The 7 Day Tassie Explorer Tour is a great way to see the main highlights of Tasmania in a week. All the awesome-ness of Tasmania with departures from Launceston! Highlights include Bay of Fires, St Helens, Bicheno, Wineglass Bay, Freycinet, Tassie Devils, Richmond, Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur Historic Site, Hobart, Mt Wellington, Mona, Salamanca, Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park, Lake St Clair, Ocean Beach, Gordon River, Strahan, Crafle Mountain, Sheffield and Launceston.
Day 1: Launceston to Bicheno
A morning walk at Cataract Gorge in the heart of Launceston before making our way to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. Here we can stretch our legs with some quality time to enjoy this highly recommended coastal region (a Lonely Planet favourite). The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting. Perhaps a swim? (Conditions permitting). Enjoy Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive from St Helens to Bicheno. This evening you can join a guided viewing of the Little Penguins (optional in season) as they return to their rookeries on the edges of this seaside village.
Day 2: Freycinet National Park to Hobart
An early start means we are the first to the lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo of Wineglass Bay. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mt Amos or Hazards Beach walk for your morning's Freycinet experience. This afternoon we take a break at a picturesque village and check out a local convict built bridge. Come face to face with the iconic Tassie Devil as we make a stop at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet these now endangered native animals as well as some others unique to Tasmania. A short drive brings us to Hobart.
Overnight: Hobart (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: Port Arthur Historic Site
Start the day with a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village of Richmond before heading south for magnificent views of the Tasman Peninsula and some features of the Tasman National Park. Explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past today at the World Heritage Listed - Port Arthur Historic Site (guided walk and harbour cruise included). Rich in visual history, here we learn of the chilling realities of life as a convict amid the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins.
Overnight: Hobart (Breakfast)
Day 4: Mona and the Mountain
Today we visit two not too be missed attractions - Mt Wellington and MONA. We start by heading 1272m above sea level to the summit of Mt Wellington to enjoy stunning views over Hobart. From the summit we offer a range of vigorous or relaxed walk options and guided sight seeing of the Mountain. Coming down from the Mountain there’s time for a scenic lunch on Hobart’s Waterfront before heading to MONA.
Day 5: Hobart to Strahan
Today we traverse the island from east to west. Escaping Hobart through the Derwent Valley, we walk in the land of the giants and admire the beauty of Russell Falls and Mt Field National Park. Visit Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Enter the temperate time capsule that is the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. End the day in Strahan beside Macquarie Harbour. Our West Coast hosts welcome us with a BBQ dinner.
Overnight: Strahan (Dinner)
Day 6: Wild West Coast
Discover the Wild West coast today with a visit to Ocean Beach and the Henty Sand Dunes. Search for whale bones among the shifting sands or simply breathe in the freshest air in the world. Stroll by the foreshore of the harbour or walk through the rainforest to a waterfall. There is also the option today of a cruise on the famous Gordon River, take a scenic sea plane flight over the Gordon and Franklin River system complete with a river landing and walk, journey up the King River on a jet boat, peacefully paddle a kayak of your own or catch a salmon in the harbour. (Strahan optional activities at own expense).
Overnight: Strahan (Breakfast)
Day 7: Cradle Mountain to Launceston
We journey to 950m above sea level to the Cradle Valley, our gateway to the World Heritage Area of Cradle Mountain National Park. We share some local knowledge and interpretation of the landscape to help you choose a walk that will enhance your experience here. With an extensive range of tracks, you will be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake and one of the many boardwalk tracks or perhaps challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. A short drive to Sheffield, “the town of murals”, before continuing on to Launceston, where our journey ends. (Breakfast)
Bay of Fires
Port Arthur Historic Site
Mt Field National Park
Lake St Clair
6 Nights Acccommodation
Meals as indicated (4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners)
All National Park entry fees
Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Fee including Tasmanian Devil feeding
Entry to Port Arthur Historic Site including Guided Walk and Harbour Cruise
MONA entry fees
Fun, professional guide
Hotel and Hostel pickups and drop offs
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NOTE: The 2014 - 2015 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015. The 2015 - 2016 season rates commence on the 1st April 2015.