Wilderness Expeditions

Wilderness Expeditions (Pty Ltd) offer a range guided walking tours and provide professional support for private expeditions exploring the national parks of Tasmania. Other services include transport charters, retail sales  and we also maintain a comprehensive hire equipment stable.

Wilderness Expeditions is a locally owned private company founded in 2007, an association between several long-standing guides and industry professionals. We initially filled a niche for six day itineraries on the Overland Track and pioneering winter snowshoe treks to several locations.We have since expanded services into other parks and with other options, most recently (since 2013) adding ‘self-guided’ possibilities for popular tracks.

Our Guided Tours

We offer a comprehensive service allowing you to just focus on making the most your time. Experienced guides, modern light-weight gear and wholesome meals as well as meticulous planning and support. These are by far the easiest/lightest possible option for well-trodden popular walks but also make access to more remote locations much simpler in the planning, enjoying the holiday without the additional effort and time.

Our Tour Leaders

Tour Leaders (guides) are the mainstay or our operations and will be the staff most directly involved in your particular tour. They are chosen for their ability to provide a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable experience. As well as having a solid base of outdoor skills and an affinity with Tasmania’s natural environment, we look for those who demonstrate an empathy with people from all walks of life.

Guides come from a variety of backgrounds; some have many years, even decades of local knowledge. Some have specialist skills related to a more specific aspect of the environment, often tertiary qualifications in various natural sciences. Others have direct experience from working elsewhere in guiding operations or for the park service (with current and former staff also employed as track rangers on some walks).  Above all, as you could probably imagine, our guides invariably have a love for wild Tasmania and like nothing better than spending time with like-minded people.

Testimonials

Overland Track will have you trek over land, forest and mountains

I recently got back from a 6 day hike with our guides Ben and Blair and the whole experience was fantastic.

The track is extremely well developed with certain camps that we stopped at, so the pace is well defined and easy to map out; the website does a good job in describing the route. The journey itself was relatively mild, with the first day being the most difficult.

Ben, Blair and Paul did their best to make sure everyone was taken care of. They had good equipment that you could borrow for the track which came in handy as I came with very little!

The overall experience was great and the guys did their best to cater to everyone, even when the skies opened and it rained on us for hours and hours on end; they still had smiles, jokes and they were more than willing to make some much needed hot beverages!

I highly recommend the Overland Track and if you're looking for a tour guide, look no further

Domar, London, UK
2017-12-01T21:06:42+00:00
I recently got back from a 6 day hike with our guides Ben and Blair and the whole experience was fantastic. The track is extremely well developed with certain camps that we stopped at, so the pace is well defined and easy to map out; the website does a good job in describing the route. The journey itself was relatively mild, with the first day being the most difficult. Ben, Blair and Paul did their best to make sure everyone was taken care of. They had good equipment that you could borrow for the track which came in handy as I came with very little! The overall experience was great and the guys did their best to cater to everyone, even when the skies opened and it rained on us for hours and hours on end; they still had smiles, jokes and they were more than willing to make some much needed hot beverages! I highly recommend the Overland Track and if you're looking for a tour guide, look no further Domar, London, UK

No BUTs with Wilderness Expeditions guided walk of the Overland Track, Cradle Mountain National Park

The office staff were wonderful to deal with. They answered our many questions. At one stage there was doubt over whether a member of our group would be able to do the walk due to some health concerns and the staff were understanding about the need to delay payment until the issue was sorted. They were friendly and honest.

The equipment provided was in excellent condition. We are from the tropics so we gratefully took the insulated jackets, mittens, goretex rain jackets and waterproof pants offered.

No member of our group of 7 carried a pack weighing more than 12 kg. A list of what to pack was provided and, to ensure our loads were as light as possible, we only took what was recommended. Our two guides carried the food and cooking equipment, greatly relieving the load we had to carry over the six days.

All the logistics were taken care of (and there were a lot!) including mini bus from Devonport to the Cradle Mountain National Park, bus from National Park office to start of the walk, park pass, ferry across Lake St Clair and mini bus from Lake St Clair to Hobart.

The food was abundant and delicious. Great care was taken to ensure safe food handling practices were observed. Our guide catered for our teenage daughter's vegan diet.

We were cared for. One cold and wet night we were told to go to our tents, get into our sleeping bags to stay warm and our meal would be delivered to us. Talk about room service!

The guides were very safety conscious. We were instructed about how to stay warm when we stopped for breaks on a very cold day. We were not allowed to go on any side walks without being accompanied by a guide and without carrying our wet weather gear. I was the last of our group of 7 to reach camp at the end of each day and I always had a guide walking behind me.

The guides were incredibly knowledgeable about the area (one having worked as a ranger on the track for many years) so they knew the best spots for breaks and the best places to fill up water bottles. They knew about all things related to bushwalking: the best shoes to wear; the proper way to pack; how to conserve energy during a long walk and how to adjust a pack. There was no question they could not answer.

One of the guides was happy to take 3 teenage boys on the side trip to Tasmania's highest mountain (Mt Ossa), leaving the parents to sit that one out!

Doing a guided walk is not a soft option. You still need to be fit and be able to carry a pack of about 12 kg but having this company take care of everything else really did make it much easier than if we had done it ourselves. It represented excellent value for money. Would do a walk with this company again.

Deborah B | Cairns, Australia

2017-12-01T21:18:50+00:00

Deborah B | Cairns, Australia

The office staff were wonderful to deal with. They answered our many questions. At one stage there was doubt over whether a member of our group would be able to do the walk due to some health concerns and the staff were understanding about the need to delay payment until the issue was sorted. They were friendly and honest. The equipment provided was in excellent condition. We are from the tropics so we gratefully took the insulated jackets, mittens, goretex rain jackets and waterproof pants offered. No member of our group of 7 carried a pack weighing more than 12 kg. A list of what to pack was provided and, to ensure our loads were as light as possible, we only took what was recommended. Our two guides carried the food and cooking equipment, greatly relieving the load we had to carry over the six days. All the logistics were taken care of (and there were a lot!) including mini bus from Devonport to the Cradle Mountain National Park, bus from National Park office to start of the walk, park pass, ferry across Lake St Clair and mini bus from Lake St Clair to Hobart. The food was abundant and delicious. Great care was taken to ensure safe food handling practices were observed. Our guide catered for our teenage daughter's vegan diet. We were cared for. One cold and wet night we were told to go to our tents, get into our sleeping bags to stay warm and our meal would be delivered to us. Talk about room service! The guides were very safety conscious. We were instructed about how to stay warm when we stopped for breaks on a very cold day. We were not allowed to go on any side walks without being accompanied by a guide and...

Great people make a great company

We did the self-guided option with Wilderness expeditions. From the first pick up with Brian to the last drop off with Paul it was fantastic. These are good people who care about you and feel responsible for you - all A grade equipment. (and for putting up with my million calls and questions)

Thank you all!

Lee | Melbourne, Australia

2017-11-28T11:39:22+00:00

Lee | Melbourne, Australia

We did the self-guided option with Wilderness expeditions. From the first pick up with Brian to the last drop off with Paul it was fantastic. These are good people who care about you and feel responsible for you...