Tasmania has the appearance of a jewel hanging around the neck of mainland Australia. Australia's island state, Tasmania sits just 240 kilometers south-east of mainland Australia. Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, is not only Australia's southernmost city, it is also Australia's second oldest city. However, Tasmania is widely known for having the cleanest air in the world. Combine that with some of the best scenery, unique wildlife and its rich history, it makes this Australian destination a must-visit. Its beautiful landscapes, warm people and delicious food and wine offers plenty of opportunities to actively explore its stunning wilderness and embrace its many charming cities and towns.
Day 1: Welcome to Hobart (Dinner)
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.
Day 2: Hobart – Strahan (Breakfast / Dinner) 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.
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.
Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton (Breakfast / Dinner)
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.
Day 5: Smithton – Launceston (Breakfast)
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.
Day 6: Depart Launceston (Breakfast)
After breakfast, free at own leisure and make your own arrangement to the airport for your flight back home.
5 nights' accommodation
Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
Local Specialists (Guides)
1 UNESCO World Heritage Site - Tasmanian Wilderness
Centrally located premium hotels
Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Claire National Park entrance fees
Return international flight ticket
Australian ETA Visa
Day 1: Flights to arrive by 12:30pm into Hobart Airport
Day 10: Flights to depart after 2:00pm from Launceston Airport
Booking Period : Now - 20 MARCH 2022 (minimum 2 adults to go)
Travel Period : NOW - 31 MARCH 2023 01 APRIL 2023 - 31 MARCH 2024