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Introduction to Navigation Course Tasmania Study to Navigate

Study to navigate

Escape the day-to-day and end up in takayna/Tarkine, on lutruwita/Tasmania’s beautiful west coast for 4 days studying navigation and connecting with this distant and wild place.

Primarily based at Corinna Wilderness Village, we’ll come collectively and be taught to navigate by conventional map and compass, learn and interpret topographic maps with confidence and importantly, be taught to learn the panorama and how one can stroll with it, not in opposition to it.

24 – 27 April 2024

Reserving type launching quickly!

map and compass in the Tarkine Tasmania
Caro Ryan navigation course The Tarkine Tasmania
Come and be a part of me right here in great takayna/The Tarkine

Why a navigation course retreat?

Primarily based on my normal 2-day Introduction to Navigation Course within the Blue Mountains, this residential retreat permits extra time to go deeper into the course materials and construct neighborhood round a shared expertise on this particular location.

In case you’ve ever dreamt of discovering your manner within the bush, breaking via the invisible partitions beside tracks and stepping off the well-formed path, turning into an explorer and discovering your individual journey, learn on.

You’ll be taught the necessities for on and off-track navigation, construct your confidence find your manner within the bush and for making sensible choices in an outside surroundings.

Like a detective in a narrative, you’ll be outfitted with abilities and information to search out the clues to resolve the mysteries of the place am I? How do I get the place I wish to go? And the way lengthy will it take me?

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The Pieman River

Who is that this navigation course for?

Designed for bushwalkers, hikers, canyoners, trail-runners, climbers or any outside adventurer, with little or no expertise in map and compass navigation, who desires to cowl the fundamentals, via to intermediate abilities related to conventional navigation strategies.

The situation and residential nature of the retreat will provide help to deal with studying (there is no such thing as a cell phone reception or wifi at Corinna… ahhhhhh) and rising your abilities.

Most group measurement is 10.

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Caro on a discipline day with college students – placing the idea into motion

What’s going to I be taught?

This intensive workshop will cowl the fundamentals of selecting the best tools, map studying and interpretation, studying the land, compass use, timing and tempo, taking bearings and a great deal of different ideas and methods that can assist you recognise, stop and remedy the commonest navigation challenges.

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Caro educating navigation on The Overland Observe (Picture: Andrew Ford)

What’s included

  • Teacher Caro and her Introduction to Navigation Course (+ assistant)
  • Return personal minibus transfers ex Launceston to The Tarkine, west coast of Tasmania (approx 4 hrs every manner)
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners [including 2-course celebratory restaurant dinner on last night]), morning and afternoon tea, Caro’s scroggin/path combine, pre-dinner nibbles, sizzling drinks
  • Twin-share lodging with ensuite (single complement accessible)
  • Nationwide Park entry charges
  • Pieman River Cruise on the Arcadia II
  • Topographic map and map protector (to maintain)
  • Compass (to maintain)
  • Copy of Caro’s e book Find out how to Navigate (to maintain)
  • Emergency satellite tv for pc communications
  • Group first support package (your teacher is certified in Distant Space First Support)

What do I want to supply?

  • Journey to Launceston, lodging both facet of the journey and any transfers needed to satisfy the mini-bus transport
  • Journey Insurance coverage*
  • Day backpack sufficient to hold your lunch, water, snacks, hat, raincoat, sunscreen, personal medicines, and many others
  • Your personal bushwalking/mountain climbing garments, worn-in footwear, and knee-length gaiters. A full gear record shall be offered upon reserving.
  • Alcoholic or tender drinks
Queen (single complement) cabin. Twin Share splits the king mattress in two.


$3,100 inc GST (twin share cabin lodging)

Restricted single dietary supplements accessible + $500 inc GST on your personal cabin. Rooms assigned on a primary come, first served foundation.

Conventional on the skin, modern on the within
Cosy gasoline fireplace… and a 3D map on the wall


There are not any stipulations for this course, nonetheless, you have to sufficient health to bodily spend a day mountain climbing (we don’t transfer quick) in average (grade 3), uneven terrain (together with hills) and a way of humour to understand Tassie’s changeable climate.

Course Location

Corinna Wilderness Village is positioned throughout the Pieman River State Reserve, takayna/Tarkine on the west coast of lutruwita/Tasmania. It’s Australia’s largest temperate rainforest and the second-largest temperate rainforest on this planet. Our discipline actions might take us into the encompassing Donaldson River Nature Recreation Space and alongside the Pieman River.

If the pictures really feel a bit acquainted, season 1 of Alone Australia was filmed about 25 km away on the identical waterway, Lake Pieman. I can guarantee you that our residing situations and weight loss plan shall be far superior ;D.

What in regards to the climate?

Programs go forward in all however essentially the most distinctive climate situations. Warmth, mist, drizzle, showers, rain and wind are widespread in Tasmania, and customarily don’t have an effect on regular operation of our programs – generally they improve them!

Take a look at the Bureau of Meteorology for particulars about common temps and rainfall for the world.

If BMCS chooses to delay, postpone, change or cancel an exercise resulting from climate situations, we’ll make each effort to tell contributors as quickly as potential. Members who resolve to not attend resulting from climate, in opposition to our coverage or recommendation, shall be charged the complete course payment.

This course is run in collaboration with my companions, Blue Mountains Climbing Faculty (BMCS) and is topic to their phrases and situations.

Hardwicke Bay – Nothing between right here and South Africa


Day 1 Our personal minibus will pickup from each Launceston Airport and a central Launceston location. Heading out of ‘Launnie’, we’ll cease (inside an hour) for espresso at considered one of Caro’s favorite native companies. Totally caffeinated and briefed on the day, we’ll proceed via the picturesque agricultural panorama, hitting the north coast close to Devonport and winding alongside in direction of Burnie to gather our gourmand lunch bins, earlier than turning southwest for Waratah Falls and our lunch cease.

Onwards to takayna/The Tarkine and Corinna, we go away the bitumen and discover ourselves within the Savage River Regional Reserve and start winding our manner down in direction of the west coast and the Pieman River.

After settling into our lodging, we’ll set off on a brief stroll to familiarise ourselves with the plush rainforest of our house in takayna, earlier than tucking into blissful hour nibbles at our base adopted by a home-cooked meal.

Day 2 Navigation principle formally kicks off at 8.30 am, however contributors can go for some quiet time on their very own with an early morning stroll or stretch session on the boardwalk, to the sound of the Pieman River lapping beneath.

Tasty morning and afternoon tea, in addition to a hearty lunch will break up the day, together with sensible navigation workout routines and demonstrations to maintain us focussed inside our cosy classroom.

Day 3 Right here’s the place we put our principle into follow! Popping a packed lunch into our daypacks, we head out into takayna/The Tarkine to be embraced by the forest, mosses and ferns, feeling Nation and the panorama change and shift round us.

Shifting via totally different vegetation sorts, we’ll discover ourselves with a special perspective of the world round us, studying ‘map to floor’ and follow taking various kinds of compass bearings, for various functions. That is the place our classroom studying actually will get into our souls and every thing comes alive!

Invigorated by our connections to Nation, our new abilities and one another, we’ll return to Corinna for a celebratory two-course dinner in Corinna’s Tannin Restaurant, earlier than snuggling down into our comfy beds for our final evening of the journey.

Day 4 Trying out of our rooms earlier than 9.30 am, we’ll step aboard the historic Arcadia II river boat for a journey to the mouth of the river, the wild west coast… and our last navigation train for the journey, so don’t overlook your maps and compasses!

Stretching our legs alongside the sands of Hardwicke Bay, we share a packed lunch as we replicate on our learnings and all that we’ve skilled on the retreat.

Returning to Corinna we step about our minibus as soon as once more for the journey again to Launceston, arriving no later than 8 pm for drop-off at your resort.

nb: Itinerary is topic to vary

*Journey and Cancellation Insurance coverage

We strongly advocate acquiring appropriate personal journey insurance coverage on your reserving.

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