(Cradle Mountain, Hobart, Freycinet National Park)
Tasmania is an archipelago of more than 300 islands sitting just 240 kilometres (150 miles) south-east of mainland Australia. While Tasmania is part of Australia, it is in many ways quite different. There are more than 1,000 mountain peaks, four mild seasons, more than 40 per cent of the island is protected as national parks and reserves, and it is home to some of the world’s rarest animals. Start your adventure and fly into Launceston where you will pick up your rental to explore first the wilderness of Cradle Mountain spend two full days exploring the surrounding areas. Feed the famed Tasmanian devils and meander along the banks of the Pencil Pine River, passing through a diverse array of vegetation. Then drive to Hobart and take an afternoon ferry to the unique Mona museum and take a peek at this exclusive collection of treasures. Discover the highlights of Hobart and then travel to Richmond, one of Australia's most original historic villages. You will also enjoy the Tasman cruise - full of untouched wilderness and ocean coast wildlife. Enjoy morning tea, sea bound lunch, and the spectacle of massive stark cliffs and caves shaped by forces of nature. Embrace the power of the ocean and look for dolphins as well as enjoy a boat cruise. End your adventure in Tasmania with a few days in Freycinet National Park where you spot penguins, and enjoy sea kayaking or walk along one of the top 10 beaches of the world in Wineglass bay.
Explore Tasmania at your own pace with your car rental (no guide) today.
Today, make your way to Cradle Mountain. Take the Bass Highway out of Launceston. The direct route is via Elizabeth Town and Sheffield. For a longer more scenic journey follow the Bass Highway all the way to the port town of Burnie. Attractions along the way include Pearn’s Steam World in Westbury and the Ashgrove Cheese Shop just after Elizabeth Town.The travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Meander along the banks of the Pencil Pine River, passing through a diverse array of vegetation, from buttongrass plains to teatree thickets, eucalypt woodlands and mossy myrtle forests. At dawn and dusk, an opportunity (if you’re fortunate) to see the elusive platypus as it frolics in the pools, or glimpse a wombat as it feeds. This is a self-guided activity and does not include a guide.
After discovering the beauty of the Knyvet Falls this track continues to follow the path of the Pencil Pine River, before taking you through impressive temperate rainforests. A five minute detour, approximately 500 meters after crossing the river, will take you to the striking junction of the Pencil Pine River and the Dove River. As you continue, the track climbs to the top of Dove Canyon where you are faced with 60-70 meter cliffs that form the boundaries of Dove River. You are also treated to spectacular views down Cradle Valley and of Cradle Mountain on a clear day. Please be aware this is a more challenging track with one small part involving scaling up rocks; not recommended after periods of rain. This is a self-guided activity and does not include a guide. The walk starts opposite the Cradle Mountain Lodge Shop, takes 3 hours and is graded as 'hard'. The track features steep steps or inclines and is designed for people that walk regularly. Visitors with heart or respiratory problems should not attempt this walk.. It is recommended to bring at least 1 liter of water per person.
The 'After Dark Feeding' tour is an experience that is unique to Devils@Cradle. The tour commences inside with a short film followed by a summary of their conservation work and then concludes inside with the handling of one of their young devils by your tour guide - you will be given the option of having a pat if you wish! The second section of the tour is outside amongst a large breeding group of Tasmanian devils. The guide will enter the enclosures and feed a number of these animals whilst interpreting their behavior and answering any questions you may have. Devils are far more active at this time of the day. Introducing food generally stimulates some fierce competition between the animals. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and departs at 5.30 p.m., 7.00 p.m., 8.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. Transfers between your Cradle Mountain accommodation and the Sanctuary are not included.
Today, you will make your way from the Cradle Mountains area to Hobart. The fastest route of travel is along the Bass Highway, via Elizabeth Town and Midland Highway, through Campbell Town and Ross. Some of the many attractions on the way to enjoy include Pearn’s Steam World in Westbury, the Ashgrove Cheese Shop located just before Elizabeth Town and the historic Red Bridge in Campbell Town. If you have some time to spare you may want to take the Lake Highway and stop at Tasmania’s Central Plateau, boasting an average height of 1000 meters, for a visually inspiring treat. This highway is partially unpaved and not recommended during the winter months. The third option is to take the Tasman Highway along the scenic east coast. On this routing, you will need to take the Lake Leak Highway to Swansea at beautiful Oyster Bay. This extended route takes up to a whole day to complete (approximately 8 hours), with the fastest routing taking an estimated 5 hours to complete the journey to Hobart.
Today you will take the ferry from Hobart Brook Street Ferry Terminal to the MONA. MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art is located on the River Derwent just north of Hobart, and houses a diverse collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most thought-provoking contemporary art. The building’s subterranean design and the owner’s unconventional and challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see for any visitor to Australia. Return by ferry. The Fast Ferry from Hobart (Posh Pit) includes access to an exclusive lounge, bar and private deck, priority boarding and disembarking, complimentary beverages - including Moorilla and Moo Brew, complimentary canapés, pastries and antipasto platters (selection varies) and table service. The museum is open 6 days a week (Wed-Mon, 7 days in January) from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. open.
Today discover the highlights of Hobart and then travel to Richmond, one of Australia's most original historic villages. Nowhere else in Tasmania is the romance and nostalgic charm of the colonial days more alive than in the village of Richmond. Highlights include: Sullivan's Cove - Hobart's birthplace and ferry terminal, visit the Parliament House and walk through the Salamanca Place - Georgian style warehouses, enjoy the Battery Point - charming historic houses, pubs and boutique shops, visit the Constitution Dock and the ABC Buildings - Hobart's original sandstone railway station. Head out the Brooker Highway passing North Hobart and New Town. See the Derwent Entertainment Centre. Visit Richmond - one of Australia's most unique and historic towns dating from the 1820's. Cross the Richmond Bridge - the oldest road bridge in Australia and Richmond Gaol - operational from 1826. Don’t miss the excellent photo opportunity from the specially selected vantage point for that perfect shot. The tour departs 1.15 p.m. and takes approximately 4 hours.
Take a Full Day Tour from Hobart and spend a day on the Tasman Peninsula including a guided return bus tour, three hour cruise, three hours at Port Arthur Historic Site, morning tea and lunch. Robert Pennicott’s award-winning three hour wilderness and wildlife cruise takes you along the spectacular coastline between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur. You will see Australia’s highest sea cliffs, enter deep sea caves and join in the search for abundant sea and coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins and sea birds. The custom built boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife with covered open-aired seating providing excellent all round views. Please dress warmly allowing for possible cold and windy conditions. Warm jackets, scarves, hats and gloves are recommended. Wet weather gear will be provided on the boat. Meet your bus at the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre in Hobart at 7.30 a.m. This is situated on Hobart’s waterfront on Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge. The bus can accommodate up to 43 passengers. Upon return you will be dropped-off at your hotel at approximately 6.00 p.m.
A private transfer from Hobart to Freycinet National Park is provided.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
In the evening hours, you will drive to Bicheno, located approximately 40 minutes north of Freycinet National Park, to see the adorable little penguins at dusk off the Tasmanian eastern coastline. Evening tours offer a rare and thrilling chance to visit some dynamic locations not available during the daytime hours, including a private rookery (wild bird colony). Marvel in amazement as the penguins emerge from the ocean excitingly and head for their homes. This rookery was established by the Bicheno locals to protect the penguin population. This tour lets you get very close to the penguins, without disturbing their nightly journey. This tour departs at dusk, with penguin numbers varying seasonally. The tour operates with a maximum of 80 passengers (group sizes limited to 24 participants) and departs from Bicheno Penguin Tours Office, Tasman Highway (opposite the supermarket).
Freycinet National Park is a great place for sea kayaking when the winds and conditions are right. Summer sea breezes can be strong on hot days, so early starts are recommended and it is good to get the latest weather reports before heading out. Most of the paddling is in Great Oyster Bay. The outside coastline of the peninsula is only for experienced paddlers as there are few, if any, take-outs (all cliffs) on the sea-side of the peninsula. Better to go rock climbing! There is access to all designated wilderness camping areas by sea kayak. By sea kayak it is also possible to reach the magnificent camps on Schouten Island. Most experienced paddlers can paddle to Schouten Island in a day (27 kilometers), with good weather. There is a hut on Schouten Island with a rainwater tank.
Visit the village of Coles Bay and its famous Wineglass Bay, which is rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. A 1.5 - 2 hour walk takes you from the village to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. Although short, the walking track is fairly steep and requires a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to climb several stairs. The lookout platform offers spectacular views over the bay and the coastline. It is recommended to bring 1 liter of water per person.
Leave Freycinet National Park and follow the Tasman Highway along the east coast to Hobart. On the way, visit Swansea, a small seaside town that offers great views of Great Oyster Bay and Freycinet National Park. It is said to be one of Tasmania’s most scenic villages. Further south are the towns of Triabunna, a historic port-side town and Orford ideally located to explore the Maria Island National Park. Learn about Tasmania’s history in the Hobart Town Historical Model Village in Richmond 22 kilometers north of Hobart or drive through Sorell, which is the island’s oldest farming town. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.
Cradle Mountain Lodge is an iconic, unique wilderness experience close to the entrance of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Set discreetly within this wilderness setting, Cradle Mountain Lodge offers 4 different types of private timber cabins, from the elegant Pencil Pine Cabins, to the luxurious King Billy Suites, each providing every comfort you could need. Enjoy Tasmanian foods and wines in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Highland Restaurant and enjoy an afternoon tea or pre-dinner drink at one of the various lounges. Around the Lodge, there are more than 20 walking trails to suit every fitness level and when it's time to relax, guests can indulge in a therapeutic massage or sauna at the Waldheim Alpine Spa.
Seated on the edge of the Hobart waterfront, in Tasmania, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart has the most sought-after location in town. Choose from any of the 243 guestrooms, each of which offers magnificent views of the city, harbor and mountain tops. All rooms offer broadband access, as well as warm and welcoming decor as set forth by designers. Visit restaurants in the area and try the fresh produce and seafood from the region or plan a hike along the Derwent River. For the culture buffs, check out Salamanca Markets. Facilities at the hotel include a gymnasium, sauna, and swimming pool.
Experience Freycinet Lodge—an award winning, luxury eco lodge located in Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast. Overlooking the endless blue waters of Great Oyster Bay, and with the rugged beauty of The Hazards range as its backdrop, Freycinet Lodge offers you an intimate connection with the scenic environment of Freycinet National Park. Here, the best of this extraordinary place is literally at your doorstep. Freycinet Lodge’s sensitively designed timber cabins have been placed among the national park’s native casuarina and tea tree forest. Each cabin is connected to the Lodge by a network of raised timber boardwalks, ensuring the lightest possible footprint on the landscape and the closest access to the best experiences of Freycinet National Park.
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April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
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May 15, 2013
"We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.
We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place. "
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April 04, 2013
"Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!
Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!
The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!
We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.
For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.
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