Big 3 Highlights from Launceston to Hobart
This incredible 3 day adventure takes in 3 of the most beautiful and iconic tourist attractions here in Tasmania - visit Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay & Cradle Mountain all in just 3 action packed days!
See the Big 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days! We combine the very best of our day tours to bring you 3 days of amazing highlights, scenery, wildlife and huge fun days exploring Tasmania with our awesome guides.
Day 1: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning world heritage listed area. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.
After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural.
We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before us. We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here we can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views. For the more active, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This walk is well rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.
Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk.
Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience.
On our return to Launceston, we stop and sample some local tasty products at the award winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
We return to Launceston around 6.30pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.
Day 1 Highlights
Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area (5+ hours)
Rainforest City & Pencil Pines Falls walk
Weindorfer's Chalet & Forest walk
Dove Lake Walk (easy grade) or Marion’s Lookout walk (medium grade)
Sheffield, township of 30+ murals
Ashgrove Cheese Factory
Departs: Launceston 7:30am
Returns: Launceston 6:30pm
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)
Day 2: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
We depart Launceston ready for an action packed day out exploring the delights and highlights of the East Coast before finishing our day in Hobart.
Wineglass Bay has been voted many times among the top beaches of the world. Pink granite mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and walking trails.
Our drive this morning takes us through the well-preserved Georgian townships of Evandale and Campbell Town. We make a short stop in Campbell Town where you can collect some lunch to take along for the day ahead. You will have time to discover the Convict Brick Trail that extends through the town, visit the Red Bridge, and check out the tree sculptures depicting the history of the town. After a brief stop in Campbell Town we travel to the East Coast, where we catch an amazing view of the area at the Great Oyster Bay Lookout and an opportunity to purchase some fresh oysters plucked from the beautiful surrounding waters.
On arrival at Freycinet, we walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where your guide will help you take those sought-after photographs. From the Lookout, you have the option to return to the start of the walk with our tour guide, or for the keen walkers you can choose to spend the rest of your time completing the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5-hours return). If you choose to travel with our guide, we will explore more of the National Park and visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville lookout and Great Short Walk.
After 4 to 5-hours at Freycinet National Park you will then continue your journey onto Hobart enjoying a stop at Kate’s Berry Farm along the way.
We finish today to your Hobart central city hotel/hostel around 6.30pm
Day 2 Highlights
Historic Campbell Town & Convict Brick Trail
Great Oyster Bay Lookout
Fresh oysters from Freycinet
Freycinet National Park (4+ hours)
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Wineglass Bay beach walk (longer walking option)
Cape Tourville short walk and lookout
Honeymoon Bay & Sleepy Bay
Kate's Berry Farm
(Bring your luggage today!)
Departs: Launceston 7:30am
Returns: Hobart 6:30
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)
Day 3: Port Arthur & Tassie Devils
We take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, and along the short but spectacular Waterfall Bay Clifftop Track. This is one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”, around 45 minutes, concluding at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.
Next stop is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. We arrive here for the action of a Tasmanian Devil Feeding. Watch the snarling, fighting and bone crushing in a spectacle of devilish behaviour during the feeding. Hand feed the wallabies and walk amongst the local fauna and flora in the charming “Unzoo” setting.
Just a short drive down the road, we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you have around 2.5 hours to explore the site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with Port Arthur’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”.
On our return to Hobart, we make a stop at Federation Chocolate with a variety of chocolate flavours to sample. Further along we arrive in the late afternoon into historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted!
Last but not least, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city.
We drop you back to your Hobart central city hotel/hostel around 6.00pm.
(Airport drop offs are available only when arranged via our office)
Day 3 Highlights
Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk
Pirate’s Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Tassie Devil feeding, Birds of the Bush show, walk amongst the Wallabies
Port Arthur Historic Site (2.5hrs)
Guided Walk & Harbour Cruise
Federation Chocolate Factory
Richmond Historic Village
Hobart City Lookout
Departs: Hobart 7:30am
Returns: Hobart 6:00pm
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)
We recommend arriving the night before you wish to begin your Big 3 Tour. Book your own accommodation of choice to suit your budget and style.
Meals are not provided, however, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch and snacks on each tour to suit your taste and budget, or you can bring your own.
National Park entrance fees
Wildlife park entrance fees
Professional guides & interpretative walks
Small, friendly groups
Central City Hotel/Hostel pick up and drop off
Airport drop off available with prior arrangement with our office
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2019 - 2020 season. The 2019 - 2020 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2019 to the 31st March 2020. The 2020 - 2021 season rates commence on the 1st April 2020.