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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


Children riding bikes around Fortescue Bay campsite, Tasman National Park
Fortescue Bay campground, Tasman National Park (photograph: Chris Crerar)

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Closed area: All parks and reserves closed
From 26/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​​​Following advice from the Tasmania Department of Health and Tasmanian Government that our community should limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PWS has closed all national parks, reserves and campgrounds until further notice.

The PWS is calling on Tasmanians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home during this time. 

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use. This means that all short walks, day walks, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tours and camping are now closed to the public.  Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are closed until further notice.​

For more information on these closures please refer to the frequently asked questions.​


Planned event: Fortescue Bay and Lime Bay - Fuel reduction burns
From 30/3/2020, last reviewed 20/3/2020

​​A small strategic fuel reduction burns are planned for Fortescue Bay within the Tasman National Park and Lime Bay State Reserve between March 30th and April 9th 2020. 

Fortescue Bay Road, campgrounds, boat ramp and walking tracks will be closed during and after the burn until it is safe for the public to access. It is anticipated to be only closed for one day.

Coal Mine Road, campgrounds and walking tracks will be closed during and after the burn until it is safe for the public to access. It is anticipated to be closed for one to two days.

Parks and Wildlife Service ask that the public heed signage and directions by staff or traffic control contractors during the burning operations.

Please direct any enquiries to the Tasman Field Centre on 6250 3980.


Track closure: Tasman Arch & Devils Kitchen – Track Upgrade - 24 March to 15 April
From 17/3/2020, last reviewed 31/3/2020

​​​The PWS​ will be upgrading the walking track between Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen from 24th March - 15 April.

There will be periodic track closures on small sections of the track between these dates.  Work will be staged to ensure minimal disturbance to visitors and allow ongoing access to lookouts during this time. 

There may be some noise from the machinery and associated works during this time. ​


Safety alert: Tasman Blowhole -Toilet Upgrade 13-19 March
From 4/3/2020, last reviewed 4/3/2020

​​The PWS will be undertaking works to upgrade the toilet facilities at the Tasman Blowhole between 13 – 19 March. 
Works will involve helicopter operations and may result in increased noise and dust at the site. Some boat trailer car parks will be closed to ensure visitor safety during these works.

Portable toilets will be available to supplement current facilities throughout March. Access to the Tasman Blowhole, walking tracks, current facilities and boat ramp will not be significantly impacted.


A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks.
Tent    Caravan/Campervan   
Fees:
Per site
  • ​2 people (minimum fee) - $13.00
  • ​Each additional adult (18+) - $5.00
  • ​Each additional child (5-17 years, under 5 years no charge) - $2.50
  • ​Family (2 adults, 3 children) - $16.00
Bookings:

​Bookings are essential from the opening of the crayfish season at the beginning of November until Easter each year, and highly recommended at other times.

Contact the Fortescue Bay campground staff​ for bookings.

The site office may be unstaffed periodically during the day.  Opening hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm daily during Summer.

About

​​​​​Fortescue Bay campground is popular year round, and on arrival you’ll see why. This is a beautiful place to reconnect with nature. Here the towering forest meets the sea, wildlife abounds, and your biggest care will be choosing what to do. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, fish, rock climb, bushwalk, bird-watch ... or just lie on the wide, white sandy beach where the clouds drift overhead and the waves endlessly tumble to shore. 

During the day you’ll notice groups of walkers arriving off the Three Capes Track, for this marks the end of their 4-day journey. You can join part of their final day on the 4-hour return walk to Cape Hauy

In the other direction, there are shorter walks to Canoe Bay and Bivouac Bay, along the same track (Tasman Coastal Trail) that continues all the way to Devils Kitchen at Pirates Bay – a hefty 8 hours from Fortescue Bay. 

There are two campgrounds to choose from, Banksia and Mill Creek.

Tank water is provided at both campgrounds, however boiling for 3 minutes or sterilising is recommended. 

Campfires are permitted at both campgrounds within designated fireplaces except during seasonal fire restrictions. For this reason bring a fuel stove for cooking. Firewood may be purchased from the campground site office or you can bring your own.

Gas barbeques are available at the day use area shelter. 

The campground site office has basic supplies for sale, including firewood, ice, and some ​camping equipment. The nearest shop for groceries is at Nubeena, a 45-minute drive away. ​​

​Banksia Campground​

Pitch your tent beneath towering stringybarks, with the beach a few footsteps away.

Showers are available at this site and require a token to be purchased from the campground site office.

Fortescue - Banksia Campground Site Plan

​​Mill Creek Campground

This campground has larger sites, suitable for those with boats and/or campervans and motorhomes. Generators are permitted here, but must be switched off by 9pm. 

Fortescue - Mill Creek Campground Site Plan