Take a step back in time and experience the raw beauty of the largest cool temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere, the takayna/Tarkine.
Designed with a broad range of fitness levels in mind, this four-day tour provides everyone with access to the stunning takayna/Tarkine wilderness while still maintaining that level of comfort
Join Tarkine Trails on a journey into one of the world’s truly unique and spectacular landscapes, a hidden gem for tourists and locals alike. Be immersed in this ancient rainforest, absorb its history and beauty through the stories from our knowledgeable guides, and the ancient relics which tower above you – all the whilst indulging in some fine local produce. An experience we guarantee you will never forget!
Drive south from Burnie and enter the takayna/Tarkine. A short walk brings you to your home for the next few days atop rainforest clad Tiger Ridge. Stand beneath the enormous stringybark gums as they stretch and whisper 80m above the camp. Get to know your group over a glass of premium Tasmanian wine and a meal of fine local produce besides a roaring fire.
Our first day will take you from the inevitable hustle and bustle of the city into the vast quiet of the takayna/Tarkine. The trusty Tarkine Trails bus will swing past your Launceston accommodation and head towards Tasmania’s north coast. Your friendly guides will ensure that everyone’s gear is ship shape, then it is onward to where a dusty, nondescript road veers west off the highway and into the takayna/Tarkine.
It is a short climb to Tiger Ridge. The track leaves the road and plunges into a vast, tumbling forest. This is the moment that most people realise they are on an extraordinary tour.
Once at camp it is all about settling in, exploring and enjoying the quiet and the company of new friends. Food, fire, and wine are essential ingredients to this process. Every meal that is served bears testimony to the quality of Tasmanian
By the end of today, you’ll feel as if you haven’t just traversed Tasmania but transcended it.
Begin to understand the ancient relationships of a rainforest landscape with a day of total forest immersion.
Our walk today focuses on the beautiful forests to the east of Tiger Ridge. Today is about getting to know and understand the cool temperate rainforest and its numerous landscapes and ecosystems. Start to discover the macro world of the rainforest, including the unique fungi, plants, and insects that may well go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
Further along your journey you will begin to understand the ancient species that inhabit the largest cool-temperate rainforest that remains in the Southern Hemisphere. With our knowledgeable and passionate guides introducing you to the relationships that the native Tasmanians have shared with a wide variety of plant species, you will begin to feel as though you have stepped back in time, tens of thousands of years.
Along the way, we’ll collect the memory cards and change the batteries on infrared cameras. Then, after another relaxed meal and a few nice drops, we’ll review what the cameras have captured in recent time and discover what goes on around us in the secret takayna/Tarkine night.
Awake to your favourite morning beverage (you could get used to this). Take in the incredible birdlife of the rainforest – yellow-tailed black cockatoos, green rosellas, and even the endangered white goshawk. Walk beneath the most ancient of rainforest forms – the cathedral-shaped callidendrous forest. Lunch (and for the brave – a swim) beside the Huskisson, as it flows through its remote, forested valley.
Our day today features a slow walk down to the Huskisson River. Your guides will introduce you to the subtleties of the rainforest, its complex web of self-perpetuating life as well as sharing some choice Tasmanian bush anecdotes.
The Huskisson itself is a wild river that broadens in the valley floor and, if the water level is low, meanders and warms in pools perfect for a midday swim. After lunch, we too meander in this valley for a time, before making our way back to Tiger Ridge to get cleaned up before dinner.
Tiger Ridge’s Japanese-style washroom hangs out over the ferns and myrtles in the basin below. It truly is a bathroom with a view. Then, after another meal of amazing Tassie produce, we settle around the fire with a glass of wine as the guides delve further into the history and stories of this ancient landscape.
Your last morning in the takayna/Tarkine will be one to remember – but we’ll let you ease into it. You’ll take in the incredible rainforest for one last time (for this trip, at least), share your highlights with your companions and prepare for your walk out of the wilderness.
Although it is time to say a sad farewell to this ancient rainforest, we have one last stop before our journey comes to an end.
The small scenic town of Waratah sits on the edge of the takayna/Tarkine wilderness. Once home to the richest tin mine in the southern hemisphere, and with a unique water piece in the centre of town, there is much to learn and discover.
This is your time to explore and enjoy what this remote, historical village has to offer and reacquaint yourself with ‘normal’ life.
After lunch we’ll continue our homeward journey, giving you time to reminisce on the rainforest that captivates and inspires so many.
We had an incredible time at the Tarkine. The guides were thoughtful, caring and very informative. The food awesome and the expierience to be in this remote, ancient rainforest simply stunning. Thank you for letting me have such a memorable time.
Our group of 9 friends traveled into the Tarkine to stay at Tiger Ridge base camp as part of the Tarkine Rainforest Walk four day experience. Our guides Dan and Mic were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. We were treated to excellent food and drinks in the magical surrounds of this pristine and very precious part of the world. Our delicious evening sun-downers and meals were served around the warmth and glow of a glass enclosed pot belly fire surrounded and overlooking the ancient trees and ferns. The guided walks into the forest were an immersion into beauty, tranquility and the wonder of nature. What a privilege to be able to live in this virtually untouched landscape in such comfort.
Highly recommended for all nature lovers.