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Walking to the Cod Bay beaches.
Walking to the Cod Bay beaches.
Dinner at the camp.
Accommodation on the second walking day.

Bay of Fires

Thursday, May 8, 2003
The Bay of Fires in the Mount William National Park has a superb rocky coastline leading to pristine white beaches.

Bay of Fires is in the Mt William National Park which has superb mountain slopes and a rocky coastline leading to pristine white beaches. It is a very important home to much wildlife and is the only place in Tasmania where the Forester kangaroo has survived.

Wildflowers are abundant and attract a great deal of birdlife — wedge-tailed eagles, sea eagles and peregrine falcons are often seen in the area.

Phil Cook and Nicole Sherriff have been guiding walkers through the Cradle Mountains for some time, and have just formulated new walks for the relatively unknown Bay of Fires Walk.

The four-day walk starts at Boulder Point on the coast with an afternoon walk to the Cod Bay beaches, where you have views of offshore nature reserves. Overnight is spent in a standing camp with wooden floors, kitchen and outside deck, and accommodation for a maximum of 10 people. There is no power, or shower facilities, but there is a washing room and composting toilets.

Rooms are twin share with beds, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags. They provide cotton inner-sheets and pillow cases.

On the second day you walk about 14km in around seven hours, and the guides will talk about the influence of fire, coastal vegetation and animals' habitats. The walk continues along the beach and river to the lighthouse and the beautiful Bay of Fires Lodge, which accommodates up to 20 people.

There are welcoming hot showers, composting toilets, twin share and double rooms with mattresses, linen, duvets and towels. One building houses accommodation and the other has an open plan kitchen, living and dining areas and a verandah.

Days three and four are for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing, exploring the area and generally enjoying the lodge.

The walking is not strenuous, but you should have an average level of fitness to enjoy what you are doing. Comfortable walking boots are a must for walking on beaches, crossing coastal headlands and rocky outcrops.


Mount William National Park on Tasmania's east coast.


Cradle Mountain Huts 4 day Bay of Fires Walks cost $1465 per person including 3 nights twin share accommodation, food, guides and transfers. Walks operate every day from October to early May.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.

More information

Bay of Fires Walk
Box 1879 Launceston 7250
Phone: (03) 6391 9339
Fax: ( 03) 6391 9338

Qantas: 13 13 13

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