At the edge of Mt William National Park in north-eastern Tasmania, the magnificent coastline known as the Bay of Fires provides dramatic landscapes, ecology, and wildlife. Immerse yourself in one of the most pristine environments that Tasmania has to offer; walk the soft sandy beaches, explore coves, kayak the Ansons River and enjoy the uncomplicated luxury of our accommodation at the Forester Beach Camp and award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
Walking the Walk
Departing daily from October to May, the walk is a four-day experience. Led by well-informed guides, small groups of no more than ten walkers explore both the fascinating beach environment and the rich diversity of the nearby woodlands.
This coastal stretch of azure water and rocky headlands, with boulders dotted offshore, appears as if untouched for thousands of years and offers a remote landscape with something for everyone to discover.
The first night’s accommodation is spent at Forester Beach Camp, a private haven nestled in a protected dune swale behind a stretch of clean, white-sand beach. The camp features twin-share rooms with timber floors, canvas roofs, and full kitchen facilities.
The second and third nights’ accommodation is at the multi-award winning Bay of Fires Lodge. Set 40m above the beach, this eco-conscious building is an architectural feat comprising two long timber and glass pavilions, and an open living area complete with fireplace and private twin-share bedrooms. All meals are provided for the duration of the walk, using only the finest Tasmanian local produce: freshly baked bread, fresh fruit salad, cereals, and a cooked breakfast in the morning, and gourmet dinners complete with world-class Tasmanian wines.
Bay of Fires Lodge Spa
The Bay of Fires Lodge Spa is inspired by the revival of indigenous healing practices that have their roots in the Aboriginal Dreamtime and harness the restorative, clarifying and invigorating properties of Australia’s native botanicals through the use of skincare creator Li’Tya.
Li’Tya is a unique range of natural spa care treatments that integrate the precious qualities of the Australian earth and spirit and combines the profound wisdom of ancient Aboriginal medicines, spirituality and healing modalities.
The Lodge Spa is the proud winner of the 2014 Best LI’TYA Eco Spa and offers an exquisite outdoor bathing pavilion; treatment rooms; breathtaking views from the outdoor deck and indoor lounge; extensive wellness library and a small Spa boutique.
The combination of the pristine environment, a sensitive and sustainable spa space and the healing hands of our spa specialists, Bay of Fires Lodge Spa is a perfect destination to rest and relax after walking to the Lodge.
Day one: Launceston to Mt William National Park
Journey to Mt William National Park, enjoy views of the Furneaux Group of Bass Strait Islands and spend the evening at Forester Beach Camp.
Day two: Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline
Walk along ridgelines of sand-dunes, look out across the heathlands, and lunch at the coves sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. Sleep sound at the Bay of Fires Lodge.
Day three: Kayaking and enjoying the area
Kayak down the Ansons River and experience the diverse ecology of the river, cross the bird-rich waters of Ansons Bay, and stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula. Fish, snorkel in the marine nursery, explore the nearby shell coves or just enjoy the surroundings.
Day four: Return to Launceston rejuvenated
Walk through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. Return through the picturesque Pipers Brook wine region stopping at Dr Andrew Pirie’s vineyard, then travel onto Launceston returning to Quamby homestead early evening.
This graph loosely depicts the gradient of the track, providing you with some basic understanding of how challenging the walk will be. The graphs are useful in helping you decide which walk suits you best. Whatever your ability or fitness, there’s sure to be a walk that suits in the Great Walks of Australia collection.
* Elevations are indicative only and are not to scale. Walkers should contact individual walk companies to better understand the terrain and difficulty of each walk.
Committed To The Environment
The basic principles of sustainability – protecting the present for the future by maintaining bio-diversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting place – have been wholeheartedly embraced in the construction of Forester Beach Camp and the Bay of Fires Lodge. From the siting of the buildings and the form of their design, to the selection of building materials and the management of the construction process, our single focus has been on protecting the landscape and connecting to it.
The lodge itself was gently placed in the landscape to create minimal disturbance while maximising the visual connection with the surrounding vegetation and the ocean beyond. If you would like a more active role in giving back to the environment you are visiting, you are invited by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Tourism Tasmania to participate in the Green Guardians programme.