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Bay of Fires & Mt William National Park

Park Trek Walking Holidays - 4 days

  • Bay of Fires & Mt William National Park
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Food
Safety
Packing List
Park Trek Walking Holidays
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Overview

> Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Tasmania
> Visit the stunning Mt William National Park
> Visit the lighthouse at Eddystone Point

Explore the Bay of Fires, over four fantastic days of beach walking and sightseeing. Enjoy spectacular beaches, marvel at amazing rock colors and formations and take the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Tasmanian east coast.

This itinerary incorporates some of Tasmania’s most stunning scenery and is almost exclusively beach walking for the first three days. Around the headlands you will encounter rocky areas to navigate.

On this predominantly beach walk, you will enjoy spectacular coastline and on the last day we head inland for a forested section and wildflower reserve.

Departing from Launceston you’ll visit stunning Mt William National Park, the pink granite lighthouse at Eddystone Point, beautiful Anson’s Bay and the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 01: Launceston – Musselroe Bay to Boulder Point 13km, approx. 5 hours of walking, including breaks (easy to moderate grade)

Today we depart from Launceston. Pick up is at 7.45am for an 8am departure. Please come in your hiking gear with day pack ready. We will stop at Icena for morning tea
and to drop off trailer but won’t be checking our bags into rooms until we return from the walk.

We head into the northern section of Mount William National park to begin the Bay of Fires beach walk at the northern end of Musselroe Bay.

We walk from the remote coastal conservation area of Musselroe Bay to Boulder Point. The incredibly scenic coastline of deserted white-sand beaches punctuated by windswept headlands, sheltered lagoons and estuaries is a haven for birdwatchers.

Following on from this we head off for an easy one hour return walk to the top of Mt William. From the peak (216m) in clear weather you can enjoy extensive views over the coast and inland, while to the north you'll see some of the Bass Strait islands.

We then head back to our accommodation to unpack and here we enjoy pre-dinner antipasto followed by a two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Day 02:Boulder Point to Deep Creek 15km, approx. 5 hours walking, including breaks– moderate grade

After breakfast and lunch making we head off for the day’s beach walk from Boulder Point to Deep Creek in Mt William National Park.

Mt William National Park is a place of constant fascination. It is an important area for the conservation of Tasmania's coastal heathlands. Whether you would like to watch birds or spot native wildlife, there's always something to see in this beautiful national park. This section is one of the more remote and untouched along the trail. Today we explore Boulder Point, Cobbler Rocks and Cod Bay finishing at Deep Creek.

Today’s trek includes sand walking and there are some rocky areas around the headlands to navigate, but the scenery is well worth the effort. Mt. William National Park has an amazing diversity of animals. It is an important sanctuary for the Forester (or eastern grey) kangaroo, wombats, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons are also common. We finish the day at Eddystone Point with a visit to the impressive pink granite lighthouse built in 1889. After the day’s walk we head back to our accommodation for well-earned pre-dinner antipasto followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides. Overnight accommodation at Icena Farm House. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 03: Policeman’s Point to The Gardens 14 to 15 km, 4 to 4.5 hours walking including breaks, moderate to hard grade

After breakfast and lunch making, we head into the Bay of Fires Conservation area for our day’s walking. Beginning at Policeman’s Point we traverse over the iconic white sands you have come to know as the beautiful Bay of Fires.

Most of today’s walking is along the wide sandy beaches, crossing over pebbly beach, break yoke beach, gardens lagoon beach to our final destination of the Gardens. However, you will navigate some tricky rocky headlands which consist of 3 x 1km stretches of large loose rock, as well as forested tracks along the way.

After the day’s walk we head back to our accommodation for well-earned pre-dinner antipasto followed by a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides. Overnight accommodation at Icena Farm House Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04: Deep Creek via Eddyson Point to Anson’s Bay 13 to 15 km, approx. 6 hours walking, including breaks – moderate grade

After breakfast and lunch making we begin our beach walk today at Deep Creek and head south to beautiful Anson’s Bay.

Bird life is rich and varied, with nearly 100 species occurring here. The extensive coastal heaths favour various species of honey-eater including the tawny-crowned and crescent honey-eater. Other heathland species include the superb blue wren, flame, dusk and scarlet robin. Being a coastal park, Mt. William is an excellent area for observing sea birds. Gulls, terns, gannets, and albatrosses can be seen, as well as both the pied and sooty oystercatcher.

From here we head back toward Launceston stopping for afternoon tea at Derby.

We aim to be back in Launceston at approximately 5.30pm so if flying out after the tour please do not book flights before 7.00 pm.

Included

Included:

√ Transport
We will pick you up from Launceston and will drive you backback. We use a comfortable 12-seater mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage. Plus we use the coach to drop off and pick up during the course of the day.

√ Guides
Our Park Trek guides will drive, cook and care for you.

√ Meals
This trek includes 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, all freshly prepared using local produce where possible. We also include snacks including trail mix, antipasto, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits/cake.

√ Accommodation
3 night’s accommodation on a twin share basis are included (single supplement available at additional cost).

√ Park tickets
All national park entry fees are covered.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Australia.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Australia.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

Accommodation

Icena Farm House

For the three nights’ away we stay within a short drive of Mt William National Park in self-contained farm-house style accommodation. Each of the two houses (Icena and Platypus) are air-conditioned (heat-pump), fully furnished 4 bedroom homes. In Bandicoot House, one room has an ensuite bathroom, the other three rooms have adjoining bathrooms. In Platypus House, there are two bathrooms shared between the four bedrooms. There are blankets and linen on all beds. Towels are supplied. The houses are furnished with TV, DVD, dishwasher and washing machine, fan-forced oven and microwave, as well as outdoors deck and barbeque.

Food

Meals during the trek

The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. Our menus are designed to showcase the fabulous regional produce. Fresh local cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, fish and meats are used , supporting local farmers and minimising our food miles.

We don’t offer five-star dining, but our guides take pride in ensuring that all meals are delicious and plentiful, prepared with top quality fresh seasonal ingredients.

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available at your base accommodation.

Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. Some days might include something different like a roasted chicken or a quiche.

Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides. The menu changes to suit available fresh produce but could include a classic roast lamb, salmon fillet or Thai chicken. Dessert may include things like maple baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit salad.

Snacks and nibbles – guests can prepare their own trail each morning from the self serve trail mix selection. There will be fresh fruit for the trail, and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks.

Pre-dinner antipasto – each evening we prepare a tasty selection of antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers before dinner.

Dietary requirements – we are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements if advised beforehand, and can prepare meals to meet individual needs.

Alcohol – out tours do not include include alcoholic beverages, however guests are most welcome to bring beer/wine along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine please ensure this is packed well in your main bag to avoid breakages. There may also be an opportunity to visit a local bottle shop while on tour.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Packing List

Packing List

Please bring you gear in a soft bag rather than hard suitcase to help guides pack the trailer. For the day pack we recommend a bag of approx. 20 litres, with a load bearing harness.

As a walker you will need to have your own day pack and water bladder and suitable hiking shoes/boots.

Here is our suggested list of what you will need to be wearing or have in your day pack:

• rain jacket
• a fleece jacket
• wide-brimmed hat for sunny days
• beanie or woollen hat for cold days
• water bottle or drinking bladder, min 2 litre
• high factor sunscreen
• lip balm
• blister pads and / or tape for rubbing and/or blisters
• antiseptic hand gel
• sun glasses
• walking poles (optional)
• gaiters (optional)
• camera
• binoculars
• spare batteries for all devices/charger

For your Main Bag: Your main bag stays at Icena for the duration of the trip. You only carry your light day pack while walking.

• 2 pairs long and/or short pants. Preferably loose fitting, lightweight and quick drying
• 2 x Long sleeved shirts
• 4 x T-shirts
• Fleece jacket/woollen sweater – something warm
• Rain jacket/ spray jacket
• Swimmers/bathers and towel (optional)
• Walking socks
• if rain is expected, then having a set of thermal under garments can keep you warm in the face of blustery conditions
• a woollen or fleece hat for cooler weather
• lightweight, quick drying towel
• waterproof, reusable bag for worn clothing
• Comfortable shoes and clothing for evenings and activities
• Underwear
• Toiletries— shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, sanitary products, toothpaste etc.

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek was founded in 2000 by Alan Fenner. As an ex Outward Bound Field Instructor and avid bushwalker, Alan brought together his love of the great outdoors and his enthusiasm for creating a social, safe and fun bush walking experience for others to enjoy.

Paul and Ingrid Huitema, took over the business in late 2014. They also share a love of travel and the great outdoors. Over the past 15 years, Park Trek has delivered hundreds of tours and gained a solid reputation for providing guests with spectacular scenery, thoughtfully planned itineraries, plenty of time to absorb and enjoy the natural world and a great social environment for like-minded travellers.

All tours are fully accommodated and hosted by professional and experienced guides. Most meals are included and walking distances are suitable for most healthy adults. Our guided walking tours have a maximum of 10 to 12 guests, depending on the tour destination. We have two Park Trek guides on tour who cook, care and guide you through some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. Our focus is on walking and exploring the natural environment first and foremost. We are an authentic walking tour company and the hiking component of our tours is the focus. Evening meals are mostly prepared by our talented guides, breakfast is a continental spread, lunch, fruit and snacks are layed out each day for you to help yourself. We don’t offer chef prepared meals and fine wines, but our meals are very important and we offer fresh, wholesome and healthy meals while you are on tour with us. In general, the first and last day of your tour will include half a day travelling from and back to the closest major city/ captial and half a day of walking.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
Summer sits in the middle of tourism season in Tasmania and is easily the best time if you are planning a major adventure. While the weather can spike into the high 30s and even reach the low 40's generally temperatures remain in the 20s which is great if you want to do something physically demanding. Anyway, you can trek in Tasmania all year round.

Tipping
Tipping in Australia is not customary. Workers in tourism generally make a sufficient income and do not depend on gratuities left by tourists. However, it always depends on the situation: If you feel that the service was exceptional it's good etiquette to leave a tip.

How to get to Tasmania?
As Australia's only island state, and you can access Tasmania is by air and sea. Regular flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston. Direct flights are also available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King and Flinders Island. Alternatively many visitors travel to Tasmania from Melbourne by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Where can I see a Tasmanian devil?
The Tasmanian devil is the most iconic animal of Tasmania, and to be in Tasmania and not see one is a bit of a disappointment. Here are some of the most popular places to get to see them:

BONORONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Hobart
ZOODOO ZOO - Richmond
TASMANIAN DEVIL UNZOO - 15-minute drive from Hobart
EAST COAST NATUREWORLD - Bicheno
DEVILS @ CRADLE - Cradle Mountain National Park

How to Book

How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the Australian products, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 45 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 45 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount. 

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek was founded in 2000 by Alan Fenner. As an ex Outward Bound Field Instructor and avid bushwalker, Alan brought together his love of the great outdoors and his enthusiasm for creating a social, safe and fun bush walking experience for others to enjoy.

Paul and Ingrid Huitema, took over the business in late 2014. They also share a love of travel and the great outdoors. Over the past 15 years, Park Trek has delivered hundreds of tours and gained a solid reputation for providing guests with spectacular scenery, thoughtfully planned itineraries, plenty of time to absorb and enjoy the natural world and a great social environment for like-minded travellers.

All tours are fully accommodated and hosted by professional and experienced guides. Most meals are included and walking distances are suitable for most healthy adults. Our guided walking tours have a maximum of 10 to 12 guests, depending on the tour destination. We have two Park Trek guides on tour who cook, care and guide you through some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. Our focus is on walking and exploring the natural environment first and foremost. We are an authentic walking tour company and the hiking component of our tours is the focus. Evening meals are mostly prepared by our talented guides, breakfast is a continental spread, lunch, fruit and snacks are layed out each day for you to help yourself. We don’t offer chef prepared meals and fine wines, but our meals are very important and we offer fresh, wholesome and healthy meals while you are on tour with us. In general, the first and last day of your tour will include half a day travelling from and back to the closest major city/ captial and half a day of walking.

How to Book

How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the Australian products, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 45 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 45 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount. 

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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