Bay of Fires is a bay located on the northeastern coast of Tasmania in between Binalong Bay and Eddystone Point. It gets its name from the orange fiery colours of the granite rocks along the beach. Popular things to do while visiting the Bay of Fires region are camping, beach fun, boating, fishing, swimming, surfing, and bird watching. One of the top tourist things to do here is partake in one of the Great Walks of Australia, and that is the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. This is a small, guided four day walk through the remote landscape of The Bay of Fires. The itinerary takes you on foot through sandy beaches, exploring secluded coves, kayaking in the Ansons River, forests, heath lands, and luxury accommodations at the Forrester Beach camp and Bay of Fires Lodge. All of the areas of the Bay of Fires are protected reserve or fall under the protections of Mt William National Park. There are three sections of the reserve: the northern section, middle section, and the southern section. The northern section off the Bay lies within Mt William National Park and runs from the north of the outlet of Ansons Bay to Eddystone Point. The middle section is near Ansons Bay. The southern section of the Bay of Fires is in the Conservation Area and includes 13 km of coastline from The Gardens to Binalong Bay.
Bay of Fires Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12602492
Panorama of Bay of Fires Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By PelionClimber – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3638171
Bay of Fires Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12602413
Hiring a Car in Tasmania
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There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. Launceston is the closest city to the Bay of Fires where you can rent a car at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a car in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. Hobart is a popular city to visit in Tasmania and it is the capital, even though it is furthest from Bay of Fires, you might decide to hire a car there and take the East Coast Road Trip, one of the most popular and well-known road trips in all of Australia. You can hire a car in the city of Hobart or at the Hobart International Airport. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle, proper maps, and driving instructions. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you.
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Itinerary of the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
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The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk departs daily from October to May. It gives you a chance to explore the rich diversity of the region including the beaches, coastal areas, and nearby woodlands. The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a four day walk, each night you return to the accommodations so you can choose to modify the walk to make it shorter to accommodate your own abilities or time restraints. Do your research if you are not an experienced and advanced level bushwalker. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature and much of this land is a protected national park. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk: Day One
Mt William National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Srikumar Venugopal – Stumpy’s Bay Beach, TasmaniaUploaded by berichard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9547873
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The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk first day begins in Launceston where you will drive to the east coast and meet at Quamby Estate. The first’ day’s trek is about a 9 km walk that takes 4 hours to Mt. William National Park. The highlights along the way include the towns of Scottsdale and Derby, Boulder Point with views of the Bass Strait Islands, and some bird watching. The first night’s accommodations are at the Forrester Beach Camp in the semi-permanent tents and include dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk: Day Two
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Eddystone Point LighthousePhoto Credit: DiscoverTasmania.com.au
The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk day two is spent exploring the Bay of Fires Coastline. Breakfast is served at the Forrester Beach Camp before heading south along the remote coastline. The beautiful blue waters of the bay are on your left and native animals are in the landscapes off to the right. Walking time for day two is approximately 7 hours. Lunch is planned in one of the sheltered coves behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. After the walk, you arrive at the bay of Fires Lodge where you can spend a relaxing afternoon before turning in for the night. The lodge features a spa and a gourmet dinner is prepared that features Tasmania wine and beer.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk: Day Three
Binalong Bay Beach Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Aaroncrick – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6177027
Bay of Fires Photo Credit: DiscoverTasmania.com.au
Day three of the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is mostly based around the lodge itself and you get to pick from a variety of local activities. A delicious hot breakfast will be waiting for you when you wake up. Then, the choices of things to do include whale watching, dolphin watching, kayaking down Ansons River, explore the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula, enjoy a spa treatment, or try some fishing, snorkelling, or take on more walking through the surrounds. You can encounter a variety of local animals including wombats, wallabies, Forrester kangaroos, possums, and the famed Tasmanian devil.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk: Day Four
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For the final day of the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, the morning is spent around the lodge. You can take one final walk of the surrounds. Perhaps walk through the eucalypt forests or the coastal heath land. Other options include a morning swim or a spa treatment. The remaining walk to start your way back to Launceston begins after lunch is served and is about an hour long and 4 km. Stroll through the Pipers Brook wine region and there is a planned stop at Dr. Andrew Pirie’s vineyard.
More on The Great Walks of Australia
The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania is one of the nine Great Walks of Australia. The other walks include:
The Cradle Mountain Huts Walks in Tasmania
The Freycinet Experience Walk in Tasmania
The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania