Bay of Fires Walk

5 day guided walking tour of the famous Bay of Fires Track in Tasmania. Isolated beach stretches, vibrant orange lichen covered rocks and aqua marine waters. Comfortable accommodation, all meals. $2,060pp – 5 days ex Launceston, most moderate terrain, 54km

Over 5 days you will emerse yourself in the spectacular beauty and peacefulness of the Bay of Fires area. Renowned for its bursts of colour from its fiery orange lichen covered granite rocks to the aqua marine waters, the Bay of Fires are rich in history and cultural significance.

Carrying only a day pack each day and returning to comfortable accommodation, a hot shower and a delicious meal with likeminded walkers, this walk is achievable to those with a moderate level of fitness. There are some long beach sections and some pebbly headlands so some training on sandy and rocky terrain is recommended.  Our itinerary is carefully curated to allow for an evening arrival and 4 full days of walking.

Bay of Fires 5 Day guided tour at a glance:

  • 3-4 Star lodge and motel accommodation.
  • 5 days/4 nights – 4 days of walking
  • Start and finish in Launceston, Tasmania
  • Moderate walks, plenty of beach walking with some rocky coastal sections
  • Professional guide/s
  • Air conditioned mini bus
  • Small group size (maximum 12)

Want to see more of Tasmania? Check out your options to combine this tour with another one of our Tasmanian walking tours.

Tour Length:
5 days
Distance walked:
Various distances
Difficulty:
Moderate to challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
10 – 14. Dec 2020
16 – 20. Dec 2020
17 – 21. Jan 2021
7 – 11. Feb 2021
1 – 5. Mar 2021
7 – 11. Mar 2021

Highlights of this walk

The Bay of Fires walk is famous for its signature colours and scenery in the peaceful North Eastern corner of Tasmania. The walk is stunning as it meanders past a scape of orange lichen covered granite, sheltered coves and crystal clear aqua-marine water. It’s rich in local history, including whaling and indigenous middens which are scattered along the coastline.

 

 

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk the entire coastline of the world-famous Bay of Fires area. Some of the walks include some long days walking along white beaches and rocky headlands, also a few sections of uneven loose pebble headlands; but, with a moderate level of fitness, each walk is enjoyable. Each night we stay in comfortable accommodation and will enjoy our evening meals together at our lodge.

Please note, the plan may alter depending on weather conditions and local advice.

Day 1: Arrival day with welcome dinner

Day 1: Arrival day with welcome dinner

Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to the Grand Chancellor Hotel at 29 Cameron Street, in Launceston. We will see you in the lobby of the hotel at 6pm for a tour briefing followed by a 7pm welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Meals: D

Day 2: The Garden to Policeman’s Point

Day 2: The Garden to Policeman’s Point

15km

Your holiday begins! We will depart the Grand Chancellor at 7:30am and we have a 1.5-2hr drive to The Gardens area at the southern end of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

After a lovely homemade morning tea and taking in some of those spectacular orange rocks this coastline is so famous for, we will start our walk heading north. The Eddystone point Lighthouse will be our guiding beacon in the distance, as we will be walking towards it the whole day. This section of the walk has a few longer loose pebble sections as well as few headlands with rock boulders to navigate around.

The end point today is at Policeman’s Point from where we will make our way to the accommodation, where you can settle in while the guides cook dinner.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: Musselroe Bay to Boulder Point

Day 3: Musselroe Bay to Boulder Point

12km

Today it’s a short drive to the start of the walk in Musselroe Bay at the northern end of the Bay of Fires coastline. We will be heading south along the stunningly white and isolated beaches in Mt William National Park. The beautiful blue water might even invite you for a relaxing swim at Boulder Point.

After our beach and sand walking is done for the day we make our way to Mt William (wukalina) for some 360 views from its peak (216m). On a good day you can see as far as the islands of the Furneaux Group in Bass Strait.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Boulder Point to Deep Creek

Day 4: Boulder Point to Deep Creek

15km

More isolated and wide white sandy beaches await us today. We head along the coast from Boulder Point past Cobblers Rocks to Deep Creek.

Along the way we should encounter some of the many shorebirds that call this area home and will pass Aboriginal sites of significance.

Depending on the tide, we may need to take off shoes to cross Groves Creek close to the end of our walk.

Once we meet up with the bus again, we will do a little detour to Eddystone Lighthouse, to finally see up close what we have been walking towards in the last couple of days.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5: Deep Creek to Ansons Bay

Day 5: Deep Creek to Ansons Bay

12km

After 3 wonderful days exploring this amazing place todays walk will summarise everything we have seen in one day.

From Deep Creek we will head across Eddystone Point to a white and seemingly endless beach before navigating our way around some headlands with those famous orange boulders.

The last section of our walk today takes us inland through coastal tea tree and heath country.

Our walk ends at Ansons Bay, which completes our end to end along the larapuna coastline. We will have some time to observe swans, cormorants, pelicans and many more birds, who usually frequent the lagoon.

 From Ansons Bay it’s a scenic 2.5hr drive back to Launceston, which sees us getting back to Launceston around 5pm.

Meals: B,L

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

For the first night we stay at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, departing for the Bay of Fires area the next day where we will stay for the remainder of the tour at Icena Farm at Musselroe Bay. Accommodation is on a double or twin share basis. A limited number of single supplements are available – please let us know if you would like this option when booking.

1 night: Grand Chancellor Hotel

Located in the heart of Launceston, we will stay here for the first night before an early departure for the Bay of Fires area the next day. To celebrate our journey ahead we will enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. Rooms are standard Twin share/Queen rooms with ensuites.

3 nights: Icena Farm, Musselroe Bay

Iceana Farm is a picturesque and homely accommodation located close the Bay of Fires area. We will be staying in two 4-bedroom houses, with shared bathroom facilities, kitchens and communal areas. One of the houses will be used as the main meal house, where we come together for our breakfast and evening meals prepared by your amazing guides. 

 

 

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book.

Food

All meals are included unless indicated in the itinerary.

Breakfast comprises cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads with juice, tea and coffee.

Lunch is self-made from supplied breads, salads and meats.

We’ll eat one dinner at the Grand Chancellor Hotel Launceston and the other dinners will be prepared by your guides at your accommodation. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Each day we provide morning tea whilst out on a walk and fruit is available for snacks. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks (e.g. muesli bars, nuts) if you feel you need them. There won’t be any opportunity to purchase additional supplies and alcohol throughout the tour once we leave Launceston early in the morning on Day 2.

Your out of pocket expenses for this trip include snacks and alcohol.

Transport

We’ll use a comfortable 12 seat, air conditioned commuter bus for the tour.

This walk includes

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All meals, including morning tea and snacks

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two-course dinners each day.

All transport via air-conditioned bus

Central pick-up points in Fremantle and Perth CBD. Transport each day to and from the track.

Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

National Park entrance fees

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book. We won’t always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen beds with a single supplement due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and the team bake some mean cakes. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious dinner at a restaurant with the group.

What people have said

Another great trip with Inspiration Outdoors to add to one’s bucket list. Tassie is a wonderful place to visit, not only for the fabulous hiking and scenery but also the wildlife, history, art, food and wine. Make sure you spend some time in Hobart either before or after your trip as there is so much there to see and enjoy. Thanks Simon, Emily and Adam – I loved every minute of it.

Anne, Tasmania 2015

Being on the first Inspiration Outdoors walking tour to Tasmania was a very beautiful, enjoyable and privileged experience. Some days were challenging but the views were stunning. Emily, Simon and Adam were so passionate about showing us Tasmania, and their organisation of our itinerary was perfect. I highly recommend Inspiration Outdoors.

Sandra, Tasmania 2015

Pricing

$2,060pp twin share. ($440 Single Supplement)

$350 deposit to hold your place

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  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
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