By engaging local producers, suppliers and service providers in all the regions we operate, Trek Tasmania creates strong social and economic ties with the community. We educate and inspire our guests and employees to become more aware, engaged and active in environmental issues. We provide our employees with safe, supportive and inspiring work environments, we encourage and assist them with personal and business development skills. By facilitating a connection with the premier wilderness areas of Australia we establish profound and lasting bonds between our guests and the land. We work collaboratively with National Park authorities and liaise closely with Traditional Owners in all states and territories.
We are privileged to work in some of the worlds’ most pristine wilderness areas and we have a very strong commitment to preserving and protecting these areas. Trek Tasmania adheres to minimal impact bushwalking principles and a ‘leave no trace’ policy. We participate in a carbon offset program and use 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper products. Wherever possible we buy local organically produced products. In our office operations, where possible, we use energy efficient bulbs, turn off lights (and all appliances when we close up shop) when they are not in use, use energy efficient appliances and equipment with a four or five star rating and use natural light wherever possible. We reuse scrap paper and print on both sides when available, rely on email correspondence and ask that people only print if necessary.
We continually keep abreast of all environmental issues affecting our industry and our business in particular. We make time each year to volunteer our services in the upkeep and maintenance of walking tracks and trails that our company uses. By keeping our tour group numbers to a maximum of 10 guests we believe we offer a significant advantage to the trekker and the impact on the places we visit. We continuously monitor our practices and procedures to ensure that we leave the lightest footprint we can. Some of the things we do to make sure this happens, is our choice to participate in a carbon offset program, offsetting all our flights through airline carbon offset programs, using accommodation that is not wasteful of local resources or harmful to the environment, and avoiding purchasing disposable goods/ items and trying as much as possible to buy in bulk to avoid excess packaging. Water and its conservation/preservation is a big focus for us; we conserve water in many ways from washing our vehicles with a bucket and sponge, to training/advising our guests to brush their teeth with a cup of water rather than leaving a tap running. Protecting and nurturing natural water sources and courses is vital, and we teach our guests about the importance of maintaining water’s integrity in natural bush settings, for example not swimming in certain areas, positioning of camp toilet facilities and how to treat water for safe use. Decomposting toilets are installed at our semi-permanent campsites, which require no water and provide a smell-free and sanitary toileting system.
In most of the areas that we travel camp fires are not permitted, where they are we make sure that we bring our own firewood that has been purchased and /or harvested not from old growth or in wilderness areas, and not from high conservation value trees. We go into wilderness and National Park areas and are required to take out everything we take in, hence recycling is a priority.
We have installed solar panels at all of our semi-permanent campsites and on our trailers which power our lights and refrigeration systems. Solar cooking systems are used to heat water and cook food, reducing reliance on wood and gas.
Trek Tasmania donates part proceeds of our annual profits to local community ecological development groups, disaster relief efforts, indigenous education programs, native animal rescue centres, Riding for the Disabled, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Friends of the Larapinta Trail and Beyond Blue. By creating a profitable and environmentally sustainable company Trek Tasmania will be able to further promote and share true wilderness experiences. We aim to deliver economic benefits and lasting ecological sustainability to the areas and communities that we operate in. We believe in putting back more than we take out, both in an environmental sense and a human sense. We will continue to serve, promote, educate and inspire people of the world to explore the Australian wilderness.
“It is unwise to pay too much. But it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.” – John Ruskin
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.
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 are an eclectic bunch of beautiful people who love to share their wilderness experience and knowledge, creating inspiring trekking journeys for our treasured guests.
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.
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)