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Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, ex Launceston

The basic principles of sustainability - protecting the present for the future by maintaining bio-diversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting place - have been wholeheartedly embraced in the construction of the Bay of Fires Lodge and Forester Beach Camp. From the siting of the buildings and the form of their design to the selection of building materials and the management of the construction process, our single focus has been on protecting the landscape and connecting to it.

Using sustainable materials and employing non-polluting services such as roofwater collection, greywater treatment systems, composting toilets and energy-efficient solar power, the building was gently placed in the landscape to create minimal disturbance while maximising the visual connection with the surrounding vegetation and the ocean beyond. Without doubt, it's this connection with the unspoiled beauty of the environment, its flora and fauna, that creates the magical experience our guests enjoy at the Bay of Fires.

At the Bay of Fires Lodge, the only building in this near-unknown wilderness paradise, both solitude and comfort are guaranteed. Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by National Park, Bay of Fires Lodge is the only building on 20 km of outstanding coastal wilderness. Enjoying views up and down the pristine white sandy beaches in an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, a truly 'sustainable' building has been gently let into the landscape.

Two long timber and glass pavilions allow maximum connection to the landscape with minimum impact on the environment: all building materials - Tasmanian hardwood and plantation pine - were lifted in by helicopter or hand carried to the site, and the lodge is autonomous in providing and managing its existence.

Here you will experience true communion with nature in accommodation that combines simplicity of design with comfort and warmth. In the magnificent living area with its large timber deck and open fire, you'll enjoy delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce, accompanied by fine Tasmanian wines. Solar power provides lighting and hot showers while comfortable hotel beds (in private twin share bedrooms with views to the sea or the bush) add a touch of luxury at the end of each day's activities.

Nestled in a protected dune swale behind a glorious white sand beach, a separate camp, Forester Beach Camp, has been designed as a demountable seasonal structure. Twin share rooms with timber floors, canvas roofs and full kitchen facilities provide perfect seclusion in a setting of unspoiled beauty. Private wash areas and composting toilets provide comfort without harming the environment. We've obtained special permission to operate this camp within the National Park, so close to the beach and yet so private. Here, you can swim or snorkel in the shelter of a natural, rock-ringed 'harbour', enjoy your meals on the outdoor decks or picnic on the beach under the biggest starry night skies.

Bay of Fires Trip Details
Day 1 - Launceston to paradise
(Launceston - Mt William National Park via Scottsdale)

You will be met at The Sebel Hotel in Launceston at 7.45am and transferred to the walk base at Quamby Estate. Here you will meet your guides who will provide a briefing on the walk, check your gear and assist with preparing your pack, before departing at 9.00am for Mt. William National Park.

The drive from the walking base, Quamby Estate, winds through the scenic and rich pastoral landscapes of Scottsdale and the tin mining town of Derby to the northern end of Mt William National Park. Here the walk begins at Boulder Point with views north to the Bass Strait Islands, stepping stones remaining of the land bridge that once connected Tasmania to the mainland. Secluded beaches tucked between sand dunes and off-shore rocks are separated by rocky headlands - the perfect place for shells, birds' nests and relaxed lunches. Day 1 walk is approximately 9km, 4 hours. The night is spent at Forester Beach Camp.

Day 2 - Whitest sand, bluest water and reddest rocks
(Forrester Beach Camp Eddystone Point and Bay of Fires Lodge)

Travelling south you will be amazed at Tasmania's magnificent coastline of colour and solitude. Elevated views of the park and out to sea are enjoyed from the ridgeline of sand dunes and prime heathlands. We take time to explore the marsupial lawns behind the dunes, a great site to identify prints and scats of the local wildlife. Lunch is at historic Eddystone Point Lighthouse and in the afternoon you'll enjoy the seclusion of superb beaches and coves along the coastline before arriving at the sanctuary of the Bay of Fires Lodge. Day 2 walk is approximately 14 km, 7 hours.

Day 3 - Wildlife or relaxed life
(Kayaking and enjoying the area...)

Based at the lodge, the day is yours to relax or set off on yet another adventure paddling the tranquil waters of Ansons River. Discover the delicate ecology of this river system as it winds its way to the mouth of Ansons Bay; a haven for water birds and eagle rays. After lunch we leave the kayaks behind and stroll back to the lodge along the Abottsbury Peninsula. Your 3rd night's accommodation is again at the Bay of Fires Lodge.

Day 4 - The revitalised return...
Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, allowing time for a morning swim or walk 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.

Included in your Bay of Fires Walk
• Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base
• 1 Night at Forester Beach Camp (twin share)
• 2 Nights at Bay of Fires Lodge (twin share)
• All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
• A 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

Additional Touring Information
Grading - moderate
Minimum participants 4 - maximum 10
Daily departures between 1 October - 01 May ex Launceston
Duration 4 days
Departs Launceston 7:45am - returns 6:30pm
Guests meeting at Quamby need to be there by 7.20am
Tour not suitable for children under 12 years of age

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Fitness and Track Conditions
If you are healthy and participate in some form of physical activity on a regular basis, then you should enjoy a walking holiday. Needless to say the best preparation for walking is walking. If you follow the gear list provided on confirmation of booking then your pack weight can be as little as 7½kg. For the majority of the trip you'll be walking on beaches crossing coastal headlands, rocky outcrops and occasional coastal creeks ranging in depth. It is important that you have lightweight walking boots with treaded soles and ankle support.

Bay of Fires Lodge - Boutique Eco Spa
October 2013 sees the opening of the boutique eco spa for the Bay of Fires Lodge Walkers. The spa is located in an idyllic setting adjacent to the iconic Bay of Fires Lodge. The spa will offer breathtaking views with an outdoor deck and inside lounging spaces, extensive wellness and wilderness library, and a small spa boutique. The new Bay of Fires spa will offer guests a little indulgence upon arrival at the Lodge.

The Bay of Fires Lodge Spa is inspired by the revival of indigenous healing practices that has its' roots in the Australian Aboriginal Dreaming and harnesses the restorative, clarifying and invigorating properties of Australia's native botanicals through the use of skincare creator Li'Tya.

The combination of the pristine environment, a sensitive and sustainable spa space and the healing hands of the spa specialists, Bay of Fires Lodge Spa is a perfect destination to rest and relax after walking into the Lodge, and an opportunity to experience and embrace the complex simplicity of nature and the sense of well-being that follows.

The Bay of Fires Lodge is available during the off season (May to September each year) for accommodation (minimum 4/maximum 20 guests).

 

 


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