Bush Walking/ Hiking – Canoe Bay/ Bivouac Bay

Today I trudged to Bivouac Bay, on the Tasman Peninsula. I heard a rumour that the wreck of the William Pitt at Canoe Bay (on the route to Bivouac Bay) was in fact filled with pirate treasure, and could not resist the lure of sunken treasure.

Tasmania is renowned as the Treasure Island, after all.

(thanks, of course, to Robert Louis Stevenson, and his estate…)

How do you get to Bivouac Bay?

I asked myself this same question earlier. Luckily, I figured it out. You don’t have to; I’ll spell it out for you.

Get yourself to Fortescue Bay, park your car, walk roughly north. (Walk to the beach and turn left, for the geographically-challenged among you).


I’ve discussed Fortescue Bay before, and the entry requirements.



Thanks again to Google Maps, they will show you the easiest route.

Follow the beach until you find the walking track and follow it.

Yes, it’s that simple.


The track is easy to follow, although it is a little overgrown in some places. It’s not a well-worked track like the Three Capes highways. The usual tree roots, rock and other bits & pieces will try to trip you up as you go.

Cape Hauy can be seen in the background

About 2.5km in, you will see a fork in the trail.

Wander down the right-hand side for an up-close view of the sunken pirate ship.

I was ready to jump in the water to retrieve the pirate treasure, when before I knew it, the guardian seagull appeared. I was put off by its steely resolve and burning gaze. So, I thought it best to continue my walk; and look to retrieve the treasure another day.

Seagull… looks really fierce.

To continue to Bivouac Bay, take the left-hand trail.

Canoe Bay is quite picturesque.

You have to cross the suspension bridge, and of course there are questions to answer from the keeper of the Bridge of Death.

KEEPER: What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

KING ARTHUR: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

(Thanks, Monty Python…).


Ahead after you pass the test is a hill, which covers the whole bit between Canoe Bay and Bivouac Bay. It’s not overly steep (about 100m ascent), but it does go for about a kilometre. Which means, it’s another kilometre to climb and descend back…

Once you get to Bivouac Bay, there is a bivouac (camp site) and a bay.

No surprises there…

Turn around and walk back; or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can continue to walk to Waterfall Bay (which is a bit of trek…).

On the way back, I had a chat to this Ent, who was quite friendly. He didn’t say a lot, but he seemed friendly.

(Ents, for those who are yet to read or see Lord of the Rings, are active, talking trees).

Fortescue Bay

My Endomondo tracker thingy says I walked 11km. It took me three and a half hours, but that included stopping for loads of pictures, talking with Ents, passing tests at the Bridge of Death and staring at the seagull.

Thanks for reading!



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