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Home  >  Latest News from Great Walks  >  2017  >  March

New Seven Peaks Walk on Lord Howe Island becomes 11th member of Great Walks of Australia

Expanding beyond the Signature Collection of walks offered by Great Walks of Australia, our first Partner Walk offers a multi-day luxury walking experience in a sub-tropical environment.

The Seven Peaks Walks, located on the UNESCO Word Heritage listed Lord Howe Island, is a 6 night, 5 day walk based out of renowned Pine Trees Lodge.

 

Chair of Great Walks of Australia, Geoff Dixon said, “The addition of this walk, a first for NSW, highlights the importance of the collective to tourism in Australia and the impressive walking options we offer as true competitors in this growing adventure tourism space.”

The Seven Peaks Walk takes guests from pristine beaches and exposed coral platforms to the delicate mist forests on the summit of Mt Gower. Along the way guests will see sheltered swimming coves (with swimming and snorkelling opportunities), subtropical palm forests, freshwater creeks, rugged sea cliffs and volcanic peaks. Some sections of the walk, such as the Lower Road on Mt Lidgbird, wind along exposed narrow ledges (protected by ropes) across a 300 vertical metre cliff. Other sections of the walk take guests deep into Jurassic Park style banyan forests with the only rookeries of Providence petrels in the world.

Director of Pinetrees Lodge, Luke Hanson said, “We’ve been guiding guests around Lord Howe Island for 125 years, over six generations, and have come to learn the best combination of effort and reward to delight the most well-travelled international walkers. Our acceptance into Great Walks of Australia is an important step to help Lord Howe gain the recognition it deserves as a truly international walking destination. Pinetrees was recently ranked TripAdvisor’s No.1 Hotel in Australia for 2017, and in combination with our new membership of Great Walks of Australia, we’re confident that we can offer guests a luxury sub-tropical walking experience that compliments the amazing temperate and outback walks in the collection.”

 

For further information, comment and images contact:

Gina Woodward, Great Walks of Australia
+61 458 434450
gina.woodward@greatwalksofaustralia.com.au
www.greatwalksofaustralia.com.au

Luke Hanson, Pinetrees, Lord Howe Island
+61 423 848800 or +61 2 6563 2177
luke@pinetrees.com.au

Seven Peaks Walk, Lord Howe Island – operated by Pine Trees Lodge

Accessed from: Sydney or Brisbane by direct QantasLink flights to Lord Howe Island, NSW
Accommodation: lodge based walk staying at Pinetrees
Operating season: Autumn and Spring
Departures: specific dates in operating months
Duration: 5 days/6 nights
Distance: weather dependent approx.45km
Grade: moderate to challenging (optional)
Group size: 12 guests maximum
Price: from $2713pp (twin share)
Optional extras: flights through Pinetrees Travel

The Maria Island Walk and Arkaba Walk are excited to announce they are two of the founding members of the Australian Wildlife Collection; a new organisation showcasing immersive wildlife encounters across natural habitats.


Up close an personal with an Australian Wombat on Maria Island

Through the Australian Wildlife Collection, tourists will be able to build travel itineraries that include seasonal wildlife events and maximise their interactions with Australia’s diverse environment.

Often described as Tasmania’s Noah’s Ark, Maria Island is renowned as one of Australia’s leading destinations to see wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Kangaroos and bird life, including the rare forty-spotted pardalote. The Maria Island Walk hikes through isolated areas of the island over 4 days and 3 nights, offering guests rare and up close interactions with Australian native animals. In addition to these encounters, guests are treated to candlelit three-course meals, comprising fresh local produce and overnight stays in eco-lux wilderness campsites a stone’s throw from sandy white beaches, providing the perfect place to retire at the end of days full of new experiences.


Kangaroos on The Arkaba Walk by Wild Bush Luxury

The Australian Wildlife Collection have also started assembling a portfolio of guest programs that assist in the regeneration of local ecosystems.

The Arkaba Walk, in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, offers a conservation management program that provides interested guests the chance to learn of the challenges that Australia faces in conserving its unique and diverse environment. The region is also home to Red and Western Grey kangaroos, wallaroos and emus, which guests encounter as they hike through the quintessential outback landscape of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range. Evenings are then spent around the campfire, indulging in a three-course camp dinner, before retiring to your deluxe swag for a well-earned rest and the sounds of the bush all around you.

Along with the two Great Walks of Australia, the Australian Wildlife Collection includes an array of Australia’s landscapes, from coral reefs, coastal and alpine eucalypt woodlands, wet and dry rainforests, wetlands to desert sandplains.

For more details, and to start planning your close wildlife encounter, visit www.australianwildlifecollection.com or start planning your Great Walks of Australia adventure…

Find out more about Arkaba Walk

Find out more about Maria Island Walk

 

Experience​ Australia’s Best Hotel with the Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk when you book for April or May 2017… Walk into Luxury has limited places on its April and May departures and is offering a complimentary night at the COMO Treasury Hotel with the remaining places this 2017 season!

Strictly limited dates available – visit walkintoluxury.com.au for terms.

Crowned Australia’s Best Hotel soon after opening in 2016, the award-winning COMO Treasury Hotel is the perfect way to finish your Walk into Luxury adventure.

Find out more about the Cape to Cape Walk on the Margaret River

Book now at info@walkintoluxury.com.au.

The Arkaba Walk and Scenic Rim Trail have commenced their 2017 walking seasons. With the Arkaba Walk proudly in their seventh year, and the Scenic Rim Trail boasting some new specialist team members, it’s going to be another fantastic season on these trails.


The Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

The 23rd of March began the seventh season for the Arkaba Walk. With field guides dusting off their walking boots, signature star beds freshly dressed, delicious new season menus crafted and the bar well replenished with new local wines, the team at Wild Bush Luxury are all ready to ensure you have the best experience exploring the ancient lands of South Australia. And with Wild Bush Luxury now managing your transfers from Adelaide, you’ll be treated one way by air and the other by road, taking in the Clare Valley wine country, another of South Australia’s natural beauty’s.

So with departures occurring at least once a week until 15 October 2017, now is the time to plan your extraordinary outback experience…

View the Arkaba Walk’s full itinerary and image gallery and book today!

 


The Scenic Rim Trail, Main Range National Park, Queensland

Further north in Queensland’s Main Range National Park they’re also dusting off their hiking boots, as team at the Scenic Rim Trail start to embark on their 4 day guided hikes for 2017.

The team has had some changes recently with a new General Manager, Mr. Craig Arlidge. Craig previously held the position of General Manager, with his wife Gabrielle, at Moyyan House by the Sea Hotel, in Vanuatu. With a wealth of knowledge in managing lodges, tours and experiences, both Craig and Gabrielle bring a wealth of experience to the Scenic Rim Trail.

The Scenic Rim team have also appointed Mr. Harley England, one of their lead guides to the position of Chief Ecologist. Harley will be leading projects throughout the season to identify and document the local wildlife that inhabit the Spicers Peak Nature Refuge where the majority of our trails are located. This will provide invaluable data and knowledge about our local wildlife, that will be shared with walkers during the hike.

With the introduction of new departure dates for the four-day Scenic Rim Trail on both Saturdays and Tuesdays, there is now even more flexibility when organising your escape. The Scenic Rim Trail is open now until 28 November 2017.

View the full itinerary and book your departure today

Want to disconnect from the digital world and travel with intention? AFAR Magazine and Adventure.Travel are exploring our Great Walks of Australia and putting the spotlight on our epic trails…

 

As one of the world’s leading travel magazines, AFAR knows the cream of the crop when they see it and having listed our 10 Great Walks of Australia on The AFAR’s Guide to the World’s Best Trails, you know you can expect an extraordinary experience when booking one of our walks.

Highlighting each of our walks and enabling you to build tailored travel plans to incorporate our unique destinations, explore our 10 Great Walks of Australia with AFAR…

View our 10 Great Walks on AFAR’s Guide to the World’s Best Trails

  

A companion of AFAR Magazine, Adventure.Travel are the voice of travel, committed to advancing, guiding and inspiring adventure travelers to interact with nature, experience culture and do a physical activity.

They are showcasing our 10 Great Walks of Australia with in-depth first hand reviews of our walks, plus some incredible tailored travel itineraries that envelop our walks with additional bespoke Australian experiences including regional fine dining, iconic luxury accommodation and capital city visits.

Take a look at what Adventure.Travel have in mind for your next Australian adventure

So if you’re thinking of escaping to a remote location to re-connect with the natural world, we hope you enjoy exploring our walks with AFAR and Adventure.Travel.

We look forward to sharing one or more of our eco-luxe and pristine great Australian walks with you in the near future!

  

For full itineraries on each of our walks click here.

 

 

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards proved to be an extra special night for the Tasmanian Walking Company as they were awarded GOLD in the Ecotourism category for a second time!

Image: Bottom left, Heath and Ros from Tasmanian Walking Company hold the gold trophy for Ecotourism, along with other Tasmanian award winners and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman

With over 25 years of experience in luxury walking, and as operators of both Great Walks of Australia’s Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, the Tasmanian Walking Company have proven time and again that they provide a top-notch, environmentally friendly experience for walkers looking for that something extraordinary.

Between the days of spectacular scenery on foot, walkers rest in sustainable luxury accommodation, whether it is the huts positioned along the Overland Track on the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, or in the sand dune nestled Forester Beach Camp and multi-award winning, eco-conscious, Bay of Fires Lodge on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.

Further still, The Tasmanian Walking Company’s eco adventures are served up with local cuisine that’s a testament to the heart of Tasmania’s soul. With clean waterways, crisp fresh air and fertile soils, these walks are enveloped with delicious local produce and decadent wines, taking the experience to beyond the gold level!

And the awards for Tasmania did not stop there. Some of the features of the Freycinet Experience Walk were also awarded with the Freycinet National Park being awarded bronze for Major Tourist Attractions and Saffire Freycinet winning Gold for Luxury Accommodation.

Once again our huge congratulations to the Tasmanian Walking Company and all other award winners and nominees at this year’s Australian Tourism Awards!

Find out more – discover the full itineraries and galleries for each of our Great Walks of Australia, and start planning your luxury eco getaway today.