Below are some testimonials of our past participants. A common experience of participants on our Tarkine trips is that they feel a desire to share their experiences with others and all of these people are happy to share their experiences with you directly. If you wish to contact any of the people below, simply let us know and we will provide you with their direct contact details. In this way you can bypass any bias you’ll get from us and go straight to the source. By the way, they are not getting anything from us for endorsing the Tarkine or what we do. They’ve simply had a great time and wish to share that with others.
Video Testimonial from Amogh Avarsha
The Tarkine is among the world’s most pristine rainforests. It is the largest cool temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. While I was in Australia, I got an invite from Greg the director of Tarkine Trails to travel to Tasmania and hike in the Tarkine. I grabbed the opportunity and to say the least, I was smitten by the forest. I also heard about the mining lobbies in the area and decided to put up a short video to let the world know of this beautiful place and the efforts to save it.
-Amogh Avarsha (http://amoghavarsha.com)
Actor + celebrity
Having just returned from spending several days with Tarkine Trails at their Tiger Ridge camp in the forest, I am now sitting with my child in Sydney sharing stories of 600 year old trees and pondering what was simply a profound experience. Sixty million year old wilderness is hard to come by today which makes places like the Tarkine hugely important not just for today, but for future generations.
Having traveled extensively, there are few places in the world that offer a direct relationship with something so ancient.
Thank you Tarkine Trails, I feel refreshed and grateful for the experience and committed to spreading the word regarding the Tarkine far and wide.
Manager – Sustainability Strategy and Reporting
Our guide explained that ‘minimal impact’ was a common concept of ecotourism, but that Tarkine Trails preferred a concept of ‘maximum respect’. That is, that we as humans were part of this giant organism that is the rainforest, not just external entities that act upon it. By recognising we are part of it, by being immersed in it for a number of days, accepting the minor and easily repaired impact you have, you take responsibility for the influence you have and show respect for this large, symbiotic and truly beautiful system. That concept really struck a chord with me as the best way to protect this unique place.
They also showed a deep commitment to the Tarkine and its sustainability as an eco-tourism destination with its potential benefits to the Northwest region. This was evidenced not just in words, but also in their actions, such as their use of local produce like honey, cheeses and fruit on the walk. Their subtle but passionate advocacy of the Tarkine left me with a profound sense that this is a place that needs nurturance and love, and that it should become an experience sought after by all Australians and indeed the world. I have no hesitation in continuing to recommend the Tarkine as a destination with Tarkine Trails as guides to my family and friends.
Child Education Facilitator
I went on a trip to the Tarkine over the New Year which was guided by ‘Tarkine Trails’. We spent half the time in an unbelievably beautiful ancient rainforest, whose beauty has burned itself into my soul. I could not bear to live in a world where such places do not exist and so want to know that my grandchildren will be able to experience the same awe and wonder as I did. The second part of the trip was on a remote ocean beach – again there are no words to do it justice. I expected something special on this trip. The very name ‘Tarkine evokes wilderness and remote, unspoilt areas, however it is only in relationship with such a place that one begins to realize how special it is and how precious to us all as humans.
The man, Darvis, who guided us was exceptional in his knowledge and love of this area. His professionalism was amazing – nothing was too much or too difficult for him. He managed difficulties of personalities, logistics and practicalities all with equal serenity and ease. I have complete trust in the ability of Tarkine Trails to promote this area, while caring for their clients and adding to Tasmania’s tourism industry in the most eco- sensitive way. I work with young people in Sydney and I hope to return and bring a mob of youngsters with me. I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to everyone I meet.
Medical Research Scientist
The opportunity to explore the Tarkine rain forest was a magical experience for me. I felt extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to walk through such a beautiful and ancient place. The crew from Tarkine Trails were extremely professional, providing great pre-trip support with regard to making sure we had the right gear, in addition to supplying fantastic meals, information about the rainforest’s flora and fauna, and in general making the 6 days as pleasurable as they could. I have been recommending their tour company to all my friends, and in fact, my travel companion and I will be making a presentation of our trip to our bush walking club.
public affairs advisor, Melbourne
I’ve travelled the world only to find one of the best nature-based experiences a short plane ride from home. The Wild Tarkine Coast trip allowed me to just be me – no stress or pressures from my way of life were able to compete with the sheer magnificence and natural beauty of this remote area of Tasmania. It seems to have a special soul-healing capacity that gives back the more you embrace and start to understand it. This really was one of those rare gems – an experience that will have a profound and life-changing impact on me; the perfect way to get back to nature and explore a very special part of the world.
Thank you Tarkine Trails for the opportunity to form my own opinion of this wilderness area. The trip was expertly run and I will be recommending it.