Shag Bay Track Geilston Bay, Clarence

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Issued 4.10pm, Sun 22 May 2022
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A well-graded gravel track with panoramic views of the Derwent River. Approximately 45 min return walk. There is a short but steep section into Shag Bay at the end. A rusty old boiler is all that remains of an early 20th century fertiliser plant and large wooden wharf at Shag Bay. Two men were killed when the boiler exploded. The area is rich in Aboriginal middens as it was one of the shortest crossing distances over the Derwent River. The last part of the walk is located in the East Risdon Nature Reserve and dogs are not permitted.

User groups Suggested time Difficulty
Walking Under 2 hours
Mountain bike riding Under 2 hours


Dogs allowed off lead

Dogs allowed off lead.


Toilets  Parking  Picnic 


No horses

Safety precautions


Steep descent on the gravel track to Shag Bay at the end.


  • Shag Bay Track - bridge at start
  • Shag Bay Track - dog walking
  • Shag Bay Track - view
  • Shag Bay Track 4
  • Shag Bay Track 5
  • Shag Bay Track 6
  • Shag Bay Track 7
  • Shag Bay Track 8
  • Shag Bay Track 9


Getting there

Start from carpark at Debomfords Lane off the East Derwent Highway in Geilston Bay.

This track is managed by Clarence City Council

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If you have any questions, feedback or updates regarding this track please contact the track manager at the Clarence City Council by phone on 03 6217 9500 or by email to For urgent communications please contact us by phone.