Tasmanian Walking Co

About us

We are proudly Tasmanian and have been walking for over 30 years.  We offer true Australian hospitality.  Our chef designs your meals, our guides connect you, our accommodation comforts and shelters you.  Our history and reputation will be with you every step of the way.

We want to provide you with an outstanding opportunity to step out of everyday life into nature and be revitalised.  To experience a fresh, profound perspective of humanity, the environment and the possibilities they embody.

 

 

 

Our history

In 1985 the Tasmanian Government called for expressions of interest for a commercial operator to develop an “accommodation based” guided walk along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park.  Cradle Mountain Huts Pty Ltd was offered the unique privilege of undertaking this project. In 1987 we constructed four private huts. In 1997 we built our fifth hut. All our huts are subject to stringent environmental guidelines. These huts formed the basis of the six day guided walk which has now been operating successfully for over 30 years.

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk was developed in 1999. The Lodge itself is located on 35 hectares of private land and is surrounded by the Mount William National Park and adjoining the coast.  Built on a restricted footprint among the native casuarinas, the Lodge has been designed to minimise its environmental impact. Consequently it is small scale, sustainable and able to exist autonomously. 

The setting of the Lodge ensures minimal disturbance to the natural features and maximum connection with its surrounds. Shielded from all angles except one, the Lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Tasman Sea.

In 2014 we introduced the Wineglass Bay Sail Walk into our range of walking experiences, staying aboard our luxury ketch Lady Eugenie whilst experiencing some of the best national parks Tasmania has to offer on foot.

In September 2018 Tasmanian Walking Company will departed on the first Three Capes Lodge Walk.   We are  offering the only fully guided experience with private Lodge accommodation within the National Park.

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Partnerships & Accreditations

Tasmanian Walking Company proudly operate the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria.  This 4 day/3 night guided walk takes you along the most inspiring sections of the Great Ocean Walk - finishing at the iconic Twelve Apostles.  Each night you will retreat to your eco-lodge accommodation where a three course dinner prepared by our in house chef awaits.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk are both proud members of the Great Walks of Tasmania.  Our Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and our Three Capes Lodge Walk are also members the Great Walks of Australia. These two groups represent a number of the best walking experiences in Australia. For more information on either group, please click links below.

Commencing in September 2018 Tasmanian Walking Company will operate the only fully guided walk along the full Three Capes Track offering eco-lodge accommodation within the Tasman National Park.  We are very proud of our partnership with Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Certified Great Walks Tas
Certified Great Walks
Certified Eco
2016 Certified Global Sustainable
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We are also very proud to have achieved eco certification for our walks through Ecotourism Australia - Advanced Ecotourism accreditation.

 

 

 

 

Travel Awards

QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards 2017

In February the Australian Tourism Awards were held in Perth. It was an absolute thrill to win Gold in the Ecotourism category for the third year running putting us in the Hall of Fame. “Winning this category brings validation that all our efforts and commitment to running an environmentally responsible operation is heading in the right direction. We are aware that we can always do better as an eco-tourism operator but being awarded in this category is a great honour.

Eco-tourism can sometimes be a bit of an ambiguous term and the boundaries and principles can sometimes be stretched; looking at the other finalists in this division gives an indication of what eco-tourism should be.

For us, it’s about having a respect and passion for the places we’re operating in as well as an awareness that we’re actually reliant on these wilderness areas. Another key aspect is ensuring we are always being socially responsible and eco-aware, something we take very seriously”. Heath Garratt -General Manager TWC

2017 Gold - Australian Tourism Awards - Ecotourism

QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards 2016

Tasmanian Walking Company celebrated its second consecutive win in the Ecotourism Category at the Australian Tourism Awards this year. With our commitment to preserving the environment in which we work, we were humbled to receive this recognition for our work.

2016 Gold - Australian Tourism Awards - Ecotourism

Australian Tourism Awards 2015

We celebrated our first ever National Tourism Award win, receiving Gold in the Ecotourism Category and Silver in Sustainable Tourism.  It was a thrill to receive this recognition for our work in offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the pristine Tasmanian landscapes -  including the Overland Track, Bay of Fires, Tasman National Park, Maria Island and Freycinet Peninsula.

2015 Gold - Australian Tourism Awards - Ecotourism
2015 Silver - Australian Tourism Awards - Sustainable Tourism

Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2016

We were thrilled to take out a gold and silver in the 2016 Tasmanian Tourism Awards in Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism.

In the 2015 we won three golds Tasmanian Tourism Awards -  Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism and QANTAS award for Excellence in Sustainability.  We work really hard to continually improve our walking products and our focus on environmentally friendly and ethical travel. 

To be recognised as leaders within Tasmania’s fabulous tourism industry is incredibly exciting.

Winner Ecotourism 2016 Reversed
Silver Adventure Tourism 2016 Reversed

Over the years we have also won a number of other awards - most recently:

Winner Excellence In Sustainable Tourism 2015 Reversed
Winner Adventure Tourism 2015 Reversed
Winner Excellence In Sustainable Tourism 2015 Reversed
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Litya Spirit Of Spa Best Litya Eco Spa

Sustainable Travel

We take sustainable travel seriously and strive to incorporate sustainable travel practices into all aspects of our business.

We follow best practice track guidelines on our walks.  We follow designated trails and remove all waste from our huts, camps and lodge and recycle wherever possible. We ensure our guidelines are up-to-date by working closely with the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service.

When it comes to best environmental practice we are seen as leaders within our industry. We continually monitor current best practice to ensure we are keeping up to date.

We encourage our guests to become engaged with the natural surroundings. This leads to a strong sense of ownership and custodianship of our wild places. 

For more details on sustainable bushwalking please visit http://www.lnt.org.au/documents/private/green-guide-to-bushwalking.pdf

We are proud to have achieved our Advanced Eco Accreditation in 2013.