UNDER DOWN UNDER: Explorer 6
EXPLORER 6 - HOBART TO HOBART (TBE6)
DAY 1: HOBART TO STRAHAN.
Our journey begins as we traverse the island from east to west. Escaping Hobart through the Derwent Valley, we walk in the land of the giants and admire the beauty of Russell Falls and Mt Field National Park. Visit Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Enter the temperate time capsule that is the Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. End the day in Strahan beside Macquarie Harbour. Our West Coast hosts welcome us with a BBQ dinner. Overnight: Strahan (Dinner)
DAY 2: WILD WEST COAST.
Discover the Wild West coast today with a visit to Ocean Beach and the Henty Sand Dunes. Search for elusive whale bones amongst the shifting sands or simply breathe in the freshest air in the world. Stroll by the foreshore of the harbour or walk amongst the rainforest to a waterfall. There is also the option today of a cruise on the famous Gordon River, take a scenic sea plane flight over the Gordon and Franklin River system complete with a river landing and walk, journey up the King River on a jet boat, peacefully paddle a kayak of your own or catch a salmon in the harbour. (Strahan optional activities at own expense). Overnight: Strahan (Breakfast )
DAY 3: CRADLE MOUNTAIN TO LAUNCESTON.
We journey to 950m above sea level to the 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 that will enhance your experience here. With an extensive range of tracks, you will be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake and one of the many boardwalk tracks or perhaps challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. A short drive to Sheffield, “the town of murals”, before continuing on to Launceston, Australia’s third oldest city.Overnight: Launceston (Breakfast )
DAY 4: LAUNCESTON TO BICHENO.
A morning walk at Cataract Gorge in the heart of Launceston before making our way to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. Here we can stretch our legs with some quality time to enjoy this highly recommended coastal region (Lonely Planet’s must see for 2009). The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting. Perhaps a swim (conditions permitting) Enjoy Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive from St Helen’s to Bicheno. This evening you can join a guided viewing of the Little Penguins (optional in season)as they return to their rookeries on the edges of this seaside village. Overnight: Bicheno (Breakfast)
DAY 5: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK TO HOBART.
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 of or choose the more challenging Mt Amos or Hazzards Beach walk for your mornings Freycinet experience. This afternoon we take a break at the picturesque historical village of Ross. Sample the local Ross Bakery fare or check out the convict built bridge. Come face to face with the iconic Tassie Devil as we make a stop at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet these now endangered native animals as well as some others unique to Tasmania. A short drive returns us to Hobart. Overnight: Hobart (Breakfast)
DAY 6: PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE.
Start the day with a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village of Richmond before heading south for magnificent views of the Tasman Peninsula and some features of the Tasman National Park. Explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past today at the World Heritage Listed - Port Arthur Historic Site (guided walk and harbour cruise included). Rich in visual history, here we learn of the chilling realities of life as a convict amid the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. (Breakfast)
Day 1: Hobart to Strahan (Dinner)
Day 2: Wild West Coast (Breakfast)
Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston (Breakfast)
Day 4: Launceston to Bicheno (Breakfast)
Day 5: Freycinet National Park to Hobart (Breakfast)
Day 6: Port Arthur Historic Site (Breakfast)
5 nights accommodation
Meals as indicated (5 Breakfast, 1 Dinners)
All National Park Entry Fees.
Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Fee including Tasmanian Devil feeding.
Entry to Port Arthur Historic Site inc Guided Walk and Harbour Cruise.
Hotel and Hostel pickups and drop offs
Hobart, Mt Field & Russell Falls, Lake St Clair, Strahan, Ocean Beach, Henty Dunes, Cradle Mountain National Park, Sheffield, Launceston, Cataract Gorge, Bay of Fires, Bicheno, Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay, Historic Ross Village, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary & Tassie Devils. Port Arthur, Tassie Devils, Richmond, Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur Historic Site.
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