Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be any electricity?

While there is no electricity in the tents you will be accommodated in, we do have a small power board connected to our generator (providing electricity to our long hut), that is available on request. Our generator is usually only switched on in the late afternoon/evening, and you'll need to ensure you have the appropriate charging cables with Australian plugs.


Will I be able to get any mobile phone reception?

We do know that Telstra has a small amount of phone reception at our base camp, which will provide enough coverage for making and receiving calls - but can't advise on any other phone providers. We encourage switching off your phone for the duration of the trip to forget about the modern world. Our guides have satellite phones in case of any emergency.


What should I expect for food - will there be snacks?

We will look after your main meals during the journey - excluding breakfast on day one, and dinner on day four. We provide scroggin and a selection of muesli bars for snacks during the walks. You are welcome to bring additional snacks, but we request that you ensure any rubbish is taken out of the rainforest with you.


Do I need to bring water, or is it provided?

All water up at the base camp is rain water, which we have plenty of. We request that you bring your own water bottle and/or bladder, with a capacity of 1-2 litres per person. You can then refill at the base camp when needed.


What’s the situation with mosquitos, leeches and other bugs?

There are definitely mosquitos, leeches and a number of other insects in the Tarkine, and these are unavoidable as we will be walking through their home.

Our guides carry insect repellent and we recommend guests to carry their own, too. We also recommend that guests tuck their pants into their socks in order to help prevent leeches and other insects from biting them. Our guides carry first aid kits which will help with any bites, stings, and/or reactions guests might incur. 


Is the bathroom easily accessible at night?

The bathroom is accessible via our the main camp pathway at night (although you will need your torch!) 

The tents vary in distance from the facilities - a one minute to five minute walk away. If you have any concerns or special needs, please let our staff know so we can organise for you to be in closest tent.


Can I bring my own natural body wash, shampoo and body deodorant?

We provide environmentally friendly soap and shampoo at our Japanese style wash room, so there is no need to bring your own. Natural deodorant is great if you have some.

There are many natural deodorants on the market these days; our staff have used and can recommend Biologika, Body Crystal and No Pong if this is something of interest.


Can I borrow or hire items from you for the trip?

Absolutely! Download our gear checklist to see what is available for hire, and the associated cost.


Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

You have the choice of bringing your own sleeping bag, or hiring a sleeping bag from us.  Download our gear checklist for more information.


What kind of walking boots should I bring?


 

We recommend waterproof walking shoes with ankle support, either medium to high cut. This also helps prevent your socks from getting wet. Ankle support is important as you will be walking across uneven ground.

If you are purchasing new boots for this trip (or maybe your current pair hasn't had much use), we recommend wearing your new shoes as much as you can before your trip departs. This will give them time to wear in, which helps prevent blisters and general soreness.


Should I bring a spare pair of shoes?

We highly recommend bringing a spare pair of either runners (sneakers), enclosed sandals, or hiking shoes. The takayna/Tarkine can be a very wet environment, so it can be nice to let one pair of shoes dry by the fire, while wearing the other pair. It may also help minimise blisters and uncomfortableness.


Do we have to carry and pitch our own tents?

Not at all - our day walks extend out from our base camp, where you'll return every afternoon to your large, safari-style tents - complete with bed frame and mattress!


How big does my backpack have to be for the trip?


 

Your pack will need to be large enough to carry the 8-12kg of gear we ask you to bring in our Gear Checklist, and we highly recommend including a waterproof liner. 

If you are hiring additional items - these will need to fit in, too! The packs we use are a minimum of 70L, and sized to suit your height.  If you don't have a big enough backpack, and are unable to borrow one, you can hire one from us when you book. Some fees will apply.


What about my day pack - how big should that be?
 

Your larger backpack will be left in your tent while you're out exploring the takayna/Tarkine, so you only need a small day pack to take walking with you. 

You'll need to be able to carry your water bottle and/or bladder, wet weather gear, some snacks (that we'll provide), a hat, sunscreen, and any personal items you would like to take on the walk - e.g. your camera, medication, etc. 


If I hire a backpack, when do I pack it?

 

Depending on the weather, you'll have the opportunity to pack your backpack just after lunch, or when you arrive at the final destination (before you walk up to basecamp). 

This means you'll need to bring all your items in your own bag or suitcase, packed so your items are ready to transfer into the backpack. Your own bag should still be packed for travel though, with any delicate items secured to ensure they are protected - it is a bumpy journey in!


What happens to the belongings I don't want to bring to base camp?

You'll have the option to leave your gear in our locked vehicle/trailer for the duration of the trip, however we recommend you take all valuable items with you. 

If you are staying at the same accommodation provider before and after your journey, it is worth asking if they will allow you to leave a small bag on the premises, which may save you some time.


Can I wash my clothes on this trip?

There are no clothes washing facilities on this trip; we recommend you bring enough clothes to last the entire trip without needing to wash them. 


I'm not great with heights. Will that be a problem?

There are no tall mountains or cliff faces on any of your walks - so there is no need to worry! There is a ridge line which one of our walk runs along, but the track is well away from any sheer drops.

One end of our long hut does reach out into the canopy of trees for a stunning view, but you certainly don't have to walk out to that end!


Is everyone required to provide a medical certificate?

The medical form (sent at time of booking) is a requirement for all guests. It asks a series of questions, and base on your responses you may be required to get your doctor to fill out a section of the form for you.

This form and any required doctor's involvement is with your safety and that of our other guests (and our guides) in mind. The takayna/Tarkine region is very remote, and we want to ensure you have the best possible time there.


When do I need to arrive in Launceston?

We will pick you up between 8 and 8.30am on the morning of Day 1 -- so we recommend you stay in the Launceston CBD area at least for the night prior to your pick up.


What time do we depart and return?
 

On Day 1 we'll pick you up in the Launceston city area between 8 and 8.30am, with the drop off time on Day 4 usually between 5 and 6pm.

If you're looking to book your flight out, we recommend not booking anything that departs before 8pm on Day 4 (preferably stay the night in Launceston on Day 4), in case there are any delays on the road. 


Do you recommend any hostels / hotels?

Yes! Innkeepers Tasmania offer a variety of quality accommodation options perfect for your stay in Tasmania. Please ensure you book a location in the Launceston CBD area so we can pick you up on Day 1. 

Visit innkeeper.com.au for more information.


What's the weather like in the takayna/ Tarkine region?

 

Great question. You'll be walking through a temperate rainforest - so there's a very high chance you'll experience rain at some stage during your journey. You might think this would dampen the mood (mind the pun), it actually can be incredible beautiful as it filters through the canopy of trees above.

In terms of temperature, it's usually a very pleasant temperature (not too warm but not too cold), however we recommend preparing for all types of weather as Tasmania really does experience 'four seasons in one day'. Our Gear Checklist covers what you'll need.


What's the best time of year to visit the takayna/Tarkine region?

February tends to be the driest and warmest month, but being a rainforest you should expect rain at any time of the year.

Spring (October-November) and Autumn (March-April) are also lovely times to visit as all the brightly coloured fungi are out in force!


How many other guests will be on the trip?

We take a maximum of 12 guests on each departure, allowing our guides to ensure you have the best possible experience.


How many nights / days is it?

The walk is 4 days, 3 nights in total. 


More questions?

Simply drop us a line! We'd be happy to help.