At the edge of Mt. William National Park in north-east Tasmania, the magnificent wilderness coastline known as the Bay of Fires provides a dramatic landscape, ecology and wildlife. Departing daily from October to May, the walk is a 4 day/3 night experience, led by well-informed guides, small groups of no more than 10 walkers can explore both the fascinating beach environment and the rich diversity of the nearby woodlands.
This pristine coastal stretch of azure water and rocky headlands, with boulders dotted offshore, appears as if untouched for thousands of years and offers a beautifully remote landscape with something for everyone to discover.
The first night’s accommodation is spent at Forester Beach Camp, a private haven nestled in a protected dune swale behind a stretch of superb white-sand beach. Located within the National Park, the camp features twin-share rooms with timber floors, canvas roofs and full kitchen facilitates.
The second and third nights’ accommodation are at the multi-award winning Bay of Fires Lodge. Set 40m above the beach, this ecologically aware building is a stunning architectural feat comprised of two long timber and glass pavilions, and an open living area complete with fireplace and private twin-share bedrooms.
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Launceston to Mt William National ParkApproximately 4 hours walking It’s time to get your walking boots sandy. Our beach stroll this morning begins at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park. In clear conditions, the Bass Strait islands of Flinders and Cape Barren are visible to the north. We’ll nestle into a protected beach along the coastline for lunch, enjoying the company of native birds, rare shells and marine artefacts. From day one your guides will begin unravelling the Bay of Fires tales; its early inhabitants, visiting explorers and how it came to bear its fiery name. After about four hours walking, we’ll arrive at the Forester Beach Camp, tucked away in secluded dunes. These semi-permanent tents are our home for the night. Relax on the deck with a local wine, take a dip or explore the dune swale location while your guides prepare delicious Tasmanian fare.
Kayaking and enjoying the areaApproximately 6 hours kayaking/walking Today choose your own adventure. Rise early to the native birds accompanying the dawn, waking to the aroma of a hot-cooked breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. If it's a sunny morning, breakfast on the deck can reward you with whale spotting and dolphins surfing the waves. Later in the morning, choose to kayak down Ansons River and experience the riparian ecology of this winding waterway. 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 today include a spa treatment, fishing, snorkelling in the marine nursery, exploring shell coves or enjoying the lodge surrounds. After dinner is when the native wildlife wander out – keep an eye out for wombats, wallabies, Forester kangaroos, possums or even a Tasmanian devil. Don’t forget to look up! The night sky from this pristine coastline is an awesome spectacle.
Return to Launceston rejuvenatedApproximately 1 hour walking Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, there’s plenty of time for a morning swim or final spa treatment before we depart the lodge. Unlike our other walking, today we venture through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. We’ll enjoy a forest lunch to the sound of native birds, including the endemic green rosella. Upon our return to Entally Lodge there will be time to raise a glass to the four wonderful days spent together.
- Return transfers between Launceston and the start & finish of the walk
- Accommodation (twin share) at the Forester Beach Camp (Night 1) and Bay of Fires Lodge (Night 2 and 3)
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a selection of Tasmanian wines and beer
- National Park passes
- Kayaking on the Ansons River on Day 3
- Use of a backpack and rain jacket for the duration of the walk
- Access to the exclusive Bay of Fires Lodge Wellness Spa (Night 2 and 3)
- Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at the Beach Camp
- Linen at the lodge
- Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk and a host at the lodge