Tarkine Walking Tour

$3,149 AUD


6 days

Tour Type



$3,149 Twin Share

Physical Rating
Moderate to challenging
Tour Distance
Approx 54km
Group size
Min 4, Max 12


A step back in time to a warmer clime when rainforests covered the land, Tasmania's takayna/Tarkine region is absolutely awe-inspiring. The dense, ancient rainforests blanket rugged mountain crags that plummet to steep valleys with small wild rivers winding through beneath. We will have ample chance to experience this and more on this six day small-group walking tour ex Launceston. Begin with a welcome dinner and day at leisure in Launceston, and then put your best foot forward as you journey into takayna/the Tarkine. Take in incredible views, hop on a boat to cruise the Pieman River, and explore the rugged coastline where wild winds and waves meet ancient rock formations. You'll also learn about the local flora and fauna, as well as history of human habitation, from ancient Tasmanian Aboriginal culture to recent European settlement. Package includes five nights quality hotel accommodation, all meals during the walking tour, boat cruise on the Pieman, national park fees, and return transfers from Launceston.

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Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to your hotel for a check-in any time after 2pm.

Meet in the lobby of the hotel at 6pm for a tour briefing followed by a 7pm welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor or Best Western, Launceston (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Day 1 - Arrival day with Welcome Dinner

Today your holiday begins! We will depart the Hotel Grand Chancellor quite early and drive for about an hour, via the lovely Mersey Valley to Mole Creek, where we will warm-up with a short, easy walk (1.6km, class 2) to a lookout 200m above the Mersey River valley, with a spectacular view of tulampanga (Alum Cliffs).?After morning tea, we will continue the drive (2-2.5 hours) along scenic, winding roads through the awe-inspiring Tasmanian forests to the old silver-mining and hydro town of Tullah. There we will emabark on an interesting walk in the area depending on group size and ability.?Our end point for the day is at Tullah Lakeside Lodge, where we can relax in well-appointed rooms or take a short stroll around the lake before heading to the in-house restaurant Lakeside Bar and Grill for a well-earned meal.

Accommodation: Room - Tullah Lakeside Lodge, Tullah (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Southern takayna/Tarkine and Meredith Range: Launceston to Tullah, via Mole Creek
Today we drive to the remote historic mining town of Corinna via Zeehan (3 hours total), aiming to arrive in the early afternoon to allow time for some short walks in the area. The drive includes sealed and unsealed roads and a barge river-crossing at the end!On the way, just out of Tullah, we will stop and walk to Montezuma Falls (11.5km return, class 2). This easy, mostly flat walk follows a former tramway through wet, steep, thickly forested west coast country to one of the highest falls (104m) in Tasmania, and to a bridge that offers great views back to the falls and out to the wild western rainforests.In the evening we'll enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site Tannin restaurant amid the pristine temperate rainforest of takayna.

Accommodation: Cabin - Corinna Wilderness Lodge, Corinna (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Western and central takayna/Tarkine: Tullah to Corinna

Tighten those boots and pack your scroggin, because today is a full day of hiking on easy to challenging terrain, with everything takayna/Tarkine has to offer; stately rivers, old myrtle forest and buttongrass moorlands. The path varies from boardwalk, to uneven wooden steps, and winding, steep dirt trails, so make sure to bring your sense of adventure and determination today! There are various options for walk lengths and sections, including the Whyte River Loop (4.5km, class 2) and the Savage River Return Walk (~5km, class 3).

Dinner is at Tannin Restaurant.

Accommodation: Cabin - Corinna Wilderness Lodge, Corinna (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Exploring the western wilds: full day walking near Corinna

The adventure starts with an early-morning 1.5-hour boat cruise along the Pieman River to the river mouth. After being dropped off at Hardwicke Point on the northern bank, we head north-west 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 north to Sandy Cape, and south back along the just-traversed coastline. Retracing our steps to Hardwicke Point (approx. 11km return), we re-embark the boat for a leisurely cruise back to Corinna.

Occasionally high seas and strong westerlies prevent landing at Hardwicke Point - don't worry, as there is a fabulous alternative walk south through coastal heathland to Conical Rocks (approx. 14km return).

Dinner at Tannin Restaurant.

*Please note that the activities for days 4 and 5 may be swapped, depending on boat availability.

Accommodation: Cabin - Corinna Wilderness Lodge, Corinna (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - The wild west coast: full day walking from Corinna, and boat ride

It is time to say goodbye to the beautiful takayna/Tarkine region as today we depart Corinna to return to Launceston, but not before we fit in one or two more short walks! The first is reached just before the old mining town of Waratah - Philosopher Falls; a short, mostly gentle walk (2.6km return, class 3) through luscious temperate rainforest, with a steep set of steps at the end down to the falls.

After morning tea and a short stop in Waratah, we continue (drive-time 30 minutes) to Hellyer Gorge carpark for a final short walk (600m, class 3) and lunch, before returning to Launceston via Burnie (2.5 hours) and the scenic coast road, with the potential for stops to explore local produce, time-depending.

We say goodbye to you in Launceston, and you can opt to remain for one or more nights, soaking up the laid-back and congenial atmosphere of Launceston, and see the local sights such as Cataract Gorge. Or you may be interested in exploring the Tamar Valley, rich in delicious local produce and interesting attractions.

Generally we arrive back in Launceston between 4-5pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Through the heart of takayna: Corinna to Launceston via Waratah



  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners


  • Hotel (1 night), Lodge (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Pieman river boat transfer to and from Pieman Heads.

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$3,149 AUD
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Important Notes

  • Single Supplement: A single supplement is bookable, subject to availability at the time of booking. Single supplement provides you with your own room but with shared bathroom facilities.
  • 2024 Itinerary changes: If you are travelling with us in 2024 please note that there is one change to the current itinerary. Accommodation on Day 1 will be at Best Western Launceston (instead of Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston).
  • In the event of unforeseeable circumstances that require a modification to the itinerary or accommodation, we will make every effort to provide a suitable alternative.
  • Start & End Times: Trip will begin in Hobart with a group meeting at 6pm, and finishes upon arrival into Hobart on the last day in the late afternoon.
  • Deposit: Trip deposit is $350 payable through the checkout or over the phone.


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About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call or send us an email and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won’t always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour prepared by our guides, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Sometimes we also eat out at restaurants. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, lunch/snacks/fruit for the day. a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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