"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience" Ralph Emmerson
This amazing walk, the only one of its kind in Tasmania, takes in 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, Schouten Island and the Tasman Peninsula. 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.
At times the itinerary will need to be changed due to sailing conditions. If alterations are made your guide and crew will keep you well informed.
12kms; 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.
6kms; 3-4 hours 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?
9kms; 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.
5kms; 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.