About Us

TREK TASMANIA

Trek Tasmania was created in 2010 with a focus on providing high quality, small group trekking experiences in Tasmania’s most unique wilderness regions. With many years of experience, Trek Tasmania has developed a deep understanding of what is required to operate outstanding trekking holidays. The company continues to innovate and promote advanced eco-tourism principles, whilst exploring Tasmania’s magnificent wilderness. From small beginnings Trek Tasmania has now grown to employ the best wilderness guides in Tasmania – whose experience, knowledge and passion help to create inspiring journeys for our guests.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Responsible travel is the very core of our business. Trek Tasmania aims to be at the forefront of this movement and will always continue to improve and innovate in our commitment to the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism. Working together with our guests, suppliers, government and indigenous stakeholders – it is our goal to continuously monitor and improve our performance and to ultimately be regarded as one of the best tour operators in Australia.

 

All our operations and business practices embody ecotourism principles. Every decision and action of ours takes these principles into account.

Trek Tasmania:

• is conscious of both the positive and the negative impacts of our operations and conduct;

• has a responsibility to build awareness around cultural and ecological values;

• delivers positive Tasmanian visitor experiences;

• provides direct benefits for conservation;

• generates financial benefits for local communities and private local industry;

• operates a leave-no-trace and minimal impact business; and

• recognises, respects and consults with the traditional owners of Tasmania.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The preservation, conservation and presentation of the environment is of principal importance to Trek Tasmania. We consider it a privilege to operate in the unique wilderness areas of our island home, Tasmania.

 

Trek Tasmania’s environmental objectives are:

Ensure compliance with all Australian environmental legislation and our tour operator permits.

Comply with all Tasmanian National Park Area Management Plan requirements, standards and guidelines.

Maintain and exceed Australian Outdoor Activity Standards.

Identify and minimise all possible environmental risks associated with the operation of our treks.

Ensure there is no long term environmental impact from our operations.

Contribute to the conservation management objectives of our partners at the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and associated partners.

Use interpretation as a means of increasing our guests’ environmental awareness.

Ensure there is no long term cultural impact from the operation of any of our tours.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience and adaptation to climate change.

WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO TREK WITH US

You'll see more on foot
You'll see more on foot
We believe that the best way to really experience Australia’s spectacular wilderness is to walk in it. Unlike travelling in a vehicle, a hiker can take the time to experience the true beauty and magnificence of nature. Our treks take you to the secluded, unspoiled places where few tourists venture – beautiful, remote, peaceful, and wild.

 

Our style of walking is to take plenty of time to enjoy the birds, plants, animals, scenery and the fact of just being in the bush. We don’t race from A to B. That way, you can enjoy both the challenge and the beauty of the trail and surrounds – take a few photographs, sit down occasionally for a cup of tea, ask questions about what you’ve seen, or just be.

You'll love our food
You'll love our food
Trek Tasmania prides itself on preparing fresh and wholesome meals using organic produce as much as possible. Our guides are skilled and passionate cooks who love to surprise and delight you with a tasty array of nutritious dishes.

 

Anyone for coffee? The first meal of the day sets us up for a great walk. We love making a beautiful cup of coffee first thing in the morning, which we gently plunge for your pleasure. Tea drinkers find that our dozen or so tea varieties offer a cup to delight.

 

A great breakfast sets us up for a big day on the trail. You can look forward to a range of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast, porridge and juice.

Our guides make all the difference
Our guides make all the difference
A great trek starts with having  great guides and we think ours are the best in the business. Along with their professional qualifications and our own in-depth training, Trek Tasmania guides all have that something special, that thing you can’t learn from a book or in a classroom – passion.

 

Our guides are an eclectic bunch of beautiful people who love to share their wilderness experience and knowledge, creating inspiring trekking journeys for our treasured guests.

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Your guides’ magical pack provides an amazing lunch selection of fresh and tasty salads, cold meats, cheese and an array of condiments and dips – served with wraps or rolls in a shady buffet setting.

 

While you’ve been out hiking the trail, your camp host has been busy preparing another scrumptious three course meal (sorry, no one on our treks loses weight :). Think gourmet cheeses, exotic dips, roasts, pastas, risottos, stir frys, grills, camp oven specials and fresh tasty salads. A surprising sweet finish is always a lovely way to end the day.

 

Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are a speciality of ours.

 

We believe the combination of our delicious food served in amazing places, make our treks a truly tasty experience.

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“I just wanted to say “thank you” to the group for a marvellous trip to Flinders Island last week. I had a thoroughly good time, and enjoyed it immensely. As with the Larapinta trek, the guides were incredible…it always amazes me how they can smile cheerily no matter what time of day or circumstance, how they support and encourage us when we start to flag, but how they don’t push you to go past your limits. Never condescending, always helpful. Sean (Shaun? Darn…wish I’d learned his name better.) was so sweet and caring, Joel so jaunty, and Brad so laid back they made a fabulous team, with such a lovely mix of personalities, and their efforts were truly appreciated.” – Liz on Flinders Island (February 2016)

 

I commend Brad & Ben, I thought they did a super job & really took care of my allergy food intake. Please pass on my regards.
The trip met all my expectations – good trekking, good company, good guides – thank u & your company.

“I commend Brad & Ben, I thought they did a super job & really took care of my allergy food intake. Please pass on my regards.
The trip met all my expectations – good trekking, good company, good guides – thank u & your company.” – Kerry on Frenchman’s Cap (February 2016)

 

“Many thanks for the wonderful walk you led through the Walls of Jerusalem. I have dietary restrictions which can be challenging to the uninitiated, especially in the bush, so I was very appreciative of the effort Anne made to make my food as varied and interesting as she did. Because I normally eat a very low carb diet, I had forgotten to mention my need to maintain a high protein intake to prevent rebound glucose hypos on the high starch bushwalking diet, so I was especially appreciative of her efforts to keep me supplied with my own stash of salmon and tuna. Most of my bushwalking, especially in previous overnight walks, has been focused on “getting there”. After the first day, in which I was obliged to stop frequently just to get my breath, I settled into making regular stops and look-backs, just to take in the wonderful experience. The credit for this must go to the guides, especially the lovely Brad, who were always so relaxed about the pace, and encouraged and supported this. As a result, my best memories were not just the awesome vistas, but the small moments when I stopped to look back at where we’d been, and to sit on a rock and feel the bush around me and notice the small details. I think that will change my walking habits from now on, so that I will be less goal oriented and more centred in the moment. So, thankyou again for a wonderful trip and yet more self-discovery!” – Beth in the Walls of Jerusalem (February 2015)

 

“Many, many thanks to Trek Tasmania for our wonderful trip to Flinders Island on 23rd February. It was a lovely holiday, well organised, excellent guides, an interesting and varied program and delicious food. What could be better. All your ‘behind the scenes’ organising paid off and was greatly appreciated – thank you. Brad’s leadership style was delightful, always positive and encouraging us to extend ourselves in ways we may not have dared to do or thought possible without his guidance. Deb and I had experienced Andrew’s cooking on the Larapinta Trail the year before and it was a lovely surprise to meet up with him again and we are most appreciative of his ability to produce wholesome, tasty fare in any conditions. Ben’s youthfulness and enthusiasm was thoroughly enjoyable and his talent for being the ‘whip’ and not making people feel rushed was great. All in all, thank you Trek Tasmania for the quality of your staff and the trouble they all take to nurture us whilst showing us this beautiful country. A thousand thank you’s for a fabulous week on Flinders Island.” – Ann on Flinders Island (February 2016)

MEET OUR TEAM

Clare Drabsch

Operations Manager – Australia (big island)

Inspired by trips through the Kimberley and Kakadu, Clare decided to turn her love of the outdoors into her lifestyle. Studying a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in Cairns, Clare spent several years working with school students on outdoor adventures and then 7 years ago began guiding with Trek Tours Australia. Her guiding career has taken her to the Larapinta Trail, Heysen Trail, Kangaroo Island, Jatbula Trail, Kakadu, Bungle Bungle & Tasmania.

Clare then spent two years as our Guest Services Manager and in 2019 moved into the busy and exciting role of Australian Operations Manager. She is looking forward to the new challenge and spending time in all the amazing locations around Australia where we offer treks.

Nick Scharm

General Manager

General Manager Nick Scharm grew up exploring the landscapes and cultures of Africa and Europe. Travelling, exploration and trekking was imprinted from a young age. Nick moved to the mother country, Australia, to take up studies in ecotourism and landed his first guiding jobs in south east and far north Queensland. After trekking through the Tasmanian mountains, Nick fell in love with the island state and eventually made the permanent move to Launceston, which he now calls home with his small family.

 

Nick has been in the tourism and trekking field for 20 years and holds a BA and MA in Ecotourism Development. Nick has filled senior guiding and management roles with a variety of national and international travel companies. Nick’s passion for delivering a genuine wilderness experience is underpinned with his personal ethos of “getting back to nature where things matter”.

Holger Strie

Managing Director

Managing Director of Trek Tours Australia, Holger was born in Germany and was lucky enough to move to Tasmania with his family at the age of 2. Growing up in the beautiful Tamar Valley, North of Launceston he was introduced to the Tassie wilderness at a very early age. The Tassie wilderness is a place he feels very strongly about and is where this modern day bushman really feels at home.

 

His passion and knowledge about the wild areas of Australia has seen him become one of the most trusted and respected wilderness guides in Australia. Having spent the past 15 years leading trips in wilderness areas in Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia he has built an impressive portfolio of treks and a legion of satisfied trekking clients (with an impressive television career featuring on Channel 9’s Getaway 3 times, Japanese wildlife documentaries and numerous local TV productions).

 

Holger specialises in our remote walking trips in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia. With unsurpassed local knowledge coupled with a Certificate IV in Eco Adventure Tourism and remote wilderness first aid qualifications, Holger is an outstanding professional wilderness guide, with a passion and commitment to customer service that is truly world class.

Nic Edwards

Finance Manager

Nic graduated with a degree in commerce from University of Tasmania. Working for a local chartered accounting firm in Launceston for a number of years he then had a merger with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, which saw him working for a big4 accounting firm. After ten years Nic branched out setting up his own business serving local niche businesses.

 

Growing up in an avid bushwalking family, Nic has seen much of his home state Tasmania and all it has to offer. Spare time these days involves spending time with family or running, mountain biking and being outdoors.

Jason Little

Operations Manager – Tasmania (wild island)

Jason started with Trek Tours Australia in early 2021. He has been working in the outdoors and adventure industry since 2011, with a background in
education.

 

Born in rural NSW enjoying a childhood exploring out in the bush, Jason has a lifelong passion for everything outdoors. “Hiking is my thing” will be
something you’d hear him say within 5 minutes of chatting. He’s trekked extensively in Australia as well as some iconic treks overseas.

 

Jason has extensive knowledge and experience in product development, operational compliance, quality and safety systems within the outdoors and
adventure industry. You’ll usually find him working in our office but don’t be surprised if you bump into him out on a trip guiding.

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