If you are unsure about anything in the lead up to your walk please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office or send us an email.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following are a few frequently asked questions about the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk located on the East Coast of Tasmania that you may find useful.
How often do trips depart?
Our trips depart daily from 1 October through to 1 May
Whilst walking with us you will experience some truly spectacular accommodation. The first night will be spent nestled behind the dunes at Forester Beach Camp for the second and third night you will enjoy uncomplicated luxury at the award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
How many guests?
Each trip requires a minimum of four and a maximum of ten guests on each departure. All accommodation is twin share. If the group is full, sharing is with another guest, however, we try to avoid this if possible.
How fit do I need to be?
As long as you regularly exercise, or are capable of walking between 9 - 14 kms for the first two days along beaches and rocky headlands, you will enjoy your walking holiday. There is plenty of time each day to sit and rest as well as explore If you have any concerns about fitness please call and speak to one of our staff members.
How much weight do we carry?
Before the trip, the guides will carry out a thorough check to ensure you have suitable gear. Usually packs weigh between 8.5 - 9.5 kgs but ultimately your pack and contents can weigh as little as 7.5kg
What do we carry?
Each person carries their lunch, personal clothing, toiletries, wet weather gear, plus any extras such as a camera. Sleeping gear is provided at your accommodation.
How many guides?
Every trip has two experienced guides. This allows plenty of opportunities to rest, take photos and walk at your own pace.
How about food?
All meals are provided, including scrumptious three-course dinners with fresh Tasmanian produce prepared by your gourmet cooks/guides. We are happy to cater for special dietary requirements, we just need to know in advance.
For example here is a sample dinner menu served at Bay of Fires Lodge during your stay:
Roasted beetroot, red onion and baby spinach salad
Tomato, olive and herb braised lamb polpette with a platter of roasted potatoes and salad
Beetroot and parmesan arancini with a platter of roasted potatoes and salad
Freshly baked lemon tart with cream
What style of shoes should we have?
You will need lightweight lace-up boots or walking shoes. Boots/shoes must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. Sandshoes, elastic-sided boots, street shoes and similar are not acceptable.
Do we need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend travel insurance. Consideration needs to be given to our cancellation policy, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We do not refund for such occurrences, therefore travel insurance is your only safeguard.
What time does the trip commence and conclude?
We ask you to be at our walker’s base at Quamby Estate by 8.20am at the latest. Given this it makes an ideal place to stay before and after your walk. If you’re staying in Launceston there will be a shuttle bus departing the Sebel Hotel at 7.50am sharp. This allows forty minutes for introductions and a gear check before departing for the Mt William National Park at 9.00am.
At the end of the walk you have the option of leaving us at the Sebel Hotel around 5.30pm, Launceston Airport at 6pm or returning to Quamby homestead at approximately 6.30pm.
What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Quamby Homestead 25 minutes west of Launceston is a great pre and post walk option, the Homestead is located on the same Estate as the walkers base so it is very convenient. To enquire about the special walker rate and check availability please call 03 6392 2135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those wishing to stay in Launceston, our complimentary shuttle service departs from The Sebel Launceston at 7.50am. The Sebel has a special rate for people walking with us, so make sure you mention this at time of booking. Bookings can be made directly with The Sebel by emailing H8766@accor.com or phoning 1800 990 9705 (please state Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and your walk departure date). Upon your return, you have the option of leaving us at The Sebel Launceston around 5.30pm, Launceston Airport at 6pm or returning to Quamby homestead at approximately 6.30pm.
There are many other accommodation options in Launceston. If you choose to stay somewhere other than The Sebel prior to your walk, please ensure you are ready for the pick up outside of the Sebel's reception at the designated time.
Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age for guests walking with us is 12 years old. There are no upper age restrictions, however, for guests walking with us who are 69 or above we do require a GP to sign off on a letter we provide.
Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.
Gear Check List
The items below will be packed into your 50 litre pack (provided) and carried by you. If followed correctly, the pack should weigh about 8.5kg and as little as 7.5kgs.
Essential Gear List
When you arrive at our walkers' it would be great if you could have all the gear you intend to take with you separated from any other luggage (perhaps in a garbage bag). This will make the packing process run more smoothly.
- Lightweight lace-up walking boots or walking shoes with ankle support and treaded soles. Sandshoes, elastic sided boots, street shoes and similar are not acceptable.
- Polar fleece jacket (preferred) or woollen jumper
- Light jumper (warm)
- Shorts and/or light cotton trousers for walking
- Polypropylene thermal underwear - long sleeved top and long johns. Essential in summer and winter.
- Warm long pants - evening camp / lodge wear
- Shirts / t-shirts - 3 recommended
- Socks - 3 pairs recommended
- Lightweight footwear - suitable for lodge and kayaking
- Sun hat and sunscreen
- Towel or body chamois - light and quick to dry
- Swimming costume
- Water bottle - at least 1.5 litres
- Head torch or small torch
Tip: Layering of clothing has long been the basis for dressing in the outdoors and the gear list above follows this principle. When the temperature drops, we add another layer of insulation. If it rains, we add a rain shell on top; and when it’s warm and dry, we strip off layers.
Optional items you may wish to take include:
- Camera, spare batteries (if digital)
- Walking poles,
- Insect repellent
- Binoculars (for wildlife spotting),
- Drawing or painting equipment
- Small mirror (especially if you wear contact lenses)
- Short lightweight wetsuit or spring suit for swimming,
- A compact light-weight day pack (should pack down to pocket size, available for purchase at our walking base)
All Mountain Design outlets in Australia and New Zealand (excluding Devonport, Tasmania) offer our guests 25% off RRP on all Mountain Designs branded product and 20% off RRP on all other products (excluding electronic products). You just need to show your booking confirmation at time of purchase.
Bushwalking Hire Gear Tasmania hires, over-pants and walking poles. All must be pre-booked prior to arrival with enquiries and bookings going directly to www.bushwalkinghiregear.com All hire gear will be at our walking base ready for collection on the morning of your departure.
A backpack, Gore-tex jacket, sleeping sheet and pillowcase are provided for the duration of the walk. They will be available on the morning of departure.
Bio-degradable liquid soap is at both the camp and lodge. It is suitable as a shampoo as well. Your comfort and enjoyment is of paramount importance to us and keeping your pack weight to a minimum is our intention. Aim for one set of warm clothes for evening and another set to wear whilst walking. Thermals are necessary due to their lightweight, quick-drying and warm properties.
Please note that guides will do a thorough gear check prior to departure. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list, Please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.
Any luggage not required on your walk can be stored at our office.