Tasmanian Walking Company acknowledge the palawa and pakana as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we stand and waters of the lutruwita. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We are proudly Tasmanian and have been walking for over 35 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.
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 (now known as Tasmanian Walking Company) was offered the unique privilege of undertaking this project. In 1987 we constructed four private huts. In 1997 we built our fifth hut. All of 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 35 years.
The Bay of Fires Signature Walk was developed in 1999. The private eco-lodge on this walk 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 Signature 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 had the incredible privilege to become the first and only guided walking company authorised by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service to offer the full Three Capes Track experience, staying each night inside the national park in our architecturally designed eco-lodges.
Moving further forward, Tasmanian Walking Company now operates over 16 walking itineraries across Tasmania and mainland Australia, working alongside our partners Australian Walking Company to deliver world-class walks in some of Australia's most breathtaking landscapes.
Our signature walks at Bay of Fires and Cradle Mountain, as well our long weekend walk on Bruny Island are proud members of the Great Walks of Tasmania. Our Cradle Mountain Signature Walk, Bay of Fires Signature Walk, Three Capes Signature Walk and Twelve Apostles Signature Walks are also members of the Great Walks of Australia. These two groups represent a number of the best walking experiences in Australia.
We also have a longstanding partnership with Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, working together to deliver world-class walking experiences in Tasmania's National Parks
In August 2023, we reached Green Travel Leader certification from Ecotourism Australia, meaning that we have been an ECO certified tourism operator for over 10 years. This joins our other accreditations as a certified ecotourism operator as listed below.
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
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.
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.
Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2022
We are very proud to have taken out gold at the 2022 Tasmanian Tourism Awards in the Ecotourism category, as well as being a finalist for the Chair of Judges' Award for Positive Impact Tourism.
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.
Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2021
In 2021, after the challenges of a COVID-19, we were honoured to receive the gold in Tasmanian Tourism Awards in Ecotourism. Our guides, reservations and operations teams have worked incredibly hard to deliver new protocols to ensure safety for all while maintaining our high guiding and service standards.
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.
Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2015
In 2015 we won three golds Tasmanian Tourism Awards - Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism and QANTAS award for Excellence in Sustainability.
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 Leave No Trace.
We are proud to have achieved our Advanced Eco Accreditation in 2013. and Green Travel Leader Certification in 2023.