Bay of Fires Lodge Songwriting Retreat
Available by request for private groups | Price: from $3,795 pp | Maximum: 8 guests
Escape to the stunning Bay of Fires with Ange Boxall for four days of walking, singing, writing, sharing, connection to nature and the Bay of Fires Lodge.
In May and June each year, the stunning Bay of Fires Lodge offers a selection of lodge-based workshops. This four-day, three-night lodge-based experience is an all-inclusive retreat, featuring transport from Launceston, all meals and drinks and accommodation at our award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge. Available by request for private groups.
For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email Daniel@taswalkingco.com.au
*Please pack the gear list for our Long Weekend itinerary as this is a lodge-based walk
Introducing Ange Boxall
“She's kind of 1 part English Rose, 1 part Tasmanian Devil and 1 part gin-soaked Southern Belle” - Lachlan Bryan (AUS)
Performing Country / Pop Songwriter, Ange Boxall, hails from the serene but wild beaches of eastern Tasmania. It's here that Ange resides in a big old country house built in the early 1800's and where she also co-owns Tasmanian gin Company, The Splendid Gin. Ange is the Founder and Creative Director of ECHO Festival - East Coast Harvest Odyssey. Life is good... it's full of music, art, nature, and fun.
Signing to Checked Label Services / Sony Music Australia in late 2016, the physical release of Ange's album 'Into The Wind' debuted at #11 on the Official ARIA Australian Albums Chart across all genres, as well as #27 on the albums chart for releases from all over the world!
Ange Boxall embodies the spirit of the modern Americana star - with a 1970s singer songwriter heart. Her very own style of country-folk-pop is commercial, crystal clear, and wickedly catchy.
“Our very fave acoustic singer by a country mile!” - MONA, Museum of Old and New Art (TAS)
If you don't know Ange, check out a few of these videos.
A lodge-based retreat with Ange Boxall
This is an excerpt from a longer essay about song writing by Ange.
'Song writing is my therapy, my psychologist.
Sometimes it takes a long time to finish a song. My longest took five years! Others come pouring out instantaneously, almost as though they were already written and you’re merely the transcriber.
Songs can be like a lover. You can be obsessed with a newly penned song, wanting to play it all the time. In time you might realise that it’s not your finest work, maybe it’s even a crap song, ha! Maybe your friends sing along and it’s an instant a keeper. Others grow on you and become favourites over time.
I write songs differently each time - sometimes a melody pops into my head. This often happens when I’m driving or doing menial tasks. Other times it’s a rhythm that comes. Sometimes it’s a poem and the writing first. Sometimes just a title. And sometimes it happens simultaneously. There isn’t one particular right or wrong way. It’s whatever works and feels right at the time'.
We're thrilled to offer our Bay of Fires Lodge as a venue for a songwriting retreat with Ange Boxall. Ange is Tasmania's unofficial ambassador and knows the east coast like the back of her hand. The retreat allows time for walking, singing, songwriting and time spent indulging in the stunning architecture and natural surrounds. The retreat is limited to eight people. Everyone is welcome including guests and partners who just want to be a part of the experience.
Day One: Walk commencement acknowledge and evening fire song and chat with Ange
Days two and three: Morning workshops, independent afternoons and evening fire song and chat with Ange
Day Four: End of stay acknowledgement
*** Please note that this is a lodge-based itinerary and different to our four day Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.
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, arranged as two king-singles or one king bed. 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.
Day 1: Launceston to Mt William National Park
Approximately 4 hours walking
After our morning journey from Launceston, we arrive at the Bay of Fires, to be greeted by the azure blue waters, white sandy beaches and iconic orange lichen-covered granite boulders. Our lunch spot today is nestled in the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. We’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story before it's time to get our walking boots sandy as we trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the celebrated Bay of Fires Lodge.
Afternoon tea will be waiting. Come evening, venture into the library 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.
- Walk commencement acknowledge and an evening song or two and chat with Ange
Day 2: Morning workshop
Today is a mix of time enjoying the lodge, independent time and a workshop session with Ange.
Rise early to the native birds accompanying the dawn and enjoy 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.
The morning includes a workshop and conversation with Ange and your small group.
In the afternoon, there is time for a walk nearby with our naturalist guide. You can choose to fish, snorkelling in the marine nursery, exploring shell coves or enjoying the lodge surrounds. Or, you can spend the afternoon writing.
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.
Morning songwriting workshop with Ange
- Fireside evening song or two and chat with Ange
Day 3: Songwriting workshop and walks in nature
Today is another day of workshop sessions with Ange and time to enjoy this precious place.
Once again it is the sound of crashing waves and native birds that accompany the dawn. After an early walk or swim, enjoy a hot breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. The morning workshop will continue your journey with developing your sense of the Bay of Fires. The day allows for indulging in moments of solitude and quiet and for communing with this pristine environment. There is time once more for a walk nearby with our naturalist guide.
After dinner, the song and conversation can be heard around the outside fire or inside in the comfortable lounge depending upon the weather.
Morning songwriting workshop with Ange
- Fireside evening song or two and chat with Ange
Day 4: 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 walk and a final yoga practice 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.
Final acknowledgment of time spent together at The Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires Lodge Song Writing Retreat with Ange Boxall
Available in May and June by request for private groups
Price per person for departures (inc GST), twin share
|May and June 2022||From: $3,795|
- 4 Day Guided Retreat
- Maximum guests - 8
- Email: Daniel@taswalkingco.com.au
No single supplements are required.
Terms and Conditions
- All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST and are subject to change without notice
- Minimum numbers are required for this trip to be confirmed and depart. Minimum numbers will be confirmed three months before departure if not before.
- Once minimum numbers are confirmed the full payment and Guest Information Form are due immediately
- Cancellations will not be possible after the final payment although bookings are transferable to another person
- Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
- This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.
Please view our traditional booking terms and conditions
After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart. If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19, guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for this departure or cancel with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Bay of Fires Walk within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Bay of Fires Walk itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.
- Duffle bag for personal belongings to be transferred directly to the Lodge (weighing no more than 5kgs)
- Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base
- 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.
- Have a burning question? Check out our FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
- Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring. Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If your unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to you local outdoor adventure store.
- All guests are requested to bring their own yoga mat.