Map of Highlights of Tasmania including Australia

Discover an untamed land with untold beauty.

Capture the ethereal splendour and remote wonders of an island that prospers in its isolation on this nature-filled adventure through Tasmania. Discover uninterrupted UNESCO national parks, from the coastal heath and sand dunes that meet the rainforest in Tarkine to the glacier-sculpted terrain that envelops Cradle Mountain. Stroll along the stunning Hazards Beach in the shadow of Freycinet’s pink peaks and be mesmerised by the contrasting powder-white sands, turquoise waters and orange-hued granite in the world-famous Bay of Fires. Surround yourself with endemic wildlife, from Tasmanian devils to fairy penguins, and spend your free evenings indulging in world-class seafood in quaint coastal towns.


Start
Hobart, Australia
Finish
Hobart, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
PUST
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 18

Why you'll love this trip

  • Gain an insight into the unique flora, fauna and landscapes of Tasmania on this pioneering trip that takes you to parts of the island that are more off the beaten track.

  • Discover the breathtaking Bay of Fires – an incredible stretch of coastal heaven, famous for the fiery orange lichen that clings to its boulder-clad beaches.

  • Watch translucent waters lap powder-white sands in one of Freycinet National Park’s secluded bays – perhaps climbing to the summit of Mt Amos for a panoramic vista of this iconic landscape.

  • Trek along multiple walking trails in the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park – keeping an eye out for furry critters, including wombats and wallabies.

  • Explore the uninterrupted wilderness of Tarkine on a guided walk through its pristine rainforest – alive with unique creatures and habitats not found anywhere else on earth.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please note that due to operational reasons some departures throughout the year may operate in the opposite direction. All experiences and inclusions remain the same but are simply experienced in reverse.

  • This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that it includes several guided walks, allowing you to get among nature. Most are relatively short and easy although there are some more challenging options. However, joining a walk is always up to you. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • No meals are included on this trip. This allows you the freedom to style your own foodie tour of Tasmania, sampling the local produce in the different regions of the island (with plenty of suggestions from your leader of course).

  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, will drive you to your next destination and take you on a hike. Be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Tasmania.

  • Temperatures can fluctuate in Tasmania. It's important to prepare – pack suitable clothing for hot, cold, dry and wet weather, just in case.

Itinerary

Welcome to Tasmania! You’ll be picked up at 8.00 am this morning, marking the start of your adventure. Traverse the island from east to west, leaving Hobart behind and venturing through the Derwent Valley, and then up onto the Central Plateau. Your first stop is Mount Field National Park – home to an abundance of wildlife, diverse fauna and stunning lush vistas. Walk in the land of the giants, the world’s tallest flowering trees, as you explore beautiful surrounds on a guided walk through tremendous fern forests to Russell Falls. Continue to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake before entering the temperate time capsule that is the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Along the way, stretch your legs on some great short walks including Donaghy’s Lookout and Franklin River. Pass through Queenstown with its intriguing eroded landscape of treeless hills then finish the day in Strahan at the very edge of the west coast.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake St Clair - Lakeside Visit
  • Mt Field National Park - Tall Trees & Russell Falls Hike
  • Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - Donaghy’s Lookout Hike
  • Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - Franklin River Nature Trail
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today's first meeting and pick up will take place at Travelodge Hobart at 8am this morning. It’s very important that you are on time today as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time, and then head out towards Mount Field National Park right away. We recommend you arrive a day earlier. The driving distance today is approximately 350 kilometres (around 5 hours). There will be three hikes today, one will take approximately 1 hour and the other two will take around 45 minutes each.
Enjoy a full day of exploration in Tasmania’s West Coast, beginning with a visit to the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Reaching heights of up to 30 metres, these vast dunes are a desert amid Tasmania’s dense rainforests. Continue to Ocean Beach and inhale some of the freshest air in the world before venturing into the Tarkine region. Nestled in the largest tract of temperate rainforest in Australia, the Tarkine is alive with unique creatures and habitats not found anywhere else on earth, and home to vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees – living links to Gondwanaland that it shared with Patagonia and New Zealand millennia ago. Take a guided walk among its pristine rainforest and discover Tasmania's highest waterfall encased in a lush fern forest and rocky cliffs. Afterwards, return to Strahan for the night.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Strahan - Henty Dunes & Ocean Beach
  • Tarkine - Rainforest Hike to Montezuma Falls
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The driving distance today is approximately 150 kilometres (around 2.5 hours). Today's hike will take approximately 3 hours.
Depart from Strahan this morning and head to the magnificent wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park. The mountain, at 1545m high, is one of the park’s iconic features and is surrounded by stands of native deciduous beech, rainforest, alpine heath lands and button grass. Icy streams cascade down the mountainsides and ancient pines are reflected in the still glacial lakes. Explore the park along a number of different guided or self-guided walking tracks. If you prefer to travel at a leisurely pace, consider taking a walk to Waldheim Chalet or wandering along the Dove Lake circuit. For those with a little more grit, or people who simply love views of gorgeous lakes with rugged mountain backdrops, the hike to Marion’s Lookout is perfect. Your leader is at hand to explain options. Later today, travel to Launceston via Sheffield, the town of murals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cradle Mountain National Park - Cradle Mountain Walks & Hikes
  • Sheffield - Town Stopover
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The driving distance today is approximately 300 kilometres (around 3.5 hours). Today's hiking will depend on which walking path you have chosen, please ask your leader for estimates.
Departing Launceston head for the peaceful north east corner of Tasmania. The Bay of Fires is remarkable for its beauty, wildlife and cultural history with long stretches of dazzling white beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, coastal heath and woodlands that abound with wildlife, and of course the orange coloured granite rocks. Explore the beach of Cosy Corner, and discover some Aboriginal middens. Continue late in the day to Bicheno where tonight you can take a guided tour for a closer look at the life of the Little Penguins as they return nightly to their rookeries to feed their young.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bay of Fires - Nature Hike
Optional Activities
  • Bicheno - Bicheno Penguin Tour - from - AUD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The driving distance today is approximately 315 kilometres (around 4.5 hours). Today's hike will take approximately 1.5 hours.
This morning, drive south to the beautiful Freycinet National Park, home to a wild domain of sublime beaches, whose powder-white sands are lapped by translucent waters. For those seeking a challenge, try the climb to the summit of Mt Amos or join your leader for the walk to Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches. There are other free walking choices available, including the path up to Cape Tourville Lighthouse, where you can enjoy panoramic vistas across the coast. Afterwards, head back to Bicheno for the night and perhaps indulge in a delicious seafood dinner in this fishing town, from crayfish to abalone.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Freycinet National Park - Hike to Wineglass Bay
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The driving distance today is approximately 80 kilometres (around 1.5 hours). Today's hike will take approximately 3 hours.
Head to a wildlife sanctuary for a chance to see some of Tasmania’s native wildlife up close including the famous Tasmanian Devils (they’re not as fiendish as they sound!). Travel further south along the scenic Great Eastern Drive, passing through the coastal towns of Swansea and Orford, before stopping in the historic village of Richmond in time for lunch. Back in Hobart visit Mount Wellington Park to savour some magnificent views over the city and its surrounding mountains, forests and waterways. We'll hit one of the many walking tracks for a relatively short and moderate walk within this stunning park (weather permitting) before returning to the city centre and bidding farewell to your travel companions and your incredible adventure.
Included Activities
  • Hobart - Mount Wellington Hike
  • Richmond - Town Stopover
  • Bicheno - Tasmanian Devil Wildlife Sanctuary
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The driving distance today is approximately 200 kilometres (around 3 hours). Today's hike will take around 1-2 hours.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel & Motel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Lake St Clair - Lakeside Visit
  • Mt Field National Park - Tall Trees & Russell Falls Hike
  • Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - Donaghy’s Lookout Hike
  • Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - Franklin River Nature Trail
  • Strahan - Henty Dunes & Ocean Beach
  • Tarkine - Rainforest Hike to Montezuma Falls
  • Cradle Mountain National Park - Cradle Mountain Walks & Hikes
  • Sheffield - Town Stopover
  • Bay of Fires - Nature Hike
  • Freycinet National Park - Hike to Wineglass Bay
  • Hobart - Mount Wellington Hike
  • Richmond - Town Stopover
  • Bicheno - Tasmanian Devil Wildlife Sanctuary

Dates & availability

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Important notes

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START & FINISH TIMES
This trip departs from Hobart at 8am and finishes back in Hobart at approximately 6pm on the final day (day 6). We recommend you arrive a day early, and onward travel should be booked after 8pm or the next day.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available on this trip and covers all nights.

REVERSE DEPARTURES
Please note that due to operational reasons some departures throughout the year may operate in the opposite direction. All experiences and inclusions remain the same but are simply experienced in reverse.

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