Park Trek » South West Wilderness – 4 day walk
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
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Duration: 4 days
Location: ex Hobart
Price: $1950 including GST
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Waterfalls on the South West Wilderness walk

Tasmania’s South West Wilderness is coming into its own with the region appearing on ‘must do’ lists of avid hikers and recreational walkers alike. This remote area of the state’s south-west offers magnificent scenery of rugged peaks, wild rivers and unique flora and fauna.

Explore Mount Field and South West Wilderness NPs over four sensational days of walking and sightseeing, all the while carrying your day pack only.

This itinerary includes some of the best walks in the region. Due to the mountainous terrain, a good level of fitness is required and some days are classed as moderate to hard. Your efforts will be well rewarded however with stunning 360-degree vistas of the untouched landscape.

Travel with experienced local guides who will share their love of the region with you. Enjoy all meals and snacks and stay in comfortable accommodation.

2019 dates

  • Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 October
  • Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 October
  • Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 November
  • Saturday 14 to Tuesday 17 December
  • Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 December
  • Friday 27 to Monday 30 December

2020 dates

  • Wed 1 to Sat 4 January

 

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Giants Table Cottages in two large houses, the 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Gidleigh House and 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Hittesleigh House (twin share) – single supplement available on request
  • All national park fees
  • Two Park Trek guides who will drive, care and look after you
  • Return transfers from Hobart
  • 3 dinners, 3 lunches, and 3 breakfasts plus plenty of fresh fruit, trail mix, snacks, tea and coffee throughout
  • Hike the magnificent Tarn Shelf circuit and The Needles
  • Visit Lake Pedder, hike to Marriots and Lady Barron Falls

Itinerary

Day 1

Lady Barron Falls walk 6km – approx 2 hours of walking (easy grade), Junee Cave, 1km, approx. 30 mins (easy)

Pickup from Hobart at 8am

We head west from the city and stop enroute for morning tea before we reach Lady Barron Falls Circuit. This scenic walk in Mount Field National Park includes Russel, Horseshoe and Lady Barren Falls. This first section to Russell Falls is easy section and the falls are beautiful.

There is a short steep climb from here to Horseshoe Falls where we stop to appreciate another stunning waterfall. We continue through the forest trail among towering trees before reaching the lovely Lady Barron Falls.

After a beautiful and relaxing walk viewing waterfalls, rainforest and dense forest we wander back to the vehicle and head to our next short at Junee Cave for a 1km (30 min walk)

We then head to our place of stay for the next three nights.

In the afternoon we arrive at Giants Table Cottages to unpack and settle in.

Meals: lunch and dinner
Overnight: Giants Table Cottages

About our accommodation
The Giants’ Table Cottages offers a unique and comfortable stay. We stay in four bedroom, two bathroom Gidleigh House and 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Hittesleigh House.

All linen and towels are also supplied and there is a lounge/sitting room in each house for the group to relax and enjoy each other’s company at the end of the day.

Houses contain TV and DVD and there are two on-site laundries.

Day 2

Tarn Shelf Circuit walk – approx. 5 to 6 hours, 14km of walking (moderate to hard)

After breakfast and lunch making we head out and embark on the Tarn Shelf Circuit Walk – rated by our guides as ‘right up there’ among the best walks in the region.

This stunning walk takes you across the Tarn Shelf, returning via the lower lakes. It takes in a series of alpine tarns as well as a couple of rustic huts and provides exhilarating walking and great views.

Some track work has offers boardwalks to alleviate the muddier sections of the track and to protect the rare and sensitive vegetation in the area, however it can still get quite wet underfoot in some areas.

This track is spectacular in autumn when the leaves of the native deciduous beech tree changes colour. This hidden gem and you are likely not to encounter other walkers while on the trail. It is a fantastic walk and a real highlight of the tour.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: Giants Table Cottages

Day 3

The Needles – 4km return, approx. 3 hours of walking (moderate to hard)

After breakfast and lunch making we pack up and head off for our walk.

It takes approximately 35 minutes from our accommodation to the start of the Needles track. We start in some tea tree and the trail begins to ascend almost instantly. After a few minutes the tea tree changes to button grass, the landscape opens up and we can see where we are headed.

The Needles track is quite steep in sections and can also get muddy. It’s a short sharp pinch to the first set of prominent rock features and there are tracks so you explore this area with your guides.

From here, we can spot the summit and the track levels out over the next section. When we reach the saddle, magnificent views of the surrounding wilderness begin to appear.

The next section to the summit becomes steep once again. It is however short and sharp. The guides will encourage you to take your time here. Once we reach the summit, the 360 degree views of Mt Field, Mt Mueller, Mt Anne and Lake Pedder are simply incredible.

We spend some time enjoying the landscape and descend via the same route back to the vehicle.

After hiking the Needles we head out to Lake Pedder and on to Gordon Dam for a look. There is an option to abseil down the 140m dam wall with a local company (guest expense) which can be organised with your guides while on tour.

Heading back to our accommodation, if time permits we stop off at The Creepy Crawly Nature Trail – which is as magical as the name suggests. This is a short 30 min wilderness boardwalk track through lush, temperate rainforest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: Giants Table Cottages

Day 4

Florentine Valley, 6.5km, approx 2hrs (easy) and if time permits Marriot’s Falls, 5km, approx 2 hours (easy)

After breakfast and lunch making we head off into the Florentine Valley which is an area of dense rainforest. The trail can get quite wet and boggy and slippery underfoot so although an easy short walk, care needs to be taken.

This trail is fantastic and takes you through dense rainforest, occasional open areas, dark hollows brimming with fungi, and huge stands of towering trees. It is incredible and awe inspiring.

At Tiger lookout you can see the Florentine River cutting its way through the valley, looking north-west is The Thumbs, northeast is Mt Field West and east is The Needles.

This is a great short walk through an ancient eco-system. The vegetation in the early sections of the hike, and the landscapes in the latter section are incredibly unique and stunning.

If time permits, in the afternoon we embark on the lovely Marriot’s Falls walk. Although the first section of the trail has been affected by logging, it is not long before you enter dense swamp gums before the trail opens up onto a grassy plain. Moving through you will walk through rainforest where it can be quite wet underfoot.

It’s not too long before you will hear the sound of the falls which carry an enormous amount of water in periods after rain. Marriott’s Falls is absolutely stunning and another great waterfall in the region.

We arrive back into Hobart by 5 pm to drop off guests.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Guest notes

Return flights need to be booked from Launceston from 7pm onwards

Single supplement is $200.00 (incl. GST) for three nights away

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