SHORTLIST

Perfect Tasmania

Tours to Tasmania don’t get much more epic than this two-week sojourn. Expect World Heritage listed historic sites and wilderness areas, blinding beaches and glacial lakes, with a parade of distilleries, wineries and farm gates in between. It’s hard to pick highlights, but we’ll throw a few out there: a Wineglass Bay cruise, part of your Freycinet adventure; a Gordon River cruise along Tasmania’s wild West Coast; and a Port Arthur guided tour, among so many others. This is Tasmania touring at its finest.
Tour details
Tour Provider AATKings
Price From
$8,908
Number of Days
13
Start Location
Hobart , Australia
End Location
Hobart , Australia
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Welcome to Hobart
You don’t have to venture far from your hotel to find inspiration in Hobart, whether you’re exploring the harbour or easing into one of the city’s applauded galleries and wine bars. Save room for your Welcome Dinner, enjoyed in the company of your fellow adventure-seekers.
City Sights and Salamanca Market
Your morning excursions delve deep into many of the things that make Hobart great: the leafy Botanical Gardens spotlighting endemic plants a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, historic Battery Point and the Cascade Brewery. End the tour on a literal high at the Mt. Nelson Lookout, offering dizzying views over the city and the River Derwent. From alpaca throws to woodwork, gin to garden-fresh vegetables, Salamanca Market is like creative Tasmania in a bustling snapshot. Grab yourself a coffee before navigating more than 300 stalls, wedged alongside the Salamanca precinct’s historic sandstone warehouses.
Hobart - Strahan
Waterfalls, lakes and ancient moonscapes – today is a journey of contrasts. Not to mention soul revival. Exhale amid the forest enveloping Russell Falls in Mt. Field National Park. Forget your worries at Lake St. Clair, the deepest natural lake in Australia. Sigh as you skirt the World Heritage-protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Then revel in the serenity of Strahan. You’re overlooking Macquarie Harbour, seven times the size of Sydney Harbour.
Strahan - Cradle Mountain
No day that involves a cruise is a bad day. Even better if it’s the deep, dark waters of the far-flung Tassie’s Gordon River. Soak up the silence of this untouched wilderness area on your Gordon River cruise en route to Sarah Island, the state’s oldest convict settlement. Today, the island’s haunting ruins have been reclaimed by nature, enveloped by forest and twisting vines. Your commute toward immense Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park sees you travel through tiny mining towns scattered amongst the mountainous wild terrain. Rest up – Cradle Mountain awaits.
Cradle Mountain
Spend the day in Cradle Mountain. At the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain is all moss-covered ancient rainforests and deep river gorges, snow-tipped peaks, wild alpine moorlands and glacial lakes – case in point Dove Lake, where you may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons. Pause at Waldheim Chalet, once the home of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer, the duo pivotal in the park’s formation.
Cradle Mountain - Launceston
Tasmania has its fair share of award-winning gin and whisky distilleries, as well as small boutique breweries. Among them is a seaside tap house found in the petite town of Penguin. If there’s a place with a cuter name, we’re yet to locate it on a map. Sit back and enjoy a tasting paddle of local brew while taking in the views overlooking glorious Bass Strait. Continue your palate expansion at Mount Gnomon Farm. Farmer Guy Robertson is as passionate about his orchard as he is the cider he makes. Sip your way through a paddock-to-plate lunch. Continue to quirky Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’ and through the Meander Valley to Launceston.
Launceston
Prepare for goosebumps – Cataract Gorge is humbling. How many cities can claim they have such a lush expanse of bushland and Victorian gardens within walking distance of the CBD? Explore at your leisure. By the time you reach Josef Chromy Wines, you’ll have worked up a thirst. We’ve got you covered, with a tasting of some of the state’s finest cool-climate wines paired with lunch. Don’t miss a stroll around the verdant grounds. This afternoon and evening are yours: an optional cruise along the Tamar River, perhaps?
Launceston - Bicheno
You’ll smell Bridestowe Estate well before you arrive – this lavender farm welcomes with soothing aromas, and addictive flavours in the form of lavender ice-cream. Moving moments await at Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, a series of trees carved with sculptures as an homage to fallen WWI soldiers. It’s a poignant reminder just how lucky we are to have Tasmania’s scene-stealing landscapes to gaze over. Be sure to head out tonight to catch a glimpse of the little penguins that call Bicheno home.
Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay
There’s a reason this part of Tasmania takes home top honours for its beaches – they were made for postcards. The brilliant blue ocean follows you through Cape Tourville’s virgin eucalypt forests, with golden beaches as far as the eye can see. Soak in the beauty of the breathtaking Freycinet Peninsula on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that contributes to the preservation of its wildlife. You’ll cruise past granite coastline, towering pink cliffs of the Hazards range, beaches fringed by dense bush, as you graze on a tasty Ploughman's lunch while taking in the serenity of stunning Wineglass Bay.
Triabunna - Hobart
This morning, the GPS is set for the historic township of Richmond; explore the convict-built gaol and bridge or browse the quaint boutique shops in town. Next, join us for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Risdon Cove. Kipli Takara (meaning food walk) is an immersive experience where you are invited to walk the culturally rich landscape with palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) guides across this abundant natural pantry that was returned to Tasmanian Aboriginal ownership in 1995. You will be treated to a guided walk of this unique property, hearing about the history and current story of the area. Along the way you  are able to taste the seasonal native bush tucker and get a first-hand glimpse into how palawa continue to enjoy cultural foods and undertake culturally-centred land management across lutruwita/Tasmania. This experience includes a unique tasting of local, native flavours. This evening is at your leisure in Hobart.
Port Arthur Historic Site
While the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site has a grim convict history, you wouldn’t know it today – the countryside is all rolling green fields and ocean views, best glimpsed on a Port Arthur guided tour with an in-the-know historian. The secrets they can tell… Today you will cruise around the Isle of the Dead, glimpse rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and marvel at Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Tonight is at your leisure in Hobart – we can recommend any number of stellar restaurants and wine bars. There’s no shortage in Tasmania’s cool little capital.
Hobart Free Time
There’s something about Tasmania’s capital that encourages life in the slow lane. You’ll quickly fall into step today, yours to spend as you will. Perhaps add on a Bruny Island cruise to spot playful fur seals and ogle Australia’s highest sea cliffs? Or enjoy a bird’s-eye view on a scenic flight down to the great Southwest? (Both own expense). Or get your cultural fix with a visit to the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.
Farewell from Hobart
If you can still count all the delicious things you have eaten and drunk, and all the epic things you have seen and done, two weeks down the track, we commend you. Now’s the time to re-live them with friends and family back at home. But first, celebrate Tasmania with your Travel mates at a Farewell Dinner at a popular Hobart restaurant.
Inclusions
  • ��� Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide • 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Tasmanian Wilderness & Port Arthur Historic Site • Centrally located premium hotels • Franklin-Gordon Rivers, Freycinet, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, Mt. Field National Parks entrance fees • Arrival and departure private airport transfers
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
13 Sep 2024 25 Sep 2024 Available $9,432
11 Oct 2024 23 Oct 2024 Available $8,908
08 Nov 2024 20 Nov 2024 Available $9,432
17 Jan 2025 29 Jan 2025 Available $10,255
28 Feb 2025 12 Mar 2025 Available $10,255
21 Mar 2025 02 Apr 2025 Available $10,795
12 Sep 2025 24 Sep 2025 Available $11,005
10 Oct 2025 22 Oct 2025 Available $9,905
21 Nov 2025 03 Dec 2025 Available $9,905
09 Jan 2026 21 Jan 2026 Available $11,320
30 Jan 2026 11 Feb 2026 Available $11,320
20 Feb 2026 04 Mar 2026 Available $10,188
13 Mar 2026 25 Mar 2026 Available $10,188