Tour ID: 10022405
Day 1: Launceston to Bicheno
A morning walk at Cataract Gorge in the heart of Launceston (Launceston departures only) before making our way to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. Here we can stretch our legs with some quality time to enjoy this highly recommended coastal region (Lonely Planet's must see for 2009). The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting. Perhaps a swim? (Conditions permitting). Enjoy Tasmania's most scenic coastal drive from St Helens to Bicheno. This evening you can join a guided viewing of the Little Penguins (optional in season) as they return to their rookeries on the edges of this seaside village. Overnight: Bicheno
Day 2: Freycinet National Park to Hobart
An early start means we 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 Hazards Beach walk for your morning's Freycinet experience. This afternoon we take a break at the picturesque historical village of Ross. Sample the local Ross Bakery fare or check out the convict built bridge. Come face to face with the iconic Tassie Devil as we make a stop at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet these now endangered native animals, as well as some others unique to Tasmania. A short drive returns us to Hobart. Overnight: Hobart (breakfast)
Day 3: Port Arthur Historic Site
Start the day with a quick look at Australia's best preserved colonial village of Richmond, before heading south for magnificent views of the Tasman Peninsula and some features of the Tasman National Park. Explore Tasmania's ruthless convict past today at the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site (guided walk and harbour cruise included). Rich in visual history, here we learn of the chilling realities of life as a convict amid the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. Overnight: Hobart (breakfast)
Day 4: Hobart.
Today is yours to explore Hobart at your leisure. Perhaps a visit to the new and controversial MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) or, for the more energetic, try the Mt Wellington Descent or a kayak on the Derwent River (activities at own expense). Overnight: Hobart.
Day 5: Hobart to Strahan.
Our journey begins as we traverse the island from east to west. Escaping Hobart through the Derwent Valley, we walk in the land of the giants and admire the beauty of Russell Falls and Mt Field National Park. Visit Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake. Enter the temperate time capsule that is the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. End the day in Strahan beside Macquarie Harbour. Overnight: Strahan
Day 6: Wild West Coast
Discover the Wild West coast today with a visit to Ocean Beach and the Henty Sand Dunes. Search for whale bones among the shifting sands, or simply breathe in the freshest air in the world. Stroll by the foreshore of the harbour or walk through the rainforest to a waterfall. There is also the option today to choose a cruise on the famous Gordon River, take a scenic sea plane flight over the Gordon and Franklin River system complete with a river landing and walk, journey up the King River on a jet boat, peacefully paddle a kayak of your own or catch a salmon in the harbour. [Strahan optional activities at own expense]. Overnight: Strahan (breakfast)
Day 7: Cradle Mountain to Launceston
We journey to 950m above sea level to the Cradle Valley, our gateway to the World Heritage Area of Cradle Mountain National Park. We share some local knowledge and interpretation of the landscape to help you choose a walk that will enhance your experience here. With an extensive range of tracks, you will be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake and one of the many boardwalk tracks, or perhaps challenge yourself with a hike to Marion's Lookout. A short drive to Sheffield, "the town of murals", before continuing on to Launceston, Australia's third oldest city. (Breakfast)
6 nights Multi share hostel accommodation, meals as indicated: 4 Breakfasts, National Park Entry fees, Wildlife Sanctuary inc Tassie Devils, Port Arthur Entry, Hostel & Hotel pick ups and drop off
7 days / 6 nights
7:00 AM Tue, Thu, Sun
Hostel and hostel pick ups in central Launceston at 7:30am. Can also pick up from Devonport between 7:45 and 8am (not on Sundays). Please ring to confirm your final pick up arrangements using the details on your booking confirmation.
Sunscreen, hat, camera, towel, personal items, warm and comfortable clothing.
Minimum age is 12 years. A child must be accompanied by an adult.
Hobart, Bicheno, Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires, Strahan, Richmond, Russell Falls, Derwent Valley, Derwent River, Lake St Clair, Freycinet National Park, Mt Field, The Tarkine, Henty Dunes and Bruny Island
Motel Twin Share or Double Room Upgrade (per person). Upgrades are subject to confirmation by the tour operator after booking. Please consider contacting us to check availability first.
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