David McRae

Bay of Fires / East Coast    May 2011

Walk review from David McRae, Bay of Fires / East Coast Tasmania

It's hard not to be repetitive.


What are themes? Fabulous experience, spectacular food, great guides, huge skies, remarkable landscape. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people had access to experiences like this.

There were six of us, friends and relations with a very happy smattering of others who were delightful company. We started laughing fairly early on in the bus ride and I'm not sure we stopped till we hauled ourselves off into our accommodation after we'd finished having had what my wife called 'a whale of a time'.

There is a very particular pleasure in this experience I think. Despite all the laughter and conviviality, there is something meditative in the rhythms you establish when you walk with your destination in sight but perhaps an hour or an hour and a half away. The destination disappears in the step-by-step process of the moment. And then the step-by-step business dissolves and your mind becomes calmer and easier, healthier. That sounds a bit cosmic, but I think it is something like that, measured off against the warmth of the welcome and the splendid fun of the sociability when the walking stops. And we did see Sea Eagles. That almost in itself was worth the price.

Great guides (Bree and Simon), great guiding. This trip and the Overland have the same excellent flavour which one of us described as casual and relaxed, but absolutely tuned in. It is a very special skill and helps make a very fine experience a great one. Fabulous. We are all so glad we went.

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