Tarkine Quad and Side By Side Adventures developed from our weekend (and then weekly) hobby of spending plenty of time in the bush around the Tarkine area of north west Tassie, clearing old tracks, exploring, and then showing other riders what we had found. With all the time, knowledge, and gear we were investing in this passion, we started our family business as “Tarkine Quad and Side By Side Adventures” in July 2016, running tagalong day trips, and now running fully catered and supported multi-day adventures!
MEET THE TEAM:
Wally: The Boss and chief mechanic. Exploring the Tarkine is Wally’s great passion, and as trip leader it’s his job to make sure you have a great time on the tracks, and get back safely.
Starting out on bikes, Wally upgraded to a Honda Big Red quad in 2007, then a King Quad, Can Am 650 Outlander, 800 Outlander, before settling into the Commander Buggy he now runs.
Karen: Wally’s partner-in-adventure, Karen looks after the support crew side of our trips, including managing food, fuel, and accommodation for our trips. She drives one support vehicle with trailer and sets up all lunch stop BBQs and overnight stop-overs.
Angus: Support Crew, Sweep Rider, and Lead Rider. Has been on Bikes, Quads, and now Buggies for over 20 years, and he still hasn’t quite hit the big 3-0! His experience includes offload motorcycle racing with TERC from a younger age, before hitting the bush tracks with Wally. Angus drives another support vehicle as required. Helps as part-time sweep rider, track clearing, and is always ready to lend a hand on buggy maintenance and repairs with his mechanic skills.
Tayla: A chef by trade, Tayla is our support crew chef, doing an excellent job keeping clients and crew well-fed and fuelled up for riding in even the most taxing conditions. Tayla also has plenty of off-road experience, having been piloting quads through the wilderness since the age of 10!
Aston: Aston is one of Wally’s most experienced mates who runs as our main sweep rider on Can Am Outlander 1000. Aston has spent his life in the bush and farming, and since joining the team in2016 has brought all that experience, plus some great mechanical skills, to all our adventures.
Hunter: Hunter is our faithful 7 year old English Staffy. A big hit with all our customers, Hunter has travelled over 12,000km in the rear of the buggies! He’s loving the extra attention of being a big TV star since he featured in the Offroad Adventure Show!