Over­seas Walks: Em­brace the great out­doors in Tas­ma­nia

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Spring: crisp air, pure waters and clear skies, the win­ning com­bi­na­tion for ban­ish­ing the win­ter blues and kick­start­ing a new out­door escapade. The ad­ven­ture lo­ca­tion of choice for the Mark Web­ber Tas­ma­nia Chal­lenge, Tas­ma­nia is the place to get amongst the great out­doors.

The many choices in­clude: walk­ing amongst the an­cient trees of the Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness World Her­itage Area, this year cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary; tick­ing off a bucket list item (scenic plane flight, ab­so­lute seclu­sion, wilder­ness walk, gourmet food, lux­ury tent) on the Port Davey Wilder­ness Camp Ex­pe­ri­ence; dis­cov­er­ing Cra­dle Moun­tain with Quamby Es­tate’s walk­ing pack­ages or ex­plor­ing new ter­rain on one of the Greater Ho­bart Trails (walks and cy­cling); giv­ing trout fish­ing a go; or fi­nally get­ting to the Bay of Fires Walk – now with the added perk of a new day spa.

Par Avion Wilder­ness Tours has re­cently opened the lux­u­ri­ous and ab­so­lutely re­mote Port Davey Wilder­ness Camp; mak­ing Tas­ma­nia’s pris­tine South­west Wilder­ness Area more ac­ces­si­ble than ever be­fore.

Be­gin­ning in Novem­ber, Par Avion will of­fer a three day, two night, all in­clu­sive, guided wilder­ness re­treat at the new camp, nes­tled in the for­est on the shores of Bathurst Har­bour within the Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness World Her­itage Area cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing 30 years since its in­scrip­tion.

The wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins with a spec­tac­u­lar light plane flight across the state’s rugged south coast, fol­lowed by a boat trip across the Port Davey Ma­rine Re­serve to the wilder­ness camp. There, ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal guides will share their in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the flora, fauna and in­dige­nous his­tory, ac­com­pa­ny­ing guests on beau­ti­ful walks, vis­its to Abo­rig­i­nal mid­dens and caves, re­mote wa­ter­ways and un­touched beaches. The com­pletely guided ex­pe­ri­ence is avail­able for groups of be­tween two and eight guests from Novem­ber through to April each year at a cost of $1950 per per­son in­clud­ing meals, boat and scenic flights.

New Day Spa at Bay of Fires

Lodge

Wilder­ness lovers tak­ing in the four-day,

three night Bay of Fires Lodge Walk who also like to in­dulge in a lit­tle lux­ury can soothe their weary walker’s body at the new day spa set to open at the Lodge in Oc­to­ber. Perched on a cliff top over­look­ing the ocean be­side the Lodge; where walk­ers spend day two of the iconic trek, the spa will of­fer breath­tak­ing views, an out­door deck where guests can con­tinue to re­lax af­ter their treat­ment, cosy in­door loung­ing spa­ces, an ex­ten­sive well­ness and wilder­ness li­brary, and a small spa bou­tique.

The treat­ment range will in­clude mas­sages, fa­cials and body treat­ments with a fo­cus on re­ju­ve­na­tion. Re­flect­ing the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ments, the spa will use Li’tya prod­ucts, a unique range of skin, hair and body prod­ucts based on In­dige­nous Aus­tralian plants and the prin­ci­ples of mod­ern and In­dige­nous herbal­ism, aro­mather­apy and touch ther­apy.

The bathing pavil­ion will also of­fer ther­a­peu­tic bath treat­ments; the per­fect pre­lude to any spa treat­ment. The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk fol­lows Tas­ma­nia’s pris­tine north­east coast­line through the spec­tac­u­lar Bay of Fires Con­ser­va­tion Area. Quamby Es­tate Over­land Track

Walk Pack­ages

The ma­jes­tic Quamby Es­tate lo­cated in the state’s pris­tine Me­an­der Val­ley has launched five and seven day walk pack­ages in part­ner­ship with Cra­dle Moun­tain Huts where guests will trek the spec­tac­u­lar Over­land Track and dis­cover the rare beauty of Cra­dle Moun­tain.

Start­ing with overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion at Quamby’s lux­u­ri­ous coun­try ho­tel, guests will wake to the call of the wilder­ness and en­joy a leisurely break­fast be­fore join­ing their ex­pe­ri­enced guide and head­ing out on their ad­ven­ture.

The fol­low­ing days will be spent walk­ing the 65km Over­land Track, dis­cov­er­ing the world-renowned Lake St Clair Na­tional Park with evenings spent re­lax­ing in pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tion along the trail, en­joy­ing sump­tu­ous meals and Tas­ma­nian wines.

The fi­nal night of the ad­ven­ture is spent with a re­ward­ing re­turn to Quamby, a de­li­cious din­ner, a soak in the spa for tired mus­cles and a rest­ful night’s sleep.

Great Walks of Tas­ma­nia guide

Tas­ma­nia’s wide ex­panses of un­touched land and wild, un­tamed beauty have made it a desti­na­tion of choice for trav­ellers lured by the call of a wilder­ness chal­lenge, or the ap­peal of an es­capist walk with hints of lux­ury.

Spring marks the start of walk­ing sea­son for the is­land state and is a time when Mother Na­ture puts on her best show with stun­ning flo­ral dis­plays, flow­ing wa­ter­ways and clean, fresh alpine air. The Great Walks of Tas­ma­nia; a col­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent guided walk com­pa­nies of­fer­ing un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences in Tas­ma­nia’s most in­spir­ing and ex­tra­or­di­nary lo­ca­tions have re­leased a new guide with de­tails of walk­ing at­trac­tions and in­for­ma­tion for the 2013 sea­son.

Va­ri­ety and op­tions abound with walks of dif­fer­ent lengths for ev­ery fit­ness level and ac­com­mo­da­tion in tents, stand­ing camps or award-win­ning lux­ury lodges. To­gether, the walks cover over 300km of Tas­ma­nia’s prime walk­ing tracks.

Greater Ho­bart Trails

The Greater Ho­bart Trails project was cre­ated as a one-stop por­tal for visi­tors in­ter­ested in walk­ing and rid­ing in and around Ho­bart, pulling to­gether all the great walk­ing and cy­cling routes in the re­gion for easy ac­cess.

From leisurely bush­walks, ideal for those seek­ing a na­ture-filled es­cape, to sculp­ture trails, pet-friendly paths and more chal­leng­ing tracks for the avid rider or bush­walker, the Greater Ho­bart Trails of­fers some­thing for all lev­els of fit­ness and in­ter­ests.

Al­most 80 dif­fer­ent track op­tions are on of­fer and are a great way for visi­tors to go be­hind the scenery and im­merse them­selves in the beauty of the South­ern Tas­ma­nian re­gion.

Above: South­west Na­tional Park, Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness World Her­itage Area.

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