6 Day Taste of Tasmania

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Duration | 6 Days
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On the Australian travel scene, lil' old Tassie is a right up-and-comer. Pristine wilderness, exceptional hiking, jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches, superb dining – there's plenty to like. And this trip, starting and finishing in Hobart, does a pretty good job of seeing it all. Take in the various attractions of Hobart, enter the Gondwanan-like wilderness of Tarkine, get your hike on in Cradle Mountain and watch Little Penguins waddle ashore at Bicheno.

What makes it Great?

  • As well as visiting key attractions such as Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires, this pioneering trip takes you to parts of Tassie that are more off the beaten track
  • Your guide will provide information about the flora, fauna and landscapes of Tasmania, giving you an insight into some of the country's World Heritage listed areas
  • Trek along multiple walking trails through spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Visit stunning Maria Island, a National Park in its entirety
  • Tasmania is known world wide for excellent quality food and wine, wonderful landscapes and pristine wilderness.

Inclusions:

Meals: 5 breakfasts
Transport: Minibus
Accommodation:

  • Basix Trip: Hostel (5 nights). Accommodation is multi-share, so you'll sharing your sleeping quarters with other travellers of the same or opposite sex. If you'd prefer twin-share, then please refer to the Original version of the trip
  • Original Trip: Hostel (5 nights). The accommodation on this trip is twin-share; a single supplement is available as an optional extra. 

Included activities:

  • Lake St Clair
  • Cradle Mountain Walk
  • Bay of Fires
  • Wineglass Bay

Departure times & locations:

Tour departs from Hobart Central YHA (9 Argyle Street) Hobart at 08:00am sharp.

Tour finishes in Central Hobart Accommodation (Day 6) at approximately 6 pm. Onward travel should be booked for the following day.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Hobart - Central Plateau

Today we traverse the island from east to west. Escaping Hobart through the Derwent Valley, we walk in the land of the giants and admire the beauty of Russell Falls and Mt Field National Park. Visit Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Enter the temperate time capsule that is the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Along the way we stretch the legs on some great short walks including Donaghy’s Lookout and Franklin River. Pass through Queenstown with its intriguing eroded landscape of treeless hills. Finish the day in Strahan at the very edge of the west coast.

Today's driving time approx: 324 km / 5hrs.
Approx hikes include 1 60 min, 2 x 45min

  • Hostel (1 night)
  • Lake St Clair
  • There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Tarkine Region

In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast we will explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes, visit Ocean Beach and smell the freshest air in the world. Then we continue into the Tarkine region and walk amongst its rainforest and check out a cool waterfall while we are there. We then head back to Strahan for the night.

Todays driving time approx: 150 km / 2.5 hrs.
Hike approx: 3 hrs

  • Hostel (1 night)
  • Breakfast

Day 3: Cradle Mountain - Launceston

Join a guided walk or free walk on one of the many trails around Cradle Mountain, Dove and Crater Lakes. The mountain at 1545m high, is one of the favourite features in the park and is surrounded by stands of native deciduous beech, rainforest, alpine heath lands and button grass. Icy streams cascade down the mountainsides, and ancient pines are reflected in the still glacial lakes. Later today, transfer to Launceston via Sheffield, the town of murals.

Today's driving time approx: 279 km / 4 hrs.
Approx hike 3 hrs.

  • Hostel (1 night)
  • Cradle Mountain Walk
  • Breakfast

Day 4: Bicheno

Departing Launceston we head for the peaceful north east corner of Tasmania. The Bay of Fires is remarkable for its beauty, wildlife and cultural history with long stretches of dazzling white beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, coastal heath and woodlands that abound with wildlife. We continue late in the day to Bicheno where tonight you can take a guided tour for a closer look at the life of the Little Penguins as they return nightly to their rookeries to feed their young.

Today's driving time approx. 315 km / 4.5 hrs.
Approx hike 1.5 hrs

  • Hostel (1 night)
  • Breakfast

Optional Activities

Bicheno Penguin Tour - AUD40

Day 5: Freycinet National Park

This morning we arrive at Freycinet National Park. For those seeking a challenge, try the climb to the summit of Mt Amos or join the walk to Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches There are other free walking choices and a visit to Cape Tourville. Then we head back to Bicheno for the night.

Today's driving time approx. 80 km / 1.5 hrs.
Approx. hike 3 hrs.

  • Hostel (1 night)
  • Bay of Fires
  • Wineglass Bay
  • Breakfast

Day 6: Hobart

This morning we catch the ferry to Maria Island, a National Park in its entirety. This is a special place with something for everyone – historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains and remarkable wildlife. It’s free from cars and its only residents the animals, including large numbers of Cape Barren Geese and Forester Kangaroos. Explore the fascinating features such as the Painted Cliffs, the millions of years old Fossil Rocks, and the old township of Darlington and its mixed history. We return to Triabunna and transfer to Hobart via the historic town of Richmond.
Today’s driving time approx. 182 km / 2.5 hrs
Approx. hike 2- 3 hrs.

  • Breakfast

Things To Bring

  • A variety of clothing, especially layers. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, warm layers and water proof outer wear. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress. It’s a good idea to bring a change of nice clothes when planning on eating out in Hobart.
  • Even in Tasmania, sun exposure can cause sunburn. Especially so on overcast days.
  • Tasmania’s weather can change throughout the day. Check weather reports a few days before you travel to ensure you have packed suitably warm clothing – It snows on Mt Wellington, even in the middle of summer.
  • Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
  • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity botte. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Tap water in Tasmania is clean and delicious.

RECOMMENDED:

  • Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your leader, but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, Band-Aids and insect repellent.
  • Camera with spare batteries.
  • Rain jacket. For those wet days
  • A spare power bank is a good idea to charge your phone or camera en route.
  • Batteries can be recharged from accommodation room wall sockets.

LUGGAGE LIMIT:
Luggage space is limited so please restrict your luggage to one smaller soft travel bag per person and a small daypack (cabin baggage). Any excess luggage can usually be stored at your hotel until you return.

Booking Info:
If you require hotel transfers please have your hotel name ready when booking so we can send you a pick-up time with your confirmation.

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About Adventure Tours:

Adventure Tours is the leading small group tour operator in Australia. We're a bunch of Aussies that have been leading travellers through this big ol’ continent over the past 24 years.

Informative and immersive, our tours are for those looking to develop a true-blue understanding of Australia’s inner-workings – and have a great time while at it. We take one comfy, air-con equipped 4WD or minibus, load it up with a knowledgeable guide, a bunch of fellow adventurers, tents, swags and some packed picnics, then head out into the wilds. The whole outfit is far more your classic Aussie road trip than it is a standard charter bus tour – just with someone looking after the driving and navigating for you.

Tour departs from Hobart Central YHA (9 Argyle Street) Hobart at 08:00am sharp.

Tour finishes in Central Hobart Accommodation (Day 6) at approximately 6 pm. Onward travel should be booked for the following day.