Gail Liston has hit the road and distilled her extensive travel knowledge to bring us the 20 Top Tours from all around Australia.

With a tick of excellence from Lonely Planet as the “hottest” travel destination for 2009, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires Walk can only be classed as one of the best wilderness hiking adventures in the country. Led by a team of eco-guides who really know their stuff, this is a four-day breathtaking escape into nature where you’ll find every trail tells a story. For some it’s a castaway experience that would do Robinson Crusoe proud, with hours spent clambering over isolated rocky headlands searching for 1000-year-old Aboriginal middens filled with remnants of seafood banquets from the past. For others, it’s the experience of poking around nature’s coastal playground delving into the secrets of secluded pockets of bushland and meeting the occasional pademelon or wombat. At the end of the day you’ll be sated by gourmet temptations accompanied by the best Tassie wines and treated to a luxurious night’s sleep far from the demands of city life.

Brag Factor // Sitting on the deck of the Bay of Fires Lodge sipping tea in the morning light, watching dolphins surf the breakers on the beach below.

Details // Tour by Anthology Travellers’ Collection, four-day walks start at $1900 per person depending on the time of year. Includes return transfers to Launceston, accom, all meals, all non-alcoholic and some alcoholic beverages, backpack and Gore-tex jacket. (03) 6392 2211,

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