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

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
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
PNTW6-O
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

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

  • Visit stunning Maria Island, a National Park in its entirety

  • Tasmania is known world wide for excellent quality food and wine, wonderful landscapes and pristine wilderness.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The majority of meals are not 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.

  • Temperatures can fluctuate in Tasmania, especially at the top of Mount Wellington. It's important to prepare – pack suitable clothing for hot, cold, dry and wet weather, just in case.

  • The accommodation on this trip is twin-share; a single supplement is available as an optional extra. Please speak to your travel provider.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 30 March 2018

Your trip begins with an 8 am pickup from your accommodation. You'll then drive from Hobart to the summit of Mount Wellington. Enjoy beautiful 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 (twin share lodge) next to Lake Augusta, where you'll also have dinner.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 3 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 1 kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mount Wellington
  • Lake St Clair
  • Hogarth Falls
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast we will explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes, visit Ocean Beach and smell the freshest air in the world. Then we continue into the Tarkine region and walk amongst its rainforest and check out a cool waterfall while we are there.

Todays driving time approx: 150 km / 2.5 hrs.
Hike approx: 3 hrs
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Join a guided walk or free walk on one of the many trails around Cradle Mountain, Dove and Crater Lakes. The mountain at 1545m high, is one of the favourite features in the park 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. Later today, transfer to Launceston via Sheffield, the town of murals.

Today's driving time approx: 279 km / 4 hrs.
Approx hike 3 hrs.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cradle Mountain Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Departing Launceston, transfer east to Wukalina / Mt Willaim National Park nestled in the remote and peaceful north-east corner of Tasmania. Mt William National Park is remarkable for its beauty, wildlife and cultural history with long stretches of dazzling white beaches at the edge of the Bay of Fires, shimmering turquoise waters, coastal heath and woodlands that abound with wildlife. We 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.

Today's driving time approx. 315 km / 4.5 hrs.
Approx hike 1.5 hrs
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bicheno Penguin Tour - AUD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we arrive at Freycinet National Park. For those seeking a challenge, try the climb to the summit of Mt Amos or join the walk to Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches There are other free walking choices and a visit to Cape Tourville.

Today's driving time approx. 80 km / 1.5 hrs.
Approx. hike 3 hrs.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bay of Fires
  • Wineglass Bay
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we catch the ferry to Maria Island, a national park in its entirety. This is a special place with something for everyone – historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains and remarkable wildlife. It’s free from cars and its only residents the animals, including large numbers of Cape Barren Geese and Forester Kangaroos. Explore the fascinating features such as the Painted Cliffs, the millions of years old Fossil Rocks, and the old township of Darlington and its mixed history. We return to Triabunna and transfer to Hobart via the historic town of Richmond.

Today's driving time approx. 182 km / 2.5 hrs.
Approx. hike 2-4 hrs.
Included Activities
  • Maria Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Motel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Mount Wellington
  • Lake St Clair
  • Hogarth Falls
  • Cradle Mountain Walk
  • Bay of Fires
  • Wineglass Bay
  • Maria Island

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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 should be booked after 8pm.

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