Your Walking Tour Guides

Our Cradle Mountain Huts Walk guides are often thought of as our most outstanding asset.  They are passionate, educated, great interpreters and cooks all rolled into one.  Feedback regarding our guides is invariably positive.  The guides will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the Overland Track and the wonders of the World Heritage Area.

In the words of one traveller "...their love of the wilderness was obvious in the gentle way they encouraged us to care for it as much as they did themselves. Their leadership was superb - the trip would always have been memorable, with the extra input by the guides it became fantastic."

 

Andy Szollosi

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

I feel like every time I do a multi day walk, it becomes my new favourite! I’ve done some amazing walks in Tassie besides the Overland Track that included Frenchman’s Cap, Mt Anne and Cathedral Mountain.

Favourite book?

1984 by George Orwell

Favourite Saying / Quote

There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing.

Nickname

Goulash Master (aka Andy)

Recommended travel destination and why?

Walking in the Australian Alps National Park. This park encloses a number of truly amazing mountainous wilderness areas that are worth exploring.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

The place, the people and the stories; and how it’s all tied together with a sense of wild adventure. It is not merely a job; it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle which comes with a healthy and practical philosophy; we look after Nature, and we look after people, for they are both dependant on the other.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track?

The old growth rainforest we get to walk through on day 5. As the track roughly follows the Mersey River, we get to walk in dim light under the tightly woven canopy of the beech myrtles, which,  combined with a sweet moisture in the air creates ideal conditions for a number of ancient species to grow in abundance. The trunks and branches of the trees are covered in bright green moss that creates a pre historic atmosphere, and with it a deep sense of wilderness and solace. There is a deep sense of calm that overtakes you on this section of the track, where your thoughts slow down as your awareness comprehends the vibrancy and uniqueness of the forest.

Where do you hail from?

I was born in Budapest, Hungary.

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

A Hungarian sweet main course called ‘szilvasgomboc’. They are plum dumplings which are boiled then rolled in sweet fried bread crumbs. Sour cream optional as garnish.

Mitch Wilson

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

Moon walk

Favourite book?

Any of Maggie beer's cook books

Favourite Saying / Quote

Turn down for what!

Nickname

Doot

Recommended travel destination and why?

Rio de Janeiro for the football, samba and best caipirinhas

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

The lifestyle and meeting some incredible people while showing them one of my favourite places in the world.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track?

Definitely Pelion gap

Where do you hail from?

Devonport Tasmania

Your favourite dinner dish ever?

Eye fillet steak

Alice Siermicki

Favourite book?

The Field Guide to Tasmanian fungi

Favourite Saying / Quote

"Don't even worry about it!"

Nickname

Bellay

Recommended travel destination and why?

Anywhere as long as there are mountains with snow or beaches with waves! The walls of Jerusalem its vast mountains and stunning lakes draw me back every time.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Getting to call such a beautiful place my office and meeting amazing people along the way.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

Either Pelion Gap or on top of Mt Oakleigh

Where do you hail from?

Birralee, Tasmania

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

Pearl barley salad with wallaby chipolatas

Tom Keith

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

​ Western Arthurs, Tasmania (haven't done much walking overseas....)

Favourite book?

​ The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde​

Favourite Saying / Quote

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward and w​hile some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do…” - Jack Kerouac (Paraphrased ​by Steve Jobs for Apple)

Nickname

​ Tom, Tommo, Keithy

Recommended travel destination and why?

​ Colombia. A little off the beaten track​. Incredibly diverse and vibrant.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

​ Calling the Wilderness World Heritage Area home for 6 days at a time and sharing its importance and beauty​

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

​ Depends on the weather, waterfall valley on a wet day, the mountain peaks on clear days, Fergusson Falls, North Abbotsbury beach at the Bay of Fires? Too much choice...​

Where do you hail from?

​ The outskirts of Launceston​

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

​ Lasagne or Moussaka

Jen Andrew

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

Tassie!!  That’s why I’ve made it my home.  I think I am most in love with the Walls of Jerusalem National Park …or the Western Arthurs in the South West (stunning).

Favourite book?

‘Death of a River Guide’ Richard Flanagan

Favourite Saying / Quote

‘And forget not that the earth delights to feels your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair’. Kahil Gibran.

Recommended travel destination and why?

The Kimberly Western Australia, a stunning, vast, powerful place.  The landscape reveals its geological story in such a raw way, and I find the wet-dry cycle is intriguing.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Working as a guide, I am blessed to spend so much time in precious, amazing natural landscapes, and to help people be enchanted by them.  It feels very special to support people to have an experience that I know to be so rewarding and important - bushwalking and being in nature.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

The Mersey River area, cool temperate rainforest, fungi, tannin stained waterways, swimming, magical!

Where do you hail from?

I grew up in the Yarra Valley Victoria, Hobart is my home.

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

Haloumi salad

Dayna Trevaskis

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

Anywhere in the Himalayas

Favourite book?

Perfume - Patrick Susskind

Favourite Saying / Quote:

'In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.' Baba Dioum - ecologist

Recommended travel destination and why?

India. It's a full-on assault on the senses, with fantastic people. It's got everything I like - full-on cities, epic mountains, great food, chai, and fantastic people with a whacky sense of humour.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Working with awesome people in some of the most spectacular places in Tasmania, and being able to spoil people whilst in a remote area is a highlight of my job. Being able to whip out a batch of scones in the World Heritage Area is always pretty enjoyable.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track?

Mersey River rainforest just below Fergusson Falls

Where do you hail from?

Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?

Tom Yam Soup

Nick Clark

Do you have a nickname?

Jugs

Excluding our amazing itineraries, what is your favourite walk?

Southern Ranges in Tassie, and the Haute Pyrenees in France and Spain.

Favourite book?

Dune

Favourite Saying / Quote

"Children, only animals live entirely in the Here and Now. Only nature knows neither memory nor history. But man - let me offer you a definition - is the storytelling animal. Wherever he goes he wants to leave behind not a chaotic wake, not an empty space, but the comforting marker-buoys and trail-signs of stories." - Graham Swift

Recommended travel destination and why?

Norway and Sweden for their landscapes and Montenegro for the culture (and coffee).

What do you enjoy most about working with the Tasmanian Walking Company?

It's awesome sharing my home with guests from all over the world, and watch as they lose themselves in the wilderness.

What is your favourite dinner?

Nasi Lemak in the backstreets of Kuala Lumpur

Where do you hail from?

The Tamar Valley, Tassie

Ed Croger

What’s your name?

Edward, or Ed for short

Where are you from?

Hobart, but sometimes in live in Melbourne and sometimes in Byron Bay

What's your favourite part of the track?

Pelion Gap, such a special spot with the first views of the spectacular Du Cane Range

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Witnessing a proposal on the top of Mt Ossa - she said yes ;)

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

Studying psychology and becoming a Thai Masseur

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

Binalong Bay beach - a childhood of memories spent holidaying at my grandparents shack their

What's your topTrack fashion tip?

Short shorts, of course!

Sanjay Dhingra

Where are you from?

Launceston, Tasmania.

What's your favourite part of the track?

Hands down my favourite part of the track is the Pelion gap on day 4. You can pretty much see the whole overland track and its part of the track where I feel the most immersed in the wilderness.

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

My favourite memory from the Overland track was having an India vs. Australia cricket match on the helipad at our Kia Ora hut at the end of day 4. The whole group got involved and it was definitely a highlight for all of us. It was a close game, even though I was the only member on the India team.

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

I spend most of spare time playing and studying music.

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania?

My favourite place in Tasmania would have to be the Farmgate Market in Hobart. They close down one of the main streets every Sunday and heaps of local food stalls pop up just for the day. Pretty much everyone I know in Hobart come out for it.

What's your top CMH Track fashion tip?

World expert, Sanjay Dhingra, has recently rated CROCS ‘the world’s greatest hut shoe’. Breathable and waterproof at the same time, there’s really no better option.

Cody McCracken

Favourite book?

The Cloud spotters Guide

Favourite Saying / Quote

The love one receives is equal to the love one gives

Nickname

Crackers or Codes

Recommended travel destination and why?

Central China - Unthinkable landscapes, unknown cultures, undeveloped (for china) and an uncertain future.

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

I love the freedom that this work provides me to escape the insulated world created around us and the opportunity it gives me to ponder, to share, to learn and to be.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

Bof - South Abbotsbury beach at 4pm with a nice swell whipping mist into the air as the low light plays off the dunes. CMH: Day 5 morning catching up with group: Myrtle forest after Du Cane hut, with warm shafts of light piercing the canopy and bathing patches of ground the size of a coffee table.

Where do you hail from?

The "Mainland"

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

A hearty winter stew

William Horan

How long have you been guiding?

Two seasons for Cradle Huts

What do you enjoy about this job?

Building friendships, learning, having a laugh

What is your favourite story?

When I was guiding with my brother Patrick and we convinced a man, Paul, from our group to sleep out under the stars with us. He said that it changed his life.

What's your favourite place on the Overland Track?

Lake Will--the beaches are better than Bay of Fires!

Where are you from?

Temora, NSW

Brenton Wallis

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

I run a small day tour company and am working on a degree in archaeology

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Every time I get to summit a peak

What's your favourite part of the track?

The Pine Forest Moor section

What's your top TWC Track fashion tip?

Shorts in any weather

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania? (Favourite pub/cafe?)

Berta in North Hobart does great breakfasts/brunches

Where are you from?

Originally from the mainland, now an honorary Hobartian.

Matilda Brown

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

Working with fossilised plants at the University of Tasmania and tending to my extensive pot plant collection

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Any lunchtime spent basking in the sunshine like lizards

What's your top TWC fashion tip?

It’s gotta be short shorts and thermals. The brighter the better!

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania? (Favourite pub/cafe?)

The Winston (Hobart), for a big ol’ plate of ribs

Where are you from?

Launceston originally, now living in Hobart

Vito

What do you get up to when you're not working on the track?

I’m a relentless traveller and love being outside, so I am usually off exploring somewhere in the world.

What's your favourite memory from working for TWC?

Again, narrowing it down to one is extremely difficult, but I would generally say all the trips I’ve guided to the spires of Mount Oakleigh. The views north west and the Forth Valley are simply divine, and the journey is an epic ramble through a huge cross section of stunning Tasmanian scenery - from muddy buttongrass plains to an alpine plateau.

What's your favourite part of the track?

I love it all, so it’s very hard to say, but probably the mature yellow gum and stringy bark forest after Du Cane gap. The trees are extremely long lived and the rainforest understory is rich, green and lush. On the right day, after rain, the afternoon light filters through the trees and illuminates the yellow gum trunks creating an astonishing surreal bush experience. The entire park is riddled with magic.

What's your top TWC Track fashion tip?

’m not into fashion, though I’ll say I am the only guide that wears an akubra hat, oddly.

What/where is your favourite place in Tasmania? (Favourite pub/cafe?)

St Helen’s and around the east coast. Beaches, bush coastline, fresh oysters and it has a great second hand bookstore and café. It’s slow and the people are great.

Where are you from?

My family migrated to Australia from Italy after world war II, I grew up in Sydney, I now live in Tasmania.