Bruny Island Long Weekend + Fat Pig Farm Feast
November 4-7, 2022 | December 9-12, 2022 | March 31-April 3, 2023 | $2,295
Private Group Requests | Daniel@taswalkingco.com.au
This extended getaway combines our three-day island walk with a Farm Feast at Matthew Evans and Sadie Chrestman's Fat Pig Farm in the Huon Valley.
The Farm Feast takes place on Fridays at Sadie Chrestman's and Matthew Evans' Fat Pig Farm. Our experience includes a long lunch with matching drinks, a farm tour and an exclusive tasting of their small-batch treats. It's a fun, inspiring, deep-dive into where we source and grow our food - something we're very passionate about! We'll take care of getting you there and back to Hobart.
After a Friday night in Hobart, independently arranged by you, we regather to go to Bruny Island for our award-winning Bruny Island Walk. We travel by private boat from Tasmania’s capital Hobart to Bruny Island. During your visit you will be treated to coastal walks, produce directly from the source, forest camping and exquisite meals.
For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing The Gourmet Farmer's Fat Pig Farm
Fat Pig Farm is home to Matthew, Sadie and Hedley. Together they run their 70-acre family farm in the beautiful Huon Valley, south of Hobart, where they live and nurture food from the soil to turn into great meals for the farmhouse table. Since 2011, they have been busy turning the one-time apple orchard into a mixed farm. Along with their namesake Wessex Saddleback pigs, the farm is home to chooks, a beef herd, goats, bees, ducks, and a market garden. They also milk a pair of full cream cows, harvest apples from their heritage orchard and have planted an olive grove that will supply all of their olive needs (in about a decade’s time!).
In August 2016 they opened their farm as a workshop space and lunch venue. They host Friday Farm Feasts, and sometimes Thursdays and Saturdays, taking what’s great from the garden and turning it into long, lazy meals shared around the extended farmhouse table in a purpose-built dining room.
Matthew Evans is a chef by trade who is also the host of Gourmet Farmer on SBS. He is an advocate for sustainable seafood and is a strong believer in knowing and trusting what you eat. Fat Pig Farm is an extension of this philosophy, where they do as they preach; growing and rearing as much food as they can for the table. And you’re invited to share in the spoils.
Day One: Fat Pig Farm
We'll meet you at the Hobart waterfront at Daci and Daci at 9:45am for coffee. It's a scenic hour-long drive to the farm that takes you through the gentle hills of the Huon Valley and along the eastern bank of the Huon River preparing you well for a leisurely afternoon in the Huon Valley.
Upon arrival at the Farm, an exclusive pre-Farm Feast beverage and food tasting takes place on the verandah from 11.30am. The tastings will be of their small-batch items or “family reserve” as they call it. It's the really yummy things that they improve gradually and refine in small batches way before they can make them in quantities grand enough for a whole Feast. This could be new gin blends using their seasonal fruit, botanicals and bush foods, or it may be a traditional style of salami or other cured meat. Really, it could be anything but it’s exclusive and delicious.
We are then joined by others at the Farm Feast and are served multiple dishes straight from their gardens and paddock - all seasonal, all grown by hand, and all cooked in the open kitchen. You will celebrate the meal with specially matched beer, wine, cider and spirits from around Tasmania. In between courses, they’ll take you on a guided tour of the farm. Be prepared for a long lazy afternoon.
We'll collect everyone from the farm and take you back to your hotels in Hobart, arriving around 5.30pm.
***Please organise your own accommodation and dinner in Hobart. This is not included. You can visit our Walker Benefits Program for recommendations and discounts.
Day Two: Hobart to Bruny Island
Approximately 5-6 hours walking and birding
This morning you will meet your tour guides and fellow guests (maximum of 10) at 7:30am at Daci and Daci, on the waterfront of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. Step aboard your private boat and let the adventure begin with a cruise down the Derwent River to Bruny Island. Today our goal is to walk out to a spectacular cape on the east coast of Bruny Island.
On returning from our walk we will wade out into the crystal clear waters of Great Bay to learn how the famous Bruny Island oysters are farmed and shuck them straight out of the water. The perfect way to cool down after a walk!
Next stop; our camp. After a hot shower, join us in the dining house for a drink and to share stories of the day’s adventures as the guides busy themselves preparing your dinner sourced from either on the island or in the waters surrounding it.
Day Three: East Cloudy Head
5-6 hrs walking
Day three might begin with a gentle thumping past your tent. While the inquisitive wallaby isn’t your wake-up call, his visit or the promise of warm croissants might lure you from your crisp sheets to reunite with us at the rustic wooden dining table once more.
Today’s walk is East Cloudy Head for views of Tasmania’s far south and the wild Southern Ocean. The five-hour (14km) journey begins by walking the length of Cloudy Bay Beach. Windswept and beautiful, the walk then leads us into coastal heath and up toward spectacular views of Bruny Island’s rugged south coast.
Back at camp enjoy time to sit on the deck, walk among the ferns, partake in another lavish shower or simply read a book while your guides prepare the evening meal.
Day Four: Mt Mangana
Approximately 3 hours walking
This morning you can choose a leisurely start or have some time to yourself and explore our 100-acre property and try to spot some of Bruny Island’s 150 species of birds (including all 12 Tasmanian endemics). Once we farewell camp, our goal is to climb through the ancient Gondwanan rainforest to the highest point of Bruny Island, Mt Mangana (4km, 3 hrs).
To finish your long weekend in style, Ray Jones at The Jetty Café will serve lunch as we await the arrival of our private boat on the beach below. There will also be some time to explore the gallery showcasing some of Bruny’s 60+ artists. The return boat trip to Hobart offers a scenic farewell to your adventure. Before you know it, you’ll be back at the Tasmanian capital, likely wondering if the long weekend was one big thrilling daydream from your office chair.
Your Bruny Island Long Weekend guides
What truly defines the professionalism, passion and dedication of our Bruny Island Long Weekend guides is their unparalleled focus on delivering an exemplary guided walking experience for you. This is reinforced by their passion for Bruny Island, detailed knowledge of the local flora, fauna, geology and history; and their love of cooking using local produce to deliver a diversity of delicious cuisine each evening.
We consider our guides to be highly trained and experienced artisans, seamlessly bringing together all the attributes of a great walking experience to deliver something that is truly unforgettable.
An Island Sanctuary
Our groups have exclusive use of our completely off-grid private accommodation, nestled in amongst tall eucalypts on the foothills of Mt Mangana at the southern end of Bruny Island.
With our days spent walking in wild, powerful, coastal places, our campsite is a sanctuary we can return to each evening. Featuring a gorgeous bespoke designed celery top timber kitchen and dining room, four canvas tents containing split king beds with quality linen, towels and pillows. The highlight for many of our guests is an incredible hot water shower discretely located with spectacular views!
One of the best things about our accommodation being located at the southern end of Bruny Island is the night sky. With no light pollution, the stars are just incredible and occasionally we have been lucky enough to experience the Aurora Australis.
Our Bruny Island Accommodation
Our accommodation is built completely off-grid. We harvest the rain from our roof and pressure feed this water for all of our needs, including the incredible outdoor shower. For our shower and hot water in the kitchen, we use a gas system. A solar panel on the main roof provides the power to run our pumps, small energy efficient lighting in the main structure and just two power points to enable guests to recharge their cameras (they do tend to take a lot of photos!)
The accommodation was architecturally designed to have as little impact on the site as possible. In fact, it has been designed so that it could be easily moved to another site. If this were to happen there would be little evidence of the building's footprint. We built from Celery Top Pine, supplied by Southern Forest Farm Products, just across the channel from Bruny Island at Garden Island Creek. The business has a "no waste policy". This means that all the timber used in the construction of our accommodation was salvaged from the southern forests of Tasmania, essentially the timbers left behind as waste in existing forestry coupes.
Once the accommodation was constructed we began a program to restore the rest of the land to its original state. This involved an eradication program for non-native species on the property, as well as a program to re-introduce endemics. Eucalyptus viminalis (white gums) have been planted around the property to support and encourage the very rare and threatened endemic bird species - the Forty Spotted Pardalote. These birds only exist where Eucalyptus viminalis occur and Bruny Island is a stronghold for them.
Bruny Island Long Weekend + Fat Pig Farm
Price per person for departures (inc. GST)
November 4-7, 2022 | December 9-12, 2022 | March 31-April 3, 2023 | $2,295
Private Group Requests | Daniel@taswalkingco.com.au
- Available anytime by request for private groups.
- Each trip requires a minimum of 6 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 10.
- Phone: (03) 6392 2211.
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- or complete the below enquiry form
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.
- The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment is due at the time of booking.
- more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
- between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
- within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
- Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
- Return Walker Discounts apply
- Single supplements are available ($3,491).
Please view our standard 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 the departure or receive a full refund with no additional fee or rebook a different walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.
- Fat Pig Farm Feast and transfers ex-Hobart.
- Three full days to explore Bruny Island with your guides.
- Two nights forest camping with a king-size bed and quality linen at our 100-acre retreat.
- Return journey to Bruny Island form the Hobart waterfront by private boat (we offer the only alternative to the long queues on the public Bruny Island ferry).
- Spectacular coastal walks.
- Exclusive access to an oyster lease, where you can help yourself to as many oysters as you like, straight out of the pristine waters ... they don't come any fresher!
- Absolute indulgence at every meal time with Tasmania's finest food and wine.
- Three lunches, two dinners, two breakfasts.
- National Park pass for the duration of the walk.
- Two qualified guides for the duration of your Bruny Island Long Weekend.
- Friday night accommodation and dinner in Hobart after your Fat Pig Farm feast and before your Bruny Island Long Weekend Walk.
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