3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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  • Location: Hobart, Australia
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Explore Tasmania’s wild west coast on a three-day excursion from Hobart. Go bushwalking on Cradle Mountain, explore the coast at Strahan, and conclude your tour in Launceston. To really experience Tassie’s natural beauty, upgrade to include a wilderness activity, from a Gordon River cruise to quad biking on the Henty sand dunes. Stay in a private lodge in Strahan on both nights, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.

Highlights

  • 3-day west coast Tasmania tour from Hobart to Launceston
  • Enjoy guided walks through Mount Field National Park and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • Hike to the bottom of Russell Falls
  • See picturesque Lake St Clair
  • Try quad biking on the Henty sand dunes (optional activity)
  • Go jet boating on the King River (optional activity)
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

3-Day Tasmania West Coast Tour from Hobart: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston

Russell Falls

With three days to explore Tasmania’s west coast, you’ll follow country back roads to visit Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and stay overnight in the west coast fishing port of Strahan. Upgrade to include a wilderness cruise on the Gordon River, quad biking on the Henty sand dunes, a trip on the ABT Railway or jet boating from Strahan. Your accommodation is a private lodge used exclusively by guests on this tour. Formerly a luxury B&B, the lodge offers either shared dorm accommodation (four beds per room) or hotel rooms (one single and one double bed per room); some meals are included.

Day 1: Hobart -- Strahan (L, D)

After an early morning departure from Hobart, take a scenic drive through the farming country northwest of Hobart to reach Mount Field National Park. Here, take a guided nature walk through the park’s famous tall trees, known as swamp gums, and visit beautiful Russell Falls. The next drive is one of Australia’s most scenic, taking you to Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St Clair, in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. After time to explore this wilderness region, another scenic drive brings you to your private lodge accommodation in the west coast village of Strahan.

Accommodation: Private lodge in Strahan - Braeside Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Strahan (no meals included)
Spend your free day in Strahan how you choose, and book any optional activities you want to do on the day. You can upgrade to include a quad-biking adventure on the Henty sand dunes, with views over the wild west coast, or go jet boating in the rainforest-covered mountains on the King River. Take a relaxed cruise on the Gordon River, go sea kayaking or relax in the tiny village of Strahan.

Accommodation: Private lodge in Strahan - Braeside Bed and Breakfast

Day 3: Strahan -- Launceston (B, L)
After breakfast, take a scenic drive to Cradle Mountain, one of Australia’s most popular bushwalking destinations. Go on a guided hike through this rugged landscape, or follow an easier trail to Dove Lake. You’ll see birds and wildlife on your walk, and perhaps even spot an elusive wombat. In the afternoon, drive to the mid-north coast town of Launceston, where the tour ends with a convivial group farewell dinner (not included).

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Steve, the tour leader, couldn't do enough to help and showed an amazing depth of knowledge of the areas visited. Although the hostel at Strahan is rather basic it was comfortable enough for 2 nights. Our fellow travellers were a great bunch and the mix of age groups was a bonus. Some concern that the elderly mini bus would actually make the distance and would have felt more comfortable with seat belts, which I thought would have been mandatory by now.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Wonderful guide -- Steve was knowledgeable, helpful, hard working.
The accomodations and meals were a bit sparse. Would have much preferred a genuine hotel.

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2013

An enjoyable experience. Want to go back and spend more time in the area

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2015

A lot of time is spent travelling on a bus, how ours made it for 3 days is a miracle. It didn't sound very healthy and rattled it's way round Tasmania! It struggled up hills and It wasn't fitted with seat belts.

We loaded out suitcases in the trailer at the back and on our arrival in Strahan we lifted them out to find them covered in oil. A thing of oil had leaked inside the trailer and not only had it now covered our cases but also covered my top and jeans when i lifted my case out! Over a week later this oil won't come out of my clothes and 2 suitcases are having to be retired after this trip. Sorry but this isn't good enough.

Our tour guide was an interesting character. Whilst he provided lots of useful info, it was clear he wasn't really interested in Tasmania apparently the company don't have staff based on the island they send them down from Darwin to operate the tours!

What made our tour was our friendly group, we were just 5 people. We had all booked the hotel style accommodation in Strahan. Don't be fooled by this, we had a double bed and two bunk beds which creaked every time you moved. There was also a possum in the roof of the B and B and at 5am every day it would start moving. The accommodation just felt unloved, it was clear at one stage it was a grand property, but it now felt tired and neglected.

The tour did include some meals. The one evening meal we were served was pasta bake! We had also advised the office that one of us was gluten free and whilst our tour guide got gluten free pasta and cereal in, he said the company had said gluten free diets were expensive to cater for and the boss in Darwin had said to stop catering for them. So lunch was ham and lettuce as nothin else was provided!

This company is obviously set up for budget minded travellers. You see a lot of places in a short period of time but it's not in comfort or style! Based on our experience of this company we certainly wouldn't use them again.

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