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Activities
  • 5 days walking
Accommodation
  • 5 nights cottage/cabin style accommodation
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2199USD

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Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: TAR

Trip highlights


  • Guided walk on private property at the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge
  • Full day cruise along the Arthur River
  • Half day cruise along the Pieman River
  • Explore rugged, not easily accessed coast lines
  • Walk through ancient rainforests to some of the largest trees in Tasmania
  • Gain bird's eye views of the takayna/Tarkine region from mountain tops

Tasmania's Takayna/Tarkine region in the North West is abundant in history, fascinating flora and fauna, impressive rainforest and dramatic coastlines. It is a 450,000 hectare landmass that contains 6000+ year old stone carvings, a natural history that dates back 100 million years to a time when Tasmania was once part of Gondwana, rainforests that provide sanctuary for at least 60 rare or endangered species and coastal plains that provide important feeding grounds for the world's rarest and fastest parrots - the orange bellied and swift parrots.

Over six days you will journey through this impressive part of Tasmania, exploring rainforests, coast lines and mountains. You will marvel at the sheer height of trees and the impressively clean water rushing down waterfalls. The peace and quiet you will enjoy while walking through ancient forests and along gnarly coastlines will leave you with a real sense of awe and wonder. Enjoy a cruise up the Arthur River, known as one of the last truly 'wild rivers' of Australia bordered by a dense forest filled with myrtles, sassafras, celery-top pine, laurels, blackwoods, and giant tree ferns.

Each day we make the most of the great outdoors, and each evening is spent celebrating and relaxing over a delicious 3-course meal showcasing the finest of Tasmania’s famous produce.


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Your guides will collect you from your accommodation this morning between 7.30-8am where they will then drive 40 minutes to a favourite local café on route. Here with a hot drink and snack in hand your guides will spread out their maps and give you an overview of the week ahead! Once all your questions are answered it is back on the bus to complete the drive to the West Coast. First stop Laraturunawn/Sundown Point. We have arranged to be met here by 2 Tasmanian Aboriginal people who will welcome you to their Country with a smoking ceremony and cultural discussion to start your trip off right. Following our discussion we will walk down Sundown Creek down onto the rugged and gnarley coast line. Here is where you can find ancient rock carvings and spectacular views of the Arthur Heads, continuing up the beach we can get to know each other and talk about the week to come as we walk right up to our accommodation for the next 2 nights at Arthur River. Drive Time: 3.5 hrs Walk distance: 8km Walk Time: 2 hrs Other Activities: Smoking Ceremony/Cultural engagement – 2 hrs Accommodation: Arthur River

Meals:  L,D

A cruise on the Arthur River is an unforgettable wilderness experience. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before heading out on the boat mid morning. This is one of the best cruises in Tasmania taking us on a journey from the river mouth upstream for 15km past the Arthur and Frankland river junctions before continuing on to Warra Landing for lunch. The Arthur River is one of the last truly “wild rivers” of Australia. The area we cruise through is fringed with a very dense forest of myrtles, sassafras, celery-top pine, laurels, blackwoods, and giant tree ferns. This cruise really is an unforgettable experience. At the conclusion of the cruise we have the option to go for another short group beach walk or relax at the accommodation. Drive Time: 30 mins Walk Time: 1-2 hrs Other Activities: Cruise – 6 hrs Accommodation: Arthur River

Meals:  B,L,D

We will get an early jump on the day with a coffee to go and a brekkie roll on the bus, it will certainly be worth the early morning effort when you see what is in store! Driving south we will arrive at the trailhead to Mt Donaldson, this 4 hour walk will see you traverse dense rainforest, before rising out into button grass plains allowing you a beautiful view of the Pieman River and the surrounding forests. This land was one of the last known homes to the Thylacine or the Tasmanian Tiger, known to the Aboriginal people of the region as Corinna. Once we are back from the summit we will enjoy lunch and replenish our snacks at the bus before continuing through the rainforest in the opposite direction. Following the Savage River – keep your eyes out for gold- on a faintly marked track it is unlikely that we will see another soul as we journey through this ancient forest as it leads us directly to the doorstep of our home for the next 2 nights, the Corinna Wilderness Lodge, with just enough time for a shower before dinner. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at the Tannin Restaurant. Here we can enjoy an excellent meal sourced from local Tasmanian ingredients such as Tasmanian leatherwood honey, seafood and meat from local businesses. Drive Time: 2.5 hrs Walk Distance: 13km Walk Time: 6 hrs Other Activities: Nil Accommodation: Corinna

Meals:  B,L,D

Departing at sunrise, we journey down the Pieman River on the Lady Jane– weather permitting - the dark waters of the Pieman can create mirror-like reflections of the surrounding rainforest. Ancient Huon pines line the banks of river, enjoy the sounds of the forest waking up as you approach the Pieman Heads. We disembark the on the southern edge of the river mouth and spend the next few hours exploring the coastline. Heading south we reach the extraordinary coastal rock formation known as the Conical Rocks. We make our way back to the Pieman Heads for a picnic lunch and jump aboard the Arcadia II, a historic vessel with decking made from Huon pine, for the journey back to Corinna. This afternoon you may choose to hire a kayak and go for a paddle on the Pieman River, or relax in your beautifully set cottage. Drive Time: Nil Walk Distance: 12km Walk Time: 5 hrs Other Activities: Cruise: 2.5 hrs Accommodation: Corinna *If either vessel is not available, we will be switched to the best alternative vessel.

Meals:  B,L,D

We start our journey with a fun ride across the Pieman River on the Fatman Barge. This remote western road then takes us through sleepy towns that were once booming with he riches of Early Mining. It is this area of Tasmania that flourished in the early pioneering days. In 1900 Zeehan was the 3rd largest town in Tasmania, however with the decline of the West Coast mining boom the town has dwindles to a population of approx 700. The once bustling main street is now home to the West Coast Heritage center, an extensive collection of history that we will take a couple of hours to wander. After lunch we will continue on to Montezuma Falls. At 104m this is one of Tasmanias tallest waterfalls. The return walk to reach the falls follows the historic route of the North East Dundas Tramway. This easily graded walk allows you to look up from your feet and out at the thousands of Tree Ferns that line the trail all the way to the falls. Drive Time: 2 hrs Walk Distance 8km Walk Time: 3 hrs Other Activities: Museum – 2 hrs Accommodation: Tullah Lakeside Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will depart with the sun for a short drive to Mt Murchison which is the highest point on the West Coast. The climb to the summit is a challenging one but you need only go as high as you feel comfortable. This return hike starts out in the familiar rainforests with rich stands of Myrtle and Celery top pine before climbing out of the forest into alpine vegetation with arresting views of the Tarkine & the Mountains of Tasmania’s World Heritage Areas. In the case of inclement weather there is the alternative of climbing the lower Mt Farrell, the summit of this non-technical walk often sits below the clouds that engulf Mt Murchison making it a good option in poor weather. Once you are back on the bus get comfortable for a beautiful scenic dive back to Launceston where you will conclude your tour. Drive Time: 2.5 hrs Walking Distance 6km Walk Time: 5-6 hrs Other Activities: Nil

Meals:  B,L

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Your guides will pick you up at 7am to begin the journey out to the NW of Tasmania. We stop off along the way for a coffee break and trip briefing. We then make our way through the seaside town of Burnie and stop off at the Fernglade Reserve. Boasting an array of plant, bird and wildlife species we enjoy a gentle walk along the Emu river to stretch out our legs. Keep an eye out for the elusive platypus as we walk along the river! Back on the road once more, we head to the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge to enjoy a BBQ lunch before heading out for a walk through the surrounding rainforest. The Tarkine Wilderness Lodge is constructed from beautiful Tasmanian timber, nestled on 200 acres of privately owned land within a truly majestic wilderness. Visitors to the area are offered complete seclusion from the outside world. The host of the lodge will take us for a breathtaking stroll through the largest temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere. During your walk you will see a large variety of plant species ranging from tall Eucalyptus, giant Myrtles, Sassafras, Blackwood and an abundance of ferns, mosses and lichens. Also the vast variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Once back at the lodge we then make our way to our accommodation at Stanley for the night. Walking Distance: up to 10km Walking Time: 3 hours Driving Time: 3.5 hours

Meals:  L,D

After a scrumptious breakfast we continue our journey into the takayna. Our first stop for the day is at Dip Falls where a short walk down over 200 steps through lush rainforest takes us to it's base and rewards us with an impressive view of the unique hexagonal basalt columns that comprise this waterfall. Retracing our steps to the start of the trail we then take a walk to view a forest giant that lies in the surrounding bush. Back on the bus we journey out to the beginning of the Tarkine Drive - a loop road that has been designed to pass many numerous impressive short walks showcasing some of the best the heart of the takayna has to offer. From here we have the option to take short walks out to Trowutta Arch, Lake Chisholm, Milkshake Hills and more - your guides will tailor this afternoon to suit the weather and group. Our accommodation tonight is in the remote town of Arthur River - Tasmania's westernmost settlement. Walking Distance: up to 10km Walking Time: 3 hours Driving Time: 4.5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

A cruise on the Arthur River is an unforgettable wilderness experience. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before heading out on the boat mid morning. This is one of the best cruises in Tasmania taking us on a journey from the river mouth upstream for 15km past the Arthur and Frankland river junctions before continuing on to Warra Landing for lunch. The Arthur River is one of the last truly “wild rivers” of Australia. The area we cruise through is fringed with a very dense forest of myrtles, sassafras, celery-top pine, laurels, blackwoods, and giant tree ferns. This cruise really is an unforgettable experience. At the conclusion of the cruise we make our way to the aptly named Edge of the World lookout. From here there is nothing but unbroken ocean between the mouth of the Arthur River and Argentina. You will see sweeping views over the Arthur River mouth, rolling surf and the open ocean. Cruise Duration: 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we depart our accommodation after a hearty breakfast and drive a short distance toward Sundown Point. We leave our bus behind and travel by foot along a rough 4WD track for 1.7km. We follow Sundown Creek down onto the rugged and gnarley coast line. Here is where you can find ancient rock carvings and spectacular views of the Arthur Heads. Once back at the bus we begin our journey south toward Corinna. As we head further south and deeper into the takayna; quartzite capped mountains begin coming into view. As an option to stretch our legs on the drive to Corinna we will head into the Rainforest, on the Balfour Track. Cut in the early 1900's as an access route to the township of Balfour this is the track that lead prospectors and their pack horses to the remote and now largely abandoned town. Now the trail that remains showcases beautiful examples of Tasmanian rainforest and fungi. Back on the bus we continue our journey south and into Corinna - a remote historic mining town that sits at the southern end of the Tarkine wilderness area and is set amongst rainforest on the banks of the majestic Pieman River. Now an eco-tourism haven, nature is the star and the old-growth rainforest is a living link with the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. Sit back on your balconies and enjoy the rainforest at you doorstep! Walking Distance: up to 10km Walking Time: 3 hours Driving Time: 3 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Departing at sunrise, we journey down the Pieman River aboard the Lady - weather permitting, the dark waters of the Pieman can create mirror-like reflections of the surrounding rainforest. Ancient Huon pines line the banks of river - enjoy the sounds of the forest waking up as you approach the Pieman Heads. We disembark the lady Jane on the southern edge of the river mouth and spend the next few hours exploring the coastline. Heading south we reach the extraordinary coastal rock formation known as the Conical Rocks. After a picnic lunch on the west coast we make our way back to the Pieman Heads and jump aboard the Arcadia II for the journey back to Corinna. This afternoon you can choose to join your guides on a short walk to Savage River, hire a kayak and go for a paddle on the Pieman River, or relax in your beautifully set cottage. Tonight we enjoy our last dinner together at the Tannin Restaurant. Here we can enjoy an excellent meal sourced from local Tasmanian ingredients such as Tasmanian leatherwood honey, seafood and meat from local businesses. Walking Distance: up to 14km Walking Time: up to 8 hours Driving Time: 4.5 hours (Walking distances and times may be shorter depending on options chosen). *If either vessel is not available, we will be switched to the best alternative vessel.

Meals:  B,L,D

Half way through our drive back to Launceston we stop off to climb St Valentines Peak. (NOTE: this is a fair weather option walk). George Bass and Matthew Flinders first saw this peak in 1798 and referred to is as having a 'peak like a volcano' - this is one of the north-west's most dominant landmarks. The views from the summit reach out across the coast and on clear days the peaks of Ben Lomond, Cradle Mountain and the Norfolk Range can be sighted. This is a fantastic end to an incredible journey through the takayna! If the weather is bad today we will walk from Corinna to Philosophers Falls. This is a magical 1.5 hr walk along an old mining race winding through tall myrtle forests. Before descending down to a viewing platform at the base of the falls. The falls were named after James 'Philosopher' Smith, he came across them while prospecting for Tin. His discovery of the Tin in the area lead to the founding of the Waratah Township. Back on the bus for the last time, we make our back to Launceston and drop you at your accommodation between 5pm and 6pm. Walking Distance: up to 9km Walking Time: 4 hours (may be 1.5 hours) Driving Time: 4.5 hours

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

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Inclusions

  • Professional walking guides
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
  • 1 night restaurant meal
  • 5 nights accommodation in cabin/apartment style accommodation with multiple rooms and shared bathrooms
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Arthur River full day cruise
  • Pieman River half day cruise
  • National Park entry fees
  • Emergency communications and group first-aid kit
  • Smoking Ceremony/Cultural engagement

  • Travel to and from Launceston
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
DN1
A high season supplement applies from 1 December to 15 February, and for any trip that overlaps a public holiday.
DN2
The 28 November 2021 depature will follow the alternate itinearary. See trip notes for details.
DN3
The Arthur River cruise will not be cofirmed for 3 dates until September. These dates are: 16 November 2021, 28 November 2021, and 14 March 2022 (marked with an 'O')

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