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Larapuna / Bay of Fires Off Season Walk - 3 Days

Embrace the Off Season in Tasmania’s stunning Larapuna / Bay of Fires – 3-days, guided walk

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Explore Tasmania’s Bay of Fires in its magical Off Season with Park Trek’s 3-day guided walk. Embrace the season defined by the turning of the Fagus and fully immerse yourself in winter’s beauty. Over three days, indulge in beach walks, rainforest exploration, local specialties, and sightseeing in the stunning Bay of Fires region. Marvel at iconic orange lichen-covered boulders and, if you dare, swim in crystal-clear East Coast waters. Enjoy the wonders of winter with short days offering a unique opportunity to experience the soft light of the low sun, creating an almost perpetual daytime twilight.

This off-peak itinerary showcases coastal scenery, temperate rainforests, mountain views, and one of Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls. Visit a local winery, savor aged cheese by an open crackling fireplace, and explore Mt William National Park, Eddystone Point Lighthouse, Anson’s Bay, and the Bay of Fires conservation area.

Designed for weather flexibility and varied fitness levels, the itinerary ensures a seamless experience. Enjoy nutritious communal meals, and stay in comfortable and warm local accommodation. Reconnect with nature, relishing the physical and mental well-being benefits. Join us on this enriching journey with like-minded souls. Walk with us and embrace the magic of Tasmania’s Off Season.

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3 days
26km
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Launceston
Launceston
Grade 3
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  • Small group (10 or less), day-pack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, history, flora and fauna.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Wine and cheese tasting at our handpicked winery and local dairy.
  • Return transport ex-Launceston, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • 2 night’s comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional cost).
  • All national park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – Mt William Summit and Cape Naturalist to Boulder Point

Distance: 12km, 4.5 hours walking
Grade: 3 moderate

Our journey begins from the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. On the way to the north-east coast, we pass through Lilydale and the Pipers River wine region, before stopping by at the beach side village of Bridport for a short break.

It’s then on to Mt William National Park, we stay inland to tackle a one-hour return walk to the summit of wukalina/Mt William. At an elevation of 216 meters, this is the highest point in the surrounding area – providing walkers with a far-reaching panoramic view of the area encompassed on our first two days of walking and beyond. In clear weather, the Furneaux group of islands stand proud as lofty remnants of what remains of an ancient land bridge which once connected Tasmania with mainland Australia.

Our afternoon takes us to the white sands of Cape Naturaliste – the most northern point of our three-day wander. These beautiful afternoon hours are spent entirely on the beach, pleasantly easing one into their own natural walking pace and rhythm. Along the way, there are often resident sea birds to observe – including Oystercatchers and Hooded Plovers. Your guides will also be able to decipher any bizarre looking ocean life that has been washed ashore with the changing tides. We may discover cuttlebones, urchins, and even shark eggs.

Pausing for an afternoon tea break, we then return to the bus, before heading back to our accommodation to unpack and settle in.

This evening we enjoy pre-dinner nibbles, followed by a delicious two-course meal prepared by your guides in our warm and cosy accommodation.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 – Is open to variation, depending on weather and group preference

Distance: 9-10km, 4-5 hours walking
Grade: 2 – 3 easy to moderate

Our 2nd day is open to variation to account for weather and group preference. Your guides will choose the most suitable itinerary for the day once on tour. Your day will look something like:

Eddystone Point to Ansons Bay
10km, 4-5 hours walking, moderate grade.

This walk is packed full of highlights. We start our day at larapuna — Eddystone Point – adorned with its beautiful grand lighthouse, built in 1889 from locally quarried granite. This natural promontory is a fascinating site of historic importance to both Aboriginal and European Tasmanians, and we will spend plenty of time exploring some of the wonderful natural and man-made attractions in the area.
Leaving the lighthouse, we break out onto an expansive dune swept beach, often teeming with birdlife. Here we may observe gulls, terns, albatross and gannets – or occasionally migratory species such as short-tailed shearwaters and ruddy turnstones.
The remainder of the day is spent enjoying seemingly endless coves – each being worthy of their own picture-perfect postcard. There are numerous shelly beaches to inspect, and lovely small bays for swimming if you want to brave the cold. This area also boasts some of the more interesting rock formations of the trip, awaiting decipherment from a creative types’ imagination.
After passing across another dune swept beach, we finish our day at Ansons Bay – wading a narrowing in the la-goon to reach our designated afternoon tea spot, and meet back up with the bus.

Humbug Point Loop

10km, 4 hours walking, easy to moderate grade.

Humbug Point is an interesting mix of changing landscapes within the Bay of Fires Conservation & Recreation Area – this walk is a hidden gem, a locals secret. Consisting of historic Xanthorrhoea grass trees, sclerophyll forest and an array of wildlife, you will encounter ocean views from a higher vantage point and walk through a dynamic coastal environment set on higher ground above the beach.
Beginning at Moulting Bay, we walk a small stretch of beach around the point towards the Georges Bay inlet, here you will have views of St Helens Oyster farm, Lease 65 and across the bay towards the township of St Helens and St Helens Point Conservation Area.
As we traverse a little higher, we encounter a woodland environment, home to many bird species and providing glimpses of the ocean and coastline through the tall trees. Somewhere along the trail, we will select a suitable lunch spot, taking the opportunity to listen to sounds of nature.

St Columba Falls, Weldborough Rainforest walk, Halls Falls, Pynegana Dairy, Giant Tree walk

9km, 4 hours walking, easy to moderate grade

A series of short walks make up today’s exploration. After an hours drive through some of the East Coast’s less frequented roads, we begin our first walk through a pocket of Tasmania’s temperate rainforest—dominated by the endemic Nothofagus, sassafras, leatherwoods and giant-sized tree ferns, we have time to stop and take in this unique and ancient wonderland.
From here we continue along the Weldborough Pass to the Giant Tree walk where we wind our way along a hand-built track to the giant ash — Eucalyptus regnans. With a girth of 19.4 meters and a height of around 60 meters, this is one of Tasmania’s tallest living giants. With hollows that started to form at 150 years old, this tree houses an array of rare and special birds, mammals and invertebrates.
Further along the pass, we enter some of Tasmania’s most fertile dairy country. After a coffee and cheese stop to sample some local produce, we continue onto Tasmania’s second tallest waterfall. St Columba Falls at 90 meters tall is an easy walk through rainforest and over crystal clear streams, you can hear the water pounding down the falls before you even exit the van.
If time permits, we have the opportunity to visit the famous Pub in the Paddock, Halls Falls and the Shop in the Bush – all local hidden gems.

This evening’s dinner will consist of nibbles, followed by an excellent two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 – Mt Cameron Regional Reserve – Little Blue Lake to Cube Rock

Distance: 5km, 3 hours walking
Grade: 3 moderate

On our final morning, we pack up and depart our accommodation. After a short drive through Gladstone to Little Blue Lake, we embark on our last walk up the southern side of Mt Cameron to the granite outcrops of Cube Rock. A monolith perched atop Windy Ridge, Cube Rock dates back 380 million years.

Legend has it that Thylacines were commonly seen along this track, but today you may sight a Bennets wallaby amongst the curious granite formations. With a rich Indigenous heritage, and expansive 360 degree views, you can imagine the significance of this special place.

After lunch and an easy amble back to the bus, we depart for Launceston with some final stops along the way. We pass through Derby – the mountain biking mecca of Tasmania, Scottsdale – the home of the Tasmanian Pink Eye potato, and through the Lilydale wine region where we will have the opportunity to stop off and do a tasting of some of Tasmania’s finest before we say goodbye.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

*Walking times and distances may be adapted to the weather and groups needs based on guides discretion.

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Icena Farm. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

Icena Farm

For your two nights’ away we stay within a short drive of Mt William National Park in self-contained, newly renovated shearers quarters at Icena Farm. Situated in the wildlife heartland of Tasmania’s northeast tip, each room has its own ensuite, outside access to a lovely deck and views across lush green pastures.

Each room comes with towels, blankets, sheets and other basic essentials. The rooms are warm and cosy for our winter getaway.

For guests flying out of Launceston on the last night of tour, please don’t book flights before 7pm.

Single Supplement: We have limited availability for Single Supplement on this tour. Please enquire about availability and additional cost for SS with our reservations team at time of booking. Please note; by booking a SS on Bay of Fires you will have your own room with an ensuite.

When making your accommodation arrangements, please note Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston offer Park Trek guests a discounted rate.  Simply quote ‘Park Trek’ upon booking to receive this offer. 

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