Hunter Homeless Connect Bay of Fires Hike 2024

Hike the idyllic coastline of Tasmania’s East Coast with Hunter Homeless Connect and be part of a community response to homelessness.

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22-25 November 2024

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$3,648

Trip Cost
Paid in instalments

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Challenge Grade

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$3,000

Fundraising Target

The Difference You'll Make

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On any given night, over 122,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. Only 6.2% of people without a home, are sleeping rough. The majority of homelessness is hidden - people in crisis accommodation, boarding houses, overcrowded dwellings and couch surfing.

The current housing crisis and rising financial costs are impacting families across Australia and more people than ever before are experiencing severe housing stress.

Hunter Homeless Connect works hard to connect vulnerable people in our community with the vital services and support they need.

Every day, community services nationwide are stretched beyond their limits to assist people who need support in this time of economic crisis.

Conquer the changing landscape of the Bay of Fires to help Hunter Homeless Connect inspire a community response to homelessness in your region.

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"As someone who has been homeless, I see that what the organisation does.. [for] people in true crisis." - Casey, Hunter Homeless Connect volunteer.

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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1: Friday 22 November 2024: Boulder Point to Deep Creek and Picnic Rocks

Day 1: Friday 22 November 2024

Boulder Point to Deep Creek and Picnic Rocks

We depart Launceston and head out to Boulder Point and hike south along a lovely stretch of coastline featuring successive small coves protected by rocky headlands. This section is particularly notable for its abundance of large granite boulders covered in bright orange lichen. This famously contrasting palette is a photographer’s paradise, and it’s easy to lose track of time exploring the rock pools and Intricacies of such a spectacular landscape. We soon reach the long sandy stretch of Cod Bay, one of the more remote sections of our walk, before picking up a series of inland tracks which cut across coastal heathland vegetation. We’ll stop for lunch on the trail. We then continue around a hidden lagoon encircled by open marsupial lawns. Here we keep a sharp eye out for Wombats, Black Swans, and Tasmanian Native Hens – an endemic ground dwelling bird species. On arriving at Deep Creek, depending on water levels, it may be necessary to make a shallow wade across a small outlet to reach our designated afternoon tea stop and the completion of our day’s walking.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 14 km (approx. 5 hours)

Meals: L D

Day 2: Saturday 23 November 2024: Eddystone Point to Ansons Bay

Day 2: Saturday 23 November 2024

Eddystone Point to Ansons Bay

Today’s walk is packed full of highlights. We start our day at larapuna/Eddystone Point – adorned with its beautifully grand lighthouse, built in 1889 from locally quarried granite. This natural promontory is a fascinating site of historic importance to both European and Aboriginal Tasmanians, and we will spend plenty of time exploring some of the wonderful natural and man-made attractions in the area. Leaving the lighthouse, we break out onto an expansive dune swept beach, often teeming with birdlife.

The remainder of the day is spent enjoying seemingly endless coves – each being worthy of their own picture-perfect postcard. There are numerous shelly beaches to inspect, and lovely small bays for swimming. This area also boasts some of the more interesting rock formations of the trip, awaiting decipherment from a creative types’ imagination. After passing across another dune swept beach, we finish our day at Ansons Bay – wading a narrowing in the lagoon to meet back up with the bus.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 10 km (approx. 4 hours)

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Sunday 24 November 2024: Policeman’s Point to The Gardens

Day 3: Sunday 24 November 2024

Policeman’s Point to The Gardens

Today’s hike is an interesting mix of changing landscapes within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area – consisting of secluded beaches, dark tannin stained lagoons, and contrasting stretches of pebbly shoreline. Beginning at Policeman’s Point we usually spot many species of bird which congregate around the outlet of Ansons Bay. These may include pelicans, cormorants and oyster catchers. After a stretch of sand walking, we reach the first segment of Pebbly Beaches – featuring numerous 1km long stretches of coastal cobblestones. Being a little awkward to navigate, trekking poles are highly recommended for this section. Shortly after we reach another stunning expanse of white sandy beach which is so remote you’re unlikely to notice any signs of people. Regular granite headlands are crossed once again – each guarding their own hidden pocket of paradise. Somewhere along here we will select a suitable lunch spot, and maybe take the opportunity for a swim. Passing over a forested hill, it’s not much further until we reach The Gardens, our end point of the hike today.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 14 km (approx. 5 hours)

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Monday 25 November 2024: Blue Tier - Wellington Creek and Australia Hill

Day 4: Monday 25 November 2024

Blue Tier - Wellington Creek and Australia Hill

This morning we pack our gear and head off to the Blue Tier Regional Reserve. We hike the Wellington Creek and Australia Hill loop trail. This trail begins and ends at the Stockyard Campground at the end of Poimena Road, where parking and picnic facilities are available. We follow the Wellington Circuit and traverse through a wonderful range of vegetation. There is an incredible variety of mosses and ferns. The track can get quite wet and muddy in certain areas, so hiking boots are recommended for today’s walk. We then return to Launceston at approximately 5 pm. Please book return flights home after 6:30 pm.

Trekking distance: 8.5 km (approx. 2 hours)

Meals: B L

Package Inclusions: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 4-star hotel based on twin share • Meals as per itinerary • Local guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary package

Exclusions: Flights • Airport Transfers • Pre- & post-tour accommodation in Launceston • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore hidden bays of pure sands, rock pools and crystal waters
  • Hike through flourishing clifftop forests
  • Admire the rich and varied native wildlife of the changing landscapes
  • Raise vital funds for Hunter Homeless Connect and make friends with like-minded people

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Bay of Fires Trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 50 kilometres over 4 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Hunter Homeless Connect has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Hunter Homeless Connect, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in sandy and hilly terrain for 5+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is a 4-star hotel based on twin share. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share.  You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to Hunter Homeless Connect? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Hunter Homeless Connect. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Hunter Homeless Connect are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $3,648 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Hunter Homeless Connect.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit. 
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?


Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit
www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

 

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Testimonials

“The people at Park Trek exceeded all expectations, in particular their team leader.”

- John Wall, Shake It Up’s Bay of Fires 2022

“It was a very enjoyable group to travel with, and a great location to walk in. The walks were well paced and in beautiful scenery.”

- Past participant, YWCA’s Bay of Fires 2022

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