Join us for a 4-day guided Family Adventure to Tasmania’s spectacular Maria Island, in the NSW school holidays from 29th September to 2nd October 2018!

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 explore the island and see some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. Share the stunning natural beauty, azure waters, pristine forests, unique Tasmanian wildlife and rich convict history of this incredible National Park with your family.

Overview

Dates: Saturday 29th September to Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Accommodation: 3 nights camping under the stars on Maria Island 

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 ***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $999 for bookings before 15th July*** Please contact us to discuss the possibility of family discounts.

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FAMILY TREK

Most treks out there simply aren’t set up for families but we’ve designed one for you that is perfect for the adventurous younger ones. It combines a mixture of stunning scenery, unique historic buildings, mostly easy to moderate trekking terrain with enough challenge to give children a real sense of achievement. We will be based in one camp for the 3 nights, so will only need to carry daypacks on the daily hikes. It's the perfect way to introduce your children to hiking, in a beautiful location. Forrester kangaroos, wallabies and wombats wander about freely, and there is abundant birdlife in this World Heritage Listed site. To top it off, we can roast marshmallows on the campfire as we gaze at the stars each evening!

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. The trek is suitable for parents and children aged 8 or above who are active and who enjoy the outdoors. If you have a younger child who is super-keen, please contact us to discuss suitability.

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!

Only away for 3 nights, but felt like we were a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Adored having this time with my 13 yr old son and such a fun group. Helen and Pete looked after us all brilliantly - especially with the chocolate bribes to keep us going mid-hike.
— Wendy H.

Itinerary

Day 1 - HObart To Darlington


On Day 1, we'll meet at Hobart International Airport and drive approximately 1.5 hours in a private mini-bus to the historic coastal town of Triabunna. We'll then take a boat across a short passage to land at the World Heritage settlement of Darlington. After a healthy lunch we’ll head south on a walk to explore Maria Island’s famous Painted Cliffs. These patterned limestone cliffs have been carved by the sea and are surrounded by beautiful rock pools. We’ll then head back to camp along the stunning coastline and historic convict buildings. After setting up camp and having a hot shower, it's time for a delicious healthy meal!  LD

Day 2 – Darlington to 4-Mile Beach

As the sun rises, we’ll be offering an optional fitness session on the beach to kick-start your day! After breakfast, we’ll then set off on a walk on the island’s inland track south towards 4-Mile Beach. This pristine, sheltered white beach is the perfect spot for exploration. We will have lunch before we head back to Darlington. On the walk, expect to see an abundance of the island’s spectacular wildlife! In the afternoon, we will take another shorter walk to Cape Boulanger and the Fossil Cliffs. Tonight, camp ovens will be set up to cook you a delicious campfire roast and damper. Yum!. BLD

Day 3 – Darlington to Mount Bishop & Clerk

After a hearty breakfast, we will head up to complete one of Australia’s top 10 day-walks to the summit of Bishop & Clerk. The walk takes us through grasslands, open forest and rare “cloud” rain forests, to the rocky slopes of the summit with incredible views out over the Pacific Ocean towards the Freycinet Peninsula. In the afternoon there will be some guided reflection time with your family, where you will be offered activities to assist in strengthening family bonds. You can choose instead to simply have some quiet time exploring the surrounds with your family. After another delicious meal, we will have a game of 'spotlight' to see how much nocturnal wildlife we can see! BLD

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Day 4 – DARLINGTON TO HOBART

On the last morning we’ll be offering another optional fitness session to energise us for the day ahead. We’ll then hike to a tranquil reservoir set in the forest for a relaxing morning in this incredible setting. We then head back to Darlington for lunch before being transferred by boat back to mainland Tasmania. We'll head back to Hobart Airport for flights home after an amazing family adventure where you will return feeling much more connected to your family, and energised by the beautiful natural environment. BL

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FITNESS LEVELS

We will be walking with daypacks for 2-6 hours each day. The trek is suitable for parents and children aged 8 or above who are active and enjoy the outdoors. 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 a satellite phone. They will enjoy talking to you and your family about keeping fit and living the way that nature intended on this incredible adventure!

WHAT TO TAKE

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 the trip.

Essential Items

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  • comfortable walking shoes / hiking boots
  • soft duffel bag to carry your clothing to the island
  • day-pack (25-35 litres)
  • 3-season sleeping bag
  • towel
  • waterproof raincoat
  • warm fleece/wool jersey
  • shirt for walking (dry-fit material recommended)
  • shorts/comfortable trousers for hiking
  • polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • warm hat
  • sun hat/cap
  • sunscreen and sunglasses
  • drink bottles (2 x 1 litre)
  • spare shoes or sandals
  • flashlight/head lamp
  • travel towel
  • insect repellent
  • spare set of clothes

Optional items: inflatable pillow, book to read, swim wear, binoculars, gloves/mittens, earplugs, walking poles.
We supply: Tents, sleeping mats, cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.

FOOD

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. 

START/FINISH

The tour starts and finishes at Hobart Airport. We will pick you up at 9.30am on Saturday 29th September and drop you off at approximately 4pm on Tuesday 2nd October. We can also arrange a pick up or drop off in Central Hobart if required. 

INVESTMENT

$1450 per person ***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $999 for bookings before 15th July***

Includes 4-day guided adventure with 2 Primal Adventures Guides, 3 nights camping accommodation, all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, return private vehicle transport from Hobart to Triabunna, return boat transport to Maria Island, National Park permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.

Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.

Booking Conditions

A deposit of $600 per person is required to secure your place.
Full payment is required 8 weeks before the date of your trek. 

Cancellations

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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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Medical Conditions

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.

Client Responsibilities

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. 

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