Your Walking Tour Guides

Our Bay of Fires Lodge Walk guides are often thought of as our most outstanding asset.  They are passionate, educated, great interpreters and cooks all rolled into one.  Feedback regarding our guides is invariably positive.  The guides will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the local area

In the words of one traveller "Our guides were exceptional - not only in their professionalism - but also in their ability to pass on their obvious passion and enthusiasm for their job and the area itself."

Matthew Eaton

Where do you come from?
Originally from Burnie on the North West coast of Tasmania, currently spending the majority of the year in Launceston in order to study at UTAS.

How long have you been guiding?
This will be my second season with CMH/BoF

What do you enjoy about this job?
Waking up every morning knowing that I'm going to spend my day at one of Tassie's best and most beautiful locations, being able to drop my pack and swim in the sea, the smell of salty ocean air! Also being able to meet a great deal of people that have a lot to share, be it knowledge or humour!

I'm quite an active person, love participating in outdoor activities, being stuck inside is not my idea of fun! Also enjoy strumming out a tune on the guitar, and don't even get me started on the thought of Rob and Aimee's rhubarb and cinnamon cake! Wow!

Claire Tetley

Where do you come from?
From Manchester, UK

How long have you been guiding?
I've been guiding for 3 years

What do you enjoy about this job?
I enjoy this job because I get to explore the great outdoors and go swimming every day. This is especially satisfying if I can convince guests to swim too!
I'm in love with Tasmania it is undoubtedly the most beautiful place I've ever been.

Anna Reddington

Where do you come from?
Hobart, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
The coming season (2010/2011) will be my fourth guiding for Cradle Mountain Huts and third at Bay of Fires Walk.

What do you enjoy about this job?
Guiding for Cradle Mountain Huts is more than a job, it is a lifestyle. It is a commitment to spending the majority of my time in the outdoors; my ideal home and where I feel most connected to my surroundings. As a wilderness guide I find it immensely rewarding to be given the opportunity to show guests firsthand the Tasmanian outdoors, in all its raw beauty. Showing people the beauty of a place can reinforce or lead to a respect for the environment. It is rewarding to see people connecting with the environment and finding a sense of place. With any luck this newly formed relationship will then lead to a desire to preserve and protect our beautiful backyard for future generations to enjoy. It doesn't take much to keep me happy in this job.

Imagine having an office with no windows, no walls and no doors... imagine calling this your home...

Sam Cuff

Where do you come from?
Launceston, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
I began in 2005

What do you enjoy about this job?
Sharing this beautiful part of the world with others

Aaron Mullins

Bay of fires guide - Aaron Mullins

Where do you come from?
Originally a Gold Coast boy but been in Tassie for 10 years (still not a local).

How long have you been guiding?
This is my 5th season guiding with BOF

What is your favourite place?
Well as an architecture student I'd have to say that my favourite place on the Bay of Fires walk is the Lodge.  Even after a long day of walking, in sometimes fairly trying conditions, just stepping up onto the deck and gazing back over the ocean makes me smile. The lodge is so simplistic yet very comfortable and its response to the surrounding landscape is second to none.

What do you enjoy about this job?

The thing I enjoy most is the guests' company.  You meet so many wonderful people from such a broad range of profession and backgrounds.  Yes, the scenery along the walk is amazing, but seeing guests relax and forget about the kids, or work or the "i" whatever is a sight to behold. You get the sense that the walk is just what they needed.

What is your favourite memory of guiding?
My favourite memory of the Bay of Fires was walking a few years back with a visually impaired guest, Nathan.  Nath was in his early 20's and was so eager to find out about the environment which he was walking through. He taught me to appreciate the smells, sounds and tactility that the walk has to offer, which are just as special as the sights.  Nath gave everything a go, kayaking, body surfing, kneading bread for the next days lunch, although I think there was more flour on Nath than in the 'mix'.  He was great fun and an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of joining him for those four days.

Cody 'cods' McCracken

Where do you come from?
ol' Melbourne town

How long have you been guiding?
First season guiding

What do you enjoy about this job?
Striking a beautiful balance between work and enjoying the incredible surroundings the Bay of Fires has to offer.. In other words, receiving a proper feed.. 

What is your favourite place?
Top of the dunes at South Abbotsbury beach..

What is your favourite memory of guiding?
Had a guatemalan father almost cry when he discovered the sheer beauty of the sound of thousands of shells washing up with the waves at the shell coves.. 

Isabella Comfort

Bay of fires guide - Isabella ComfortWhere do you come from?
I grew up in Hobart and am currently studying International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra.

How long have you been guiding?
This is my first season guiding.

What do you enjoy about this job?
I am enjoying meeting new people from all over Australia and the world and being able to appreciate and share the wonders of Tassie with our guests.

What is your favourite place?
My favorite parts of the trip would have to be the lovely long beach after lunch on the second day. I love watching the birds and the waves as we walk along. Another favorite spot is the stretch as we near the lodge where the contrasts between the orange lichen on the granite boulders and the turquoise waters are particularly stunning.

Laura Robertson

Bay of fires guide - Laura RobertsonWhere do you come from?
Launceston (originally Melbourne)

How long have you been guiding?
Since October (first season)

What do you enjoy about this job?
I love guiding because I get to walk up and down the most beautiful beach in the world as my job. I love how the natural environment of the coast and heathland changes every trip I do and I feel both excited and privileged to have the opportunity to show visitors around this remarkable place.

What is your favourite place?
My favourite place is North Abbotsbury beach, the long stretch of coast we get to walk along after lunch on the second day which is the official beginning of the Bay of Fires. The hard, firm sand, the crystal clear surf beach and the endless stretch of sand dunes makes this a place of astounding natural beauty that is hard to beat.

Tara Anstie

Bay of fires guide - Tara AnstieWhere do you come from?
Launnie!

How long have you been guiding?
3 years, going on 4.

What do you enjoy about this job?
Being able to show people some of the amazing places Tasmania has to offer.

Shelly Napier

Bay of fires guide - Shelly NapierWhere do you come from?
Originally Hamilton, Victoria but now a Launceston girl

How long have you been guiding?
I started in October 2011

What do you enjoy about this job?
I get to work both on a pristine, rarely visited beach, and a spectacular world heritage area! Its great walking across the buttongrass plateaus and watching the early morning cloud lift off the mountains on the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, or get in a sunset swim at the beach on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Its a privilege to show other people the beauty of these places, and I'm constantly learning new things every day.

What is your favourite place?
My favourite part of the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is North Abbottsbury beach- amazing flat white sand with dunes stretching out behind, clear turquoise water, and views to the lodge and the mountains around St Marys in the distance.

I love the last day on the Overland Track Walk, at Lake St Clair, surrounded by towering dolerite mountains, convincing all my guests to jump off the end of the jetty with me!

Hannah Papworth

Bay of Fires guide, Hanna PapworthWhere do you come from?
Hobart, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
4 years

What do you enjoy about guiding?
Having the best office in the world, the team and the way going to work always makes me feel 100%. All the wonderful, diverse and interesting people I get to share my passion with.

What's your favourite place on the Bay of Fire?
Foresters Beach Camp. The Salmon is a beautiful dish and there's always time for a swim/dive. When the moon's not full, the clouds are elsewhere and it's dark, the stars look incredible.

Tell us your favourite story
I loved my first trip. Not because it was my first. But because Nathan (a blind guest) strengthened my appreciation of sight. As we reached high points on headlands and he asked me to describe what I saw before me.