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Home  >  Latest News from Great Walks  >  2013  >  August

Freycinet achieves Advanced eco-certification

Great Walks of Australia founding member The Freycinet Experience Walk has achieved the highest level of eco-certification by Eco Tourism Australia:  Advanced Eco-Certified.

This exciting step is just rewards for one of the Australian Tourism Industry’s pioneers in Eco Tourism.  Owner Joan Masterman has been one of the tourism industry’s quiet, passionate achievers, being part of the founding team with architect Ken Latona to launch the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk 25 years ago, and open the Friendly Beaches Lodge on the Freycinet Peninsula  shortly after.

Celebrating 21 years of continuous operation under Ms Masterman’s ownership, The Freycinet Experience Walk stays exclusively at the wholly owned Friendly Beaches Lodge.

The Lodge showcases stunning eco architecture that rests lightly on the earth, and boasts solar only power, harvested rainwater for all water requirements and self composting toilets, amongst its’ many sustainable features.

Situated on a 130-hectare private sanctuary, Friendly Beaches Lodge is surrounded by the Friendly Beaches National Park. The location and isolation of the lodge is sublime. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (maximum ten guests), the uncomplicated luxury of the lodge has remarkable powers of rejuvenation. A fine collection of artworks by prominent Tasmanian artists and a well-stocked library enhance your experience.

Manager Claire Richardson is delighted with the achievement.  “This certification reflects our 21 years of operation in the eco-space, and is formal recognition of a standard of operation we achieve daily.”

All Great Walks of Australia are now Advanced Eco Certified by Eco Tourism Australia.

What’s Eco tourism certification?  Find out at the Eco tourism Australia website.

The Larapinta Trail by World Expeditions first season in its’ new, architect-designed semi-permanent campsites has proven a hit with travellers.  The two Larapinta Camps were completed in April 2013 and put immediately to use by enthusiastic trekkers, who have embraced the extra level of comfort the new camps provide.

So far the feedback from hikers has been extremely positive, with the stylish and comfortable dining and living areas providing a welcome respite after a day trekking on the Trail.

The camps have enabled World Expeditions to step up the “little extras” they offer: one such example being the communal USB chargers attached to the solar powered lighting system.  These allow walkers to charge camera and phone batteries.   In the past, walkers would have to bring 6 days of battery supply with them.

Peak season (June and July) on the Larapinta were almost fully booked, yet the location of the camps and track design meant groups continued to enjoy a sense of isolation and having the outback to themselves.

Bookings are now open for travel from April – September 2014.  Book as a solo walker or enquire about a private group.   More details, see the Larapinta section of the Great Walks of Australia website.

Founding Great Walks of Australia member, The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in northern Tasmania, will offer guests some well-earned rest and relaxation when the new walking season starts again in October with the opening of a new spa.

The award-winning four-day, three-night Bay of Fires Lodge Walk follows Tasmania’s pristine north east coastline through the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. The walk enables visitors to experience some of Australia’s most distinctive flora and fauna in one of the most picturesque places on earth.

From October 2013, guests taking the walk will spend the second two nights at the iconic Bay of Fires Lodge. The Spa will be located in an idyllic setting adjacent to the main Lodge building, which is spectacularly located on a hilltop 40 metres above the ocean.

It will offer breathtaking views with an outdoor deck and inside lounging spaces, extensive wellness and wilderness library, and a small spa boutique.  Bay of Fires Lodge Walk have constructed dedicated bathing and spa pavilions to ensure privacy for the bath and body treatments.

For more information read the full release or visit the  Bay of Fires Lodge Walk page.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk to launch new spa – final