This comprehensive small group tour combines the 4 Day Wilderness & Wildlife Encounter Tour with the 4 Day Icons of Tasmania Tour, allowing you to explore Tasmania’s best known highlights as well as some of the remote wilderness and wildlife experiences.

Discover Tasmania on this small group tour taking you to Tasmanian icons such as the famous Wineglass Bay, the Tasmanian Devil, the convict ruins of Port Arthur and explore Tasmania’s diverse natural environment – a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife including marsupials, birds and marine mammals.

Tour includes:

  • 8 days of small group touring with local guide
  • Transport in a well-appointed vehicle
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 x breakfast, 7 x lunch, 1 x dinner
  • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site
  • After dark feeding tour at Devils@Cradle
  • Maria Island Ferry
  • All National Parks passes

This tour is a combination of 4 Day Icons of Tasmania and 4 Day Wildlife & Wilderness Encounter.

Day 1/Tuesday
LAUNCESTON – CRADLE MOUNTAIN 

Be met today at 1pm by our local guide and start your journey to UNESCO Word Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Travel to Latrobe for the possible chance to see Platypuses in their natural environment. This unique semi-aquatic monotreme is by nature a shy creature and some patience and luck can 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
CRADLE MOUNTAIN AND DOVE LAKE

Today you will be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, where in 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 and Lunch

 

Day 3/Thursday
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 see Quolls and Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat.

Accommodation:                     Thousand Lakes Lodge (Lodge King Premium room or similar)
Meals:                                        Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 4/Friday  
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS – MOUNT FIELD NP – HOBART

This morning your guide takes you into Mount Field National Park, the oldest in the state. Be mesmerised 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 trees 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 Hobart (Mountain View Room or similar)
Meals:                             Breakfast and Lunch 

Day 5/Saturday         
MARIA ISLAND 

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 along historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. This island sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife, including bare nosed wombats, Cape Barren geese, Tasmanian pademelons, kangaroo, wallabies and even the Tasmanian Devil in their natural environment. In the afternoon, make your way down the east coast into Tasmanian’s capital city, Hobart

Tour ends at approximately 5pm in Hobart

Accommodation:         Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (Mountain View Room or similar)
Meals:                            Breakfast and picnic Lunch

Day 6/Sunday
TASMAN PENINSULA  

The Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site are some of Tasmania’s most visited destinations. Set in tranquil gardens Tasmania’s famous convict settlement site harbors a dark history which our experienced guide will bring to life. Visit the famous geological features of the peninsula as you explore the rugged coastline. In the afternoon, meet Tasmanian’s enigmatic character, the Tasmanian Devil and take the opportunity to hand feed the delightful kangaroos.

Accommodation:         Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (Mountain View Room or similar)
Meals:                            Breakfast and Lunch 

Day 7/Monday
FREYCINET – WINEGLASS BAY  

This morning we take a brief stop in the historic village of Richmond where you can soak up the nostalgia of colonial times. Then relax and enjoy a scenic drive along Tasmania’s East Coast to the Freycinet Peninsula, with its exceptional beauty, pristine white sandy beaches and granite coastline. Walk the track up to the world-famous Wineglass Bay lookout for some stunning photo opportunities, with views across Freycinet National Park. A shorter clifftop walk around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville is also on offer.

Accommodation:         Freycinet Lodge (One Room Cabin or similar)
Meals:                            Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 8/Tuesday                       F
REYCINET NATIONAL PARK – LAUNCESTON

This morning depart the beautiful East Coast and continue your journey to Launceston, for an introductory tour of Tasmania’s largest northern city. Explore the scenic Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River forces its way through sheer rocky cliffs. Evoke memories of the genteel Victorian era as you stroll in the landscaped gardens.  After lunch, your guide will bid you farewell.

NOTE: This tour ends in Launceston today after lunch at approximately 1:30pm. Guests have the option to fly out of Launceston from 3:30pm onwards.

Meals:                         Breakfast and Lunch

Tour departs every second Tuesday from Launceston and concludes in Launceston on the following Tuesday.
Fortnightly tour departures are available.

2020 Tour Dates:

  • 22 to 29 September 2020
  • 6 to 13 October 2020
  • 20 to 27 October 2020
  • 3 to 10 November 2020
  • 17 to 24 November 2020
  • 1 to 8 December 2020
  • 15 to 22 December 2020

2021 Tour Dates:

  • 5 to 12 January 2021
  • 19  to 26 January 2021
  • 2 to 9 February 2021
  • 16 to 23 February 2021
  • 2 to 9 March 2021
  • 16 to 23 March 2021
  • 30 March to 6 April 2021
  • 13 to 20 April 2021