About Tarkine Trails
Tarkine Trails was established in the early 2000's by a group of like-minded, passionate individuals. As conservationists they wanted to share this special, wild place - to show that the takayna/Tarkine had value beyond logging and mining; that it could be kept intact while also providing an economic value and jobs.
They also sought to educate guests about the issues threatening the region in the hopes of garnering support for its protection. Protecting the takayna/Tarkine has been the core of the Tarkine Trails philosophy and something that has remained unchanged, to this very day.
To understand the Tarkine Trails of today, it's good to know a little about the owner - Greg Irons. Greg is well-known in Tasmania for his passion for wildlife and the environment. Greg started working at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary as a young wildlife keeper and quickly worked his way through the ranks to become manager.
By the age of 25 he had achieved his dream of owning the business, and set about making changes. Not long into the change from Wildlife Park to Wildlife Sanctuary, Greg was invited to the takayna/Tarkine in Tasmania's north west and was absolutely captivated.
Knowing that the Sanctuary could not be successful without Tasmania's ecology also being preserved, when the opportunity arose for him to take over Tarkine Trails in 2009, he readily stepped up.
For Greg, Tarkine Trails is a means to help Tasmania's fragile ecology - to bring attention to the amazing environment we all have at our doorstep, in desperate need of protection.
Tarkine Trails is a wilderness experience with a focus on immersion and education in an isolated landscape. Guests often describe their journeys as life changing and inspiring.
From those behind the scenes to the guides you'll meet, everyone at Tarkine Trails has the same passion for this incredible region.
We work closely with environmental organisations to promote the takayna/Tarkine region and its need for protection. Most recently, we are calling on the government to fund a ten-day walk through the takayna/Tarkine, on par with the Overland Track. This walk has already been privately scoped and surveyed, with result available online through the Bob Brown Foundation.
At Tarkine Trails, we continually strive to minimise the impact of our activities on the fragile environment in which we operate. Stepping into the ancient rainforests of the takayna/Tarkine, guests are encouraged to show respect for their surroundings while enjoying such an incredible wilderness experience.
Several practices are employed to ensure environmental impact is kept to a minimum. The standing camp, composed of large safari-style tents set amongst the rainforest, was architecturally designed to reduce impact on the site.
Our day-to-day operations adopt a long-term, global view: waste minimisation; removal of rubbish after every trip; strict recycling measures; composting of food scraps; the reduction of plastic usage; staying on designated walking paths; and adopting stringent biosecurity practices.
Our menu has even been designed in an environmentally and ethically conscious way - where all our meals are plant based, with the majority of our ingredients sourced locally.
We believe sustainable tourism is key to conserving this unique wilderness, and our guests leave feeling inspired by both the forest and the actions being taken to protect it.