Bay of Fires Lodge, Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires Lodge precinct within Tasmania’s Mount William National Park is a haven for some of Australia’s most unique flora and fauna. 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. 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.
Bay of Fires Lodge – Tasmania
At the stunning 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' up market designer 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 Bay of Fires Lodge is autonomous in providing and managing its existence.
Here you will experience true communion with nature in accommodation that combines space, style and 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. Tea and coffee along with gourmet treats are available for you to sample at your leisure. Solar power provides lighting and hot showers while comfortable hotel beds (in private king/twin share bedrooms with views to the sea or the bush) add a touch of luxury at the end of each day's activities.
Using sustainable materials and employing non-polluting services such as roof water collection, grey water treatment systems, composting toilets and energy-efficient solar power, the Bay of Fires Lodge 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 Lodge.
Since it opened in 2000, Bay of Fires Lodge has only been accessible to guests on the 4-day Bay of Fires Walk which operates October- May each year. In 2009 the Lodge was made available for accommodation bookings during the walking off-season period and due to the excellent feedback from those who stayed with us, we have decided to continue the offer for private guests.
Stay at Bay of Fires Lodge
Bay of Fires Lodge Includes:
Transfers to Bay of Fires Lodge must be pre booked and purchased
Minimum stay requirement: All bookings must have a minimum stay of two consecutive nights.
Minimum group size: All bookings must have a minimum of ten people. Maximum occupancy at the Lodge is twenty people.
Activities whilst at Bay of Fires Lodge
Along the granite white sand beaches huge Aboriginal middens of discarded shells are a reminder of the days when people would migrate to the coast in winter to forage for shellfish, mutton birds and seals. 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.
Nature Walks -There are many walking options from the Bay of Fires Lodge: Meander down the white granite sands and dunes of the Abbotsbury Peninsula, keeping an eye out for dolphins and whales as you go (8km return); Take a short trip over to Baileys Rock and watch the gannets and terns diving into the azure waters of the Bay of Fires, then return via the coastal heath and woodlands (3km round trip); Trek up to Eddystone Point Lighthouse and fossick among the hidden shell coves on your return (12km return); or wander inland through the peppermint forests, taking in the picturesque white gums and grass trees as you go (7km round trip). A variety of birdlife, wallabies, wombats, echidnas and lizards are often encountered along the way.
River Kayaking - Discover the delicate ecology of the Ansons River as it winds its way to the mouth of Ansons Bay, a haven for water birds and eagle rays. This kayaking experience begins with a 3km walk through peppermint forest to meet the transfer vehicle to the Ansons River. The river is tranquil and protected allowing you the opportunity to observe the woodland and water birds in their natural environment. The river opens up to Ansons Bay where eagles soar overhead and pelicans, swans, cormorants and terns glide across the surface. The bay is sheltered by a sand spit which covers the estuary. Stop here for a picnic lunch before embarking on the 4km stroll along Abbotsbury Peninsula back to the Lodge.
Beach Activities - Try your hand at beach fishing, snorkelling or body surfing. Have a friendly game of boule, cricket, soccer or volleyball. Go beachcombing in search of sharks egg cases, paper nautilus, whale bones, shells and who knows what other treasures you may find in this little-visited part of the world.
Bird Watching - The Bay of Fires Lodge is in an ideal location for twitchers due to its close access to several distinct bird habitats: wetlands, shoreline, woodlands, coastal heath and ocean going. Over 50 species can be spotted within the Lodges immediate vicinity including the Tasmanian Thornbill and the Yellow Wattlebird, both endemic to Tasmania. Bird atlasing is a great activity and the resulting information can be forwarded to Birds Australia as part of their ongoing bird monitoring program.