Camping Fortescue Bay, a sheltered Bay, featuring a beautiful white sandy beach that is set against forested hills and located app. 20 kilometres from the tourist and holiday historic town of Port Arthur. Access is via 12 kilometres of gravel road and is a popular destination for bushwalking, boating, kayaking, diving, mountain biking, bird watching, swimming and camping. The campground at Fortescue Bay can be accessed by car, however, please note the gravel road leading to the campground is unsealed and can be very rough at times, especially after heavy rain. There are 2 different camping areas at Fortescue Bay and around 45 campsites in total. Bookings are required to camp at Fortescue Bay, at Mill Creek and Banksia campgrounds. These campgrounds at Fortescue Bay are also suitable for campervan, camper trailers and caravans as well as tent-based camping. The campsite features a shower block, toilets and barbecues. There is a boat ramp at Fortescue Bay. Fireplaces are provided. Wood is available for purchase and wood will not be removed from trees under any circumstances. There is a rubbish collection area at Fortescue Bay; all rubbish should be placed in the rubbish facility in the day-use area where it will be removed by the local council. There is a single hot shower provided at the Banksia campground, but please note it is often closed during dry summers due to water restrictions. There is a token operated timer; tokens can be purchased from the campground caretakers with a $2 token allowing a 4-minute shower. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, however, please do not feed native animals. Fortescue Bay has water taps in the Banksia and Mill Creek campgrounds and the day-use area that is popular for picnics. Water is from a local creek and is untreated, meaning it must be boiled for at least 3 minutes or sterilised via other means before drinking. Bookings for the Fortescue Bay campground are essential from the opening of the crayfish season at the beginning of November, until Easter each year. Banksia campground is made up of 24 shaded sites situated directly behind the beautiful Fortescue Bay Beach, with this area predominantly for tent based family camping. The Mill Creek campground (sites 30 to 51) are all vehicle access sites for campervans, caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes. Please note all visitors are required to have a valid Tasmanian National Parks Pass displayed on their vehicle – passes are available for purchase at the Fortescue Bay office. Please call or email for any enquiries, office hours are from 0900 – 1500 from Tuesday to Sunday (November – April inclusive), and 0900 – 1500 Wednesday to Sunday (May-October inclusive).
Costs to camp at Fortescue Bay campground are $13 per night for 2 adults per campsite, $5 per extra adult and $2.50 for children aged 5-17. Bookings are essential during summer, long weekends, Easter and school holidays. See also: Waterfall Bay Walk: