Bay of Fires - wukalina walk
Tasmania - Sun 24th November 2019

Max Participants:
10
Location:
Tasmania
Date:
Sun 24th November 2019
Start Time:
8:00am
End Time:
5:00pm
Duration:
4 Days
Meals:
1 Morning Teas 4 Lunches 2 Dinners 3 Breakfasts
Non-Member Cost:
$2495.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2445.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$625.00
Tagged:
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The wukalina Walk is a project of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania.  It is the first of its kind in Australia - designed, owned and operated by the Aboriginal community.

 

Adventurous Women are thrilled to announce that we’ve negotiated an exclusive ‘women only’ departure on this amazing walk in November this year.  Our tour is small group in style, consisting of up to 10 guests only, along with the services of two guides.

 

The walk is a four day - three night, fully inclusive guided walk, incorporating coastal and inland aspects of the famous Bay of Fires region - the cultural homeland of the palawa people. Aboriginal Guides and Elders welcome guests onto their cultural homeland as they interpret 60 000 years of community and country. The walk provides an opportunity to walk with palawa Guides in the footsteps of their traditional people on the cultural homeland of wukalina and larapuna. You will hear first-hand palawa creation stories and participate in cultural practices that have been passed down for hundreds of generations.


Accommodation is provided for two nights in wukalina/Mt William National Park, at a purpose built standing camp in culturally designed huts, and one night is spent in a renovated Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Aboriginal held land at larapuna/Eddystone Point.


The walking is medium in terms of difficulty - with approximately 33 km covered across the 4 days.

Gallery

Eddystone Point View
Bay of Fires
Stunning coastline
Eddystone Point
Cute Wallabies
Food Glorious Food

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● The Walk provides invitation-only access to a cultural homeland, and to a culture completely unique

● Exploring the stunning Bay of Fires region

● One of The Great Walks found throughout Tasmania and nationally

● Cuisine & Snacks sourced locally using traditional recipes & ingredients native to Tasmania

Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel in Launceston, or make your own way to the Aboriginal Elders Centre by 0800, to be welcomed by a palawa Elder.

Enjoy morning tea after viewing the artefacts and historical photos within the Council centre having been issued with backpacks, gaiters and rain jackets, if required.

At 0900 depart Launceston to enjoy a scenic drive North to the trail head while learning about the Aboriginal and European history of the districts you pass through.

The cultural walk begins with a guided walk to the summit of wukalina/Mt William. At the summit enjoy a picnic lunch and experience 360 degree views of the magnificent, and culturally significant, landscape laid out all around you.

On a clear day truwana (Cape Barren Island) is visible, and you will hear stories of the significance of truwana and other Furneaux Islands - historical and contemporary heartlands of the palawa community and culture.

Following lunch, you will be guided along a walking track to (krakani lumi – resting place in palawa kani), stopping along the way to hear cultural and botanical interpretations from qualified guides.

Once you arrive at krakani lumi you can relax in your private hut before regrouping to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, followed by a traditionally inspired Seafood dinner. Evening activities include interaction with a palawa Elder and the telling of the palawa Creation Story.

distance - 11km

difficulty - medium

walk time - 4.5 hours

Meals: Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast you will be guided along a traditional coastal pathway, which includes significant Aboriginal middens. Interpretation will focus on learning about traditional food sources, medicines and native animals.

Lunch will be served back at the Standing Camp, following which our guides will lead cultural sessions which may include kelp and reed basket making, making and playing clap sticks, and working with shells and native animal furs.

After a roast dinner including Aunty Gloria’s famous doughboys, enjoy a starlight night walk or a chinwag around the firepit.

distance - 5km

difficulty - medium

walk time - 2 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day three comprises of a guided walk south along stretches of pure white sand and past rocky headlands covered in the red lichen typical of the Bay of Fires region.

Lunch is enjoyed at the unusual Marsupial Lawns before you arrive at the Aboriginal landholding of larapuna/Bay of Fires (Eddystone Point lighthouse precinct) in the mid afternoon, to one of the most beautifully restored Lighthouse Cottages in Australia.

The cottage has been redesigned throughout to provide a purpose built experience for guests, while the beautiful exterior walls of local pink granite have been given new life.

You can then settle into your 'hotel style' room, peruse the library of reference books in the lounge, or take a seat on the broad verandah to watch the sun fade into a magnificent sunset.

distance - 17km

difficulty - medium to hard

walk time - 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today provides an opportunity for you to explore the larapuna area – including the coastline, rock quarry and lighthouse precinct.

You will be offered a tour of the fully operational lighthouse, with unmatched views of the world-renowned Bay of Fires (larapuna) coastline awaits.

After your tour, you may wish to spend time with our guides reflecting on key learnings from the cultural journey.

Lunch is served prior to the drive back to Launceston via a stop in Derby, a little town becoming more famous by the day due to its place on the Mountain Bike ‘map’.

Arrive back into Launceston at approximately 17:00 and enjoy a farewell drink and nibbles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Includes

Pick up and return from the designated collection and return point(s) in Launceston (see list).

Transport to wukalina/Mt William National Park and return.

Twin/Double share accommodation for three nights.

All meals and snacks.

National park passes.

Use of 40lt Backpack, Gore-tex jacket, gaiters and a water bottle (if guests elect not to bring their own) for the duration of walk.

Two qualified guides for groups of 6 guests or more or one guide for groups of 5 or less; as well as interaction with Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder(s) and/or Craftsperson/Artist(s).

Complimentary Tasmanian wine/mineral water/juice is offered each night. Note: No price reduction is available for guests who choose not to avail themselves of the alcoholic beverages offered.

1 Morning Teas

4 Lunches

2 Dinners

3 Breakfasts

Excludes

Flights to/from Launceston

Accommodation

A Single Supplement is available at an additional $1870.00 and enables you to decide to book your ‘own’ hut at krakani lumi and own room at larapuna.

The price we have quoted is for twin share in a room / hut whereby you'll be matched with another solo lady traveller from the group.

What To Bring/Wear

- A full list of items to bring will be supplied at the time of booking. However, wearing layers of clothing is best and denim is generally not recommended, as it can become heavy and cold when wet and it does not breathe.

More Information

Hotel Pickups

Pick-ups are available from the following City hotels in Launceston. The pickup time will be advised at least 48 hours prior to departure. Depending on the number of pickups booked we may also be able to arrange pickups and drop-offs at Launceston Airport.

Hotel Grand Chancellor

Peppers Seaport

Mantra Charles Hotel

Best Western Plus Launceston

Quest Serviced Apartments

The Sebel Launceston

Hatherley Birrell Collection

Kurrajong House Bed and Breakfast

Leisure Inn Penny Royal

Commodore Regent

Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston

 

Departure Point

The Walk departs from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania Centre at 163 St John Street, Launceston 7250.The Council building is a seven minute walk from the city centre and a 20 minute drive from the Airport in Launceston.

Arrangements the night prior and last day of Walk

We recommend that you arrive the night prior to departure, and that flights are not booked to depart prior to 18:30 on the day of arrival back into Launceston. All guests need to arrive at the Elders Council at 08:00 on Day 1 and can expect to arrive back at the Council by 17:00 on Day 4.  

What our Clients Are Saying…

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A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable trip. A great mix of women participants including our guides Sue O and Cindy.

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A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable trip. A great mix of women participants including our guides Sue O and Cindy.

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A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable trip. A great mix of women participants including our guides Sue O and Cindy.

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Cancellation & Refunds

 

Deposits and Payment:

A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking and full payment is due 60 days prior. Full payment is required if the departure date is within 60 days of booking. All prices are quoted per person in AUD including GST and are valid from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020.

 

Cancellation policy:

60 days plus prior to trip departure – nil cancellation fee – full refund

59 – 21 days prior to trip departure – 25% of the full price of the tour booking

20 – 15 days prior to trip departure – 50% of full price of tour of the tour booking

Within 14 days of the trip departure – no refund

No refund is available after walk has departed. We date the cancellation period from the time we receive written notice from you of a cancellation. No refund will be paid for those guests who voluntarily leave the Walk for reasons of bereavement, injury or illness. And they may incur additional costs in the process of our having to repatriate them from the Walk. Travel and medical insurance are therefore strongly recommended.

 

Should we need to cancel the walk:

In the event we have to cancel a departure either inside 60 days of departure or even during the Walk, due to political or natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable flood waters etc), we will fully refund all monies paid by you for the cost of the Walk only. Any other costs associated with your joining or participating in the Walk will not be covered.  Again, Travel Insurance is recommended.

 

In the event we cancel the Walk inside 60 days of departure or even during the Walk for reasons other than political or natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable flood waters etc) we will refund all monies paid by you for the cost of the actual Walk, plus any other reasonable costs incurred by you (upon production of receipts) and your wukalina Walk travelling party, as part of your travel arrangements directly related to your joining the Walk, up to a maximum of $200.00 per person.





Please ensure you read our complete  cancellation policy  before booking