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Women's Wharf to Wharf Overnight Hike // 30th April - 1st May 2022

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Summary

You understand the importance of getting outside to adventure for your happiness. You know that there’s an outrageous amount of places to go, things to see and do now lockdown is over and you can soak in that delicious freedom. 

But where do you start?

It can feel really overwhelming. Like lifting an overnight pack, not knowing what trail to choose or how you maneuverer a wee while still keeping the pack on, overwhelming. 

We’ve put together the most ideal overnight hiking trip, not too hard, not too soft. Just right - but better than the cereal. 

If you find yourself ready for an overnight hike, even if it’s your first one. You’re in luck. 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the Sapphire Coasts unique landscapes

  • Camping lakeside to the sound of the waves

  • Exploring ocean wilderness and wonderful wildlife encounters

  • Enjoying delicious meals around the fire and snacks with horizon views

  • Adventuring with a group of like-minded women 

Pristine coastal heathland, stunning ocean scenery and beach side camping around the fire. This trip has it all for both the first time overnight hiker and the seasoned veteran. 

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Details

The Wharf to Wharf walking track is a 27klm hike that starts at the historical Tathra Wharf and finishes at the equally special Merimbula Wharf.

  • Traditional land owners: Yuin Nation – Guyangal and Kurial people
  • Meeting location: Car park opposite Tathra PubWe will brief here before walking down to Tathra Wharf where there are toilets and a cafe
  • Meeting time: 8am sharp
  • Finish time: Merimbula Wharf approx. 3pm for shuttle pick up back to Tathra
  • Grade: Moderate. Women should feel confident to be on their feet for a full day hiking with a full pack approx 15kg. Inlet crossings may be necessary or extended walking to go around if they can not be crossed. Walking on rough track, exposed tree roots, loose and hard rock surfaces and soft sand with full pack. 
  • Fitness required and expectations: Physical exercise should not be new to you. We recommend participating in aerobic activity 2-3 times per week and incorporate some hills and stair climbs
  • Pack weight: Approx 15kg
  • Distance total: 27km over 2 days
  • Age: Women over 18 years 
  • Numbers: Maximum 10 women

WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK

  • Hiking backpack (55-65L capacity). Unless hiring from us $40
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat (insulated)
  • Water (You need to carry min 2L). We suggest a 2L bladder + and a 1L water bottle 
  • Head torch with spare batteries 
  • Wet weather (waterproof jacket with hood and waterproof pants  – very essential)
  • Fleece jumper
  • 1x hiking shirt (merino material is best. Cotton is not great)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Thermal top (very essential)
  • Thermal bottoms (very essential)
  • Lightweight camp trousers
  • Walking boots or shoes that are well worn in
  • 2x pair of hiking socks (merino material is best)
  • Underwear 
  • Camera or phone to take photos 
  • Personal medication and sunscreen
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothes for the night (you can wear your thermal top)
  • Beanie and gloves in colder weather 
  • Lip balm
  • Small packet of tissues and toilet paper
  • Personal blister pack
  • Toiletries + ear plugs
  • Rubbish bag (for dirty or wet items)
  • Hiking poles (very useful up the hills and steps, crossing inlets and on loose rocks) (We hire for $20)
  • Thongs or camp shoes

Looking for somewhere to stay? We made you a handy list.

 

Tathra 

  • Tathra Beachside Holiday Park
  • Big 4 Tathra (more than one night)
  • Tathra Beach House Apartments
  • Tathra Hotel / Motel
  • AirBNB

 

Merimbula

  • Black Dolphin Motel and Apartments
  • Pelican Motor Inn
  • Sapphire Waters Motor Inn
  • AirBNB

COVID - 19 QUESTIONS

Adventure, travel and Covid-19 is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease.

To attend any trip with us, all women are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination

These new safety measures that apply on all of our trips.  

View our Covid-19 Information Page Here.

FAQS

From what to wear to is Chris Hemsworth single, our FAQs are such know-it-alls. Check them out here.   

  • I’ve been on a few day hikes with Women Want Adventure but never overnight, would this trip be suited for me? As long as you feel comfortable to walk up and down steps carrying your pack of 12-15kg. Having experience bushwalking is great and you will be more suited for this trip.
  • Because the trip is graded moderate, does this mean first timers to overnight hiking can’t attend? Not at all. We want to make sure women who book don’t get a surprise of what it’s like to walk up and down steps, along soft sand, on loose terrain and crossing inlets. This trip is still suitable for first timers, come along!
  • Should I bring my own Jet Boil for boiling water? No need. Your guide will have water boiled for you. 
  • Can I bring my daughter, she’s 17? Sorry, this trip is over 18 years only.
  • Is it steep? Only in short sections, you can do it!
  • What if it’s raining, does the trip still go ahead? Yes, the trip goes ahead if it is raining. We will advise of any cancellations due to severe weather events.
  • Can I bring my own tent and pack? Yes of course! Please make sure it is suitable to carry in your overnight pack. 
  • Do we share group gear? Sharing is caring. Yes, we will allocate gear between the group. 
  • Does WWA orgnaise transport? Sorry, not our thing! 



Some boring, but important stuff!

If you need to cancel, please refer to our T&C's HERE.

Because many of us skim read... here is a quick cancellation summary:

1. 0 to 10 days: No refund

2. 10 to 30 days: 50% refund

3. 31 or more days: 75% refund

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

On day one we explore delicate heathland environments and enjoy stunning high cliff top views as the track stays close to the coast and we are instantly immersed in natures beauty.

Our time is spent meandering past several small inlets as we make our way to camp finally crossing Wallagoot Lake Entrance with our shoes off for the last stretch along the beach. 

After settling into camp with a hot shower or an ocean dip we will set the fire and watch the sunset over the lake as we enjoy a delicious meal prepared by your guide.

Awake to a spectacular beach sunrise with the smell of coffee and a yummy breakfast before packing up and heading back out on the trail.

Our route takes us past inland lagoons and back onto the beach before climbing to the Bournda Island Lookout. If we are lucky the dolphins will be there to greet us. Heading down the coast there are several spectacular viewing platforms where we can take regular breaks. We will slowly make our way back to civilization passing Short Point then over the hill to our final destination at Merimbula Wharf to celebrate with views toward Twofold Bay.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 2 person tents - You can bring your own if it's lightweight and compact 
  • Hiking 65- 75L Wilderness Equipment pack ($40 hire fee)
  • Waterproof pack liners and covers 
  • First aid 
  • Morning tea both days
  • Lunch day one and two
  • Afternoon tea day one
  • Dinner and dessert
  • Breakfast and fruit
  • Hot tea and coffee
  • All eating utensils 
  • All cooking gear
  • Camp lights
  • Group tarp
  • Group ground mat 
  • Emergency communication (PLB)
  • NSW National Park Eco Pass Licensing and permits
  • Camping and National Park fees 
  • Shuttle return 
  • Photos of your trip posted in a private Facebook Page
EXCLUDED:
  • Sleeping mat 
  • Sleeping bag
  • Travel to and from meeting location
  • Pre and post accommodation (see our suggestions in the itinerary section)

Grading

Grading: Moderate

moderate level of fitness is required for this hike. We take regular breaks, stop for plenty of photos and support each other. Expect to be hiking between 6-7 hours each day. Bring your walking poles for extra support up and down steps, across loose terrain, around rocky cliffs and inlet crossings. This trip is graded moderate. Some previous bushwalking experience is required, but it’s not essential if you have never been overnight hiking before.

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