UNDER DOWN UNDER: Ultimate 8
ULTIMATE 8 COMBO - HOBART TO HOBART (TKU8)
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 Hazards 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. Overnight: Hobart (Breakfast)
DAY 7: MOUNTAIN & MONA
Experience Hobart’s not to be missed attractions - Mt Wellington and MONA. We start by heading 1272m above sea level to the summit of Mt Wellington to enjoy stunning views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. From the summit we offer the Zig Zag track as a short walk for the adventurous, or for those looking for a more relaxed morning we offer some guided insight and comfortable short walk options to explore the Mountain. Coming down from the Mountain there is some free time for lunch on Hobart’s Waterfront before heading to MONA. Described by it’s creator as a “subversive adult Disneyland” MONA is Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction and offers visitors a unique and memorable experience. Overnight: Hobart
DAY 8: BRUNY ISLAND
Located at the mouth of the Derwent Harbour; Bruny Island is one of Tasmania’s best natural highlights. Home to unique wildlife (including the white wallabies), amazing scenery, and delicious local produce; Bruny Island is a must do when visiting Tasmania. After a short ferry across the D’entrecasteaux channel we head to Adventure Bay for a scenic coastal walk to the spectacular sea cliffs of Fluted Cape & look for some local white wallabies. The highlights continue throughout the day as we take in the best this island has to offer including; some great short walks, stunning beaches and a delicious range of local foods.
Day 1: Hobart to Strahan
Day 2: Wild West Coast
Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston
Day 4: Launceston to Bicheno
Day 5: Freycinet to Hobart
Day 6: Port Arthur
Day 7: MONA & the Mountain
Day 8: Bruny Island
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Meals as indicated (5 Breakfast , 1 Dinner)
- 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
- MONA Entry Fees
- Guided Tour of Hastings Caves
- Hotel and Hostel pickups and drop offs
Dec/Jan/Feb: Tue Thu Sun
Mar & Nov: Tue Thu sun
Apr & Oct: Tue Thu Sun
May - Sept: Thu Sun