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7 Day Best of Tasmania Hobart To Hobart Tour

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Mt Field National Park tall trees walk, Guided hike at stunning Cradle Mountain, Scenic Lake St Clair, Coastal village of Strahan and optional activities

Day 1 – Hobart to Strahan

Welcome to the Apple Isle!
We start our journey early in the morning from Hobart with our first stop, Mt Field National Park, a favourite among Tasmanians. The beauty of this park stems from its diverse vegetation including its Swamp Gums, the tallest trees in Australia. You have a chance to witness these towering natural wonders during our Tall Trees walk when your guide will explain the various flora and fauna that calls Mt Field home. After you explore the giants of the forest, take a walk along the bottom of the beautiful cascading Russell Falls.

The drive to our next stop for the day, Lake St Clair is one of Australia’s most scenic. It is here you will see Australia’s deepest lake at 167 metres. The lake was formed from ice glaciers over the last two million years and feeds the Derwent River which winds its way to Hobart.

The breathtaking backdrop of Mt Olympus sets a perfect scene for some great holiday snaps while you take a walk around the area.

From Lake St Clair it is onto the quiet but picturesque west coast village of Strahan where you will settle into our private lodge overlooking Macquarie Harbour for the two nights. (L)

Day 2 - Strahan and the Tarkine wilderness

Today you have a few options to explore the beautiful west coast. Your guide will take you off the beaten track into the Tarkine wilds where ancient forest meet prehistoric mountains. A highlight is the stunning Huon Pines growing alongside the Pieman River which have been growing for thousands of years. Your guide will take you on a collection of moderate walks in this remote area before returning to Strahan. If exploring unspoilt wilderness is not your thing, then you may like to go on a jet boating adventure on the King River or a relaxing, peaceful cruise along the Gordon River learning about the area's convict history (both at additional expense). We spend another night in our exclusive accommodation. (B,L)

Day 3 – Strahan to Launceston

This morning it is a 90-minute drive to the stunning Cradle Mountain. Those feeling energetic can embark on a hike with your guide along the jagged contours of the mountain taking in the serene beauty of your surroundings. If you’d rather take it easy then there are less strenuous walks around the majestic Dove Lake.

Don’t forget to keep your eye out for one of our Aussie icons, the wombat. While they may look cute and cuddly they can tend to be a bit grumpy, so keep your distance.

After plenty of scenic photographs we make our way to the northern city of Launceston via the Ashgrove Cheese Factory for a delicious cheese tasting session and our overnight accommodation. (B,L)

Day 4 – Launceston to Port Arthur via Wineglass Bay & the East Coast

Stunning coastline, local gourmet delights and tales of days gone by await you today as you travel down the East Coast of the 'Apple Isle'.

Our first stop of the day is the seaside village of Bicheno where you may just get lucky enough to see one or two of the resident Little Penguin colony. Witness the famous water blowhole, displaying the incredible power of the ocean, before heading further south to world famous Freycinet (pronounced fray-se-nay) National Park.

Enjoy several hours within the park to take the fantastic walk up to the lookout point with captivating views over the stunning Wineglass Bay with its crystal clear (and a little chilly) waters and white sandy beach. You will also have the opportunity to walk along the elevated Cape Tourville boardwalk to take a nice photo of its picturesque lighthouse and maybe even spot migrating whales.

In the afternoon experience one of the most scenic drives in Tasmania, which is also famous for its food and wine. We will stop by a number of places including Kate's Berry Farm for some delicious ice cream - an icon among Tasmanians. We then take the experience closer to the ocean where you can try some of the freshest oysters in the world. Don't worry, eating them is recommended but not compulsory!

Our accommodation for tonight is situated at the entrance to the Port Arthur Historic Site, where after dinner you have the opportunity to partake in a spine-tingling ghost tour, witnessing the darker side of this former penal colony (activity at additional expense) (L)

Day 5 – Port Arthur to Hobart

Start the morning filling your lungs with the fresh sea air as we visit the Remarkable Cave and Maingnon Lookout. We then step back in time to the 1800s as we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site and learn about the harsh and cruel world of the local convicts who were sent from Europe as punishment. A local historian will take you on a walking tour around the site as well as a boat cruise around the Isle of The Dead where you will learn about the harsh conditions and intriguing rehabilitation techniques used in attempt to reform the criminals. There will be plenty of time to allow you to explore the 35 buildings on this World Heritage site.

From fascinating history to remarkable nature, our next stop is to a Tasmanian Devil conservation park where you will get to meet these fiesty little animals and learn about the research into the creature's aggresive face cancer which is rapidly eradicating the Devil population on the island. You will also get to walk among and hand-feed the wallabies (pademelons) and quolls in their natural surroundings.

On our way to Hobart we will drive along the Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia's highest sea cliffs and where we will stop for some pictures at Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen and a short walk. We drive through unconvential Doo-Town before our final town visit for the day, Richmond village, full of old tales of convict hardship and ghoulish gossip. We complete the day with a stop at a winery for a taste of the local drop before arriving in the beautiful city of Hobart at our accommodation. (B,L)

Day 6 – Tahune Airwalk and Hastings Caves

Today we venture further south for a day of more nature from a different perspective. We start our day wandering through the tree tops some 40 metres above the ground along the Tahune Airwalk, a Cantilever that meanders 597 metres through the tree tops. Witness breathtaking views looking down over the Huon River and mountains dotted across the horizon. Those brave enough will continue onto the "Swinging Bridges" - a 50-metre crossing over the river which makes for fabulous photos and maybe a butterfly in your stomach or two!

The day continues further south to Hastings Caves National Park where our journey this time heads underground. An expert National Park guide will take you underground to Newdegate Cave, Australia's largest tourist cave, where you will witness its richly decorated chambers. Be sure to bring along your swimsuit to relax in the beautiful thermal springs pool within the park which is constantly 28 degrees. Later enjoy a walk along the Hot Springs Nature Trail where warm and cool water collide. We head back to our Hobart accommodation via the Huon Valley where we stop to sample the seasonal fruit grown in the area including apples, cherries and apricots. (B)

Day 7 – Hobart City Sights, Mt Wellington and Cascade Brewery

An East Coast tour of Tassie wouldn't be complete without exploring its beautiful capital. Hobart is steeped in fascinating colonial history, from southern fishing fleet to Antarctic ice breakers it really is an intriguing port city.

The day will begin with a city sights where you will hear storie of whalers, convicts and entrepreneurs that shaped this remote island city in the early 1800s during British settlement. You will learn the significance of the Derwent River and Southern Ocean and how they have contributed to the city you see before you.

Creating a lovely backdrop for Hobart is Mt Wellington, of which the summit is our next stop. Some 1,269 metres above sea level, the summit will give you a great bird's eye view of the city and much of southern Tasmania. Learn about 'The Mountain' (as referred to by the locals) and its history, geology and significance to the local Aboriginal people of the area, who refer to the mountain as 'Kunanyi'. Due to the icy winds often blowing in from Antarctica, you're advised to bring a jacket and maybe a beanie... and maybe a scarf... !

In the afternoon we celebrate a fantastic adventure with a visit to the oldest brewery in Australia, Cascade, which has been producing beer since 1832. The ornamental gardens and Mt Wellington as a backdrop make for a very pretty (and tasty) experience. Learn its story involving bad convicts turning good, bush fires and Tasmanian Tigers during a tour of the working factory and then of course sample a brew or two! If beer is not your thing, Cascade also make a range of juices, soft drinks and cordials so there is something for everyone. Your tour comes to an end back in central Hobart. (B)

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Transport

Mini Coach

Måltider

5 Breakfasts & 5 Lunches

Ytterligare information

It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours. The areas in which we operate vary greatly in  terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting  & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C). By law it is required that customers advise Real Aussie Adventures or our travel partners in Australia of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver. Travellers are requested to contact us on: [email protected] in relation to all medical or dietary issues.

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