Tasmania wilderness walking holiday in Australia
Description of Tasmania wilderness walking holiday in Australia
This is the ideal walking holiday for travellers interested in making new friends and exploring in the wilderness of Tasmania in the company of experienced local guides. Not only does a small group (max 12 people) cause minimal impact on the environment it also allows opportunities to stay in smaller, locally-owned guesthouses and wilderness lodges.
Walking with someone who knows the environment and what lies on the track ahead instils confidence as well as letting you learn more about what you’re seeing and where you’re walking. There’s no need to worry about getting lost or arriving at your next accommodation after dark. Your guides help to alleviate any anxiety so all you have to do is enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tasmanian wilderness.
On average, you’ll be walking for around five hours a day. Plenty of time will be given to pausing for photos, snacks and to admire the scenery as well as chance animal encounters along the way. It’s not a race to the finish, it’s a holiday. However, you will be active every day and the fitter you are the better. What a great excuse to put in plenty of practise on back-to-back hill walks back home.
The majority of trails are moderate with Mt Field, Lake St Clair and Lake Pedder all providing different terrain to test your limbs and photography skills. Cradle Mountain routes, on the other hand, can be quite challenging. Again, put in some practise before you go. You won’t regret it.
PlanetMinimal impact walking: We lead by example and encourage others to follow. We believe that we are doing our job well when our customers leave a tour having had a fabulous, fun filled holiday but also come away with a broader appreciation of and respect for the natural environment. Ideally they come to walk and leave as ambassadors for the environment. We stay on formed tracks, avoid trampling vegetation, insist that all rubbish is carried out, pick up rubbish left by others. Group sizes on self-guided trips are usually only two. On group guided trips the maximum size is 15 but there are two guides so we can split into smaller parties, limiting our impact.
We plan our walks to utilise toilets wherever possible and if not available, we provide clear instruction on burying waste and carrying out any sanitary items. We view wildlife from a distance and never feed native animals. We do not light fires in the bush and we do not allow people to smoke on walks. Our motto is “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos and a piece of someone else’s rubbish”.
We donate money to the National Parks – these funds are used to assist with regeneration work in the area. We’re fortunate to be based in one of the most spectacular natural regions in the world - the Grampians National Park. Yes, the kangaroos really do hop by the windows! Our office is very energy efficient with its passive solar design, double glazing, rainwater tanks, solar hot water, evaporative cooling, green power and a worm farm for sewerage waste. We are now even producing our own solar power. We adopt a reduce, reuse then recycle policy wherever possible
PeopleWe are a small company, in some areas the guiding is done by Phil and I, the owners of the company and other areas by local guides. All guides undergo our comprehensive training program and this is tailored to each individual’s needs. It covers areas such as safety, first aid, group management, minimal impact techniques, environmental interpretation, cultural considerations.
On our trips we stay in comfortable local accommodation properties with lots of character. Each one has been personally selected by the owners. It could be an historic guesthouse, comfortable B&B, cosy home-stay, seaside cottage, alpine ski lodge, resort hotel, a luxurious Ecolodge or country motel. When we use motels, we look for small, family-run places in attractive locations. Occasionally, remote locations mean that the only accommodation available is simple in nature, such as eco lodges, lighthouse keepers’ cottages and outback cattle stations, but the ones we select have character and ambience that more than compensates for star ratings. Good food is an important aspect of all our trips. Meals are plentiful, nutritious, wholesome and wherever possible offer local ingredients or specialties. No matter which holiday you choose, the accommodation and meals will add an interesting local flavour to your experience.
By staying at our choice of accommodation at Maydeena, in the Mt Field area, helps to support their efforts to provide an exciting habitat that preserves rare platypus. We also encourage our clients to visit the devils cradle, a Tasmanian devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain where they have a captive breeding program and are leading the world research in the Devil facial tumour disease.
Wherever possible we incorporate quality local tourism experiences into our walking holidays. Examples include bush tucker walks with indigenous people, tours of historic lightstation precincts, lake or river cruises, snorkelling with marine biologists etc.
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