OVERVIEW

Start this spectacular journey off at the Bay of Fires, one of Australia's most startling natural wonders renowned for its magnificent outcrops of pink granite,  breathtaking white beaches and azure blue skies. This remote corner of Tasmania's unfettered coastline is also teeming with wildlife making walking here an absolute delight.

Next is a jewel amongst Tasmania's National Parks – the Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay.  Further south we'll explore the Tasman Peninsula with its unusual but magnificent geological formations. The walks at Cape Hauy and at Cape Raoul are rated amongst the best in Australia, with sensational views along the way.

Every last detail is taken care of so you can fully experience extraordinary Tasmania. At night, freshen up and settle in at your comfortable accommodation after your a la carte two-course dinner.  With two experienced guides, you can pace yourself with a choice of easier or more challenging walking options along the way.

Highlights

  • Uninterrupted coastal views, abundant wildlife, birdlife and unique history to discover
  • The stunning Bay of Fires beaches with its exquisite pink granite
  • Imposing granite peaks of the Hazards on the Freycinet Peninsula
  • Spectacular views over picturesque Wineglass Bay
  • Discover the fascinating convict history at the Coal Mines Historic Site
  • The unusual rock formations such as Blowhole, Devils Kitchen and Tasman's Arch
  • The epic Cape Raoul with its imposing dolerite columns rising from the waves

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 4055

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 900

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
LAUNCESTON TO BAY OF FIRES WALK

This holiday commences in Launceston at 8.00 am. Travel to Tasmania’s sunny east coast.

Today’s walk features more stunning beaches of the Bay of Fires. Like much of Tasmania’s east coast, this area is dominated by pink granite, with a very high quartz content that breaks down into pure white sand. Many of the pink granite rocks also have an orange lichen cover. The white sands combined with magnificent outcrops of pink granite, orange lichen and an azure blue sky make this walk a photographer’s delight. It’s also a great walk for observing sea birds such as gulls, terns, gannets, albatrosses, oystercatchers and majestic sea eagles. During the afternoon, there’s an optional hike along coastal clifftop tracks or free time to swim or relax at beautiful Binalong Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 15 km / 5-6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the resort restaurant

Accommodation: Panorama Resort St Helens in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
FREYCINET WALKING

Today we head south to one of Tasmania’s jewels – the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula. Jutting out into the sea, the imposing granite peaks of the Hazards and the many white sandy beaches that dot the peninsula welcome you as you enter the park. Our circuit walk takes you to a lookout with spectacular views over picturesque Wineglass Bay. After a stroll along this delightful beach, we continue across the isthmus to the more remote Hazards Beach. Next, we’ll explore a boardwalk with stunning views at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 5-6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast in the resort restaurant, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: The Beachfront Motel Bicheno in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
FREYCINET WALKING - MOUNT GRAHAM

At an altitude of 570 meters, Mount Graham stands as the second-highest peak on the Freycinet Peninsula, offering expansive vistas across the national park. Although it’s a distance from our accommodation, an early start can enable a day trip to conquer the summit.

Starting from Wineglass Bay Car Park, head towards the Wineglass Bay Lookout where Mount Graham becomes conspicuous, one of two dominant peaks in the southern part of the peninsula (the other being Mount Freycinet). While the distance is evident, enjoy the lookout before the track descends to Wineglass Bay where the sandy beach offers a welcome break from the rugged terrain.

The summit of Mount Graham crowns the ridge, requiring an uphill stretch before rewarding you with breathtaking views

In the distance, the distinct shape of Maria Island can be spotted. Capture the scene with photographs, revel in the accomplishment, and then retrace your steps back with a possible quick dip in the famous Wineglass Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 20 km / 8 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast/walkers lunch and two-course a la carte dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: The Beachfront Motel Bicheno in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
FREYCINET TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

Today we travel south to the Tasman National Park – an area that preserves diverse forest and spectacular coastline on this picturesque peninsula.

After lunch, we will explore Eaglehawk Neck, commencing at the Tessellated Pavement if the tide is low, looking at the unusual set of geological circumstances that have resulted in this rare landform with a tiled appearance. We will then explore a section of the Tasman Coastal Trail, which will offer cliff tops views to a high vantage point overlooking the rugged sea cliffs.

Walking: Easy / 5 km / 2 hrs

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast, lunch and two-course dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
CAPE RAOUL

Today we do a full day hike at Cape Raoul, one of the 3 capes which incidentally is not linked to the official 3 Capes walk as yet. We hike through tall stringybark forest, old sheoak woodland and coastal banksia scrub. As we walk, we sight the world-renowned big wave surfing spot Shipstern Bluff. At the cape, we settle down for lunch and soak up the awesome view, jagged dolerite columns that rise up from the waves and blue sea and sky on an epic scale. Gannets, terns, sea eagles and the endangered wedge-tailed eagle can often be seen.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km / 6-7 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast/lunch and two-course dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge in ensuited rooms

DAY 6
CAPE HAUY

Another solid day’s hike in the Tasman National Park. The challenging option is out to Cape Hauy and includes some of the most stunning coastal scenery anywhere in Australia. The dramatic sea cliffs and fluted rock pillars that line the cape are a major highlight. These columnar dolerite cliffs are outstanding examples of a rock type that is very rare on the mainland. The easier option is to walk to Bivouac Bay with another optional side trip to Thumbs Point for fabulous coastal views.

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast, lunch and two-course dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 7
CRESECENT BAY AND MOUNT BROWN

We finish off the trip with this lovely scenic walk, which includes Remarkable Caves, Maingon Blowhole and the beautiful Crescent Bay Beach. This is easy walking through coastal heath on a wide smooth track, offering up fantastic views of Cape Raoul and Cape Pillar and Tasman Island along the way. If you are up for one last challenge, the Mount Brown Summit awaits.

We’ll travel back to Hobart via the picturesque village of Richmond, famous for its historic convict-built bridge. We’ll arrive in Hobart just after 5:00pm.

Walking: Easy – moderate / 9.5 km / 5 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights private accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • 6 cooked breakfasts and 6 dinners prepared by professional chefs with an emphasis on Tasmanian local produce
  • Comprehensive walkers lunches every day augmented by Auswalk’s trail mix
  • All transport from Launceston to Hobart
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

We stay in high-quality resorts and motels, with all rooms having their own ensuite. The accommodations are in beautiful locations, providing further opportunities to walk and explore.

At Stewarts Bay Lodge your private room with a private bathroom will be in a fully equipped 2 bedroom chalet, with either a water or bush view, with a shared lounge and full kitchen. These rooms are allocated on a “first in” approach, and on most occasions both bedrooms will be utilised by our walkers.

All the two-course dinners are prepared by professional chefs in the accommodation restaurants. Enjoy some of the best local produce this country has to offer with an emphasis on Tasmanian local produce. Start each day with a substantial cooked breakfast to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

The packed lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s trail mix. You can look forward to having lunch on a daily basis at some of the most beautiful remote locations in Tasmania.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHTS 2 & 3

  • NIGHTS 4, 5 & 6

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MIXED TERRAIN

SAND TERRAIN

To prepare for walking on sand you will need specialised training owing to the soft and yielding nature of this type of terrain. It has a distinct impact on the body, especially the calf muscles as you get older. Sand moves when we walk and can lead to the overextension of the calf muscles resulting in discomfort and aches over prolonged periods.

To avoid this you should target exercises for lower body strength such as lunges, squats, and calf raises. Incorporate barefoot walks on soft surfaces such as grass to improve balance and foot muscle strength. Practice walking on the beach or sand dunes if you can to acclimatise to the unique demands of a sandy terrain.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

This trip operates with two professional and experienced guides, knowledgeable of the area and natural surroundings, including the local fauna, flora and history.

The tracks are mostly well cared for, dry and firm this time of year. However, on the odd occasion we have encountered wet portions of track. Most of the walks are moderate. The easier alternative walks are great for first timers. Some walks involve challenging walking of between 5 to 7 hours each day with some steep ascents and descents, so the experienced hikers won’t be disappointed.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many good hotels in Launceston, however we pick up and drop off from two central hotels. The tour starts at 8.00am at the Quality Hotel Colonial, 31 Elizabeth St, in Launceston. At the end of the tour we drop you to Hobart airport at approximately 5.00pm or at the St Ives Apartments, 67 St. Georges Terrace, Battery Point, Hobart.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

 

WEATHER

Summer is our preferred time of year for hiking in Tasmania. The east coast is suitable from November to May. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 28 Feb 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $4055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $900
  • 8 Apr 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $4055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $900
  • Big Heart Adventures Private Trip
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $4055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $900

    27 October 2025

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  1. Dieter L

    17 January, 2023 at 11:10 AM
    5

    Our Three Capes hiking trip was a small bucket item”, Auswalk made it a reality. Their service and the hospitality at Stewarts Bay Lodge was simply outstanding.

  2. Cathy B

    29 August, 2022 at 2:04 PM
    5

    Absolutely wonderful views; most relaxing holiday to just be able to turn up and walk; no thinking or planning required.

  3. Julie W

    29 August, 2022 at 2:37 PM
    5

    Well organised and guided walk. The guides were excellent and the diversity in terrain was awesome. If your looking for a guided 6 day way, this is a must!

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Start this spectacular journey off at the Bay of Fires, one of Australia's most startling natural wonders renowned for its magnificent outcrops of pink granite,  breathtaking white beaches and azure blue skies. This remote corner of Tasmania's unfettered coastline is also teeming with wildlife making walking here an absolute delight.

Next is a jewel amongst Tasmania's National Parks – the Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay.  Further south we'll explore the Tasman Peninsula with its unusual but magnificent geological formations. The walks at Cape Hauy and at Cape Raoul are rated amongst the best in Australia, with sensational views along the way.

Every last detail is taken care of so you can fully experience extraordinary Tasmania. At night, freshen up and settle in at your comfortable accommodation after your a la carte two-course dinner.  With two experienced guides, you can pace yourself with a choice of easier or more challenging walking options along the way.

Highlights

  • Uninterrupted coastal views, abundant wildlife, birdlife and unique history to discover
  • The stunning Bay of Fires beaches with its exquisite pink granite
  • Imposing granite peaks of the Hazards on the Freycinet Peninsula
  • Spectacular views over picturesque Wineglass Bay
  • Discover the fascinating convict history at the Coal Mines Historic Site
  • The unusual rock formations such as Blowhole, Devils Kitchen and Tasman's Arch
  • The epic Cape Raoul with its imposing dolerite columns rising from the waves

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 4055

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 900

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
LAUNCESTON TO BAY OF FIRES WALK

This holiday commences in Launceston at 8.00 am. Travel to Tasmania’s sunny east coast.

Today’s walk features more stunning beaches of the Bay of Fires. Like much of Tasmania’s east coast, this area is dominated by pink granite, with a very high quartz content that breaks down into pure white sand. Many of the pink granite rocks also have an orange lichen cover. The white sands combined with magnificent outcrops of pink granite, orange lichen and an azure blue sky make this walk a photographer’s delight. It’s also a great walk for observing sea birds such as gulls, terns, gannets, albatrosses, oystercatchers and majestic sea eagles. During the afternoon, there’s an optional hike along coastal clifftop tracks or free time to swim or relax at beautiful Binalong Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 15 km / 5-6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Lunch and two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the resort restaurant

Accommodation: Panorama Resort St Helens in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
FREYCINET WALKING

Today we head south to one of Tasmania’s jewels – the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula. Jutting out into the sea, the imposing granite peaks of the Hazards and the many white sandy beaches that dot the peninsula welcome you as you enter the park. Our circuit walk takes you to a lookout with spectacular views over picturesque Wineglass Bay. After a stroll along this delightful beach, we continue across the isthmus to the more remote Hazards Beach. Next, we’ll explore a boardwalk with stunning views at Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 5-6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast in the resort restaurant, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: The Beachfront Motel Bicheno in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
FREYCINET WALKING - MOUNT GRAHAM

At an altitude of 570 meters, Mount Graham stands as the second-highest peak on the Freycinet Peninsula, offering expansive vistas across the national park. Although it’s a distance from our accommodation, an early start can enable a day trip to conquer the summit.

Starting from Wineglass Bay Car Park, head towards the Wineglass Bay Lookout where Mount Graham becomes conspicuous, one of two dominant peaks in the southern part of the peninsula (the other being Mount Freycinet). While the distance is evident, enjoy the lookout before the track descends to Wineglass Bay where the sandy beach offers a welcome break from the rugged terrain.

The summit of Mount Graham crowns the ridge, requiring an uphill stretch before rewarding you with breathtaking views

In the distance, the distinct shape of Maria Island can be spotted. Capture the scene with photographs, revel in the accomplishment, and then retrace your steps back with a possible quick dip in the famous Wineglass Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 20 km / 8 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast/walkers lunch and two-course a la carte dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: The Beachfront Motel Bicheno in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
FREYCINET TO THE TASMAN PENINSULA

Today we travel south to the Tasman National Park – an area that preserves diverse forest and spectacular coastline on this picturesque peninsula.

After lunch, we will explore Eaglehawk Neck, commencing at the Tessellated Pavement if the tide is low, looking at the unusual set of geological circumstances that have resulted in this rare landform with a tiled appearance. We will then explore a section of the Tasman Coastal Trail, which will offer cliff tops views to a high vantage point overlooking the rugged sea cliffs.

Walking: Easy / 5 km / 2 hrs

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast, lunch and two-course dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
CAPE RAOUL

Today we do a full day hike at Cape Raoul, one of the 3 capes which incidentally is not linked to the official 3 Capes walk as yet. We hike through tall stringybark forest, old sheoak woodland and coastal banksia scrub. As we walk, we sight the world-renowned big wave surfing spot Shipstern Bluff. At the cape, we settle down for lunch and soak up the awesome view, jagged dolerite columns that rise up from the waves and blue sea and sky on an epic scale. Gannets, terns, sea eagles and the endangered wedge-tailed eagle can often be seen.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km / 6-7 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast/lunch and two-course dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge in ensuited rooms

DAY 6
CAPE HAUY

Another solid day’s hike in the Tasman National Park. The challenging option is out to Cape Hauy and includes some of the most stunning coastal scenery anywhere in Australia. The dramatic sea cliffs and fluted rock pillars that line the cape are a major highlight. These columnar dolerite cliffs are outstanding examples of a rock type that is very rare on the mainland. The easier option is to walk to Bivouac Bay with another optional side trip to Thumbs Point for fabulous coastal views.

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast, lunch and two-course dinner in the hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 7
CRESECENT BAY AND MOUNT BROWN

We finish off the trip with this lovely scenic walk, which includes Remarkable Caves, Maingon Blowhole and the beautiful Crescent Bay Beach. This is easy walking through coastal heath on a wide smooth track, offering up fantastic views of Cape Raoul and Cape Pillar and Tasman Island along the way. If you are up for one last challenge, the Mount Brown Summit awaits.

We’ll travel back to Hobart via the picturesque village of Richmond, famous for its historic convict-built bridge. We’ll arrive in Hobart just after 5:00pm.

Walking: Easy – moderate / 9.5 km / 5 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Chef-prepared cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights private accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • 6 cooked breakfasts and 6 dinners prepared by professional chefs with an emphasis on Tasmanian local produce
  • Comprehensive walkers lunches every day augmented by Auswalk’s trail mix
  • All transport from Launceston to Hobart
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

We stay in high-quality resorts and motels, with all rooms having their own ensuite. The accommodations are in beautiful locations, providing further opportunities to walk and explore.

At Stewarts Bay Lodge your private room with a private bathroom will be in a fully equipped 2 bedroom chalet, with either a water or bush view, with a shared lounge and full kitchen. These rooms are allocated on a “first in” approach, and on most occasions both bedrooms will be utilised by our walkers.

All the two-course dinners are prepared by professional chefs in the accommodation restaurants. Enjoy some of the best local produce this country has to offer with an emphasis on Tasmanian local produce. Start each day with a substantial cooked breakfast to ready yourself for the upcoming walk.

The packed lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s trail mix. You can look forward to having lunch on a daily basis at some of the most beautiful remote locations in Tasmania.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHTS 2 & 3

  • NIGHTS 4, 5 & 6

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MIXED TERRAIN

SAND TERRAIN

To prepare for walking on sand you will need specialised training owing to the soft and yielding nature of this type of terrain. It has a distinct impact on the body, especially the calf muscles as you get older. Sand moves when we walk and can lead to the overextension of the calf muscles resulting in discomfort and aches over prolonged periods.

To avoid this you should target exercises for lower body strength such as lunges, squats, and calf raises. Incorporate barefoot walks on soft surfaces such as grass to improve balance and foot muscle strength. Practice walking on the beach or sand dunes if you can to acclimatise to the unique demands of a sandy terrain.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

This trip operates with two professional and experienced guides, knowledgeable of the area and natural surroundings, including the local fauna, flora and history.

The tracks are mostly well cared for, dry and firm this time of year. However, on the odd occasion we have encountered wet portions of track. Most of the walks are moderate. The easier alternative walks are great for first timers. Some walks involve challenging walking of between 5 to 7 hours each day with some steep ascents and descents, so the experienced hikers won’t be disappointed.

Pre and post tour accommodation: There are many good hotels in Launceston, however we pick up and drop off from two central hotels. The tour starts at 8.00am at the Quality Hotel Colonial, 31 Elizabeth St, in Launceston. At the end of the tour we drop you to Hobart airport at approximately 5.00pm or at the St Ives Apartments, 67 St. Georges Terrace, Battery Point, Hobart.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

 

WEATHER

Summer is our preferred time of year for hiking in Tasmania. The east coast is suitable from November to May. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Bay of Fires, Freycinet, Wineglass Bay and Three Capes 28 February 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $4055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $900
  • Bay of Fires, Freycinet, Wineglass Bay and Three Capes 8 April 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $4055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $900
  • Big Heart Adventures Private Trip
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $4055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $900
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  1. Dieter L

    17 January, 2023 at 11:10 AM
    5

    Our Three Capes hiking trip was a small bucket item”, Auswalk made it a reality. Their service and the hospitality at Stewarts Bay Lodge was simply outstanding.

  2. Cathy B

    29 August, 2022 at 2:04 PM
    5

    Absolutely wonderful views; most relaxing holiday to just be able to turn up and walk; no thinking or planning required.

  3. Julie W

    29 August, 2022 at 2:37 PM
    5

    Well organised and guided walk. The guides were excellent and the diversity in terrain was awesome. If your looking for a guided 6 day way, this is a must!

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