Tasmania East Coast Beaches Walking Tour, 4 Days

From: AUD2150 - AU$2300

per person (Based on twin share)



$2,150 - 1/10/13 - 24/12/13
$2,300 - 25/12/13 - 31/03/14
$2,150 - 1/4/14 - 1/05/14

Transfers Accomodation Meals
Non-alcoholic beverages Qualified guides

Mount William National Park, East Coast, Tasmania
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Tasmania East Coast Beaches Walking Tour, 4 Days

Arrival : Daily until May 1 – Quamby Estate 8.20am, Launceston 7.50am (Peppers Seaport Hotel)

Departure : Peppers Seaport Hotel 5.30pm, Launceston Airport 6.00pm, Quamby Estate 6.30pm

 

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.

Highlights & Inclusions:Aerial view of the Bay of Fires lodge

  • Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base

  • 1 night at Forester Beach Camp

  • 2 nights at Bay of Fires Lodge twin share

  • Meals and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Limited selection of Tasmanian wines

  • National Park pass

  • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk

  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk

  • Optional kayaking day


Day 1 - Launceston to Mt William National Park

Bay of Fires Walk guests meet at Quamby Estate at 8.20am. (Launceston pick-up is 7.50am at Peppers Seaport Hotel). 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 artifacts 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 shale location.

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

 

Day 2 - Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline

Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we walk south, absorbing the magnificent coastline colors and the solitude. Walking along ridge lines 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 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. 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 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 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 fishing, snorkeling 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 4 - Return to Launceston rejuvenated

Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, allowing time for a morning swim or walk we depart the lodge walking through eucalyptus 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 Peppers Seaport 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

PricesWalkers on the Bay of Fires coastlines

Regular Accommodation (per person, twin share)

1 October 13 - 24 December 13 : $2,150

25 December 13 - 31 March 14 : $2,300

1 April 14 - 1 May 14 : $2,150

What to bring

The items below will be packed into your 50 litre pack (provided) and carried by you. If followed correctly, the pack should weigh about 8.5kg and as little as 7.5kgs.

  • Lightweight lace-up walking boots or walking shoes with ankle support and treaded soles. Sandshoes, elastic sided boots, street shoes and similar are not acceptable.

  • Polar fleece jacket (preferred) or woolen jumper

  • Light jumper (warm)

  • Beanie

  • Shorts and/or light cotton trousers for walking

  • Polypropylene thermal underwear - long sleeved top and long johns. Essential in summer and winter.

  • Warm long pants - evening camp / lodge wear

  • Shirts / t-shirts - 3 recommended

  • Socks - 3 pairs recommended

  • Underwear

  • Lightweight footwear - suitable for lodge and kayaking

  • Sun hat and sunscreen

  • Towel or body chamois - light and quick to dry

  • Swimming costume

  • Water bottle - at least 1.5 liters


Tip: Layering of clothing has long been the basis for dressing in the outdoors and the gear list above follows this principle. When the temperature drops, we add another layer of insulation. If it rains, we add a rain shell on top; and when it’s warm and dry, we strip off layers.


Optional items you may wish to bring :

  • Camera, spare batteries (if digital)

  • Walking poles,

  • Insect repellent

  • Small torch

  • Binoculars (for wildlife spotting),

  • Drawing or painting equipment

  • Small mirror (especially if you wear contact lenses)

  • Short lightweight wetsuit or spring suit for swimming,

  • A compact light-weight day pack (should pack down to pocket size, available for purchase at our walking base)

Notes

  • Each trip requires a minimum of four and a maximum of ten guests on each departure. All accommodation is twin share. If the group is full, sharing is with another guest, however, we try to avoid this if possible.

  • As long as you regularly exercise, or are capable of walking between 9 - 14 kms for the first two days along beaches and rocky headlands, you will enjoy your walking holiday. There is plenty of time each day to sit and rest as well as explore If you have any concerns about fitness please call and speak to one of our staff members.