Great Walks of Australia has added a new experience to its collection of multi-day guided hikes – Flinders Island Walking Adventure In Comfort on Flinders Island in Tasmania, operated by Tasmanian Expeditions.
The 13th Great Walk of Australia offers hikers a mesmerising mix of spectacular terrains, epic views, abundant wildlife and cultural history. Considered the hidden jewel of Tasmania, this six-day/five-night, day-pack-only guided hike on Flinders Island covers 42 kilometres of easy-to-moderate walking and is accessed via a scenic flight from Bridport, near Launceston.
Flinders Island Walking Adventure In Comfort offers walkers a diverse and rewarding itinerary that includes sweeping coastal views, crystal clear swimming spots and dramatic granite peaks to summit, including Mt Strzelecki which provides 360-degree views.
Great Walks of Australia Executive Officer Liz O’Rourke said: “We’re so thrilled to be adding the 13th Great Walk of Australia to our collection. Rugged, pristine and remote, this gem of a destination is perfect for anyone wanting to get off the beaten track to a unique, undiscovered wild landscape with blockbuster views and feel like you have it nearly all to yourself. I have no doubt hikers from around the world are going to be excited about having this special new experience launch and love it as much as our other 12 incredible Great Walks”.
Tasmanian Expeditions is a pioneer of extended walking experiences on the Apple Isle. The first walking tour operator in Tasmania, it has a heritage of curating new trails and active travel experiences since the mid-1970s and holds advanced certification from Eco-Tourism Australia.
Michael Buggy, General Manager of Tasmanian Expeditions, said: “It is an honour to have our Tasmanian Expeditions’ Flinders Island Walking Adventure In Comfort officially recognised as one of the Great Walks of Australia, joining an esteemed lineup of Australia’s most outstanding walking adventures. Our 6-day itinerary guides walkers through Flinders’ amazing trails and pristine wilderness by day, then continues this true immersion in nature by night at our beachfront Eco-Comfort Camp, which is big on comfort but small on environmental impact.”
Although a small island of only 1,333 square kilometres, Flinders Island hosts an amazing array of ecosystems that make for extraordinary hiking – from dunes and lagoons to woodland and mountainous granite ridges that produce spectacular and unique species of flora and fauna that freely roam the island.
Like all Great Walks, the experience is all inclusive with flights to the island, food, accommodation and expert guides leading the way; walkers just need to bring their boots, clothes and a sense of adventure.
At the end of each day of walking, guests will retire to the comfort of Tasmanian Expeditions’ coastal Eco‐Comfort Camp. Having enjoyed wonderful Tasmanian food, wine and hospitality, guests fall asleep inside custom-designed ‘star tents’ with clear roofs, watching a blanket of stars with no light pollution.