Blue Tier & Bay of Fires walking tour, 5 days

  • Binnalong Bay of Fires, Tasmania Binnalong Bay of Fires, Tasmania
  • Bay of Fires Bay of Fires
  • Halls Falls, Blue Tier 1 Halls Falls, Blue Tier 1
  • Bay of Fires Beach, Tasmania 2 Bay of Fires Beach, Tasmania 2
  • Freycinet National Park, Tasmania Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

From: AUD1895

day expedition
(NZD2250 - USD1429 - CAD1899 - EUR1340 - GBP1130)


  • Explore the historic tin mining region of Tasmania's north east
  • Undertake numerous day walks to the Blue Tier's waterfalls, rainforests & peaks
  • Enjoy coastal walks along the famous Bay of Fires beaches


Grading:Introductory to Moderate

2 Professional wilderness guides4 nights accommodation (2-3 share)4 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 4 dinners
Transport by private minibusNational Park feesGaiters (knee high)
Emergency communications & group first aid kit

Launceston, Tasmania
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This spectacular five day tour combines the rare and varied beauty of Tasmania’s northeast. The Blue Tier is a mountain plateau that once swarmed with tin miners. Their old pack trails wind through remnant and regenerated rainforest passing by rusted relics of the past.
The Bay of Fires beaches are some of the most pristine in the world with their white sands contrasting with the pink granite rocks and aquamarine waters of the Tasman Sea. Beginning in Launceston we drive northeast to discover this magnificent region. Five days allows us to encompass a variety of terrain and attractions, which are covered in easy and moderate day walks. It allows us time to appreciate places such as Mt William National Park, Ralph Falls, St Columba Falls and the Eddystone Point Lighthouse while also visiting some local treats along the way. Our experienced guides will bring the area alive with their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian Wilderness.



Itinerary


Day 1:Launceston to Derby then on to Mt William National Park
This trip starts at the Tasmanian Expeditions briefing rooms at 3/33 Churchill Park Drive, Invermay. Please make your way there for 7.30am
Your guides will present a general overview of the trip, conduct a gear check and provide you with the opportunity to hire/borrow any equipment/clothing that you may need. After our briefing we drive approximately 90 minutes north east of Launceston to the Derby Tin Centre (www.trailofthetindragon.com) where we discover the story of how this small township was once the world’s largest exporter of tin ore.
After lunch we drive through Gladstone to Blue Lake, and then on to the national park to climb Mt William. From here we can take in our first views of the glorious coastline and hinterlands of the region.
We will return to our bus and drive to Icena Farm, our accommodation on the edge of the Mt William National Park. After dinner we will drive along Forester Drive looking for native animals including the large Forester Kangaroo and hopefully some wombats.
Walking Distance: up to 4 Kms
Walking Time: 3 Hours

Day 2:Bay of Fires beach walk and Eddystone Point Lighthouse
After a hearty breakfast we head off to the start of our coastal walk at Stumpys Bay in the south of the park. Here we can set a leisurely pace whilst walking along one of the most pristine and stunning beaches on the Bay of Fires coast. We explore white sands and secretive rock pools amongst the famous granite rocks covered in red lichen, following the sparking turquoise waters to Tasmanias eastern most shoreline at Eddystone Point Lighthouse.
After exploring the point and the lighthouse we then drive back to our accommodation at Icena Farm to relax while your guides prepare a delicious evening meal for you.
Walking Distance: up to 13 Kms
Walking Time: up to 8 Hours

Day 3:Bay of Fires beach walk to Binalong Bay
Today we set out to explore another section of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area by walking from Policeman’s Point to The Gardens.
We spend the whole day exploring pristine white sandy beaches, rock pools and ancient aboriginal middens (shell & bone deposits) under the watchful gaze of various sea birds usually circling overhead.
Along the way we will stop for lunch and lookout for passing whales and dolphins sometimes spotted on the horizon.
When our walking is complete, we will can enjoy a hot drink at the beach side town of Binalong Bay before being driven the short distance to our accommodation at St Helens to enjoy a well earned dinner prepared by your guides.
Walking Distance: up to 11 Kms
Walking Time: up to 7 Hours

Day 4:Explore the Blue Tier Nature Reserve
Today we drive up to the Blue Tier Nature Reserve and enjoy following the footsteps of the early tin miners. The location where we start our walks, was once a thriving mining town called Poimena. Now deserted, this reserve becomes our base for today, from which we can enjoy a selection of the following walks:
Moon Rim Walk: This 1.5 hour circuit walk takes us to the summit of Mt Poimena providing great views to the east coast, St. Helens and the Furneaux Island Group.
Australia Hill Circuit Walk: This 2 hour walk has great aboriginal significance and fantastic views back to Ben Lomond and surrounding mountains. Tin mining relics & abandoned machinery are evident.
Weldborough Creek Walk: A 3 hour walk through regenerating rainforests that displays remnants of the regions tin mining history.
If time permits, we will stop by the historic Pyengana Cheese Factory and enjoy a cheese tasting and cup of coffee before making our way to the Weldborough Hotel where our host will prepare a country meal for us to enjoy.
Walking Distance: up to 13 Kms
Walking Time: up to 8 Hours

Day 5:Explore waterfalls , the Rattler Range and Myrtle forests
Today we explore numerous waterfalls as we make our way from the Blue Tier back to Launceston.
We start with Halls Falls and its towering Eucalyptus Trees (E.Regnans and E.Obliqua). The next waterfall site we visit is the spectacular St Columba Falls which is one of Tasmania’s highest falls, plunging 90 metres from the Rattler Range. After taking in the area's amazing Tree Ferns, Sassafras and moss covered Myrtle’s, we drive up onto the Rattler Range where the button grass plains open up revealing spectacular views of Mt Alfred and Mt Victoria.
After a picnic lunch we walk to our last waterfall for the day. Ralph Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Australia. We continue on a loop walk taking in the valley views from Cash’s lookout. After our walk we make our way to Ringarooma and then to Ledgerwood where we will have a break before heading back to Launceston where you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approximately 4pm.
Walking Distance: up to 5 Kms
Walking Time: 3 Hours