Tasmania, Australia’s island state, provides a rare opportunity to encounter unique and endemic wildlife. 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 sanctuary for an abundance of birdlife, including the twelve endemic species as well as marine mammals and the only two types of egg-laying mammals in the world, echidnas and platypus. Our focus on this small group tour is to observe wildlife in the wild. It is a soft-adventure tour focusing on wildlife and wilderness, offering a high level of comfort.
- Small Group Tours
- 5 Five day guided tour
- From $3,095.00 per person
Tasmania’s diverse natural environment provides a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife including marsupials, birds and marine mammals.
- 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
LAUNCESTON – CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Be met today at midday by our local guide and start your journey to UNESCO Word 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 is 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)
CRADLE MOUNTAIN AND DOVE LAKE
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.
Acommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (King Split Deluxe room or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
CRADLE MOUNTAIN – CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
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
MT FIELD NP – HOBART
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 Grand Chancellor (Mountain View Room or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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 Kangaroo’s 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 & Picnic Lunch
2020 Tour Dates:
- 22 to 26 September 2020
- 6 to 10 October 2020
- 20 to 24 October 2020
- 3 to 7 November 2020
- 17 to 21 November 2020
- 1 to 5 December 2020
- 15 to 19 December 2020
2021 Tour Dates:
- 5 to 9 January 2021
- 19 to 23 January 2021
- 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
Above and beyond!
Rob was very knowledgeable and adaptable. He also took pains to orient me to Hobart, so I could navigate the rest of my trip. Above and beyond!
Would highly recommend
We wanted to experience the natural environment of Tasmania, and learn more about its history and wildlife. Our guide was THE BEST! He was knowledgable, enthusiastic, and responsive to our pace and questions.
USA, March 2019
One of the best guides we have ever had
We loved our time in Tasmania. Our guide Richard was one of the best guides we have ever had – extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with.
Jim & Betsy Jansen
USA, February 2019 (private tour)
We would highly recommend your company. Renke was the best guide of our whole Australia trip and the vehicle was very comfortable.
Paul and Patty Friday
USA. January 2019 (private tour)