Bay of Fires Lodge 'Inala Birding' Walk (4-days)
October 15-18, 2022 | Price $3,095
October 17-20, 2023 | Price $3,095
The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a breathtaking four-day walk along the pristine east coast of Tasmania, featuring accommodation at the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge. Over four days with Inala's local Tasmanian birding and fieldcraft guides, discover new birds, and increase your knowledge of birding and photography in the wild.
If squeaky white-sand beaches and wild coastline appeal to you, the Bay of Fires is a spectacular reason to lace up. We begin at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park where we journey four hours to semi-permanent tents in the dunes. At our Forester Beach Camp there is no roughing it, take an ocean dip and return for pinots poured and your meal underway. Day two is all about secluded coves, hearing tales of early inhabitants and making our way to the Bay of Fires Lodge. This is home for the next two nights - where foot spas and library time come standard and signature experiences in the outdoor bath tempt.
Day three is a special walk to the rarely visited northern side of Policeman's Point, traditionally an outstanding point for bird viewing. We take it easy on the final day, serving up a brekkie out on deck followed by a one-hour walk to our forest lunch location. It’s then onward to Entally Lodge to celebrate our shared four days.
Day 1: Launceston to Mt William National Park
Approximately four hours walking
It’s time to get your walking boots sandy. Our beach stroll this morning begins at Boulder Point in Mt William National Park. In clear conditions, the Bass Strait islands of Flinders and Cape Barren are visible to the north.
We’ll nestle into a protected beach along the coastline for lunch, enjoying the company of native birds, rare shells and marine artefacts. From day one your guides will begin unravelling the Bay of Fires tales; its early inhabitants, visiting explorers and how it came to bear its fiery name. We’ll look out for birds such as Hooded Plovers and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters.
After about four hours walking, we’ll arrive at the Forester Beach Camp, tucked away in secluded dunes. These semi-permanent tents are our home for the night. While your guides prepare delicious Tasmanian fare, you can develop your craft with our Inala expert or relax on the deck with a local wine, take a dip or explore the dune swale location.
Day 2: Exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline
Approximately seven hours walking
Following a relaxed breakfast at the camp we walk south, absorbing the coastline’s bold colours and solitude. Along the ridgelines of sand dunes, views extend across heathlands and out to the ocean. We’ll encounter oystercatchers, terns, and other coastal species exploring the tidelines.
Our lunch spot today is a beach sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. We’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story before we trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the celebrated Bay of Fires Lodge.
Come evening, venture into the library, cast a line off the beach or have your hosts deliver a cold drop while you dip toes into a foot spa on the back deck. Dinner is a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.
Day 3: Bay of Fires Lodge to Policeman's Point
Approximately six hours walking and birding
Today is a mix of time spent enjoying the lodge and fieldcraft sessions with our Inala expert.
Rise early to the native birds accompanying the dawn and enjoy a hot-cooked breakfast and freshly-brewed coffee. If it's a sunny morning, breakfast on the deck can reward you with whale spotting and dolphins surfing the waves.
Our plan today is to leave the lodge after breakfast and walk some of the local trails and onto the Bay of Fires Beach. Your Inala guide will take people birding along the beach, down to the sand spit opposite Policemans Point just south of the lodge. Bird records for the area and the sand spit usually show a good variety of resting sea birds and shorebirds – including long distance migrants like Sanderlings and Red-necked Stints.
The return walk up the beach and back to the lodge takes guests through heathland, where we can find bush birds, such as endemic honeyeaters and robins, later in the day as they become more active.
Day 4: Return to Launceston rejuvenated
Approximately one hour walking and birding
Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, and after we pack up, there’s time for a morning swim, a final spa treatment, and birding and photography close to the lodge before we depart.
On our final day, we venture through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. We’ll enjoy a forest lunch to the sound of native birds, including the endemic Green Rosella, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, and Tasmanian Scrubwren.
Upon our return to Entally Lodge, there will be time to raise a glass to the four wonderful days spent together.