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7 Day Top to Tail (Launceston to Launceston) Overview
Travel to Tasmania and encounter this stunning island's natural beauty and fascinating history. Visit the Bay of Fires, Freycinet National Park, Hobart, Strahan and Cradle Mountain National Park.
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Experience the natural wonder of Australia's Tasmania
From hidden coves of translucent blue water to craggy mountain peaks and dense tracts of old-growth forest, Tasmania serves as a study in the scenic. And with charming colonial-era villages, a burgeoning art scene and superb dining options to boot, there's certainly plenty to entice and enthral urbanites as well. Enter Freycinet National Park and be treated to enchanting views of Wineglass Bay, sample Cradle Mountain's rugged beauty on any number of hiking trails and soak up the dazzling coastal scenery in between St Helens and Bicheno. Amble through well-preserved Richmond, uncover Hobart's boutique food scene and explore Strahan's harbour by kayak. This 7-day Top to Tail small group adventure is sure to bewitch and beguile.
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Launch into a Launceston morning with a walk down to Cataract Gorge. Explore the gleaming sands and exceptional panoramas of the Bay of Fires and perhaps take a dip if the weather permits. Savour the stunning coastal scenery on the drive from St Helens to Bicheno and, come evening, greet the little penguins as they waddle up the beach to their rookeries.
Rise early and treat weary eyes to uncrowded vistas of glorious Wineglass Bay. Choose to explore the Freycinet area with a walk along Hazzards Beach or ascent of Mt Amos... or just bliss out shoreside. Encounter Tasmanian devils at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary before arriving in Hobart, the state's capital.
Visit Richmond, a picturesque colonial-era village considered one of the best preserved in Australia. Drive out across the Tasman Peninsula to Tasman National Park and hop to it exploring the area's emerald waters and lush hinterlands. Become versed in Australia's sombre convict heritage on a guided tour of Port Arthur and embark on a cruise in the harbour. Spend a further night becoming acquainted with Hobart.
Join our local guide as we travel to the summit of Mt Wellington to enjoy the fantastic views over the city and beyond. Take a short free walk option to experience some of the grandeur of this Hobart icon. Back in the city, some time to explore Salamanca and Battery Point before transferring to Berridale where we visit the new and controversial Museum of Old and New Art – MONA. Spectacular in its design and unique with its content, this Museum is like no other.
Leaving Hobart behind, make tracks through the Derwent Valley to Mt Field National Park. Wander through tall swamp gum forests, towering tree ferns and dense rainforest vegetation and try to spot local wildlife. Stop by Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, before arriving in Strahan.
Wander across the Henty Sand Dunes and whale bone strewn sands of Ocean Beach. Perhaps trek through a patch of rainforest to a waterfall, stroll along the harbour foreshore or take a scenic flight over the Gordon and Franklin River system.
Discover the wild, rugged beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Amble out to the picturesque ambience of Dove Lake, trek up to Marion's Lookout or simply see where the boardwalk tracks take you. Pass through Devonport to Launceston, where this trip concludes.
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