wukalina Walk

4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS


t h e   p e o p l e   o f   p a l a w a

palawa people are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years – their culture and heritage is distinctively different from mainland Aboriginal cultures, both in traditional times and since European occupation.

The magnificent natural landscape of North East Tasmania is the perfect place to reveal the palawa story, as contemporary palawa culture is most strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, as well as the Furneaux Islands.  The palawa people did not document their history or keep it in museums – this landscape is their museum.

creation – a beautiful creation story.
community – community is very important
country – A place like no other
sharing – I heard the truth
gather – only taking what I need

 

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The Bay of Fires Tasmania

larapuna is a special place for the palawa people. It is located on the far north East Coast of Tasmania. The East Coast cultural landscape stretches all the way out over the muka[the sea] to tayaritja [Furneaux Islands].

This area is the cultural homeland of the palawa.

The Walk traverses National Park and Reserve landscapes, across an area more commonly known as the Bay of Fires.

The structure of the Walk is along the same lines as more established walks such as the Bay of Fires Walk, the Freycinet Experience Walk and the Maria Island Walk.

Situated in North East Tasmania, Australia – 2.5 hours from Launceston, 4.5 hours from Hobart and 1.5 hours from St Helens, on the East Coast.


” I was one of the lucky ones to experience the first commercial walk. The guides were excellent, especially Ben who shared stories of his culture and explained so much about the fauna and flora with first hand examples of native foods, hunting and day to day traditional living. The purpose built accommodation was exceptional and is a draw card on its own. The food comprised of traditional foods such as mutton bird, wallaby, crayfish as well as auntie Sherly’s dip and spotted dick!! The inclusion of food from aunties helped to connect us to community and I felt very welcomed and included by the palawa people. An afternoon of cultural art and basket making was a highlight as was a swim and walk along this pristine coastline to Bay of Fires. It was here that our group spontaneously and simultaneously found a quietness and serenity that was observed, noted and repected by all. The scenery was enhanced by a pod of dolphins watched from the red capped rocks at the base of the light house. The organisers went out of their way to accommodate our every need. 

Thank you for the experiences and best wishes for the future development of this Wukalina Walk”    Debra Armstrong

 
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION   Launceston 
 

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wukalina walk details

milaythina nika milaythina mana | this land is our country

 
 
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day one

Launceston to krakani lumi | Mountain and Inland Journey

You will be picked up from your hotel in Launceston, or make your own way to the Aboriginal Elders Centre, to be welcomed by a palawa Elder. 

Enjoy a traditional morning tea after viewing the artefacts and historical photos within the Council centre having been issued with back packs, gaiters and rain jackets, if required.

At 09:00 am depart Launceston to enjoy a scenic drive North to the trail head while learning about the Aboriginal and European history of the districts they pass through.

The cultural walk begins with a Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony, prior to a  guided walk to the summit of wukalina. At the summit enjoy a picnic lunch and experience 360 degree views of the magnificent, and culturally significant, landscape laid out all around you.

On a clear day truwana (Cape Barren Island) is visible, and you will hear stories of the significance of truwana and other Furneaux Islands – historical and contemporary heartlands of the palawa community and culture.

Following lunch, you will be guided along a newly crafted walking track to the purpose built standing camp (krakani lumi), stopping along the way to hear cultural and botanical interpretations from our qualified guides, and potentially spotting one of the vast array of animal and bird species endemic to the area. 

Once you arrive at krakani lumi you can relax in your private hut before regrouping to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, followed by a traditionally inspired Seafood dinner. Evening activities include interaction with a palawa Elder and the telling of the palawa Creation Story.

distance – 11km
difficulty – medium
walk time – 4.5 hours


 

day two

Coastal journey

After breakfast you will be guided along a traditional coastal pathway, which includes significant Aboriginal middens. Interpretation will focus on learning about traditional food sources, medicines and native animals. 

Lunch will be served back at the Standing Camp, following which our guides will lead cultural sessions which include kelp and reed basket making, making and playing clap sticks, and working with shells and native animal furs.   

After a traditional dinner including mutton bird, wallaby, and doughboys, guests will enjoy a starlight night walk – where you may encounter native wildlife such as wombats (prupalatina), wallabies (payathanima) and kangaroos, as well as possums and many more of Australia’s famous critters in this untouched landscape.

distance – 5km
difficulty – medium
walk time – 2 hours

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day three

krakani lumi to larapuna | Coastal journey

Day 3 comprises of a guided walk south along stretches of pure white sand and past rocky headlands covered in the red lichen typical of the Bay of Fires region.

Lunch is enjoyed at the unusual Marsupial Lawns where the chances of spotting a wombat or two are quite high.

Arrive at the Aboriginal landholding of larapuna (Eddystone Point lighthouse precinct) in the mid afternoon, to one of the most beautifully restored Lighthouse Cottages in Australia. 

The cottage has been redesigned throughout to provide a purpose built experience for guests, while the beautiful exterior walls of local pink granite have been given new life.

You can then settle into your ‘hotel style’ room in the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage, enjoy the lounge and extensive library of reference books, or take a seat on the broad verandah to watch the sun fade into a magnificent sunset.

distance – 17km
difficulty – medium to hard
walk time – 6 hours

 

 

day four

larapuna and return to Launceston | Around larapuna and regional highlights

Today provides an opportunity for you to explore the larapuna area – including the coastline, rock quarry and lighthouse precinct.

You will be offered a tour of the fully operational lighthouse, with unmatched views of the world-renowned Bay of Fires (larapuna) coastline awaits.

It is not uncommon to see black swans and arctic terns or pelicans, sea eagles, and the odd whale or dolphin in the surf below.

After your tour, you may wish to spend time with our guides reflecting on key learnings from the cultural journey.

A BBQ lunch is served prior to the drive back to Launceston via a ‘quirky café’ stop in Derby, a little town becoming more famous by the day due to its place on the Mountain Bike ‘map’.

Arrive back into Launceston at approximately 16:30 and enjoy farewell drinks and nibbles, before catching a flight home or settling into one of the city’s many boutique or main stream hotels.

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