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Bay of Fires Guided Walk Tasmania Australia

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Discover the breathtaking beaches along the east coast of Tasmania as you explore the Bay of Fires with us. Join a small group, led by well-informed guides, and traverse this wonderfully remote landscape. The Bay of Fires offers an awe-inspiring escape, teeming with unique flora and fauna. Over the course of four days, immerse yourself in one of the most pristine environments that Tasmania has to offer. Walk the soft sandy beaches, explore secluded coves, kayak the Ansons River and enjoy the uncomplicated luxury of our accommodation at the Forester Beach camp and award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge. At the end of your four-day walk, return inspired by our nature...

Itinerary

4 Day Bay of Fires Lodge Walk itinerary

At the edge of Mt William National Park, in Tasmania's north east, the magnificent wilderness coastline known as the Bay of Fires invites you to experience its dramatic landscape, ecology and wildlife over a 4 day guided trek. Your walk will be led by well-informed, enthusiastic guides. Small groups can explore both the fascinating beach environment and the rich diversity of the nearby woodlands. In the evenings enjoy the privacy & comfort of the Forester Beach Camp and the award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.

Day One - Launceston to Mt William National Park

Guests meet at Quamby Estate between 8.15 and 8.20am. Launceston pick-up is 7.50am at The Sebel Launceston. After a gear check and introductions we journey to Mt William National Park 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 in the company of native birds, interesting shells and marine artefacts on one of the many pristine beaches nestled into the coastline. 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.

Walking for the day is approx 9km; 4 hrs.
Overnight at Forester Beach Camp.

Day Two - Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline

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 heathlands 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 coves sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. The afternoon is enjoyed in the seclusion of beaches and coves that lead gradually to afternoon tea at the Bay of Fires Lodge. Once at the Lodge you may wish to indulge in one of our spa treatments - we suggest you pre book to avoid disappointment. 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.

Walking for the day is approx 14km; 7 hrs.
Overnight at Bay of Fires Lodge

Day Three - Kayaking and enjoying the area Kayaking down the Ansons River on day

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 Ansons River and experience the riparian ecology of this winding river. Cross the bird rich waters of Ansons Bay and conclude with a stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula back to the Lodge.

Other options for this day include enjoying a spa treatment, 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.

Overnight at Bay of Fires Lodge

 Day Four - Return to Launceston

Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, allowing time for a morning swim or walk we depart 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 picturesque Pipers Brook wine region stopping at Dr Andrew Pirie’s vineyard. You will then travel onto Launceston and have the option of leaving us at the Sebel Hotel around 5.30pm, Launceston Airport at 6pm and then returning to Quamby homestead at approximately 6.30pm. Walking for the day is approx 4km; 1 hr

Accommodation

Exclusive Accommodation

Our groups have exclusive use of the Forester Beach Camp and the award winning Bay of Fires Lodge. No need to sleep in tents with uncomfortable mattresses and sandy floors, our accommodation is an important aspect of the walk and we believe it should be enjoyed not endured!

Forester Beach Camp

Nestled in a protected dune swale behind a glorious white sand beach, Forester Beach Camp has been designed as a demountable seasonal structure. Twin-share rooms with timber floors, canvas rooves and full kitchen facilities provide perfect seclusion in a setting of unspoiled beauty. Private wash areas and composting toilets provide comfort without harming the environment. We've obtained special permission to operate this camp within the National Park, so close to the beach and yet so private. Here, you can swim or snorkel in the shelter of a natural, rock-ringed 'harbour', enjoy your meals on the outdoor decks or picnic on the beach under the biggest starry night skies.

The Bay of Fires Lodge

Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by National Park, the Bay of Fires Lodge is the only building on 20km of outstanding coastal wilderness. Enjoying views up and down the pristine white sandy beaches in an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, a truly ecologically-aware building has been gently let into the landscape. Two long timber and glass pavilions allow maximum connection to the landscape with minimum impact on the environment: all building materials - Tasmanian hardwood and plantation pine - were lifted in by helicopter or hand carried to the site. The lodge is autonomous in providing and managing its existence. Here you will experience true communion with nature in accommodation that combines simplicity of design with comfort and warmth. In the magnificent living area with its large timber deck and open fire, you'll enjoy delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce, accompanied by fine Tasmanian wines. Solar power provides the lighting, while hot showers and comfortable hotel beds add a touch of luxury at the end of each day's activities.

All accommodation at the Lodge is twin or double share, with king size mattresses.

There is a small library which is comfortable and cosy looking out over the ocean. This is a great place to sit back and relax or look through our selection of books and magazines.

Guides

Your Walking Tour Guides

Our Bay of Fires Lodge Walk guides are often thought of as our most outstanding asset. They are passionate, educated, great interpreters and cooks all rolled into one. Feedback regarding our guides is invariably positive. The guides will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the local area In the words of one traveller

"Our guides were exceptional - not only in their professionalism - but also in their ability to pass on their obvious passion and enthusiasm for their job and the area itself."

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