Tassie’s Wilderness Icons

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Coveting the world’s cleanest air and water, Tasmania is also home to some of Australia’s wildest natural attractions. Many are in the west, a part of the state few other travellers venture. On this Hobart to Launceston tour, you’ll cruise World Heritage-listed rainforest carved by rivers, explore Tassie’s tallest peak and bask in Russell Falls’ beauty. Stellar food and wine await, when it’s time to refuel.

Tour Highlights

  • Hobart City Tour
  • Salamanca Place galleries
  • Russell Falls walk
  • Lake St. Clair walk
  • Gordon River Cruise and Huon Pine Sawmill
  • Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake
  • The Nut at Stanley
  • Cataract Gorge

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: FHHL

1
Welcome to Hobart (D)
Day 1
Welcome to Hobart (D)
At the mouth of the River Derwent, Australia’s southernmost city embraces its history, but has one eye firmly planted on the future. You only need to visit Salamanca Place to see how forward-thinking purveyors and curators have transformed heritage spaces into restaurants, cafés and galleries. Step back in time once again at Battery Point, settled as a defensive outpost in the 19th century, and Constitution Dock – this is where yachts finish when competing in the annual Sydney to Hobart race. Put your destination into perspective from the summit of Mt. Nelson, offering a dreamy outlook over the capital. Touring Tasmania never looked so good.
Best Western Hobart
The Best Western Hobart is located in the Hobart City Centre. A 10 minute walk from hotel to Salamanca Place (Australia Oldest open-air Saturday market) on the historical waterfront.
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Hobart – Strahan (B, D)
Day 2
Hobart – Strahan (B, D)
Not many people live in the West of Tasmania – even less visit. This is not for want of appeal. Mount Field National Park dials up the drama from the moment you arrive, delivering World Heritage-listed wilderness in the form of soaring eucalypts (some of the tallest on Earth) and thundering waterfalls. Russell Falls will take your breath away in more ways than one. And just when you think nature couldn’t get any more humbling, you arrive at Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. It’s one of numerous waterways breaking your path to Strahan, gateway to World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Strahan Village, Strahan
Set on the shores of the historic Macquarie Harbour, Strahan Village offers charming accommodation and delicious local dining.
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Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)
Day 3
Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)
The inky waters of the Gordon River – given its colour by amber button-grass tannins – are as eery as they are beautiful, the mirror-like surface only broken by your Gordon River cruise chariot out to Sarah Island. It’s hard to reconcile the beauty of this part of the state with its grim history as a penal colony; a place where convicts would fell Huon pines for boat building. Thankfully, they didn’t get to the 2,000-year-old pine that still stands proud at Heritage Landing. Early settlers didn’t mince their words when they called the treacherous entrance to the river’s harbour Hells Gates. You’ll understand why when you drift past. Cradle Mountain awaits to the north. If you’re content by the fire with a glass of wine – stay there. Otherwise, follow your guide into the night to spot Tassie devils in the wild.
Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain
Nestled within breathtaking alpine woodland in the north-west highlands of Tasmania.
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Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B, D)
Day 4
Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B, D)
When the first thing you see is 1,545-metre Cradle Mountain, you know you’re in for a good day. This is your backdrop as you wander to Dove Lake on your Cradle Mountain tour, the bucolic landscape here a natural magnet for Bennetts wallabies, echidnas, and pademelons. Just when you thought the west coast couldn’t get any more dramatic, ‘The Nut’ appears on the horizon. This 152-metre bluff created by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug guards over Stanley, an atmospheric fishing village with remarkably well-preserved heritage buildings. Browse boutiques at your leisure, or lace up your walking shoes – The Nut summit awaits.
Tall Timbers, Smithton
Tall Timbers is located at Smithton, the gateway to the abundant attractions of the North West Coast, including the magical Tarkine Wilderness and historic township of Stanley.
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5
Smithton – Launceston (B)
Day 5
Smithton – Launceston (B)
While you may not see any shy, nocturnal penguins on your visit to the town of Penguin, you will find dozens of statues commemorating just how cute these creatures are. Be sure to snap a picture in front of the 10-metre-high installation. You’ll also want to have your camera ready arriving in Sheffield, home to a surprise collection of 60 murals telling the area’s history. All this exploring builds an appetite. Refuel at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm, where happy cows contribute to award-winning cheeses – everything from cheddar and red Leicester to creamy Tasmanian blue.
Best Western Plus, Launceston
Best Western Plus Launceston is well positioned and boasts a fantastic in-house restaurant and the iconic Tram Bar.
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Farewell from Launceston
Day 6
Farewell from Launceston
There are few places in the world where you can leave the city behind and within minutes be amid an immense wilderness are. Launceston is one. Blink and you’re at Cataract Gorge, a yawning chasm carved by ancient rivers. This rare natural phenomenon unites bushland with neat Victorian gardens, replete with ferns and exotic plants. Get a different perspective of the green cavern on the scenic chairlift, zipping you over the water to a lofty lookout. Now for an orientation of the city. You won’t want your time here to come to an end; it’s a good thing you have afternoon options. Perhaps sign up to cruise the river that carves the gorge, linger on a Launceston city tour, or get a taste for the region on a Tamar Valley wine expedition. How you end your Tasmania tour is completely up to you.

Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

Attractions Included

  • Hobart City Tour
  • Salamanca Place galleries
  • Russell Falls walk
  • Lake St. Clair walk
  • Gordon River Cruise and Huon Pine Sawmill
  • Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake
  • The Nut at Stanley
  • Cataract Gorge

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Centrally located premium 3.5-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 5 Full Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Dinners

Fitness Requirements

  •  Russell Falls and Cataract Gorge – Low to medium level of fitness required

Visited Locations

  • Hobart
    Hobart is the capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania and is the second oldest capital in Australia after Sydney.
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  • Strahan
    Strahan, is a small town and former port on the west coast of Tasmania. It is now a significant locality for tourism in the region and nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour,
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  • Launceston
    Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature.
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  • Cradle Mountain National Park
    Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, features ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, it is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain.
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Attractions

  • Launceston city tour
  • Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm
    Welcome to Tasmania’s most indulgent dairy destination with a must-see new visitor centre conveniently located on the tourist route between Launceston and Devonport.
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25 Sep 2024 - 30 Sep 2024 $2,831$3,591
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Tassie’s Wilderness Icons
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AUD $2,831