Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Highlights

  • An active, short break/holiday that includes a fantastic menu with fresh Tasmanian fish, meat, cheese, vegetables, fruits and Tasmanian wine and beer.
  • Inspiring twin-share accommodation in the environmentally considerate Forester Beach camp and the architecturally designed and award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
  • Experience the North East coast of Tasmania with knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides and a variety of activities.

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Discover the Bay of Fires from the comfort of your unique accommodations, including the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge. This unique trip encompasses a superb series of short walks along the edge of Mt. William National Park on Tasmania's pristine East Coast. It's an awe-inspiring Tasmanian escape as you traverse this wonderfully remote and dramatic landscape. Imagine days of exploring the deserted beaches, coves and sand dunes as well as the rich diversity of the nearby woodlands. During the walks you'll be greeted by many of the native birds including the endemic black cockatoo and may even spot whales or dolphins playing in the ocean nearby. The natural highlights experienced each day in this spectacular wilderness are superbly complimented each evening when you enjoy the solitude and comfort of your exclusive accommodation in the Forester Beach permanent camp and the luxurious Bay of Fires Lodge. A further highlight is dining on scrumptious meals created from fresh Tasmanian produce.

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Professional guides
  • 3 nights accommodation in bay of fires - twin share
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Limited selection of tasmanian wine
  • National park passes
  • Use of a backpack and gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk

Itinerary

Day 1 Launceston to Mt. William National Park
Meet at in Launceston (Sebel Hotel, St John St Launceston) at 7.50am, we are then transferred to Quamby Estate for gear check and introductions, we journey to Mt. William via a scenic route that includes the rich pastoral landscapes of Scottsdale and the tin-mining town of Derby. We reach the Northern part of the Mt. William National Park and begin walking at Boulder Point. Views to the North include the Bass Strait Islands (Flinders, Cape Barren, etc). Lunch is enjoyed on one of the many pristine beaches accompanied by native birds, interesting shells and marine artefacts. Many secluded beaches are tucked between sand-dunes and off-shore rocks and are separated by rocky headlands. The evening is spent at Forester Beach camp in twin-share, semi-permanent tents. Meals are usually spent relaxing on the deck and enjoying the surrounds of the dune swale location. (walk approx 9km; 4 hrs)
Day 2 Forester Beach camp Eddystone Point and Bay of Fires Lodge
Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we walk South, absorbing the magnificent coastline colours and the solitude. Walking along ridgelines of sand-dunes, one can enjoy views across heath lands and across the ocean to the East. Exploration of the marsupial lawns often reveals quiet native animals and the many tracks they leave behind. Lunch is at one of the sheltered coves along the way to Eddystone Point Lighthouse. The afternoon is spent in the seclusion of beaches and coves that lead gradually to afternoon tea at the Bay of Fires Lodge. The evening is spent relaxing at the majestic Bay of Fires Lodge, in twin share or double rooms. Meals are prepared by your lodge hosts and guides and accompanied by fine Tasmanian wine and beer. The library can be a source of reference material or just light reading as well as games for the evening. (approx 14 km; 7 hrs)
Day 3 Kayaking and enjoying the area
Based at the Lodge, the day is yours to decide how you would like to enjoy the area. Rise early and experience the many native birds accompanying the dawn, or, if you’re lucky, watch whales glide down the coast or dolphins surfing waves. You can sleep late and be woken by the aromas of a hot-cooked breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. During the day you can choose to kayak down the Anson’s River and experience the riparian ecology of this winding river. Cross the bird rich waters of Anson’s Bay and conclude with a stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula back to the lodge. Other options for this day include fishing, snorkelling in the marine nursery, exploring the nearby shell coves or generally enjoying the surroundings of the lodge. In the evening you can go for a walk, and depending on the weather, you may encounter wombats, wallabies, forester kangaroos, possums or even a Tasmanian devil. The night sky is an awesome spectacle from the pristine vantage point of the lodge and its surrounds. Your accommodation is again at the lodge.
Day 4 Short walk, trip concludes
Following a leisurely breakfast, allowing time for a morning swim or walk, we depart from the lodge. Walking through eucalypt forests and coastal heath land, many native birds can be seen and heard (including the endemic black cockatoo). After enjoying lunch, your return trip takes you through the Pipers Brook Wine Region, stopping at Dr Andrew Pirie's vineyard. We travel on to Launceston with the option of leaving at Peppers Seaport at 5.30pm. Launceston Airport at 6.00pm or Quamby Estate at 6.30pm. (walking approx 4kms, 1 hr)