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Wineglass Bay Sail Walk with Steve Biddulph

- Being Human-

December 4 - 7, 2020

The Tasmanian Walking Company is honoured to offer a unique opportunity to sail, walk and converse with Steve Biddulph. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the themes of his forthcoming book "How to be human" and the stunning east coast of Tasmania. 

Each evening will feature a workshop with Steve where you can apply the ideas to your own personal development, listen quietly or interact actively to get the best learning. Funny, humble, moving, but of lifelong value, Steve's sessions have drawn over 140,000 people worldwide. But this is a chance to hear him in a tiny, intimate group setting where you can interact and explore your own life skills and directions - or just quietly listen!

This sailing and walking voyage, the only one of its kind in Tasmania, will take place on the spectacular beaches, peninsulas and island trails found in national parks along the east coast. Share with us the wonders of Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island. This walk is supported by the spectacular Lady Eugenie, a 23-metre (75-ft) luxury classic ketch. Superb 3-course dinners are served either aboard Lady Eugenie or in the relaxed surrounds of a barefoot beach dinner under the stars.

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

Trip Notes   Walk Map

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Steve Biddulph

Steve is the author of The New Manhood, Raising Boys, The Making of Love, Raising Girls and other books which are in four million homes worldwide.  He was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to young people's mental health.  He has especially focussed on the development of whole and happy men, and making relationships happier between the genders.   He is donating his fees from this cruise to climate change activist causes.  

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Itinerary Details

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk (4-days) - with Steve Biddulph

December 4 - 7, 2020

  • 4 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Minimum guests - 4 (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 6 (Twin Share)
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $3,495.00

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

Single supplements are not available for this experience.

Booking Terms and Conditions 

  • Minimum numbers and a deposit of $450 per person are due 6 months prior departure. 
  • The final payment is due 3 months before departure. For reservations made 3 months or less from departure date, full payment is due at time of booking. Prices included are for the 2019-2021 travel season.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.

View our booking terms and conditions 

Inclusions

  • 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
  • National Park passes
  • Use of a daypack and rain jacket for the duration of the walk 
  • All bedding and linen

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