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Tours 4WD Tours The Tarkine Arthur River Tarkine Forest Adventures Stanley

A trip to Tasmania’s North West is not complete without a visit to the amazing Tarkine Wilderness, Australia’s largest cool-climate rainforest. With well maintained walking tracks, accessible lookouts, picnic places galore and an abundance of photo opportunities, you can choose to either self-drive or for the ultimate experience, book an award-winning Tall Timbers Adventure Tours. Winner of Tasmania’s THA Best Guided Tour Experience in 2015 and Cradle Coast Regional Tourism’s Award for 2015 Best Tour Operator. Travel in Tall Timbers luxury four wheel drive through the dramatic and breathtaking Tarkine Wilderness, with the region’s most experienced guides. Enjoy fresh Tasmanian produce and a glass of wine for lunch while you experience the area’s unique flora and fauna, globally significant rainforests, wild rivers and rugged coastlines, or take a spectacular aerial tour of one the world’s most diverse regions with one of our Helicopter Scenic Flights.

 

TOURS

Turn right on the Bass Highway from the Spirit of Tasmania to discover the hidden treasures and unique beauty of the North West Coast and Circular Head region. Explore the rugged coastline, well maintained walking tracks and abundant camping sites of the Tarkine and Arthur River region. If you are looking for an amazing way to explore the Tarkine Rainforest from the doorstep of your accommodation, book a Tall Timbers Adventure Tour. The only hard part is choosing from the wide range of 4WD tours available…or for the ultimate experience, book a scenic helicopter tour – whatever your decision, it is sure to be memorable. Tours to suit a range of budgets are  available for house guests and visitors alike. C’mon, put on your adventure shoes and let us show you our part of Tasmania!

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4WD TOURS

TARKINE WILDERNESS ADVENTURE TOURS

Premium full day 4WD adventure tours that explore the remoteness of the “Edge of The World” region and the Tarkine Wilderness deep in the North West corner of Tasmania. Find yourself in awe at the spectacular views of the Arthur River, Tarkine Coast and cool climate rainforest. Get up close and personal with the wildlife and native flora of the region with our experienced guides. Our premium tours include a gourmet lunch full of Tasmanian produce in a beautiful and relaxed setting in the heart of the Tarkine. We also offer a low-cost tour providing guests with a light lunch option yet still experiencing the Tarkine and all her beauty.

Tours operate on demand from September to Mid July each year, except Christmas Day, departing at 9.00am and returning at 5.00pm. Tour bookings are subject to minimum numbers and guide availability.

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INCLUDES: Experienced guide, luxury 4WD travel, morning tea, gourmet lunch and beverages (including Tasmanian beer & wine). Minimum of 2 passengers required for Premium Tours to operate.

This tour is also available as a Low Cost Tarkine Wilderness Tour which includes light lunch and drinks only. This tour has a minimum booking requirement of 4 passengers in order for the tour to operate.

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NEW!! TASMANIAN TIGER COUNTRY TOUR

Tall Timbers 4WD Adventure Tours offer you the opportunity to enter the Tarkine in search of one of Australia’s most iconic creatures, the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger. Although officially declared extinct in 1936 unconfirmed sightings continue across Australia, with the most reliable of these coming from the Arthur River and Tarkine regions in Tasmania’s stunning North West. This beautiful yet rugged and often impenetrable rainforest is also home to wallabies, wombats and the enigmatic and endangered Tasmanian Devil. Tall Timbers Adventure Tours will take you on a journey deep into the heart of ’Tiger Country’. From the comfort and safety of our luxury 4 wheel drive, your experienced guide will show you the Thylacine’s last known hiding spots and re-tell the tales from those who have been fortunate enough to have witnessed a Tassie Tiger in their lifetime.

So whether or not you unearth the mystery of the Tasmanian Tiger, you are in for an amazing day in this unique and pristine environment, exploring wild coastlines, ancient forests and enjoying local produce and breathtaking scenery.

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Tour highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in the Tarkine visiting areas rich in Tasmanian Tiger history
  • Travel inland on the scenic South Arthur Forest Drive
  • Experience first-hand the natural habitat of the Thylacine and Tasmanian Devil
  • Capture stunning photographs from Sumac Lookout and The Edge of the World
  • Take a refreshing rainforest walk at Julius River Reserve
  • Indulge in a gourmet Tasmanian lunch in the heart of the Tarkine

 

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THE TARKINE COAST ABORIGINAL HERITAGE TOUR

This tour delves into topics of Aboriginal heritage on the north and west coasts of Tasmania. The frontier conflict and its history are marred with violence, cruelty and abduction with an imbalance of weapons. Our experienced guide will bring to life the history of this time and deliver insight into the history that provides significance to the people of the area.

Tour includes: Full day 4WD tour with experienced guide, morning tea, gourmet lunch including fresh Tasmanian produce and beverages.

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THE CHILLING BALFOUR MINE TOUR

Join us on a 4WD tour of a haunted and mysterious place; the mining town of Balfour and see sites of local fame, fortune, legend and true tragedy. Join us on a spine-tingling journey of a barren place that was once the thriving town of Balfour a prosperous region of the north west coast.

Tour includes: Full day tour with experienced guide, morning tea and a light lunch with drinks.

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Please note: Our guides can tailor tours to suit your individual interests and preferences. Please discuss this at time of booking.

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TARKINE WILDERNESS HELICOPTER TOURS

 

When visiting the beautiful North West Coast, the Tarkine Wilderness Helicopter Tours provide visitors with a rare opportunity for a birds eye view of the most rugged and yet diverse region of the world. Enjoy the Tarkine Wilderness region from the button grass plains and the rainforest, to the Great Southern Ocean.

Join the Sea Eagles, Peregrine Falcon and Wedge Tails to fly over this stunning landscape, take in spectacular scenic coastlines, soar above the Edge of the World, sweep across expansive Woolnorth and Cape Grim, providing a close-up view of the largest wind farm in Australia. Enjoy this scenic journey above the the canopy of the Tarkine Wilderness, the largest cool climate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Scenic flights are for 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes. Longer helicopter charters or scenic tours can be arranged.

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Book your accommodation online now by clicking on the book now button. Please contact us for further information about our Helicopter Flight Experiences and scenic Helicopter tours.

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TARKINE WILDERNESS AND TARKINE DRIVE

The Tarkine is the largest tract of protected wilderness in “The Edge of the World” region. It is an expansive 447,000 hectare wilderness area of recognised World Heritage significance in Tasmania’s North West corner. The Tarkine is the largest expanse of temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the last remaining and most significant in the world. A kaleidoscope of pristine rainforest and eucalypt forest, wild rivers, exposed mountains, magnesite cave systems and extensive coastal heathlands. There are large sand dune areas extending several kilometres inland, some containing ancient Aboriginal sacred sites. The Tarkine contains extraordinary magnesite karst systems, including unique cave and pinnacle formations. Rocky headlands provide habitat for a rich array of bird and sea-life, whilst the forest is a home for more than 60 species of rare, threatened and endangered species. The Arthur Lineament is a geological feature in the Tarkine and Tasmania’s most extensive basalt plateau. The region is also recognised as containing some of the tallest examples of old-growth undisturbed rainforest in Tasmania.

The Tarkine is also steeped in pioneering heritage, renowned for being one of the most isolated and wild regions for early explorers such as Henry Hellyer and Jorgen Jorgenson. Tasmania’s pioneering history is also evident in the historical settlements of Temma, Corinna, Balfour, Waratah, Luina and Magnet.

One of the best things about the Tarkine is that it is accessible, yet remains wild and rugged. Many great opportunities exist to experience the extraordinary natural and cultural values the Tarkine represents. Recreational opportunities in the Tarkine include short and long walking tracks, kayaking, rafting, fishing, photography, camping, self-touring and four-wheel driving, along with wildlife viewing and nature appreciation.

Officially opened in 2015, the Tarkine Drive provides predominantly sealed access to the area with its unique flora and fauna, globally significant rainforests, wild river landscapes and dramatic coastlines. Pick up a copy of the Tarkine Drive flyer and map from Reception.

If you are interested in bushwalking – at Milkshake Hills take the short track through manferns and rainforest, or the longer walking track through a succession of rainforest and wet eucalypt forest to button grass plains. Just a 30 minute drive from Smithton and a short 15 minute walk leads you to the interesting geological formation that is the Trowutta Arch. Experience the mossy myrtle forest of the Tarkine on two easy walks at Julius River – or simply relax and enjoy a picnic or barbeque. Enjoy views across the Tarkine to Cradle Mountain on a steep and rough walk at Mt Farrell. This walking track is suited to more experienced hikers.

Other walking tracks (short and long) can be found at Philosopher Falls, Dip River, Balfour Track, Hellyer Gorge, Pieman River/Pieman Heads, Whyte River, Savage River, Longback and Mt Donaldson. All walking tracks are well maintained and signposted.

 

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Arthur River in Tasmania's North West

The only river in Tasmania which is completely wild – it has never been logged, dammed, or blackened by fire through the rainforest in more than 600 years.

Cruises along the Arthur River are widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful river journeys available in Tasmania. The rainforest area can only be reached via the river and is home to a plethora of Leatherwoods, Myrtles, Laurels, Celery Top Pine, Sassafras, Blackwood, Tasmanian Oaks and giant tree ferns.

Marrawah is also fantastic for surfing. National surfing events have been held at Marrawah over recent years and the beach is less than an hour’s drive from your accommodation at Tall Timbers in Smithton. This area is enjoyed by locals, and is increasing in popularity with visitors who appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

The Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area is also a great location for recreational activities such as camping, diving, off-road driving, and fishing with easy access to the river, sand dunes and long sandy beaches. Hire a canoe or dinghy from the local Arthur River Canoe and Boat hire – and take a trip up the river at your leisure. A drivers licence, registration and permit are required to drive off road vehicles in this area. Contact the Parks & Wildlife Service for further information on the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

Head west on the Bass Highway from the Spirit of Tasmania, and Launceston, Devonport or Burnie Airports to experience this magical part of the world.

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The Tarkine Forest Adventures

Tarkine Forest Adventures @ Dismal Swamp offers visitors intrigue and self-discovery. This swamp at the bottom of a giant sinkhole will enchant and enliven travellers.

  • The cantilever, the deck and café perched high above the swamp and offer magnificent views across the top of a Tasmanian Native Blackwood Forest
  • Stroll along a walkway or catch a buggy ride with a guide to descend the 40 metres down the side of the sinkhole
  • Or ride the slide that descends 120 metres to the swamp floor
  • On the swamp floor four pathways lead you on a journey as nature collides with the creativity of Tasmanian artists
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Stanley Tasmania

Just 15 minutes drive from your accommodation at Tall Timbers, Stanley boasts one of Tasmania’s truly iconic attractions – “The Nut” – a volcanic plug deposited millions of years ago. Visitors can ride the chairlift to the top or follow the path to the top of this geological feature. There are great walking tracks atop the Nut, and all around Stanley so take some comfortable shoes and a jacket…after all Stanley does protrude 7 kilometres out into the Bass Strait, so it can get pretty windy sometimes!

As birthplace and home to Tasmania’s only Prime Minister, Joe Lyons, Stanley is a historic seaside village that will excite and stimulate your senses and with so many things to experience and look at, you will not be bored. Visit the old Cemetery, the Seaquarium, and Highfield House, the old Van Dieman’s Land homestead, beautifully renovated to draw you in to the history of each room and experience the life of the occupants from a completely different aspect.

Observe the history:

  • Construction started in 1832 for the Van Diemen’s Land Company chief agent Edward Curr.
  • Later additions by John Lee Archer, a colonial architect, were built over two years to 1845.
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