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Lake Tali Karng

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Days

3

Grade

3

Distance

44km

Price

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TOUR OVERVIEW

These wonderful trips are designed to give the overnight hiker an opportunity to explore beyond the reach of just a day walk, without the anxiety of a long day carrying a heavy rucksack. They involve a pack carry on the first day, then two or three day walks with just your small bag and heading back to  your standing base camp each night. We have a range of destinations available, from the wilds of Tassie to the Victorian High Plains and they are a wonderful opportunity to blend your love of the outdoors and the challenge of a multi-night tent experience without being too far from the safety and security that a base camp can provide.

Lake Tali Karng is a hidden jewel nestled deep in the mountains of Gippsland, fed by snowmelt waters of the Wellington Plains. The lake is believed to have been formed about 1500 years ago when a massive rock slide collapsed into the valley damming the waters of Nigothoruk Creek above Wellington River. The water runs underground from the lake to emerge as the infant Wellington River 150m below in the Valley of Destruction.

This route to Lake Tali Karng begins at the third bridge over the Wellington River, about 22 km north of Licola. The route follows the Wellington River upstream for 17 km, crossing the river 16 times. These crossings are just perfect in summer for cooling off the feet and at the higher crossings provide super cool clear water to fill up your drink bottle. Continue past Riggall Spur Track to Clive Lanigan Track which climbs steeply through the Valley of Destruction and onto the Lake.

This is a reasonably demanding walk, because the first section is reasonably flat walking, it is with a full rucksack and has many river crossings, and then the next section which has no big rucksacks is quite steep and rocky underfoot for part of the journey. Although Lake Tali karng is the destination, the walk along the river is definitely the highlight and we always make the absolute most of this beautiful feature.

We can assist with a range of equipment and planning so you don’t have to worry, and also help you out with what to bring and how much to carry, provide pack lists and may be able to help out with getting to the start location. We’d love to see you on this exciting experience to take your day walking or overnight hiking to a new level and head into the wilds with the security of a base camp and our supportive and experienced staff.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Overnight hiking gear if you require it. (Tent, Sleeping Mat, Rucksack)
  • Full catering, dinner, lunches and snacks including all dietary needs
  • Experienced & qualified guides
  • 12km pack carry into base camp beside the river.
  • Set up a standing camp for 2 nights.
  • A single day hike without your rucksack.
  • Enjoying the beauty and remoteness of Lake Tali Karng
  • Spectacular river walking.

FOOD

Full catering, lunch and snacks including all dietary needs

WHAT TO BRING

  • A full pack list can be viewed here:
  • Rucksack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat.
  • Medication, camera, etc…
  • Hike clothes and warm camp clothes – weather suitable.
  • Footwear suitable for wet walking.
  • Your personal items
  • Utensils incl plate, bowl fork, cup.

UNFORGETTABLE

EXPERIENCES

"Visiting the Bay of Fires has always been on my bucket list and I am glad I made this dream a reality. What a stunning experience! Big shout out to the team at TSA who have gone above and beyond! Highly recommended!" - Linda Hyde

ITINERARY

  • Day 1, Meet at Licola at 11am and drive a further 20min as a group to the starting location. (Licola is 3hr from Melbourne CBD). We will then provide lunch and get all our gear ready to start walking around noon, enabling enough time to enjoy the 12km up to the campsite, which will involve up to 16 river crossings. Once at camp, we’ll set up and enjoy the evening by the river.
  • Day 2, Today is a small pack carry so you can either bring a little day bag or empty your overnight bags and carry the few items you need. We then continue upriver to the aptly named Valley of Destruction which is a rough and scrambly 9km uphill walk to the Lake, which will take a few hours. We’ll enjoy lunch at the lake and spend enough time there to make the most of the amazing scenery. We will then head back to camp to enjoy a yummy dinner, and hopefully a campfire with marshmellows.
  • Day 3, Pack up and walk back downstream over the multiple river crossings on our way out. This downstream day with lighter packs will allow us plenty of time to get back to our vehicles and head back home without any rush. This walk is not one for those not afraid of getting wet feet! with multiple river crossings all through day one and three you will have constantly wet shoes. However the scenery is magnificent and this walk is a definite one to cross off the bucket list and will stay in your memories forever. Not an easy walk but oh so rewarding..

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FAQS

This is one of our most common questions, and our recommendation is that for most of our day walks you should wear your most comfortable footwear. Don’t wear your old hiking boots from 20 years ago, and don’t wear thongs or sandals. Bottom line is your runners are probably the best choice unless you have some comfortable hiking shoes or trail runners. In some circumstances you may want footwear with better grip than runners, particularly for muddy winter walks. If you are still in doubt, bring along both pairs and get our guides recommendation on the day.

Transport to and from location is not included but ride-sharing can be arranged

All our trips include our awesome TSA guides, accommodation, all your meals, beverages, access, permits, and all extras such as gear, activites, climbs, rafting, caving or any of the other exciting activities that appears on our tours. There is never any more to pay, unless you want to buy your own things like a coffee, souvenirs etc.

As with all of our events, our trips vary in length and difficulty. We suggest you look at the grading provided and have a browse through the itinerary distances. If you can walk 20km day after day then you’ll be fine for the Larapinta Trek, or you may be more suited to wandering around the Bay of Fires and more leisurely beach walking. Remember that you will have weeks to months to build up your fitness before the trip – which we can help with! If still in doubt, give us a call

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