Your Walking Tour Guides

Our Cradle Mountain Huts guides are often thought of as our most outstanding asset.  They are passionate, educated, great interpreters and cooks all rolled into one.  Feedback regarding our guides is invariably positive.  The guides will enhance the journey with their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna, geology and history of the Overland Track and the wonders of the World Heritage Area.

In the words of one traveller "...their love of the wilderness was obvious in the gentle way they encouraged us to care for it as much as they did themselves. Their leadership was superb - the trip would always have been memorable, with the extra input by the guides it became fantastic."

Kinara Amber Johnson

Kinara JohnsonWhere do you come from?
Hobart, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
Since the 2009/2010 season

What do you enjoy about this job?
I love the outdoors and have a strong passion for the Tasmanian wilderness. The diversity along The Overland Track is incredible, from vast button grass plains and mountain views, to alpine lakes and vegetation, to rainforest and waterfalls, every day is so different so it really feels like you're taking people on a journey. I love meeting groups of interesting people from all over Australia and around the world. It's so satisfying to see a sense of camaraderie and companionship form and to be a part of it. I love the guiding community and working with an amazing bunch of people.

What is your favourite story?
When I got to take a man and his guide dog along the overland track.

 

William Horan

Cradle Mountain Huts guide, Will HoranWhere are you from?
Temora, NSW

How long have you been guiding?
Two seasons for Cradle Huts

What do you enjoy about this job?
Building friendships, learning, having a laugh

What's your favourite place on the Overland Track?
Lake Will--the beaches are better than Bay of Fires!

What is your favourite story?
When I was guiding with my brother Patrick and we convinced a man, Paul, from our group to sleep out under the stars with us. He said that it changed his life.

 

Cody McCracken

Where do you hail from?Cody Mc

The "Mainland"

Nickname

Crackers or Codes

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

I love the freedom that this work provides me to escape the insulated world created around us and the opportunity it gives me to ponder, to share, to learn and to be. 

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

Bof -  South Abbotsbury beach at 4pm with a nice swell whipping mist into the air as the low light plays off the dunes. CMH: Day 5 morning catching up with group: Myrtle forest after Du Cane hut, with warm shafts of light piercing the canopy and bathing patches of ground the size of a coffee table. 

Favourite book?

The Cloud spotters Guide

Recommended travel destination and why?

Central China - Unthinkable landscapes, unknown cultures, undeveloped (for china) and an uncertain future.

 Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

Mt Difficult to Briggs bluff in the Grampians Victoria.

Favourite Saying / Quote

The love one receives is equal to the love one gives

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

A hearty winter stew

 

Shelley Napier 

Where do you hail from?Shelley N

Country Victoria, but now I call Evandale home

Nickname

Shelly?

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

 The ability to surround myself with such unique beauty everyday and having the chance to watch others react to these stunning places.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track?

Favourite place on the OT-The summit of Mt Ossa

Favourite book?

Favourite book- anything by Bill Bryson

Recommended travel destination and why?

Recommend travel destination- Japan. The best powder snow in the world, as well as perfect serenity and delicious food

 Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

So far, the Western Arthurs in the south west of Tasmania.

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

Homemade soup with home grown vegies.

 

Andy Szollosi

Where do you hail from?Andy Szollosi Guide

I was born in Budapest, Hungary.

 Nickname

Goulash Master (aka Andy)

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

The place, the people and the stories; and how it’s all tied together with a sense of wild adventure. It is not merely a job; it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle which comes with a healthy and practical philosophy; we look after Nature, and we look after people, for they are both dependant on the other.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track?

The old growth rainforest we get to walk through on day 5. As the track roughly follows the Mersey River, we get to walk in dim light under the tightly woven canopy of the beech myrtles, which,  combined with a sweet moisture in the air creates ideal conditions for a number of ancient species to grow in abundance. The trunks and branches of the trees are covered in bright green moss that creates a pre historic atmosphere, and with it a deep sense of wilderness and solace. There is a deep sense of calm that overtakes you on this section of the track, where your thoughts slow down as your awareness comprehends the vibrancy and uniqueness of the forest.

 Favourite book?

1984 by George Orwell

Recommended travel destination and why?

Walking in the Australian Alps National Park. This park encloses a number of truly amazing mountainous wilderness areas that are worth exploring.

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

I feel like every time I do a multi day walk, it becomes my new favourite! I’ve done some amazing walks in Tassie besides the Overland Track that included Frenchman’s Cap, Mt Anne and Cathedral Mountain.

 Favourite Saying / Quote

There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing.

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

A Hungarian sweet main course called ‘szilvasgomboc’. They are plum dumplings which are boiled then rolled in sweet fried bread crumbs. Sour cream optional as garnish. 

 

Mitch Wilson

Where do you hail from?Mitch W
Devonport Tasmania

Nickname
Doot

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?
The lifestyle and meeting some incredible people while showing them one of my favourite places in the world. 

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track ?
Definitely Pelion gap

 Favourite book?
Any of Maggie beer's cook books

Recommended travel destination and why?
Rio de Janeiro for the football, samba and best caipirinhas

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?
Moon walk

Favourite Saying / Quote
Turn down for what!

Your favourite dinner dish ever?
Eye fillet steak

 

Alice Siermicki 

Where do you hail from?

Birralee, Tasmania

Nickname

Bellay

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Getting to call such a beautiful place my office and meeting amazing people along the way.

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

Either Pelion Gap or on top of Mt Oakleigh

Favourite book?

The field guide to Tasmania fungi

Recommended travel destination and why?

Anywhere as long as there are mountains with snow or beaches with waves!

The walls of Jerusalem its vast mountains and stunning lakes draw me back every time.

Favourite Saying / Quote

"Don't even worry about it!"

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

Pearl barley salad with wallaby chipolatas

 

Tom Keith 

Where do you hail from?Tom

​ The outskirts of Launceston​

Nickname

​ Keithy​

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

​ Calling the Wilderness World Heritage Area home for 6 days at a time and sharing its importance and beauty​

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

​ Depends on the weather, waterfall valley on a wet day, the mountain peaks on clear days, Fergusson Falls, North Abbotsbury beach at the Bay of Fires? Too much choice...​

Favourite book?

​ The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde​

Recommended travel destination and why?

​ Colombia. A little off the beaten track​. Incredibly diverse and vibrant.

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

​ Western Arthurs, Tasmania

Favourite Saying / Quote

“Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

​They push the human race forward and w​hile some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do…”

​ - Jack Kerouac (Paraphrased ​by Steve Jobs for Apple)

 Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

​ Lasagne or Moussaka 

 

 Jen Andrew  

Where do you hail from?Jen Andrew

I grew up in the Yarra Valley Victoria, Hobart is my home.

 

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Working as a guide, I am blessed to spend so much time in precious, amazing natural landscapes, and to help people be enchanted by them.  It feels very special to support people to have an experience that I know to be so rewarding and important - bushwalking and being in nature. 

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires?

The Mersey River area, cool temperate rainforest, fungi, tannin stained waterways, swimming, magical!

Favourite book?

‘Death of a river guide’ Richard Flannigan.

Recommended travel destination and why?

The Kimberly Western Australia, a stunning, vast, powerful place.  The landscape reveals its geological story in such a raw way, and I find the wet-dry cycle is intriguing.

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

Tassie!!  That’s why I’ve made it my home.  I think I am most in love with the Walls of Jerusalem National Park …or the Western Arthurs in the South West (stunning).

Favourite Saying / Quote

‘And forget not that the earth delights to feels your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair’. Kahil Gibran.

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

Haloumi salad

 

Dayna Trevaskis 

 Where do you hail from?

Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania

What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Be able to whip out a batch of scones in the world heritage area is always pretty enjoyable

What is your favourite place along the Overland Track?

 Mersey River rainforest just below Fergusson Falls

Favourite book?

Perfume - Patrick Susskind

Recommended travel destination and why?

India. It's a full-on assault on the senses, with fantastic people

Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

Anywhere in the Himalayas

Favourite Saying / Quote:

'In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.' Baba Dioum - ecologist

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?

 Tom Yam Soup

 

Nick Clark 

Where do you hail from?Nick Clark

The Tamar Valley, Tassie

Do you have a nickname?

Jugs

What do you enjoy most about working with the Tasmanian Walking Company?

It's awesome sharing my home with guests from all over the world, and watch as they lose themselves in the wilderness.

Excluding our amazing itineraries, what is your favourite walk?

Southern Ranges in Tassie, and the Haute Pyrenees in France and Spain.

Favourite book?

Dune

Recommended travel destination and why?

 Norway and Sweden for their landscapes and Montenegro for the culture (and coffee).

Favourite Saying / Quote

 "Children, only animals live entirely in the Here and Now. Only nature knows neither memory nor history. But man - let me offer you a definition - is the storytelling animal. Wherever he goes he wants to leave behind not a chaotic wake, not an empty space, but the comforting marker-buoys and trail-signs of stories." - Graham Swift

What is your favourite dinner?

Nasi Lemak in the backstreets of Kuala Lumpur 

 

Nikki Hall 

Where do you hail from?Nikki Hall

Wynyard on the North West Coast of Tassie.

 What do you enjoy most about guiding for TWC?

Working as a guide for the TWC is a dream job. The people we get the opportunity to meet whether they are your guiding mates or guests on trips is a real privilege. They are people that you may not otherwise get the chance to come across in your everyday life. And we get the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

 What is your favourite place along the Overland Track and or Bay of Fires? 

So many, I do love Mt Oakleigh when the weather allows. Sitting out on those Spires is something else and the views are magic. At the beach, on the second day you reach a headland before the Eddystone Point lighthouse. As it opens up there are these two pristine bays with crystal clea blue water with beautiful natural granite statues and it feels like you could be anywhere in the world.

 Favourite book?

Touching the Void

 Recommended travel destination and why?

 A highlight for me was Canada, so beautiful and my recent trip to New Zealand was a true highlight. Cooler climates and good snow is a large part of the reason I enjoyed these countries.

 Excluding our amazing walks - what is your favourite walk worldwide?

 I recently came home after a winter season guiding in the Northern Territoty on the Larapinta trail. After hearing so much about the desert and going in with mixed feelings it was a wonderful surprise to see such lush vegetation and beautiful wildflowers.

 Favourite Saying / Quote:

No worries, She'll be right

Your favourite dinner dish ever!?!

It would have to be mum's home cooked roast with baked potatoes, veggies with gravy