Bay of Fires

Walking the Bay of Fires

I came back from this trip to the Bay of Fires on a real high – who wouldn’t after four days with perfect weather, stunning scenery and fabulous company?

Day one, first up we met the other walkers. I had struck gold, because it was a really great bunch of people. It’s always a little worrying when you’re travelling on your own that you could be stuck with a bunch of duds for several days, so it was a relief to discover that not only were my fellow travellers a really interesting and friendly bunch, but people I would happily choose to spend time with if I had the choice and opportunity. We were a range of ages and circumstances, united by a genuine zest for life, and love of adventure and travel and I was truly sad to say goodbye when we parted four days later.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

 

But to the walk. Wow. Wow, Wow Wow, Wow. We were blessed with amazing weather, although I would’ve been happy whatever happened because the scenery was truly stunning. Gorgeous white sand beaches, clear turquoise water, rocks covered in a rich orange fungi, fringed with rich green bush. The colours were gorgeous, breathtaking, and what better antidote for a grumpy office-bound worker.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

Our first night was at the semi-permanent campsite, Camp Forrester. I took to “glamping” immediately. We didn’t need to pitch a tent, and soon after arrival our fabulous guides conjured a delicious cheese platter , and we learned about the daily “allowance”. Apparently we are allowed 1 beer, and half a bottle of wine, every day! I can work with that.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

It is amazing what our guides created in that campsite, for example we had a beautiful meal of grilled Tasmanian salmon with a soba noodle salad. Yum yum yum. Did I mention the chocolate mousse for desert? My highlight for that day however was the open air shower, on top of the hill, looking over a spectacular view, and knowing we were truly in the middle of nowhere, but feeling perfectly happy.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

Day two was one of my all time favourite days…ever! Our lunchtime break was just below the Eddystone Point lighthouse, on a beautiful long white sand beach. We had our pre-packed lunches, then we played beach cricket, teaching our American friend the rules. I haven’t played in about 30 years, but it was so much fun.

Bay of Fires

Soon though packs were back on and then it was the trek to the Lodge. The scenery was amazing! We walked up the big wide white beaches, through beautiful shell beaches, ducking offshore through brilliant green offshore bush. We finally arrived at our Lodge and who could possibly be disappointed. Our guides welcomed us with a footbath – hot water, epsom salts and essential oils – before getting onto the cheese platter, and our three course meal.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

The third day was an optional kayaking day. I couldn’t imagine declining this, and obviously neither could anyone else, so joined the rest in the walk through the forest and short drive to the start of the kayak. We had the wind at our backs, which frankly was extremely fortunate as my kayaking partner and I trailed the pack. Let’s call it admiring the scenery, which like everything else we’d come across, was beautiful.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

On my final day, prior to the trek out, I had booked a facial at the newly created spa. Beforehand I snuck down for an outdoor shower at the spa. The views stretched as far as the eye could see. If only I could start every day this way. Like the rest of the experience, the whole spa experience was pretty much perfect.

I left relaxed, happy and walking on air. Can I do this every weekend?

Bay of Fires

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