Travel to Tasmania’s wildest and untouched reaches in your own private twin-engine Islander aircraft. Sleep amongst pine forests as wallabies hop by your bedside. Witness the grandeur of this lost world whilst embracing Tasmania’s world-renowned wilderness such as Federation Peak, the Western Arthur Range, Precipitous Bluff and the rugged coastline. Birders will be in their element, hikers will enjoy the endless trails to explore, cultural purists will indulge in the deep connection with the Indigenous community.
After spending time in the Southwest, fly to the far Northeast, to the Bay of Fires for an immersive Indigenous walking experience unlike anything else in Australia. This moving walk will deepen your understanding of Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and community, as well as immerse you in the natural and rugged beauty of Wukalina and Larapuna. Walk with Palawa guides in the footsteps of their traditional people on their cultural homeland. You will hear the Palawa creation story and participate in cultural practices that have been passed down for hundreds of generations. An infusion of wild luxury, cultural immersion, and untamed nature explored on foot. Perfect for the soft adventurer with a curious soul.
Day 1 – Arrival in Hobart
Welcome to Tasmania! Upon arrival, you will be met by your private chauffeur followed by a short transfer to your hotel in Hobarts’ CBD. Hobart – a port city where the world rushes in on the tide and ebbs away again. Hobart’s waterfront precinct is certainly abuzz, with old pubs alongside new craft-beer bars, myriad cafes, museums, festivals, ferries, fishing boats, yachts, accommodation and a floating pier upholding fine restaurants. All of it washed with sea-salty charm and a sense of history. The day is yours at leisure to explore this impressive harbour town. This evening, you are invited to a welcome dinner at the Belvedere Restaurant at the Vibe Hotel. (D)
Overnight at The Vibe Hobart – Harbour View room or similar
Day 2 – Seafood Experience & South West Wilderness Camp
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Brooke Street Pier where you will set off on a “deep-to-dish” experience of Tasmania’s freshest seafood on this signature culinary tour. Enjoy a decadent degustation dining experience where you will enjoy the spoils of Tasmania, only moments away from Hobart’s CBD. Watch on as the freshest wild seafood is caught by our divers and prepared in front of you on board our luxury two storey power catamaran ‘Cuttlefish’. All this, whilst cruising some of the most untouched and idyllic waterways in the world.
Upon disembarking the vessel, you will have a short transfer to Cambridge airport, where you will board your private plane to the spectacular Southwest National Park – the only way to access this remote area. The flight follows the coast, past Bruny Island to Cockle creek. Following the famous hiking trail, the South Coast track with its wild beaches, thick rainforests, mountain ranges and moorlands. During the flight you will have the opportunity to see Precipitous Bluff, Mt La Perouse, the Ironbound Range, and remote Maatsuyker Island. Overfly the ancestral home of the Needwonnee people, who occupied Louisa Bay for thousands of years.
Land at Melaleuca (a now abandoned tin mining settlement). You will visit the bird observatory to hopefully spot the endangered Orange Bellied parrots (Oct- April). You will then head off on a boat to your private eco-wilderness Lodge/Camp. The afternoon will be spent settling into your accommodation, which will be your base for the next few days whilst exploring this World Heritage listed wilderness of over 4500 sq kms. During your stay, enjoy walks on untouched beaches, see wildlife, explore caves and the remote waterways of Bathurst Harbour which is 3 times the size of Sydney Harbour. For sunset, you will head over to Forest Lag for a walk-up TV Hill and a look at Claytons’ Corner for some cheese and dips. To close the day off, enjoy a dinner of local produce and tasting the best wines that the region has to offer. Your rustic glamping accommodation experience gives you a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in untouched wilderness, in one of the planet’s last remaining temperate rainforests. Breathe the cleanest air in the world, while staying in eco-friendly comfortable accommodation with hot showers. **Note bathrooms here are shared facilities** (B,L,D)
2 nights at Southwest Wilderness Camp – Glamping
Day 3 – South West National Park
After a hearty cooked breakfast, travel by boat through the Bathurst Narrows with its 800-metre mountains rising from the sea towards the picturesque Bramble Cove. Here, you have the option of walking up Mt Milner with its beautiful views of Port Davey and the Bathurst Narrows. Enjoy lunch at one of the hidden coves along the way.
Next, head out to the Breaksea Islands, cruising along the protected side, witnessing the array of native bird life at the mouth of Port Davey and the Caroline and Shanks Islands. Visit an ancient aboriginal ochre cave at Schooner Cove, take a stroll along beautiful Balmoral Beach, before heading back to camp to enjoy a fully prepared gourmet dinner, and spend the evening winding down. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Melaleuca to Wukalina
After breakfast, you have the option of taking a walk-up Mt Beattie (2.5 hours return). This walk is graded easy to moderate and offers amazing views of the whole area. Another option, if the tide and weather permits, is a visit to an ancient Huon Pine Forest found on the shores of the Old River. It is then back to the camp for some lunch and to pack up.
Back in your private plane, fly across the state over the Bathurst Narrows and then overland via the rugged Western Arthur Range, beautiful alpine lakes and the famous Lake Pedder, and Tasmania midlands. On arrival, your Wukalina Journey begins. This experience takes place on the traditional homelands within the magnificent landscape of Wukalina (Mt William National Park) and Larapuna (Bay of Fires) in Northeast Lutruwita (Tasmania, Australia).
Run by the Palawa – the First Nations peoples of Lutruwita, to experience the Wukalina Walk is an invitation for you to takara waranta – walk with us – so we can share with you our stories and connection to Country. The Wukalina Walk is entirely different to anything else in Lutruwita or, in fact, anywhere in the world.
You are now in Trawlwoolway Country where your cultural walk begins. Your guide will give a Welcome to Country where you will then be led to the 216-metre-high summit of Wukalina for a picnic lunch with 360-degree views.
Look out across the cultural landscape as you learn about Truwana (Cape Barren Island) and other Tayaritja (Furneaux Islands). On a clear day, you will be able to see the dramatic features of islands that have both historic and contemporary significance to Palawa.
After lunch, you will be guided towards the coast, stopping along the way to hear cultural and botanical interpretations from our qualified guides, and potentially spotting animal and bird species endemic to the area. Once you arrive at the purpose-built standing camp of Krkani Lumi – resting place – relax around the firepit or in the domed lounging area or in your private hut. Regroup for drinks and dinner.
Spend the evening around the fire in conversation with Elders and guides. You may hear the Palawa creation story. Learn more about the tradition of muttonbirding. Settle down to a comfortable night’s sleep in your domed hut under cosy doonas and wallaby throws. (B,L,D)
2 nights Krakani Lumi
Walking distance – 11km
Difficulty – Medium
Walking time – Approximately 4.5 hours
Day 5 - Time on the coast – Krakani Lumi
Today is spent in and close to camp. After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be guided along a traditional coastal pathway though living cultural landscapes. This beautiful part of the coast, with its fine bright sand and rounded rocks, is incredibly important to Palawa.
Interpretation by your guides will focus on traditional food sources, medicines and animals. You’ll learn about practices of the past, as well as those that continue in the present day and will do so into the future. There will be opportunity to sample coastal bush tucker and learn new and intriguing facts in this living cultural landscape.
Lunch will be served back at Krakani Lumi. The afternoon is a time to relax and take part in cultural activities such as weaving, shell stringing, kelp basket making, mixing ochre, as well as clapstick making and playing.
Guides and Elders lead these cultural sessions around the fire or sitting on wallaby skin cloaks in the striking domed sitting area. These and other important cultural practices connect Palawa to each other and their Ancestors.
Dinner this evening includes traditional foods such as mutton bird, wallaby and doughboys. Watch guides cook some of this on the fire and, as the temperature drops as evening comes, share another meal together inside around the long table in the kitchen.
If you go for a moonlit walk after dinner, you may encounter wildlife such as prupilathina (wombats), payathanima (wallabies) and kangaroos. Enjoy another night sleeping at Krakani Lumi.
Distance – No more than 5km
Difficulty – Easy medium
Walk time – Approximately 2 hours
Day 6 - Walking the beach – Krakani Lumi to Larapuna
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Krakani Lumi and head south, on foot, along the beach towards Larapuna (Bay of Fires). Follow the line of sand and round the rocky headlands covered in the striking red lichen typical to this region.
This is the longest day of walking with the distance broken up by the guides sharing their incredible knowledge. There are also snack breaks, a lunch break and you’ll sample seasonal bush tucker. You’re also likely to get engrossed in conversation during those long beach stretches and lose time in personal reflection of the life altering experiences you have had. Have lunch together lounging in the dunes or sitting near a marsupial lawn.
Your destination is in sight for much of the day and by mid-afternoon, you’ll arrive at the Aboriginal-leased land of Larapuna (Eddystone Point lighthouse precinct).
Your final night’s accommodation is in a beautifully restored lightkeepers cottage. The interior of the cottage has been renovated and redecorated throughout. The pink granite exterior walls, which had been suffocating under blue paint, have been fully revived.
Settle into your hotel-style room within the cottage and put your feet up or join the group for nibbles and a drink in the lounge. Peruse the reference books, have a wander or sit on the veranda and watch the light change as the sun sets.
Dinner this evening, is a delicious wallaby lasagne. There will be opportunity, over the meal, to reflect on what you’ve learnt on your physical and cultural journey together and exchange stories.
Overnight Lightkeepers Cottage
Distance – 17km
Difficulty – Medium to hard
Walk time – Approximately 6 hours
Day 7 - Larapuna to Launceston via Derby
There’s time for a bit of a sleep-in this morning followed by a leisurely breakfast. This morning, be guided on foot to various points of interest on this northern headland of Larapuna. Walk to a scenic lookout, a rock quarry on a beach and up into the lighthouse tower – all 129 steps.
Eddystone Point Lighthouse is fully operational and you have the exclusive opportunity to access this historic building. From the top you can take in unrivalled views of the world-renowned Larapuna.
The name Bay of Fires was more recently given by Europeans after someone counted over 200 campfires and cultural burns in the landscape at one time. From your vantage point at the top of the lighthouse, it’s not uncommon to see black swans, arctic terns, pelicans, sea eagles and, at certain times, a pod of dolphins or even whales in the water below.
Lunch is served before transferring to Launceston. The driving route to the city is via Derby, where you’ll have a cafe stop. This former mining town is now known for its world-class mountain biking trails.
Arrive back in Launceston at approximately 4:30pm and enjoy farewell drinks and nibbles before you are dropped back to your hotel in Launceston. The Florence Hotel, is steeped in history and Victorian character and has been thoughtfully restored through considered design, whilst paying tribute to our historic past. (B,L)
Overnight The Florence or similar
Day 8 – Departure
This morning is yours at leisure to explore your beautiful surrounds, or perhaps explore the nearby breathtaking forests, or local wineries of the Tamar Valley before transferring to Launceston Airport for your onward flight. (Flight not included). (B)
- Pick up in Hobart/Drop off Launceston
- 7 nights accommodation
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Services of a local expert guide
- Private twin turbine aircraft – Cambridge-Melaleuca-Icena
- Landing permits, fuel and aircraft associated costs including crew
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
- National Park fees
- Private transportation
- Local taxes and levies
- International and domestic airfares
- Optional excursions
- Travel and medical insurance
- All services, meals other than those indicated above
- Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
- All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc.
**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* A minimum of 6 adults is required to guarantee this departure.
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