Waterfall Bay Walk

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Waterfall Bay walk, Fortescue Bay Tasman Peninsula, South East Coast Tasmania Australia with stunning coastline including some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia. Waterfall Bay offers a spectacular view across the cliff-lined bay to a waterfall which, after rain, plummets straight into the sea. Waterfall Bay bushwalk is close to the location of Eaglehawk Neck, a small town that sits on the very narrow isthmus that separates Tasman and Forestier peninsulas. In convict times it was blockaded by police, soldiers, and a line of chained savage dogs to prevent escape from the Port Arthur penal settlement. It is now known as a fishing spot, with a tuna-fishing fleet operating from Pirates Bay. For more intrepid walkers, you can do a 7-hour walk to Waterfall Bay walk from the Fortescue Bay campground, a very popular and spectacular campground in South-East Tasmania near Port Arthur. The more popular option is a 1.7km one way, 1-2 hour return (3.4km return) walk from Eaglehawk Neck. This is a relatively short and easy walk is considered relatively easy. However, please note there are hazardous cliffs, and caution is recommended - please supervise children closely. This is an exciting walk, and a great one for children new to walking that takes you right to the edge of cliffs, and offering stunning views to the sea and swirling sea below. Geology is to the fore in this part of Tasmania, with amazing formations, including arches worn through sedimentary layers as a result of constant wave action over millions of years. ​The Waterfall Bay walk ends at a high lookout with views across to a waterfall that drops over perpendicular cliffs to the sea. After heavy rain the falls provide a spectacular display - you can do this as a return walk or a one-way walk (car shuffle required) between Fortescue Bay and Eaglehawk Neck. ​The Tasman National Park is located in south-east Tasmania and is a 90-minute drive on sealed roads from Hobart via Sorell on the A3, and then the A9 (Arthur Highway) toward Port Arthur. The Waterfall Bay walk begins with a climb up the inland section of Waterfall Bay cliffs, and through dense Stringybark forest for approximately 15-20 minutes before reaching the Camp Falls picnic area. Take your camera; along the way, there are many opportunities to stop and soak in the spectacular views towards Tasman Arch and Eaglehawk Neck. From the Camp Falls, a short return side-track continues to the Waterfall Bluff and that looks back towards Eaglehawk Neck from a high vantage point. See also: Camping Lime Bay : Camping Shipsterns Bluff:


Dogs Allowed
Walk Length
4 kilometres
Walk Duration
4 hours
Walk Type
Gravel, Rock
National Park
Costs Apply?
Suit Children
Walk Difficulty
Region of Tasmania
South East
Start Of Walk
Eaglehawk Neck
Walker Registration Required
Mobile Phone Reception
Barbecue Facilities
Fresh Water
Camping Available
Camping Comments
Camping available at Fortescue Bay or Lime Bay


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