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Walking Wellness Retreat Australia

Designed for women, this spectacular journey along the Three Capes Track promises to restore your body, reset your mind and deepen your connection to nature through gentle yoga and meditation with Jemma Louise. This is an opportunity to nurture oneself, to walk, and to be held by the powerful presence of the landscape.

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Highlights

  • National Park pass
  • Daily walking session
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 2 qualified guides for the duration of the walk
  • All meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and a selection of Tasmanian wines
  • Boat transfer from Port Arthur to Denman's Cove
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation
  • Return transfers from Hobart

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: 7-13 participants
Airport transfer included: Hobart International Airport
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Accommodation

Each evening, settle into the only private accommodation within the Tasman National Park. Our lodges offer true shelter - a place of protection and refuge. They are simple yet sustainable. Comfortable and inviting. Walkers have exclusive use of the two lodges along the Three Capes Track.

Both are discreetly positioned along the trail, their design responding to the contours of the land. Hot showers, generous lounge areas, and plush pillows await. Single supplements are not available for this experience. Single travelers will be accommodated in twin-shared tents (of the same gender) that afford the required social distancing.

Your experience

The final steps of each day’s walk lead to your lodge accommodation where afternoon tea is served. Free time allows you to explore the lodge, settling on a suitable perch for a glass of Tasmanian wine while your guides prepare the evening meal. As night falls, outdoor decking entices for stargazing on clear southern nights.

Large sliding doors in the living and communal spaces invite the outdoors in, encouraging connection with your surroundings. Each lodge features a dining and kitchen area, expansive views, and sleeping quarters with crisp linen. On your final two nights, a generous bathtub brims with restorative goodness.

Tasmanian Walking Company’s environmental commitment

Tasmanian Walking Company considers it a great privilege to provide the only private lodging along this trail, and has taken every environmental consideration during the design and build process. The lodges rest lightly within the natural environment. Sustainability features include water minimization features and the latest solar power technology.

Bird-friendly Archimedes wind turbines bolster renewable energy resources. They have also worked closely with the topography of the land - each lodge aligning to contours of the existing landscape. This not only has minimized impact on the surrounding vegetation but allows the accommodation to blend into nature’s setting. Tasmanian Walking Company trust you’ll enjoy your days and restful nights with them.

Program

The quiet nature of yoga

Scheduled around the daily walks, Jemma intentions to bring your awareness from the chatter of your inner dialogue into the presence and knowledge of your bodies. Through witnessing the senses, you can focus your attention and gently encourage stillness of mind. Many of your lives are filled with decisions, demands, and distractions of the modern world.

By contrast, nature, by nature, is slow, providing the perfect antidote to busyness. Jemma brings with her the experience of teaching yoga for all levels with a focus on listening to the body and deepening your relationship with the world around you. She will provide you with the opportunity to wash away the stresses of life and create space to tune into the cycles of nature amongst the sea-sprayed vistas of the Tasman Peninsula. All yoga and meditation practices are suitable for beginners.

Workshop sessions

  • Day 1: Pre-walk body and breath awareness and a mindful moment, evening body scan with a meditation or journaling ritual
  • Day 2: Pre-breakfast meditation, post-walk Restorative yoga, evening body scan with a meditation or journaling ritual
  • Day 3: Pre-breakfast meditation, post-walk Restorative yoga, evening body scan with a meditation or journaling ritual
  • Day 4: Sunrise meditation, end of walk Restorative yoga, closing with a mindful moment on the beach

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Hobart - Crescent Lodge

  • Approximately two hours walking

Upon arrival at Stewarts Bay, you will make your way down to the jetty where a private boat will be waiting to depart for your short trip across to Denman’s Cove at 1:15 p.m. Cruising with views back to Port Arthur, aside from the possible seal and dolphin spotting, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view, an indication of the drama to come. In Denman’s Cove, Tasmanian Walking Company will fuel you with local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove.

At this point, if the Southern Ocean begs, head for a dip before a gradual incline up to the lodge. Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local fare. Post dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck for your own private sunset.

Workshop sessions

  • Pre-walk body and breath awareness and a mindful moment
  • Evening body scan with a meditation or journaling ritual

Day 2: Crescent Lodge - Cape Pillar Lodge

  • Approximately five hours walking

Wake to the silence of Crescent Lodge and wander down to the stunning dining room for a hearty breakfast to start the day. From here, head due south with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300 meters above sea level, is worth the oceanic vista. In these parts, White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents, so be sure to look skyward.

Lunch isn’t far away, an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are plenty - albatross, petrels, and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica. Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken in the knowledge there is a massage, facial, or relaxation bath on offer at Cape Pillar Lodge.

Workshop sessions

  • Pre-breakfast meditation
  • Post-walk Restorative yoga
  • Evening body scan with a meditation or journaling ritual

Day 3: Cape Pillar Lodge return

  • Approximately six hours walking (optional)

This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names - Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.

Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout - with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct return journey home to Cape Pillar Lodge where the relaxation pavilion, three-course goodness, and ocean views await. By now, walking strangers might just have become firm friends. Unlace the boots, read a book with a sea breeze in your toes. Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Cape Pillar Lodge. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 30 to 60 minutes and immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings.

Workshop sessions

  • Pre-breakfast meditation
  • Post-walk Restorative yoga
  • Evening body scan with a meditation or journaling ritual

Day 4: Cape Pillar Lodge - Fortescue Bay

  • Approximately six hours walking (Cape Hauy side trip optional)

Time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) en route to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in - lush mosses, ferns, and vibrant greens. The next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 meters above sea level. Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.

Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy - or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes in pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear waves. You will then travel back to Hobart via the airport. You will finish in Hobart with a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Workshop sessions

  • Sunrise meditation
  • End of walk Restorative yoga
  • Closing with a mindful moment on the beach

Instructors

Jemma Louise

Location

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and a selection of Tasmanian wines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 nights lodge accommodation
  • All meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and a selection of Tasmanian wines
  • Return transfers from Hobart
  • National Park pass
  • Boat transfer from Port Arthur to Denman's Cove
  • Use of a backpack and weather-proof jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Linen and comfortable beds
  • 2 qualified guides for the duration of the walk

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hobart International Airport (HBA). Return transfers from the airport are included in the price.

Airport: Hobart International Airport Airport transfer included: Hobart International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 7 participants

Availability

Arrival: Wednesday June 8, 2022
Departure: Saturday June 11, 2022

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