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 oustanding 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 nearly 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 2016 Tasmanian Walking Company was successful in securing the right the build and operate the only private lodge accommodation along the Three Capes Track, within the Tasman National Park.  Our Three Capes Lodge Walk will begin operating late 2017.

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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 & the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk are both proud members of the Great Walks of Tasmania and, more recently, 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.

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Certified Great Walks Tas
Certified Great Walks
Certified Eco
2016 Certified Global Sustainable

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 2016

We recently celebrated our second national award win at the QANTAS Australian tourism Awards 2016 held in Darwin.

TWC won gold for Ecotourism for the second consecutive year which was very exciting.

With our commitment to preserving the environments in which we work, we were humbled to receive this recognition for our work. 

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Australian Tourism Awards 2015

We recently celebrated our first ever national award wins at the QANTAS Australian tourism Awards 2015 held in Melbourne.

TWC won gold for Ecotourism and silver for the QANTAS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.

With our commitment to preserving the environments in which we work, we were humbled to receive this recognition for our work in offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the pristine Tasmanian landscapes in the northern and southern regions of the state.

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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.

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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.