wukalina walk - Bay of Fires, Tasmania
takara waranta | walk with us
The wukalina walk is a three night, four day Aboriginal owned and operated guided walk based around the magnificent natural landscape of the larapuna/Bay of Fires and wukalina /Mt William areas, incorporating the famous Bay of Fires in North East Tasmania, Australia, the cultural homeland of the palawa.
The walk is a genuine cultural experience that will deepen your understanding of palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and community history as well as immerse you in the natural and rugged beauty of wukalina and larapuna.
Guests spend two nights in absolute comfort in bespoke palawa inspired (domed) huts and one night in the meticulously renovated Lighthouse Keepers Cottage at larapuna/Bay of Fires, North East Tasmania.
The Walk will provide an opportunity to walk with palawa guides in the footsteps of their traditional people on the cultural homeland of wukalina and larapuna. You will hear first-hand palawa creation stories and participate in cultural practices that have been passed down for hundreds of generations.
The Walk departs from Launceston each Sunday at 8.45am, commencing Sunday 7 January 2018 through to Sunday 15 April 2018 inclusive, and thereafter from November to April inclusive each year.
We will operate additional departures each Friday in January 2018 and in February 2018 we will operate on Friday 2, Friday 9, Friday 16 and Friday 23 February. We will operate additional departures on Friday the 9th and Friday the 30th of March and on Easter Friday 30 March 2018.
Come walk with us.
the people of palawa
palawa people are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years – their culture and heritage is distinctively different from mainland Aboriginal cultures, both in traditional times and since European occupation.
The magnificent natural landscape of North East Tasmania is the perfect place to reveal the palawa story, as contemporary palawa culture is most strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, as well as the Furneaux Islands. The palawa people did not document their history or keep it in museums – this landscape is their museum.
creation - a beautiful creation story.
community - community is very important
country - A place like no other
sharing - I heard the truth
gather - only taking what I need
larapuna is a special place for the palawa people. It is located on the far north East Coast of Tasmania. The East Coast cultural landscape stretches all the way out over the muka [the sea] to tayaritja [Furneaux Islands].
This area is the cultural homeland of the palawa.
The Walk traverses National Park and Reserve landscapes, across an area more commonly known as the Bay of Fires.
The structure of the Walk is along the same lines as more established walks such as the Bay of Fires Walk, the Freycinet Experience Walk and the Maria Island Walk.
Situated in North East Tasmania, Australia – 2.5 hours from Launceston, 4.5 hours from Hobart and 1.5 hours from St Helens, on the East Coast.
overview of wukalina Bay of Fires walk
milaythina nika milaythina mana | this land is our country
The wukalina walk is a three night, four day Aboriginal owned and operated guided Tasmanian walk based around the magnificent natural landscape of the larapuna/Bay of Fires and wukalina (Mt William) Bay of Fires Tasmania areas, the cultural homeland of the palawa.
This Tasmanian walk will become one of the things to do in when visiting Tasmania.
Launceston to krakani lumi - Inland and coastal journey
- Arrive Tasmanian Elders Centre in Launceston at 8:45am
- Enjoy a cuppa while preparing your walking kits.
- Guests enjoy a scenic drive from Launceston while learning about the Aboriginal and European history of the district.
- Stop for a break at Bridport.
- The cultural walk begins at Stumpy’s Bay in wukalina/Mt William National Park.
- Arrive at a purpose-built base camp (krakani lumi) at Cobler Rocks.
distance - 5km
difficulty - medium
walk time - 3.5 hours
krakani lumi to wukalina summit - Mountain journey
- Enjoy a guided walk inland to the summit of wukalina (Mt William).
- Picnic lunch at the summit.
- Hear stories of significance of truwana and neighbouring islands.
- The return walk to krakani lumi focuses on learning about traditional food sources, medicines and native animals.
distance - 14km
difficulty - medium
walk time - 5 hours
krakani lumi to larapuna | Coastal journey
- A guided walk south along the pure white sands and rocky headlands, with lunch at Marsupial Lawns.
- Arrive on the Aboriginal held land of larapuna (Eddystone Point lighthouse precinct)
- Experience native wildlife close-up, including wombats and wallabies.
distance - 17km
difficulty - medium
walk time - 6 hours
larapuna and return to Launceston | Around larapuna
- Opportunity to explore the larapuna precinct and surrounds.
- Enjoy exclusive access and tour of Eddystone Lighthouse.
- Participate in cultural activities practiced in the local area for thousands of years.
- Conversation with Aboriginal Elder/respected community member.
- Lunch at larapuna then drive back to Launceston.
- Arrive back into Launceston at approximately 4:30pm.
Pricing – Rack Rate
Twin share per person $2495
Single supplement $1870
Children (13 y/o+) as per adults - no children under 12