Exceptional Tasmania guided walks and scenery, visiting World Heritage Cradle Mountain, striking seascapes of Freycinet and Tasman Peninsulas, picturesque Wineglass Bay and Bay of Fires, alpine wilderness of Mt Field and Hartz Mountains, wildlife haven of Maria Island
Ultimate 17 day experience with 8 or 9 day sections, departing Launceston or Hobart
Single Supplement (Details on request) Special Discounts apply to this tour. Early Bird price reverts to the Regular Price 6 months prior to each tour departure date.
2021 prices available and bookings received from July/August 2020. Register now for advanced releases.
Visiting one of the top rated World Heritage areas in the world – the Tasmanian wilderness, a photographers paradise.
Multiple small group guided walks in 7 of the finest National Parks offering rich immersive experiences and a photographers paradise.
A diverse and informative tour all inclusive of accommodation and meals, all entries, side tours and services.
Part Tour Departures:
tour options available for first 8 days and second 9 days. Enquire for more details.
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Pre departure administration, meet ‘n greet and tour briefings in Launceston and Hobart as guest arrivals determine.
You’ll travel Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park via the Great Western Tiers then visit the unique Wilderness Gallery of celebrated nature photographers and the national park visitors centre. Join an afternoon walk around the picturesque Lake Dove circuit or stroll around your lodge precincts.
Accommodation: 3 nights at Cradle Mountain Lodge
Enjoy 2 inspirational days of guided walking set to prevailing alpine conditions and personal preferences, including a day walk/climb to the base of Cradle Mountain via Crater Lake and Marions Lookout, another along the Face Track traverse, via Hanson’s Peak, Twisted Lakes and cushion plant moorlands, or various shorter strolls along the Cradle Valley board walk and enchanted forest trails. Join an evening visit to a nearby Tasmanian Devil sanctuary.
You’ll travel from Cradle Mountain to the remote wilderness retreat of Corinna nestled between the ancient Tarkine Rainforest and the secluded Pieman River, arriving to board the unique Huon Pine vessel Arcadia II for a cruise down river to its mouth with the wild southern ocean. Stroll the beach and bush trails for the remainder of the day. Accommodation: Corinna Retreat Cottages
Today involves a short drive along back roads to the western harbour village of Strahan. Nearby, in 1982-83 on the Gordon River, memorable conservation encounters brought international focus to the cause of “Saving the Franklin” from hydro dam building on wilderness rivers. Join a cruise across Macquarie Harbour, for a delightful lunch on an historic yacht designed to explore untouched corners of the globe while completing the feature film “Stormbreaker – a Quest for Paradise”. Our hosts will give us an historic account of the notorious penal settlement times in this remote part of the island. There will be time for village roaming in this quaint harbour setting later in the afternoon.
An early evening visit to a local rookery will follow, to learn of one of the world’s most incredible bird migration events.
Overnight village cottage accommodation
You’ll enjoy a relaxed travel day to Maydena /Mt Field National Park region via Lake St Clair National Park, interspersed with short walks throughout the day taking in delightful waterfalls in cool temperate rainforest, an Eagles view of the Frenchman’s Cap wilderness and upper reaches of the Franklin River. You’ll lunch beside Australia’s deepest glacial freshwater lake at 220m and visit the extraordinary gallery of one man’s craftsmanship and vision, his unfolding works in Huon Pine and bronze.
Then a wonderful day of alpine walking through picturesque glacial lakes and tarns, a visit to one of Australia’s most picturesque waterfalls and time permitting an immersion in the Styx River Valley old growth forests, the last stronghold of the world’s tallest flowering trees and the feared extinct Tasmanian Tiger. Accommodation: Maydena cottages 2 nights
A busy day as we take off early for the High Camp slopes of Mt Eliza to take in the panoramic vista of Lake Pedder and assimilate the events which stirred and polarised the environmental conscience of the nation. We then drive to Hobart a delightful city of character and charm, set around its historic docks and Battery Point, all nestled under the towering bluffs of Mt Wellington. Enjoy some free time to browse Salamanca Place, noted for its vibrant markets while we say farewell or welcome to part tour guests departing or arriving.
We reconvene early evening for our second meet ‘n greet and briefing of the tour.
Accommodation: Hobart Motor Inn 3 nights.
Our program for the next two days could be quite active set to the prevailing alpine conditions in the wilderness, including the option of a short drive and walks on Mt Wellington beside the Organ Pipes, a day walk in Hartz Mountains National Park for a summit viewing of the great South-West Wilderness, Precipitous Bluff, Federation Peak, the jagged Arthur Ranges, or alternatively you can enjoy a sedate boardwalk stroll to Lake Esperence and the Ladies Tarn with their King Billy Pines, cushion plants and heath land. Take a memorable visit to the Antarctic Centre to learn more of the historic exploration programs of the deep south continent and visit the highly acclaimed Mona Art Museum guaranteed to challenge both the creative and obscure corners of our minds and stimulate group conversation.
You’ll travel Hobart to Port Arthur visiting the historic village of Richmond which claims a number of Australia’s oldest buildings. Travel breaks are filled with the study of ancient sea deposits and tidal paving, blow holes, remarkable arches and caves, historic sites representing a dark page in our indigenous and convict history, then spectacular seascapes with brilliant azure waters.
Accommodation: Port Arthur Motel / Hotel 3 nights
2 spectacular days exploring the wild seascapes of the Tasman Peninsula await you, commencing with a day walk to the dizzy precipice of 200m high dolerite cliffs and stacks at Cape Hauy or Cape Raoul. Share the world of Sea Eagles and Pacific Gulls. You’ll follow this with an extraordinary sea life boating experience beneath towering 300m high dolerite cliffs, floating into colourful sea caves adorned with pink and purple lichen, close encounters with colonies of seals, seabird rookeries, the feeding grounds of giant Albatross, Little Penguins and endangered Kelp forests. There will also be time to visit the historic ruins of Australia’s largest penal settlement of Port Arthur and a failed experiment in reforming petty scoundrels from the English homeland.
You’ll travel Port Arthur to Freycinet National Park, along the way taking in a ferry transfer and full day of relaxed walking on historic Maria Island, a sanctuary with extraordinary compacted fossil and painted cliffs, home to free roaming Cape Barren Geese, Native Hens, Kangaroos and bird life.
Accommodation; Coles Bay village 3 nights
2 days of delightful walks are planned discovering the picturesque Freycinet National Park, dominated by the colourful granite domes of The Hazards and the most photographed feature of Wineglass Bay. Enjoy an energetic ascent of Mt Amos if you wish, a full day circuit walk onto the pristine beach of Wineglass Bay, Hazards Beach and Fleurieu Point then a visit to Cape Tourville. There are sleepy bays filled with colourful lichen covered granite boulders, the delightful coves, rocks, bird life and sea creatures of Friendly Beaches and by night a Little Penguin rookery (in season) and some nocturnal wildlife spotting.
You’ll travel north along the east coast from Freycinet National Park for a mid morning visit to the southern reaches of the serene and colourful Bay of Fires, where locals have managed to escape the fast life, preferring the simple values of beauty and harvest by the sea. Continuing on to Launceston and journey’s end you’ll lunch break at an historic bush pub “loaded with Aussie character” or a nearby boutique cheese factory and deviate into the scenic winegrowing regions of the island, arriving in Launceston late afternoon for next day connecting flights (of your choice) to the Australian mainland.
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