Your Walking Tour Guides

Our Bay of Fires Lodge Walk guides are often thought of as our most outstanding asset.  They are passionate, educated, great interpreters and cooks all rolled into one.  Feedback regarding our guides is invariably positive.  The guides will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the local area

In the words of one traveller "Our guides were exceptional - not only in their professionalism - but also in their ability to pass on their obvious passion and enthusiasm for their job and the area itself."

Tom Keith

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

​ Western Arthurs, Tasmania (haven't done much walking overseas....)

Favourite book?

​ The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde​

Favourite Saying / Quote

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward and w​hile some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do…” - Jack Kerouac (Paraphrased ​by Steve Jobs for Apple)

Nickname

​ Tom, Tommo, Keithy

Recommended travel destination and why?

​ Colombia. A little off the beaten track​. Incredibly diverse and vibrant.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

​ Calling the Wilderness World Heritage Area home for 6 days at a time and sharing its importance and beauty​

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

​ Depends on the weather, waterfall valley on a wet day, the mountain peaks on clear days, Fergusson Falls, North Abbotsbury beach at the Bay of Fires? Too much choice...​

Where do you hail from?

​ The outskirts of Launceston​

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

​ Lasagne or Moussaka

Lou Balcombe

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

The Walls of Jerusalem, NW Tasmania.

Favourite book?

Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Safran Foer.

Favourite Saying / Quote

"Punctuality is the thief of time." - Oscar Wilde

Recommended travel destination and why?

Morocco - culturally diverse, the most delicious food, the people are super friendly and there is always an adventure waiting around the corner!

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

The adventure, the immersion in the Wilderness, seeing how happy my guests get out of being amongst it all.

What is your favourite place along the Bay of Fires?

The shell coves on Day 2 - An incredibly beautiful section of the walk, especially in the golden light of the afternoons.

Where do you hail from?

Taroona (Suburb of Hobart) - Aboriginal for the sea-shell commonly known as Chiton.

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

Spaghetti

Amalia Patourakis

Where are you from?

The north-west coast of Tassie (and a small Greek island).

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Waking up at the lodge after New Year's and having a crack-of-dawn swim with beautiful fellow guides, basking in the golden light of the rising sun.

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

I love gardening, playing a bit of music, I'm also a Naturopath and massage therapist, I love concocting herbs and medicines for my fellow human beings, seeing the wilds of Tassie, sinking into a good Tim Winton book, the list is endless...

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

Lately it's anywhere that has Kilkenny or Guinness (it's a new discovery for me).

What's your top TWC track fashion tip?

Get the legs out...

Isabella Comfort

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

I have recently graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours). When I’m not studying you may find me trekking in Patagonia, cycling in Europe or road tripping across Australia.

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Lunch time swims in crystal clear water, breakfasts on the deck at the lodge.

What's your favourite part of the track?

Three kilometres of beautiful beach after the Eddystone Point light house and scrambling over the granite boulders as we near the lodge.

What's your top TWC track fashion tip?

A sun hat with a chin strap, worth it if it's windy on the beach.

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

Fish and chips at the docks followed by an ice cream from Mures (Hobart).

Where are you from?

Hobart, Tasmania

Jai Ellis

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

That totally depends on the day. Today, for example, I went for a run, had a delicious breakfast and read about wombats all day.

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Guide Training 101 at Bay of Fire lodge.

What's your favourite part of the track?

Deep Creek Crossing, especially when it’s deep.

What's your top TWC track fashion tip?

Jeesh. I’m still a little reserved when it comes to fashion, although, saying that, I am looking forward to a summer’s Speedo tan! So yes, wear your Speedos.

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

Freycinet National Park and Island Espresso (in Hobart)

Where are you from?

Ketchikan, Alaska

Kate Hindmarsh

Where are you from?

Last 8 years in Tassie, previous lifetime Queensland

What's your favourite part of the track?

The magical and intense rock colours on the headland between the Lodge and South Abbotsbury beach

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

All the beautiful and amazing people

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

Growing delicious vegies, cooking and eating poached eggs

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

Where ever I am at that moment

What's your top BOF Track fashion tip?

Apply zinc to the lips every day to avoid sun and wind burn

Sarah van Beek

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

I mold the minds of the future in my spare time… working as a relief teacher. I also try to get out and explore the world as much as I can.

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

One of my all time favourites is being on the Lady Eugenie with my co guide Erik (the viking) Hayward and some fantastic guests and crew. It was a balmy Tassie night and it’s fair to say we were high on life, the day’s walk and dinner had left us well lubricated from the celebrations of our successful day. We watched the fish swim around the boat, we caught a few Jack Mackerell for the next day's dinner, we shared stories, and watch the bioluminescence glitter off the water. One guest even caught a fish for the very first time! It had astounded me that we had only just met that morning in the hustle and bustle of Hobart and that now it seemed like we were in our own world beyond time, brought together by our love of the outdoors and this beautiful secluded cove. Some of the more adventurous guests even decided to sleep up on the top deck under the stars to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive Aurora australis. It started as an awesome trip and was definitely one to be remembered. So much energy, so many adventures, so many firsts, all starting from that beautiful night pulled up in Fortescue Bay. Pure magic.

What's your favourite part of the track?

My favourite part of the Bay of Fires track is a little spot fondly known as cockle cove. It’s about mid way between Eddystone Point Lighthouse and the Lodge and is one of the most glorious spots to contemplate how beautiful, intricate, and massive the world is. Turquoise water, burnt orange lichen on the rocks, beautiful shells lapping up to the beach jingling in the lapping tide; what more do you want!?

What’s your name?

Sarah van Beek

What's your top TWC track fashion tip?

Love a bit of zinc. There is nothing more sexy than a UV barrier applied to the body lips, cheeks, wherever! Also, legend has it that the brightest, shortest, shorts are the mark of the wisest walker around...

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

My favourite place in Tasmania would have to be Cradle Mountain in late April - early May when the fagus turns brilliant yellow, red, and gold colours. The colours and effect are phenomenal and the small almost circular crinkle cut leaves of this beech tree fall like confetti and litter the ground. It’s like nature's having a party!

Where are you from?

I grew up on the North West Coast in Ulverstone (Ulvie Rock), now I live in Riverside, Launceston with a little Italian family.

Cody McCracken

Favourite book?

The Cloud spotters Guide

Favourite Saying / Quote

The love one receives is equal to the love one gives

Nickname

Crackers or Codes

Recommended travel destination and why?

Central China - Unthinkable landscapes, unknown cultures, undeveloped (for china) and an uncertain future.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

I love the freedom that this work provides me to escape the insulated world created around us and the opportunity it gives me to ponder, to share, to learn and to be.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

Bof - South Abbotsbury beach at 4pm with a nice swell whipping mist into the air as the low light plays off the dunes. CMH: Day 5 morning catching up with group: Myrtle forest after Du Cane hut, with warm shafts of light piercing the canopy and bathing patches of ground the size of a coffee table.

Where do you hail from?

The "Mainland"

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

A hearty winter stew