Walk the Bay of Fires

Trip Code: PIXF

Why we love it

There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey., Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most beautiful coastal regions., The only thing better than the landscapes and wildlife you’ll see are the conversations you’ll have along the way, whether it’s the insights from your leader or stories from the group., This is the ultimate in low impact, local travel, supporting regional communities and getting right to the heart of the landscape on two feet., Find a slice of paradise in your own backyard with walks to the red rocks and crystal-clear waters of The Garden, Mt William NP, Eddystone Point and Blue Tier Forest Reserve.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Important information

STARTING & ENDING TIME
This trip begins in Launceston on day 1 at 8am and finishes after breakfast on the final day. Please keep this in mind when arranging your arrival flight.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT & ROOMING
Unless a Single Supplement has been requested, all rooms will be with Twin Bedding. If you would prefer Double Bedding please advise Intrepid as early as possible, however please note that Double Bedding will be on request and is determined by the availability of the accommodation on your trip.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.

LUGGAGE TRANSFER
Your main luggage will be transported by a support vehicle between overnight stops, so you will just need to carry your day pack during the day, containing water, camera, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.

WALKING BOOTS
Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are necessary for walking trips. Make sure your footwear is well worn in and comfortable. We also recommend hiking socks with at least one spare pair, as you will find these minimise the chance of getting blisters. The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction.

RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST
- Day-pack – with a thick waist strap to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy
- Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking – as many sets as you wish! Quick-dry material is best, especially for trousers. Don’t wear jeans walking.
- Socks – whichever thickness you’re comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like
- Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well – see note on footwear above)
- Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
- Waterproof jacket
- Sun protection – hat (secure fitting and/or with chin strap), sun cream, sun glasses
- Casual clothes for evenings
- Fleece jacket, gloves, beanie and/or thermals (IT can get quite cold in the evenings and early mornings, depending on the time of year)
- Torch/headlamp (can be handy when twin sharing for getting up at night and for going back to your room after dinner)
- Any preferred first aid supplies – such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit)
- Water bottle/s or camelback – 2 to 3 litre capacity
- Waterproof pants. Some people love them and some hate them – personally, we don’t often wear them but there have been times where they have been invaluable, especially in Tassie!
- Bathers and light towel (there are a few swimming opportunities)
- Camera and charger/batteries
- Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks. They’re also good for keeping sand and rocks out of your shoes.
- Sock protectors (great to use instead of gaiters if you want to keep sand and rocks out of your boots)
- Sandals/casual shoes for relaxing at the accommodation at the end of the day
- A lunch container (or Beeswax food wrapper), to avoid squashing your sandwich or if you choose to only bring a salad (with freezer brick and fork if desired) – glad wrap will be provided otherwise
- Snacks – there may be limited possibilities to buy this on trip. Some people like to have some snacks for the trail including muesli bars, nuts, lollies or other special things.
- Walking poles (can come in very handy when walking on sand and on steep up and downhill sections)

WEATHER
You have to expect some wet and/or cold weather at any time of the year so bring wet weather gear even if the forecast is fine. In contrast, hot days with a particularly strong sun in summer aren’t unheard of either.

WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Water from streams along the way is safe to drink, although you may want to bring along some water purification tablets if you wish.

Please note: The above packing list is to be used as a guide only, please contact us if you have further questions.

MORE!
If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list

Physical rating

3

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Joining your group

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, 29 Cameron St, Launceston, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 (0)363343434

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, 29 Cameron St, Launceston, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 (0)363343434

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 4

Lunches included: 3

Dinners included: 2

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Climate & seasonal information

Tasmania will no doubt give us everything it has to offer. You need to be prepared for hot weather as well as cold and wet (maybe even on the same day). It is unpredictable especially in the alpine regions.

Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March. The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.

Even in the peak of the Australian summer, Tasmania, being the most southerly point of the country, is subject to cold and wet weather from Antarctica. It can get very cold, particularly at higher elevations such as Cradle Mountain. Tasmania sits on a latitude of approximately 40 degrees south, which sometimes means the wind chill from the 'roaring 40's' can make the days very cold! Daily weather conditions in Tasmania can change very quickly from sunshine to rain. We suggest that you come prepared for all extremes, some light clothing for the sunshine and something a little more protective for the colder and possibly wet days.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: 1300 544 882

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