Australia & South Pacific

Tasmania Holidays & Experiences


Tasmania, familiarly known as “Tassie” is an island located 240 kilometres/150 miles off the south coast of Australia. It is the most mountainous state and is made up of wilderness, spectacular scenery and interesting cities. 40% of the island is National Parks and reserves. It is a place with a rich history of convicts, cool-climate wineries and the smallest capital city.

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, is located amid the exciting beauty of Southern Tasmania, a charming waterfront city where Australia’s heritage can be viewed. European beginnings are everywhere - in quaint settlers’ cottages and colonial mansions.

Not too far way is the Port Arthur UNESCO heritage historic site with its well preserved penal colony buildings which also has great walks as well as cruises along the very high and spectacular nearby sea cliffs.

The Freycinet Peninsula, situated on the mild east coast, is a good example of the rugged natural beauty of the state with its azure bays and white sand beaches which take your breath away.

The city of Launceston in the north, the second largest in Tasmania and one of the oldest cities in Australia, has some attractive old historical buildings and offers a visit to nearby Narawntapu Park a complex of small islands, headlands, wetlands, dunes and lagoons, all with an amazing variety of plants and animals including kangaroos, wallabies and wombats.

Outdoor activities abound in Tasmania such as bushwalking, cycling, rafting and kayaking.

So if you are looking for something off the "beaten tourist track" then one of our Tasmania holidays is a great place to start. Enjoy Australia's wilderness state!!

 

State of Tasmania Quickfacts

Origin of Name: Known as Van Diemen's Land until 1855, the island was renamed for Abel Janszoon Tasman, the Dutch navigator who discovered it in 1642.
Capital: Hobart
Floral Emblem: Blue Gum
Faunal Emblem: Platypus and Kookaburra.
State Flag:

The badge of a golden lion on a red St. George's cross within a white circle and a star at each extremity of the cross.

State Motto: "Fertility and Faithfulness"
Location: Tasmania, Australia's island state lying approximately 240 km south of Victoria in the South Pacific Ocean.
Area: Tasmania is about the size of the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) or Hokkaido (Japan). The distance from east to west is 315 kilometres (189 miles) and from north to south 286 kilometres (175 miles). The area is 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles) but only represents 1% of Australia's total area.
Landform: Mountainous, with peaks in the west exceeding 1,500 m (5,000 ft), Tasmania is an extension of the continent's Eastern Highlands.
Population: You'll rarely see a crowd in Tasmania, which has a very small population for its size. The total population is 474,400 (2000 est)(there are 19,546,792 (2000 est) in the whole of Australia). In contrast to other Australian states where the majority of the people live in the capital, only about 40% of Tasmania's citizens reside in Hobart.

In greater Hobart there are 194,200 people (1999 est); in Launceston 70,000; in Burnie 19,000; in Devonport 25,000. English is the language of the whole of Australia including, of course, Tasmania. As you walk around Tasmanian cities and towns you may hear other languages - people from many countries have settled here and brought their languages with them.

 

WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE

Tasmanian DevilTasmania's isolation from mainland Australia has ensured the survival of many plants, animals and birds that are rare, or even extinct, elsewhere in the country. Visitors are often surprised at how accessible Tasmania's native wildlife is. In many areas on even a short bushwalk you can come across a pademelon, wombat or wallaby.

About 40 per cent of Tasmania is protected within national parks and reserves, and you'll be surprised how easy it is to experience the wilderness – on a Dove Lake or Russell Falls walking track, from a cruise boat off Bruny Island's south coast or by light plane to Melaleuca, deep in the south-west.

You can explore the dramatic landscapes of the world's last great temperate wilderness – in the rugged mountain ranges, dense rainforests, wild rivers and glaciated peaks of the west coast and Central Highlands you'll discover wildlife, scenery and vegetation unlike anywhere else on earth.

 


 

  • Southern Explorer (Australia)

    Take in Sydney’s sights before venturing to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Drive from Hobart to the Cradle Mountains, and then get to know the Phillip Island penguins and Melbourne.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
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  • A Day In The Wilderness

    Fly to rugged South West National Park. On arrival, look for one of the world’s rarest birds then board a boat to explore the harbour, concluding with a flight over Tasmania’s coastline.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
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    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Bay of Fires

    Located in north-east Tasmania, the wilderness coastline known as the Bay of Fires provides dramatic landscapes and wildlife. Led by guides, you’ll explore both the beach and woodlands.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Bruny Island Cruise

    Spend a day on Bruny Island with a guided tour, cruise, morning tea and lunch. Cruise along the rugged coast, enter deep sea caves and look for wildlife like seals, dolphins and sea birds.
    Duration:
    9 Hours
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    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Cradle Mountain Huts

    This six day walk is a journey within Tasmania’s World Heritage Area that features a huge diversity of flora and fauna. Spend nights in a private hut nestled away in this remarkable park.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Freycinet Lodge

    Pick up your rental car and drive to Tasmania’s rugged East Coast. With its prime location, Freycinet Lodge is the ideal base for exploring the amazing natural landscapes that surround it.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Lodges & Beach Stays, Self Drive Itinerary Ideas
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  • Huon Valley

    Visit the Tahune Forest Airwalk where you can walk in the tree tops with views of the temperate rainforest. Next take a scenic drive along the Huon River to the fishing village of Dover.
    Duration:
    7 Hours
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Maria Island Walk

    Few places on the planet offer the total tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty of Maria Island. Enjoy this acclaimed four day walk through breathtaking landscapes rich in history.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Natural Tasmania 4 Days - Private

    An incredible one fifth of Tasmania has been listed as a World Heritage site. Spend four days in Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula and Freycinet National Park, uncovering unspoiled nature.
    Duration:
    4 Days
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    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Natural Tasmania 5 Day - Private

    An incredible one fifth of Tasmania has been listed as a World Heritage site. Spend four days in Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula and Freycinet National Park, uncovering unspoiled nature.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Natural Tasmania 5 Day - Scheduled

    During this five day tour visit the Cradle Mountains and Freycinet National Park, travel to the Tasman Peninsula and Hobart, always keeping your eyes open for the infamous Tasmanian Devil.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Tasmanian - Self Drive 4 Days Launceston to Hobart (or V.V.)

    Enjoy driving through Tasmania, taking in its stunning unspoiled wilderness. From Launceston travel to Swansea, explore the east coast’s beaches, granite outcrops and deserted caves.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Itinerary Ideas
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  • Tasmanian - Self Drive 5 Days Hobart to Launceston (or V.V.)

    Much of Tasmania has been listed as a World Heritage Site; the scenery makes it an ideal driving journey. Leave Hobart, travel to Strahan and Cradle Mountain before ending in Launceston.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Itinerary Ideas
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  • Tasmanian Circle - 9 Days Hobart to Hobart Self Drive

    The tiny island of Tasmania has much to offer. Drive through Strahan then the Cradle Mountains, famous for alpine scenery, to Hobart stopping at Launceston, Swansea and Port Arthur.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Itinerary Ideas
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  • Tasmanian Devils

    Explore the charm and history of the village of Richmond. Next, head to Bonorong Wildlife Park to meet wombats, wallabies, koalas, eagles and of course the world famous “Tassie Devil”.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Tassie Convict Stopover

    Tasmania offers a world of difference from the rest of Australia. Explore the ruins of the infamous Port Arthur penal settlements, learning the history of Australia’s early convicts.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • The Royal Tasman - 12 Day

    Enjoy first class escorted touring as you travel around Tasmania. Travel from Launceston and back again stopping at Freycinet National Park, Port Arthur, Hobart and more on route.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours, Single Friendly
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  • The Royal Tasman - 4 Day

    Spend four days touring the small island of Tasmania. Begin in Launceston and enjoy a Welcome Diner. Next, visit scenic Freycinet National Park before learning the history of Port Arthur.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours, Single Friendly
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  • The Royal Tasman - 9 Day

    Begin in Hobart spending nine days exploring Tasmania. Visit Strahan, cruise the Gordon River, see the Cradle Mountains and Launceston before learning the history of the township of Ross.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours, Single Friendly
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  • Value Tasmania - 10 Days

    Begin and end in Launceston, spending ten amazing days seeing the many of the highlights of Tasmania including Freycinet National Park, Port Arthur, the Cradle Mountains, Strahan and more.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Motorcoach Tours
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  • Value Tasmania - 6 Days

    Spend six days in Tasmania first visiting the city of Launceston then journey to Freycinet National Park. Stop in historic Port Arthur and Salamanca Place before concluding in Hobart.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours, Single Friendly
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  • Wine, Wilderness & Wildlife

    Take a scenic drive to Australia’s oldest wine producing area then visit Adelaide, the Festival City. Next is Kangaroo Island and Tasmania before exploring Melbourne’s abundant wildlife.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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