Best of Tasmania
Day 1 Hobart
Arrive in time for an evening Welcome Meeting and optional group dinner. There are no activities planned for today so check into the hotel and head out to enjoy the city. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and the second-oldest capital city in Australia, after Sydney. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences the city blends heritage and lifestyle with a vibrant contemporary culture. Nestled at the foot of Mount Wellington (4169 feet), Hobart overlooks the wide River Derwent, where schools of dolphins can be seen from nearby beaches. Rich in character, its historic centre features colonial Georgian and Regency buildings. Hobart’s harbour bustles with fishing vessels, yachts and cafés by the sea.
Days 2-3 Strahan (2B,1D)
Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see Tasmanian devils. Then, travel to Lake St Clair and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on the way to Strahan. In the evening, indulge in a barbecue dinner. Spend Day 3 enjoying the charming village of Strahan on Macquarie Harbour. Strahan is a fishing village on Tasmania’s wild west coast and is located on the doorstep of Tasmania's World Heritage Area. At the northernmost end of Strahan Harbour is the People's Park, a combination of natural forest and botanical gardens. Opt to take a 30 minute walk (one way) to Hogarth Falls and watch for platypus feeding at dusk.
Day 4 Cradle Mountain/Launceston (1B)
Spend the day enjoying the temperate rainforest and rugged mountain scenery between Strahan and Launceston, including a visit to Cradle Mountain with a hike on the Dove Lake Track. Cradle Mountain is at the northern end of the 161,000 hectare national park and is surrounded by smooth glacial lakes, ancient rainforest and unusual alpine vegetation. Stroll from cascading rivers to dense, old-growth rainforest while enjoying spectacular views and watching for wallabies and wombats along the way.
Day 5 Cataract Gorge/Bicheno (1B)
Drive to Bicheno via Cataract Gorge and the Bay of Fires, known for its turquoise waters and red rocks. Stop in the coastal town of St Helen's for lunch. With long secluded stretches of white sandy beaches, spectacular national parks, historic townships, fresh seafood and friendly people, Tasmania’s east coast is an ideal destination. Five national parks spread along the coast, including the stunning Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and turquoise seas.
Day 6 Wineglass Bay/Richmond/Port Arthur (1B)
Visit Freycinet National Park and Cole's Bay. Hike to Wineglass Bay lookout, one of the most scenic views in Tasmania. Drive down the coast and visit historic RIchmond on the way to Port Arthur Historic Site. Richmond is a picture-perfect town that tells the story of an early Australian colonial village. The town has more than 50 19th-century Georgian buildings and is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823 and 1825, and Richmond Gaol, Australia's oldest gaol built in 1825. It's also home to Australia's oldest remaining Catholic Church - St Johns - built in 1836.
Day 7 Port Arthur/Hobart (1B)
Visit Port Arthur's sights, including a cruise around the harbour. Drive to Hobart for one last evening together. Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas and is officially Tasmania's top tourist attraction. The Port Arthur Historic Site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prison’s establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time about 12,500 convicts served sentences and you can learn about many of those inmates today when visiting the area.
Day 8 Hobart
Depart at any time.