Ready for a double dose of Tasmania’s epic coast? Alluring East begins in the north east on our Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Expect sand between your toes (yes, kick off your boots), secluded coves, and a day-long kayak exploring the Anson’s River. The uncomplicated luxury of the Bay of Fires Lodge invites restful sleep and foot spas for weary walkers.
We’ll ease you back into city life, dropping by a vineyard en route to Hobart for some down time. Follow your own map across this diverse cosmopolitan capital or join us for some underground time at Mona, the acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art.
The wilderness then pulls once more, drawing us down the dramatic Tasman Peninsula for some edge-of-the-world walking on our Three Capes Lodge Walk. The wild Southern Ocean is your constant as you take in 37,000 years of history, towering dolerite spires and epic views from your architecturally-designed lodging.
Let Tasmania’s coast pull you in for 10 days and deliver you to the world recharged.
Upon arrival into Launceston Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation at The Sebel Launceston. Depending on your arrival time, you may like to explore the nearby Cataract Gorge (a favourite amongst locals) or visit the Design Centre where you can view crafts designed by local artisans.
Your group and Tour Director will meet in the lobby of your accommodation at 6:00pm to take the short stroll to the multi award winning Stillwater restaurant, for a three course menu with matched wines.
*If Stillwater is not available we will dine in a restaurant of a similar standard.
Approximately 4 hours walking
After an early breakfast at your accommodation, meet in front of the hotel where you will be transferred to our walking base at Quamby Estate, a short 25 minute drive into the picturesque Tasmanian countryside. Here your Tour Director and fellow Bay of Fires guide will do a gear check and introduction before being transferred to Mt William National Park.
It’s time to lace up and get your walking boots sandy! Our beach walk today begins at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park. In clear conditions, the Bass Strait islands of Flinders and Cape Barren are visible to the north.
We’ll nestle into a protected beach along the coastline for lunch, enjoying the company of native birds, rare shells and marine artefacts. From day one your guides will begin unravelling the Bay of Fires tales; its early inhabitants, visiting explorers, and how it came to bear its fiery name.
After about four hours walking, we’ll arrive at the Forester Beach Camp, tucked away in secluded dunes. These semi-permanent tents are our home for the night. Relax on the deck with a local wine, take a dip or explore the dune swale location while your guides prepare delicious Tasmanian fare.
Approximately 7 hours walking
Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we continue to walk south, absorbing the coastline’s bold colours and solitude. Along the ridgelines of sand dunes, views extend across heathlands and out to the ocean. We’ll visit marsupial lawns, often encountering quiet native animals and the tracks they leave at nightfall.
Our lunch spot today is a beach sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. We’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story, before we trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
Afternoon tea will be waiting, along with spa treatments for those who want to indulge. Pre-bookings are best if you’re keen to sink into the outdoor tub or settle in for a luxurious few hours at the spa.
Come evening, venture into the library, cast a line off the beach, or have your hosts deliver a glass of Tasmanian wine while you dip your toes into a foot spa on the back deck. Dinner is a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.
Approximately 6 hours kayaking/walking
Rise early to the native birds accompanying the dawn, waking to the aroma of a hot-cooked breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. If it's a sunny morning, breakfast on the deck can reward you with whale spotting and dolphins surfing the waves.
Today, choose your own adventure. This morning, choose to join your guides in a gentle kayak down Ansons River and experience the riparian ecology of this winding waterway. Cross the bird-rich waters of Ansons Bay and conclude with a stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula back to the lodge.
Other options for today include a spa treatment, fishing, snorkelling in the marine nursery, exploring shell coves or enjoying the lodge surrounds. After dinner is when the native wildlife wander out, keep an eye out for wombats, wallabies, Forester kangaroos, possums or even a Tasmanian devil. Don’t forget to look up - the night sky from this pristine coastline is an awesome spectacle.
Approximately 1 hour walking
Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, there’s plenty of time for a morning swim or final spa treatment before we depart. Today we venture through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. We’ll enjoy a forest lunch to the sound of native birds, including the endemic green rosella.
At this point we will say goodbye to our Bay of Fires guide and continue the journey south to Hobart with our Tour Director. This route takes us along the stunning coastal route through the towns of Scamander, Bicheno and Swansea to name a few, stopping at Devils Corner Cellar Door on the way to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and stunning views.
Upon arrival in Hobart you will have an opportunity to settle into your MACq01 accommodation before you’re free to explore the streets of vibrant Hobart and discover your endless dinner options.
*If MACq01 is unavailable we will stay in accommodation of a similiar standard.
This morning enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before meeting your Hobart Tour Guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00am to set off on your day to Australia’s largest privately owned gallery and museum, Mona.
Take a short walk to the Brooke Street Pier to take the ferry on the Derwent River to Mona in the comfort of the ferry's exclusive ‘posh pit.’ On arrival at Mona, have time to explore the diverse collection on display before breaking for a delicious two course lunch with matched wines at Mona’s stellar restaurant, Source. After lunch enjoy a private guided tour and tasting at Tasmania’s second oldest winery and vineyard, Moorilla.
With more time to explore the Mona museum and grounds, everyone will regroup at the Mona jetty at 4:30pm for the return journey to Hobart.
Enjoy the evening at your leisure and choose to visit one of the many restaurants surrounding the waterfront or dine on a locally sourced, seafood inspired menu at Old Wharf restaurant located at MACq01.
Approximately 2 hours walking
Meet your Tour Director and fellow Three Capes Lodge Walk guide at your accommodation after breakfast and travel 1.5 hours to the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula. We will then make our way down to meet our private boat and depart for Denman’s Cove. Cruising beyond Port Arthur, while spotting for seals and dolphins, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view. A strong indication of the drama to come.
In Denman’s Cove we’ll fuel you with local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. At this point, if the Southern Ocean begs, head for a dip before a gradual incline up to the lodge.
Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local fare. Post dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck for your own private sunset.
Approximately 5 hours walking
Wake to the stillness of Crescent Lodge, with the aromas of your cooked breakfast wafting through. From here, head due south while taking in views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. A climb up Arthurs Peak, 300 metres above sea level, is well worth the oceanic vista. In these parts, White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents, so be sure to look skyward. Lunch isn’t far away, an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are plenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica.
Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken with the knowledge that there is a massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer.
Approximately 6 hours walking
This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area and out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names – Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.
Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout – with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. Then, it’s a direct return journey home to Cape Pillar Lodge, where the relaxation pavilion, three-course dinner and ocean views await. Unlace the boots, kick up your feet and let the sea breeze tickle your toes.
Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Cape Pillar Lodge. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 45 minutes to a splendid three hours and immerse yourself in the enchanting surrounds.
Approximately 6 hours walking (Cape Hauy side trip optional)
It’s time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) en-route to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in – lush mosses, ferns and vibrant greens. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 metres above sea level. Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.
Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy - or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes into pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear waves. After some canapes and a glass of sparkling to celebrate the wonderful time spent together, you’ll be transported back to Hobart for those staying on in Tasmania and via the airport for evening departure flights.