About Us

TARKINE TRAILS

Tarkine Trails was established in 2002 by a group of like-minded, passionate individuals, with a focus to provide exposure from the threats to the Tarkine region through tourism. From here the company has evolved to provide multiple unique deep immersion walking experiences, both within the Tarkine’s vast rainforest areas and along its wild coastline.

 

Tarkine Trails is now proudly part of the Trek Tours Australia family, continuing the legacy of offering truly unique and genuine takayna / Tarkine experiences.


Tarkine Trails

 

We feel privileged to continue the important work set by the founders and more recently through Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Protecting the takayna/Tarkine for future generations is our core philosophy. This has remained unchanged, to this very day and has been the driving force and bond for those individuals involved with Tarkine Trails from inception.

 

Tarkine Trails is here to get it right. We are proud to be an ambassador for business, community and the environment. This is what we believe ecotourism should be for anyone with the privilege to operate in an incredible natural environment such as takayna. Tarkine Trails believes that working collaboratively with the north west community and industry will create the strongest outcome for a positive future.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Responsible travel is the very core of our business. Tarkine Trails aims to be at the forefront of this movement and will always continue to improve and innovate in our commitment to the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism. Working together with our guests, suppliers, government and indigenous stakeholders – it is our goal to continuously monitor and improve our performance and to ultimately be regarded as one of the best tour operators in Tasmania.

 

All our operations and business practices embody ecotourism principles. Every decision and action of ours takes these principles into account.

 

Tarkine Trails:

 

• is conscious of both the positive and the negative impacts of our operations and conduct;

• has a responsibility to build awareness around cultural and ecological values;

• delivers positive Tasmanian visitor experiences;

• provides direct benefits for conservation;

• generates financial benefits for local communities and private local industry;

• operates a leave-no-trace and minimal impact business; and

• recognises, respects and consults with the traditional owners of takayna.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The preservation, conservation and presentation of takayna / Tarkine  is of principal importance to Tarkine Trails. We consider it a privilege to operate in this unique place.

 

Tarkine Trail’s environmental objectives are:

 

Ensure compliance with all Tasmanian environmental legislation and our tour operator permits.

Comply with all Tasmanian National Park and Reserves Area Management Plan requirements, standards and guidelines.

Exceed Australian Outdoor Activity Standards.

Identify and minimise all possible environmental risks associated with the operation of our treks.

Ensure there is no long term environmental impact from our operations.

Contribute to the conservation management objectives of our partners at the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and associated partners.

Use interpretation as a means of increasing our guests’ environmental awareness.

Ensure there is no long term cultural impact from the operation of any of our tours in the Tarkine.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience and adaptation to climate change.

MEET OUR TEAM

Clare Drabsch

Operations Manager

Inspired by trips through the Kimberley and Kakadu, Clare decided to turn her love of the outdoors into her lifestyle. Studying a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in Cairns, Clare spent several years working with school students on outdoor adventures and then 7 years ago began guiding with Trek Tours Australia. Her guiding career has taken her to the Larapinta Trail, Heysen Trail, Kangaroo Island, Jatbula Trail, Kakadu, Bungle Bungle & Tasmania.

 

Clare then spent two years as our Guest Services Manager and in 2019 moved into the busy and exciting role of Australian Operations Manager. She is looking forward to the new challenge and spending time in all the amazing locations around Australia where we offer treks.

Nick Scharm

General Manager

General Manager Nick Scharm grew up exploring the landscapes and cultures of Africa and Europe, until graduating from the Windhoek International School in Namibia, Africa. Travelling, exploration and trekking was imprinted from a young age. Nick moved to the mother country, Australia, to take up studies in ecotourism and landed his first guiding jobs in south east and far north Queensland. After spending 3 weeks trekking through the Tasmanian mountains, Nick fell in love with the island state and eventually made the permanent move from Broome to Launceston, which he now calls home with his small family.

 

Nick has been in the tourism and trekking industry for 20 years and holds a BA and MA in Ecotourism Development. Nick has filled senior guiding and management roles with a variety of national and international travel companies. Nick’s passion for delivering a genuine wilderness experience is underpinned with his personal ethos of “getting back to nature where things matter”.

Holger Strie

Managing Director

Managing Director of Tarkine Trails, Holger was born in Germany and was lucky enough to move to Tasmania with his family at the age of 2. Growing up in the beautiful Tamar Valley, North of Launceston he was introduced to the Tassie wilderness at a very early age. The Tassie wilderness is a place he feels very strongly about and is where this modern day bushman really feels at home.

 

His passion and knowledge about the wild areas of Australia has seen him become one of the most trusted and respected wilderness guides in Australia. Having spent the past 15 years leading trips in wilderness areas in Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia he has built an impressive portfolio of treks and a legion of satisfied trekking clients (with an impressive television career featuring on Channel 9’s Getaway 3 times, Japanese wildlife documentaries and numerous local TV productions).

 

Holger specialises in our remote walking trips in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia. With unsurpassed local knowledge coupled with a Certificate IV in Eco Adventure Tourism and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Holger is an outstanding professional wilderness guide, with a passion and commitment to customer service that is truly world class.

Nic Edwards

Finance Manager

Nic graduated with a degree in commerce from University of Tasmania. Working for a local chartered accounting firm in Launceston for a number of years he then had a merger with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which saw him working for a big4 accounting firm. After ten years Nic branched out setting up his own business serving local niche businesses.

 

Growing up in an avid bushwalking family, Nic has seen much of his home state Tasmania and all it has to offer. Spare time these days involves spending time with family or running, mountain biking and being outdoors.

Kellie O’Brien

Guest Services

After exploring many parts of the wider world, Kellie, has begun to discover
the rich beauty and adventure possible within her own country, Australia.
After working with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, on a tour boat cruising
through the waterways of the remote Kimberley, working for many years in the
stunning Byron Shire and now based in Tasmania, she has developed an
appreciation for this country’s unique wilderness experiences. Kel wanted to
find ways to use her studies and experience in tourism to work with and
support this beautiful environment. Kellie was searching for a company that
supported her values in sustainable and responsible ecotourism that supports
the appreciation and conservation of Australia’s diverse and spectacular
landscapes.

 

Kellie now joins us in the role as Trek Tours Australia’s Guest Services
Manager, where she is looking forward to another new and exciting adventure.
Kel will be coordinating your next trekking adventure and will look after
your booking experience from start to finish.

Advanced Eco-Tourism Accreditation
Accredited Tourism Business Australia
Respecting Our Culture