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Wukalina Walk: Launceton to Launceton

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,322

The wukalina walk is a guided walk based around the magnificent natural landscape of the larapuna/Bay of Fires and wukalina /Mt William areas. The walk will deepen your understanding of palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and community history as well as immerse you in the rugged beauty of wukalina and larapuna.


In the company of expert guides, embark on this 4-day walking vacation from Launceston through some of Tasmania’s most beautiful and evocative country. Hear some of the stories this land has shaped and discover what makes Tasmania’s little understood northeast corner so special.

Aboriginal owned and operated, the wukalina walk begins at the Aboriginal Elders Centre after your morning pickup from Launceston. Learn about the history of the area including that of Aboriginal Tasmanians, long thought extinct, but whose descendants are now known to number in the thousands. Expert guides take you to the summit of wukalina, past Aboriginal middens and other important archeological remains. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at reed basket making, playing clap sticks, and other indigenous arts before feasting on roast wallaby and other Tasmanian treats.

Explore the Bay of Fires region and see the red lichen rocks that give the area its name. Spend your last evening in the Aboriginal land holding of Iarapuna before your last day takes you to magnificent Bay of Fires views. You’ll have a chance to debrief with your guide and have lunch before returning to Launceston for farewell drinks.


 

 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,322

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Day 1

Launceston to Krakani Lumi

0745 - 0800 Pick up from hotel in Launceston, or make your own way to the Aboriginal Elders Centre. Guests should arrive at no later than 0815.

Enjoy morning tea after guests have been issued with back packs, gaiters and rain jackets, if required.

0900 depart Launceston on a scenic drive to the trail head while learning about the Aborig-inal and European history of the districts passed through.

The cultural walk begins with a guided walk to the summit of wukalina. At the summit enjoy a picnic lunch and experience 360 degree views of the magnificent landscape.

On a clear day truwana (Cape Barren Island) is visible, and there will be stories of the significance of truwana and other Furneaux Islands - historical and contemporary heartlands of the palawa community and culture.

Following lunch, the guests will be guided along a purpose built walking track to the standing camp (krakani lumi), stopping along the way to hear cultural and botanical interpretations from our qualified guides.

Once at krakani lumi they can relax in their private hut before regrouping to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, followed by a traditionally inspired dinner. Evening activities include interaction with a palawa Elder and the telling of the palawa Creation Story.

Distance - 11km
Difficulty - Medium
Walk time - 4.5 hours

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

Krakani Lumi along the coastal pathway

After breakfast they will be guided along a traditional coastal pathway, which includes significant Aboriginal middens. Interpretation will focus on learning about traditional food sources, medicines and native animals.

Lunch will be served back at the Standing Camp, following which our guides will lead cultural sessions which include kelp and reed basket making, making and playing clap sticks, and working with shells and native animal furs.

After a dinner of roast wallaby and Aunty Gloria's doughboys, guests will either relax by the fire or enjoy a starlight night walk where they may encounter native wildlife such as wombats (prupalatina), wallabies (payathanima) and kangaroos.

Distance - 5km
Difficulty - Medium
Walk time - 2.5 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Krakani Lumi to Larapuna

Day 3 comprises of a guided walk south along stretches of pure white sand and past rocky headlands covered in the red lichen typical of the Bay of Fires region. Lunch is enjoyed at the unusual Marsupial Lawns.

You will arrive at the Aboriginal landholding of larapuna (Eddystone Point lighthouse precinct) in the mid afternoon, and settle into one of the most beautifully restored Lighthouse Cottages in Australia. The cottage has been redesigned throughout, while the beautiful exterior walls of local pink granite have been given new life.

The guests can enjoy a 'hotel style' room; gather in the lounge; sit beside the fire pit; or take a seat on the broad verandah to watch the magnificent sunset.

Distance - 17km
Difficulty - Medium to Hard
Walk time - 6 hours

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 4

Larapuna and return to Launceston

Today provides an opportunity to explore the larapuna area including the coastline, rock quarry and lighthouse precinct.

They will be offered a tour of the lighthouse, with unmatched views of the world-renowned Bay of Fires (larapuna) coastline.

It is not uncommon to see black swans and arctic terns or pelicans, sea eagles, and the odd whale or dolphin in the surf below.

After the tour, they may wish to spend time with our guides reflecting on key learnings from the cultural journey.

Lunch is served prior to the drive back to Launceston via a 'quirky café' stop in Derby, a little town becoming more famous by the day due to its place on the Mountain Bike 'map'.

Arrive back into Launceston at approximately 1630 and enjoy farewell drinks and nibbles.

Meal Plan Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Sundays October 2019- March 2020

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Pick up and return transfers from the designated collection point
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • National park passes
  • Use of 40lt Backpack, Gore-tex jacket, gaiters and a water bottle
  • Qualified guides
  • Complimentary Tasmanian wine/mineral water/juice

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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16 Feb 2020
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