The Bay of Fires Lodge 'Couples' Retreat with Matilda Wand
Departure: April 4-8, 2021 | Price: $3,480 pp
The Bay of Fires' pristine white sands, azure blue waters, wide skies and lichen clad rocks are an idyllic backdrop for a couples retreat. Walk, swim, kayak, relax, play and retreat together. In this nourishing and supporting environment, you can pause, reflect and find clear purpose.
All other Bay of Fires Lodge Walks in the upcoming 20/21 season are booked. Matilda Wand is holding this booking until November 30, 2020, when minimum numbers and all bookings will be confirmed. Reserve now to secure your places.
This four-day, three-night experience is fully guided, includes transport, menus with local produce and wine, a night at our remote Forester Beach Camp and two nights accommodation at our award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
Direct bookings only. For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Introducing Matilda Wand
Matilda is not only a Behavioural Strategist & Life Coach but also a Professional Firefighter working in Sydney NSW. She also represented Australia as a Gridiron Athlete in the 2017 World Cup and is an International Retreat Facilitator.
Matilda is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming so you know she has been trained and has accreditation with the best coaching organisations on the planet.
Matilda is a strong and powerful woman who will lead you into a version of yourself you’ve never imagined possible by integrating her experience with various coaching modalities such as NLP, Hypnosis, Multiple Brain Integration Techniques, Behavioural Analysis and Matrix Therapies.
Matilda explores then reprograms her clients conscious and subconscious beliefs and behaviours. Using her powerful coaching skills you’ll experience self-discovery as you've never experienced before.
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‘it changed my life from being unhappy, a bit depressed and stuck, to the happiest I have ever been, feeling unstoppable, feeling successful and loving every day of my life’
‘Since investing in coaching with Matilda my enjoyment of life has improved dramatically. I have more energy to get outside and live life. I have realised what is important. I feel more in control of my situation. I wake up each morning ready to face the day and this is only the beginning.’
‘I was able to grasp a deep understanding as to why I was acting the way I was and how to take steps to creating a much more fulfilling life.’
What to expect in this retreat with Matilda Wand
During the couples retreat, in relaxed afternoon sessions following the walks and the day of kayaking, you’ll gain tools and understanding on how to:
- Communicate clearly and authentically
- Invigorate your friendship
- Boost your connection and understanding of each other
- Create the intimacy that you desire in your relationship
- Have fun, take some time out and enjoy each other in a no-stress environment!
Pre-Walk: Quamby Homestead
Sunday April 4, 2021
Arrive in Launceston and make your way to the elegant Quamby Homestead before lunch.
Quamby Homestead is a Tasmanian heritage hotel that offers ten beautifully restored luxurious guest rooms, each uniquely decorated with an eclectic collection of original art and antique furniture. Rooms are appointed with king, queen and optional twin bedding, marble or stone bathrooms with heated floors, flat screen TVs, DVD players and heating units or fireplaces. Deluxe rooms feature spa baths.
Quamby Estate offers a rare gem of a Tasmanian golf course situated close to Launceston, and is open to members and the public as well as being available to book for corporate and private events. Lovingly constructed in the early 1990’s by local man Ian McFarlane, this beautiful course is positioned on a high elevation with magnificent rural views.
The Homestead offers breakfast and dinner to in-house guests and the public alike. Homely menus featuring Tasmanian produce have been created by Chef Sarah and can be enjoyed in a grand yet relaxed environment.
12:30-4:30: Session with Matilda Wand.
A light lunch, two-course dinner and breakfast are included in your stay. Drinks are at own expense.
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
Monday, April 5, 2021
Approximately 4 hours walking
It’s time to get your walking boots sandy. Our beach stroll this morning 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.
Day 2: Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline
Approximately 7 hours walking
Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we 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 celebrated 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 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.
Day 3: Workshop day
Today is a mix of time enjoying the lodge and workshop sessions with Matilda.
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.
Once the sessions are finished there is time to 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.
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 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.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk with Matilda Wand
- 4 Day Guided Retreat
- Minimum guests - 8
- Maximum guests - 8
Price per person for departures (inc GST), twin share
Monday 5- Thursday, April 8, Apr 2021
Also available "By Request" for groups
Direct bookings only:
- Phone: (03) 6392 2211
- Email: email@example.com
- or complete the below enquiry form
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.
Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions
- All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST
- A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
- Minimum numbers are required three months prior to departure.
- The final payment is due three months before departure. For reservations made three months or less from departure date, full payment is due at time of booking.
- Prices are subject to change without notice
- Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
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.
- Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base
- 1 night at Forester Beach Camp and 2 nights at Bay of Fires Lodge twin share (Signature Walk)
- 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
- Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk.
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