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Bay of Fires - 31st October - 2nd November 2015

Following a successful trip to the Bay of Fires last November, our leader, Chris Langerak, was inspired to repeat the experience this year. The Bay of Fires wilderness area is internationally recognised as one of the world's most beautiful places. We will again explore the coastal areas in and near Mt. William National Park. Camping will be at the Deep Creek campsite - a delightful spot, close to Eddystone Pt (Larapuna) with its historic light house and cottages. Depending on interest, we will be walking towards Point Boulder. Also there is a great beach south of the lighthouse that we may also check out, so allow for lots of beach walking.
If you aren't much of a walker, there will be plenty of opportunity to sit around and enjoy the scenery while others do the walking. This is a camping trip, but you won't need to carry your tent all day because camping will be at designated coastal camping areas accessible by car. You'll need to discuss with the leader about tents and sharing tents, and will need to bring food and other camping necessities such as a sleeping bag! Take a day pack for the actual walks, and sturdy bottles to carry plenty of water.
While this trip is rated "medium", you can consider it easy because you can opt out of anything you think is too challenging for you. Children would cope well (if families are well organised for tent camping) on the basis that parents might opt them in or out of some of the walking.

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Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Chris Langerak  Ph. 6330 2131 or 0409 808152  to book in. The departure time is 8:30 am on Saturday from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. Other meeting places by arrangement with leader.
f you would like to arrange to meet the group at these places or elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and you should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N' All walk.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, take the Tasman Highway through Waverley to Scottsdale  (66km), and turn right to continue to Derby (24 km). After another 11 km, turn left into Gladstone Rd. and continue through Herrick and Pioneer to Gladstone (about 26km) before turning right into North Anson's Rd. After 6 km, you will reach the junction of Musselroe Rd. Turning left will take you to the Mt. William area, but if you turn right, and about 18 km will take you to the Eddystone Pt. junction. Follow Eddystone Pt Rd. for about 8 km to reach the Deep Creek turnoff. The main camping area is about 3 km north if you turn left into Deep Creek Rd, but if you go straight ahead, Eddystone Lighthouse - Larapuna is just under 2 km further east.
The roads beyond Gladstone are generally gravel roads, but should be suitable for 2WD cars.
Your leader will advise you of any change of intended route.

Warnings:
Water! There is no fresh drinking water at the campsite, so please bring along a plentiful supply in sturdy containers for your camping and walking needs (4 litres or more per person per day suggested - Chris suggests a 20 litre container per walker).
Please take note of the weather forecast for the weekend. Be aware of possible hazards such as insect bites and snakes. Prepare for a variety of weather conditions from warm and sunny (hat, sunscreen etc) to cold, wet and windy. Sturdy sneakers or light walking boots would be useful. If you are unsure of equipment requirements, Visit the Boots N' All section of the sutas.org.au website per link below and read "Clothing suggestions for exposed conditions"

 Map details and references: Bay of Fires area:   (most good touring maps will have the main roads) Mt. William is on map 8516 (Swan Island) in the 1:100000 series and on the Eddystone map 6046 in the 1:25000 maps. The area south of Eddystone-Larapuna is on map 8515 (George's Bay) in the 1:100000 series and on the Gardens (6044) and Binalong map (6043) in the 1:25000 maps.
There are no Peakbagger points on this trip. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.

(Read "waypoints" for "track" in this next section. No track details available)

GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and “save target as” to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the “Last modified” at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).

When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.