4 Day Tassie Highlights Overview
From Port Arthur to Freycinet and Cradle Mountain national parks, this trip reveals the lush natural landscape of Tasmania, Australia's island state.
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Discover the natural treasures of Tasmania and Cradle Mountain
Unearth the lush natural beauty of Tasmania. With pristine waters, streaming green countryside and the cleanest air in the world, Australia's island state is the perfect place to awaken the senses. Discover convict history as you roam the sandstone buildings of the Port Arthur Historic Site and come up close with unique Australian creatures in a wildlife sanctuary. Along the coast, chill out on golden-sand beaches and take a dip in the cool, clear water. Hike the trails of Cradle Mountain National Park and learn about the incredible flora and fauna found in the region. And with delectable local produce to try along the way, this trip is a seriously enticing introduction to Tasmania.
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Get a quick taste of the charms of Richmond, Australia’s best-preserved colonial village, before heading to the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Take a guided walk and harbour cruise to delve into Tasmania’s ruthless convict past as you explore the preserved ruins and restored sandstone prison buildings. In the evening, drive up the east coast to the picturesque seaside village of Bicheno, stopping by Spikey Bridge and Swansea on the way.
Breathe in the fresh morning air as you take in the stunning vistas of Wineglass Bay. Spend a languid day lazing on a secluded beach and taking a dip in the gleaming waters. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, take a hike up Mt Amos or along the Hazards Beach trail. Visit a marine farm to see how oysters are harvested, and in the evening scout for little penguins as they return to their rookeries on the edges of this seaside village.
Be captivated by the colourful murals lining the buildings of Sheffield, a Kentish town nestled in the foothills of Mount Roland. They depict the area’s rich history and lush natural scenery to make a unique outdoor museum. Continue on to Cradle Mountain National Park, a World Heritage-listed reserve with walking tracks twisting and turning among sensational flora and fauna. Stroll around serene Dove Lake, take in the sweeping view from Marion’s Lookout, and look for platypus before the sun goes down. After dark, perhaps take a walk to see any local nocturnal wildlife that might be pottering about.
Take a stroll from Mole Creek to the Alum Cliffs, which are perched high above the Mersey River and rich in Aboriginal history. Then head to the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and meet some Tasmanian devils. On the way back to Hobart, drop by some tasty farms and an historic bakery.
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