TARKINE FORESTS – PHILOSOPHERS FALLS – WHYTE RIVER
Walk grade: 7kms total walking for the day. Walk 1: 1.5 – 2 hours with breaks. Grade: Easy to Moderate Walk 4kms. Walk 2: 1-2 hour walk. Grade Easy. 3kms. Moderate to Good level of fitness required.
Walk itinerary: This morning be met by your guides at 7.30am in the foyer of the Grand Chancellor Launceston. From here we head west past Cradle Mountain to the edge of the Tarkine where our adventure begins. Today’s walking takes us into “The Heart of the Tarkine” Region. We will stop en-route at the quaint township of Waratah with its waterfall in the middle of town! Our walks today take us into the stunning rainforest regions of the Tarkine. We begin with a stunning walk to the beautiful Philosopher’s Falls, a fantastic walk through magnificent tall myrtle rainforest with magical views through the forest to the Arthur River. Afterwards we head to the pretty Whyte River to explore the rainforests. This walk features the best examples of Huon Pine and Myrtle in the whole of the Tarkine. Our walk takes us upstream along the bank of the breathtaking Pieman River through rainforest to the Whyte River.
Afterwards we head to our accommodation for the next 2 nights at the charming Corinna Wilderness Resort. Corinna was once a historical gold mining settlement in the 1800’s and as such this remote Resort still has some of the historical buildings of this era. Our guests will stay in the best accommodation in the township in newly built 1 bedroom cottages.
Tonight enjoy dinner in the Resort’s Tannin Restaurant featuring local produce served with Tasmanian wine or beer.
A wonderful end to our day’s adventures.
PRIVATE BOAT TRANSFER: PIEMAN RIVER – TARKINE COAST TRACK
Walk grade: 6 hour walking. 8-10kms. Good level of fitness required. Mainly flat walking no inclines. Grade: Moderate.
Walk itinerary: After breakfast we join our private boat transfer down the pristine Pieman River to enjoy a truly personal experience with river and rainforest. This pristine river is engulfed by stunning rainforest with mirror like reflections at every turn. Our boat transfer drops us off at the edge of the forest, where the river spills into the sea. From here we head north to the coastline to do a section of the ‘Tarkine Coast Track’. This Coastline is one of the world’s wildest and most spectacular stretches of coastline. Looking out to sea, you would need to travel 2/3 of the entire globe before you reached land again in South America. Like nothing you have ever seen, marvel at the huge surf driven by the roaring 40s, coastal meadows and rocky headlands. Sea eagles, Tasmania devils, wombats and seabirds all make this wild coastline their home.
Late afternoon we return to our accommodation at the Corinna Wilderness Lodge for a relaxing dinner in the Tannin Restaurant and to chat about today’s adventures.
MT MURCHISON OR EASIER OPTION OF MONTEZUMA FALLS
Main Walk grade: 4- 4.5 hours walking. 3kms. Grade: Difficult. Steep inclined mountain walking. Some rock scrambling over boulders to summit. Excellent level of fitness required. Amazing views from the top
Easier Walk option grade: 3 -4 hours walk. 8kms. Grade: Easy. Mostly flat walking. Moderate to Good Level of Fitness Required.
Main Walk Itinerary: After breakfast we farewell Corinna and cross the Pieman River by the famous ‘Fatman’ barge. We head south east into the ‘West Coast Wild Country’ region of the Tarkine, a land of ancient conifers, towering peaks, glacial lakes and dramatic mountains. Our walk today is to the spectacular Mt Murchison which has been described as one of the best day walks in the whole of Tasmania. Our drive to the start of the trail takes us half way up the mountain. We depart our vehicle and join the trail which leads us through the rainforest as we head along the ridgeline eventually reaching alpine vegetation. To reach the summit, some rock scrambling will be required. Once at the top the views are spectacular and vast with vistas across the Tarkine, Meredith Range, Mt Ossa, Cradle Mountain and all the way to the coast. You’ll also enjoy beautiful views from the ridge of the summit back towards the Murchison glacial valley to Shaded Lake.
Easier Walk Itinerary: For those not up to the challenge of Mount Murchinson – an optional easier walk to beautiful Montezuma Falls one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania. Walk through the rainforest and the track takes you right to the base of the falls.
After our walks the group join back together and we make the journey back to Launceston arriving at approximately 6.45pm.
Note: When there are 8 or more passengers on tour, we have two guides offering a choice of two walking options – our main walk and an easier walking option. Tours with 7 or less people will only have 1 guide and therefore only one option will be available. Please feel free to check with our office when booking.
INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP
Your 3 day walking holiday includes:
Corinna Wilderness Resort
For two nights stay at the iconic Corinna Wilderness Resort. All guests will stay in newly built one bedroom cottages with ensuites. Each cottage has been built with a rustic exterior in keeping with the gold mining town that once thrived in this location. Whilst the interiors of each cottage are modern and warm with cosy fires, ensuites and individual verandahs where you can sit back and soak up the scenery and atmosphere.
Superb Restaurant meals served with Tasmania wines
Enjoy wonderful dinners in the Corinna Wilderness Resort’s Restaurant Tannin each evening. The restaurant features locally sourced produce including Cape Rim Beef, Black Ridge Pork and Strahan Salmon. Meals are perfectly matched Tasmanian wines or beers all included in the cost of your walk!
NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP
- Transport to the start of the trip in Launceston
- any optional tours and activities during free time
- tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.