Bay Of Fires Lodge Walk

Bay of Fires Long Weekend with Deborah Wace

Departure date: April 16-18 2021 

Available by request for groups of ten to twelve

Discover a new way to see, experience and remember the unique Bay of Fires with Tasmania's Deborah Wace, Churchill Fellow, botanical artist, printmaker, singer and exquisite fabric designer.

Walk to the stunning Bay of Fires Lodge and surrounding locations with Deborah, to sit in nature and sketch pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and granite headlands. Select plant specimens to press and create your own prints at the lodge. All materials provided to explore Mono-print (non-toxic) and Dry-Point etching, some of the most painterly, direct and exciting printmaking techniques.

Through demonstration and practice, you will learn how to create visual complexity and exquisite tonal modulation in your prints. Through guided participation, you will learn key concepts of the printmaking process, create new artwork and gather skills. 

Tasmanian botanical collections made by 18th & 19th Century naturalists aboard the d’Entrecasteaux and Baudin expeditions to Tasmania were the subject of Deborah’s 2018 Churchill Fellowship. These collections from Kew Gardens, Florence and Jardin des Plants, have been captured on film and in photos. In the evenings, share conversations exploring the early French history of Tasmania and relax to cheeky songs. 

There will also be opportunities to kayak or indulge in the lodges' spa treatments.

  Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

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Deborah

Deborah Wace

Churchill Fellowship recipient, Deborah Wace, is an artist and printmaker, amateur botanist, history lover, ecological activist, teacher and singer. Deborah’s style is influenced by the botanical collections of the 1792 French D’Entrecasteaux and Baudin Scientific Expedition to southern Tasmania, including naturalist J J H Labillardiere who authored Novae Hollandiae Plantarum Specimen- the first Flora of Australia. 

She explores the wild botany of Tasmania, maintaining an extensive pressed plant herbarium and a plant print collection with special focus on endangered species. Deborah creates etchings and drypoint plates depicting the precious native orchids, the wild button grass plant communities and deep rain forests. She transposes them into works of art on paper and beautiful silks, chiffon and linen to create innovative contemporary Australian designs for fabric and architectural canvasses.

Deborah was awarded a Churchill Fellowship that allowed her to access and reinterpret the botanical Type Specimens and print collections from early French expeditions to Tasmania, into contemporary cultural motifs and Australian designs. Discover more about Deborah and her Churchill Fellowship trip through her Journal.

Deborah weaves her original songs into her teaching experience as a means to connect, tell stories and enliven the heart.

 

Bay of Fires Long Weekend (3-days)

The Bay of Fires Long Weekend is a breathtaking 3-day pack free walk. Explore the iconic Bay of Fires carrying only a lightweight daypack.  Walk along soft sandy beaches, discover secluded coves, kayak Ansons River and enjoy the luxury of two nights accommodation at the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge. This experience gives you time and space to relax and breath, indulge in a signature treatment at our exclusive spa or enjoy the outdoor bathing pavilion.

Price: $2,175 pp

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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, with king size mattresses. 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.

The Sparkling Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline

 

Tasmania’s stunning Larapuna - Bay of Fires gives spaciousness just by breathing its air and gazing upon its long horizons. Imagine combining this expansive beauty and the sensing of freedom it inspires, with a relaxed painting workshop.

Following a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, we walk will explore and absorb 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.

Afternoon tea will be waiting upon our return back to the celebrated lodge, 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.

Bruceallen Kayaking

Kayaking and enjoying the area

You can choose your own adventure. 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.

There will be an opportunity to kayak down Ansons River and experience the riparian ecology of this winding waterway. Cross the bird-rich waters of Ansons Bay and conclude with a stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula back to the lodge.

Other options at the lodge 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.

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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.

Itinerary Details

Bay of Fires Lodge Long weekend with Deborah Wace

Departure: April 16-18 2021

Available by request for groups of ten to twelve

  • 3 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Minimum guests - eight
  • Maximum guests - 12 (Twin Share)
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $2,175.00

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

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.

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Inclusions

  • Return transfers between Launceston and the Bay of Fires Lodge
  • 2 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.

Additional information

  • Looking for a little extra rejuvenation and healing?  Our Spa menu has something for everyone with treatments for your relaxation and well-being including massage, facials, body exfoliations and hand & feet rituals. 
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