Tasmanian Explorer

Tasmanian Explorer

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Tasmanian Explorer

9 Days Starting in Launceston and ending in Hobart

Visiting: Launceston / Stanley / North-West Coast, The Tarkine / North-West Coast, North Coast / Corinna, Corinna / North Coast / Devonport, Cradle Mountain National Park / Launceston, Hobart / Richmond / Tasman Peninsula, Tasman Peninsula / Hobart, Huon Valley / Hartz Mountains National Park / Hobart, Bruny Island / Hobart

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

PUKTC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Medium

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

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Tour Overview

Tasmania may be just across the ditch from mainland Australia, but when it comes to standout scenery, unique wildlife and intriguing history, this island is a world away. This 9-day adventure will weave you through must-sees and lesser-known treasures, with a local leader to provide expert knowledge at every step. Set off from the historic city of Launceston, hike the coastal trails of Narawntapu and Rocky Cape national parks and explore the prehistoric Tarkine Rainforest. Hit the markets in Hobart, sample the homegrown flavours of Bruny Island, learn about the region’s colonial past and explore a rugged, wild coastline shaped over the centuries by the southern seas.

Highlights

  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage and spiritual connections of Tasmania’s northern landmarks and national parklands.

  • Discover Tasmania’s Cradle Coast, from the ancient landscapes of Rocky Cape National Park to the stunning stretch of ocean at the Edge of the World, with plenty of stops along the famed tasting trail.

  • Explore the country’s oldest temperate rainforest with a visit to the Tarkine, home to unique species that have evolved over hundreds of millions of years – a living connection to the Gondwana supercontinent.

  • See the highlights of the picturesque Tasman Peninsula, such as the rocky formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, the secluded Crescent Bay and the tragically historic Port Arthur.

  • Delight in the rugged beauty and delicious flavours of Bruny Island as you sample local delicacies and explore national parkland where towering cliffs fall away into the crashing sea.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Launceston / Stanley / North-West Coast

Location: Launceston / Stanley / North-West Coast

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: lunch

After this morning's meeting you head from Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities, to the seaside town of Stanley, with plenty of scenic stops along the way. Visit Narawntapu National Park, whose coastal plains are home to stunning scenery and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and a variety of bird species. Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage of this area, where artefacts can still be found along the walking trails. Together, we’ll enjoy a platter lunch at an amazing cidery that is part of Tasmania’s Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. You may opt to sample their local brews – perhaps a vintage pear cider, and if you have a sweet tooth, Anvers Chocolate may be calling you to taste its famous truffles! After a brief stop in the picturesque town of Penguin continue along the rocky coastline to Stanley. Climb the famous landmark The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug that juts out into the Bass Strait and offers outstanding views from the top. Wander down to the working wharf where some of the freshest seafood in Tasmania comes in each day. Continue to our accommodation in the rural countryside of Tasmania's remote north-west corner, and perhaps enjoy the onsite heated pool.

Included Activities:
-Cradle Coast - Visit to Penguin Village
-Cradle Coast - Narawntapu National Park
-North Coast - Lunch at Spreyton Cider Company
-Stanley - The Nut
-Cradle Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Day 2: The Tarkine / North-West Coast

Location: The Tarkine / North-West Coast

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

The Tarkine is home to the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and the second largest in the world. It is rich with geological wonders, Aboriginal history and unique creatures and habitats not found anywhere else on earth. Explore sites like the hidden Trowutta Arch and the Lake Chisholm sinkhole, both examples of fascinating geological change. Other highlights along the Tarkine Coast include Marrawah, famous for its big wave surfing, and the desolate Edge of the World, marking the longest stretch of ocean on the planet – from here, there’s no land until Argentina. You’ll enjoy numerous short walks to explore the sites, with a picnic lunch along the way. Later return to our accommodation for the night.

Included Activities:
-takayna / Tarkine - Trowutta Arch
-takayna / Tarkine - Lake Chisholm Sinkhole
-takayna / Tarkine - Edge of the World

Day 3: North Coast / Corinna

Location: North Coast / Corinna

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Today you travel to Corinna via Rocky Cape National Park, home to windswept heathlands, sea caves, rock pools and twisted rocks that have formed over millions of years. Discover the cultural and spiritual connection to this area among the Aboriginal community. Continue to the historic lighthouse at Table Cape and on to the stunning Boat Harbour Beach before stopping for lunch at either the spectacular Hellyer Gorge or in the historic town of Waratah. Take a short walk (approximately 1.5 hours roundtrip) to see the pretty Philosopher Falls. In the remote, rural town of Corinna, settle into your accommodation in restored miners’ cottages and put away your phone – there’s no service out here anyway. Here you will enjoy a lovely dinner with your fellow travellers.

Included Activities:
-Waratah - Philosopher Falls
-Cradle Coast - Rocky Cape National Park
-Cradle Coast - Boat Harbour Beach
-Waratah - Hellyer Gorge

Day 4: Corinna / North Coast / Devonport

Location: Corinna / North Coast / Devonport

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Get active today with opportunities for kayaking and hiking around the Corinna area, exploring the Pieman River and Tarkine rainforest. After lunch in Corinna, begin your return towards to the North West coast, with another stop along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail to enjoy a whisky tasting tour at Hellyers Road Distillery. Once in Devonport you'll stop at Mersey Bluff where you'll see Aboriginal petroglyphs and learn about the importance of this landscape to the palawa peoples, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Devonport is now located. Continue to your hotel where you'll spend the night.

Included Activities:
-Corinna - Hiking in Corinna
-Cradle Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Day 5: Cradle Mountain National Park / Launceston

Location: Cradle Mountain National Park / Launceston

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Head back to Launceston, via the one of Tasmania's outdoor art galleries, the Sheffield Murals. After this you will spending time in the stunning Cradle Mountain National Park. With many options to enjoy the breathtaking peaks, you can take a walk around the lovely Dove Lake in Cradle Valley or hike up to Marion’s Lookout for breathtaking views across the area - the options are open for you. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats at Ronny Creek. Along the way to Launceston, there will be more optional stops for tastings and shopping, including for locally grown raspberries, cheese and ice cream.

Included Activities:
-Cradle Mountain National Park - Park Visit & Hikes
-Sheffield - Murals Trail
-Cradle Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Day 6: Hobart / Richmond / Tasman Peninsula

Location: Hobart / Richmond / Tasman Peninsula

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

After an early breakfast, make the drive to Hobart (nipaluna in the language of the muwinina and palawa peoples, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Hobart is now located). Here a meeting will take place to welcome any new travellers joining you for the next part of your journey. Then head to the historic town of Richmond. With over 40 heritage buildings, Richmond gives you the impression that you’ve landed back in the colonial 1800s. Join your group for lunch at Pooley Wines then drive to the Tasman Peninsula where you may like to visit the aptly named Remarkable Cave. Or, you may want to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, a former convict settlement with a horrific past (extra cost). After you have checked into your hotel at Eaglehawk Neck, join your group for a delicious, included dinner.

Included Activities:
-Tasman Peninsula - Eaglehawk Neck
-Richmond - Colonial Village Visit
-Richmond - Winery Visit & Lunch

Optional Activities:
-Port Arthur - Historic Site Visit & Harbour Cruise

Day 7: Tasman Peninsula / Hobart

Location: Tasman Peninsula / Hobart

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Drive down the beautiful Tasman Peninsula, passing through the narrow sliver of land that is Eaglehawk Neck. Stop at Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Tessellated Pavement to view the unusual rock formations. On your return to Hobart, the Salamanca Markets await, ready to tempt you with local delights – everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. In the afternoon, drive to the quirky Museum of Old and New Art, home to an eclectic collection of pieces. Tonight you are free to relax for the evening or perhaps head out with your group for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Tasman Peninsula - Tasman Arch
-Hobart - Salamanca Markets
-Tasman Peninsula - Devils Kitchen
-Hobart - Visit to Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)

Day 8: Huon Valley / Hartz Mountains National Park / Hobart

Location: Huon Valley / Hartz Mountains National Park / Hobart

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Feast on local delights at the Hobart farmers’ market, where you can meet local producers and browse for seasonal Tassie produce like gooseberries, pine mushrooms or fresh oysters, depending on the time of year. After driving to the top of kunanyi/Mount Wellington to savour some magnificent views over the city and its surrounding mountains, forests and waterways, you’ll depart for the Huon Valley. Stop in Geeveston, a small township known for its forestry heritage and gateway to the Hartz Mountains wilderness, where you'll explore this remote and rugged place shaped by ancient glaciers on a number of short walks. Our last stop in the Huon Valley is to learn about the history of local apple farming, maybe with a few cider samples, at a fourth-generation orchard and cidery.

Included Activities:
-Hobart - Farmers' Market
-Huon Valley - Cider Apple Museum
-Hartz Mountains National Park - Short walks
-Hobart - kunanyi / Mount Wellington scenic drive

Day 9: Bruny Island / Hobart

Location: Bruny Island / Hobart

Meals Included: breaksfast

Hop on the ferry over to Bruny Island. Climb 279 steps to reach Truganini Lookout at The Neck for sweeping views and wildlife-spotting. Explore South Bruny National Park, where the Cape Bruny Lighthouse perches high above the wild waves of the Southern Ocean. See the beautiful coastline of Adventure Bay, and stop in at a few local Bruny Island shops for tastings of locally sourced products such as cheese, oysters, honey, beer and/or wine. Your tour concludes upon return to Hobart at 5.30pm, and you are free to depart at your leisure.

Included Activities:
-Bruny Island - Truganini Lookout
-Bruny Island - South Bruny National Park
-Bruny Island - Full day tour
-Bruny Island - Adventure Bay

What's Included

  • Hobart Farmers Market

  • Meals

    8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (8 nights)

  • Hobart - Salamanca Market

  • Hobart - Farmers' Market

  • Huon Valley - Willie Smith’s Cider Apple Museum

  • Bruny Island - Truganini Lookout

  • Bruny Island - South Bruny National Park

  • Bruny Island - Cloudy Bay

  • Bruny Island - Adventure Bay

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • LONG TRAVELLING DAYS
  • Tasmania is bigger than it appears. To make the most of your time this trip involves some long travelling days. Please see the daily itinerary for more information.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Important Information

  • START & END TIME
  • This trip begins with a Welcome Meeting at 8:00am on day 1 in Launceston and finishes upon arrival into Hobart on the last day at approximately 5:30pm.
  • LONG TRAVEL DAYS
  • Tasmania is bigger than it appears. To make the most of your time this trip involves some long travel days. Please see the daily itinerary for more information.
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
  • A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • PHYSICAL RATING
  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with good fitness and mobility. This is the best way to experience Tasmania, so please make sure you bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with good fitness and mobility. Several leader-led walks are included on a daily basis, allowing you to get among nature. This is the best way to experience Tasmania, so please make sure you bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. Most walks are relatively short and easy although there are some more challenging options. However, joining a walk is always up to you.

    Temperatures can fluctuate in Tasmania. It's important to prepare – pack suitable clothing for hot, cold, dry and wet weather, just in case.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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