Kayak through tranquil harbors, hike past waterfalls, and cruise beneath dramatic columnar sea cliffs on this incredible adventure in the wild island state of Tasmania. Frolicking dolphins, whales, and hungry seabirds dive-bombing into the water make up the natural wonders of this rugged landscape. You'll even see Tasmanian Devils up close during a nighttime feeding! Explore multiple world-class protected areas, including historic Port Arthur and the UNESCO-listed Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site - one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world and a living link with ancient Gondwana.
Take in the splendor of Freycinet National Park's stunning bay and white-sand beaches
Encounter the infamous Tasmanian Devils during a nighttime feeding
Marvel at one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest on earth
Gather with your trip crew at the Hobart airport at 9am before journeying towards Port Arthur, visiting the Devils Blowhole, Tasman Arc, Devils Kitchen and Waterfall Bay along the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a guided tour of Port Arthur, a historic 19th-century convict settlement. Cap off your first day with dinner at Parsons Bay Retreat.
Take a thrilling morning excursion on a Tasman Island Cruise ship. Glide past stunning cliffs while searching for playful seal colonies and migrating whales. After lunch, take a gorgeous coastal walk atop these same cliffs to Cape Raoul.
After breakfast, travel up the coast to the charming seaside village of Coles Bay. From here, begin your exploration of Freycinet National Park, with walks to either Cape Tourville Lighthouse or the aptly named Sleepy Bay. Spend the afternoon in twin kayaks on serene harbor waters.
Spend a second day in the spectacular Freycinet region with a leisurely walk along the Hazards Beach track to world-famous Wineglass Bay. Enjoy ample time to relax on soft white sands and swim in the sparkling waters. Take an optional walk to Mount Amos for an extra dose of adventure.
Journey further up the coastline, stopping to hike in Douglas Apsley National Park before settling in the historic city of Launceston. Once there, take a leisurely rest at the hotel before enjoying a nourishing dinner at the Cataract Gorge.
Explore the breathtaking Cradle Mountain National Park, located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Take a morning stroll on the Dove Lake Circuit and enjoy additional afternoon walks, including a visit to the historic Waldheim Cabin. In the evening, watch a night feeding of the infamous Tasmanian Devils.
Depending on the weather, summit Cradle Mountain or take the alternative Dove Canyon walk. After a full day of hiking, rest and rejuvenate before a well-deserved dinner at the Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Begin the morning en route to the beautiful Tarkine Wilderness area, containing the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia. After a walk to Philosopher's Falls, head to Mount Donaldson and enjoy lunch on the trail to the peak. Rest your legs on the short drive to the accommodations in the historic town of Corinna - once a "rough and tough" mining town during the Gold Rush of the late 1800s.
Rise early to enjoy the serenity of a breakfast cruise on the Pieman River. While gliding down this pristine waterway aboard an historic Huon pine vessel, look and listen for 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. Then choose between an invigorating Whyte River walk or an afternoon kayaking on the river.
Fuel up on breakfast before a drive to the mining town of Queenstown. From here, head through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, taking short stops along the way to stretch at Watersmeet or Platypus Bay. In the afternoon, take an enriching Aboriginal cultural walk at Larmairremener tabelti, in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
Cross breathtaking Lake St. Clair on a morning ride to explore Echo Point, home to a lush rainforest. Stop by Cynthia Bay for lunch before venturing straight through the heart of the island, across the highlands and back to Launceston. Rest and review the day's sightings at the hotel, before savoring the final dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, transfer to Launceston airport, where the trip concludes. Regular domestic flights operate between Launceston and Melbourne or Sydney, both home to international flight carriers.
MT Sobek has been innovating once-in-a-lifetime adventures across the globe since 1969, offering profoundly personal connections with nature and culture.
Our local guides are true experts, who serve to protect and preserve the UNESCO-listed Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.
This specially crafted journey to Tasmania is the perfect way to discover remote and wild Australia.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hiking lush rainforests and coastal paths, exploring the wildlife wonders of Tasmania's national parks, plus kayaking and river cruising.
Scenic, comfortable and eco-friendly wilderness accommodations, plus one night in a lakeside cabin with views of Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park.
There are four distinct seasons which interchange any day of the year. Summer inland temperatures average 70°F with nights averaging 48°F.
Yes. U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). It can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee.
You should plan to arrive at the Hobart Airport (HBA) and depart from the Launceston Airport (LST).
Our guides have remarkable wilderness culinary skills and pride themselves on the variety, quality, nutritional levels and presentation of their meals as well as their ability to cater to a wide range of dietary requirements.
It is important to prepare physically for this trip. Come open minded and ready for a wonderful experience no matter the weather. Your guides will be working to enhance your trip and maximize your safety.
It is safe to drink tap water anywhere in Australia.
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