Shag Bay Track

Geilston Bay, Clarence
Distance: 1.9km
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Getting There

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

A pleasant family walk that takes approximately 45 minutes return.

Cross the bridge over Faggs Creek and walk along the edge of Geilston Creek Road until you reach a map board sign. A well-graded gravel track follows the water before an intersection is reached with the takara limuna / Sheoak Walk. Continue to the right, gently climbing through the open grasslands dotted with occasional eucalypts until the track starts descending towards Shag Bay. Ignore the trails under the transmission lines heading up the hill.

There is a short but steep section into Shag Bay at the end. From the secluded bay there are views to the western shore and kunanyi / Mt Wellington. A rusty old boiler is all that remains of an early 20th century fertiliser plant and large wooden wharf at Shag Bay. In 1915 George Russell and his son were killed when the boiler exploded. The Royal Navy ship HMS Nelson was broken up in Shag Bay in the 1920s.

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. Please obey signs.

ActivitySuggested TimeDifficulty
WalkingUnder 2 hours
Mountain BikingUnder 2 hours🟢

Track Features

Walking with dogsOff lead areasToiletsParkingPicnic area

Dogs allowed under effective control on the track (Please obey signage. Effective control means your dog is in close proximity, in line of sight, immediately responds to your voice command. If not, leave your dog on lead.)


No Horses

Dogs not permitted in East Risdon Nature Reserve

Safety Precautions

CautionRoad crossing

The first section of the walk requires walking along the a section of roadway near the end of Sarean Court. There is a steep descent on the gravel track to Shag Bay at the end.

Plan your visit

Leave No Trace is an internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places we visit. Respect wildlife, be considerate with others, dispose your waste properly.

Be prepared for the walk. Plan your trip ahead, bring enough water, check the alerts, and make sure you are comfortable with the difficulty rating.

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Track contacts

Clarence City Council

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.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

If you have any questions, feedback or updates regarding this track please contact the track manager at the Parks and Wildlife Service by phone on 1300 135 513 or online. For urgent communications please contact us by phone.