WHERE: LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
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.
Day One - Launceston to Mt William National Park
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 (lodge spa) 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
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 rejuvenated
Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, allowing time for a morning swim, walk or a final spa treatment 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