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Activities
  • 3 days walking, afternoon kayaking, 1 day river cruise, self drive
Accommodation
  • 2 nights accommodation
Meals
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Breakfast

3 Days$800AUD

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Trip Code: SGT

Trip highlights


  • Guided walk through private forest in the Tarkine
  • Immerse yourself in the largest cool temperate rainforest in the Australia
  • Cruise along the pristine Pieman river aboard a vessel made of Huon Pine
  • Kayak to the secluded Lovers Falls
  • Meander along the famed Tarkine Drive at your own pace
  • Stay a night at an eco-tourism lodge in the heart of the Tarkine

In the north-west corner of Tasmanian you'll find the Tarkine/Takayna. Throughout your self-guided visit you will experience the diversity of this expansive land and its inhabitants, as you explore on foot, by car and on the water.

The Tarkine is home to the largest cool temperate rainforest in Australia and you will start your trip here, on a guided walk where you will be introduced to the ecology of the forests. Your guide will happily set you up with tips for identifying plants and help you to gain an understanding of the Aboriginal history that runs deep in this land.

You'll overnight in the well-preserved colonial town of Stanley with ample opportunities to explore, your day lies ahead on the long and winding road known as the Tarkine Drive. The drive features a concentration of pristine rivers and creeks, limestone sinkholes and arches as well as rolling button grass hills and deep ancient rainforests. Throughout the day you will make many stops at the vistas and short walks on offer as you meander south at your own pace. Then swap the wheel for a paddle and head out on the pristine Pieman river. Only on your kayaks can you reach the secluded Lovers Falls after navigating up the river past towering Huon pines and vibrant man ferns.

Any trip to the Tarkine would be incomplete without a visit to the rugged west coast.On your final morning you will board the Arcadia II a heritage vessel built of Huon pine and make your way down towards the mouth of the river where you can take your picnic out to the coast and feel the fresh sea breeze (or gale) on your face, and the fine sand between your toes as you wander through the driftwood and giant kelp that is washed ashore from the passing wild weather.

Activities:

Itinerary

With your itinerary in hand and your car loaded and full of fuel, why not make a coffee for the road and get this adventure started early! Today will take you from your doorstep and into the fabled Tarkine Wilderness. Abundant with rainforests, rugged windswept coastlines and pristine rivers, this unprotected land is truly one of our state’s treasures. Your first stop of the day is at the Tarkine Wilderness lodge, at 10:30am, where local guides will take you on a breathtaking stroll through the largest temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere, providing you with their expertise on this ancient 60 million year old forest, home to many threatened and endangered species. Enjoy a BBQ lunch with your hosts at the lodge before continuing to Stanley. Why not stop in at Rocky Cape National Park and dip your toes in the water at Burgess Cove on your way. The historic seaside town of Stanley is dominated by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug known as The Nut, it is an icon of the North-East coast. Take some time this afternoon to climb The Nut or stroll through the gift shops and galleries in town before picking one of the local restaurants to enjoy a meal. Stop in at the Angles Share on your way home to pick up a nice drop for the room. Drive Time: 3.5 hours (based on a Launceston departure) Walk Time: 2.5 – 4 hours Accommodation: Idyllic seaside accommodation in Stanley

Meals:  L

This is the day of many stops as you embark south, winding your way down the Tarkine Drive. First stop: Trowutta Arch. Your car will disappear almost immediately as you enter a canopy of Myrtle and Sassafras. Just 10 minutes down this easy trail you will arrive at the limestone Trowutta Arch, created when 2 sinkholes formed around it. Second Stop: Milkshake Hills Lookout, the 1 hour return walk to the summit sees you quickly bursting out of the rainforest and onto button grass plains, this is a well-made trail with a gradual incline on the way up. Enjoy 360 degree views of your surrounds from the summit. This area suffered from fires in 2016 and provides a good opportunity to observe the regeneration of the ecosystems 4 years on. Third Stop: Lake Chisholm, formed by a limestone sinkhole is unique in that it is low lying and has no normal outlet for the water that has collected there. These factors contribute to the often still waters and crystal clear reflections from your vantage point at the edge of the lake on this 30 minute walk. A final stop at the Julius River will give you the opportunity to use the facilities for a nice picnic or BBQ lunch. After lunch you will leave the Tarkine drive to continue south on to Corinna, your accommodation for the night in the heart of the Tarkine. Corinna has a rich history punctuated by prospectors and goldminers in the 1800’s. Now a quaint tourism destination rich not with gold but with native flora and fauna. After setting into your accommodation you might choose to find a quiet spot to read a book the tranquil surrounds, or go to the bar/restaurant for some afternoon refreshments. However if you are still feeling energetic grab a kayak and map from reception and head off down the Pieman river on the 3 hr round trip to the secluded Lovers falls. Drive time: 4 hours Walk Time: 2 hours Kayak Time: 3 hours Accommodation: Corinna

Meals:  B

Bounce out of bed for a fresh dawn walk on the Whyte River. This gentle loop track will take approximately one hour and leaves right from your door, taking you through the rich ecosystem that you are nestled within. The timing of this walk is to give you the best chance of seeing our little monotreme friends the Platypus. Possibly you will see a whole paddle of them (paddle = group of platypus) playfully frolicking in their river home! After what we hope is a successful morning animal spotting and breathing in the fresh rainforest air at 10am you will board the Arcadia II. This magnificent 17m craft was made from Huon pine in 1939 and today it will take you for a cruise to the mouth of the Pieman River. Soak in the forest from a fresh perspective on the river, enjoy commentary from your skipper an expert on the Huon pine in the area and perhaps spot some nesting Sea Eagles before witnessing the raw beauty of this rarely visited portion of the west coast where you will have the chance to disembark the vessel and explore a little on foot. Wander out amongst the driftwood and feel the breeze of the roaring 40’s on your face as you find a nice spot to yourself and enjoy your packed lunch curtesy of the Arcadia II, enjoy a hot drink on the return journey as you make the relaxing journey back to Corinna. Back at your car by 3pm your itinerary with us ends, it is time to drive home.

Meals:  L


Inclusions

  • Detailed self drive itinerary in PDF format
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 hour guided walk in the Tarkine Rainforest
  • Arcadia II Cruise on the Pieman River
  • Car barge at Corinna
  • Use of kayak for 4 hours in Corinna

  • Travel to and from the Tarkine (this is a self drive itinerary)
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser
  • Car hire
  • Meals not listed as included

Suitability

Introductory

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This adventure involves trekking for up to 4 hours a day at a steady pace, as well as an afternoon kayaking. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. Most of this trip is self guided so you will need to be comfortable route finding. Suggested preparation: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to four times a week. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions is also recommended to ensure you are feeling fit and strong enough to gain maximum enjoyment from this trip.


Departure dates

Daily departures from October to April

Notes

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A high season supplement applies from 1 December to 15 February, and for any trip that overlaps a public holiday.

Total Priceper person from

$800AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$400
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Self Guided Highlights of the Tarkine trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.