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Tasmanian Explorer

9 Days | From ancient rainforests to dramatic coastlines, uncover Tasmania’s natural wonders

4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Tasmania may be just across the ditch from mainland Australia, but when it comes to standout scenery, unique wildlife and intriguing history, this island is a world away. This 9-day adventure will weave you through must-sees and lesser-known treasures, with a local leader to provide expert knowledge at every step. Set off from the historic city of Launceston, hike the coastal trails of Narawntapu and Rocky Cape national parks and explore the prehistoric Tarkine Rainforest. Hit the markets in Hobart, sample the homegrown flavours of Bruny Island, learn about the region’s colonial past and explore a rugged, wild coastline shaped over the centuries by the southern seas.

Trip overview

Map of Tasmanian Explorer including Australia
Start
Launceston, Australia
Finish
Hobart, Australia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Australia
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PUKTC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover Tasmania’s Cradle Coast, from the ancient landscapes of Rocky Cape National Park to the stunning stretch of ocean at the Edge of the World, with plenty of stops along the famed tasting trail.
  • Explore the country’s oldest temperate rainforest with a visit to the Tarkine, home to unique species that have evolved over hundreds of millions of years – a living connection to the Gondwana supercontinent.
  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage and spiritual connections of Tasmania’s northern landmarks and national parklands.
  • See the highlights of the picturesque Tasman Peninsula, such as the rocky formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, the secluded Crescent Bay and the tragically historic Port Arthur.
  • Delight in the rugged beauty and delicious flavours of Bruny Island as you sample local delicacies and explore national parkland where towering cliffs fall away into the crashing sea.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

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Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights)

Activities
  • Cradle Coast - Visit to Penguin Village
  • Cradle Coast - Narawntapu National Park
  • North Coast - Lunch at Spreyton Cider Company
  • Stanley - The Nut
  • Cradle Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail
  • takayna / Tarkine - Trowutta Arch
  • takayna / Tarkine - Lake Chisholm Sinkhole
  • takayna / Tarkine - Edge of the World
  • Waratah - Philosopher Falls
  • Cradle Coast - Rocky Cape National Park
  • Cradle Coast - Boat Harbour Beach
  • Waratah - Hellyer Gorge
  • Corinna - Hiking in Corinna
  • Cradle Mountain National Park - Park Visit & Hikes
  • Sheffield - Murals Trail
  • Tasman Peninsula - Eaglehawk Neck
  • Richmond - Colonial Village Visit
  • Richmond - Winery Visit & Lunch
  • Tasman Peninsula - Tasman Arch
  • Hobart - Salamanca Markets
  • Tasman Peninsula - Devils Kitchen
  • Hobart - Visit to Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)
  • Hobart - Farmers' Market
  • Huon Valley - Cider Apple Museum
  • Hartz Mountains National Park - Short walks
  • Hobart - kunanyi / Mount Wellington scenic drive
  • Bruny Island - Truganini Lookout
  • Bruny Island - South Bruny National Park
  • Bruny Island - Full day tour
  • Bruny Island - Adventure Bay
Add on activities
  • Port Arthur - Historic Site Visit & Harbour Cruise - AUD47

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

START & END TIME
This trip begins with a Welcome Meeting at 8:00am on day 1 in Launceston and finishes upon arrival into Hobart on the last day at approximately 5:30pm.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Kevin · Traveled January 2024
The Tasmanian Explorer exceeded expectations with stunning coastlines, beautiful national parks, quaint villages and modern cities. Our group leader Anthony was born in Rosebery, raised in Hobart, and has worked all over Tasmania. His ability to weave personal anecdotes, stories, music, and surprises into the itinerary was magical. Absolutely outstanding. As usual we had a fun group of well-traveled fellow travelers. The island under down under definitely didn’t disappoint.
Review submitted 10 Feb 2024

Alison · Traveled January 2024
Quality tour with way more in the itinerary than expected. Our tour guide Anthony was brilliant at hosting and his local knowledge and inviting, calm personality made this trip both comfortable and memorable. Tasmania has so much to offer and this tour covers so much of all the magnificent regions - Coastal, Tarkine, Wine and Colonial. My first tour with Intrepid and I will be booking with them again. The small group of just 11 and all the meals, accomodation and almost all entry fees included made it easy to just sit back and enjoy although this is a busy and full schedule 9 day tour with a good balance of hikes and little luxuries. Value for money. Anthony was an exceptional host - professional, organised, knowledgable, friendly, approachable and went the extra mile to ensure we all enjoyed our tour. He is certainly working the dream job for him and it shows. Intrepid are fortunate to have him representing them he made our tour. Thank you Anthony I truly believe our trip was elevated to the next level when we were allocated you as our Leader.
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Aidan · Traveled September 2023
A great way to discover Tasmania on our first ever guided tour. Fascinating nature and history brilliantly presented. Great guide Keygan.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2023

Shelley · Traveled May 2023
This tour was very inclusive for all and our guide Keygan is friendly and went above and beyond to make us all welcomed and comfortable. He has amazing local knowledge and local stories (and some good jokes) I enjoyed all the inclusions provided by Intrepid. I loved exploring the natural environments - the rainforests were beautiful. I look forward to my next tour.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023

DeAnn · Traveled January 2023
The Tasmanian Explorer trip was a great experience! I had no idea how beautiful the countryside would be, and the variety of areas was amazing: museums & small towns, seashores & mountains, temperate rainforests, rolling agricultural areas, and lots of unique animals to be seen. Be sure to bring good hiking shoes and trekking poles if you need them for steep walking.
Review submitted 30 Jan 2023
Tasmanian Explorer
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GBP £2,605