Best hikes in Tasmania: Exploring coast and culture on the Wukalina Walk

The Wukalina Walk in northeast Tasmania isn’t solely a spectacular multi-day coastal stroll.

It can also be an immersive cultural expertise with religious and emotional impacts that resonate lengthy after you’ve farewelled the world-renowned Bay of Fires. The four-day, three-night stroll is an Aboriginal-owned and run enterprise led by palawa guides who quietly stroll and discuss company by way of nature, historical past and culture. Days on foot finish with long-table feasts of cray (lobster), wallaby and muttonbird, firepit periods beneath the stars and sleep in palawa-inspired domed huts.

It’s a profoundly particular option to get to know Tasmania’s shoreline. Picture: Rob Burnett

Palawa elder Clyde Mansell conceived the two-year-old stroll as a bearer for a delicate type of cultural sharing that’s serving to to revive conventional practices in Tasmanian communities. The expertise is bringing collectively in significant alternate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmanians at a time of historic reckoning.

The stroll is right for progressive interstate and worldwide company who would possibly in any other case select – or could have already carried out – a premium hike with the Tasmanian Walking Company on the Overland Track, Three Capes or the established Bay of Fires Walk. For a deep and significant engagement with many dimensions of Tasmania, it’s in all probability the decide of all of them.

The sumptuous evening feasts alone make the trip worthwhile. Picture: Rob Burnett

The luxurious night feasts alone make the journey worthwhile. Picture: Rob Burnett

Over summer time, I joined a bunch of seven hikers comprising a German household of 4 and two Tasmanian artwork and design professionals. Our information, Jamie Graham-Blair, 26, was a super-smart and considerate host who drew on his educational science {qualifications}, indigenous ancestry and activist ardour to interact us in the whole lot from spear-throwing classes to indigenous land administration fireplace practices.

Day One’s 11km stroll started in Mount William National Park in the state’s sparsely populated northeast nook. It included the hike’s solely summit, wukalina/Mt William itself, a conventional Aboriginal sign station with 360-degree views together with to the Furneaux Islands to the north.

Guests stay in comfortable domed huts during the hike. Picture: Rob Burnett

Guests keep in comfy domed huts throughout the hike. Picture: Rob Burnett

Over the afternoon, we wandered by way of flat coastal scrub bursting with tree ferns to succeed in our base for the first two nights, the krakani lumi standing camp. In mushy pink afternoon mild, the hovering domed camp mess appeared like a mirage, but it surely was actual and so have been these well-known Arras bubbles earlier than a fire-cooked dinner of oysters, cray, flathead, pink ling and scallops seared in wattleseed-infused butter.

We explored the space the subsequent day, together with historical gathering websites from which Jamie’s well-trained eye yielded far more data than you’d ever glean on your individual. Back at camp we dabbled in basket-making and made tiny drop earrings with iridescent maireener shells, a conventional materials utilized by palawa ladies to make necklaces. The German teenage boys tried their hand at spear-throwing with Jamie.

Walking pace means there's plenty of time to soak in the experience. Picture: Rob Burnett

Walking tempo means there’s loads of time to soak in the expertise. Picture: Rob Burnett

On Day Three, we set out early for larapuna/Eddystone Point Lighthouse, strolling 17km over rocky headlands and white sands to an immaculately restored former lighthouse keeper’s cottage in an Aboriginal-held precinct. We swam at the gulch, we watched wallabies and wombats at nightfall and daybreak, and at night time, company advised our hosts how grateful they have been for the expertise and the feeling of awakening it had evoked, as if someway their eyes have been now open to a world they thought they already knew.

Highlights

  • A deep and significant engagement with Aboriginal Tasmania
  • Stunning landscapes together with world-renowned Bay of Fires Evening feasts of native cray (lobster), oysters and wallaby
  • Stunning architect-designed sleeping domes
  • Stillness, silence and starry starry nights

The author was a visitor of the Wukalina Walk. The subsequent Wukalina Walk season begins on September 30, 2021, and is priced from $2695 an individual twin share. Click here for more information and bookings.

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