Exploring Tasmania’s Wilderness and History in 6 Days

Saturday (Oct - Apr )
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  • Hostel
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Hostel Dorm Shared
$1,044.00
Hostel Twin/Double
$1,201.00
Hostel Single
$1,564.00
Motel Twin/Double
$1,397.00
Motel Single
$1,965.00

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

  • This tour departs Saturdays (year-round) and Mondays (October – April – note, Monday departures operate in an anticlockwise direction starting on the east coast)
  • Starts Hobart 7:30am
  • Finishes Hobart 5:30pm

Experience Tasmania’s natural beauty and fascinating history on this 6-day tour of Tasmania. Discover Tasmania’s convict history at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Port Arthur, visit Salamanca Markets in Hobart, and meet Tasmanian devils at a wildlife sanctuary. You’ll explore Tasmania’s pristine beaches of the East Coast including Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires. We’ll also experience the alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain and the wild West Coast. Our outstanding guides ensure we show you Tasmania’s famous highlights as well as plenty of hidden gems. This small group tour of Tasmania is eco-certified, has a focus on nature and wildlife, and involves short walks in Tasmania’s world-class national parks.

Highlights

  • Salamanca Markets, Tasmanian Devils, Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula
  • Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Cape Tourville
  • Bay of Fires, St Helens, Bicheno, St Columba Falls
  • Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, Launceston, Cataract Gorge
  • Henty Dunes, Tarkine Rainforest, Montezuma Falls, Strahan
  • Queenstown, Lake St Clair, Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park
  • Advanced Eco-Certified Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Salamanca Markets, Tasmanian devils & Port Arthur historic site

We begin by exploring the famous Salamanca Markets in Hobart/nipaluna. At this bustling outdoor market, you can buy hand-made Tasmanian goods like jewellery, art, and woodwork. Explore the local crafts on offer while enjoying the buskers and music. You’ll also want to sample a range of fresh seasonal produce and gourmet foods. As we make our way onto the Tasman Peninsula/turrakana, we’ll visit a wildlife sanctuary to meet native wildlife including Tasmanian devils. At Port Arthur Historic Site, imagine the harsh convict life of the early 1800’s as you walk amongst the preserved ruins. This open-air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents Australia’s best preserved convict settlement. Today we’ll also experience the dramatic coastal scenery of Tasman National Park which has the tallest coastal sea cliffs in Australia. You’ll see the geological wonders of Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen before returning to Hobart where you can enjoy a night exploring the city at your leisure.

  • Overnight: Hobart

 

Day 2 : Freycinet National Park → Bicheno

Departing Hobart along the Great Eastern Drive, our destination is Freycinet National Park on the East Coast. This fabulous park has pristine beaches and a stunning pink granite mountain range known as The Hazards. Climb to the summit of Mt Amos or join the walk to Wineglass Bay lookout. Or you may wish to continue to Wineglass Bay beach to walk along the edge of the translucent waters. At Cape Tourville Lighthouse you’ll love the panoramic vistas across the coast. We’ll spend the night in the coastal town of Bicheno, where little penguins emerge from the sea at night time.

  • Overnight: Bicheno

 

Day 3 :Bay Of Fires → Launceston

Today we’ll continue to explore the captivating East Coast of Tasmania. The Bay of Fires/larapuna is a place with profound cultural significance to Tasmanian aboriginal people (palawa). You’ll love walking along the long stretches of dazzling white sands with its shimmering turquoise waters and lichen clad boulders. We’ll enjoy lunch in the fishing town of St Helens then make our way to Launceston via the lush Northeast region of Tasmania. One of the terrific experiences along this route include seeing the giant tree ferns at St Columba Falls. Lastly, we’ll check out the lovely Cataract Gorge in the heart of Launceston before settling in for the night in Tasmania’s second largest city.

  • Overnight: Launceston

 

Day 4 :Cradle Mountain → Strahan

Leaving Launceston, a short drive takes us through Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’ and then onto Tasmania’s most famous alpine national park, Cradle Mountain. Cradle is home to an abundance of wildlife such as wombats and echidnas. Choose from a variety of incredible walks; the Dove Lake circuit is likely the best short walk in Tasmania, while the challenging walk to the summit of Marion’s Lookout offers unmatched views of the glacial carved wilderness. Easier options today include a stroll along Ronny Creek or down to the Boatshed. Departing Cradle, we travel to the harbourside village of Strahan on the West Coast, our accommodation for the next two nights.

  • Overnight: Strahan

 

Day 5 : Wild West Coast

Today’s playground is the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast. Walk in the rainforests of  the Tarkine/takayna to reach Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. You’ll also explore the enormous Henty Sand Dunes which stretch for kilometres along the coast. Alternatively, today you have the option of cruising the wildly beautiful Gordon River (own cost) which ventures deep into the World Heritage Area. Later at the windswept Ocean Beach, you can breathe the world’s freshest air. Back in Strahan, our guide can help you look for platypus

Overnight: Strahan

 

Day 6 : Strahan Hobart

Buttongrass plains, mountains, waterfalls, rainforest, and pioneer history are some of today’s highlights. Departing  Strahan, we’ll visit the moonscape of Queenstown, a mining town with a fascinating history. We then travel through the Tasmanian World Heritage Area via the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park. We’ll also stop at Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Our final walk for the tour will be enjoyed at Mt Field National Park, to stroll beneath some of the world’s tallest trees and observe the beautiful Russell Falls. We continue our drive through the Derwent Valley, returning to Hobart and bidding farewell to your travel companions and your incredible adventure.


How active is this tour?

  • The walking in Tasmania is world-class, and we’ve selected beautiful walking experiences for our guests (we include many of the 60-great-short-walks of Tasmania)
  • Some walks are guided, while others are unguided (free walking)
  • In many locations there is a choice between an easier or more advanced option
  • Essentially, you can make this as active or as easy as you like; all walks are optional and range from 20 minutes up to 4 hours

Accommodation Options:

This tour offers hostel and motel style accommodation options.

  • Motel style accommodations are based on private rooms with ensuite facilities
  • If booking Twin or Double accommodation options, a minimum of 2 persons is required. We are unable to match up single travellers into a Twin share option
  • Hostel Dorm style accommodation is based on same gender dormitory rooms with shared same-gender bathrooms. Own toiletries and towels are required
  • Hostel Twin/Double and Single rooms have shared same-gender bathrooms

Tour Inclusive

  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • National Park entry fees
  • Guided walks and free walking options
  • Entry to wildlife sanctuary to see Tasmanian Devils
  • Port Arthur Historic Site entry and harbour cruise
  • Pick-ups and drop-offs at selected Hobart CBD locations. Airport Drop offs also available on request

Tour Exclusive

  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary – at the guest’s own expense. We provide plenty of opportunities for guests to support locals and buy lunch along the way.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expense
  • Additional activity options available (at own expense): Gordon River Cruise, Strahan Theatre - "The Ship that Never Was", Bicheno Evening Penguin tour

Transportation

Hobart CBD Hostel and motel pickups and drop offs. Airport Drop offs also available on request

Notices

  • All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • What to bring: Camera, Drink bottle, Comfortable trail walking shoes, Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, Clothes to suit conditions (layers are a good idea), Waterproof jacket (just in case), Swimwear and towel (conditions permitting)

F & Q

  • Is there wifi available at your accommodation? do we need to bring our own bedding?
    Yes, Wifi is available and bedding is included at all our accommodation options. You do not need to bring along any bedding.
  • Are meals included?
    All our tours are self-catering; there are plenty of food-stops where you can purchase from restaurants, cafes, take-aways or even supermarkets should you be accommodated in a hostel and wish to use the hostel’s kitchen facilities. We ask guests to please bring their own reusable water bottles and keep-cups for coffees, and to recycle when services are available. We also encourage guests to try local seasonal produce while supporting local farmers and businesses. Our guides can give you recommendations to help you try Tasmanian food and produce.
  • Who will I meet on the tour?
    Get ready to tour Tasmania with like-minded travellers from all parts of the world. A typical group will include a mix of nationalities and ages. For this reason we are a great option for solo travellers, couples, and groups who are excited for Tasmania’s wild places and wildlife.
  • Age restrictions
    We have a minimum age of 8 years old. There is no maximum age provided as long as you have a good sense of adventure and a reasonable level of fitness to ensure all guests get the most from the tour and can take part on the walks included each day.
  • Buses and group size
    Our maximum group size is 24 guests plus the tour guide. These small group sizes allow you plenty of time to get to know your fellow travellers and guide. Our tours are conducted in modern, comfortable air-conditioned buses. Luggage for multi-day tours is carried in a trailer.
  • Baggage allowances
    You may bring a backpack or suitcase up to 20kg that will be stored securely in our trailer during the day and unloaded each evening. We recommend bring a smaller day pack to store your daily essentials such as drinks, jackets and sunscreen while on tour.

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