Tour ID: 10052967
See the most popular destinations on the Tasmanian East Coast on this 4 day tour from Launceston to Hobart. Combine the beaches and wildlife of the Freycinet Peninsula, with the art and history of Port Arthur, Richmond and Salamanca, and the gourmet delights from across the island to experience a great slice of Tasmania in a short period of time.
Get to know your fellow travellers (Maximium 20 people) on tour, spending 3 nights in dormitory style accommodation, and experiencing Tassie's East Coast.
Day 1 – (Lunch)
● Bicheno Blowhole ● Freycinet National Park ● Wineglass Bay Lookout & Beach ● Oyster Farm ● Berry Farm ● Optional Ghost Tour
Today we explore Tassie’s spectacular East coast. Stopping regularly to take in the views of the crystal clear water and the famous lichen covered rocks. First stop is the seaside village of Bicheno famous for its penguin residents! We drop into Bicheno’s Blowhole to see this show of nature's power.
We then push onto what is the Tasmanian highlight for many guests as we explore the Freycinet (pronounced fray-se-nay) National Park. We have plenty of time to take in the fantastic walk up to the lookout point over this stunning peninsula, and then down onto beautiful Wineglass Bay with its long white sandy beach and crystal clear seas. We dedicate the day to seeing all that the National Park has to offer including the elevated Cape Tourville boardwalk with its picturesque lighthouse. The walk is the perfect vantage point to spot whales on their migration, so keep your eyes on the horizon.
This afternoon’s drive to Port Arthur is one of the most scenic routes in Tasmania it is also a region famed for its food and wine. We take the opportunity to break the journey at a number of the highlights including Kate’s Berry Farm, an institution amongst Tasmanians. When you taste her ice cream you will know why, a well deserved treat. For those with more savoury taste; we will pick up some of the freshest oysters that you will find in the world.
After dinner those of you brave enough will have the option to do a bone-chilling ghost tour, witnessing the darker side of the Port Arthur Historic Site. You may want to sleep with the light on….
Overnight: Port Arthur
Day 2 – (Breakfast/Lunch)
● Port Arthur Historic Site ● Remarkable Cave ● Tasman Arch ● Devil’s Kitchen ● Wildlife Park & Tassie Devil feeding ● Richmond village ● Optional Coal River Valley Wine Tastings
Another action packed day awaits us this morning! We check out some of the local amazing rock formations with a morning visit to Remarkable Cave and Maingon Lookout. Then we immerse ourselves into the harsh and cruel world of the local convicts of the 1800’s as we enter Port Arthur, Australia’s best known penal colony! We join the complimentary guided walking tour and boat cruise around the Isle of the dead where we learn about the harsh and cruel conditions of life in captivity and the amazing rehabilitation techniques used to attempt to reform the criminals of the day. You have ample time to explore through the morning amongst the 35 buildings contained in this World Heritage Site. From Port Arthur our next stop is at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, a well established conservation park. Walk amongst the quolls and hand feed the wallabies (pademelons) in this unique and natural surrounding. The highlight of the visit though is undoubtedly the snarling action of the Tasmanian Devil Feeding as you learn about the research going on to save this iconic animal from the plight of an aggressive face cancer.
The Tasman Peninsula is home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs and an abundance of amazing coastal scenery. We check out some of the finest at Tasman Arch & Devil’s Kitchen as we enjoy a short coastal cliff top walk. Drive through quirky Doo-Town as we depart the region and begin our return to Hobart. Last stop for the journey is Richmond village. Home to Australia’s oldest bridge, Catholic Church and jam packed with its own tales of convict hardship, ghost stories and local delights. We visit a vineyard for a tasting of the local drop before concluding our day in the Harbour city of Hobart.
Day 3 – (Breakfast)
● Tahune Airwalk ● Swinging Bridges Walk ● Hastings Caves Thermal Pool & Cave Tour
Today we head into Southern Tasmania for a relaxed and diverse day. Walk through the treetops in the morning, suspended 40m above the ground, then spend the afternoon 40m underground exploring vast chambers during a cave tour. The Tahune Airwalk has a Cantilever that stretches for 597 m through the treetops. Enjoy the sensation of being suspended above the Huon River with breathtaking views across the treetops and surrounding mountains. We have time to explore and enjoy more walking here as we continue onto the “Swinging Bridges”. With a 50m span across the river this is another thrilling experience and makes for fabulous photos!
We continue our day, further south to the Hastings Caves National Park. Bring your swim gear and jump into the Thermal Springs pool where the water is always 28 degrees. Relax in the beautiful forest surrounds or wander the Hot Springs Nature Trail where the warm water meets the cool water. Hastings Caves reserve is home to Newdegate Cave. We head underground with an expert National Park guide, into Australia’s largest tourist cave. The richly decorated chambers make this the must see caving system to visit in Tasmania. We return back through the Huon Valley, stopping to sample the abundance of seasonal fruit grown in this area including apples, cherries and apricots.
Day 4 - (Breakfast)
● Mt. Wellington summit ● Hobart’s Historic Precincts ● Cascade Brewery
Today is set aside to explore the beautiful capital city of Hobart, home to the southern fishing fleet, Antarctic ice breakers and a fascinating colonial history. Starting the day with a city sights tour will help you get your bearings, hear the stories of the whalers, entrepreneurs and convicts that shaped this remote British outpost in the early 1800’s. You will come to appreciate the city's unique place in history and its connection to the Derwent River and Southern ocean that are on its doorstep.
Hobart is dominated by the towering Mt Wellington and our next stop is its summit. At 1,269 meters above sea level it affords a bird's eye view of the city and much of southern Tasmania. The sub alpine environment at the summit is home to an array of wildlife and hardy mountain plants. Your guide will share stories of ‘The Mountain’ (as the locals call it) its history, geology and its importance to the aboriginal people of the area who know the mountain as ‘Kunanyi’. The summit is famed for wild icy winds straight from Antarctica, swirling mist and snow in any season, so pack your jumper and hold onto your hat, guaranteed the view is worth the chill.
We wind down the day with a visit to the oldest brewery in Australia, Cascade. The brewery is set amongst ornamental gardens with a backdrop of Mt Wellington and its fascinating story is one of convict’s made good, bush-fires and Tasmanian Tigers. They have been making one of Australia's best beers since 1832, so they must be doing something right! We tour the working factory and learn the secrets of the brewers (they call it call 'The Feel’) and then taste their brews to decide for ourselves. Cascade also make a range of juices, soft drinks and cordials so there is something for everyone.
TTG Code: Four Day Extended Tasmania Tours
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and meals as indicated, entry to Unzoo (formerly Taranna Wildlife Park) and the Port Arthur Historical site, tour of Hastings Caves, entry to Cascade Brewery, and National Park Fees. Accommodation including all bedding in a Multi Share Dormitory with shared bathroom facilities.
Optional Ghost Tour at Port Arthur on day 1 and Optional Wine Tasting on day 2.
7:30 AM Tue, Sat
5.30pm on day 4 in Hobart.
Please call our Reservations Team at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time. Please advise any dietary requirements or medical conditions when confirming reservation. Most dietary needs are catered for if advised no later than 48 hours prior to departure.
Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes/boots, insect repellent, water bottle, bathers/towel and camera, warm clothing and personal items.
This dormitory accommodation based tour is not suitable for children up to the age of 15 years.
Tour departs from Launceston and finishes in Hobart.
Customers are to encouraged to arrive into Launceston the day prior to departure to ensure an early start on Day 1.
Evening meals are not included, with most guests preferring to eat out locally or self cater this meal. Our tour vehicles will carry coolers/eskies for the storage of a limited amount of passengers provisions.
Hobart, Bicheno, Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay, Richmond, Freycinet National Park, Mt Wellington and Tahune Airwalk
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