Tasmania Hike and Drive

from £1486
excluding flights *
9 nights Year round

Overview

Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, wonderful food and wine and has an intriguing history waiting to be discovered. This brand new itinerary visits the iconic sights of Tasmania such as Cradle Mountain and The Bay of Fires whilst also inspiring you to get off the beaten track, meet the locals and discover the best of the region’s scenery and wildlife.

Highlights

  • Exploring the historic capital of Hobart, nestled amongst the foothills of Mount Wellington.
  • Admiring the dense forest canopy from above as you walk along the Tahune Airwalk
  • Learning about Tasmanian wildlife conservation at the highly - regarded Bonorong wildlife sanctuary
  • Journeying on one of Tasmania’s oldest railways - The West Coast Wilderness Railway
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Wineglass Bay during a short hike in Freycinet National Park.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in a variety of hotels and guesthouses
  • Car rental
  • Admission to Tahune Airwalk
  • Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • West Coast Wilderness Railway Excursion
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Admission
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

The Tasmania Hike and Drive highlights some of the best short hikes this magical island has to offer including the opportunity to see a huge array of native Australian flora and fauna in some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable. You will discover Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness areas and national parks whilst staying in small lodges and boutique B&B's which are as much a part of the holiday experience as the walking and touring.

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Prices & Dates *

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Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Accommodation Car Category Twin Price (pp)
Oct - Dec 2018 9 nights Standard Avis 2WD £1664
Oct - Dec 2018 9 nights Superior Avis 2WD £2042
Jan - Mar 2019 9 nights Standard Avis 2WD £1721
Jan - Mar 2019 9 nights Superior Avis 2WD £2132
Apr - Sep 2019 9 nights Standard Avis 2WD £1489
Apr - Sep 2019 9 nights Superior Avis 2WD £1846
Oct - Dec 2019 9 nights Standard Avis 2WD £1486
Oct - Dec 2019 9 nights Superior Avis 2WD £1831
Jan - Mar 2020 9 nights Standard Avis 2WD £1536
Jan - Mar 2020 9 nights Superior Avis 2WD £1902

What's Included

  • Accommodation in a variety of hotels and guesthouses
  • 8 breakfasts (standard tour)
  • 7 breakfasts (superior tour)
  • Car rental
  • Full vehicle insurance (NIL Excess)
  • Admission to Tahune Airwalk
  • General admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • West Coast Wilderness Railway Excursion
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Admission
  • Meet and greet on arrival in Hobart
  • Documentation pack
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Hobart

(Average driving time: 15 minutes)
On arrival you will be greeted by a REST Australia representative who will welcome you to Tasmania and answer any questions you may have. Collect your rental car and make your way to the scenic waterfront city of Hobart where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Why not visit MONA – the museum of old and new art or enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Derwent River seeing Hobart from a different perspective

Day 2: Hobart - Huon

(Average driving time: 3 hours)
Set of early and travel through Huon to Geeveston, a small township etched into the lower reaches of the picturesque Huon Valley. Spend time in Hartz Mountain National Park enjoying the breath-taking views and plethora of hiking trails before taking to the rainforest canopy on the Tahune Airwalk. Witness the forest from above and look out for some of Tasmania’s iconic birdlife such as the yellow-throated honeyeater or the rare wedge-tailed eagle. Later, as you return via a different route to Huon, ensure you stop at Willie Smiths Apple Shed and discover the history behind making Australia’s best cider.

Day 3: Huon - Russell Falls - Lake St Clair

(Average driving time: 4 hours)
This morning return via Hobart to the renowned Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to witness how a remarkable team are at the forefront of conservation and preservation of native Australian Wildlife. You will even have the rare opportunity to see the Tassie Devil up close – a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Visit Mt Field National Park where you can hike through mighty fern forests and be rewarded with sensational views of the dramatic Russell or Lady Barron Falls. Continue on to Lake St Clair which offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to longer hikes as well as beautiful lakes and forests to explore.

Day 4: Lake St Clair - Queenstown - Strahan

(Average driving time: 2 hours)
Departing Lake St Clair travel west towards Queenstown. The West Coast Wilderness Railways is a beautifully restored scenic steam train that runs amongst the old rainforest, over valleys and across streams. This is definitely a highlight and one not to miss.

Continue westbound to the harbour side village of Strahan. Set on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan has a dark and fascinating convict past and is the gateway to the magnificent Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. A short one hour return hike to Hogarth Falls is recommended this afternoon.

Day 5: Strahan - Corinna

(Average driving time: 1.5 hours)
Option 1 : Depart Strahan early and travel north passing through the old mining town of Zeehan on route to Corinna. On arrival partake in a cruise along the pristine Pieman River; an authentic personal experience, rich in history and nature.

Option 2: In Strahan join the most scenic and sought after eco-cruises in Tasmania along the Gordon River. The cruise lasts approximately 5 and a half hours and includes a guided tour of Sarah Island, a buffet lunch and much more. After disembarking drive north to Corinna.

Corinna was once a remote mining town yet is now an eco-tourism haven set in pristine rainforest surrounded by stunning wilderness and nature. Here you can enjoy short hikes through the Myrtle Beech rainforest in the Tarkine Reserve.

Day 6: Corinna - Cradle Mountain National Park

(Average driving time: 2.5 hours)
Depart early and drive north passing Savage River and Waratah before continuing on to Cradle Mountain National Park. Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park, with its prehistoric rainforests and alpine moors, is home to the iconic Cradle Mountain. A World Heritage Listed Area, the park is one of the state’s most remarkable locations, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.

The Dove Lake Circuit is a 6km track and one of Tasmania’s premier walks. It will take you right around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. The track is board walked for much of the way and expected to take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Day 7: Cradle Mountain National Park - Scottsdale

(Average driving time: 3.5 hours)
This morning drive to Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities. It is one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Victorian architecture and century-old parks. After spending time exploring this Colonial town continue north along the banks of the picturesque Tamar River up the Tamar Valley, passing the scented lavender farms, dairy farms and eucalypt and pine plantations that envelop the landscape.

Day 8: Scottsdale - Bay of Fires - Bicheno

(Approximate driving time: 3.5 hours)
Today you will visit some of the most scenic coastal landscapes Australia has to offer. The world famous Bay of Fires is a slice of coastal heaven. Here you can walk for miles along sugar-white sandy beaches or swim in the crystal clear turquoise water.

Continue onto Bicheno where you have the option of joining a wildlife tour to see little fairy penguins gather at dusk. Here you can enjoy scenic walks to Rocking Rock, the Blowhole and along the sandbar to Diamond Island Nature Reserve.

Day 9: Bicheno - Freycinet National Park - Port Arthur

(Approximate driving time: 4 hours)
This morning start early with a beautiful sunrise over the ocean before taking the short drive deeper into Freycinet National Park; filled with an abundance of natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range that dominate the peninsula. Visit Friendlies Beach and take in the short hike to see the magnificent views of the iconic Wineglass Bay. After a morning of exploration, it is time to continue south to the historic settlement of Port Arthur. Set on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, the Port Arthur Historic Site is best known for the well-preserved penal colony buildings set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Day 10: Port Arthur - Hobart

(Approximate Driving Time: 1 hour)
It is a short drive back to Hobart Airport for your onward travel plans.

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