4 Day

EAST COAST TASMANIA TOUR (ECHIDNA)

This Tasmania adventure tour is the ideal selection of east coast destinations for visitors who only have a short time on the island. With a perfect combination of picturesque beaches and iconic wildlife in Freycinet, gourmet delights, thought-provoking art and history at Port Arthur and Salamanca - the Echidna tour is a great taste of Tasmania.

4 DAY

East Coast Tasmania Tour (Echidna)

TOUR CODE


    4 DAY

    East Coast Tasmania Tour (Echidna)


      $645 AUD

      • Tours Departs

        , 7:30am

      • Tours Finishes

        , Day 4, 5:30pm

      • Transportation Style

        Air Conditioned Minibus

      • Tour Type

        Open Aged

      • Accommodation Style

        Hostel or Lodge with Shared or Private Rooms

      • Meals Included

        2 Lunch - 3 Breakfast

      • Tour Inclusions

        Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and meals as indicated including walks in Freycinet National Park, entry to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo (formerly Taranna Wildlife Park) and Port Arthur Historical site, wine (optional) and cheese tasting, entry and tour of Hastings Caves, Tour and entry to Cascade Brewery, accommodation with all bedding and National Park fees. 

      PRICING & DEPARTURES


      Days of Week Fare Type Price

      1 October 2016 - 31 March 2017

      Tuesday, Saturday Dorm AUD $645
      Twin / Double AUD $950
      Single AUD $1,195
      Child (8 - 15) AUD $765

      Tour Itinerary


      Today we explore Tassie’s spectacular East coast, stopping regularly to take in the views of the crystal clear waters and lichen covered rocks. First stop is the seaside village of Bicheno, famous for its penguin residents! We drop into Bicheno’s Blowhole to see this show of nature's power.

      We then push onto what is the Tasmanian highlight for many guests as we explore the Freycinet (pronounced fray-se-nay) National Park. We have plenty of time to take in the fantastic walk up to the lookout point offering stunning views over the peninsula, and then down onto beautiful Wineglass Bay with its long white sandy beach and crystal clear seas. We dedicate the day to seeing all that the National Park has to offer including the elevated Cape Tourville boardwalk with its picturesque lighthouse. The walk is the perfect vantage point to spot whales on their migration, so keep your eyes on the horizon.

      The afternoon’s drive to Port Arthur is one of the most scenic routes in Tasmania and a region famed for its food and wine. We take the opportunity to break the journey at a number of the highlights including Kate’s Berry Farm, an institution amongst Tasmanians. When you taste her ice cream you will know why - a well deserved treat. For those with more savoury taste, we will pick up some of the freshest oysters that you will find in the world.

      After dinner those of you brave enough will have the option to do a bone-chilling ghost tour, witnessing the darker side of the Port Arthur Historic Site. You may want to sleep with the light on.

       

      Another action packed day awaits us this morning! We check out some of the amazing rock formations with a morning visit to Remarkable Cave and Maingon Lookout. Then we immerse ourselves into the harsh and cruel world of the local convicts of the 1800’s as we enter Port Arthur, Australia’s best known penal colony! We join the complimentary guided walking tour and boat cruise around the Isle of the Dead where we learn about the gruelling conditions of life in captivity and the amazing rehabilitation techniques used to attempt to reform the criminals of the day. You have ample time to go exploring amongst the 35 buildings contained in this World Heritage Site. From Port Arthur our next stop is at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, a well established conservation park. Walk amongst the quolls and hand feed the wallabies (pademelons) in this unique and natural surrounding. The highlight of the visit though is undoubtedly the snarling action of the Tasmanian Devil Feeding as you learn about the research going on to save this iconic animal from the plight of an aggressive face cancer.

      The Tasman Peninsula is home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs and an abundance of amazing coastal scenery. We check out some of the finest at Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen as we enjoy a short coastal cliff top walk. Drive through quirky Doo-Town as we depart the region and begin our return to Hobart. Last stop for the journey is Richmond village, home to Australia’s oldest bridge, Catholic Church and jam packed with its own tales of convict hardship, ghost stories and local delights. We visit a vineyard for a tasting of the local drop before concluding our day in the Harbour city of Hobart.

      Today we head into Southern Tasmania for a relaxed and diverse day. Walk through the treetops in the morning suspended 40m above the ground, then spend the afternoon 40m underground exploring vast chambers during a cave tour.

      The Tahune Airwalk has a Cantilever that stretches for 597m through the treetops. Enjoy the sensation of being suspended high above the Huon River with breathtaking views across the treetops and surrounding mountains. We have time to explore and enjoy more walking here as we continue onto the “Swinging Bridges”. With a 50m span across the river, this is another thrilling experience and makes for fabulous photos!

      We continue our day further south to Hastings Caves National Park. Bring your swim gear and jump into the Thermal Springs pool where the water is always 28 degrees. Relax in the beautiful forest surrounds or wander the Hot Springs Nature Trail where the warm water meets the cool water. Hastings Caves reserve is home to Newdegate Cave where we head underground with an expert National Park guide into Australia’s largest tourist cave. The richly decorated chambers make this the must see caving system to visit in Tasmania.

      We return back through the Huon Valley, stopping to sample the abundance of seasonal fruit grown in this area including apples, cherries and apricots.



      Today is set aside to explore the beautiful capital city of Hobart, home to the southern fishing fleet, Antarctic ice breakers and a fascinating colonial history. Starting the day with a city sights tour will help you get your bearings while hearing stories of the whalers, entrepreneurs and convicts that shaped this remote British outpost in the early 1800’s. You will come to appreciate the city's unique place in history and its connection to the Derwent River and Southern Ocean that are on its doorstep.

      Hobart is dominated by the towering Mt. Wellington and our next stop is its summit. At 1,269 meters above sea level it affords a bird's eye view of the city and much of southern Tasmania. The sub alpine environment at the summit is home to an array of wildlife and hardy mountain plants. Your guide will share stories of ‘The Mountain’ (as the locals call it), its history, geology and its importance to the aboriginal people of the area who know the mountain as ‘Kunanyi’. The summit is famed for wild icy winds straight from Antarctica, swirling mist and snow in any season, so pack your jumper and hold onto your hat - guaranteed the view is worth the chill.

      We wind down the day with a visit to the oldest brewery in Australia, Cascade. The brewery, set amongst ornamental gardens with a backdrop of Mt. Wellington, has a fascinating story of convicts made good, bush-fires and Tasmanian Tigers. They have been making one of Australia's best beers since 1832, so they must be doing something right! We tour the working factory and learn the secrets of the brewers (they call it 'The Feel’) and then taste their brews to decide for ourselves. Cascade also make a range of juices, soft drinks and cordials so there is something for everyone.

      WHAT TO BRING


      Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes/boots, insect repellent, water bottle, bathers/towel and camera.

      IMPORTANT NOTES

      • Customers are to arrive into Launceston the day prior to departure to ensure an early start on Day 1.
      • Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) during business hours at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
      • Safari not suitable for children under 8 years.