Media Release: Tasmanian tourism industry push in Canberra for Trans Tarkine Track

A group of Tasmanian tourism businesses are pushing the Federal Government to provide $20 million to build the Trans Tarkine Track, a internationally-significant ecotourism trail in the North West of the state.

A group of 15 tourism operators, concentrated in the North West of the state, have signed a statement calling for the Federal Government to fund the Trans Tarkine Track and the Tasmanian Government to lead its development. Greg Irons, Director of Tasmania’s Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, is in Canberra lobbying the Federal Government, the Labor Opposition and the cross bench to support $20 million in federal funding for the project.

Ken Boundy, who was the Managing Director of Tourism Australia and is now part-owner of Corinna Wilderness Experience and Pieman River Cruises, which operate in the takayna/Tarkine, said “The Trans Tarkine Track is a world-class proposal and deserves support as a national tourism industry priority for Australia.”

“Prime Minister Scott Morrison understands tourism and should see the economic value the Trans Tarkine Track will generate locally in Tasmania and the value it will add to brand Australia”, said Mr Boundy.

Greg Irons said, “Eco-tourism is the sustainable way to create good jobs and put Tasmania on the world map.”

“Southern Tasmania has a wealth of great draw-cards for nature and cultural tourism so now it is time to make an investment in the north of the state, that will provide a world-class experience for visitors and generate jobs,” said Mr Irons.

The Tasmanian Government is currently tendering for proposals for up to $20 million for the Next Iconic Walk program, which could go towards the Trans Tarkine Track.

More information: Dan Cass (for the Bob Brown Foundation) 0408 468 488



Tasmanian Tourism operators statement of supportfor the Trans Tarkine Track

November 2018


We call on the Federal Government to provide $20 million in support for the Trans Tarkine Track.

We call on the Tasmanian Government to lead the development of this project.

This would be a world-class tourism draw-card for the North of Tasmania.

The region has a wealth of sustainable, ecotourism opportunities and deserves more investment.


  1. Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, Meunna  
  2. Bonorong's Tarkine Trails, Tarkine
  3. Corinna Wilderness, Corinna
  4. Waratah Roadhouse, Waratah
  5. Eagles Rise Tasmania, Sisters Beach
  6. B & B at Winterbrook, Ulverstone
  7. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Brighton
  8. Tullah TimeOut, Tullah
  9. Touchwood Cottages, Gallery & Café, Stanley
  10. The Duck House, Burnie
  11. Eagle's Roost Farmstay B&B, Rocky Cape
  12. Stanley Guest House, Stanley
  13. High On Penguin - Accommodation, Penguin
  14. Hanlon House, Stanley
  15. Penguin Waterfront Escape, Penguin




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  • Kenny Belbin
    commented 2018-11-27 16:29:00 +1100
    20 million would be better spent on health and education