Tour starts in Launceston (Tuesday) and ends in Hobart (Saturday)

Are you a wildlife enthusiast and interested to learn everything about Tasmania’s fauna and flora? This 5-day small-group tour is the right choice for you. We focus on observing the unique wildlife in the wild. Australia’s only island state provides a rare opportunity to encounter many endemic species in a limited area. Renown as a prime area for marsupial spotting, Tasmania is a crucial habitat for many species, including quolls, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and the most famous resident, the Tasmanian Devil. Tasmania provides a sanctuary for an abundance of birdlife, including twelve endemic species and diverse marine mammals. Want to have the chance to encounter the only two types of egg-laying mammals in the world, echidnas and platypus? We would love to welcome you on our Wilderness and Wildlife tour.

A new and refined itinerary from April 2022 onwards will shortly be published here.

Tasmania’s diverse natural environment provides a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife including marsupials, birds and marine mammals.

Tour includes:

  • 5 days of small group touring with local guide
  • Transport in a well-appointed vehicle
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 1 x dinner
  • Entry to Devils@Cradle
  • Maria Island Ferry
  • All National Parks passes

This tour can be combined with the 4 Day Icons of Tasmania Tour for a more in-depth experience. Touring options for the combination tour are available from Hobart or Launceston.


Day 1/Tuesday

Be met today at midday by our local guide and start your journey to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Travel to Latrobe for the possibility to see Platypus in their natural environment. This unique semi-aquatic monotreme is by nature a shy creature and some patience and luck are required to see it. Travel through lush rolling farm pasture before reaching the alpine bush of the Cradle Valley. Enjoy an introduction to this captivating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the night.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (King Split Deluxe room or similar)
Meals: –

Day 2/Wednesday

Today you will be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, wherein many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. On a clear day, the rugged grandeur of Cradle Mountain is reflected in the tranquil waters of Dove Lake, or you may experience the drama of its craggy peaks through swirling mist. Your guide will introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks. Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras, King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs and Wedge-tailed Eagles are present in this area, whilst Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen. At dusk, you have the option to join your guide on a night spotlighting tour or simply relax at your accommodation.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (King Split Deluxe room or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3/Thursday

Depart the Cradle Valley and travel to Tasmania’s Central Highlands also known as “The Heart of Tasmania”. Here in this alpine environment, the air is noticeably clear and the silence inspiring. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to explore Lake Ada, discover its history and immerse yourself in this barren but beautiful and unique landscape. On dusk, you may have the chance to observe Wombats, Wallabies and Possums as they turn the area into a hub of activity. With a bit of luck, there could also be the opportunity to see Quolls and Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat.

Accommodation: Thousand Lakes Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4/Friday

This morning your guide takes you into Mount Field National Park, the oldest National Park in the state. Be mesmerized by the lush forest landscapes, from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland. Explore the green forest canopy where you can crane your neck to see some of the tallest flowering plants in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species including Scrubtit, Black Currawong and Tasmanian Thornbill. After lunch, you may have another opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet Platypus in the wild. Return to Hobart in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel Crowne Plaza (Superior room) or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5/Saturday

This morning, travel to the seaside village of Triabunna and board a ferry to cross the Mercury Passage to Maria Island. This unique island national park sits just off Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking amongst historic ruins, across sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. This island sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife, including Wombats, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Pademelons, Forester Kangaroos and even the Tasmanian Devil in their natural environment. In the afternoon, make your way down the east coast to Hobart This tour ends at approximately 5 pm in Hobart.

Meals: Breakfast & Gourmet Picnic Lunch

2021 Tour Dates:

  • 2 to 6 February 2021
  • 16 to 20 February 2021
  • 2 to 6 March 2021
  • 16 to 20 March 2021
  • 30 March to 3 April 2021
  • 13 to 17 April 2021
  • 21 to 25 September 2021
  • 5 to 9 October 2021
  • 19 to 23 October 2021
  • 2 to 6 November 2021
  • 16 to 20 November 2021
  • 30 Nov to 4 December 2021
  • 14 to 18 December 2021

2022 Tour Dates:

  • 4 to 8 January 2022
  • 18 to 22 January 2022
  • 1 to 5 February 2022
  • 15 to 19 February 2022
  • 1 to 5 March 2022
  • 15 to 19 March 2022
  • 29 Mar to 2 April 2022