Hiking the Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

May 04 2009

I have just returned from guiding a small group of clients through the Bay of Fires in Tasmania. Our principle destination was the wilderness paradise of the north-eastern coast, where we trekked alongside the Mt William National Park and into the spectacular Bay of Fires, over four days. Preceded by a luxurious overnight at the recently refurbished colonial Quamby Estate (just outside of Launceston), we were briefed, kitted up and driven to the starting point of our trek; the very top right hand corner of Tasmania. Heading south we covered between 9km and 11km on the first two days. Although that may not sound a lot to most active sorts, it is worth noting that this is primarily on sand, sometimes over boulders and through heath-land, and carrying a 10kg pack – not something one does every day. Saying this, if one is of reasonable fitness, the walk is broken into manageable segments and frequent stops are made for drinks, food and chocolate (and I seriously thought I would lose weight on this trip…).

We were blessed with magnificent autumnal weather, incredible clear skies, turquoise waters and bright rolling surf every day. The first night on the trail is spent at a semi-permanent eco-camp nestled behind sand dunes, just off the beach. While simple, it is effective and surprisingly comfortable. The second and third nights are at the Bay of Fires Lodge, an architecturally significant and awarded eco-lodge, inaccessible by road. The third day is spent kayaking through the peaceful Ansons River. Our young professional guides and lodge manager amazed us throughout, with their knowledge and commitment to the environment, and in the kitchens with enormous home-cooked meals, ranging from steaks, to fresh bread, home-cooked pies and desserts. Our nights dropped to near-freezing, however thermals are recommended whenever you travel, as is good quality sun protection to prevent glare from the beach. Packs and rain jackets are provided.

I then spent two days with Doris White (Virtuoso VAST Board Member) visiting Cradle Mountain and its surrounds. From here, we can arrange participation in the Overland Track – a fantastic hut-to-hut trek over six days, staying at private huts away from the public path, fully guided and catered, complete with heaters and bedding.

Walks run from October to May each year. For more information on either of these treks, please contact me.