This spectacular National Geographic active adventure combines the rare and varied beauty of Tasmania’s northeast. The Blue Tier is a mountain plateau that once swarmed with tin miners. Their old pack trails wind through remnant and regenerated rainforest passing by rusted relics of the past. The Bay of Fires beaches are some of the most pristine in the world with their white sands contrasting with the pink granite rocks and aquamarine waters of the Tasman Sea. Beginning in Launceston we drive northeast to discover this magnificent region. Five days allows us to encompass a variety of terrain and attractions, which are covered in easy and moderate day walks. It allows us time to appreciate places such as Mt William National Park, Ralph Falls, St Columba Falls and the Eddystone Point Lighthouse while also visiting some local treats along the way. Our experienced guides will bring the area alive with their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Upon your arrival into Launceston make your way to the group hotel: You should make your way to the Lounge of the hotel by 6.30 pm for a group meet, greet and briefing with your tour. Your guides will confirm your pick up time for the morning.
Your guides will meet you at 8.00am at the lobby of the hotel for your tour departure. We begin our drive to the north east of Launceston to the Derby Tin Centre (www.trailofthetindragon.com) where we discover the story of how this small township was once the world’s largest exporter of tin ore. Continuing on our way towards Mt William National Park we stop in at Blue Lake for a leg stretch. We reach our beautiful and isolated accommodation at Icena Farm just in time for a scrumptious lunch before heading in to the National Park to climb it’s name-sake Mt William. Views from the top reveal the glorious coastline of North East Tasmania and provide a great perspective of the Bay of Fires coastline. Walking Distance: up to 4 Kms Walking Time: 3 Hours
After a hearty breakfast we head off to the start of our coastal walk at Stumpys Bay in the south of the park. Here we can set a leisurely pace whilst walking along one of the most pristine and stunning beaches on the Bay of Fires coast. We explore white sands and secretive rock pools amongst the famous granite rocks covered in red lichen, following the sparking turquoise waters to Tasmanias eastern most shoreline at Eddystone Point Lighthouse. After exploring the point and the lighthouse we then drive back to our accommodation at Icena Farm to relax while your guides prepare a delicious evening meal for you. Walking Distance: up to 13 Kms Walking Time: up to 8 Hours
Today we set out to explore another section of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area by walking from Policeman’s Point to The Gardens. We spend the whole day exploring pristine white sandy beaches, rock pools and ancient aboriginal middens (shell & bone deposits) under the watchful gaze of various sea birds usually circling overhead. Along the way we will stop for lunch and lookout for passing whales and dolphins sometimes spotted on the horizon. When our walking is complete, we will can enjoy a hot drink at the beach side town of Binalong Bay before being driven the short distance to our eco-accommodation to enjoy a well earned dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight Bay of Fires Bush Retreat. Walking Distance: up to 11 Kms Walking Time: up to 7 Hours
Today we drive up to the Blue Tier Nature Reserve and enjoy following the footsteps of the early tin miners. The location where we start our walks, was once a thriving mining town called Poimena. Now deserted, this reserve becomes our base for today, from which we can enjoy a selection of the following walks: Moon Rim Walk: This 1.5 hour circuit walk takes us to the summit of Mt Poimena providing great views to the east coast, St. Helens and the Furneaux Island Group. Australia Hill Circuit Walk: This 2 hour walk has great aboriginal significance and fantastic views back to Ben Lomond and surrounding mountains. Tin mining relics & abandoned machinery are evident. Weldborough Creek Walk: A 3 hour walk through regenerating rainforests that displays remnants of the regions tin mining history. If time permits, we will stop by the historic Pyengana Cheese Factory and enjoy a cheese tasting and cup of coffee before making our way to Weldborough Hotel where our host will prepare a country meal for us to enjoy. Walking Distance: up to 13 Kms Walking Time: up to 8 Hours
Today we explore numerous waterfalls as we make our way from the Blue Tier back to Launceston. We start with Halls Falls and its towering Eucalyptus Trees (E.Regnans and E.Obliqua). The next waterfall site we visit is the spectacular St Columba Falls which is one of Tasmania’s highest falls, plunging 90 metres from the Rattler Range. After taking in the area's amazing Tree Ferns, Sassafras and moss covered Myrtle’s, we drive up onto the Rattler Range where the button grass plains open up revealing spectacular views of Mt Alfred and Mt Victoria. After a picnic lunch we walk to our last waterfall for the day. Ralph Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Australia. We continue on a loop walk taking in the valley views from Cash’s lookout. After our walk we make our way to Ringarooma and then to Ledgerwood where we will have a break before heading back to Launceston where you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approximately 4pm. Overnight Penny Royal Hotel. Walking Distance: up to 5 Kms Walking Time: 3 Hours
Your tour concludes after breakfast today. Own arrangements to airport or onward arrangements.
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