Destination: The Wukalina Walk, Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Image: Taylor and Hinds Architects

 

The Bay of Fires in Northeastern Tasmania is the cultural homeland of the Palawapeople, a group of Aboriginals with a distinctly different culture and heritage from those of mainland Australia, in part due to the fact that they lived in isolation for over 10,000 years. The history of the Palawa wasn’t documented in the traditional European means via museums or books, but instead lives on in the sacred landscape that they call larapunaextending fromthe Northeast coast of Tasmania to the Furneaux Group of islands.

One of the best ways to learn about and better understand this unique culture is by embarking on a wukalina walk, a three-night, four-day journey by foot across the Bay of Fires with an Aboriginal guide.

Image: wukalinawalk.com.au

 

This journey departs from Stumpy’s Bay in wukalina/Mount William National Park and covers 11 kilometers before arriving at krakani lumi, a backcountry camp where travelers will spend the evening. The accommodations, which blend harmoniously with the surrounding banksia marginata (aka silver banksia shrubs) and sand dunes were commissioned by the Aboriginal Land Counsel and designed by Taylor and Hinds architects. These domed sleeping pavilions provide shelter as well as a community gathering place for foot-travelers and each building is interconnected by a series of narrow wooden walkways that are elevated above the sand and surrounding vegetation.

Image: wukalinawalk.com.au

Image: wukalinawalk.com.au

Image: Taylor and Hinds Architects

An additional two days of hiking and 22 kilometers of travel takes travelers across white sand beaches and rocky coastal headlands to their final destination at the larapuna precinct and Eddystone Lighthouse.

 

Learn more and book your spot on a wukalina walk here.

 

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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.