Frequently asked questions
Following are a few frequently asked questions about our Northern Exposure itinerary that you may find useful.
- How often do trips depart?
We have scheduled departures each walking season. Please enquire for specific departure dates and availability.
All of our accommodation during the walking component of our walks is exclusive to Tasmanian Walking Company guests.
On the Overland Track we provide the only private hut accommodation nestled off the main track. The accommodation on our Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is at our private beach camp and award-winning Lodge. All accommodation is twin or double share. There are hot showers, lounge area and a dining area.
Our pre and mid walk accommodation has been hand selected to provide the very best in style and service. The night prior to your walking itinerary you will be staying at Quamby Estate - a rural property 25 mintues west of Launceston. The Sebel will be your comfortable, central Launceston based property mid trip to reset in between walks.
All accommodation is twin share. Single travellers may be required to share a twin room with another walker of the same gender. To guarantee a single room for the duration of the walk and city accommodation, or to guarantee your own room for city accommodation only, please request a quote at time of booking.
- How many guests will be on my trip?
There is a maximum of 10 guests who can participate in this 12 day combined itinerary. Should the combined itinerary not fill to capacity, there may be other walkers who are doing either the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk or Bay of Fires Lodge Walk added to the relevant portion of your itinerary (up to 12 guests on Cradle Mountain Huts). If you are a solo traveller you will be sharing with someone of the same gender.
- How fit do I need to be?
As long as you exercise regularly, are capable of walking an average of 10km each day you should be fine. The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is more physically challenging than the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and on both walks there will be the opportunity to experience additional side trips or experiences such as kayaking on the Ansons River (Bay of Fires Lodge Walk) if you would like.
If you have any concerns relating to fitness, please call us on 03 6392 2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How much weight do we carry?
On the morning of your departure, the guides will carry out a thorough gear check to ensure you have suitable gear and help you reduce your pack weight.
If you adhere to the gear list you pack should weigh between 8 and 10kgs. With special attention to reducing your pack weight, you pack and contents can weigh as little as 7.5kg.
The pack and weather proof jacket that we provide have a combined weight of 2.5kg, leaving 5-7kg for your person items.
- What do we carry?
Each person must carry their lunch, water, rain jacket, personal belongings plus any extras such as cameras. For details please refer to our comprehensive gear list.
- What style of shoes should we have?
For the Cradle Mountain Huts section of this itinerary you will need lace-up hiking boots that cover the ankle and have sturdy, treaded soles.
If you would like to have lighter footwear for the Bay of Fires portion of your itinerary, we will accept lace up hiking shoes that have sturdy, treaded soles. You will be unable to commence the trip without appropriate footwear. Please contact us if you have any questions.
- 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?
There will be one Tour Director who will be with you for the duration of your walking itinerary. Your Tour Director will be accompanied by an experienced guide for each of the walking elements of your itinerary.
- How about food?
Meals are inclusive from Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 12, with the exception of dinner on Day 7 and Day 8 in Launceston between walks. On these days you are at your leisure to enjoy the countless dining options at your doorstep.
Your Tour Director and guide will prepare sumptuous healthy meals during the walking component of your trip. Delicious evening meals will be served with a selection of Tasmanian wine.
We are happy to cater for a variety of dietary requirements. Please ensure you advise our reservations team well in advance.
- What time does the trip commence and conclude?
A complimentary transfer service will be organised to meet flights arriving into Launceston Airport between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Day 1. Please advise the reservations team as early as possible of your arrival flight time so we can coordinate transfers to your accommodation at Quamby Estate. Should you choose to arrive outside of this time frame, please make your own way to Quamby Estate (at your own expense). Please be aware that check in at Quamby is 2:00pm. Early check in will be requested but subject to availability.
Everyone will meet as a group at 6:00pm on Day 1 at your accommodation's lounge for a briefing followed by dinner.
At the conclusion of your 12 day adventure, we will be able to drop you at the Launceston accommodation of your choice at approximately 5:45pm or alternatively at Launceston Airport at approximately 6:00pm.
- 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.