Why should I choose wukalina walk?
wukalina Walk is the only palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) owned and operated guided walk in Tasmania. In fact, we know of no other in Australia. It is the first Walk of its kind, and is ground breaking in that it is the first time the palawa people have had the chance to tell their story, on their own land, and in their own time.
The Walk provides invitation-only access to a cultural homeland, and to a culture completely unique.
The architecturally designed, bespoke standing camp sits deep within a National Park and the stylish accommodation within the lighthouse precinct sits on Aboriginal held land. In addition, our Walk concept and design ensures our guest’s experience a product on par with great walks found throughout Tasmania and nationally, with innovative and world class accommodation, food and interpretation, in the renowned landscape of the Bay of Fires.
We offer the Walk to a maximum of 10 guests and 2 qualified guides at any one time.
The Retail price quoted includes;
- Pick up and return from the designated collection and return point(s) in Launceston (see list below).
- Transport to wukalina/Mt William National Park and return.
- Twin share accommodation for three nights.
- All meals and snacks.
- National park passes.
- Use of 40lt Backpack, use of a Gore-tex jacket, and use of gaiters and a water bottle (if you don’t bring your own) for the duration of walk.
- Two qualified guides for groups of 5 guests or more or one guide for groups of 4 or less; as well as interaction with a Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder and/or Craftsperson/Artist.
We offer a complimentary Tasmanian wine/mineral water/juice allocation each night. No price reduction is available for guests who choose not to avail themselves of the alcoholic beverages offered.
All accommodation is Twin share. Single travellers who elect to pay the Twin share rate may be required to share with another walker. If this occurs we will refund to you 10 per cent of the amount paid.
A single supplement charge of 75% of the Twin Share rate applies if you would prefer sole use of your accommodation. Please request sole use arrangements at the time of booking.
Groups of ten guests travelling together, and booking direct with our Reservations office, will receive a 20 per cent discount from the total cost.
Pricing – Rack Rate
Twin share per person $2495
Single supplement $1870
Children (12 y/o+) as per adults - no children under 12
We pick up from the following City hotels in Launceston. The pickup time will be advised at the time of booking.
- Hotel Grand Chancellor
- Peppers Seaport
- Mantra Charles Hotel
- Best Western Plus Launceston
- Quest Serviced Apartments
- The Sebel Launceston
- Hatherley Birrell Collection
- Ashton Gate Guest House
- Kurrajong House Bed and Breakfast
- Leisure Inn Penny Royal
- Commodore Regent
The Walk departs from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania Centre at 163 St John Street, Launceston 7250. Click here for a map.
The centre is a seven minute walk from the city centre and a 20 minute drive from the Airport in Launceston.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
Your first two nights are spent at a purpose built standing camp within wukalina/Mt William National Park (named krakani lumi – place of rest in palawa kani), which consists of five culturally inspired sleeping huts and a communal building housing two showers, two toilets, a commercial grade kitchen, a domed lounge area and an open fire pit for story telling in the evening.
The final night is spent at the larapuna/Eddystone Point Lighthouse precinct in the fully renovated Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage. The cottage has 5 bedrooms (King or twin share), a lounge, a dining room, a commercial grade kitchen, two bathrooms, three toilets and sweeping verandahs.
WHAT SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?
Comfortable lace- up or hiking boots with firm treaded soles are recommended. These must be worn in, new shoes are not recommended. Waterproof or water resistant boots with ankle support are strongly are recommended. Sand shoes and similar footwear are not acceptable. Arriving on the day of departure with inappropriate footwear will result in your forfeiting your walk without refund.
WHAT GEAR DO WE PROVIDE TO YOU?
- A backpack (40lt day pack)
- Water Bottle
- Gore-tex Jacket
Please advise your jacket and gaiter size(s) on booking (S, M, L, XL), or let us know if you would prefer to bring your own items from the list above.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
A full list of items to bring will be supplied at the time of booking. However, wearing layers of clothing is best and denim is generally not recommended, as it can become heavy and cold when wet and it does not breathe.
HOW MUCH DO WE CARRY?
Your personal belongings including toiletries and change of clothes, water and food for the day, including lunch and snacks. Approximately 7-10kgs in a backpack. Significantly less on Day 2 of the Walk.
HOW MANY GUIDES ARE THERE?
We have two experienced guides per departure (5 or more guests) and one Guide for up to 4 guests.
HOW OFTEN DOES THE WALK DEPART AND HOW LONG IS IT?
The Walk is 3 nights and 4 days.
It commences each Sunday at 8:45am with a meet and greet and the Elders Centre, Launceston, running from Sunday 7 January 2018 through to Sunday 15 April 2018 inclusive.
Each trip returns to Launceston at approximately 4:30pm on Wednesday(s).
During January 2018 we will operate additional departures each Friday (returning at 4.30pm on Monday) and in February we will operate additional departures 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.
We will also operate a departure on Easter Friday 30 March 2018.
All departures except those so noted on the calendar are subject to a minimum of 4 persons confirmed – if you book a date that does not have sufficient numbers to guarantee departure, we will advise you at the time of booking and then keep in close contact with you regarding the status of that departure.
From 1st November 2018 to 1st May 2019 we will operate each Sunday with additional departures each Friday in January and February. We offer special (private) departures outside these dates – all year round – please talk to our Reservations staff anytime. Why not get a group of 10 friends together and book an exclusive departure?
HOW MANY OTHER GUESTS ARE THERE IN THE WALKING GROUP?
We have a maximum of 10 guests per walk.
WHERE WILL MY FELLOW TRAVELLERS COME FROM?
We expect approximately 80 per cent of our guests to come from Tasmania’s biggest source markets of Sydney and Melbourne, after that we expect a fairly even mix of Tasmanians and International guests.
DO WE NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
We strongly recommend travel insurance for your personal protection against unexpected emergencies. Costs of emergency evacuations and medical attention will be borne by the guest.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
Whilst the wukalina Walk is not extreme in any sense, there is still a requirement for a reasonable level of fitness to both ensure your safety, and your enjoyment of the experience. If you are capable of walking an average of 10 km a day over three consecutive days across beach and grassland, with some rocky terrain thrown in, then you will be fine for our walk.
Preparation is highly recommended, particularly if you're not currently exercising regularly. Walking a few times a week for an hour or two with some weight will help ensure you get the most out of your walk.
WHAT FOOD IS PROVIDED?
The wukalina Walk includes all meals and snacks produced from local Tasmanian produce, using traditional recipes and ingredients native to Tasmania. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, we may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the Walk itinerary. We have in place robust evacuation and emergency plans as part of our comprehensive Risk Management Plan. These Plans are available on request and will also be available for all guests to peruse on check-in.
WHAT IS PALAWA KANI
palawa kani is a constructed language, a generic language that resembles the extinct languages once spoken by Aboriginal Tasmanians (palawa).
The original Tasmanian languages became extinct in 1905 when the last native speaker died. As part of community efforts to revive and retain as much Tasmanian Aboriginal culture as possible, palawa kani was constructed as a composite of the estimated dozen original languages. This is an evolving language, now being taught to our young ones and being used more and more often. Theresa Sainty and Jenny Longey were the first two "language workers" to work on the project in 1999.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE ELDER CENTRE IN LAUNCESTON?
You will be met by one of our Elders, your driver, and your guides and a representative from the Walk. You can then relax and take in this very calming space while enjoying coffee, tea, damper, jam and cream all prepared in the Elders kitchen.
You will pack your 40lt backpack - provided by us (or you can bring your own), with the clothes and personal items you need for the next three nights. Note: As we provide all food, sleeping gear etc. – you only need your own personal items. At the same time we will get you to complete your indemnity form – unless you have done so already, and talk to your Guide about any concerns or issues you may have prior to departure. Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen and a hat.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY LUGGAGE AND VALUABLES WHILE I AM ON THE WALK?
Your luggage will labelled and stored under lock and key at the Elders Centre. We also have secure facilities for smaller valuables such as watches or $100 bills.
CAN I CHARGE MY MOBILE PHONE AND CAMERA WHILE I AM ON THE WALK?
Yes, you will be able to charge your devices at both locations, noting that at krakani lumi the power is supplied via a solar array, so items may take longer to charge. Also at krakani lumi each hut has four Led USB Rechargeable lanterns. At larapuna mains power is used.
IS THERE MOBILE RECEPTION OUT AT THE STANDING CAMP AND/OR AT THE LIGHTHOUSE PRECINCT?
Yes we have 3G capability at both sites through a Smart Antenna.
SHOULD I BRING TOILETRIES WITH ME ON THE WALK?
You should of course bring your own toothpaste, deodorant etc., but we do ask that you utilise the shampoo/hand soap provided on site at krakani lumi, as these biodegradable items are specifically designed for use within the National Park. We provide these same items at larapuna but you could use your own if preferred. Note: Hairdryers are provided at larapuna but not krakani lumi.
WHAT KIND OF TOILETS AND SHOWERS DO YOU HAVE AT THE STANDING CAMP?
At the standing camp we have installed Clivus Multrum waterless composting toilets, these use no chemicals and have no polluting discharge. There is no need to worry about bathroom smells! A small exhaust fan in the vent pipe creates airflow into the system and ensure that any smells are drawn away. The showers use tank water and we have elected to not install timers as we believe that our guests will be entirely courteous of their fellow walkers, and of our need to conserve water over the course of the dry season, and restrict their shower time to 3 minutes.
DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IMPORTANT TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL CUSTOMS AND PROTOCOLS BEFORE I GO ON THE WALK?
It is important to note that this is literally the first product of its kind in Tasmania, and we will be feeling our way to some extent, but in general points to note are:
- Aboriginal people must be afforded the right to own and control their cultural and intellectual property and that any protocols applied by us, are a means of protecting cultural and intellectual property based on the principle of self-determination.
- Aboriginal people are recognised as the primary guardians and interpreters of their cultures, and so will formally and informally regulate how stories and information is presented.
- Aboriginal people may authorise, or refuse, the use of their cultural and intellectual property according to community beliefs, and will actively maintain the privacy of their knowledge and other cultural practices i.e. men’s or women’s business
Good Guidelines include;
- Always seeking permission before taking any images of Aboriginal people.
- Body language is as important in all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and may include: lowering your eyes and avoiding eye contact with older people or authority figures; be guided by the manner in which they interact with you.
- Elders are highly respected people within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and our Elders are no different.
ARE THERE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD NOT/CANNOT ASK OUR ABORIGINAL GUIDES AND ELDERS WHILE ON THE WALK?
- If our Aboriginal Guides are placed in a position of being argued with, or questioned, it may cause them embarrassment and they will refrain from further comment.
- “Why?” is virtually absent from conversations in Aboriginal communities and observation is used instead, as a learning device, with people given information when they are deemed ready for it. That said, we appreciate questions from our guests and want you to feel welcome on country – a general rule of thumb is ‘go with your gut instinct’.
- “Women’s business” and “men’s business” relates to gender-specific knowledge and practices (specifically health, well-being and religious matters) that cannot be known or observed by the opposite sex. It is a mark of cultural respect not to discuss female issues (“women’s business”) in the presence of men and vice versa.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
North East Tasmania has a mild, temperate climate during walking months and has an average daytime temperature in the 20s and night time 10-15 degrees however, we suggest you check the forward weather forecast before leaving home.
When selecting your Travel Insurance cover, please ensure that it provides cover against personal accidents or injury, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, and cancellation for any reason including bereavement, delayed flights, lost luggage and personal reasons.
Everyone will need to sign an Indemnity form prior to departure. We can email this to you if you prefer to read it at your leisure, sign it and bring it with you.
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