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 trips depart daily from 1 October through to 1 May.
- Walk accommodation
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.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
Each trip requires a minimum of four and a maximum of ten guests on each departure. All accommodation is twin share. If the group is full and you are a single traveller, sharing is with another guest of the same gender.
- How fit do I need to be?
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.
- How much weight do we carry?
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
- What do we carry?
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.
- 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. We are happy to cater for special dietary requirements, we just need to know in advance.
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
We ask you to be at our walker’s base at Quamby Estate by 8.20am at the latest. Given this it makes an ideal place to stay before and after your walk. If you’re staying in Launceston there will be a shuttle bus departing the Sebel Hotel at 7.50am sharp. This allows forty minutes for introductions and a gear check before departing for the Mt William National Park at 9.00am.
At the end of the walk you have the option of leaving us at the Sebel Hotel around 5.30pm, Launceston Airport at 6pm or returning to Quamby homestead at approximately 6.30pm.
- What accommodation options do we have pre-and post-walk?
Quamby Homestead is located 25 minutes west of Launceston, and it is a great pre- and post-walk option. The homestead is located on the same estate as our walkers' base (only 100m away), so it is very convenient. Given this, Quamby is an ideal place to stay before and after your walk.
Quamby has beautifully appointed rooms in one of Tasmania’s premier historic homes. The homestead offers continental and hot breakfast options, as well as an airport shuttle service. Quamby also offers special rates for our walkers. We are able to assist you in making your booking, or you can contact them directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 6392 2135.
Entally Lodge 15 minutes west of Launceston offers a discounted rate of $139 per room for people walking with us. The lodge is newly renovated and bookings can be made by calling 03 6393 3200 or email email@example.com. If you choose to stay at Entally it is essential that you let us know, so we can to pick you up on the morning of your departure.
The Sebel Launceston is our recommended option in Launceston CBD, and they also have a special rate available for our walkers. Please contact The Sebel directly to make a booking, by emailing H8766@accor.com or calling 1800 990 9705 (the discount will not apply to bookings received via their online booking facility). Our complimentary shuttle transfer from Launceston city departs from The Sebel, and they also offer pre-walk breakfast options, which you can arrange at check-in.
Be sure to mention that you are walking with Cradle Mountain Huts and your departure date at time of booking to receive the discount.
There are many other accommodation options in and around Launceston. If you choose to stay somewhere other than The Sebel prior to your walk, please ensure you are ready for the pick up outside of The Sebel's reception at the designated time.
Upon your return, our shuttle can drop you at any hotel within the Launceston CBD.
- 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.