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Home  >  Latest News from Great Walks  >  2014  >  November

Free Li’Tya spa pack for first 20 Great Walks bookings

The award winning Bay of Fires Lodge Walk knows walkers will love their new day spa… “it adds a whole other level of relaxation to what is already more like meditation legs!” says Marketing Manager Ros Young.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk whisk you away from Launceston, Tasmania and deposit you in the Mt William National Park in the north east corner of the state.  Then you don’t see civilisation until the end of day 4 when you are eased in gently through a visit to the divine Apogee winery on your return to Launceston.

In between are 4 rhythmic days of gentle coastal walking, punctuated with massage, great food, clear air and quality sleep.

The Bay of Fires Lodge, your home base for two of the nights now has a Spa Pavilion, offering a treatment menu to rival any city hotel.  Products are sourced from spa company Li’Tya and include a range of indigenous infused creams and potions.

“We know you won’t want your walk to end, so we’re offering the first 20 Great Walks of Australia subscribers who book the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk a bonus take home Li’Tya spa pack valued at $100.  Breathe in, close your eyes and re-live your walk.  Perfect.”

The Li’Tya Spa Pack offer is value for the first 20 bookings who mention the Great Walks of Australia on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk made before 30th November 2014.  Read more of the itinerary or go online to book.

 

Bothfeet, the leading Victorian-based walking operator, is now known as Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. The name change, and accompanying re-branding, is designed to more accurately describe the company’s  popular walk along Victoria’s South West Coast which culminates at the iconic Twelve Apostles.

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Dana Ronan, Director of Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, explained the reason for the new name: “We felt that Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk was a more apt name and explains how the company has evolved over the last ten years.  We are now just focusing on this one popular walk, so it made sense to have the same company name as the product name.  In addition, when we built the eco-lodge at Johanna Beach in 2008, it immediately became a pivotal component of the product.  So, in short, Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk describes exactly who we are and what we do!”

To celebrate the name change, Great Walks of Australia subscribers can save $500 per person if they book the 4 day/3 night Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk before 25th December 2014 for travel between now and 28th February 2015.  This offer is for the first 20 bookings only.  Mention the code GWLESS500 when booking.

The price of the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk includes return Melbourne transfers to the Twelve Apostles, daily gourmet meals including morning and afternoon teas, non-alcoholic drinks, gear hire AND a scenic helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles.  There is no single supplement for single travellers and they are catered for in single rooms.

 

 

On the Great Walks of Australia you’ll discover the people, places and fresh high-quality produce that make Australia unique.

Professional guides and welcoming lodge hosts bring the land to life with culinary delights in remarkable locations. Immerse yourself in more than 600 million years of history on the Arkaba Walk in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. Follow in the footsteps of the land’s traditional indigenous owners on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory. Experience world-class cool-climate wines, local organic produce, fascinating history, rare wildlife and stunning World Heritage Areas on Tasmania’s Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountains Huts, Freycinet Experience and Maria Island walks. Traverse the spectacular landscapes of the Shipwreck Coast and marvel at the splendour of the landscape on the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria. Or trek through pre-historic rainforests and volcanic plateaus before indulging in a food and wine master class on the Scenic Rim Trail in South East Queensland.

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Some people just can’t get enough of Australia, and Tourism Australia’s Tasmania ‘Best Jobs in the World’ winner, Graham Michael Freeman, is no exception.

Great Walks of Australia, an inspiring collection of eight luxury multi-day guided walks throughout Australia, has brought the digital influencer back to embark on eight walks in the Great Walks of Australia collection – just one month after he left the country.

Taking three months and covering four States and one Territory, Graham will become the first ‘Great Australian Walker’ and will be capturing and sharing his experiences on social media including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

On leaving Australia a month ago, Graham, known as the ‘Tassie Devil Wrangler’, said: “I’m not done with this place yet.”

During his six months travelling and working in Tasmania, Graham discovered why Australia is renowned for its magnificent bushwalking from self-guided treks to multi day luxury guided walking journeys. Already a big fan of the great outdoors, his walking experiences in Tasmania further developed his love for taking a slower and more immersive approach to discovering a place by doing so on foot.

“Realising how successful Graham had been in profiling Australia on various social media platforms, we were keen not to let Graham slip away too easily and invited him to come back,” said Great Walks of Australia’s Executive Officer, Karen Fitzgerald. “We hope the buzz created by his social media activity will inspire many more travellers to come and try Australia’s great and iconic walks,” he said.

Graham started with the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory; and then embark on the Scenic Rim Trail in Queensland; the Arkaba Walk in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges; then Tasmania’s Maria Island Walk, Freycinet Experience Walk, Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.  Graham finishes on Victoria’s Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk on the 16th December.

Follow Graham’s experiences on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GrahamMichaelFreeman

Twitter @GrahamMFreeman and Instagram @insta_graham23

Our newest member, the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers, is quickly blossoming into its new Great Walk status.

With a small, but sold out season just finished, this mountainous, hidden treasure is one you might not yet have considered.  But here’s a great reason to make it next year’s winter walk of choice:  Book before 31st December 2014 for travel in March, April and May and you will receive a free GoPro Adventure camera to capture your every step.

Led by expert guides you’ll travel past breathtaking scenery, across volcanic plateaus and through world-heritage listed rain forests, before settling into luxury tent-suites accompanied by gourmet cuisine and attentive service.

Your final day concludes at Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, Spicers Peak Lodge, where panoramic views, a seven-course degustation menu with matched wines and award-winning accommodation await.

Plus, Book a Scenic Rim Trail Walk departing between 1 March and 31 May 2015 before 31 December 2014 to receive a Go Pro Hero3+ Silver Edition worth $429. Go Pro Hero3+ Silver Edition to be presented on arrival at the property.

Sample the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers journey or book online here.

The Australian great walks that operate below latitude 38 degrees come alive slowly over the three month of spring to be well and truly in full operation by the 1st December and kick off Summer walking.

Starting in September the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk unfurls from its winter hibernation and brings Victorian wildflowers, dramatic weather patterns, at times wild southern ocean outlooks and even glimpses of migrating whales.   By world standards, the climate is mild, but walkers take heart that the comforts of the fully heated lodge and daily hot showers are never far from the walk day’s end.  Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk walks through until the 31st May each year with a mini peak season in March and April.

Then in October, three of the four Tasmania Great Walks turn the shingle over and return to the trail:  The Maria Island Walk, the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Cradle Mountain Huts Walk recommence operating from 1st October each year.  Cradle Mountain walkers in the early part of the season can be met with sunshine or snow, so be prepared! But again, walkers can revel in the purpose built facilities that provide overnight respite from the daily elements.

And then November 1st is the reawakening of the Freycinet Experience, one of our truly boutique operators with just 25 departures per season and operating only between November and April.  This lodge based walk explores the Peninsula from many different aspects, and you will be all the richer for your down time being spent in the comforts of the Friendly Beaches Lodge.

All our summer walks have spaces still available between Christmas and the end of their season (April or May) so consider this you invitation to add a walking holiday to your “must do in 2015” list.