northeast to the Shelf from Hippolyte Rock. Caught Albacore & Striped Tuna. Once at the Shelf dropoff we caught plenty of Albacore at 10kg & a few Yellowfin Tuna at 7kg. A few fish were kept and the remainder were released. Conditions were excellent, with wind less than 8 knots & swell below 1.5m. Water temperature was 17°C at Hippolyte Rock, increasing toward the Shelf. Over the dropoff the water turned bright blue & temperature increased to 20°C.

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3D Virtual Reality Model of Tasman National Park -
Pirates Bay to Fortescue Bay
To gain a better view of Tasman National Park, take a look at our 3D Virtual Reality Models.



Map of Tasman National Park - Fortescue Bay Area
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Activities

Storm clouds over Cape Raoul, a popular walking destination


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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.
Camping Camping is well-catered for at the
Fortescue Bay Campground. Before you occupy a campsite, please check in and pay at the resident Manager's Office. Up-to-date information may also be posted at the Park Fee self-registration bay near the office.
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. See our
walk planner for further details.
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.

A Rock Climber tackles the Totem Pole


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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
Important! Before planning any walks, be sure to read the important information and also 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
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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.
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.



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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.
Camping costs are $5.50 per site (1 - 2 people). Camping costs are $11.00 per site (3 or more people).
Camping fees can be paid at the resident Manager's Office at
Fortescue Bay. The Manager can also arrange annual and holiday park passes. Day passes are available at the self-registration booth at the entry to Fortescue Bay.
Campsites can be booked in advance (phone (03) 62502433). It is advisable to book in advance during the peak season.
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.

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Four maps are available, this one of the eastern section of the park; one of the western section of the park; one of the

Fortescue Bay area; and one of the Eaglehawk Neck area. Note: This map is not intended for navigational purposes.
Map of Tasman National Park - East Section


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The Tasman Peninsula, steeped in history, is a ``must see'' for visitors to Tasmania. Filled with natural beauty, horrors of the past are masked by the present tranquility. Nubeena is the largest town on the Tasman Peninsula.


This page gives a regional overview. For more detailed information,
use the links to the left or click the relevant city/town on the map.

Attractions
The Port Arthur Historic Site, at Port Arthur, is one of Tasmania's premiere tourist attractions and takes visitors a step back in time to Australia's convict past. Close to Port Arthur are the Tasmanian Devil Park and a timber milling museum.
Eaglehawk Neck, gateway to the Tasman Peninsula, has several spectacular natural features as well its own story from the past. For those seeking to escape the crowds, a visit to
Fortescue Bay is definitely on the cards.
Dunalley, through which visitors must pass to reach the Tasman Peninsula, is close to the first European landing in Tasmania.
Economy
Formerly a bustling industrial zone fuelled by convict labour, the Tasman Peninsula now relies largely upon the historic sites and breathtaking scenery as tourist drawcards. Farming and fishing are also important industries, and there are small wine growing areas.
Transportation
The Tasman Peninsula is easily accessible by road from southern and eastern Tasmania. Coaches and charter buses offer regular service to the Tasman Peninsula, but public transportation is limited.



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is a sheltered inlet on the eastern side of the Tasman Peninsula. The long, sheltered beach, unspoiled views, and tranquil waters make it one of the most beautiful places on the peninsula.

Fortescue Bay



The campgrounds at Fortescue Bay serve as a good staging point for various bushwalks. A two to three day walk southward to the Cape Pillar State Reserve gives views from the highest seacliffs in Australia, at 300 m (900 ft).
The bay is at the southern end of the Abel Tasman Forest Reserve, and a walk to the north through the reserve goes past Waterfall Bay to
Eaglehawk Neck, taking approximately seven hours.

is accessible by car (unsealed road) from just north of Port Arthur.
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   Free Launching at Fortescue Bay
4th November, 1999.

Cecily Butorac and I attended a field day and barbecue on the Tasman Peninsula today, as part of the National Parks consultative process to develop a Management Plan for the new Tasman National Park. It started off with a meeting in the council chambers at Nubeena, where I would estimate probably 40 to 50 people attended. These were tourist operators, boat owners, bush walkers, hang gliders, local people, sea kayakers, and no doubt other interests were represented as well.
Participants were able to put forward issues that concerned their field of interest, and these were noted down and will go into a draft plan, which will possibly be out in the new year for public comment. Obviously not everyone will get what they want, and there is no compulsion on the part of the Minister to take any notice of the plan anyway. However, Cec and I were impressed with the way the consultation was done. Apparently there have been many informal meetings with different groups already, and the Maatsuyker Canoe Club was asked for input via email some months ago.
We were then taken by bus to
Fortescue Bay where a bit of history was disseminated, and more opportunity given for people to air their concerns about certain issues. As a result we were pleasantly surprised to hear that the boat ramp at Fortescue Bay has been designated a 'public' boat ramp, and can be used for launching and retrieving boats (and sea kayaks) without paying an entry fee. It's a great pity that the onsite Ranger didn't bother to explain this a month ago when 5 of us were launching from the beach to paddle up to Lagoon Bay for the night. Almost before we had turned our engines off, she was alongside telling us that this was now a National Park and fees applied - a very unfriendly attitude we thought at the time.
So if you are starting or finishing a trip at
Fortescue Bay, use the boat ramp and avoid the entrance fee.
The day finished with an extremely well organised barbecue at the Port Arthur Caravan park, and I was suitably impressed with the large number of Parks people who were circulating around and making an effort to talk to most people there. For further or ongoing information, email
Vicky, or Megan.
Well done Vicky and Megan and Anni, and all the other Parks people who's names I didn't catch. This is far more likely to get the public onside than the dogmatic attitude taken by the person that visited Cec and myself to 'tell' us what the plan was going to be for the Bass Strait Islands National Park. Laurie Ford  

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Baidarka Experience

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Personalised tours can be tailored to your interest, whether it be birds, wildlife or photography, to provide an idividual experience. Half day and full day kayaking tours are also available. Soup and home made fresh bread are provided.
Sea Kayak Tours of Port Arthur and Fortescue Bay Paddle along the spectacular coastline of the historic Tasman Peninsula. See the ruins of Port Arthur from the water, explore secluded bays and beaches and keep an eye out for sea eagles, seals and dolphins. Enjoy freshly baked bread and hot homemade soup on a beach of soft white sand. A half day trip enables you to also visit secretive Denmans Cove and Safety Cove. Trips are for one or two people only, groups of friends, or family, so we can arrange the itinerary to suit you. No experience is necessary to paddle the stable double sea kayaks. We supply comfortable warm drysuits, safety gear and instruction. Bring thermal underwear or a light woollen sweater, comfortable soft footwear, hat, sunglasses and sun cream and a change of clothes on shore. More experienced kayakers may paddle from Fortescue Bay to the spectacular Lanterns at Cape Hauy.

Camping Ground

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is a secluded bay in the beautiful Tasman National Park. Explore the spectacular cliff-edged coastal scenery and bushwalks of the area, fish, boat and snorkel in the calm waters. Drive nearby to pristine silver beaches pounded by wild surf, more wonderful coastal walks and fascinating convict ruins. The camping area has been developed mainly for tent camping but with provision for a small number of campervans. There are clean toilets, fresh cold water and fireplaces with firewood supplied. Visitors should bring all provisions as there are no shops or power in the area. Good restaurants, bakeries and shops are a short drive away.

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CAMPING AREA A white sandy beach, tall forest, deep blue water, sheer cliffs, towering rock formations. Swimming, fishing, boating and coastal bushwalks. Set in the Abel Tasman Forest Reserve, on the Tasman Peninsula, Fortescue Bay's great natural attractions make it very popular, so camping ground bookings are essential in summer and at Easter.

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THE TASMAN TRAIL A cliff-top bushwalk along and above some of the most breathtaking coastline in Tasmania. Walk a single section in a few hours, or tackle the lot over two days. Start from the Devils Kitchen at Pirates Bay, walk to or past Waterfall Bay. Camp overnight at Bivouac Bay then on to Fortescue Bay. Here, switch to a day pack for the hour walk to Cape Hauy and back. Great in both summer and winter; but during winter Tasmania's high country walks can be difficult and sometimes hazardous.

The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker
Nov 2000

The giant kelp forest Macrocystis pyrifera in Fortescue Bay, south east Tasmania, is the inspiration and setting for this exhibition by well known collage artist and book illustrator Jeannie Baker. The exhibition is made up of collage constructions whic

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Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula 4WD Day TourWe drive to Port Arthur via some forestry roads, have morning tea and then explore the history of the picturesque ruins and old restored cottages at this once grim penal settlement. After lunch we head to peaceful Fortescue Bay for a walk in the sand, or just rest and enjoy the beauty of this isolated area. Discover Tasmania's unique wildlife and walk among the friendly wallabies and kangaroos at the Tasmanian Devil Park. See orphaned and injured animals nursed back to health at the State's only wildlife rescue centre. Marvel at the extraordinary coastal formations - the Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and Blowhole - at beautiful Eaglehawk Neck.



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Marion Bay Whale Stranding - Preliminary Summary
SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

The Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to thank all those people who have kindly volunteered their time to assist in the rescue effort. Their efforts have resulted in many whales being saved.
Evening light aircraft flight from Grindstone Point to Fortescue Bay including Maria Island done. Confirmed 3, possibly 4 live whales in Blackman Bay.

MONDAY 19TH OCTOBER

Light aircraft flight done of area - Grindstone Point to Fortescue Bay. No new strandings sighted.

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

0600 hrs. light aircraft flight done, no new stranded whales sighted, from Fortescue Bay to Grindstone Point and all Maria Island.
Continued with burial of whales at Rheben and Marion Bay. Burial completed by 1200 hrs.

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

0840 hrs. One whale sighted 40 metres offshore in shallow waters at Marion Bay main beach.
1200 hrs. Light aircraft flight of area from Grindstone Point to
Fortescue Bay including Maria Island - no new strandings. Only the one whale in shallow water at Marion Bay Beach.

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Another important lesson learnt is that all ariel surveys must be done of a large coastal area. Unfortunately, the first flight of this stranding (0600 hrs. Sunday 18th October) only covered the immediate area around Marion Bay. If it had gone from Grindstone Point to Fortescue Bay, we would have identified the stranded whales at Rheben. With the deployment of people and vessels earlier we may have saved more whales at the Rheben site. It has been reported that if we had more vessels at Rheben on Sunday the whales would not have re-stranded as many times.

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