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Walk for The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation

Departs Oct 15 or 16, 2020

The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation actively engages the community in order to facilitate and fund health and medical research of relevance to Tasmanians. The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a breathtaking four day walk along the pristine east coast of Tasmania, featuring accommodation at the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge.

Guests are invited to use the stunning trek as a challenge to raise funds for The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation and are challenged to raise or donate $3,500. 

The Tasmanian Walking Company will contribute $500 per guest directly to The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation.

  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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Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation

The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation is an independent entity, raising funds for local health and medical research across Tasmania. Since establishment in 1997, the Foundation has invested over $8m in funding for research into diseases and disorders which impact the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.

The Foundation's team is made up of five passionate staff members who work across a range of areas, including research, administration, finance, events, corporate sponsorship and donor relations.

The Foundation has a Board made up of ten members from a range of diverse business backgrounds, who each provide high-level support and strategic direction for the Foundation’s activities.

Following a rigorous assessment process, research grants are awarded by the Foundation’s Scientific Research Advisory Committee, which is endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

As an independent entity, the Foundation relies on the generosity of individual members of the Tasmanian community and local businesses to raise much-needed funds for medical research. We do this in a number of ways including fundraising and community events, bequests, direct appeals and regular giving.

Further details on the RHH Research Foundation and our operations are listed on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk (4-days)

If squeaky white-sand beaches and wild coastline appeal to you, the Bay of Fires is a spectacular reason to lace up. We begin at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park where we journey four hours to semi-permanent tents in the dunes. At our forest camp there is no roughing it, take an ocean dip and return for pinots poured and your meal underway.

Day two is all about secluded coves, hearing tales of early inhabitants and making our way to the Bay of Fires Lodge. This is home for the next two nights - where foot spas and library time come standard and signature experiences in the outdoor bath tempt. Day three, grab a kayak paddle and glide down the Ansons River or relax into a ‘lodge day.’

We take it easy on the final day, serving up a brekkie out on deck followed by a one hour walk to our forest lunch location. It’s then onward to Entally Lodge to celebrate our shared four days.

Spring is wildflower season. It is stunning and provides cooler temperatures perfect for hiking.

Price: $2,395 pp

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Day 1: Launceston to Mt William National Park

Approximately 4 hours walking

It’s time to get your walking boots sandy. Our beach stroll this morning begins at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park. In clear conditions, the Bass Strait islands of Flinders and Cape Barren are visible to the north.

We’ll nestle into a protected beach along the coastline for lunch, enjoying the company of native birds, rare shells and marine artefacts. From day one your guides will begin unravelling the Bay of Fires tales; its early inhabitants, visiting explorers and how it came to bear its fiery name.

After about four hours walking, we’ll arrive at the Forester Beach Camp, tucked away in secluded dunes. These semi-permanent tents are our home for the night. Relax on the deck with local wine, take a dip or explore the dune swale location while your guides prepare delicious Tasmanian fare.

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Day 2: Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline

Approximately 7 hours walking

Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we walk south, absorbing 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.

Our lunch spot today is a beach sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. We’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story before we trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the celebrated Bay of Fires Lodge.

Afternoon tea will be waiting, 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.

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Day 3: Kayaking and enjoying the area

Approximately 6 hours kayaking/walking

Today 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.

Later in the morning, choose 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 for today 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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Day 4: 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 Walk for The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (4-days)

Available anytime "By Request"

Proposed 2020 departures: October 15 or 16

  • 4 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 14 (Twin Share)
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $2,395.00

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.

Booking Terms and Conditions 

All prices are quoted per person in $AUD, including GST

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Inclusions

  • Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base
  • 1 night at Forester Beach Camp and 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.

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