Map of Hike Tasmania's Tarkine Wilderness including Australia

Hike the Tarkine and see all the highlights in comfort

Discover ancient rainforests, wild rivers and rugged mountain crags plummeting into steep valleys in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine region on a 6-day walking trip. Put your best foot forward as you take in incredible views from Alum Cliffs, Lake Herbert and Mt Donaldson, hop on a boat to cruise the Pieman River, and explore the rugged coastline where wild winds and waves meet ancient rock formations. We take care of everything, from quality hotel accommodation to delicious meals and national park fees.


Start
Launceston, Australia
Finish
Launceston, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PJXT
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine region, the second largest temperate rainforest in the world.

  • There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey.

  • Unplug and unwind with a three-night stay in a remote, rural community that was a booming mining town in the late 1800s. From here, you’re perfectly placed for enjoying the Tarkine’s best hikes.

  • Take a walk along a former tramway through the thickly forested West Coast country to Montezuma Falls, one of the highest falls in Tasmania.

  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage and spiritual connections of Tasmania’s northern landmarks and national parklands as you travel through the takayna/Tarkine region.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in Tasmania.

Itinerary

Welcome to Launceston! Check-in at the hotel any time after 2pm. If you arrive early, the hotel can store your bags while you visit some of Launceston’s local sights such as Cataract Gorge and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. This evening, meet your leader and tour group in the lobby of the hotel at 6pm for a Welcome Meeting followed by dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tullah - Mount Farrell & Lake Herbert trail
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you meet the group at 6pm tonight to begin your tour. Find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ section of your Essential Trip Information.
Today you’ll begin exploring the country’s oldest temperate rainforest, home to unique species that have evolved over hundreds of millions of years and are a living connection to the Gondwana supercontinent. It’s an early start for the drive to Mole Creek and an easy walk to a lookout above the Mersey River valley, with a spectacular view of tulampanga (Alum Cliffs). After morning tea, drive along scenic, winding roads lined with Tasmanian forest to the old silver-mining and hydro town of Tullah. It’s a challenging but rewarding climb through tall forest and buttongrass meadows to Lake Herbert, perched 600m above Lake MacIntosh, with views of Mt Farrell. From here, it’s only a five minute drive to your accommodation. You may like to take a stroll around the lake before tonight’s included dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mersey Valley - Alum Cliffs, Mersey Valley to Mole Creek walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours and today’s walking distance is approximately 8kms.
After a hearty breakfast, drive to the remote mining town of Corinna along sealed and unsealed roads, with a barge river-crossing at the end of the trip. Today you’ll hike to Montezuma Falls, one of the highest falls in Tasmania, and enjoy great views back to the falls and out to the Tarkine’s wild western rainforests. In the evening, tuck into a delicious meal at your hotel's restaurant surrounded by pristine takayna/Tarkine temperate rainforest.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tullah - Montezuma Falls walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3 hours and the walking distance is approximately 11.5kms.
Tighten those boots and get set for adventure, because today is a full day of hiking on easy to challenging terrain, packed with everything this region has to offer. Think stately rivers, old myrtle forest, buttongrass moorlands and more. The path varies from boardwalk to uneven wooden steps, and winding, steep dirt trails, so bring your sense of adventure and determination. Today’s walks will depend on the group’s interests and fitness level, with options ranging from a walk along the Savage River from Corinna to the more challenging return walk to Mt Donaldson summit. After a day spent exploring the region’s trails, join your group for dinner at Tannin Restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Corinna - Savage River & Mt Donaldson summit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance will vary depending on the group with a choice of walks ranging from 5.5kms to 17.5kms.
Start your day with an early morning boat cruise along the Pieman River to the river mouth. After being dropped off at Hardwicke Point, hike through coastal heathland to the sea at Pieman Heads, then continue along the wild and rocky coastline to Rupert Point, where there are sweeping views to Sandy Cape and back along the just-traversed coastline. After walking back to Hardwicke Point, board the boat once more for a leisurely cruise back to Corinna. Occasionally high seas and strong westerlies prevent landing at Hardwicke Point. However, don't worry, as there is a fabulous alternative walk south through coastal heathland to Conical Rocks if the boat can’t run.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Corinna - Rupert Point or Conical Rocks walk
  • Pieman River - Boat to Pieman Heads & return
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is approximately 15kms. Please note that depending on the weather and boat availability, days 4 and 5 may be swapped.
It’s time to say goodbye to the beautiful takayna/Tarkine region but there is still time for another walk or two. The first is near the old mining town of Waratah with a short and mostly gentle walk to Philosopher Falls through temperate rainforest, with the option to walk down to the falls. After morning tea and a short stop in Waratah, continue to another lovely waterfall or local attraction (there are so many to choose from in this region!) for a final short walk before returning to Launceston via the scenic coast road, with the option to stop and sample local produce along the way. On your arrival in Launceston at around 5pm, your walking trip will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Waratah - Philosopher Falls walk
  • Hellyer Gorge State Reserve - Hellyer Gorge walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours and today’s walking distance is approximately 3kms. No accommodation is provided in Launceston this evening. If you wish to spend longer here, please talk to your booking agent who can arrange additional accommodation (dependent on availability).

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

walking, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Tullah - Mount Farrell & Lake Herbert trail
  • Mersey Valley - Alum Cliffs, Mersey Valley to Mole Creek walk
  • Tullah - Montezuma Falls walk
  • Corinna - Savage River & Mt Donaldson summit
  • Corinna - Rupert Point or Conical Rocks walk
  • Pieman River - Boat to Pieman Heads & return
  • Waratah - Philosopher Falls walk
  • Hellyer Gorge State Reserve - Hellyer Gorge walk

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

START & END TIMES
This trip begins in Launceston on day 1 at 6pm and finishes late afternoon on Day 6. Please keep this in mind when arranging your arrival flight.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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