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Introductory to Moderate

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

6 Days$2895AUD

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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.

Activities:

Itinerary

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


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


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

Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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This adventure involves trekking from 2 hours, up to 6 hours most days at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. 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


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')

Total Priceper person from

$2895AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$700
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Tarkine Explorer 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.