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Tasmanian Discovery

from £1,759 excluding flights

  • 13 nights
  • Year round

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Highlights

In pictures
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Explore World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park

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Take in the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of Bruny Island

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Meet Tasmanian devils and quolls in the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Marvel at spectacular views of Wineglass Bay

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Wander around the historic capital of Hobart

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Cruise down the majestic Gordon River

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

From the tranquil beaches of Tasmania's east to the rugged mountains flanking the west, this comprehensive self-drive holiday follows a circular route around the island. Travelling from the capital, Hobart and visiting several national parks en route, discover the history and abundant natural wonders that make this island state such a compelling place to visit.

Soak up Hobart's convict history before heading to Freycinet National Park and the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay. Look over Launceston from Cataract Gorge and spot wildlife in Narawntapu National Park. Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and encounter marsupials in Narawntapu National Park.

With a full day tour of Bruny Island and a cruise along the Gordon River included, this circular self drive tour has it all.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Hobart

On arrival in Hobart you'll be transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay. Uncover Hobart's food, wine, and eclectic creativity at the galleries, bars and restaurants of MONA. The rest of your day is free to explore. You may like to visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to over 80 free-roaming kangaroos, plus wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and many amazing natives including the Tasmanian devils.

On arrival in Hobart you'll be transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay. Uncover Hobart's food, wine, and eclectic creativity at the galleries, bars and restaurants of MONA. The rest of your day is free to explore. You may like to visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to over 80 free-roaming kangaroos, plus wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and many amazing natives including the Tasmanian devils.

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Day 2 Hobart - Bruny Island - Hobart

Enjoy a full day tour of Bruny Island, exploring spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce as well as spotting wildlife. You'll meet cheese makers, oyster farmers and fudge makers and journey though pristine wilderness, home to diverse wildlife including the rare white wallabies.

Enjoy a full day tour of Bruny Island, exploring spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce as well as spotting wildlife. You'll meet cheese makers, oyster farmers and fudge makers and journey though pristine wilderness, home to diverse wildlife including the rare white wallabies.

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Day 3 Hobart - Port Arthur (95 km)

Collect your rental vehicle and travel to Port Arthur, a historical site on the Tasman Peninsula. Separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land surrounded by shark-infested waters, Port Arthur was sold as the 'inescapable prison'. Stroll the landscaped Victorian gardens and you'll find it hard to imagine this was once a reviled prison that held 1,100 convicts at its peak. You may like to spend this afternoon on a guided walking tour of the site's many buildings, ruins and restored houses.

Collect your rental vehicle and travel to Port Arthur, a historical site on the Tasman Peninsula. Separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land surrounded by shark-infested waters, Port Arthur was sold as the 'inescapable prison'. Stroll the landscaped Victorian gardens and you'll find it hard to imagine this was once a reviled prison that held 1,100 convicts at its peak. You may like to spend this afternoon on a guided walking tour of the site's many buildings, ruins and restored houses.

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Day 4 Port Arthur - Coles Bay (237 km)

Make your way to Coles Bay and experience the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula, a paradise of pink granite mountains, white beaches and turquoise sea on Tasmania's east coast. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Make your way to Coles Bay and experience the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula, a paradise of pink granite mountains, white beaches and turquoise sea on Tasmania's east coast. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 5 Coles Bay

Spend the day exploring the area. Highly recommended is the hike over the Hazard Ranges for breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay. Or for the more adventurous why not consider sea kayaking with dolphins.

Spend the day exploring the area. Highly recommended is the hike over the Hazard Ranges for breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay. Or for the more adventurous why not consider sea kayaking with dolphins.

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Day 6 Coles Bay - Launceston (173 km)

Set off on the journey from Coles Bay to Launceston. Stop off at St Helens to swim and indulge in fresh seafood. Continue to rugged Mount William National Park, where the Bay of Fires Walk winds you past boulder-covered beaches, unique plants, native animals and ancient Aboriginal middens. On arrival in Launceston take in panoramic views of the city from Cataract Gorge. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Set off on the journey from Coles Bay to Launceston. Stop off at St Helens to swim and indulge in fresh seafood. Continue to rugged Mount William National Park, where the Bay of Fires Walk winds you past boulder-covered beaches, unique plants, native animals and ancient Aboriginal middens. On arrival in Launceston take in panoramic views of the city from Cataract Gorge. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 7 Launceston - Stanley (224 km)

Browse art and craft galleries in historic Deloraine, murals in Sheffield and antique shops in Latrobe. Arrive in Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania ships are almost landmarks. Don't miss Narawntapu National Park, where kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and pademelons graze peacefully on the grass. Travel on to Stanley for a 2-night stay.

Browse art and craft galleries in historic Deloraine, murals in Sheffield and antique shops in Latrobe. Arrive in Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania ships are almost landmarks. Don't miss Narawntapu National Park, where kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and pademelons graze peacefully on the grass. Travel on to Stanley for a 2-night stay.

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Day 8 Stanley

Spend the day at leisure in Stanley, a fishing village framed by the volcanic outcrop known as 'The Nut'. See seal and fairy penguins around the port and walk or take the chairlift to the top of the headland for sweeping coastal views.

Spend the day at leisure in Stanley, a fishing village framed by the volcanic outcrop known as 'The Nut'. See seal and fairy penguins around the port and walk or take the chairlift to the top of the headland for sweeping coastal views.

Day 9 Stanley - Cradle Mountain (181 km)

Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Enjoy your 2-night lodge stay on this edge of this spectacular national park.

Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Enjoy your 2-night lodge stay on this edge of this spectacular national park.

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Day 10 Cradle Mountain

Enjoy time exploring the area at leisure. You may like to climb Cradle Mountain, walk around the mirrored waters of Dove Lake or search for wallabies, wombats and possums on a nocturnal wildlife tour.

Enjoy time exploring the area at leisure. You may like to climb Cradle Mountain, walk around the mirrored waters of Dove Lake or search for wallabies, wombats and possums on a nocturnal wildlife tour.

Day 11 Cradle Mountain - Strahan (147 km)

Make your way to Strahan, the gateway to Tasmania's World Heritage-listed Wild West. In Strahan, you can kayak on Macquarie Harbour, walk windswept Ocean Beach and explore pine and myrtle forests by four wheel drive or simply relax and indulge in great food and wine.

Make your way to Strahan, the gateway to Tasmania's World Heritage-listed Wild West. In Strahan, you can kayak on Macquarie Harbour, walk windswept Ocean Beach and explore pine and myrtle forests by four wheel drive or simply relax and indulge in great food and wine.

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Day 12 Strahan

Enjoy a half day cruise down the majestic Gordon River. You'll travel from the vibrant port town of Strahan, across Macquarie Harbour, and into the lower reaches of the Gordon River. You'll cruise gently along the river where lush rainforest is reflected in the mirror calm waters, stained amber by button grass tannins.

Enjoy a half day cruise down the majestic Gordon River. You'll travel from the vibrant port town of Strahan, across Macquarie Harbour, and into the lower reaches of the Gordon River. You'll cruise gently along the river where lush rainforest is reflected in the mirror calm waters, stained amber by button grass tannins.

Day 13 Strahan - Hobart (300 km)

Travel along the Lyell Highway, back through the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage-listed wilderness. Stop in Tarraleah, an old hydro-electric town where platypus, quolls, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and echidnas wander the streets. Take a side trip to Mount Field National Park, where you can bushwalk through lush fern forests to the spectacular Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls. Before you reach Hobart, check out classic village square and antique stores of New Norfolk.

Travel along the Lyell Highway, back through the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage-listed wilderness. Stop in Tarraleah, an old hydro-electric town where platypus, quolls, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and echidnas wander the streets. Take a side trip to Mount Field National Park, where you can bushwalk through lush fern forests to the spectacular Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls. Before you reach Hobart, check out classic village square and antique stores of New Norfolk.

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Day 14 depart Hobart

Make your way to the airport and return your rental vehicle.

Make your way to the airport and return your rental vehicle.

Accommodation Options

We will recommend accommodation for this holiday based on staying in a mix of mid range hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs, but with a wide choice available in Tasmania, we can adapt to suit your personal preference mixing different grades and styles.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £1,759 excluding flights

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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar) including GPS
  • Private transfer on arrival in Hobart
  • Full day Bruny Island tour
  • Half day Gordon River cruise
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from £1,759 per person, based on 2 sharing a room in standard accommodation, and vehicle rental with GPS.

Prices may vary depending on departure date, or should you prefer alternative categories of accommodation or vehicle size. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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