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Discover Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia

Discover Tasmania

Hiking
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Start: Hobart
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End: Hobart

Visit naturally stunning Tasmania – the southernmost part of Australia

Activity
Hiking
LocationTasmania, Australia
Duration9 days
Start / EndHobart / Hobart
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Tasmania, Australia

Discover Tasmania

Hiking·
9 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Hobart
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End: Hobart

Description

On any given drive throughout Australia’s rugged outback, the land slowly shifts from flourishing forests to rugged mountains as you amble down the long stretches of tarmac. Tasmania’s charm comes capturing all of the country’s lush natural glory in an easily navigated bite-sized package. From the panoramic vistas atop Mount Wellington to the shimmering coast of Wineglass Bay, the rustic buildi...

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day, Hobart
Welcome to Hobart, capital of Tasmania. This charming city offers a distinct blend of heritage, scenery and culture nestled between its charming sandstone buildings and calm waterfront. Begin the adventure by checking into your hotel, then consider taking some time to explore the area. Salamanca Markets, often touted as one of Australia’s best outdoor markets, is full of excellent local produce and food stalls if you’re feeling a little peckish. A walk along the waterfront also yields a great view of the mountains clasping the River Derwent, and the nearby Museum of Old and New Art is a must see for any art aficionados. Later in the afternoon, meet with your guide and fellow travellers for a brief run-down of the adventure ahead, then perhaps opt to spend the evening sampling some of Hobart’s incredibly fresh seafood over dinner with the group.
Day 2The Tasman Peninsula
Journey south to the Tasman Peninsula and begin a wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline, sailing underneath one of the highest vertical sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere in the process. The area plays home to a variety of spectacular native sea life – seals, migrating whales and seabirds are often spotted in the area, so keep a camera handy for a chance to snap some of these charming critters. After returning to shore, take a guided walk around the Port Arthur Historic Site – the former location of Australia’s most notorious convict prison. After learning more about this piece of colonial antiquity, travel back to the hotel in Hobart for the evening.
Day 3Mount Wellington, Monda and the Central Plateau
After departing from Hobart, visit Mount Wellington Park to savour some magnificent views of the city and its surrounding mountains, forests and waterways as you trudge towards the summit (weather permitting). Head back to town and visit the Museum of Old and New Art (or MONA, as it’s more commonly known as), one of the most influential and culturally significant museums in all of Australia thanks to its quirky and often provocative exhibitions. Drive up towards Tasmania’s Central Plateau in the afternoon, passing through Bothwell and Yingina (Great Lake) as you take in some of the stretching views of the placid waters as you drive by. Tonight’s stay lies at an incredible lodge near Lake Augusta, surrounded by rugged shrubbery, tiny mires and open highland scenery. Previously used as an arctic training base, the accommodation features a charming fireplace, comfortable leather couches and best of all, a larder stocked with delicious local meats and cheeses for some particularly classy snacking options.
Day 4Meander valley and Cradle Mountain
Take a plunge through the Greater Western Tiers, heading down into the Meander Valley. The local apiaries are responsible for churning out delicious clover honey with light citrus and vanilla flavours – take a sample of this sweet local treat before heading to a wildlife sanctuary for a chance to visit the local Tasmanian Devils (they’re not as fiendish as they sound!). Continue hiking onwards to Tulampanga (Alum Cliffs), a place considered spiritually important for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes due to the ochre found in the surrounding ranges. Following the trail forged by the trappers, hunters and loggers of old, stop for a break at mural filled Sheffield before returning to the mountains route to Cradle Valley, the gateway to Cradle Mountain National Park. Once you arrive, either relax around the hotel or pause to absorb the beautiful natural landscapes of this World Heritage-listed area. Consider dropping into the Wilderness Gallery’s for the evocative art, photographic and film exhibitions while you’re here.
Day 5Cradle Mountain
The day is yours to explore this magnificent wilderness along a number of different walking tracks. For those who prefer to travel at a leisurely pace, consider taking a trip to Waldheim Chalet or wandering along the Dove Lake circuit. For those with a little more grit, or people who simply love views of gorgeous lakes with rugged mountain backdrops, the hike to Marion’s Lookout is perfect. The afternoon is free to extend your walking options, discover more of the local flora and fauna or relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel.
Day 6Launceston and Bicheno
After departing the hotel, head down the mountain for a visit to Ashgrove Farm to witness the production of some of Tasmania’s most famous cheese. Take a nibble of this dairy-based delight before experiencing the rugged, awning beauty of Cataract Gorge. Next stop, Launceston: Australia’s third oldest city. Head to the city centre for a bit of exploration and a lunch break, then spend the afternoon driving along the historic Evandale through the Fingal Valley for stunningly scenic views of the East coast. Following a brief stop-off at Bicheno, arrive at a lodge in the Freycinet National Park where you’ll stay the night. Perhaps catch the last shreds of sunlight painting the waters of Great Oyster Bay with a serene glow as you sip a glass of chilled local wine.
Day 7Freycinet National Park; Wineglass Bay and Cape Tourville
Freycinet National Park contains a counterpointed mix of harsh, granite mountains and inviting beachscapes – spend a day beholding the dramatic peaks of the Hazards, attempt to spot soaring white-bellied sea-eagles or consider travelling on optional walks to Wineglass Bay, Cape Tourville or the park’s nearby lookout. There’s always the luxury of the lodge to entertain you throughout the day and time spend beach-hunting around the nearby area is bound to result in some relaxing ocean-side experiences.
Day 8Maria Island
Leaving Freycinet, travel further south along the coast. Pass through Swansea, then stop at Triabunna before jumping on a ferry for ride to breathtaking Maria Island – a place riddled with Aboriginal and European history. Make sure you pack your camera for this one – the Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs and peeping local wildlife are well worth catching on film. Soak in some of the stunning island scenery as you walk along one of the island trails, stopping by a historic settlement before resting over a delicious picnic lunch. Afterwards, head back to the mainland for a visit to Richmond, a town full of quaint 19th-century architecture. Check out the beautifully preserved Richmond Bridge, local Gaol, Catholic Church (one of the oldest in Australia) and more before returning to Hobart for the evening. Maybe head back to Salamanca Markets for one last drink with your new friends before this Tasmanian adventure ends tomorrow morning.
Day 9Hobart
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and enjoy a little more time in Hobart. Your adventure comes to an end today, and there are no further activities planned.

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27 Nov 2018

Trip title

Discover Tasmania

Trip code

PUCTD

Validity

Validity: 18 Mar 2018 to 31 Mar 2020

Introduction

On any given drive throughout Australia’s rugged outback, the land slowly shifts from flourishing forests to rugged mountains as you amble down the long stretches of tarmac. Tasmania’s charm comes capturing all of the country’s lush natural glory in an easily navigated bite-sized package. From the panoramic vistas atop Mount Wellington to the shimmering coast of Wineglass Bay, the rustic buildings... Read more

Style

Comfort

Themes

Short Breaks

Transport

Minibus

Physical Rating

1

Joining point

Lenna of Hobart

Finish point

Lenna of Hobart

Group leader

All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Yor leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, or... Read more

Visas

All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalitie... Read more

Why we love it

Slow the pace and visit some places in Tasmania that are off the tourist track such as Maria Island

Is this trip right for you

Even in the summer months, Tasmania can be cold being so far south. come prepared with summer clothes and waterproof clothes for days spent high in the mountains where weather can turn in a moment Accommodation on this trip is twin share hotel. If you are traveling solo, it's likely you will be paired with another person of the same gender, however you can pay for a single supplement if you woul... Read more

Health

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: Please note this tour operates in remote regions and as such medical facilities may be difficult to access. If you have any medical conditions or take any form of medication please provide full details & nature of condition. Please provide details of medication taken.

Food and dietary requirements

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Passengers with special dietary requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to the start of the trip and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing Darwin. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food you... Read more

Money matters

Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less. The Australian Dollar (A$) is the currency of Australia.  Credit and debit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere in Australia. Occasionally there may be a minimum spend for both in smaller shops. You can usually withdraw money... Read more

What to take

ESSENTIALS: 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 ... Read more

Climate and seasonal

Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March. The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius. Even in the peak of Australia summer, Tasmania, being the most southerly point of the country is subect to cold and wet weather from Antarctica. It can get very c... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

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Emergency contact

‘In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator on 0428 622 232. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.’ Hobart Operations Manager: 0428622232

Responsible travel

Every place Intrepid visits is special – and we want it to stay that way. Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to local communities. On all our tours we strive to work in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Contributing to local environmental and cult... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

This trip is Intrepid comfort style. Single travellers or groups travelling in odd numbers will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is available at Comfort level. Please ensure you have selected your desired accommodation style correctly. Night 1: Lenna of Hobart (twin room with private facilities) Night 2: Lenna of Hobart (twin room with private facilities) Nigh... Read more

Transport notes

DRIVING DISTANCES IN AUSTRALIA Australia is a BIG country! In fact, the whole of Europe fits into Australia with plenty of room to spare. Australia has a total land area of 7,706,168 sq km, and the coastline spans a massive 15,049km. Here in Australia we're used to driving long distances on holiday, but you may not be. Take for example, our 10 day Perth to Broome trip will see you travelling ab... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes th... Read more

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