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In this Issue
  1 WIN A GREAT WALK IN TASMANIA: Subscribe & Win competition
  2 JOIN THE 'HUMAN MULE' TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE APPIN HALL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
  3 RAFT THE FRANKLIN RIVER: One of the world's last true wilderness expeditions
  4 CYCLE THE EAST COAST: On our new Avanti bikes
  5 ADVENTURES IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: Free info night
  6 LAUNCESTON DAY TOURS
  7 SWAP YOUR REMOTE FOR THE TRULY REMOTE: Mt Anne Circuit
  8 LAST MINUTE WILDERNESS ESCAPES
 

Welcome to Tasmanian Expeditions eNEWS!

Can you believe it's already October?

With the Tasmanian season officially started we've been overwhelmed by the number of people who have been contacting us recently to plan their summer escapes. Our treks are limited to small groups, just 6-12 participants depending on the trip so they do fill very quickly. If you're a last minute planner make sure you check our late availability article to find an upcoming departure that's right for you and book your flights to Tassie while they are still available.

This month we're launching our fantastic competition where one lucky person can choose to join one of Tasmania's greatest walks - either our Walls of Jerusalem Experience or the Maria Island Walk. The prize comes complete with flights. Read on to learn more about what you could win.

So, if you know someone who also appreciates walking in the world's best wilderness please refer them to join our newsletter - the more people you refer the more entries into the competition you'll receive.

Also in the edition; learn how you can join 'the human mule', food dropper Wes Moule, on a special trek to raise money for the Appin Hall Children's Foundation; read about some exciting day tours to add that extra bit of adventure to your Tasmanian holiday; help clean up the legendary Franklin River and book your place on a special Adventures in Travel Photography information evening with Peter Walton, the tour escort of our snappy new Photography Expeditions.

See you in Tassie - soon!

 
1. WIN A GREAT WALK IN TASMANIA: Subscribe & Win competition

 

If the idea of a remote camping based wilderness trekking experience to the Walls of Jerusalem, or a more comfortable accommodated walk on Maria Island, where the culinary highlights match the magical scenery sounds appealing then make sure you enter our Subscribe & Win a Great Walk in Tasmania competition.

Entering is simple. Just refer someone to subscribe to our free e-newsletter and you will go into the draw to win one place on either our 4-day Walls of Jerusalem Experience or the 4-day Maria Island Walk as well as return economy class flights from your nearest capital city!

For every person you refer you’ll receive one entry into our competition. The more people you refer, the more chances you’ll have to win – so start referring today!

The winner will have the choice to join either the Walls of Jerusalem Experience or the Maria Island Walk. Both walks are part of the Great Walks of Tasmania, a pioneering collection of seven of the most iconic walking experiences Tasmanian. You can book six of these walks directly with Tasmanian Expeditions – view them all here.

The promotion will run right throughout the Tasmanian walking season and ends on 31 May 2012. The winner will be announced in our June 2012 e-newsletter.

View the full Subscribe and Win a Great Walk in Tasmania competition details on our website now. Good luck!

 
2. JOIN THE 'HUMAN MULE' TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE APPIN HALL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

 

Regular readers would be very familiar with our very own Wes Moule, our guide and food dropper who is Tasmania’s equivalent to the Nepali Sherpa. Last season, Wes set about his ‘mission in remission’ which was to walk 1500km through the Tasmanian wilderness during the trekking season to raise funds for the Northern W.P. Holman Clinic in Launceston.

After a successful five year battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer, Wes was determined to help those who helped him and was overwhelmed with the support he received from the public last season to ensure that he reached his fundraising goals.

This year Wes is at it again, this time raising funds for the Devonport based Appin Hall Children’s Foundation by leading a special Heart of World Heritage fundraising trek along an alternate trekking route in the remote Walls of Jerusalem region.

The 6 day moderate graded full-pack bushwalk departs Launceston on 29 February 2012 and includes a donation of $400 per person to Appin Hall. This unique itinerary has been desgned by Wes to link together the Walls of Jerusalem and part of the Overland Track. The route traverses Mt Jerusalem and lake Meston in the Walls of Jerusalem before crossing Pine Hut Plain, Lee’s Paddocks and on to the the Pelion Plains and Mount Oakleigh before descending via the Arm River Track.

By joining this trek you'll experience a unique region of Tasmania as well as help Appin Hall at the same time. With Wes as your leader you'll be inspired by both the wilderness and Wes's larger than life personality and passion for the Tasmanian wilderness.

Places limited to 8 people – contact us now to secure your place.

 
3. RAFT THE FRANKLIN RIVER: One of the world's last true wilderness expeditions

 

The Franklin River is iconic. It’s one of the last great bastions of real wilderness left in the world, where one can drink the water straight from the river & there are next to no traces of human contact.

Our parent company World Expeditions pioneered commercial rafting on the Franklin River back in 1978 and we're proud that 33 years later, the Franklin River remains possibly one of the world’s best example of true sustainability in adventure travel.

Paddling down the Franklin today reveals that the riverbank environment is in better shape now than at any other time since the start of dam works in the early 80’s. With careful stewardship, the Franklin Rafting community has ensured that impacts are minimised, such that its hard to detect any evidence of years of use.  You can now join this effort by joining with us and Parks Rangers in removing noxious weeds from the river banks. Our 2012 Franklin River Care Project has a few places left, learn how you can help here.

Rafting the Franklin River is a wilderness expedition without par. Working as a team and led by world class rafting guides, you’ll forges your way through the rugged south west of Tasmania, through deep gorges, quiet pools and magnificent temperate rainforest, sleeping under canvas or in spectacular caves along the way.

The Franklin season starts on 19 November. We can only take 8 people per trip on both our 9-day and 11 day tour; the latter includes a trekking ascent of the remote Frenchmans Cap, so get in touch today to discuss your suitability for the expedition and to be inspired further about this spectacular river journey.

 
4. CYCLE THE EAST COAST: On our new Avanti bikes

 

If you love your cycling, but don’t mind some short adventures out of the saddle either, our 7-day Cycle, Kayak & Walk Tasmania will certainly appeal. Combining stunning walks with kayaking in Freycinet National Park as well as spectacular cycling along the east coast and a bike descent on Mt Wellington, this varied multi-activity holiday simply has it all.

Tasmanian Expeditions prides itself on the quality of equipment we supply you in the field. New for this season, we've introduced a fleet of 27 speed Avanti Touring Cycles. Equipped with high-spec Shimano Deore SLX  running gear, these bikes will impress both experienced cyclists and occasional riders. The bikes are set up to be  ideally suited to the type of cycling that you encounter on this sensational tour. A choice of seats are available, from wider comfort saddles to narrower touring saddles for more experienced cyclists and the bikes are equipped with basic flat platform pedals however we are happy to swap if you choose to bring your own SPD pedals. A quality helmet is also included in the hire price.

The itinerary is very flexible and provides a wealth of experiences as you travel through quaint villages, tranquil rural settings and spectacular rainforests by foot, bike and kayak from Launceston, along the east coast via Wineglass Bay and Maria Island towards Hobart.

Cycle, Kayak & Walk Tasmania runs regularly between October and April. Go online to download the trip notes or to book your trip now.

 
5. ADVENTURES IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: Free info night

When your work has appeared on an Australian Post stamp you know you’ve made it as a successful photographer.

Peter Walton’s work has been gracing the pages of books, magazines, calendars and of course stamps for over 40 years. Now, Peter has set himself a new challenge – to help others take their photography to a higher level.

This desire has laid the foundation for two exciting new photography expeditions in Tasmania as well as a special tour to capture the autumn colours of New Zealand’s Otago region in 2012.

Peter will share some tips of the trade as well as outline the three photography expeditions that he will lead at a special free show in Melbourne on 24 January 2012 at 6pm. Book your seat now.

The evening will both inspire and inform so make sure you reserve your free place online now as we expect the limited seating to be booked out very soon.

 
6. LAUNCESTON DAY TOURS

This season we’ve introduced three enticing reasons to extend your stay in Tasmania just that little bit longer. Our series of canyoning, rock climbing and mountain biking day tours all begin and end in Launceston and are the perfect way to ‘unwind’ after one of our amazing active holidays!

The Launceston Rock Climbing tour will see you climbing and abseiling while exploring the dolerite crags of nearby Cataract Gorge with one of the legends of Tasmanian rock climbing, Bob McMahon. Trips depart daily year round.

Your Cradle Mountain experience won’t be complete until you discover the hidden side of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park on a unique Cradle Mountain canyoning experience in the world class Lost World Canyon. Led by experienced guides, you can choose between a half day and full day tour departing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11 Nov to 15 April.

For even more action, swap two feet for two wheels on an awesome mountain biking descending from Ben Lomond Peak's 1450m summit with its switch backs, hairpin bends, gravel roads and single tracks ensuring a big day out on the bike.

 
7. SWAP YOUR REMOTE FOR THE TRULY REMOTE: Mt Anne Circuit

 

Deep in the south west Tasmanian wilderness is Mt Anne, the highest peak in the region. The prominent dolerite peak towers above the World Heritage wilderness, inviting bushwalkers to experience its wild exposure.

Our 5-day Mt Anne Circuit expedition is not for the faint hearted.

The extremely demanding unsupported bushwalk will expose you to some difficult climbs and exposed scrambles however you will be justly rewarded with views of sub alpine crags, deep forests and idyllic lakes.

Led by only our most experienced wilderness guides, our itinerary has extra time built in case of bad weather and to allow for some exciting side trips.

Tasmanian Expeditions run a number of challenging bushwalking expeditions through Tasmania’s wildest and most pristine wilderness. Call us to discuss your suitability for the Mt Anne Circuit, the South Coast Track or even a traverse of the Western Arthurs Ranges.

 
8. LAST MINUTE WILDERNESS ESCAPES

 

The Cradle Huts Overland Track trek is completely full between Christmas and New Years. Call us now to secure your place on alternative dates.

 
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