Map of Walk Tasmania's Bay of Fires including Australia

Blaze a trail across Tasmania’s most impressive coastline

Seclusion, solitude, stunning scenery and sweeping stretches of sand await on this five-day walking adventure from Launceston. Head east to this remote corner of Tasmania and follow trails to bright beaches rimmed with red-ringed rocks that contrast with the blue waters of the bay. Walk up summits for vast views, and through coastal tea tree and heath country. Let your experienced leader guide the way with their unmatched local knowledge, leaving you to focus on soaking up this world-famous stretch of coastline. This active adventure is the perfect way to get out and explore the incredible sites just beneath your feet.


Start
Launceston, Australia
Finish
Launceston, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PJXF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey.

  • Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most beautiful coastal regions.

  • The only thing better than the landscapes and wildlife you’ll see are the conversations you’ll have along the way, whether it’s the insights from your leader or stories from the group.

  • This is the ultimate in low impact, local travel, supporting regional communities and getting right to the heart of the landscape on two feet.

  • Find a slice of paradise in your own backyard with walks to the red rocks and crystal-clear waters of The Gardens, Mt William National Park and Eddystone Point.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in Tasmania.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2023 to 30 Jun 2024.
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Welcome to Launceston – the first stop on our Tasmanian walking trip. With powdery beaches, snow-capped mountains and cities brimming with character and charm, Tasmania offers all kinds of delights. Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest settlements and boasts incredible architecture and heritage streetscapes. It’s also one of only two cities in the entire country lucky enough to be listed as a UNESCO city of gastronomy – yeah, amongst other things, it’s a foodie’s paradise. If you arrive early today, why not make your way to Cataract Gorge, just 1.5km from the city centre. You could be in the city one minute and the next, in the middle of an incredible 65-million-year-old gorge. Spoiler alert – it’s well and truly worth the visit. Or, if the arts are more your thing – you won’t have to look far to find a museum or art gallery to tickle your fancy. Tonight, you’ll meet your local leader and fellow walking companions in the lobby of your hotel at 6pm for an important welcome meeting to get your ready for the upcoming days adventures. After the meeting, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers over a group dinner together.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you meet the group at 6pm tonight to begin your tour. Find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ section of your Essential Trip Information.
Your day starts bright and early today with a 7:30am departure from Launceston, heading east to St Helens. After a moment for a homemade morning tea, we’ll continue to Binalong Bay and the southern end of larapuna and the Bay of Fires. Here, start your first walk of the trip in Humbug Point Conservation Area and explore the coastline north of Binalong Bay. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like wallabies and echidnas along the way, and if you're a bird lover you’re in luck – you might spot pied oystercatchers, pacific seagulls and even pelicans taking to the skies here. After today’s walk, you’ll check in to your accommodation for the next three nights in St Helens, a quaint town perfectly positioned to explore the walking trails of Tasmania’s north-east coast. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
Included Activities
  • Bay of Fires Conservation Area - St Helens & Binalong Bay walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The walks today are easy to moderate, on formed paths with the occasional rocky scramble. Watch out for sneaky roots in the pathway!
This morning, say goodbye to St Helens (just for the day, don’t worry) as you drive through Mount William National Park to Stumpy’s 4 Campground. From here, you’ll begin today’s walk along the park's isolated, white-powder beaches dotted with rocky outcrops, lapped by turquoise water. Keep your eye out for some of the many shorebirds that call this area home. Depending on tide heights you may need to roll up your jeans and take off your shoes to cross Deep Creek on your way today – it’s all part of the adventure, right? Be sure to pack a towel and perhaps a spare pair of pants for the trip home (just in case). After a delightful picnic lunch and some time to lap up the scenery at Deep Creek, you can choose to continue walking to Eddystone Lighthouse or jump aboard the bus and meet the rest of the group there. Built in 1882, the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened this lighthouse and laid the final stone of the tower. You'll get a sense of accomplishment seeing the lighthouse up close, after seeing it in the distance of our walks for the past few days.
Included Activities
  • Mt William National Park - Stumpys 4 Campground to Deep Creek or Eddystone Lighthouse
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The walk today is mostly flat along glorious white, sandy beaches with the occasional granite headland to break up the walk. Wading may be needed to cross Deep Creek; the water can be thigh high on big tides after lots of rain, so bring a spare pair of pants and a towel on the bus for today!
After breakfast, more white sand beaches await you. You’ll drive to The Gardens which lie roughly halfway between Ansons and Binalong bays, stopping for morning tea and lunch with a view along the way. Here, you’ll find boardwalks and lookout platforms across bright white sands, fiery lichen boulders and water clear right to the seabed. Start your first walk today heading north toward Policeman’s Point. This is the most challenging walk of the trip so you can expect a few loose pebbles and headlands to scramble over and navigate around. Don’t worry, it’s nothing that you won’t be able to handle under the experienced guidance of your leader. You’ll follow in the direction of Eddystone Point Lighthouse along your whole journey today. The walk finishes at Policeman’s Point, where you’ll make head way back to your cosy accommodation and enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow travellers and toast to the final evening of the trip.
Included Activities
  • Bay of Fires Conservation Area - The Garden to Policeman’s Point walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
This walk is the most challenging of the tour, with several long sections of loose pebbles and rocks, and a few headlands to scramble over or navigate around, depending on the tide. Walking poles are recommended, and your guide/s will be available to assist along the way.
Today, we're shaking things up and heading to the Blue Tier sub-alpine plateau. This area boasts various rainforest walks, each with different levels of ease and difficulty. There’s the 600 metre Goblin Forest walk which meanders easily along a path and explores the history of tin-mining in the region. Or there’s the more challenging Mount Michael loop track which takes you through mature rainforest to reach the top of Mount Michael. You’ll reach sub-alpine vegetation as you near the summit – some 800m above sea level. From here, you’ll enjoy the spectacular views over St Helens and through to the east coast. Your expert guides will choose today’s tracks, considering weather and track conditions. From the Blue Tier area, drive back to Launceston where our adventure comes to an end. Expect to arrive in Launceston by mid to late afternoon, if you wish extend your stay in Launceston, get in touch ahead of time and we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Included Activities
  • Blue Tier Regional Reserve - Day walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
There are various walks in the area: from the 600m Goblin Forest walk, an easy amble around a wheelchair-graded path that explores the history of tin-mining in the region; to the more challenging Mt Michael loop track, which ascends through temperate rainforest before breaking out to sub-Alpine vegetation near the summit, from which there is a spectacular view across St Helens and the coast. Your guides will choose the best walks to suit the group, weather and time available.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, walking

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Bay of Fires Conservation Area - St Helens & Binalong Bay walks
  • Mt William National Park - Stumpys 4 Campground to Deep Creek or Eddystone Lighthouse
  • Bay of Fires Conservation Area - The Garden to Policeman’s Point walk
  • Blue Tier Regional Reserve - Day walks

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

START & END TIMES
This trip begins in Launceston on day 1 at 6pm and finishes late afternoon on Day 6. Please keep this in mind when arranging your arrival flight.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Essential trip information

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