8 Day Tasmania’s Wilderness In Style

8 Day Premium Tour combines some of Tasmania’s great short walks

From $4290 per person

This 8 day premium tour combines some of Tasmania’s great short walks. From the breath taking Three Capes to stunning Wine Grass Bay and Bay of Fires you’ll get to know Tasmania’s beautiful landscapes, amazing flora and fauna, temperate rainforests and experience the untouched wilderness which Tasmania has become famous for.

This tour is perfect for those looking to hike the wilderness during the day but come back to comfort in the evening to enjoy fine food and wine and revitalise ready for the next day’s adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hobart’s engaging history
  • Alpine wilderness of Mt Wellington
  • Kunanyi
  • Hartz Mountains National Park
  • Tasman Peninsula
  • Three Capes
  • Port Arthur
  • Maria Island
  • Freycinet National Park
  • Bay of Fires
  • Wine Glass Bay
  • Launceston

INCLUSIONS

  • 8 days of fully guided touring with local guide
  • Transport in a well-appointed and comfortable vehicle
  • 7 Nights’ deluxe 4-5 star accommodation
  • 7 x Breakfast
  • 6 x Lunch
  • 1 x Dinner
  • Entry to Port Arthur
  • Maria Island ferry
  • All national parks passes.

HOBART ARRIVAL – MOUNT WELLINGTON / KUNANYI

Start your day with an introduction to Hobart and its engaging history. Enjoy a scenic drive to the alpine wilderness of Mt Wellington, the 1270m peak, which provides the dramatic backdrop to the city and offers stunning views (weather dependant). Stroll through forested gullies along historic tracks and explore Tasmania’s flora and fauna on some of the shorter bushwalks before returning to your accommodation in Hobart.

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor, Hobart

HARTZ MOUNTAINS

Today travel into the fertile lands of the Huon Valley and further south into the Hartz Mountain National Park. Within Hartz Mountains National Park, waterfalls tumble off the high backbone of dolerite, which was covered by a deep layer of ice during the last Ice Age. The resulting features include small glacial lakes and cirques that dot the alpine plateau and make this a wonderfully dramatic place to visit, year-round.

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor, Hobart (

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (Picnic)

TASMAN PENINSULA – CAPE HAUY

Get ready for some of the most spectacular coastal lookouts in Tasmania, today’s walk takes you to Cape Hauy. Skirt the rocky coastline before heading inland into the She Oaks and Banksia scrub of this beautiful lower coastline. The forest then opens to the undulating slopes of Cape Hauy. The steepest part of today’s walk is down onto the cape. Venture out to the tip of the cape where views stretch out over sea cliffs and you may catch a glimpse of brave rock climbers tackling the Totem Pole and other dolerite columns, while islands rise up from the sea. From here retrace your steps back to where the white sands of Fortescue Bay beg for a bracing swim.

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur (1-bedroom Log water view cabin)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (Picnic)

CAPE RAOUL – PORT ARTHUR

After an early breakfast, we make our way back into the Tasman National Park. What starts as a pleasant bushwalk soon turns into a stunning, often breathtaking journey. The newly refurbished track climbs through open forest to a cliff edge that may take some walkers by surprise. From there on the 14km return walk, through heath and light forest, it’s never far from those jaw-dropping cliffs. The stunning coastal scenery continues all the way out to Cape Raoul. The dolerite cape drops dramatically into the ocean. Keep an eye out for seals on the rocks and small islands below. Lunch is served in a local restaurant before we spend the afternoon at Port Arthur Historic Site which is one of Tasmania’s most visited destinations. Set in tranquil gardens Tasmania’s famous convict settlement site harbours a dark history which our experienced guide will bring to life. As you stroll amongst the now peaceful buildings, envisage the harsh life that was endured by the hapless convicts.

Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur (1-bedroom Log water view cabin)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

TASMAN PENINSULA – MARIA ISLAND – FREYCINET

Today travel up the scenic East coast to the seaside village of Triabunna. Embark on the ferry, crossing the Mercury Passage to Maria Island National Park. Only a short cruise, but a world away. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking amongst historic ruins, along sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. Watch for the island’s resident wombats, Cape Barron geese and kangaroos! Later this afternoon head back to the mainland and travel onto the Freycinet Peninsula and your destination for the upcoming 2 nights.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay (One bedroom cabin)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (pic-nic)

REYCINET NATIONAL PARK

This morning we find out what’s beyond the Wineglass Bay Lookout on this extended 11km circuit. It gives you a fuller and more challenging taste of beautiful Freycinet National Park. After descending from the lookout to Wineglass Bay, take your time, enjoy a picnic, walk on the beach and paddle in the crystal-clear waters. Then cross the wide isthmus to the long sandy stretch of Hazards Beach. Walk along Hazards Beach and you’ll reach the halfway point of this circuit. From here, the walk rises inland through She-oak forests and gives glimpses across Great Oyster Bay. As the track continues rounds Mt Mayson, it passes through coastal woodland occasionally dropping into seasonal creeks.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay (One bedroom cabin)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

FREYCINET – BAY OF FIRES – LAUNCESTON

Today, continue your journey along the East-Coast and visit the stunning orange-lichen covered granite rocks of the Bay of Fires conservation area. Take the opportunity to wander around, explore the whitest sandy beaches and the turquoise waters. On our way, we stop by at the St. Columba Falls, the highest waterfalls in Tasmania and through lush and green valleys before we arrive in Launceston. In the evening be invited to a farewell dinner in a local restaurant at Launceston’s waterfront.

Accommodation: The Verge Launceston (Verge Luxe)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

LAUNCESTON DEPARTURE

After a final walk through the stunning Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River forces its way through sheer granite rocks, your guide takes you to the airport to bid you farewell. The tour ends at 12 pm.

Meals: Breakfast

Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart offers premier facilities, where guests can work out in the state-of-the-art fitness club or indulge in a skyline swim with views of Mount Wellington in the indoor pool. You can unwind over high tea at The Atrium Bar or reserve a table at the contemporary Restaurant Tasman which overlooks the harbour.

Overlooking the majestic Derwent River and Constitution Dock, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is conveniently located a short walk from Salamanca Wharf and Hobart CBD (Central Business District). The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is just 2 minutes’ walk from the property.

The spacious guest rooms at the Grand Chancellor are styled with Tasmanian timbers, polished granite and contemporary furnishings. Each room has panoramic views of the harbour or Mount Wellington.

Room: Mount Wellington View

Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur

Set on 22 acres next to the Port Arthur Historic Site, Stewarts Bay Lodge offers a private beach area, a waterfront restaurant and accommodation surrounded by natural bush.

All accommodation features a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and a lounge area with a TV, DVD player and free movies. Heating, air conditioning and electric blankets are also provided.

Chalets with a spa bath, large sunny deck and water views are available at Stewarts Bay Lodge Port Arthur. There is an on-site BBQ area.

Gabriel’s on the Bay Restaurant serves innovative dishes and fresh local seafood. It features an extensive wine list and boasts 2 log fireplaces.

Room: One bedroom Log Water View Cabin. Room upgrade available upon request.

 

Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay

Situated in a waterfront location within Freycinet National Park, this lodge offers secluded cabins in a coastal bush setting, 2 restaurants and a bar. Buffet breakfast is included. Some cabins feature a spa bath.

Each cabin features a private balcony, en suite bathroom with shower, heating, air conditioning and a refrigerator. A TV is also provided.

With panoramic views of Great Oyster Bay, The Bay Restaurant offers fresh produce and local wines. Guests can enjoy casual dining at Richardson’s Bistro. Hazards Bar and Lounge has an open fireplace.

Room: One bedroom Cabin.  Room upgrade available upon request.

 

Verge Hotel, Launceston

This 5-star hotel is situated in Launceston, 200 m from Boags Brewery, Hotel Verge Launceston features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a garden. Each accommodation at the 5-star hotel has city views and free WiFi. The accommodation offers a concierge service, a tour desk and ticket service for guests.

All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms have a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

Room: Verge Luxe Room

  • Booking Conditions:Deposit of $1200 due at time of booking.  Full payment due 60 days before departure.

    Cancellation

    31 days to 15 days – 30% of tour price
    14 days to 7 days – 55% of tour price
    Within 7 days 100% of tour price

    In the event that government enforced measurements or border closures will be set in place, Backroads Australia & New Zealand follows the public health advice and refunds already paid monies in full less $200 administration cost. If you prefer to keep the amount paid as credit, 100% of the fund will be available for future booking with Backroads Australia & New Zealand. We do not refund or amend the cancellation or payment policies in the event that the client cancels because of own doubts or change of mind. Our tour operator has Covid-19 plans and measurements in place and clients can be assured to travel in a safe and healthy environment.