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Walking the pristine, white sands of Tasmania’s Bay of Fires promised to be an experience I’ll remember for a long time to come.
It was my first walking holiday and I loved every minute of it.
I had made enquiries on the Bay of Fires Walk some five years ago but after one thing or another, had not actually done it until now.
Many times I had heard how beautiful Tasmania is but it was not until I was immersed, that I discovered how special it is and wondered what took me so long to find out for myself. The Bay of Fires itself was extraordinary. Beautiful, long stretches of unspoiled coastline set against a backdrop of blue-green ocean on one side and huge, granite boulders accentuated by orange lichen (that apparently only healthy ecosystems proudly boast) standing on the other.
Leading the 30-odd kilometre hike, were our energetic, enthusiastic, ‘can-do’ guides Hannah and Anita, who were not only experienced walkers knowledgeable about the land, its indigenous history, flora and fauna but were also fun to be with, fantastic cooks and made of legendary Tassie toughness. Both embodied a spirit of generosity — nothing was too much effort for these young women and nothing seemed to phase them either, like taking a dip in the freezing Tasman Sea!
My fellow Bay of Fires walkers were a remarkable and diverse bunch of people from different parts of Australia. Getting to know them, as we walked, shared meals, stories and laughs, was a privilege and a pleasure.
The meals from breakfast to dinner were healthy and wholesome with lots of the good stuff —salads, fruit, vegetables and even fresh-baked bread made at the Lodge. We enjoyed a special Easter treat – fresh-baked hot cross buns! Oh, and the orange syrup cake to be enjoyed as afternoon tea was simply delicious.
Challenging my walking abilities in the midst of breathtaking scenery, great people and the luxury of an unspoiled landscape delivered one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. Whenever I recast my memory back to walking the Bay of Fires, I can’t help but smile and feel instantly energised. It is a special place and will hold a special place within my memory for some time to come yet.
Thank you Hannah, Anita and all the Bay of Fires staff for such a wonderful experience.
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