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4 Days wukalina Walk

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    Departs From Launceston
  • 4 Days

wukalina Walk is a four-day/three-night First Nations owned and led experience involving cultural activities and two days of hiking. The tour takes place within the magnificent landscape of wukalina (Mt William National Park) and larapuna (Bay of Fires) in North East lutruwita (Tasmania), Australia – traditional homelands of the palawa/pakana.

The walk will enrich your experience of lutruwita whether you’re visiting or you call this island home. The walk is as popular with Tasmanians as it is with people from other parts of Australia and from all over the world. 

Departure details

Day 1

You will be picked up from your hotel in Launceston, or make your own way to the Elders Council of Tasmania Aboriginal Corporation on St John Street, where you will be welcomed by an Elder. 

Departure Time: 8:00am

Day 4

Arrive back at the Elders in Launceston at approximately 4:30pm before catching your flight home, settling into one of the city’s hotels or heading back to your Tasmanian abode.

Price Includes

  • Pick up and return from the designated collection and return point(s) in Launceston
  • Transport to wukalina/Mt William National Park and return.
  • Twin/Double share accommodation for three nights.
  • All meals and snacks.
  • National park passes.
  • Use of 40lt backpack, Gore-tex jacket, gaiters and walking poles (if guests elect not to bring their own) for the duration of walk.
  • Two qualified guides for groups of 6 guests or more or one guide for groups of 5 or less; as well as interaction with Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder(s) and/or Craftsperson/Artist(s).
  • Complimentary Tasmanian wine/mineral water/juice is offered each night. Note: No price reduction is available for guests who choose not to avail themselves of the alcoholic beverages offered.
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Itinerary

Day 1The journey begins - Launceston to wukalina and krakani lumi

You will be picked up from your hotel in Launceston, or make your own way to the Elders Council of Tasmania Aboriginal Corporation on St John Street, where you will be welcomed by an Elder. 

Get to know Elders, guides and other guests over fresh scones and a cuppa. Spend some time inside what is an important place for the palawa community. On the walls are historic photographs, B+W portraits of Elders and framed cultural arts such as shell necklaces and quilts from truwana (Cape Barren Island). 

Backpacks, gaiters and rain jackets will be issued before departure if required.

At 9:30am climb onboard a minibus and enjoy the scenic drive from Launceston to the North East. You’ll learn some palawa and European history along the way. Have a stretch and a coffee in the coastal town of Bridport and, later, a quick stopover in the small town of Gladstone. The drive ends at wukalina (Mount William National Park).

This is Trawlwoolway Country where the cultural walk begins. A guide will give a Welcome to Country then you’ll be led as a group to the 216-metre-high summit of wukalina – only 2km from the carpark – for a picnic lunch with 360-degree views.

Look out across the cultural landscape as you learn about truwana (Cape Barren Island) and other tayaritja (Furneaux Islands). On a clear day, you will be able to see the dramatic features of islands that have both historic and contemporary significance to palawa.

After lunch you will be guided towards the coast, stopping along the way to hear cultural and botanical interpretations from our qualified guides, and potentially spotting animal and bird species endemic to the area. 

Once you arrive at the purpose-built standing camp of krakani lumi – resting place – relax around the firepit or in the domed lounging area or in your private hut. Regroup for drinks and dinner. 

Spend the evening around the fire in conversation with Elders and guides. You may hear the palawa creation story. Learn more about the tradition of muttonbirding. Settle down to a comfortable night’s sleep in your domed hut under cosy doonas and wallaby throws.

distance – 11km
difficulty – medium
walk time – approximately 4.5 hours

Day 2Time on the coast – krakani lumi

Today is spent in and close to camp. After a leisurely breakfast you’ll be guided along a traditional coastal pathway though living cultural landscapes. This beautiful part of the coast, with its fine bright sand and rounded rocks, is incredibly important to palawa.

Interpretation by guides will focus on traditional food sources, medicines and animals. You’ll learn about practices of the past as well as those that continue in the present day and will do so into the future. There will be opportunity to sample coastal bush tucka and learn new this living cultural landscape. 

Lunch will be served back at krakani lumi. The afternoon is a time to relax and take part in cultural activities such as weaving, shell stringing, kelp basket making, mixing ochre as well as clapstick making and playing. 

Guides and Elders lead these cultural sessions around the fire or sitting on wallaby skin cloaks in the striking domed sitting area. These and other important cultural practices connect palawa to each other and their Ancestors. 

Dinner that evening includes traditional foods such as mutton bird, wallaby and doughboys. Watch guides cook some of this on the fire and, as the temperature drops as evening comes, share another meal together inside around the long table in the kitchen.

If you go for a moonlit walk after dinner you may encounter wildlife such as prupilathina (wombats), payathanima (wallabies) and kangaroos. Enjoy another night sleeping at krakani lumi.

distance – no more than 5km
difficulty – easy medium
walk time – approximately 2 hours

Day 3Walking the beach – krakani lumi to larapuna

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to krakani lumi and head south, on foot, along the beach towards larapuna (Bay of Fires). Follow the line of sand and round the rocky headlands covered in the striking red lichen typical to this region.

This is the longest day of walking but the distance is broken up by the guides sharing knowledge. There are also snack breaks, a lunch break and you’ll sample seasonal bush tucka. 

You’re also likely to get engrossed in conversation during those long beach stretches or lose time in personal reflection. Have lunch together lounging in the dunes or sitting near a marsupial lawn.

The destination is in sight for much of the day and by mid-afternoon you’ll arrive at the Aboriginal-leased land of larapuna (Eddystone Point lighthouse precinct). 

Your final night’s accommodation is in a beautifully restored lightkeepers cottage. The interior of the cottage has been renovated and redecorated throughout. The pink granite exterior walls, which had been suffocating under blue paint, have been fully revived.

Settle into your hotel-style room within the cottage and put your feet up or join the group for nibbles and a drink in the lounge. Peruse the reference books, have a wander or sit on the veranda and watch the light change as the sun sets.

Dinner that evening is a delicious wallaby lasagne. There will be opportunity, over the meal, to reflect on what you’ve learnt on your physical and cultural journey together and exchange stories.

distance – 17km
difficulty – medium to hard
walk time – approximately 6 hours

Day 4The next stage – larapuna to Launceston via Derby

There’s time for a bit of a sleep-in this morning followed by a leisurely breakfast. Although the hiking element of the trip is over you will be guided on foot to various points of interest on this northern headland of larapuna. Walk to a scenic lookout, a rock quarry on a beach and up into the lighthouse tower – all 129 steps. 

Eddystone Point Lighthouse is fully operational and wukalina Walk guests have the opportunity to access this historic building. From the top you can take in unrivalled views of the world-renowned larapuna. 

The name Bay of Fires was more recently given by Europeans after someone counted over 200 campfires and cultural burns in the landscape at one time. 

From your vantage point at the top of the lighthouse it’s not uncommon to see black swans, arctic terns, pelicans, sea eagles and, at certain times, a pod of dolphins or even whales in the water below.

Lunch is served before boarding the minibus back to Launceston. The driving route to the city is via Derby, where you’ll have a cafe stop. This former mining town is now known for its world-class mountain biking trails.

Arrive back at the Elders in Launceston at approximately 4:30pm before catching your flight home, settling into one of the city’s hotels or heading back to your Tasmanian abode.

FAQ

Pricing from September 2021

Twin share per person $2695 
*Single supplement is $2021
Children (12 y/o+) as per adults – no children under 12

*Single Supplement enables you to have your own hut at krakani lumi and own room at larapuna. If you are happy to share with a person of the same gender (commonly referred to as a ‘forced single’) then you would simply pay the Twin Share rate and we will let you know if we end up taking another single person booking. If this doesn’t happen then you have your own hut/room at the twin share rate.

Additional Info

Hotel Pickups

Pick-ups are available from the following City hotels in Launceston. The pickup time will be advised at least three days prior to departure. Depending on the number of pickups booked we may also be able to arrange pickups and drop-offs at Launceston Airport.

  • Hotel Grand Chancellor

  • Peppers Seaport

  • Mantra Charles Hotel

  • Best Western Plus Launceston

  • Quest Serviced Apartments

  • The Sebel Launceston

  • Kurrajong House Bed and Breakfast

  • Leisure Inn Penny Royal

  • Commodore Regent

  • Quailty Hotel Colonial Launceston

Departure Point

The Walk departs from the Elders Council of Tasmania Aboriginal Corporation at 163 St John Street, Launceston. Click here for a map.

The Elders is a seven-minute walk from the city centre and a 20-minute drive from Launceston Airport.

Arrangements the night prior and last day of Walk

We recommend that you arrive the night prior to departure, and that flights are not booked to depart prior to 19:30 on the day of arrival back into Launceston.

All guests need to arrive at the Elders Council at 08:00 on Day 1 and we strive to get you back to the Elders on Day 4 by 5:30pm.  

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