Overseas Walks: Embrace the great outdoors in Tasmania
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
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
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.