Get under the surface of Tasmania as you explore its diverse landscape - beaches, parks, forests and

Much of this pristine wilderness state was – up until around 100 years ago – considered too remote to be used as much more than a penal colony. Fast-forward to now and that environment still remains pristine, but there are a few more creature comforts to make the journey an absolute pleasure. Take in the sights of Hobart and the surrounding area from Mt Wellington, and enjoy the view from other stunning lookouts like Donahy and Marion as well. Discover immaculate UNESCO-listed forests and hike along the stunning Hazards Beach after a morning stroll to Wineglass Bay. There’s plenty of time to explore Tasmania at your own pace and enjoy the vast array of food, wine, history and sights.


Start
Hobart, Australia
Finish
Hobart, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks, The Great Outdoors, Walking & Trekking
Code
PNTW6-B
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 21

Why we love this trip

  • As well as visiting key attractions such as Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires, this pioneering trip takes you to parts of Tassie that are more off the beaten track

  • Your guide will provide information about the flora, fauna and landscapes of Tasmania, giving you an insight into some of the country's World Heritage listed areas

  • A visit to the famous MONA Museum in Hobart is included on this trip. Many of the pop-up and permanent collections are superbly indulgent, interactive and unique

  • Trek along multiple walking trails through spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an Intrepid Basix trip. Accommodation trip is multi-share, so you'll sharing your sleeping quarters with other travellers of the same or opposite sex. If you'd prefer twin-share, then please refer to the Original version of the trip, PNTW6-O.

  • The majority of meals are not included. This allows you the freedom to style your own foodie tour of Tasmania, sampling the local produce in the different regions of the island.

  • Temperatures can fluctuate in Tassie, especially when you're at the top of Mount Wellington. Clothing-wise, it's important to be prepared for cold or hot weather, as well as rain or shine.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Your trip begins with an early morning pick up from your accommodation at 8 am, where you'll then drive from Hobart to the summit of Mount Wellington. Enjoy towering vistas over Hobart and panoramic views of Tasmania. Make sure you bring a warm coat with you, as it can get extremely cold and windy at the top. Spend time at the infamous MONA Museum later in the morning, taking in the weird and wonderful works of artists from all over the globe.

After lunch, hit the scenic roads and travel via Bothwell to the Great Lake and the Central Plateau. By late afternoon, reach the Ouse River and keep your eyes peeled for the wild trout. You might even see some of the local wildlife venturing out for feeding time. This evening, spend the night at your exclusive accommodation next to Lake Augusta where you'll also have dinner.

Notes: Total driving time today will take around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Central Plateau
  • MONA Museum
  • Mount Wellington
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After a hearty breakfast this morning, pass through Bronte Park and onto Lake St. Clair where you take a scenic stroll. Heading west, wander through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Stretch your legs and take a walk to Donaghy's lookout, where you'll see the Franklin River dominating the landscape. This afternoon, pass through Queenstown to hear about the strange moonscape that became of the land, as well as the history of copper mining in the area.

Stop in at Ocean Beach to get a feel for Antarctic winds and then pay a visit to Hogarth Falls. Settle in for the evening at Strahan, a quaint little seaside town with charm to match. There's the option of some entertainment this evening at a locally produced short play - The Ship that Never Was.

Notes: Total driving time takes around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hogarth Falls
  • Lake St Clair
Optional Activities
  • Play; The Ship that never was - AUD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning pass through the Henty Sand Dunes, the historic town of Zeehan and onto Corinna, the southern gateway to the Tarkine. Among the Tasmanian wilderness, the Tarkine is an untouched network of rivers and rainforest. Enjoy this World Heritage site from multiple perspectives, whether it be an optional Pieman River Cruise, exploring from the water on a kayak adventure (both at own expense), or taking a stroll along the rainforest walking tracks. As you continue your journey you pass by Savage River and Philosopher Falls, en route to Cradle Mountain National Park.

Notes: Total driving time will take around three and a half hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayak Hire - Pieman River - AUD40
  • Pieman River Cruise - AUD80
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Journey 950 metres above sea level to Cradle Valley today, which is your gateway to the World Heritage area of Cradle Mountain National Park. Before you set off, we'll share some local knowledge and interpretation of the landscape to help you choose which route to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you'll be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake or one of the many boardwalk tracks. You could even challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout.

Afterwards, take a short drive to the underground caves of Mole Creek and maybe pick up a jar of the local honey while you're there. Visit the Tiger Bar and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, learning about the feisty but lovable creatures and the threats posed to their existence. Continue with a short walk at Alum Cliffs before continuing on to Launceston - Australia’s third oldest city and your base for tonight.

Notes: Total driving time is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Mole Creek and Tassie Tiger Bar
  • Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say goodbye to Cradle Mountain this morning, as you make your way via Scottsdale to Columba Falls and the Pyengana cheese makers. Use the opportunity to pick up some crackers and locally produced cheese if you fancy. Your next stop is the east coast and the spectacular Bay of Fires. You can stretch your legs here and take some quality time to enjoy this highly regarded coastal region. The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting, so jump in and enjoy a swim if the weather is nice.

Enjoy Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive from St. Helen’s to Bicheno, where you'll spend your final night. In the evening, perhaps join a guided viewing of the Little Penguins as they return to their rookeries on the edge of this seaside village (optional, seasonal and at your own expense). (B)

Notes: Total driving time is around four hours today. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bay of Fires
  • St Columba Falls
  • Pyengana Cheese Makers
Optional Activities
  • Bicheno Penguin Tour - AUD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
An early start means you'll be 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 Circuit for your morning Freycinet experience. This afternoon, make a quick stop at Kate’s Berry Farm before you cross the unique and bizarre Spikey Bridge. Pass through the historic village of Richmond before arriving back into Hobart. Your Taste of Tasmania adventure ends on arrival into Hobart, as there are no more activities planned.

Notes: Total driving time takes around three and a half hours today. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Kate's Berry Farm
  • Spikey Bridge
  • Wineglass Bay
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Hostel (5 nights)

Included Activities

  • Central Plateau
  • MONA Museum
  • Mount Wellington
  • Hogarth Falls
  • Lake St Clair
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Mole Creek and Tassie Tiger Bar
  • Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bay of Fires
  • St Columba Falls
  • Pyengana Cheese Makers
  • Kate's Berry Farm
  • Spikey Bridge
  • Wineglass Bay

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Important notes

1. This trip departs from Hobart at approximately 8am and finishes Hobart approx 6pm on day 6. Onward travel to be booked after 8pm.
2. This trip is available in Basix and Original styles.

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Reviews

Our Taste of Tasmania trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

Taste of Tasmania (Basix), November 2016

Chris Ravenscroft