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Bay of Fires Lodge 'Art Walk' with Jock Young

Departure date: TBC May 2021

The Tasmanian Walking Company and Handmark Gallery are offering a series of 'Art Walks' in the heart of nature, hosted by Tasmanian artists.

In this Special Interest Experience, based at the stunning Bay of Fires Lodge, Jock Young will lead 'en plein air' workshops. We're elated to have been introduced to Jock. He grew up on the beaches of northern Sydney, studied marine biology and moved to Tasmania in 1984, to work for the CSIRO. Jock has always painted and slowly developed a dual career in both science and art.

You will be able to walk to different locations, carry your easel, set up in nature, and paint the stunning colours and light of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and granite headlands. There will be opportunities to kayak or indulge in the lodges' spa treatments.

 The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a breathtaking four day walk along the pristine east coast of Tasmania, featuring accommodation at the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge. All transport, guides, sumptuous meals and local wines are included. During this unique experience, the long table at the lodge will play host to evening dinner parties and guests will have time to read, enjoy the indoor and outdoor fires, footbaths and walks along deserted beaches.

  Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

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Jock Young

Jock Young has always been drawn to the sea.

He writes...

It’s the central theme in much of my work. I am particularly interested in the coast, which has a dynamic quality that is rare to find anywhere else. The interplay between the sea in all its different moods and the adjacent landforms has been a constant subject for me.

I started painting as a teenager growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We spent a lot of time in and around the water. At that time, the area was relatively undeveloped so there were plenty of places to go for a ride or a picnic - and there were lots of times that we would take our paints. We had many conversations about art in general, and painting in particular.

I was fortunate to have as my neighbours at different times some very good artists: Arthur Murch, Sali Herman and, later, Stan de Teliga, to name a few. Stan became a kind of mentor who taught me by example to explore the world of landscape painting.

Apart from its natural beauty, Tasmania has a distinct light, which has been the element that’s interested me since my arrival.

Handmark Gallery

Handmark is more than a gallery. It is a portal through which we meet Tasmanian artists, are introduced to their art and Tasmania reveals it's beauty, majesty and moods. The Tasmanian Walking Company cherishes its relationship with Allanah Dopson and her team. Our lodges, huts and lounges feature the work of Handmark's artists. 

Allanah has spent her life immersed in the arts, both performing and visual.  She has a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and a post-graduate Diploma in Arts Management from City University in London and has worked across Australia. Allanah is the founding Director of the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival. She has served on the board of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Contemporary Art Tasmania and Brand Tasmania and she is passionate about promoting Tasmania and its artists.

The gallery has two locations and features exhibitions at both Salamanca, Hobart and Evandale galleries. 

Handmark has curated three walks for the first season of Art Walks. Julie Payne will launch the program with a four-day walk on the spectacular Three Capes Track in Spring. We'll host a summer workshop with Peter Gouldthorpe on our Cradle Mountain Huts Walk on January 30, 2021. And in autumn we'll offer a special lodge-based "en plein air" workshop with Jock Young.

Bay of Fires Lodge 'Art Walk' (4-days)

If squeaky white-sand beaches and wild coastline appeal to you, the Bay of Fires is a spectacular reason to lace up. We begin at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park where we journey four hours to semi-permanent tents in the dunes. At our forest camp there is no roughing it, take an ocean dip and return for pinots poured and your meal underway.

Day two is all about secluded coves, hearing tales of early inhabitants and making our way to the Bay of Fires Lodge. This is home for the next two nights - where foot spas and library time come standard and signature experiences in the outdoor bath tempt. Day three, grab a kayak paddle and glide down the Ansons River or relax into a ‘lodge day.’

We take it easy on the final day, serving up a brekkie out on deck followed by a one hour walk to our forest lunch location. It’s then onward to Entally Lodge to celebrate our shared four days.

Spring is wildflower season. It is stunning and provides cooler temperatures perfect for hiking.

Price: $2,450 pp


About Our Venue

Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by National Park, the Bay of Fires Lodge is the only building on 20km of outstanding coastal wilderness.

Enjoying views up and down the pristine white sandy beaches in an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, a truly ecologically-aware building has been gently let into the landscape. Two long timber and glass pavilions allow maximum connection to the landscape with minimum impact on the environment: all building materials - Tasmanian hardwood and plantation pine - were lifted in by helicopter or hand carried to the site.

The lodge is autonomous in providing and managing its existence. Here you will experience true communion with nature in accommodation that combines simplicity of design with comfort and warmth. In the magnificent living area with its large timber deck and open fire, you’ll enjoy delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce, accompanied by fine Tasmanian wines. Solar power provides the lighting, while hot showers and comfortable hotel beds add a touch of luxury at the end of each day’s activities.

All accommodation at the Lodge is twin or double share, with king size mattresses. There is a small library which is comfortable and cosy looking out over the ocean. This is a great place to sit back and relax or look through our selection of books and magazines.

The Sparkling Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline


Tasmania’s stunning Larapuna - Bay of Fires gives spaciousness just by breathing its air and gazing upon its long horizons. Imagine combining this expansive beauty and the sensing of freedom it inspires, with a relaxed painting workshop.

Following a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, we walk will explore and absorb 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.

Afternoon tea will be waiting upon our return back to the celebrated lodge, 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 cold drop while you dip 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.

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Kayaking and enjoying the area

You can choose your own adventure. 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.

There will be an opportunity to 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 at the lodge 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.

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Return to Launceston rejuvenated

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 the lodge. Unlike our other walking, 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.

Upon our return to Entally Lodge there will be time to raise a glass to the four wonderful days spent together.

Itinerary Details

Bay of Fires Lodge 'Art Walk' with Jock Young

Available anytime "By Request"

Proposed 2021 departures: May

  • 4 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 12 (Twin Share)
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $2,450.00

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

All accommodation is twin share. Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of the same gender if the departure fills to capacity. To guarantee a single room for the duration of the walk a supplementary price of 75% of full fee will apply. This needs to be requested at the time of booking.

Booking Terms and Conditions 

All prices are quoted per person in $AUD, including GST

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  • Return transfers between Launceston and the Bay of Fires Lodge
  • 3 nights at Bay of Fires Lodge twin share
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
  • National Park pass
  • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Optional kayaking day
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk.


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