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Tasmania Journey

Tasmania Journey
including Bay of Fires Walk

9 Day Escorted Small Group
17-25 October 2021

Overview

Join this Tasmania Journey small group, and discover some of the finest sites and attractions in Tasmania. Start in Launceston, guests will then explore the UNESCO World Heritage area of Cradle Mountain National Park, visit Marakoopa Caves and the Cataract Gorge. We then depart on a 3 night Bay of Fires walking safari before visiting Freycinet Peninsular and Wineglass Bay.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Launceston (17 October 2021)
Welcome to Tasmania! Meet your guide at Launceston airport around lunchtime.

Commence your journey with a scenic drive into the World Heritage area of the Cradle Mountain National Park. After settling into your accommodation, unwind and listen to the sounds of the nature before your guide invites you to get close to our iconic animal, The Tasmanian Devil’. Visit a local sanctuary, where you learn everything about this quirky animal, see them in their natural habitat and even help feeding them. Conclude the day with an exquisite dinner at your accommodation (own expense)

Activities/ Inclusions: Devils@Cradle, After Dark Feeding Tour
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Lodge (Pencil Pine Cabin)
Meals: —

Day 2: Cradle Mountain National Park (18 October 2021)
Today you will be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, where in many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. On a clear day the rugged grandeur of Cradle Mountain is reflected in the tranquil waters of Dove Lake, or you may experience the drama of its craggy peaks through swirling mist. Your guide will introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks. Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras, King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs and Wedge-tailed Eagles are present in this area, whilst Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen.

Activities/ Inclusions: National Park Pass
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Lodge (Pencil Pine Cabin)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cradle Mountain – Marakoopa Caves – Launceston (19 October 2021)
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your accommodation before your journey continues towards Launceston. On our way, visit the stunning Marakoopa Caves on an underground rivers and glow-worm tour before arriving in Tasmania’s second biggest city. Enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant with views over the famous Cataract Gorge. Spend the afternoon exploring the gorge with its geological features and the suspension bridge. You may even have time to stroll around the city for some sight seeing which your guide will point out for you.

Activities/ Inclusions: National Park Pass, Entry to Marakoopa Caves and tour
Accommodation: The Verge Hotel (Double room or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 to 7 Bay of Fires Walk (20-23 October 2021)
This morning, an early start is on the program. Meet your guide at 7.30am to transfer to the start of the 4-day Bay of Fires Walk. This walk is fully guided and includes all meals, accommodation.

Walking Itinerary:

Day 4: Launceston to Mt. William National Park (20 October 2021)
Approximately 4 hours walking

It is 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 will 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 will 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.

Accommodation: Forester Beach Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline (21 October 2021)
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 will 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 will 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 few luxurious 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.

Accommodation: Bay of Fires Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kayaking and enjoying the area (22 October 2021)
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 wanders out – keep an eye out for wombats, wallabies, Forester kangaroos, possums or even a Tasmanian devil. Do not forget to look up! The night sky from this pristine coastline is an awesome spectacle.

Accommodation: Bay of Fires Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Continue to Freycinet Peninsula Rejuvenated (23 October 2021)
Approximately 1-hour walking

Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, there is plenty of time for a morning swim or final spa treatment before your tour guide takes you along the sunny Tasmanian east-coast to the Freycinet Peninsula. Arrive at your temporary home for the next two days later this afternoon.

Activities/ Inclusions: Bay of Fires Walk
Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge (One room cabin)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Freycinet Peninsula – Wineglass Bay  (24 October 2021)
Today, there will be ample time to explore the unsurpassed beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula. Walk the track up to the world-famous Wineglass Bay lookout for some stunning photo opportunities, with views across the Freycinet Peninsula. A shorter cliff top walk around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville is also on offer. Optional you may be interested into the 4-hour Wineglass Bay cruise or a Water Taxi experience (own expense)

Activities/Inclusions: National Park Pass
Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge (One room Cabin)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Freycinet Peninsula – Launceston Departure (25 October 2021)
Today it means farewell from Tasmania and the end of the Tasmania Journey. Enjoy a lovely, prepared breakfast at your accommodation before your journey continues back to Launceston airport for a departure from our lovely island state. The tour ends at approximately 12.00pm at Launceston airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Price + Inclusions

Tasmania Journey Price per person
Twin Share $6,220

Departs: 17 October 2021

Minimum: 8 Passengers

The Tasmania Journey includes:

  • Private touring with a local guide
  • Transport in a well-appointed vehicle
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 x breakfast, 7 x lunch, 3 x dinner
  • Entry to Devils@Cradle
  • Entry to Marakoopa Caves
  • 4-day fully guided Bay of Fire Walk all inclusive
  • Oyster Tasting and National Parks.

Optional: Wineglass Bay Cruise or Water Taxi excursion, all meals not mentioned.

(small program changes may be possible without notice due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control)

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