Day 1 ARRIVAL HOBART
Welcome to Tasmania! Arrive at Hobart airport and pick up your rental vehicle. Spend the day exploring Hobart with its vibrant waterfront and Salamanca Place, with its Georgian sandstone buildings, and historic Battery Point. Admire stunning views over southern Tasmania from the lofty heights of Mount Wellington.
Day 2 HOBART – LAKE ST CLAIR – STRAHAN
Travel into the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness. At Lake St. Clair it will be time to step out to enjoy the fresh alpine air along the shores of Australia’s deepest lake. Visit ‘The Wall’, a unique art project where sculptor Greg Duncan is creating a 100-meter-long wall of wooden relief sculpture depicting Tasmania’s stories. Before reaching the quaint village of Strahan on the West Coast, you might like to stop at Franklin River and the stunning Nelson Waterfalls.
Day 3 STRAHAN – GORDON RIVER CRUISE – CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Cruise across Macquarie Harbour to the tranquil reaches of the Gordon River. This experience is sure to be one of the highlights of your Tasmanian sojourn. First stop is Heritage Landing in the rainforest, where you will take a walk among ancient temperate rainforest trees, many of them Gondwanan relicts. Find out about the historic importance of this area and enjoy lunch onboard. Travel to Cradle Mountain in the afternoon and settle in to your accommodation.
Day 4 CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – DOVE LAKE
Enter the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park. Unwind to the harmonic sounds found only in this true wilderness. Today you have ample time to explore the National Park. Visit Dove Lake, a glacial lake located in a spectacular setting beneath the craggy peaks of Cradle Mountain will sure be one of the highlights of your day.
Day 5 CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAUNCESTON
This morning, travel from the rugged Cradle Mountain to Launceston, situated on the banks of the Esk river. You may like to visit 41° South Salmon and Ginseng Farm, sample Tasmanian honey or taste fresh berries at Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm. Take an easy walk through the beautiful Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River forces its way through sheer rocky cliffs. Meander along the riverside villages of the Tamar Valley and visit some of the Valley’s many boutique vineyards with opportunities for wine tasting.
Day 6 LAUNCESTON – FREYCINET PENINSULA
Today morning travel to the historic midlands, or via the Bay of Fires Reserve, to the sunny east coast of the Island and Freycinet Peninsula.
Day 7 FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
Today, you might like to stroll along the beautiful Friendly Beaches and visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Alternatively, you may want to enjoy a cruise to the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. The Wineglass Bay beach has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world. (At extra cost).
Day 8 TASMAN PENINSULA – PORT ARTHUR
Travel south and you may like to visit some of the local boutique cellar doors and enjoy fresh berries en-route. Explore the Tasman Peninsula’s interesting geology, such as Devils Kitchen and Tasman’s Arch, before checking into your idyllic located chalet at Stewarts Bay. Spend the afternoon exploring the remains of Tasmania’s famous convict settlement, Port Arthur. Enjoy a relaxing evening at your lodge, with an optional ghost tour of the historic site should you wish (extra cost).
Day 9 TASMAN ISLAND CRUISE – HOBART
This morning enjoy the stunning 3 hour Tasman Island Cruise. This adventure cruise manoeuvres around small islands, into sea caves, and undersea cliffs soaring 300m above the Tasman Sea. You may have the opportunity to see albatross, dolphins and whales which frequent this pristine coastline. In the afternoon, continue to Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart.
Day 10 MONA AND HOBART DEPARTURE
It is time to bid the island farewell. Before you return your vehicle at Hobart Airport make a detour a visit MONA, the museum of old and new art with its controversial exhibitions from curated by Tasmania’s own David Walsh.