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New! Wild Tasmania

Trip Length 12 days

From $5,595

  • Take in the splendor of Freycinet National Park, including the white sand beaches of the stunning Wineglass Bay
  • Visit a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary and watch them during a nighttime feeding when they’re most active
  • Cruise past the dramatic sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula and explore rock formations, archways, and deep-sea caves
  • Experience the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site—including one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world and a living link with ancient Gondwana!

The island of Tasmania is remote, wild, and ready for adventure. During this twelve-day trip, you’ll get a chance to experience it all as we kayak tranquil harbors, hike past waterfalls, and take a boat ride along the dramatic coastline with its columnar sea cliffs. Among many diverse natural wonders, you can spot frolicking dolphin pods, playful seals and migrating whales, and watch hungry seabirds dive-bombing the water. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a Tasmanian Devil sighting, and you’ll get a chance to see the nocturnal creatures up close during a nighttime feeding. We’ll also explore historic Port Arthur, a 19th-century convict settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us for this unforgettable trip to Australia’s wild island state.

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart

Our tour begins with a group briefing at 9am in Hobart. From here we drive west to Port Arthur visiting the Devils Blowhole, Tasman Arc, Devils Kitchen and Waterfall Bay en route.  After a picnic lunch we then take a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site before returning to our accommodation for dinner.
Driving time: 1hour & 15minutes; Walking  time: 2-3 hours (1.5 to 2.5 miles)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parsons Bay Retreat

Day 2: Cruise the stunning cliffs of the Tasman Peninsular

Enjoy the thrills of a Tasman Island Cruise on a morning excursion to the stunning cliffs of the Tasman Peninsular, where we'll have the chance to spot frolicking seal colonies and migrating whales. After lunch we'll take a beautiful coastal walk on top of the cliffs that we saw from our cruise to Cape Raoul.
Walking  time: -2 hours (3 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parsons Bay Retreat

Day 3: Explore Freycinet National Park

After breakfast we'll leave behind the Tasman Peninsular to travel up the east coast to Coles Bay.  Here we'll explore Freycinet National Park with walks to either Cape Tourville or Sleepy Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy the tranquil waters of the harbour in twin kayaks.
Driving time: 3hours; Hiking  time: 1-2 hours ( 2 miles); Kayaking (3hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Freycinet Holiday Park

Day 4: Take a stroll on the Hazards Beach track

We explore the spectacular Freycinet region further today with a leisurely walk on the Hazards Beach track with time to relax on white sands of the World Famous Wineglass Bay.  An optional Mt Amos walk for anyone wanting a decent leg stretch or free time to relax and swim at the beach.
Hiking  time: 4-5 hours (6miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Freycinet Holiday Park

Day 5: Head north to Cataract Gorge

Today we leave the stunning Freycinet beaches to head further north up the coastline—stopping along the way at the Douglas Aspley National Park to walk the Douglas Gorge circuit walk before driving on to the historic city of Launceston. After checking into our accommodation we have a chance to refresh before heading out to dinner at the Cataract Gorge restaurant with the opportunity to spot native wildlife on our return.
Driving time: 2hours & 15mins; Walking  time: 3hours ( 3-4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel

Day 6: Discover Cradle Mountain National Park

After an early breakfast we'll head west to explore the breathtaking Cradle Mountain National Park, located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area . Here we'll have the opportunity to walk the Dove Lake Circuit in the morning with shorter walks in the afternoon, including a visit to the historic Waldheim Cabin. In the evening we'll experience a night feeding of the unique Tasmanian Devil on a Devils at Cradle Tour.
Driving time: 2hours & 30mins; Hiking time: 3hours ( 3-4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Discovery Parks

Day 7: Summit Cradle Mountain or walk Dove Canyon

Today we'll have the opportunity to summit Cradle Mountain (weather permitting) or take the alternative Dove Canyon walk. After a full day walking in the park, we'll have time to refresh before our evening meal at the Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Hiking time: 6 to 8hours (4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Discovery Parks

Day 8: Enter the magical Tarkine Wilderness

This morning we'll head northwest to the beautiful Tarkine Wilderness area, containing the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia. After a walk to Philosophers Falls, we'll head to Mount Donaldson and enjoy our lunch on the trail to the peak. We'll have the chance to rest our legs on the short drive to our accommodation at the historic town of Corinna.
Driving time: 2hours; Hiking  time: 4hours (4-5miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Corinna Wilderness

Day 9: Breakfast cruise on the Pieman River and hike the Tarkine Coast

Rise early to enjoy the serenity of a breakfast cruise on the Pieman River. As we glide down this pristine waterway, aboard an historic Huon pine vessel, we'll have the opportunity to see and hear the abundant local wildlife as they start their day.  Disembark to explore the rugged Tarkine Coast at Pieman Heads for a few hours on foot before returning by boat back to Corinna. You can choose to undertake the Whyte River Walk or spend an afternoon kayaking on the river.
Hiking  time: 3hours (3-4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Corinna Wilderness

Day 10: Visit Queenstown and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Rise for an early morning breakfast before our drive to the mining town of Queenstown on the west coast. From here we'll head through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, taking short stops along the way to stretch our legs at Watersmeet or Platypus Bay. In the afternoon, we'll enjoy an Aboriginal cultural walk at Larmairremener tabelti in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
Driving time: 3hours; Hiking time: 3hours ( 3miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lake St. Clair Lodge

Day 11: Cross Lake St. Clair and journey to Launceston

After breakfast we'll board a ferry to cross breathtaking Lake St. Clair to Echo Point, where we will explore the abundant rainforest and walk back to Cynthia Bay for a satisfying lunch. From here we'll travel straight through the heart of the island, across the highlands back to Launceston. In Launceston we will check into our accommodation to refresh and rejuvenate before we enjoy our final dinner at a local restaurant.
Driving time: 2hours & 30mins; Walking time: 2hours ( 2miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel

Day 12: Depart from Launceston

After breakfast we'll transfer to Launceston airport, where the trip concludes. Regular domestic flights operate between Launceston and Melbourne or Sydney, where guests can connect to their international flights home.

  • Breakfast

Feb 05 - 16, 2018 Guaranteed Departure

Dec 03 - 14, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$5,595 (6-16 members)
$1,100 single supplement

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Corinna Wilderness — Tarkine

The Corinna Wilderness Experience is a remote getaway on the western coast of Tasmania in southern Tarkine. Once a “rough and tough” mining town during the gold rush of the late 1800s, Corinna is the only surviving settlement from this historic era. With no Wi-Fi or TVs, self-sustainable solar panels, and thriving nature, these secluded accommodations nestled comfortably on the edge of the Tarkine Rainforest provide a refreshing, eco-friendly break. The accommodation maintains the village’s quaint, old-fashioned style with its 16 rustic cottages, but enhances comfort with en-suite bathrooms, heating, and fully equipped kitchens.

Discovery Parks — Cradle Mountain

Sitting right on the edge of the breathtaking Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain has a rustic camp-style layout that blends perfectly with the environment. Enjoy the privacy of individual cabins or socialize and listen to other travelers’ stories in the cozy communal camp kitchen with pizza ovens and large fireplaces. Undoubtedly, the nearby world-heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park is the main attraction with its awe-inspiring mountainous scenery and lush wildlife.

Freycinet Holiday Park — Coles Bay

Freycinet Holiday Park is ideally located in Coles Bay across from Muirs Beach and with easy access to the stunning Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. These Tasmanian treasures not only offer picturesque views, but also an abundance of activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking, abseiling, surfing, or even embarking on whale-watching boat cruises. The accommodations include cozy, rustic cabins that are nearby Holiday Park’s bakery, shop, and tavern bistro. At the end of the day, enjoy fresh seafood with a glass of wine while watching the sun set on the beach for the perfect relaxation.

Lake St. Clair Lodge — Lake St. Clair National Park

Lake St. Clair Lodge is one of two resorts in the world to be built inside a World Heritage listed site. The new studio cabins are located alongside the lakefront, with a balcony and a view of the neighboring mountains and deep forests. While maintaining the bucolic style in its exterior, each cabin still maximizes comfort through luxurious amenities such as tub chairs, a fireplace, and a TV. The lodge follows Ecotourism Australia’s standards so that it may be an ecologically friendly accommodation in the national park that is home to two-million-year-old geological structures, a temperate rainforest, and unique and untouched wildlife.

Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel — Cataract Gorge

The stone Tudor-style Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel, which sits upon the historic site of an old mill and quarry, is reminiscent of an old countryside village with its quaint charm. It conserved some of the old building walls and transformed them to create a comfortable, cozy hotel. The Penny Royal Hotel is centrally located in the city of Launceston and within walking distance of a multitude of dining options and the Cataract Gorge. Adjacent to the hotel is Penny Royal Adventures, which provides family-friendly activities such as zip lining, rock climbing, remote controlled boats, and the “Dark Ride” adventure.

Parsons Bay Retreat — Hobart

Situated upon the Tasman Peninsula, Parsons Bay Retreat is at the heart of a developing ecovillage in which residents are dedicated to living sustainably. Each studio feels homely with a kitchenette and an en-suite bathroom, and the TV can play DVDs borrowed at the front desk. The lodgings are lauded for their comfort and the staff for their friendly accommodation. Dine on delicious, homegrown food at the Village Hub Bar and Café with a view of the placid waters below. Port Arthur, the Remarkable Cave, and the white-sand beach are all just a short drive away from Parson Bays Retreat.

  • Take in the splendor of Freycinet National Park, including the white sand beaches of the stunning Wineglass Bay
  • Visit a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary and watch them during a nighttime feeding when they’re most active
  • Cruise past the dramatic sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula and explore rock formations, archways, and deep-sea caves
  • Experience the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site—including one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world and a living link with ancient Gondwana!

The island of Tasmania is remote, wild, and ready for adventure. During this twelve-day trip, you’ll get a chance to experience it all as we kayak tranquil harbors, hike past waterfalls, and take a boat ride along the dramatic coastline with its columnar sea cliffs. Among many diverse natural wonders, you can spot frolicking dolphin pods, playful seals and migrating whales, and watch hungry seabirds dive-bombing the water. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a Tasmanian Devil sighting, and you’ll get a chance to see the nocturnal creatures up close during a nighttime feeding. We’ll also explore historic Port Arthur, a 19th-century convict settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us for this unforgettable trip to Australia’s wild island state.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart

Our tour begins with a group briefing at 9am in Hobart. From here we drive west to Port Arthur visiting the Devils Blowhole, Tasman Arc, Devils Kitchen and Waterfall Bay en route.  After a picnic lunch we then take a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site before returning to our accommodation for dinner.
Driving time: 1hour & 15minutes; Walking  time: 2-3 hours (1.5 to 2.5 miles)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parsons Bay Retreat

Day 2: Cruise the stunning cliffs of the Tasman Peninsular

Enjoy the thrills of a Tasman Island Cruise on a morning excursion to the stunning cliffs of the Tasman Peninsular, where we'll have the chance to spot frolicking seal colonies and migrating whales. After lunch we'll take a beautiful coastal walk on top of the cliffs that we saw from our cruise to Cape Raoul.
Walking  time: -2 hours (3 miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Parsons Bay Retreat

Day 3: Explore Freycinet National Park

After breakfast we'll leave behind the Tasman Peninsular to travel up the east coast to Coles Bay.  Here we'll explore Freycinet National Park with walks to either Cape Tourville or Sleepy Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy the tranquil waters of the harbour in twin kayaks.
Driving time: 3hours; Hiking  time: 1-2 hours ( 2 miles); Kayaking (3hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Freycinet Holiday Park

Day 4: Take a stroll on the Hazards Beach track

We explore the spectacular Freycinet region further today with a leisurely walk on the Hazards Beach track with time to relax on white sands of the World Famous Wineglass Bay.  An optional Mt Amos walk for anyone wanting a decent leg stretch or free time to relax and swim at the beach.
Hiking  time: 4-5 hours (6miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Freycinet Holiday Park

Day 5: Head north to Cataract Gorge

Today we leave the stunning Freycinet beaches to head further north up the coastline—stopping along the way at the Douglas Aspley National Park to walk the Douglas Gorge circuit walk before driving on to the historic city of Launceston. After checking into our accommodation we have a chance to refresh before heading out to dinner at the Cataract Gorge restaurant with the opportunity to spot native wildlife on our return.
Driving time: 2hours & 15mins; Walking  time: 3hours ( 3-4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel

Day 6: Discover Cradle Mountain National Park

After an early breakfast we'll head west to explore the breathtaking Cradle Mountain National Park, located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area . Here we'll have the opportunity to walk the Dove Lake Circuit in the morning with shorter walks in the afternoon, including a visit to the historic Waldheim Cabin. In the evening we'll experience a night feeding of the unique Tasmanian Devil on a Devils at Cradle Tour.
Driving time: 2hours & 30mins; Hiking time: 3hours ( 3-4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Discovery Parks

Day 7: Summit Cradle Mountain or walk Dove Canyon

Today we'll have the opportunity to summit Cradle Mountain (weather permitting) or take the alternative Dove Canyon walk. After a full day walking in the park, we'll have time to refresh before our evening meal at the Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Hiking time: 6 to 8hours (4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Discovery Parks

Day 8: Enter the magical Tarkine Wilderness

This morning we'll head northwest to the beautiful Tarkine Wilderness area, containing the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia. After a walk to Philosophers Falls, we'll head to Mount Donaldson and enjoy our lunch on the trail to the peak. We'll have the chance to rest our legs on the short drive to our accommodation at the historic town of Corinna.
Driving time: 2hours; Hiking  time: 4hours (4-5miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Corinna Wilderness

Day 9: Breakfast cruise on the Pieman River and hike the Tarkine Coast

Rise early to enjoy the serenity of a breakfast cruise on the Pieman River. As we glide down this pristine waterway, aboard an historic Huon pine vessel, we'll have the opportunity to see and hear the abundant local wildlife as they start their day.  Disembark to explore the rugged Tarkine Coast at Pieman Heads for a few hours on foot before returning by boat back to Corinna. You can choose to undertake the Whyte River Walk or spend an afternoon kayaking on the river.
Hiking  time: 3hours (3-4miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Corinna Wilderness

Day 10: Visit Queenstown and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Rise for an early morning breakfast before our drive to the mining town of Queenstown on the west coast. From here we'll head through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, taking short stops along the way to stretch our legs at Watersmeet or Platypus Bay. In the afternoon, we'll enjoy an Aboriginal cultural walk at Larmairremener tabelti in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
Driving time: 3hours; Hiking time: 3hours ( 3miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lake St. Clair Lodge

Day 11: Cross Lake St. Clair and journey to Launceston

After breakfast we'll board a ferry to cross breathtaking Lake St. Clair to Echo Point, where we will explore the abundant rainforest and walk back to Cynthia Bay for a satisfying lunch. From here we'll travel straight through the heart of the island, across the highlands back to Launceston. In Launceston we will check into our accommodation to refresh and rejuvenate before we enjoy our final dinner at a local restaurant.
Driving time: 2hours & 30mins; Walking time: 2hours ( 2miles)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel

Day 12: Depart from Launceston

After breakfast we'll transfer to Launceston airport, where the trip concludes. Regular domestic flights operate between Launceston and Melbourne or Sydney, where guests can connect to their international flights home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Corinna Wilderness — Tarkine

The Corinna Wilderness Experience is a remote getaway on the western coast of Tasmania in southern Tarkine. Once a “rough and tough” mining town during the gold rush of the late 1800s, Corinna is the only surviving settlement from this historic era. With no Wi-Fi or TVs, self-sustainable solar panels, and thriving nature, these secluded accommodations nestled comfortably on the edge of the Tarkine Rainforest provide a refreshing, eco-friendly break. The accommodation maintains the village’s quaint, old-fashioned style with its 16 rustic cottages, but enhances comfort with en-suite bathrooms, heating, and fully equipped kitchens.

Discovery Parks — Cradle Mountain

Sitting right on the edge of the breathtaking Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain has a rustic camp-style layout that blends perfectly with the environment. Enjoy the privacy of individual cabins or socialize and listen to other travelers’ stories in the cozy communal camp kitchen with pizza ovens and large fireplaces. Undoubtedly, the nearby world-heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park is the main attraction with its awe-inspiring mountainous scenery and lush wildlife.

Freycinet Holiday Park — Coles Bay

Freycinet Holiday Park is ideally located in Coles Bay across from Muirs Beach and with easy access to the stunning Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. These Tasmanian treasures not only offer picturesque views, but also an abundance of activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking, abseiling, surfing, or even embarking on whale-watching boat cruises. The accommodations include cozy, rustic cabins that are nearby Holiday Park’s bakery, shop, and tavern bistro. At the end of the day, enjoy fresh seafood with a glass of wine while watching the sun set on the beach for the perfect relaxation.

Lake St. Clair Lodge — Lake St. Clair National Park

Lake St. Clair Lodge is one of two resorts in the world to be built inside a World Heritage listed site. The new studio cabins are located alongside the lakefront, with a balcony and a view of the neighboring mountains and deep forests. While maintaining the bucolic style in its exterior, each cabin still maximizes comfort through luxurious amenities such as tub chairs, a fireplace, and a TV. The lodge follows Ecotourism Australia’s standards so that it may be an ecologically friendly accommodation in the national park that is home to two-million-year-old geological structures, a temperate rainforest, and unique and untouched wildlife.

Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel — Cataract Gorge

The stone Tudor-style Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel, which sits upon the historic site of an old mill and quarry, is reminiscent of an old countryside village with its quaint charm. It conserved some of the old building walls and transformed them to create a comfortable, cozy hotel. The Penny Royal Hotel is centrally located in the city of Launceston and within walking distance of a multitude of dining options and the Cataract Gorge. Adjacent to the hotel is Penny Royal Adventures, which provides family-friendly activities such as zip lining, rock climbing, remote controlled boats, and the “Dark Ride” adventure.

Parsons Bay Retreat — Hobart

Situated upon the Tasman Peninsula, Parsons Bay Retreat is at the heart of a developing ecovillage in which residents are dedicated to living sustainably. Each studio feels homely with a kitchenette and an en-suite bathroom, and the TV can play DVDs borrowed at the front desk. The lodgings are lauded for their comfort and the staff for their friendly accommodation. Dine on delicious, homegrown food at the Village Hub Bar and Café with a view of the placid waters below. Port Arthur, the Remarkable Cave, and the white-sand beach are all just a short drive away from Parson Bays Retreat.

Dates and Pricing

Feb 05 - 16, 2018 Guaranteed Departure

Dec 03 - 14, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$5,595 (6-16 members)
$1,100 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 12 days

From $5,595

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