Experience the highlights of Tasmania’s east and west coasts with the added bonus of visiting the wildlife oasis of Bruny Island. Beginning and ending in Launceston guests will get the chance to come face-to-face with some of Australia’s most recognised land-based animals including the echidna, wombat, kangaroo, wallaby and possum and marine life including whales, dolphins, penguins and seals. But the animals won’t be the only things to leave you speechless - the breathtaking landscapes of the Bay of Fires, Strahan and the Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Parks will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Tour Price Includes:
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle, sightseeing and meals as indicated including Bruny Island Cruise, entry into Taranna Wildlife Park and Port Arthur Historic Site, wine and beer tasting, swimming in the Bay of Fires, hiking and walking in Freycinet, Mt Field & Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Parks, experienced guide, sightseeing and meals as indicated, accommodation with all bedding and national park fees.
What you need to Bring:
Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes/boots, insect repellent, water bottle, bathers/towel and camera.
- 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) at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
- Safari not suitable for children under 8 years.
Day 1 (Lunch / Dinner)
Welcome to the Apple Isle!
This morning we start the trip with a relaxing stroll around Cataract Gorge and then hit the road to begin our exploration of this beautiful state. First stop is the pristine Bay of Fires which showcases some of Australia’s best beaches. Although you may find it hard to resist the crystal blue water, you may find it hard to stay in these chilly waters longer than five minutes!
After a stroll or hike around the bay we stop by a local winery for a sample of some of Tasmania’s best wine. We then head south towards the Bicheno blowhole. Formed by underwater sea caves, water is pushed rapidly through a small vertical shaft creating a forceful spray of water to shoot out the top – much like that of a whale’s blowhole.
This evening you may be lucky enough to find the celebrities of the region. Little penguins returning from their day of fishing are often seen returning home, and our accommodation is right opposite the beach. Overnight Coles Bay.
● Wine Tasting
Day 2 - (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Today is the Tasmanian highlight for many guests as we explore the Freycinet (pronounced fray-se-nay) National Park. Made up of two eroded giant blocks of granite joined by a narrow sandy peninsula, the contrast of the rocky mountains against the white sand will cause your jaw to hit the ground in awe. For those who want to take the day at an easier pace, the walk to Wineglass Bay Beach and look out is ideal. For a harder walk, your guide will take you on a 3-hour hike to Mt Amos for a spectacular view. During your time in Freycinet you are likely to see one of our favourite Aussie icons, the echidna. While they are in no way related, many compare the echidna to a hedgehog or porcupine. Your guide will do their best to drag you away from this beautiful location to head south to Port Arthur for our two-night stay at our own exclusive accommodation.
Day 3 (Breakfast / Dinner)
This morning we explore the Tasman Peninsula on a series of coastal walks where you will have the opportunity to spot dolphins, seals, penguins and whales from the dramatic sea cliffs. In the afternoon we step back in time to the early 1800s when the World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site was a penal colony housing British convicts. We explore the rich history of this now-picturesque site learning the stories of the prisoners and the tasks they undertook. We dare you to stand inside the solitary confinement room with the door closed! If you fancy an even spookier side to the site then you can choose to return after dark for a bone-chilling ghost tour (optional). You may want to sleep with the light on…..
● Optional night Ghost tour
Day 4 (Breakfast / Dinner)
You may be familiar with Looney Tunes’ animated take on the Tassie Devil – a comically destructive creature who can spin like a tornado – well today is your chance to see just how accurate Warner Bros were as we visit Taranna Wildlife Park to meet the REAL Tassie Devil. Found only in the Apple Isle, these carnivorous creatures are threatened by a contagious face cancer which is rapidly spreading throughout the population on the island. Centres like Taranna are working to breed the unique species to save it from extinction. Here you will also get to witness magnificent birds of prey and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. For lunch we head to the beautiful town of Richmond.
In the afternoon we return to Hobart and venture to a brewery or a local historic pub to sample some of the state’s best ale and toast to a great trip. In the afternoon we return to Hobart and venture to a brewery or a local historic pub to sample some of the state’s best ale. Overnight in Hobart for three nights.
Day 5 (Breakfast)
Today is a day at leisure in beautiful Hobart. A city steeped in art and culture, there are plenty of sights to get your brain ticking. Take a walk around the funky Salamanca Market entwined within the Georgian sandstone buildings on the Hobart waterfront. Take your pick from over 300 stalls of food and wine, art and keepsakes. (Saturdays only) Listen to some of Tassie’s most talented at the Salamanca Arts Centre or catch a fast catamaran up the Derwent River to MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art. This new addition to the Tasmanian art scene takes a different spin on art critique with every visitor given a touch-screen device to show them around the gallery and vote on each piece by clicking ‘love’ or ‘hate’. And to cap off the day it wouldn’t be a visit to Hobart without sampling some of the local seafood. Your guide can recommend some ideal places for dinner.
Day 6 (Breakfast / Dinner)
This morning your guide will take you to Kettering where you will embark on a day tour to the wildlife haven of Bruny Island. You will cruise along the coast of the island taking in the towering sea cliffs and abundant wildlife such as seals, dolphins, whales and sea birds. During the cruise you will drift up to listen to the ‘Breathing Rock’ and witness the Tasman Sea colliding dramatically into the Southern Ocean. In the evening recount your wildlife spotting stories from the day during a group dinner in Hobart.
Day 7 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
We start our journey early in the morning from Hobart with our first stop, Mt Field National Park, a favourite among Tasmanians. The beauty of this park stems from its diverse vegetation including its Swamp Gums, the tallest trees in Australia. You have a chance to witness these towering natural wonders during our Tall Trees walk when your guide will explain the various flora and fauna that calls Mt Field home. After you explore the giants of the forest, take a walk along the bottom of the beautiful cascading Russell Falls.
The drive to our next stop for the day, Lake St Clair is one of Australia’s most scenic. It is here you will see Australia’s deepest lake at 167 metres. The lake was formed from ice glaciers over the last two million years and feeds the Derwent River which winds its way to Hobart. The breathtaking backdrop of Mt Olympus sets a perfect scene for some great holiday snaps while you take a walk around the area. From Lake St Clair it is onto the quiet but picturesque west coast village of Strahan where you will settle into our private lodge overlooking Macquarie Harbour for two nights.
Today Strahan is your oyster with a range of optional activities on offer. If you are after a thrill with a view then our guide can arrange quad biking on the Henty Sand Dunes or a jet boating adventure on the King River. The Henty Sand Dunes are the largest moving sand dune system in Tasmania where you can take in the rugged beauty of the island’s west coast. An ex-mining thoroughfare, the King River is flanked by mountain ranges with a growing range of rainforest plant species including Leatherwood, Pandani, Giant Tree Ferns and Myrtle. You may also choose to partake in some sea kayaking or take a leisurely cruise along the Gordon River.
● Optional activities
Day 9 - (Breakfast / Lunch)
This morning it is a 90-minute drive to the stunning Cradle Mountain. Those feeling energetic can embark on a hike with your guide along the jagged contours of the mountain taking in the serene beauty of your surroundings. If you’d rather take it easy then there are less strenuous walks around the majestic Dove Lake. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for one of our Aussie icons, the wombat. While they may look cute and cuddly they can tend to be a bit grumpy, so keep your distance. After plenty of scenic photographs it’s onto Launceston where we will relax after our day of exploring and bid farewell to our fellow travellers.