Community & Environment

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 Forester Beach Camp and 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.

Low-impact Design & Sustainability

Aerial View of the Bay of Fires LodgeThe 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.

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We utilise sustainable materials and employ non-polluting services, such as roof water collection, grey water treatment systems, composting toilets and energy-efficient solar power. Without a doubt, it's connecting with the unspoiled beauty of the environment and its flora and fauna that creates the magical experience our guests enjoy at the Bay of Fires Lodge.

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Green Guardians

Shells washed up on the beachIf you would like to take on a more active role in giving back to the environment you are visiting, the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Tourism Tasmania, invites you to participate in the Green Guardians Program.

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You can make a tangible difference to the conservation work carried out in Mount William National Park.

As part of your Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, you are able to participate in a marine debris collection and classification program.  All debris collected will be identified. We send the information you collect to Tangoaroa Blue Ocean Care Society, to be entered into their national database.  This information is invaluable, as it provides accurate information for future lobbying.

Participation in the project is purely voluntary and will only take a small amount of time to complete.

Every participant will receive a personal Tasmanian National Parks pass, redeemable for 12 months.

To register your interest, please click this link.

 

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Community

Walking the Bay of Fires Lodge WalkThe Bay of Fires Lodge Walk sponsors the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service's Discovery Ranger Program.

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During the peak of summer, Discovery Rangers run a range of free activities for visitors to Tasmanian parks and reserves.  Activities include guided walks, natural and cultural heritage talks and presentations, and a host of other interpretive activities.  We are pleased to be able to sponsor the ranger for the Bay of Fires and Mount William area.

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Aboriginal Guides Graduate

Luke Tas Group ShotTwo Tasmanian aboriginal guides graduated from TasTAFE this year with a Certificate III in Guiding thanks to the support and funding from Tasmanian Walking Company.  

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A field of six members from the Tasmanian aboriginal community were originally selected to commence the course in early 2016 as part of a collaboration with TAFE, the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, Qantas and Tourism Tasmania and Tasmanian Walking Company. 

Tasman Langford and Luke Mabb completed the course and were selected to further their training on a Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Their deep knowledge of the Tasmanian environment and willingness to share their culture on this trip was greatly valued by all participants. 

The pair then travelled to Northern Territory as part of the program, joining a Big Uluru Trek in August.

They both found this experience extremely beneficial stating:  “ We had an amazing time; we’ve taken a lot out of the week away...it was inspirational. It has enabled us to connect with the traditional custodians and … We have come back re-energised and benefited from the knowledge gained from this amazing experience not only within ourselves personally, but also on a professional level too".  

This interstate trip also allowed Luke and Tasman to engage with key Tasmanian Walking Company staff and associates who were guests on the walk including  owners Brett Godfrey and Rob Sherrard, GM Heath Garratt and Great Walks of Australia Chairman Geoff Dixon.

 

 

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Sustainable Travel & Climate Change

Dscf0244 We take sustainable travel seriously, and we strive to incorporate sustainable travel practices into all aspects of our business. Click below to learn more about climate change and sustainable bushwalking.

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Global Climate Change:

Global climate is the average climate over the entire planet.  Society is becoming concerned because Earth's global climate is changing. The planet is warming up fast - faster than at any time scientists currently know of, based on their studies of Earth's entire history.

Detection demonstrates that the climate has changed in a statistically significant way, but it doesn't offer any reasons for the change. Attribution establishes the most likely cause of the detected change.

Detection and attribution studies of Australian climate indicate that:

  • warming of climate is unequivocal;
  • the widespread warming is very likely to be due to increased greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere; and
  • there is growing evidence that lower rainfall and reduced runoff in the south-east of Australia is linked to global warming and cannot be explained by natural variation alone.

Click here for more information.

 

Out on the track:

We are acutely aware of the impacts of both global climate change and local environmental degradation in the wilderness areas in which we operate.

We follow best practice track guidelines on our walks.  Our walks follow designated trails, and we remove all waste from our facilities, as well as recycling waste. We work closely with the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service to ensure we have the most up-to-date guidelines, and we are often seen as leaders within our industry when it comes to environmental best practice. We continually monitor current best practice to ensure we are keeping up-to-date.

We encourage our guests to engage with the natural surroundings, which often leads to a sense of ownership and custodianship of our wild places. 

For more details on sustainable bushwalking, click here

 

Company Philosophy:

The Tasmanian Walking Company aims to provide a personal introduction to nature - delivered with the most generous hospitality and uncomplicated luxury. We present an opportunity for people of many differing backgrounds to connect with the natural environment, with others and with themselves.

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