Adventure Tours: 6 Day Taste of Tasmania

Explore the contrasts of the west and east coasts of Tasmania. You will be surprised and delighted by the wild landscapes, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, beautiful beaches and colonial history. This tour starts and finishes in Hobart.

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Departures/Pickups

Departure location : Select Hobart accommodation from 08.00am. Hobart Central YHA (formerly Montgomery’s YHA), 08:00am

01 October 2016 – 31 March 2017
Nov-Mar: Mon Thu

01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

Apr & Oct: Wed
Nov-Mar: Wed Sat

Arrival location: Hobart accommodation early evening day 6

Itinerary

Day 1 – Mount Wellington and the Central Plateau

DEFAULT PICK UP: Hobart Central YHA (formerly Montgomery’s YHA), 08:00am

Our trip begins with an early morning drive from Hobart to the summit of Mount Wellington. Enjoy views of beautiful Hobart and panoramic views of Tasmania. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with the fresh Tasmanian air – some of the freshest and cleanest in the world as a matter of fact! This morning we spend time at the infamous MONA Museum – take in the weird and wonderful works of artists from all over the globe. After lunch we hit the scenic roads and travel via Bothwell to the Great Lake and the Central Plateau. By late afternoon we reach the Ouse River; keep your eyes peeled for the wild trout in the river, and perhaps you might see some of the local wildlife venturing out for feeding time. This evening we spend the night at our exclusive accommodation next to Lake Augusta. (D)

Day 2 – Lake St Clair and Queenstown

This morning we enjoy breakfast before passing through Bronte Park and onto beautiful Lake St Clair where we take a scenic stroll. If it’s a still morning, the glass-like appearance of the lake will leave you questioning if the sky is up or down! Heading west, we wander through the Franklin Gordin Wild Rivers National Park. Stretch your legs and take a walk to Donaghy’s lookout, the Franklin River is truly breathtaking and dominates the landscape, it will leave you feeling revived and humbled. This afternoon we pass through Queenstown, hear about the strange moonscape that became of the land and the history of copper mining in the area. We stop in at Ocean Beach which has been dubbed ‘one of the loneliest places on earth’ the chilly breeze that sweeps across your cheeks comes straight from Antarctica. After a visit to picturesque Hogarth Falls, we settle in for the evening at Strahan, a quaint little seaside town with charm to match. Perhaps you might like some local entertainment for the evening at a locally produced short play; ‘The Ship that Never Was’. (B)

Day 3 – The Tarkine

This morning we cruise past the rolling Henty Sand Dunes, dig your heels in and climb to the top! We head through the historic town of Zeehan and onto Corinna, the southern gateway to the Tarkine. Truly one of the most remarkable places amongst the Tasmanian wilderness, the Tarkine is an untouched network of delicate rivers and tangled rainforests. Enjoy the beauty of this UNESCO World heritage site from any perspective you wish, whether it be an optional Pieman River Cruise, explore from the water on a Kayak adventure (both at own expense), or take a stroll along the rainforest walking tracks. As we continue our journey we pass by Savage River and Philosopher Falls, en route to Cradle Mountain National Park. (BD)

Day 4 – Cradle Mountain

Today we journey 950m above sea level to Cradle Valley, our gateway to the World Heritage Area of Cradle Mountain National Park. We share some local knowledge and interpretation of the landscape to help you choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you will be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake or one of the many boardwalk tracks, or perhaps challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. Next we take a short drive to Mole Creek, maybe pick up a jar of the delicious local honey. We visit ‘the Tiger Bar’ and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about these feisty but lovable creatures and what threats are posed to their existence. We take a short walk at Alum Cliffs before continuing on to Launceston; Australia’s third oldest city and our overnight stop. (B)

Day 5 – Bicheno and the Bay of Fires

Feeling refreshed from our day spent at Cradle Mountain, we make our way via Scottsdale to Columbia Falls and the Pyengana cheese makers. Pick up some crackers and some locally produced cheese if you fancy! Our next stop is the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. Here we stretch our legs and take some quality time to enjoy this highly regarded coastal region. The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting, so jump in and enjoy a swim if conditions permit. Enjoy Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive from St Helen’s to Bicheno, where we stay tonight. This evening you can join a guided viewing of the Little Penguins as they return to their rookeries on the edges of this seaside village (optional, seasonal and at own expense). (B)

Day 6 – Wineglass Bay

An early start means we are the first to the lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo of Wineglass Bay. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mt Amos or Hazzards Beach walk for your morning Freycinet experience. This afternoon we make a quick stop at Kate’s Berry Farm before we cross the unique and frankly bizarre Spikey Bridge. We pass through the historic village of Richmond before arriving back into Hobart. (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Details

Trip Code: PNTW6-B

Trip Style: Basix

Why we love this trip

  • As well as visiting key attractions such as Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires, this pioneering trip takes you to parts of Tassie that are more off the beaten track
  • Your guide will provide information about the flora, fauna and landscapes of Tasmania, giving you an insight into some of the country’s World Heritage listed areas
  • A visit to the famous MONA Museum in Hobart is included on this trip. Many of the pop-up and permanent collections are superbly indulgent, interactive and unique
  • Trek along multiple walking trails through spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park

What’s included?

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Minibus
Accommodation: Hostel (5 nights)
Both Basix and Original level accommodation are available on this trip. Basix accommodation consists of multishare lodge rooms which may be mixed gender. Original level is twin share accommodation, most locations will have an ensuite however in some cases facilities will be shared. Single travellers or groups travelling in odd numbers will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is available at Original level. Families traveling with children under the age of 18 will be required to book the Original level with twin share rooms. Please ensure you have selected your desired style correctly.
Activities: Central Plateau, MONA Museum, Mount Wellington, Hogarth Falls, Lake St Clair, Cradle Mountain, Mole Creek and Tassie Tiger Bar, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Bay of Fires, St Columba Falls, Pyengana Cheese Makers, Kate’s Berry Farm, Spikey Bridge, Wineglass Bay

Booking Info

Departure location : Select Hobart accommodation from 08.00am. Hobart Central YHA (formerly Montgomery’s YHA), 08:00am 01 October 2016 – 31 March 2017 Nov-Mar: Mon Thu

01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018

Apr & Oct: Wed Nov-Mar: Wed Sat

Arrival location: Hobart accommodation early evening day 6

Open date tickets are subject to availability, please give  at least 14 days notice to book, please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604. In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator on 0428 622 232.

What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), Hat & sunscreen, Towel & toiletries, Swimming gear (in summer), Warm clothing (even in summer), Waterproof jacket & trousers, Water bottle, Insect repellent,Camera

Dietary Requirements: Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below: No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

• Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• It is recommended passengers depart Hobart the following day after the tour finishes. If flights are booked from Hobart Airport on day six, they must depart on/after 7.30pm.

• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.• A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.

• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.

Extras

Money for meals not included