SHORTLIST

Tasmanian Wonders

From the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to Port Arthur Historic Site, World Heritage-listed attractions steal the scene on this Tasmania tour encircling the state. In between are atmospheric towns and innovative producers, plus Cradle Mountain tours and Freycinet adventures. Steel yourself for 10 days of wonderment.
Tour details
Tour Provider AATKings
Price From
$5,223
Number of Days
10
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
The Tasmanian capital of Hobart may be small in size, but it’s big in attractions, as you’ll discover this afternoon. Put your destination into perspective from the summit of Mt. Nelson, offering endless vistas over Australia’s southernmost city. View the charming Georgian cottages of Battery Point and explore the cobbled streets and convict built warehouses along Salamanca Place, the backdrop of epic Saturday markets. Visit the waterfront area including Constitution Dock where the yachts finish when competing in the annual Sydney to Hobart race, and take a stroll in the second oldest Botanical Gardens in Australia with its amazing collection of plants from around the world.
Hobart - Strahan
Western Tasmania is like nature writ large, a place where the wilderness rules and people are few and far between. Visiting Mount Field National Park is a humbling experience, not only for the fact it’s part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, but also because it’s home to some of the tallest eucalypts and tallest flowering plants on Earth. Wander amid these giants to reach Russell Falls – take a deep breath; your Tasmania tour has begun. Records continue to be broken at Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater Lake in Australia, before you arrive in Strahan, gateway to World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Strahan - Cradle Mountain
The Gordon River is your playground today, the dark waters here given their colour by amber button-grass tannins. The only thing breaking the mirror-like surface is your chariot as you cruise through Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour before returning to Sarah Island, a former penal colony where convicts would fell Huon pines for boat building. Disembark at Heritage Landing to view one of these 500 year old majestic trees. From Strahan motor on towards Cradle Mountain. This evening you can choose to visit some Tasmanian Devils at a sanctuary, or head out to spot wombats, wallabies, pademelons or maybe an elusive quoll who all call this wilderness home.
Cradle Mountain - Smithton
Today has multiple highs – quite literally. The first is the 1,545-metre Cradle Mountain, your backdrop as you wander to Dove Lake and explore this ancient national park. The second high is ‘The Nut’, a dramatic 152-metre plateau created by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. It guards over Stanley, a tiny village with swagger to spare. You could spend days exploring the town’s remarkably well-preserved heritage buildings. But more Tasmania holiday highlights await around the corner.
Smithton - Launceston
If there’s a town with a cuter name than Penguin, we’re yet to find it. Locals embrace its appeal – there are penguin sculptures at every turn, including one measuring over 3 metres tall. Your journey along the northwest coast also passes through Burnie, Ulverstone and Sheffield, The Town of Murals, boasting over 100 large paintings depicting the area’s rich history and local characters. All this exploring builds an appetite. Refuel at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm, where happy cows contribute to award-winning cheeses – everything from cheddar and red Leicester to creamy Tasmanian blue.
Launceston
There are few places in the world where you can leave the city behind and within minutes be amid an immense wilderness area. Launceston is one. Blink and you’re at Cataract Gorge, a yawning chasm carved by ancient rivers. This rare natural phenomenon unites bushland with neat Victorian gardens, replete with ferns and exotic plants. Get a different perspective of the green cavern on the scenic chairlift, zipping you over the water to a lofty lookout. We wouldn’t blame you for lingering here, perhaps to venture deeper into the gorge. Or sample further afield with a selection of optional experiences. This afternoon, the choice is yours.
Launceston - Bicheno
You’ll smell Bridestowe before you see it, this enormous lavender farm perfuming the Tasmanian countryside. The flowers grown here aren’t just used in fragrances – they’re also infused into ice-cream, teas and jams. It’s a tasty entrée to the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, sculpted into World War One soldiers. Little penguins come out to play in Bicheno; sign up to spot them after dark as they waddle to shore from the water.
Bicheno - Hobart
The colours at Freycinet National Park are so vivid you’ll think someone has taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time: The patchwork of ocean blues that lap Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay. The dramatic pink granite cliffs. There’s a reason why Freycinet adventures star on postcards. The other place on postcards is Richmond, its grand 1820s Georgian buildings today home to bijou boutiques, galleries and cafes that appear to be lost in time
Port Arthur
The Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen, the Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Eagle Hawk Neck, just some of the remarkable natural attractions found on the Tasman Peninsula, home also to Port Arthur where you’ll be emersed in the region’s notoriously harsh history. This is the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant convict-era destinations worldwide. The stories these walls could tell.
Farewell from Hobart
It took early explorers months to circumnavigate Tasmania. You’ve completed your Tasmania tour in just 10 days. What a wild ride.
Inclusions
  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • Centrally located premium hotels
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
20 Mar 2024 29 Mar 2024 onRequest $5,725
03 Apr 2024 12 Apr 2024 onRequest $6,145
01 May 2024 10 May 2024 Available $5,223
25 Sep 2024 04 Oct 2024 Available $5,531
16 Oct 2024 25 Oct 2024 Available $6,145
30 Oct 2024 08 Nov 2024 Available $5,223
13 Nov 2024 22 Nov 2024 Available $5,223
23 Nov 2024 02 Dec 2024 Available $5,223
21 Dec 2024 30 Dec 2024 Available $5,531
08 Jan 2025 17 Jan 2025 Available $6,145
22 Jan 2025 31 Jan 2025 Available $6,145
01 Feb 2025 10 Feb 2025 Available $6,145
12 Feb 2025 21 Feb 2025 Available $6,145
26 Feb 2025 07 Mar 2025 Available $6,145
08 Mar 2025 17 Mar 2025 Available $6,145
19 Mar 2025 28 Mar 2025 Available $6,145
02 Apr 2025 11 Apr 2025 Available $6,455
07 May 2025 16 May 2025 Available $6,455
03 Sep 2025 12 Sep 2025 Available $6,455
24 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 Available $6,455
25 Oct 2025 03 Nov 2025 Available $6,455
12 Nov 2025 21 Nov 2025 Available $6,455
15 Nov 2025 24 Nov 2025 Available $6,455
03 Dec 2025 12 Dec 2025 Available $6,455
27 Dec 2025 05 Jan 2026 Available $6,455
14 Jan 2026 23 Jan 2026 Available $6,455
11 Feb 2026 20 Feb 2026 Available $6,455
25 Feb 2026 06 Mar 2026 Available $6,455
07 Mar 2026 16 Mar 2026 Available $6,455
28 Mar 2026 06 Apr 2026 Available $6,455