Join us for a 4-day guided Family Adventure to Tasmania’s idyllic Freycinet Peninsula, in the NSW school holidays from 13th to 16th April 2019!
Would you like your family to experience an incredible trekking adventure? Or perhaps come with one child to celebrate a milestone together? We support any family structure, so please join us as we hike down to Wineglass Bay and around the island to explore some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. Share the stunning natural beauty, white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters, mountain views, pristine forests and unique Tasmanian wildlife with your family!
Dates: Saturday 13th to Tuesday 16th April 2019 (in NSW School Holidays)
Accommodation: 3 nights camping under the stars on the Freycinet Peninsula
Food: Lunch x 4, Dinner x 3, Breakfast x 3 and Refreshments (wholefood, nutritious meals with vegetarian and gluten-free options)
Max group size: 10
Investment: $1450 per person - please contact us to discuss family discounts
Most treks out there simply aren’t set up for families but we’ve designed another one for you that is perfect for parents with children aged 8-16 who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. It combines a mixture of stunning scenery, mostly easy to moderate trekking terrain with enough challenge to give children a real sense of achievement.
Being with other families is also a great motivator for children to hike and explore. They will love being out in the open air in a safe place where they can run around to their hearts content, without screens and technology getting in the way of communication and fun. What could be better for a family adventure!
The trip will be hosted by Helen Cooper, experienced trekking guide and mother-of-two with teaching qualifications and tons of experience hiking with children. Helen will be assisted by another fully qualified guide who has a Working with Children clearance. If you have a child younger that 8 who is super-keen, please contact us to discuss suitability.
Day 1: Hobart to Hazards Beach Camp (3-4 hours hiking)
We head from Hobart to the stunning East Coast of Tasmania. After organising our trekking gear, we’ll hike up between Mount Mayson and Mount Amos for our first glimpse of the white sandy beaches of Wineglass Bay. After a short descent down to the Bay we’ll cut across the peninsula on the Isthmus Track past Hazards Lagoon to Hazards Beach. At the end of this beautiful beach our campsite awaits us, hidden amongst the trees. Tonight you’ll enjoy a beautiful, wholefood dinner as you listen to the sound of the waves lapping on the sand. L/D
Day 2: Hazards Beach to Cooks Corner (2 hours plus optional additional 2-hour walk with day pack)
After breakfast, we’ll head south, through the forests to Cooks Corner, another stunning white beach overlooking Great Oyster Bay. After setting up camp at Cooks Corner we’ll set off on an optional additional walk to Bryans Beach for spectacular views out to Schouten Island and a swim in the crystal clear waters. B/L/D
Day 3: Cooks Corner to Wineglass Bay (6-7 hours hiking)
After breakfast and an invigorating swim in the ocean, we’ll pack up camp and head inland through the tall stands of Stringybark. The track climbs gradually to the summit of Mount Graham where we’ll enjoy incredible 360 mountain panoramas at one of the best view points in Australia! After a lazy lunch taking in the scenery, we’ll continue north over a heathland plateau and then descend down to an idyllic camp spot at the south end of Wineglass Bay. Soak up the scenery after a great day of walking! B/L/D
Day 4: Wineglass Bay to Hobart (2-3 hours hiking)
After a leisurely breakfast enjoying the water views, we head off back to Wineglass Bay along the Hazards Beach Track which heads north beside Great Oyster Bay. We’ll then head south towards Hobart, stopping off at the historic village of Richmond before heading back to the airport or Hobart. What an adventure you will have shared with your family! (B/L)
We will be walking with backpacks for around 3 hours on day 1, 2 and 4 and for 6 hours on day 3. The trek is suitable for parents and children aged 8 or above who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. Parents can opt to carry most of the gear for their children. Moderate fitness required (speak to us if you want to know whether this is suitable for you). Some uneven track surfaces.
Guides and Safety
You will be guided by Helen Cooper and an assistant, who are experienced and qualified bushwalking guides licensed to lead trekking groups in Tasmania. In addition, they are both trained in wilderness first aid and will carry emergency communication systems. They will enjoy talking to you and your family about training and living the way that nature intended on this incredible adventure!
What to bring
The East Coast of Tasmania is shielded from the prevailing westerly weather by the mountainous interior of the island and high central plateau. The result is a cool temperate and maritime climate that enjoys lots of sunshine! Temperatures do not fluctuate greatly and average rainfall is significantly lower than western and central parts of Tasmania. Weather can always be unpredictable however, and its necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality warm clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for hiking.
backpack (65 litres minimum for adults)
backpack liners (strong plastic bags to keep clothes and sleeping bag dry)
3/4-season sleeping bag
waterproof raincoat (Gore-tex or similar)
warm fleece/wool jersey (not cotton)
hiking shorts or pants
2 shirts for hiking (dry fit material and preferably long-sleeved)
polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
2 pairs of hiking socks
warm hat or balaclava
sunscreen and sunglasses
drink bottles/bladder (3 litres)
spare shoes or sandals
spare set of clothes
Optional items: Gaiters (recommended if wearing shorts), binoculars, gloves/mittens, earplugs, walking poles, camera.
We supply: tents, inflatable mattresses, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
All the meals as indicated above are included in the price. The food is based on nutritious, healthy, wholefood recipes. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Among the group equipment is a portable stove which we will carry on the trek.
The tour starts and finishes at Hobart Airport. We will pick you up at 8am on Saturday 13th April and drop you off at approximately 6pm on Tuesday 16th April. We can also arrange a pick up or drop off in Central Hobart if required.
***$1450 per person*** - please contact us to discuss family discounts
Includes 4-day guided adventure with 2 Primal Adventures Guides, 3 nights camping accommodation, all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, National Park permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek.
More than 20 days prior to departure – 70% refund of full ticket price
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
Deposits are not refunded.
Comprehensive personal travel insurance is required for this trip. We will also ask you to fill out a disclaimer before you begin the adventure. You must follow the instructions of your guide at all times.
When you book you must notify us of any medical condition, medical history, or medications that you are on. In particular, asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies to wasp/ bee stings and food allergies.
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.
The staff and management of Primal Adventures take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. However you must follow our instructions (and use the safety equipment provided) at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure that the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Primal Adventures and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.
Primal Adventures and their guides reserve the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances due to causes such as weather, illness, or misadventure. Every reasonable endeavour will be made to keep to published schedules but no guarantee is given. Primal Adventures will not be held liable for costs incurred by change, delay, or the missing of connecting services.
Primal Adventures reserves the right to exclude a person from a tour at anytime if in the opinion of the guide or operator that person may be likely to risk the health, safety or comfort (including unsociable behaviour) of other clients, him or herself, or the environment. In such circumstances Primal Adventures will not be obliged to offer any refund or transfer of ticket.