Frequently asked questions
Following are a few frequently asked questions about the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk located on the East Coast of Tasmania that you may find useful.
- How often do trips depart?
Our regular trips depart from 1 October through to 1 May. We will be offering a limited number of winter Long Weekend departures in July, August and September. Please note the spa will not be in operation on our winter departures.
- Walk accommodation
Signature (4-day walk): Whilst walking with us you will experience some truly spectacular accommodation. The first night will be spent nestled behind the dunes at Forester Beach Camp for the second and third night you will enjoy uncomplicated luxury at the award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
Long Weekend (3-day walk): Enjoy two nights of uncomplicated luxury at the award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
Each trip requires a minimum of five guests and has a maximum of ten guests. All accommodation is twin share.
If you book on as a single walker or in an odd-numbered group and the trip fills to capacity, you will share a room with another walker of the same gender.
- How fit do I need to be?
Signature (4-day walk): As long as you regularly exercise, or are capable of walking between 9 - 14 kms for the first two days along beaches and rocky headlands, you will enjoy your walking holiday. There is plenty of time each day to sit and rest as well as explore If you have any concerns about fitness please call and speak to one of our staff members.
Long Weekend (3-day walk): As long as you regularly exercise, or are capable of walking between 4-6 kms for the first day along beaches and rocky headlands, you will enjoy your walking holiday. There is plenty of time each day to sit and rest as well as explore If you have any concerns about fitness please call and speak to one of our staff members.
- How much weight do we carry?
Signature (4-day walk): Before the trip, the guides will carry out a thorough check to ensure you have suitable gear. Usually packs weigh between 8.5 - 9.5 kgs but ultimately your pack and contents can weigh as little as 7.5kg
Long Weekend (3-day walk): Before the trip, the guides will carry out a thorough check to ensure you have suitable gear. When walking you will only carry a lightweight day pack. Your overnight luggage will be transferred to the Lodge and be waiting for you when you walk into the lodge.
- What do we carry?
Signature (4-day walk): Each person carries their lunch, personal clothing, toiletries, wet weather gear, plus any extras such as a camera. Sleeping gear is provided at your accommodation.
Long Weekend (3-day walk): You only carry a lightweight day pack which contains what you need for the day (i.e. camera, rainjacket, lunch, personal medication and water).
In the duffle bag which goes directly to the Lodge you will need to pack everything you don't have in your day pack which is on the gear list. Please note your duffle bag must not exceed 5kgs as this will be carried by our staff on foot up to the Lodge.
- What style of shoes should we have?
You will need lightweight lace-up boots or walking shoes. Boots/shoes must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. Sandshoes, elastic-sided boots, street shoes and similar are not acceptable.
- Do we need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend travel insurance. Consideration needs to be given to our cancellation policy, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We do not refund for such occurrences, therefore travel insurance is your only safeguard.
- How many guides are there?
Every trip has two experienced guides. This allows plenty of opportunities to rest, take photos and walk at your own pace.
- How about food?
All meals are provided, including scrumptious three-course dinners with fresh Tasmanian produce prepared by your gourmet cooks/guides. Evening meals are served with a selection of Tasmanian wine. We are happy to cater for special dietary requirements, we just need to know in advance.
*Please note in the best interests of our guests and staff we promote the responsible service of alcohol.
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
At the start of your walk we ask that you be at our walker’s base at Entally Lodge at 8.00am for your briefing. This allows time for introductions and a gear check before departing for Mount William National Park.
For those staying in Launceston CBD, we offer a complimentary shuttle service from The Sebel Launceston (12/14 St John Street, Launceston). You will need to be ready in front of reception at 7.45 am for a 7.50am departure.
For those staying at Quamby Homestead our shuttle will pick you up in front of reception at 7.50am for the 10 minute transfer.
If you require the shuttle from either of these locations please ensure you let our reservation team know so we can ensure the shuttle is provided. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the walk you have the option of leaving us from Entally Lodge around 5.45pm. We drop off at Launceston Airport at 6pm followed by Launceston CBD at 6.15pm. If you are staying at Quamby Homestead we will organise a transfer for you
- What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Set in the grounds of Quamby Estate, Quamby Homestead is the perfect pre or post night of accommodation if you would like a little luxury. The homestead features ten restored guest rooms which feature antique furniture. Rooms are appointed with king, queen or twin bedding, marble or stone bathrooms and heated floors. To see details of the your special rate which includes cooked breakfast visit www.thebookingbutton.com.au/properties/quambydirect and enter promo code TWC2021. We will provide a transfer to Entally Lodge on day one for the start of your walk. Please advise our reservation team if you require the shuttle from Quamby Homestead by emailing email@example.com.Entally Lodge - our walking base
Located near the small township of Hadspen, just a 10 minute drive from Launceston’s CBD the accommodation at our walking base is perfect prior to your walk. Entally Lodge has 20 newly renovated King Suites with Scandinavian inspired, modern décor with ensuite bathrooms. To see details of the special rate which includes breakfast visit https://www.entally.com.au/lodge/accommodation and enter promo code TWC2021.Staying in Launceston?
Our shuttle will pick up from The Sebel Launceston at 7.50am sharp from in front of reception. Should you wish to use our shuttle please make your way to the Sebel by 7.45am so we can have an on time departure. Please advise our reservation team if you require the shuttle from The Sebel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age for guests walking with us is 12 years old. There are no upper age restrictions, however, for guests walking with us who are 69 or above we do require a GP to sign off on a letter we provide.