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Tasmanian Walking Company

Launceston, Australia
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About Tasmanian Walking Company
We offer five uniquely Tasmanian, fully guided, multi day walking experiences. Staying in comfortable accommodation each evening you will wake up refreshed and ready for another day in the wilderness. We offer the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Wineglass Bay Sail Walk, Bruny Island Long Weekend and Three Capes Lodge Walk.
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Mark R wrote a review June 2022
Sydney, Australia42 contributions39 helpful votes
This is a detailed review of the Overland Track walk guided by the Tasmanian Walking Company. Overall this is a surprisingly good experience which does come at a price. The way it is established means that it will never be a "value for money" option which is why my rating is reduced to 4 stars. You should read on to gain a better understanding if this walk is for you. The nature of the walk. The Overland Track is a moderate 6 day hike for regular bushwalkers. Being fit is useful but you need to be mentally fit to face some of the possible adverse weather events that may hit you. You also need to be bushwalking fit which means that your body is able to stay moving continuously for around 8 hours, watching your steps very carefully. You will also be carrying a 10kg pack. The track is now in much better condition but you will still be walking 10% of the time in ankle deep water and mud. There are some very long sections where the tree roots require a deal of care as they are very slippery. Finally, regardless of the season expect to be walking in the rain or snow for a reasonable portion of your walk - it is the Tasmanian south-west. Which means that you will not see about half of the wonderful scenes you have found on the web. However, go with the right expectations and you can expect to enjoy the challenge of being in a remote and beautiful part of the world. The guides. TWC provides two guides for the journey. Their job is to keep you safe, to cook your meals and to provide a commentary on the track and the natural environment. Our couple were very fit and tough and I felt comfortable with their oversight. Their cooking was excellent and between them there was a good knowledge of the environment about us. I can only commend TWC in finding and supporting such fine bushwalking leaders. The huts. Six rooms, mostly upstairs that will sleep two on comfortable foam mattresses. Then there is a large kitchen/lounge area that is heated with a gas fire. Here you can sit back after your walk and hot shower (everyone is timed) and enjoy a nice wine and some cheese. Given that you are in the middle of wilderness it is very comfortable. And there are effective drying rooms. Essential after you arrive sodden from the day's walking. This is one of the big differences between this and the public hut system. Our last hut had almost run out of power when we arrived. Rather than a downer this offered us the opportunity to use candlelight for dinner and games afterward. Delightful. The food. All perishable food must be carried in by the guides, so after day 2 protein becomes scarce. However, our guides catered very well. The freshly baked morning bread and fruit loaf was superb. I believe that everyone on my trip found the cooking very satisfying. They even provided very nice desserts. A comparison to NZ walking huts. In order to help people making choices I am providing this short summary of the differences between this walk and popular NZ lodge walks like the Milford Track. If you are comparing you will immediately notice that NZ walks are around half the price of this walk. Food will be better and you will likely see more. The tracks are in much better condition and are an easier walk. However, you will be part of a much larger group, up to 50 people and the feeling of wilderness whilst present is not as overwhelming as the Overland Track. If you want to tick off a bucket list item I would recommend the NZ option. If you are an avid adventurer then do both! Summary The choices that TWC has made in setting up this walk (eg small group size) have increased the cost of this walk making it relatively expensive. However, for those for whom it would be unwise to carry a heavy pack it is the only option. Personally, I was glad that I made the investment.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Meagan S wrote a review May 2022
Brisbane, Australia136 contributions51 helpful votes
What a fabulous four day walk. We were incredibly impressed with our guides Bec, Dan and Fen. All who held different knowledge about the area, flora and fauna. They were easy to talk with, open to questions and incredibly passionate about the beauty of the area and Tassie in general. Particularly impressed with the food, it was gourmet presented like a restaurant, locally sourced, prepared by our guides and overall just amazing, the accommodation comfortable and the walk enjoyable. The scenery is stunning at every turn. I would definitely recommend this company and this walk.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Anne M wrote a review May 2022
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Recently did 5 day/6 night Overland Track. Overall the trip was a positive experience - guides were young but well informed, attentive and organised. Food good pretty good, but the wine was limited each day. Poor maintenance of the huts -the gas heaters in some rooms weren't functional , and had not worked for many weeks. While I understand the remote location poses operational challenges - these things are the reason people opt for a travel co. and don't opt for a self-guided walk. For the price - it should be a priority !
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Date of experience: May 2022
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ValiDated Steve wrote a review Mar 2022
Australia257 contributions62 helpful votes
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High grade glamping on the Overland Track. It’s a seven day guided walk of light to medium grade, superb landscapes, challenging, exhilarating in places, always surprising, really well catered in superb private huts with hot water, cosy bunk rooms, fresh baked bread every morning and great wine every evening. I loved the classic Australian high country bush, peat bogs, glacial lakes, and Gondwana remnant rainforest. The guiding was a little inexperienced. And some of our party thought the quality of the food and accommodation didn’t match the advertising. It’s certainly very expensive. But I loved it.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Sue M wrote a review Jan 2022
Adelaide, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
The Overland Track, done through Tas Walking Co, is a great experience. However, I'd suggest anyone attempting it gets very fit and does 7 to 10k walks over rough ground carrying 8-10kg back pack twice a week for at least 3 months prior. This is NOT a trip for the unfit/overweight/infirm in any way! The Company understates the level of difficulty in its info. They also stipulate boots - this is nonsense. Good, comfortable walking shoes are just fine. One person on our tour got terrible blisters from her boots, so did the last 3 days wearing my slip-on Sketchers. They also list gaiters - we didn't need them at all, neither did we need gloves (although it was hot on our trip), so they were just extra weight in our backpacks. The accommodation is comfortable, the guides excellent and the food more than adequate. If the forecast is for over 25C, pack bathers. The swim stops are a must. I also took a tiny umbrella which was a life-saver walking in the hot sun, and also good for a steamy rainy day as I didn't have to keep stopping to put on/take off a rain jacket. Overall a fabulous trip but once was enough.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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