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takayna / Tarkine Walk - 5 Days

Escape to the inspiring wilderness of takayna / Tarkine – 5 days, guided walk

Past customers & private groups can save up to 10% – details here!

“Did this trek last week, it was fantastic! Our guides were inspirational with knowledge of the area, friendliness, and never-ending care and attention to us and others in our group. The food was great quality, all dietary bases covered, plenty of beautiful cheese platters for drinks and nibbles each night. The walks were well planned and manageable, no rush and plenty of time for information and photos. We’d definitely recommend this walk!” – Lo, March 2023

Embark on a rejuvenating 5-day Tarkine guided walk with Park Trek, exploring a vast wilderness rich in natural and cultural heritage. This expansive region, home to Australia’s largest cool temperate rainforest, showcases a spectacular coastline and houses over 60 rare or endangered species. Delve into approximately 40-45km of walking with just your day pack, immersing yourself in diverse landscapes.

Experience sweeping mountain views, the ancient ambiance of Gondwanan rainforests, and picturesque waterfalls. Cruise along the Pieman River’s mouth and stroll the wild Tarkine Coast. This fully guided tour offers a comprehensive exploration of the Tarkine, ensuring you witness its wonders with expert guides. Reap the health and wellbeing benefits of nature as you connect with this unique wilderness. Join us for an immersive journey into one of Australia’s most pristine landscapes.

Walk with us and discover the transformative power of the Tarkine.

3150
5 days
42km
10
Launceston
Launceston
Grade 2 – 4
2024: 16 Nov

**Confirmed departure dates allow you to book worry free. If you have any issues booking any departure date, please email us at info@parktrek.com.au  or call us on 03 9997 0500.

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  • Small group (10 or less), day-pack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, history, flora and fauna, highlights including Mt Donaldson, Savage River, Tarkine coast, Philosophers Falls and Montezuma Falls.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Return transport ex-Launceston, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 4 nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (3 nights at Corinna Wilderness Experience and 1 night at Tullah Lakeside Lodge) (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • We also include river cruise on MV Arcadia.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – Philosopher Falls and Hellyer Gorge

Distance: 5km, 2hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 – easy

Our trip departs from Launceston, from where it is a 1½ hour drive to the small seaside town of Penguin. Here we stop for a short break, before leaving the busy world as we know it behind. Continuing west, we turn onto a minor highway – pausing for a short riverside walk at Hellyer Gorge. This circuit features many of the rainforest species that we will soon come to be familiar with. It’s then onto the historic tin mining township of Waratah, where we break for lunch above the local waterfall.

From here, our main hike for the day takes in the silent surrounds of Philosopher Falls, a lovely 1½ hour return walk through primeval rainforest close to the headwaters of the Arthur River – the generally accepted northern boundary of the Tarkine region. Here we pass under a canopy of ancient myrtle beech, interspersed with leatherwood, sassafras and ferns, before reaching a viewing platform looking out over the waterfall. This easy walk is a fantastic introduction to the area.

On returning from our hike, it’s only another hour or so before we arrive at the rainforest retreat of Corinna. This old mining town has been lovingly converted into visitor accommodation, and is a gorgeously peaceful spot to spend the next three nights. Located on the banks of the mighty Pieman River – the site features a pub and restaurant, kayak hire, and a variety of shorts walks which you can explore at your own leisure.

Tonight’s dinner is at the Tannin Restaurant (Drinks at guest’s own expense)

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 – Savage River and Whyte River walks

Distance: 9km, 4-5hrs walking approx.
Grade: 3, moderate

Today we undertake two separate walks through impressive temperate rainforest, travelling along the banks of two major tributaries of the Pieman River. After breakfast and lunch making, we walk straight from our cabin doors and immediately onto the trail.

Our first destination is the Savage River, located north of Corinna on the far side of Ahrberg Hill. As our ascent is made, tangled vegetation gives way to a more open understory – revealing large old trees with a gnarled solitary appearance. Here there is a real ethereal atmosphere, particularly after rain – as low cloud tends to hang around the ridgetop.

A long descent brings us to the river bank, where we take a well-earned break and soak up the ambience of this peaceful location. Throughout autumn, this trail in particular is a hotspot for fungi hunting – and anyone into macro photography could easily find themselves lost in their pursuit for many hours. From here we can either retrace our route back to Corinna, or take an adventurous journey up river to explore a little further.

Once back at Corinna we have lunch, followed by another 1½ hour walk to the mouth of the Whyte River. This trail takes us past many close-up examples of Huon Pine – a Tasmanian endemic and one of the longest living trees in the world, some reaching in excess of 2000 years old! This is also a great place to look for platypus, most commonly seen around dusk or dawn.

Finishing our loop, the trail brings us directly back to our cabins. There should be ample time this afternoon for a bit of relaxation before dinner, consisting of nibbles and a fabulous two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 – Pieman River Cruise and Tarkine Coast 

Distance: 8 – 10km, 4hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2, easy

This morning we rise a little earlier and take a sunrise boat cruise down the magnificent Pieman River, to reach the wild Tarkine Coast. Smashed by huge surf, and punctuated by rocky headlands – this is a wild stretch of coastline, and a photographer’s paradise.

After being dropped at the Pieman Heads, we walk either north or south, depending on the wind direction. We follow overgrown vehicle tracks to the pounding ocean. Some of the cleanest air in the world has been recorded in the area, travelling along the line of the roaring 40’s uninterrupted all the way from South America. Along the trails, numerous small creeks are crossed, and occasionally it can be a little muddy – but for the most part it is an easy, well graded walk.

Approaching the promontory of Rupert Point, many striking rock features provide clues to a tumultuous geological history. Outcrops allow for grandstand views, where one can make out in the distance the wide expanse of dune country north of the Interview River. The region is also home to a high concentration of indigenous cultural sites, precious historical remnants of an ongoing 40,000-year Aboriginal inhabitation of Tasmania.

The walk south starts in the Pieman Heads shack community before tracing along the beach and then out to Conical Rocks, a striking headland covered with huge granite boulders.

At our turnaround point, we stop for morning tea – and enjoy the sounds and sights of the waves rolling endlessly across the ocean. Beach combing on our return, there may even be an opportunity for a very refreshing swim!

Our journey back up the Pieman River is aboard the historic Arcadia II. This vessel is built from Huon Pine and other local hardwoods, and makes a slow and relaxing punt back to Corinna. In the afternoon, there is plenty of time for short walks, or maybe a self-guided kayak along the river – before an excellent two-course dinner prepared by your guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 – Mt Donaldson

Distance: 7km, 4hrs walking approx.
Grade: 3 – 4, moderate to hard

This morning we check out of our rooms, and pack our bigger bags away in the trailer – before departing on the hike to the summit of Mount Donaldson. This is a steady climb that passes through a variety of changing vegetation types, and one that gives an outstanding appreciation for the vastness of the area.

Beginning in the rainforests surrounding the Savage River, we soon break free of the tree-line. Our efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views far across the Tarkine wilderness and beyond. In fine weather, this is a real highlight of the trip.

Retracing our route, we head back to Corinna for lunch before crossing the infamous Fatman Barge to the southern bank of the Pieman River. Rounding the base of the Meredith Range and the Tarkine’s southern boundary, we pass over the Reece Dam and the Whaleback Lookout on our way to Tullah – an ex-hydro village encircled by craggy mountains. Here we will spend our final night together on the shores of Lake Rosebery.

Tonight’s dinner is at the Tullah Lakeside Lodge Bistro.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 – Montezuma Falls

Distance: 11kms, 3hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2, easy

After breakfast and lunch making, we jump back in the bus and head off on our final walk to Montezuma Falls. At 104m, these are the highest single drop waterfall in Tasmania, and consequently have become a popular west-coast icon.

Arriving early morning generally sees few other people on the trail – following a gentle gradient, tracing the old path of the North-East Dundas Tramway through stunning forest. Contouring high above the Ring River (a tributary of the Pieman) for almost the entire walk, this is a relaxing way to unwind from our adventure.

The falls themselves are often heard before they are seen – an impressive sight in all conditions, but especially so after heavy rain. For those game, a swing-bridge provides viewers with another angle from which to appreciate this natural wonder.

We then retrace our route back to the bus and begin our return drive to Launceston. Along the way – we pass close by to Cradle Mountain and call in to the charming township of Sheffield to break up our journey. Here we can grab a coffee and take a short stroll through the streets to admire the town’s colourful murals.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Each day we also provide fruit, snacks, tea and coffee and a nibbles platter.

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the peaceful scenery of Corinna and Tullah. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

Corinna Wilderness Experience (3 nights):  Corinna is your home in the wilderness – an oasis in the heart of the Tarkine. Our rustic, miner-style cottages provide a level of homely comfort with modern, clean facilities and amenities. All accommodation options are fully self-contained and boast unrivalled views of the Tarkine wilderness. From your doorstep, it’s just a short walk to immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of an ancient and scenic rainforest.

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.

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): Located on the banks of Lake Rosebury, Tullah Lakeside Lodge features private lakeside access, a restaurant and bar.

Our accommodation at Tullah Lakeside Lodge is in spacious premium rooms, either twin or double bedding configurations (single room available for additional expense at time of booking). Each room has its own bathroom facilities with toilet and shower, linen/towels and tea/coffee facilities are included.

If you are flying out that night you’ll need to book a flight out after 7pm from Launceston.

Limited single supplement may be available at additional cost, please speak to our Reservation team at time of booking.

When making your accommodation arrangements, please note Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston offer Park Trek guests a discounted rate.  Simply quote ‘Park Trek’ upon booking to receive this offer. 

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