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clock-o4 days (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the east coast of Tasmania on a 4-day, one-way tour from Launceston to Hobart that introduces you to the natural and historical highlights of the region. Visit Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, meet native Tasmanian devils, discover the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site and see the sights of Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city. Three nights of accommodation and some meals are included. Tour is limited to 20 people.
  • 4-day Tasmania tour from Launceston to Hobart
  • Take a guided walk through Freycinet National Park to Wineglass Bay
  • Tour the historic convict colony of Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See Tasmanian devils and other native animals at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
  • Go underground in Newdegate Cave and dip into Thermal Springs Pool at Hastings Caves State Reserve
  • Sample regional treats such as wine, beer, fruit and oysters
  • Tour limited to 20 people for a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

You can walk among quolls and hand-feed wallabies at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. One of the highlights of visiting this reserve is the chance to watch the feeding of the Tasmanian devils and then learn about these misunderstood creatures and the threats to their survival.
Your 4-day tour of Tasmania’s east coast begins with departure from Launceston for the drive southeast to Freycinet National Park, home to one of Tasmania’s most famous natural attractions, Wineglass Bay. Over the next few days, your tour continues to seaside villages, wilderness paradises like Huon Valley, and historical landmarks, most notably Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula, part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage site. You’ll end up in Hobart, where your tour concludes.

One night of accommodation at a lodge in Port Arthur and two nights at a hostel or hotel (your choice) in Hobart are included; breakfast is also provided, as well as a couple of lunches and a wine tasting. Throughout your tour, learn about Tasmania’s history and culture, from former convict colonies to a gourmet food scene, from your knowledgeable guide.

Itinerary

Day 1: Launceston — Port Arthur (L)
Begin your day by traveling to the seaside village of Bicheno to see Bicheno’s Blowhole and learn about the local population of little penguins. Then head to Freycinet National Park where rugged hills meet white-sand beaches and the sea. Take a leisurely walk along the coast to a lookout point over Wineglass Bay, then head down to the water. You’ll also visit the Cape Tourville boardwalk and lighthouse, where you might spot migrating whales. At the end of your day in the national park, drive through a famous food and wine region to Port Arthur. Stop for treats such as handmade ice cream and fresh oysters before arriving at your lodging for the night. Have the option to take a spooky ghost tour (own expense) of the Port Arthur Historic Site, an infamous 19th-century penal colony.

Accommodation: Private lodge in Port Arthur

Day 2: Port Arthur — Hobart (B, L)
In the morning, check out amazing rock formations at Remarkable Cave and Maingon Lookout. Then visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. On a guided walking tour that includes a short boat ride, learn about the harsh conditions in Port Arthur’s penal colony, then have time to explore some of its 35 historic buildings. Upon departing Port Arthur, stop at the nearby Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, a conservation park with quolls, wallabies (pademelons), birds and Tasmanian devils. Enjoy close encounters with native animals and hear about the efforts to save the Tasmanian devil population from a deadly disease. Afterward, drive along the coast and admire some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia, stopping for an easy walk to Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Then continue your drive through quirky Doo-Town and stop at Richmond, a village that is home to Australia’s oldest bridge and Catholic Church. Hear about Richmond’s convict past, then visit a vineyard for a wine tasting (optional and at own expense) before ending the day in Hobart.

Overnight: Hobart hostel (dormitory/shared room) or a Hobart hotel (private room)

Day 3: Around Hobart (B)
Start the morning by walking through the treetops at the Tahune AirWalk. Suspended above the ground, follow a path that winds through the canopy at a height of up to 131 feet (40 meters), then cross a swinging bridge over the Huon River while enjoying the pristine forest and mountain landscape. In the afternoon, visit the highlights of Hastings Caves State Reserve. Bring your swim gear for a dip in Thermal Springs Pool, a swimming pool filled with warm natural spring waters. You can also meander along a nature trail to a place where the warm and cool waters meet. Then continue to Newdegate Cave for a walking tour with a National Park guide. Admire spectacular cave chambers as you walk through the caves. Afterward, return through the Huon Valley with stops to sample seasonal fruits such as apples, cherries and apricots.

Overnight: Hobart hostel (dormitory/shared room) or a Hobart hotel (private room)

Day 4: Hobart (B)
Explore Hobart with your guide, beginning with a city sightseeing tour that explains Hobart's history, including its role as a remote outpost of the British Empire in the early 1800s, and the importance of the Derwent River and Southern Ocean. Then head up Mt Wellington, which towers over Hobart. At the summit, located 4,163 feet (1,269 meters) above sea level, enjoy sweeping views over the city and much of southern Tasmania. Learn about the mountain’s history, geology and significance to the local aboriginal people. Then wrap up the afternoon with a visit to Cascade Brewery, which has been brewing great beer since 1832. Take a tour of the factory then enjoy a tasting of their brews, taking in the surrounding gardens and views of Mt Wellington. Your tour concludes in Hobart in the early evening.
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