The more popular track-based walks, are suitable for anyone of average fitness (i.e with an active job/lifestyle and or some form of regular basic fitness routine). For first-time walkers we would normally recommend either The Overland Track or Walls of Jerusalem for the level of track improvements and facilities, however, the other popular walks are not otherwise especially difficult. Most track-based walks in Tasmania still do have tougher sections or itineraries may cover distances that could be challenging. With the popular walks this is  more from a stamina standpoint than from technically difficulty, no specific skills are needed.

We suggest looking at the walk grading and tour itineraries, weather links and other media and resources. At the end of the day we design our regular guided tours to cater for a wide range of participants and similar self-guided itineraries should be achievable by most. Between our staff we have taken thousands of walkers on these tracks without a major incident or even any evacuation caused by an accident, similarly never had a major incident reported by any self-guided party. That said, the experience is definitely enhanced the higher your level of fitness, perhaps try overnight camping beforehand too if possible. Once booked we provide some further notes including on fitness and training to help preparation.

Other guided walks are available on request (though not advertised as tours) and can range from easy (e.g., flatter, shorter, coastal tracks) to very challenging (extended, steep, heavy scrub, heavier packs). We would normally negotiate/ collaborate with the group to issue an itinerary for these. Booking for more difficult routes might involve further assessment of participants, perhaps the need for a medical consultation if you have any doubt or pre-existing condition or injury. In some cases, for extended expeditions, a lead-in shorter walk may be necessary to advise how you might cope with a planned tour.

Walk Grades are usually mentioned in individual tour descriptions. These are of limited value other than defining a difference between our tours. At the very least our walks involve several hours walking each day to complete in a reasonable number of days. A level of activity pretty much everyone finds challenging in itself, at some level. Many factors can otherwise make walks more or less difficult for individuals. Besides the vagaries of weather, which can make any Tasmanian walk more challenging, expect that our grades reflect the usual effort and exposure required. Steep climbing, poor track condition, longer walking days, these considerations will generally be reflected in the grade. There is a more comprehensive description of grades in a PDF attached to the tour page, just ask if you would like more specific advice about a particular walk..

  • We nominally set a minimum age of 10 years for our easy/moderate, track based guided and self-guided tours unless you are in a large group. For the more challenging tracks and off track routes this minimum is 16 years. We find that much younger and they can struggle with the distances, especially when carrying the minimum equipment (needed in case they were somehow separated).
  • Those under 16 years must be accompanied by a guardian.
  • Average age range: Most common would be within the 25 – 55 years age grouping though very much an arbitrary figure. We’ve taken many younger as well as a number well into their seventies on our track based walks.

All seasons have something unique to offer. You can study the historic data from the weather service (BOM), then, closer to departure, get a (general) idea of the weather coming up here:

Mid-Summer, December-February, includes the more popular outdoor months in Tasmania. Australian summer school holidays fall in this period and so too does the most stable/driest weather. That said, autumn (March-May) walks can be less crowded and popular with photographers for the low light and seasonal change. Similarly, spring (October-November) can be less crowded. While spring weather can be the unpredictable, the ‘awakening’ flora can add a touch of magic, all the water sources are full and fresh and the average temperatures can make for more pleasant walking than mid-summer.

Winter tours can be challenging in Tasmania, especially in the high country. With the correct planning, guidance, equipment and a little luck with the weather, however, winter can offer a unique, memorable ‘true’ wilderness experience. With few other walkers around and a landscape perhaps blanketed in snow winter tours always have an extra expeditionary feel. That said, keep in mind that even in mid-summer snow and daytime temperatures in single digits are not unusual. Alternatively, winter days, while predictably ‘short’ and cool, can be clear and sunny for some extended periods.

If you are traveling alone and looking to join a group, you may be limited somewhat to other booked departure dates (with already sufficient numbers). The best chance of a departure closest to your preferred date would usually involve booking on one of our summer Overland Track walks (the most popular). For other, less popular, areas and seasons, tour departures are comparatively more irregular, giving us plenty of prior notice/booking early and having some flexibility can help, especially for singles (i.e., to fit within work/school holidays etc).

Aside from an agreed start to the day the tour leaders tend to keep a reasonably flexible routine. This, decided in consultation with the group, and within limits of simply completing the day’s agreed distance. Generally we allocate a 9am start to the walking day allowing for breakfast and time for taking down camp and packing.  For smaller or private groups the guides will try to allow for preferences and with bad weather they will advise on shorter or alternative routes/campsites where available.

Once under way, the guides will normally disperse towards the front and at the end of larger groups that may tend to spread out while walking, especially so on formed tracks. It’s generally preferred to travel together and if spreading out, several planned meet-up points are determined to re-group and for each member to take a break if necessary.  There also isn’t really an expectation of pace or completing all side-walks off any main route, the guides will try to make completing the distances as easy as possible for each individual with some optional challenges and alternatives for the more adventurous & depending on the constraints of itineraries.

On arrival at a first camp, the guide/s will familiarise and help you with the camping routine and setting up camp. They will then prepare and serve the evening meal, time as dictated by the day’s activities. You won’t be expected to help with catering/cleaning as our groups are relatively small, meals are mostly pre-prepared and guides are well practiced. Your free time is usually well received, to relax, attend to personal matters, read, explore the campsite settings and generally make the most of your holiday.


Most of our costs are fixed and rely on several tour/transport participants to be profitable. We generally don’t discount for small expenses (such as bringing your own gear on a tour as an option, as we make ours available regardless). however, we do offer some discount concessions. These are applied as a percentage deducted from the final/balance payment of a tour or to the total payment for transport /self guided:

  • Group: Discounts available by quote for 5 or more booking a guided tour, 3 or more on self guided tours and 4 or more booking transport.
  • Family Discounts: Additional youth discount for 16yrs or younger on guided tours.


Rarely do we need to postpone or cancel a scheduled tour or other service. If so we may offer alternatives for guided tours once commenced. If, for example, a tour cannot proceed due to severe weather, otherwise, if a cancellation happens prior to scheduled departure, payments will be fully refunded.

Equally, given the commitment and logistics of such holidays we understand if you may need to cancel or postpone your tour. We do incur expenses however, and quite early in our planning. We often also incur a loss in not offering/holding place/s on your behalf.

The following refunds apply:

Payments for Guided Tours

  • Fifty percent (50%) of booking fee/deposit is non-refundable.
  • Within four weeks of tour departure deposit is non-refundable.
  • Within seven (7) days  of tour departure, forty percent of you balance payment is forfeit.
  • Within forty-eight (48) hours 75% of your balance payment is forfeit.
  • Postponements will incur a payment of a second booking deposit/ fee.

Payments for Self-Guided walks

If you need to cancel ten percent (10%) of your payment is non-refundable. If you cancel within the final week prior to departure, we will refund your total payment minus twenty percent (25%) to cover admin and any loss. We may also need to deduct any (unusual) third party components paid/invoiced on your behalf. Payment for Overland Track Passes/expenses may be refundable from the Parks & Wildlife Service (the Terms and Conditions are set out in the documentation supplied when booking).

Payments for Transport

If you cancel please expect a 15% administration fee from your total payment, and an additional 15% from this payment in the final 48hrs prior to departure.

We recommend adequate insurances be taken to cover any possible financial loss (in addition to that for personal injury). 

Waiver/Assumption of risk You will need to sign a Waiver before departing on guided and self guided tours. It forms an acknowledgement that you have disclosed information as requested as well as have an appreciation and personal responsibility for any risk involved in your chosen activity.

Guided Tours

Have a look through the tour itineraries keeping in mind the time you have available. We would suggest contacting us early if you have specific dates in mind, especially if you are on your own or with small numbers. All such walking tours need a minimum number of participants so booking early gives us time to find other walkers to join you. Make an initial enquiry/ask questions using our enquiry form (normally the most efficient way), send an email or give us a call. We encourage questions early so as to give you the best tour and departure options.

You are welcome to book directly into those tours with the option available either via our booking portal  or alternatively just send an enquiry and we’ll take it from there with a linked booking form. Once booked you should expect a receipt for your booking which will contain important information for your booking. A deposit payment will need to accompany your booking, generally paid via card – if you wish to pay the full amount on booking please contact us for our linked form. This deposit payment then forms part of the total tour price. Any balance remaining becomes due four weeks prior to departure and payment can be taken from the credit card used on booking or bank transfer if you prefer.  If your tour date is less than four weeks from booking, full payment is necessary.

Self- Guided Tours

Contact us as soon as you have dates in mind. You will need to complete a booking form with some background details and optional medical disclosure. This info helps us in equipment allocation and driver/guide briefing (and is held, in the unlikely event it should be required by emergency services). You’ll need to pay in full for the self-guided service to confirm your booking (refund policy applies). Should we book/outfit or transport more than one party with the same date/destination, we will offer a pro rata discount. Any resulting discounts will be refunded following your tour.


Again, early booking is recommended. So too is contacting us first, before booking anything, track places, accommodation etc. We can find others to join you or suggest dates with others already booked to save you some expense. We will, similarly, forward a booking form to have your details on file pending a booking that will rely on others joining. Transport needs to be paid for in full at the time of booking, we will refund any relevant discounts (discounts based on final numbers) on departure.

We have a variety of pickup points depending on the location of the walk, as listed in the walk details. We suggest finalising a tour and departure date first and then we can help with accommodation and travel suggestions if necessary (as well as giving ourselves the most flexibility). Generally, for our northern walks including The Overland Track, most people choose to fly direct into Launceston given the more frequent air services.

You can also arrive/depart from Devonport on the day (where our tour base is located). The city is the entrance port for the daily passenger/vehicle ferry service from Melbourne (The ‘Spirit of Tasmania’) or a regular Qantas service to the local airport.

Here are some useful Links for Getting Here and Local Travel:wilder_heart


Sea Ferry

Statewide Bus Services:

Car Hire
If you have a car/caravan you may wish to make use of the parking facilities at our Devonport base or there are longer term parking facilities at the various city airports. All tours can be joined (by arrangement) in Devonport regardless of the departure point for the particular tour.

Pre/Post Tour Accommodation (Suggestions)

Devonport Backpackers

Devonport Bed/Breakfast

Launceston Backpackers

Launceston Hotel

Hobart Backpackers

Hobart Hotel

Tasmanian Park Service (Links to popular walks)
Bushwalk Australia (National Forum – Reference for less visited areas)