A Sparkling Sail Walk
We're partnering with Clover Hill Wines, one of Tasmania's premier sparkling producers to present a special four-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk. This is coastal daypack walking at it's best, complemented with the surreal magic of sailing between destinations. By evening, our Clover Hill hosts will pour sparkling wines to match superb three-course dinners in remarkable locations.
This incredible sail walk experience is limited to six guests, plus our two Clover Hill Wines hosts. Departing Australian Day 2020 from Hobart. Direct bookings only. For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email email@example.com
Clover Hill Wines
With the intention to produce a refined sparkling wine to rival that of great Champagne houses, Clover Hill was established in 1986 on the site of an old dairy farm in north-eastern Tasmania.
Clover Hill is able to craft wines of pedigree due to its ideal location in North Eastern Tasmania, the superior quality of its cool-climate fruit and the intimate attention to detail given by its dedicated winemakers. Clover Hill’s commitment to excellence has
been recognised with numerous awards which include being inducted into the Australian Sparkling Hall of Honour in 2017 and being twice awarded Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year. Clover Hill has now become synonymous with elegance and refinement, gaining a reputation for uncompromising quality.
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk (4-days)
Can’t decide between a walking holiday and a sailing escape? This four-day experience effortlessly blends both. We’ll whisk you away from Hobart to Orford, where the Lady Eugenie awaits with 23-metres (75-feet) of onboard comfort.
Set sail across to Maria Island where summiting Bishop & Clerk delivers views out to the Freycinet Peninsula, your sailing path ahead. Between island hopping, Lady Eugenie is your floating home for saloon dinners and alfresco brekkies. On Schouten Island, barefoot long table dining might be on the menu, too. Sand between your toes, wind in the sails and four days of walking bliss. Hop aboard.
Day 1: Hobart - Maria Island
Approximately 4-5 hours walking (including Bishop & Clerk)
Not many walks begin this way. Arrive at Orford where our 23-metre (75-ft) ketch, Lady Eugenie is waiting. We hop aboard our tender from the beach, before setting sail across the Mercury Passage for Maria Island. This short morning sail brings us to the World Heritage listed convict site of Darlington. Once populated with prisoners, it is now home to an array of architectural relics and abundant wildlife.
Today we venture 630m above sea level to the pinnacle of Bishop & Clerk, our highest climb. As we traverse the high cliff edge of Fossil Bay, we are afforded sweeping views toward Schouten Island and Freycinet Peninsula, a glimpse of the magnificent journey to come. Perched high atop the dolerite columns of the summit, we enjoy lunch, with time to ponder the beauty and isolation of this landscape. In the late afternoon, we retire to the comfort of our luxury yacht for pre-dinner nibbles and a delicious meal prepared by your guides.
Day 2: Maria Island - Schouten Island
Approximately 3-4 walking (including Bear Hill)
Following a leisurely breakfast on board Lady Eugenie we set sail, leaving Maria Island and heading north on a 4-hour journey toward the spectacular Schouten Passage. Sailing past the large sedimentary deposits of Fossil Bay and the towering dolerite columns of Bishop & Clerk, we head towards a geological beauty - the pink granite boulders and mountains of the Freycinet Peninsula. Along the way, we get an up-close view of an Australian fur seal colony that makes its home on the rocky outcrop of Isle du Phoques.
After dropping anchor, we disembark on the secluded Schouten Island for a scenic 3-hour walk, climbing to the top of Bear Hill. We can also opt for a more leisurely afternoon relaxing on-board or at the beach, with opportunities for snorkelling and swimming.
Tonight we enjoy a luxury barefoot beach dinner on the private shores of Schouten Island. Ever finished a bushwalk to have a linen-topped table waiting with oysters and Tasmanian sparkling?
Day 3: Schouten Island - Wineglass Bay
Approximately 5-7 hours walking (via Cooks Beach and either Hazards Beach or Mt Graham)
Over breakfast we decide whether we ascend Mt Graham and take the high route to Wineglass Bay or opt for the less challenging but equally stunning coastal section of the Freycinet Peninsula circuit track. The former sees us head inland from the shores of Cooks Beach and ascend through tall Tasmanian Blue Gum forests before traversing the button grass fields of the East Freycinet Saddle, dotted with seasonal wildflowers. The trail descending from Mt Graham and Mt Freycinet takes in spectacular coastal views including iconic Wineglass Bay.
The coastal track heads north from Cooks Beach following the shores of enticingly-named Promise Bay while The Hazards mountain range gradually reveal to dominate the northern vistas over the peninsula’s isthmus. An hour's walk along Hazards Beach will bring us to the Isthmus Track where we’ll enjoy a close up view of wildlife at the lagoon before setting foot on the white sands of Wineglass Bay. After our day of walking, there’s time for a refreshing swim before boarding Lady Eugenie.
Day 4: Wineglass Bay - Hobart
Approximately 3 hours walking
Our final day begins with breakfast on board Lady Eugenie. We can observe the busy shorebirds and towering forms of The Hazards mountain range above. We ascend gently between pink granite boulders and, taking our lunch trackside, we overlook the white sands and turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay below.
A steep descent on a well-constructed track brings us back to meet our bus, ready to take us to Hobart. Our return trip travels down Tasmania’s east coast. The journey is not over yet, though. We visit a Coal River Valley vineyard for canapés and celebratory drinks, easing us back into life off the track and the comforts of Lady Eugenie. We then return to Hobart via the Hobart Airport.
The Lady Eugenie
Our group will have exclusive use of Lady Eugenie - whilst travelling with us she becomes your home. We believe a sound night’s sleep is fundamental in making a good walking holiday a great walking holiday. Your accommodation should be enjoyed not endured!
Lady Eugenie is a luxurious, 23-metre (75-ft) ketch rigged yacht. She is five metres wide, which makes her stable, safe and comfortable for both novices and sailing enthusiasts.
Her clipper bow, complete with a bowsprit you can walk on, is perfect for watching dolphins and other marine life. There's nothing more exhilarating than turning off her engine, relaxing and harnessing the power of the wind in her sails.
With beautifully maintained teak decks and classical, varnished hand rails, Lady Eugenie’s spacious decks are the perfect setting for relaxing whilst taking in the stunning scenery of Tasmania’s east coast. The central cockpit provides plenty of comfortable seating, with a picturesque alfresco dining setting: a magical place to take in the sunset.
During the evening, you can relax in the delightful and spacious saloon with dining table and comfortable lounge. Her professionally equipped, separate galley for the crew guarantees delicious meals made from local produce.
Lady Eugenie has just four comfortable cabins on board, all with air conditioning, bathrooms and showers. There are two rooms with one double bed each and three with two twin beds each. Room allocations are first-come-first-served; we will do our best to provide you with your preferred room type, but this will depend on existing reservations at your time of booking.
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk (4-days) - Hosted by Clover Hill Wines
Available by request
- 4 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
- Maximum guests - 6 (Twin Share)
|Price per person for departures (inc GST)||$3,495.00|
Direct bookings only:
- Phone: (03) 6392 2211
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- or complete the below enquiry form
Single supplements are not available for this experience.
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.
Please view our traditional 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 with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Wineglass Bay Sail Walk within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Wineglass Bay Sail Walk itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.
- Return transfers between Hobart and the start and finish of the walk
- Accommodation each evening on our luxury ketch Lady Eugenie; there are two cabins with one double bed each and two with two single beds each (1 x bunk each)
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines
- A carefully chosen offering of Clover Hill Sparklings, selected from Clover Hill’s own cellar
- A special guest host from Clover Hill
- National Park passes
- Use of a daypack and rain jacket for the duration of the walk
- All bedding and linen