Pristine, enchanting, lush and untouched – Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness is simply stunning
Recognised as one of the world’s largest cool temperate rainforests, Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness is breathtaking.
The Tarkine is one of Tasmania’s hidden treasures with 477,000 hectares of untouched forest thick with tree ferns, giant man ferns, Huon Pine and spectacular rivers and streams. The plant and animal life here is as rich and varied as the many habitats that support them. Local residents include the platypus, echidna, wombat, bandicoot, possum and glider – not to mention the famous Tasmanian Devil and the state’s other predators, the Spotted-tailed Quoll and Eastern Quoll. The Tarkine also one of Australia’s most important Aboriginal regions and hosts over a hundred bird species, including several rare and endemic birds like the threatened Orange-bellied Parrot.
This 5-day fully accommodated trip includes all transport, delicious meals and fantastic guides. Stay in beautiful Corinna and Tullah Lakeside Lodge and enjoy the tranquil rainforest surrounds. Cruise the MV Arcadia down to the mouth of the Pieman River out onto the wild Tarkine Coast and embrace the stunning landscapes of Tasmania.
- Walks through the stunning Tarkine region including Mt Donaldson, Tarkine Coast, Philosophers Falls and Montezuma Falls
- The wild and untouched Tarkine coast
- Cruise down the mouth of the Pieman River
- Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, itself containing a wealth of natural wonders and Aboriginal sites of great archaeological significance
- Comfortable cabin accommodation tucked away in the rainforest
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: from AUD $1,850 Per Person
DAY 1: Launceston – Burnie – Hellyer Gorge – Tarkine Rainforest – Corinna
9km walk (approx. 2 hours), easy grade
We depart Launceston at 8am for a two hour drive to Burnie where we stop to enjoy morning tea. By 11am we’ll be on our way to Hellyer Gorge. This is a brilliant short one-hour return walk through the beautiful Tarkine rainforest. We enjoy lunch here among some of Tasmania’s oldest forest environments before heading off for a two hour afternoon walk through towering myrtle and sassafras to the beautiful Philosophers Falls.
We then head off to Corinna – our place of stay for the next three nights. Overnight in Corinna in the heart of the beautiful Tarkine. Two-course dinner at Tannin Restaurant, Corinna (Drinks at own expense). (LD)
DAY 2: Tarkine Rainforest – Mount Donaldson
12km (approx. 5 hours walking combined) moderate grade
Morning walk of approx. 1.5 hours along Whyte’s River trail where giant man ferns, burrowing crayfish and possibly platypus are some of the features of this beautiful rainforest walk. After morning tea we head off to Mount Donaldson. This is a three hour circular hike to summit of Mt Donaldson, we enjoy lunch on top of Mt Donaldson with spectacular views into the heart of the Tarkine – one of the best panoramic vistas in the area.
Back from Mount Donaldson and return to Corinna. If the weather is hot or quite wet our guides will offer an alternative for today’s walk. We finish the day with pre-dinner nibbles and a delicious two-course dinner prepared by your guides. Overnight in Corinna. (BLD)
DAY 3: Corinna – Pieman River – Tarkine Coast – Corinna
12km (approx. 3-4 hours walking combined) easy grade
We depart Corinna this morning aboard the historic Huon Pine vessel, the MV Arcadia for a one and a half hour, 22km cruise down the stunning Pieman River and out to the Tarkine Coast.
One of the prize features of today is witnessing the size of the many Aboriginal middens that line this coast. We spend the whole day out on the coast exploring it and making our way up north until we turn around, retrace our steps and back on board the MV Arcadia for a late afternoon cruise back to Corinna. Pre-dinner nibbles and a sensational two-course meal prepared by your guide. Overnight in Corinna. (BLD)
DAY 4: Corinna – Fatman Barge – Granville Harbour – Zeehan
4-6 km (approx. 2 hours walking combined) easy grade
Today after breakfast and lunch making we enjoy some short morning walks around Corinna before packing up and heading off. By mid morning we’ll be loading ourselves onto the Fatman Barge, crossing the mighty Pieman River. We make our way south to Granville Harbour and here we have a network of coastal trails that allow us to walk alongside the surging Southern Ocean. After lunch we visit to the idyllic village of Zeehan and its award-winning museum. Overnight at Tulla Lakeside Lodge. Dinner at local restaurant (at own expense). (BL)
DAY 5: Montezuma Falls – Launceston
12kms (approx. 3 hours walking) easy grade
Breakfast and then time to wander off to explore one of Tasmania’s great short walks – Montezuma Falls. The falls are Tasmania’s highest and quite spectacular after rain. If the falls are expected to be dry an alternative walk is offered for today. Then it’s onto the idyllic village of Sheffield where we will have an afternoon tea stop (own expense). Return to Launceston around 5pm. (BL)
Meal Code: B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner
This experience is graded moderate; a reasonable level of fitness is required for the guided walks. Walks range from 9 – 12 kilometer’s a day and we walk at the groups pace with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery.
- Minimum of 4 and Maximum 10 people
- Minimum age is 14 years
- Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
- Private group tours are available for a minimum of 5 people email [email protected]
The 447,000 hectare Tarkine Wilderness Area is Australia’s largest tract of unprotected temperate rainforest and it contains vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. The Tarkine is also one of Australia’s most important Aboriginal regions, and contains a diverse array of landscapes, from giant forests to huge sand-dunes, sweeping beaches, rugged mountains and pristine river systems. Due to a lack of formal protection the Tarkine’s unique values are threatened by new mining, logging, and illegal activities such as poaching and arson, and less than 5% of the Tarkine is protected as a National Park. This walking tour is operated in partnership with ParkTrek and a portion of the tour fee is donated to our conservation efforts in Tasmania.
Location and transportation
This walking tour takes place in the Tarkine. Situated in Tasmania’s North West, the Tarkine Forest Reserve is roughly bounded by the West Coast, the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south and the Murchison Highway to the east. You will be transported from Launceston in an air-conditioned forward-facing 2WD vehicle.
Corinna Wilderness Experience (3 nights): Our eco wilderness retreat cottages have their own private facilities; all linen is included. Our accommodation includes two-bedroom cottages which have a twin room and double room, shared bathroom plus its own lounge and kitchen area. Each cabin has its own bathroom, but none of the individual rooms within the cabin have their own ensuite. You can choose a single room option if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room in the two-bedroom cabin and could be sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.
Corinna runs on solar power so just be mindful of this, there is electricity for charging devices, but no television, mobile coverage or WI FI at Corinna. For heating purposes there is a small gas fired log fire in each cabin.
Tullah Lakeside Lodge (1 night): Our accommodation at Tullah Lakeside Lodge is in spacious premium rooms, either twin or double bedding configurations (single room available at single room rate). Each room has its own bathroom facilities with toilet and shower, linen/towels and tea/coffee facilities are included.
Prices are for 5 days, per person.
Adult twin/double: AUD $1,850 (book and save – usually $1950)
Adult single room: AUD $2,150 (book and save – usually $2250)
Inclusions: Three nights’ accommodation at the Corinna Wilderness Experience and one night at the Tullah Lakeside Lodge, all transport and guiding, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners (one dinner at own expense), river cruise on MV Arcadia, amazing walks including Mt Donaldson, Tarkine coast, Philosophers Falls and Montezuma Falls
Exclusions: Alcoholic beverages, travel to / from the departure point, travel insurance, meals as indicated in the itinerary