Day 1: Launceston
Arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 2: Tasmania
Day 1: Launceston to Mt William National Park
Approximately 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.
There will be a complimentary shuttle departing from The Sebel at 7:50am sharp. This allows about 45 minutes for introductions and a gear check at our walking base at Quamby Estate, before departing for Mt William National Park at 9.00am. Please ensure your guests have had breakfast prior to joining us.
Alternatively, if your guests have their own transport or have arranged to stay at Quamby Homestead, they can meet at our office at Quamby Estate, Hagley at 8:20am on the morning of departure.
The walk will return to Launceston at approximately 5:30pm on the last day, with a drop-off at The Sebel, followed by an airport drop-off at 6.00pm. The bus will return to Quamby at 6.30pm, for those staying at Quamby Homestead.
Fitness & track conditions
If you are healthy and participate in some form of physical activity on a regular basis, then you should enjoy our walking holiday. Needless to say, the best preparation for walking is walking. Pack weight is usually between 8.5-9.5kg. If you pack according to the gear list it may be as little as 7.5kg (a light, manageable pack weight for people of a fitness level as described).
The majority of the trip consists of beach walking. You will also cross coastal headlands, rocky outcroppings and occasional coastal creeks, which range in depth. It is important that you have walking boots or shoes, with treaded soles and ankle support.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk guests meet at Quamby Estate between 8.15 and 8.20am. Launceston pick-up is 7.50am at The Sebel Launceston and Entally Lodge Hadspen at 8.00am.
Taking time for a brief gear check, we then board our bus and travel to Mt William National Park via a scenic route that includes the rich pastoral landscapes of Scottsdale and the tin-mining town of Derby.
Essential Gear Checklist
The gear list outlines the essentials required for your guest to enjoy your walk in comfort and safety. The items below will be packed into a 50-litre pack (provided) if guests adhere to the gear list, the pack should weigh about 7.5kg-9kg.
Please note that guides will do a thorough gear check prior to departure. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list, please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.
Any luggage not required on your walk can be stored at our walking base at Quamby Estate. It will be returned to you on the last day of the walk, before arriving in Launceston
- Lace-up walking boots or walking shoes with good support and strong, treaded soles. Ankle support is recommended. Sandshoes, elastic sided boots, street shoes and similar are not acceptable.
- Polar fleece (preferred) or woollen jumper
- Light jumper/long-sleeved top (warm)
- Shorts and/or light trousers for walking
- Polypropylene or merino thermal underwear – both long-sleeved top and long johns (essential summer and winter).
- Warm long pants (evening camp/lodge wear)
- Shirts/t-shirts (3 recommended)
- Socks (3 pairs recommended)
- Lightweight footwear (thongs/sports sandals – suitable for camp/lodge and kayaking use)
- Sun hat and sun screen (small bottle for use during the day)
- Travel towel, body chamois or sarong (body-sized, for swimming and/or showering at camp)
- Bathers/swimming costume
- Water bottle(s) (minimum 1.5 litres total capacity)
- Camera (with spare batteries or charger – limited charging capacity at the Lodge only)
- Small mirror if you wear contact lenses
- Drawing or painting supplies
- Notebook and pen/pencil
- Short, light-weight wetsuit or spring suit (for swimming)
Day 3: Bay of Fires
Day 2: Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline
Approximately 7 hours walking
Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we walk south, absorbing the coastline’s bold colours and solitude. Along the ridgelines of sand dunes, views extend across heathlands and out to the ocean. We’ll visit marsupial lawns, often encountering quiet native animals and the tracks they leave at nightfall.
Our lunch spot today is a beach sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. We’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story before we trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the celebrated Bay of Fires Lodge.
Afternoon tea will be waiting, along with spa treatments for those who want to indulge. Pre-bookings are best if you’re keen to sink into the outdoor tub or settle in for a luxurious few hours at the spa.
Come evening, venture into the library, cast a line off the beach or have your hosts deliver a cold drop while you dip toes into a foot spa on the back deck. Dinner is a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.
Day 4: Bay of Fires
Day 3: Kayaking and enjoying the area
Approximately 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 also. The night sky from this pristine coastline is an awesome spectacle.
Activities and Services
Day 5: Launceston
Day 4: Return to Launceston rejuvenated
Approximately 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 Launceston there will be time to raise a glass to the four wonderful days spent together.
Day 6: End of Itinerary
Transfer to Launceston Airrport