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."

Miriam Pearce

Where do you come from?
Originally Tasmania. Recently Tibet.

How long have you been guiding?
On and off since 2003

What do you enjoy about this job?
Seeing the button grass buttons against the sky; meeting different people from all sorts of places; watching the setting sun light up Mt Oakleigh; making scones; and being in and seeing a beautiful part of this world in all sorts of weather, across different seasons and sharing that with other people.

Andrew Poynter

Where do you come from?
Launceston, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
Three seasons

What do you enjoy about this job?
Mostly, just getting the chance to 'work' in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes, which I'm also lucky enough to call my 'backyard'! I also love getting the chance to meet all types of people and watching some of them develop a whole new appreciation for the environment over the 6 days.

Anna Reddington

Where do you come from?
Hobart, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
The coming season (2010/2011) will be my fourth guiding for Cradle Mountain Huts and third at Bay of Fires Walk.

What do you enjoy about this job?
Guiding for Cradle Mountain Huts is more than a job, it is a lifestyle. It is a commitment to spending the majority of my time in the outdoors; my ideal home and where I feel most connected to my surroundings. As a wilderness guide I find it immensely rewarding to be given the opportunity to show guests firsthand the Tasmanian outdoors, in all its raw beauty. Showing people the beauty of a place can reinforce or lead to a respect for the environment. It is rewarding to see people connecting with the environment and finding a sense of place. With any luck this newly formed relationship will then lead to a desire to preserve and protect our beautiful backyard for future generations to enjoy. It doesn't take much to keep me happy in this job.

Imagine having an office with no windows, no walls and no doors... imagine calling this your home...

Patrick Horan

Where do you come from?
From country NSW, now Launceston.

How Long have you been guiding?
I am in my second season of guiding on the Overland track and have been guiding fly fishing on Tassie rivers for three seasons.

What do you enjoy about this job?
I really enjoy being in the wilderness over all the different times of year and showing people these wild places, seeing people enjoying the beautiful places in this state is very satisfying.

Rob Shaw

Where do you come from?
Queensland, but I am a naturalised Hobartian.

How long have you been guiding?
Two seasons.

What do you enjoy about this job?
Showing people around some of my favourite places.

Jess Davis

Where do you come from?
Hobart, Tasmania.

How long have you been guiding?
This is my third season.

What do you enjoy about this job?
Working in such an incredibly beautiful place and being away from everything.

James McArthur

Where do you come from?
Devonport, Tasmania

How long have you been guiding?
Three years

What do you enjoy about the job?
My office is a World Heritage Area!

Jen Andrews

Jen AndrewsWhere do you come from?
Victoria

How long have you been guiding?
2011/2012 is my second season 

What do you enjoy about it?
There is a delightful sense of freedom being out there.  I love the feeling of being on an adventure, and the special things that happen between a group of people when they take a rest from their regular lives and travel together in the mountains.  I feel so privileged to be able to work in such an extraordinary place, and to share it with others.  Every trip on the Overland track is wonder-filled, it's ever changing moods of season, weather, the company I share means it is always revealing something new, and at the same time I am blessed to become familiar with the landscape.

The grandeur and intricate beauty of the park never ceases to take my breath away.

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.

Linton Tuleja 

Where are you from?
Meander, Tasmania 

How long have you been guiding?
2008 (I think...?) 

What do you enjoy about this job?
The fact that my job is to share the wonder of two of the worlds most amazing places. The food comes a close second. 

What’s your favourite place on the Overland Track?
Hartnett Falls because there is nothing quite like swimming there on a nice sunny(or rainy) day. 

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

Tara Anstie

Cradle Huts guide - Tara AnstieWhere do you come from?
Launnie!

How long have you been guiding?
3 years, going on 4.

What do you enjoy about this job?
Being able to show people some of the amazing places Tasmania has to offer.

Shelly Napier

Cradle Huts guide - Shelly NapierWhere do you come from?
Originally Hamilton, Victoria but now a Launceston girl

How long have you been guiding?
I started in October 2011

What do you enjoy about this job?
I get to work both on a pristine, rarely visited beach, and a spectacular world heritage area! Its great walking across the buttongrass plateaus and watching the early morning cloud lift off the mountains on the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, or get in a sunset swim at the beach on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Its a privilege to show other people the beauty of these places, and I'm constantly learning new things every day.

What is your favourite place?
My favourite part of the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is North Abbottsbury beach- amazing flat white sand with dunes stretching out behind, clear turquoise water, and views to the lodge and the mountains around St Marys in the distance.

I love the last day on the Overland Track Walk, at Lake St Clair, surrounded by towering dolerite mountains, convincing all my guests to jump off the end of the jetty with me!

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.

Harley Tuleja

Cradle Mount Huts guide, Harley TulejaWhat is your name?
Harley Anton Stokes Tuleja (Breadmaker extraordinaire)

Where are you from?
I originally come from Meander but have since moved into Launceston (better baking opportunities)

What do you enjoy most about this job?
I really enjoy making the bread and teaching people about the overland track and also helping people through the tough walk that is the overland track. It's great to feel like you are an active part of helping people get to the end where if we weren't here they may not even come.

What is your favourite place on the Overland Track?
My favourite place on the overland track is jumping of the jetty at Lake St Clair after a hard walk and many many laughs.

What's your favourite story?
Getting to the top of Mount Ossa and seeing someone cry from the beauty yep that was nice.

 

What is your name?  Tom KeithTom Keith7

Where are you from?  Launceston, Tasmania.

How long have you  been guiding?  Since the 2012/13 season

What do you enjoy about guiding?  The physical challenge of the track, the
peace, silence and serenity of the mountains and the opportunity to guide,
educate and enjoy the journey with people who may not visit the park on
their own.

What’s your favourite place on the track?  Either Waterfall Valley after heavy
rains or the top of Ossa on a cloudless day.

What’s your favourite story from working with Cradle Mountain Huts?  Still working on
that.... to be continued.

 

Dee Leggett

Dee Leggett

Where are you from?  Hobart.

How long have you been guiding?  On and off since 2008

What do you enjoy about guiding?  Working in a very special part of the world and showing it off to our guests.

What’s your favourite place on the track?   The afternoon on Day 5 of the Overland Track.

What’s your favourite story from working with Cradle Huts?  Once I had a lovely American guest called David who I was walking with while the rest of our group summited Mt Oakleigh. We saw an echidna and spent almost 15 minutes watching it feed but David just could not pronounce ‘echidna’. It kept coming out ‘eCHADna’. Now that’s all I can think of every time I see one and it still makes me laugh.