Taste of Tasmania
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 617
Across the Bass Strait lies a side of Australia unlike any other.
Spend 6 days discovering Tasmania, an island that’s both part of Australia and its own unique world.
Departing Hobart, set out for Strahan, on Tasmania’s west coast. This former port town has some of the freshest air anywhere in the world, and is surrounded by picturesque beaches and rainforest. Go jet-boating or take a scenic flight over the Gordon and Franklin River system. Turning inland, head into Cradle Mountain National Park, a spectacular wilderness filled with native species, around half of which are endemic. You may see wallabies, quolls, Tasmanian Devils or even elusive wombats.
More wildlife awaits at Bicheno near Launceston, where you can watch the Little Penguins return to their rookeries (in a much less crowded setting than Victoria’s Phillip Island!). Enjoy amazing views of Wineglass Bay before exploring Freycinet National Park. In case you’ve missed them so far, meet some Tasmanian Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary before going on to Port Arthur. This is the historic heart of Tasmania, Australia’s second oldest settlement after Sydney. Get a glimpse of the convict past as you tour this World Heritage Listed site.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 617
Itinerary View Trip Map
Mount Wellington and the Central Plateau
Your trip begins with an early morning drive from Hobart to the summit of Mount Wellington. Enjoy views of beautiful Hobart and panoramic views of Tasmania. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with the fresh Tasmanian air - some of the freshest and cleanest in the world as a matter of fact! This morning you spend time at the infamous MONA Museum - take in the weird and wonderful works of artists from all over the globe. After lunch you hit the scenic roads and travel via Bothwell to the Great Lake and the Central Plateau. By late afternoon you reach the Ouse River; keep your eyes peeled for the wild trout in the river, and perhaps you might see some of the local wildlife venturing out for feeding time. This evening spend the night at your exclusive accommodation next to Lake Augusta.
Lake St Clair and Queenstown
This morning enjoy breakfast before passing through Bronte Park and onto beautiful Lake St Clair where you take a scenic stroll. If it's a still morning, the glass-like appearance of the lake will leave you questioning if the sky is up or down! Heading west, you wander through the Franklin Gordin Wild Rivers National Park. Stretch your legs and take a walk to Donaghy's lookout, the Franklin River is truly breathtaking and dominates the landscape, it will leave you feeling revived and humbled. This afternoon you pass through Queenstown, hear about the strange moonscape that became of the land and the history of copper mining in the area. Stop in at Ocean Beach which has been dubbed 'one of the loneliest places on earth' the chilly breeze that sweeps across your cheeks comes straight from Antarctica. After a visit to picturesque Hogarth Falls, settle in for the evening at Strahan, a quaint little seaside town with charm to match. Perhaps you might like some local entertainment for the evening at a locally produced short play; 'The Ship that Never Was'.
This morning cruise past the rolling Henty Sand Dunes, dig your heels in and climb to the top! Head through the historic town of Zeehan and onto Corinna, the southern gateway to the Tarkine. Truly one of the most remarkable places amongst the Tasmanian wilderness, the Tarkine is an untouched network of delicate rivers and tangled rainforests. Enjoy the beauty of this UNESCO World heritage site from any perspective you wish, whether it be an optional Pieman River Cruise, explore from the water on a Kayak adventure (both at own expense), or take a stroll along the rainforest walking tracks. As you continue your journey you pass by Savage River and Philosopher Falls, en route to Cradle Mountain National Park.
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Today you journey 950m above sea level to Cradle Valley, your gateway to the World Heritage Area of Cradle Mountain National Park. You will be provided with some local knowledge and interpretation of the landscape to help you choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you will be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake or one of the many boardwalk tracks, or perhaps challenge yourself with a hike to Marion's Lookout. Next take a short drive to Mole Creek, maybe pick up a jar of the delicious local honey. Visit 'the Tiger Bar' and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about these feisty but lovable creatures and what threats are posed to their existence. Take a short walk at Alum Cliffs before continuing on to Launceston; Australia's third oldest city and your overnight stop.
Bicheno and the Bay of Fires
Feeling refreshed from your day spent at Cradle Mountain, make your way via Scottsdale to Columbia Falls and the Pyengana cheese makers. Pick up some crackers and some locally produced cheese if you fancy! Your next stop is the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. Here you stretch your legs and take some quality time to enjoy this highly regarded coastal region. The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting, so jump in and enjoy a swim if conditions permit. Enjoy Tasmania's most scenic coastal drive from St Helen's to Bicheno, where you stay tonight. This evening you can join a guided viewing of the Little Penguins as they return to their rookeries on the edges of this seaside village (optional, seasonal and at own expense).
An early start means you are the first to the lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo of Wineglass Bay. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mt Amos or Hazzards Beach walk for your morning Freycinet experience. This afternoon make a quick stop at Kate's Berry Farm before you cross the unique and frankly bizarre Spikey Bridge. Pass through the historic village of Richmond before arriving back into Hobart.
2018: April 25, 28; May 19, 26; Jun 16, 23, 30; Jul 7; Aug 4; Sep 15, 22; Oct 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; Nov 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28; Dec 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29.
2019: Jan 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30; Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27; Mar 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30.
- Multi share hostel accommodation or Motel style with ensuite bathroom facilities
- Meals as indicated
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Selection of included activities
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Gratuities unless otherwise stated
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional excursions
- National Park fees
- Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
Group Size is 4 – 24 passengers
27 Mar 2019