We are continuing our blog series on the Great Walks of Australia and the Great Walks of Tasmania. Today’s featured walking track is part of the Great Walks of Tasmania: the Tarkine Rainforest Track.  We just completed our series on the 9 Great Walks of Australia  which included a two part summary blog post and a post for each of the nine Great Walks:

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Great Walks of Tasmania Walks Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com

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Tarkine Rainforest Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Seeboundy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21040441

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Tarkine Rainforest Walk Photo Credit: TasmanianExpeditions.com.au

The Arkaba Walk in South Australia

The Scenic Rim Trail in New South Wales

The Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory (Part One) and The Larapinta Trail (Part Two)

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania

The Freycinet Experience Walk in Tasmania

The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk in Tasmania

Out of all 9 walks, four of the nine Great Walks of Australia are in Tasmania. We then learned all about the Great Walks of Tasmania. The 4 Great Walks of Australia that are in Tasmania made that list; but, there are three more in addition: South Coast Track, The Tarkine Rainforest Track, and the Walls of Jerusalem Experience. Earlier this week, we featured the South Coast Track. Today, we will be highlighting the Tarkine Rainforest Track.

About the Tarkine Rainforest Track

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

The Tarkine Rainforest is located in the remote northwest of Tasmania. It is Australia’s largest single tract temperate rainforest still in existence. Temperate rainforests are extremely rare and this rainforest is estimated to be an ancient 60 million years old. The Tarkine is made up of about 1800 km of rainforest, about 400 km of eucalypt forest and a mix of other forest vegetation, grassland, and wetlands, etc. The Tarkine Rainforest is largest untouched wilderness because of how remote it is. There is a very high diversity of plants and wildlife, with over 60 rare, threatened, or endangered species of plants and wildlife that call the rainforest home. The Tarkine Rainforest Walk is a 4 day adventure through this magical land of nature. The set up for the guided walking tour allows you to enjoy this remote wilderness in comfort, carrying only day packs for each day’s walk and returning to the Tiger Ridge camp each night for luxury bush accommodations, dining, and Tasmanian wine and spirits. If you love this region of Tasmania, two other Tarkine walks are available: The Tarkine Trail and The Tarkine Coast Trail. Other Tarkine Walks are also waiting for you to explore including: Mt Donaldson mountain walk, The Longback mountain walk, Lucy Creek falls walk, Philosopher Falls walk, and the coastal Arthur River Coast walk. The point here is to enjoy your time with nature in the wilderness that not many humans get to see and experience.

Hiring a Car in Tasmania

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Tarkine Rainforest Track Map Photo Credit: TasmanianExpeditions.com.au

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Tasmania Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. The closest ones to hire a car to get to the Tarkine Rainforest are in Davenport  or Launceston. The drive from Davenport to the Tarkine is about an hour and 30 minutes. If you are coming from Launceston, the drive is about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Both cities have airports so if you have flown into Tasmania or taken the ferry over from the Australian mainland, you still can have a means of getting around on your own while on the island state of Tasmania. Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania where you can rent a car at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a car in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport  or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you.

You will want to hire a car so that you will be able to get around Tasmania. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle (4WD), proper maps, and driving instructions. While in Tasmania see things to do from our previous blogs:

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

Discover Nature, Beauty and Adventure in Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

Up for a Hike? Try the Overland Track in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Australia and Tasmania

Tasmania’s Touring Route Launceston to Bridport

Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip Across Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

6 Australian Summer Road Trip Holidays

Mole Creek Karst National Park in Tasmania

Best Hotels for Art Lovers

Hobart Tasmania

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania

Be Prepared for Bushwalking in Tasmania and Australia

Enjoy the walk along with us; but remember that any walks in Australia, especially those in rugged and remote Tasmania require careful and meticulous planning to enjoy your travels. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. For further preparation, read the Essential Bushwalking Guide  from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service with wilderness survival tips and more. It is also important to check the weather in Tasmania before planning and again before setting out on your journey since it can get quite cold in the winter months.

The Tarkine Rainforest Track Itinerary

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Itinerary Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Accommodations Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Accommodations Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Accommodations Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Accommodations Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Dining Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

The Tarkine Rainforest Track is a 4 day guided tour. Each day you get to return to base camp to relax, refresh, and dine on fine local food and wines freshly prepared for you. The walks are at a leisurely pace so accommodations can be made for all fitness levels.

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Day 1

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

Day one of the Tarkine Rainforest Walking track is about an hour long walk of about 1 km. This is a great introduction to the rainforest to get you excited and ready for the days ahead. It is an ascent to Tiger Ridge. The ascent is steep, but it zig zags, which makes it easier and the pace can be leisurely. The views and tranquility are equally striking and this is a great way to introduce you to the Tasmanian wilderness.

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Day 2

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The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Itinerary Day 2 Photo Credit: TarkineTrails.com.au

Day two of the Tarkine Rainforest Walk is a bit longer and a bit more challenging. It is a 5 hour walk over a distance of 4 or 5 km. There are some varying heights on the trail and then a winding forest valley. The walk includes a stop for lunch. This day is the most moderate of the walks on this track. After dinner, it is time to sit around and reminisce about the day’s views and sights and review the photos taken during the day.

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Day 3

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Tarkine Rainforest Track Photo Credit: DiscoverNorthWestTasmania.com.au

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Tarkine Rainforest Track Photo Credit: DiscoverNorthWestTasmania.com.au

The walk for day 3 is a 6 hour trek over 7 km. The walk takes you through the open rainforest and then down some fairly steep gullies. However, the gullies have steps built into them to make the descent and ascent much easier. You set out after a nourishing breakfast and maybe some early morning bird watching. The walk is done at a relaxed pace and there are always different options for your guide and the members of the group to take. The walk takes you to the Huskisson River. Depending on the conditions and weather, you might even be able to take a dip in the river after lunch. Return to camp to get cleaned up and ready for dinner in the Japanese style washrooms that overlook the ferns and myrtles below in the basin.

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk Day 4

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Tarkine Rainforest Track Photo Credit: DiscoverNorthWestTasmania.com.au

Day 4, the final day of the Tarkine Rainforest Walk, is a 6 km walk that takes about 2 hours. The track alongside the water has been recently restored and is well-maintained so it makes for an easier walk with a steep descent at the end. This day features the magnificent waterfalls of the Tarkine with spectacular views and magnificent memories.