Tour ID: 10060461
Experience the highlights of Tasmania’s east and west coasts with this tour beginning and ending in the island state capital of Hobart. Guests can walk through rainforests at the base of the tallest trees in Australia, explore the rugged Tarkine and Gordon River Wilderness areas of the west coast, enjoy a variety of food and drink tasting, meet the world famous Tasmanian Devil, walk amongst the treetop canopy at Tahune and underground in Australia’s largest tourist cave, visit the World Heritage Cradle Mountain and Freycinet national parks, Port Arthur Historic Site and much more.
Day 1 – (Lunch)
● Mt Field National Park ● Russell Falls & Tall Trees ● Lake St Clair ● Franklin River
Today we head to western Tasmania into the vast Wilderness World Heritage area with its wild rivers, rainforests, waterfalls and amazing natural attractions. First stop of the day is the Mt. Field National Park where we stretch our legs as we hike Tasmania’s oldest National Park. Enjoy your fully interpreted and guided walk to the beautiful Russell Falls, continue through the forest paths to Horseshoe Falls and then onwards along the Tall Trees Trail. Here we stand beneath the towering Swamp Gums, the tallest trees in Australia looming above at 80m high. We depart Mt. Field for another amazing natural highlight – the deepest lake in Australia, Lake St. Clair, which marks the end of the great Overland Track walk. Here we enjoy our lunch break with the breathtaking backdrop of the surrounding mountains. We fill our afternoon with the spectacular drive through the World Heritage area that takes us into Strahan. We stop to enjoy the amazing highlights along this road, Nelson Falls and the Franklin River trail which gives us a glimpse of one of the world's great wild rivers. The road carves through the rugged mountainous wilderness of the Franklin-Gordon Wild-Rivers National Park. We pause to take in the remarkable lunar landscape of Queenstown as your guide tells tales of rivalries, riches and railways and stories of the tough folks that call the mining town home today. Our journey ends in the historic fishing village of Strahan on the banks of Macquarie harbour.
Day 2 (Breakfast/Lunch)
● Tarkine Day Tour ● Fatman Barge ● Corrinna ● Optional - Gordon River Cruise.
Strahan is a quaint village set on Macquarie Harbour on the rugged western shore. Today you have a variety of options on how you would best like to enjoy the area. You can opt to participate, at your expense, in one of the many activities on offer in Strahan. Take the Gordon River Cruise, famous for its incredible reflections so have your camera ready. Discovering the regions convict history and hear the story of the battle to save the Franklin river. You may choose to simply relax, wander and self-guide Strahan at your leisure. Or, you can join our Tour Guide as we explore off the beaten track and venture into the Tarkine wilds where ancient forests meet ancient mountains. See the Huon Pines growing alongside the Pieman River undisturbed and thousands of years old. Embark on a series of easy to moderate walks, all fully guided, as we explore this remote area, on a full day of activity before returning to Strahan.
Day 3 – (Breakfast/ Lunch)
● Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake ● Marion’s Lookout Sheffield; Town of Murals ● Ashgrove Cheese Factory
World famous Cradle Mountain is our destination for today. This morning’s drive takes us through the historic mining towns of Zeehan, Rosebery and Tullah where we hear of the rich history of the hardy miners.
On arriving at Dove Lake the beauty of the area is apparent, postcard selfie time! But the area is best seen on foot and walking options abound dependant on your preference. Those feeling energetic can enjoy the challenging climb to the highest lookout in the park, Marion’s lookout. If you would prefer something more leisurely the walk around Dove Lake is suitable for anyone with scenic stops all along the shore and the beautiful Ballroom forest. Whichever walk you choose be sure to keep your eyes peeled for platypus, eagles and the adorable wombats (but be careful while they may look cute and cuddly they can tend to be a bit grumpy, so keep your distance!)
With weary legs and full memory cards we hit the road on route to Launceston. With a stop along the way at Sheffield Town of Murals, we then replenish our energy with a cheese tasting session at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
Day 4 – (Breakfast/Lunch)
● Freycinet National Park ● Wineglass Bay Lookout & Beach ● Oyster Farm ● Berry Farm ● Ghost Tour (optional) ● Bicheno blowhole
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 5 – (Breakfast/Lunch)
● Port Arthur Historic Site ● Remarkable Cave ● Tasman Arch ● Devil’s Kitchen ● Wildlife Park & Tassie Devil feeding ● Richmond village ● Coal River Valley Wine Tastings (optional)
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 Maingnon 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 (optional) before concluding our day in the Harbour city of Hobart.
TTG Code: Five Day Extended Tasmania Tours
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and meals as indicated, entry to the Port Arthur Historical site, and National Park Fees. Accommodation including all bedding in a Multi Share Dormitory with shared bathroom facilities. Includes hikes and walks in Freycinet National Park, Mt Field and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Parks and the Tarkine Wilderness.
Optional Gordon River Cruise on day 2, Optional Ghost Tour at Port Arthur on day 4 and Optional Wine Tasting on day 5.
7:30 AM Wed, Sat
5.30pm on day 5.
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 Hobart and finishes in Hobart.
Customers are to encouraged to arrive into Hobart 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, Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, Sheffield, Wineglass Bay, Strahan, Richmond, Russell Falls, Lake St Clair, Freycinet National Park, Mt Field and The Tarkine
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