Bay Of Fires Walk Win – And A Great Night Out To Boot!

Bay of Fires walk tasmaniaI’ve just had such a stroke of traveller’s good fortune and am foaming at the mouth to share it. Here goes!

It all started on a night where I could have been feeling very daunted.  I’d been asked to be part of team ‘Macbeth’ at the Australian Society of Travel Writers Annual Trivia Night.

There would be 100+ people there, of whom I had met precisely one… the lovely Deborah Dickson-Smith of Little Nomads.

A girl could feel a bit nervous, but I didn’t. I was just in the mood to meet some new people and have a good old blether.

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The ‘Macbeth’ team, winners of best costume, and piper.

Clearly, a week of school holidays in the Sydney suburbs with the four boisterous bairns had done my head in. Sallying forth to the bright lights of our city centre (and adult company) was MOST appealing.

And the night had a Scottish theme; what could go wrong?

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Some night’s out are just double the fun, and this was one of them.

There was not just a great bunch of people to meet, but some brain bending trivia: how many states DO share a border with Tennessee?

The MC was Glenn A. Baker… in a kilt, well mostly in the kilt but it did keep trying to escape floorwards.

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This Trivia Night was sponsored by the City of Glasgow – my old home town – by Glengoyne Whisky and the very gracious Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay.

There was much hilarity, a million blooming difficult trivia questions, a main course of seared salmon and then a lemon tart.

Trivia Night -3There were examples of the finest Scottish delicacies.

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And then – eureka! – I won the major prize of the night, a 4-day guided walk around the very beautiful Bay of Fires in Tasmania’s North East Corner.

I’m still on a high, so I am.

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The tricky question was: on an Ordnance Survey map, what do the letters ‘cg’ stand for? * answer below.

Someone suggested ‘closed gate’ and I immediately got the answer. You see it used to be my job to open the gates when we drove over the ‘cgs’ on our summer holidays on the West Coast of Scotland.

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Myself with Jill Collins, of Barking Owl Communications, and Deb as Lady Macbeth.

How bloomin’ marvellous. Later in the year, when our Intn’l Man of Mystery is home, I’ll be going south across the Tasman to the Bay of Fires.

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And I’ll be delighted to take any armchair travellers along with me. Will report back fully and frankly. On every blister.

So, there you go, a night out to remember, in tartan, with Irn Bru and a fantastic surprise to end it all.

How do you go in a room full of strangers?

Do you know the Bay of Fires? Any advice for trips to Tasmania?

Yours trivially

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Posted on: July 4, 2013

16 Comments

  • You are a well deserving winner! Even Glenn A Baker was impressed! (And he’s never impressed).

    And hey – Team Macbeth may not have won the trivia but at least we got the Hogmanay dinner question right.

    Thanks for joining me! Deb x

  • Reply July 5, 2013

    Becc

    Sounds like a fabulous night. How lucky are you???
    I look forward to reading about it. I am personally too unfit to cope with a trip like that, so I am more than happy to watch on with a glass of wine and a comfy seat 🙂
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

  • Reply July 5, 2013

    Lisa

    Congratulations on your win, what a great prize! And is it sad that I got ridiculously excited seeing that pic of the Irn Bru, it reminded me of when I was a kid and used to drink buckets of the stuff!

  • Reply July 5, 2013

    Leanne Winter

    Congratulations – what a fab prize. I don’t know the Bay of Fires but I did get to go to Glasgow last year to attend a conference. Really, really loved it, made even more special as my ancestry is Scottish – was absolutely freezing, however. February was a stupid month for a conference in Glasgow.

  • Reply July 5, 2013

    Grace

    Whatta fabulous night, Seana!! And well done on winning the holiday!
    I love Tasmania so I’m very jelly! But I know you so need a break from the kidlets. Loved this post. I could hear your beautiful Scottish accent as I read it 🙂 x

  • Reply July 6, 2013

    Annabel Candy

    Occh haye thst is brilliant, loved the photo of you and Jill, lovely shiny blondes 🙂

  • Reply July 6, 2013

    Emily

    What a gorgeous photo of you! And that is fantastic that you won, you were ‘meant’ to be there obviously Seanna. I’m not bad in a room of strangers, but probably because when I was a journo I had no choice! Great pics – Em x

    • Reply July 6, 2013

      Seana Smith

      I think journalism is the ideal job for chatterboxes like us. Thank you!!

  • Reply July 6, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    Congratulations! What a great prize. It’s a walk I’ve longed to do – definitely on my wish list. I look forward to your full, blistered report xx

  • Reply July 6, 2013

    Lisa Wood

    What a great night out 🙂
    I love to meet new people, but yes I do get nervous before hand….but lately I seem to meet people who we are “meant to meet” – we are connecting with others that make a difference to our journey!!!

  • Reply July 7, 2013

    Annie

    What a wonderful prize! I am so envious. I would love to do a walk like that in Tassie (though my level of fitness would need to improve dramatically). I love trivia nights, despite never doing well at them, nor ever winning such a fab prize!

    • Reply July 8, 2013

      Seana Smith

      I had better start doing some walking now… I’m terrible at trivia generally but just cracked that one. A fluke!

  • Reply July 7, 2013

    Lisa

    Congratulations Seana! That sounds like a wonderful night, and you also get a fabulous prize, woohoo xx

    • Reply July 8, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Thank you, yes, hadn’t had a dressing up posh night out for ages either, so was welcome and extra fun… plus bagpipers! Very happy.

  • Reply July 8, 2013

    Ros

    Hi Seana.
    It’s Ros here from the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk – congratulations on your win. We look forward to seeing you down this way for your walk in the up coming season. It’s a great photo of you and Jill – just lovely.
    Let me know if you have any questions.
    Cheers, Ros

  • Reply July 8, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Seana that’s fantastic and almost up there with that other Scottish win of the century yesterday. You must be feeling like a very proud Scot this week.
    Carolyn
    Ps thanks for calling back, will be in touch soon.

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