3 Day Western Wilderness WTP3
Our 3 Day Western Tasmania Wilderness Tour provides an insight into a world many tourists never venture – the remote and photogenic west coast! Perhaps you’ve already toured the more popular east coast? Or maybe just prefer travelling through pristine, unpopulated areas filled with greenery and natural wonder? This tour could be a great option for you. Covering approximately 750km we explore many of Tassie’s premier central highlands & west coast attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the island, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is definitely a unique and eye opening, small group travel experience.
- Sampling some of the best & freshest food and wine in all of Australia.
- Stroll through the lovely grounds of Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
- Fully guided tour at the unique Marakoopa show Caves, including viewing some of the best Glow Worms in Australia.
- Majestic Cradle Mountain and its stunning highland scenery.
- Come wild animal spotting at dusk in Cradle Mountain – how many wombats will you see?
- Stand on the jetty over water at the acclaimed Lake St Claire
- The Wall in the Wilderness art Gallery in Derwent Bridge.
- Tasmania’s most photographed waterfall – the 3 tiered Russell Falls.
- Fully accredited and experienced local guides.
- A suggested Sunday itinerary for those looking for further attractions while on the island would be a Bruny Island day trip leaving from Hobart CBD or a ferry ride up the Derwent River to spend the day at the famous Museum of Old & New MONA.
- 2 nights accomodation at 3.5 to 4 star lodgings.
- All breakfasts and lunches provided
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at any Hobart & Launceston CBD Hotel.
- 1 x BBQ Banquet evening meal provided at Cradle Mountain
- All attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks passes provided.
- The only additional expenses incurred are 1 x evening meal & and any spending money.
Prices & Dates
1 Launceston & Surrounds to Cradle Mountain
Today we will spend the morning exploring downtown Launceston – Australia’s 3rd oldest capital city behind Sydney & Hobart. We will see the King Bridge, City Park, inside the beautiful old Heritage listed Post Office and of course take a 40 minute stroll through a jewel in the city – Cataract Gorge Reserve.
Soon after we head westward into the Meander Valley which is an absolutely stunning farming and pastural area. Try local made ice-cream and honey tastings of more than 50 flavours at the renowned Melita Honey Farm in Chudleigh before learning about Tasmania’s oldest and biggest Leatherwood Honey producer R. Stephens Honey in Mole Creek.
Our lunch stop today is a true gem hidden in the forest at 41o Degrees South Salmon Farm. After lunch a truely unique attraction follows with a guided tour of the Marakoopa Caves, exhibiting limestone & crystal formations millions of years old, along with a completely natural population of resident glow worms!
From here we will snake our way up onto the central highlands plateau to Cradle Mountain National Park to partake in some wombat & animal spotting at dusk before an Aussie BBQ banquet dinner. Tonights accommodation gives a real mountain experience in our comfortable and very cosy cabin lodgings.
2 Cradle Mountain to Queenstown
Start the day with a full buffet hot and cold banquet breakfast at Cradle Mountain Hotel. Inside the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – a photographers paradise – drive to the gorgeous Dove Lake for breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain. Take a short walk to glacier rock and then on to the appropriately named Enchanted Walk to see beautiful cascades and the Pencil Pine waterfall. Visit the old “Waldheim Cottage” of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer who made Cradle Mountain world famous.
En route to Strahan we pass through beautiful Lake Rosebery, old mining towns such as Zeehan and view the Southern Ocean from one of the best lookout points on the west coast – how far can you see – perhaps Argentina? This is some of the freshest air on Earth. Arriving in the historic settlement of Strahan we see the historical train station at Regatta Point, visit an old though still operational saw mill and the award winning Woodcraft Centre with beautifully designed woodworks on display. Continue on to our evenings lodgings at the infamous west coast township of Queenstown.
3 Queenstown to Hobart(B, L)
Queenstown is an old mining town reflecting past glory and surrounded by colourful, mineral rich mountains. Start the day by seeing off the Wilderness steam engine for its trip across to Strahan. We take in panoramic views over Queenstown from the Iron Blow lookout at the top of Mt Lyell before a lovely rainforest drive right through the World Heritage Franklin-Gordon National Park.
Take a stroll into possibly Tasmania’s most photogenic waterfall – Nelson Falls, the 30 minute return walk is one of the west coast’s best. We then travel through picturesque valleys and mountains, pristine forests, cross wild rivers before winding our way up Mt Arrowsmith to the geographical centre of Tasmania. Button grass plains, Eucalyptus forests, majestic mountains and spectacular lakes are in every direction here.
Turn at Derwent Bridge to see Lake St Clair – Australia’s deepest freshwater lake and the inception of the mighty Derwent River. Next up is lunch at one of the states premier cultural experiences – The Wall, an amazing ongoing work by artist Greg Duncan, depicting stories of Tasmanian history hand carved in Huon pine – our most famous timber.
Following lunch we have a close up look at Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Power scheme in the township of Tarraleah, before pushing further east into the Derwent Valley. A mid afternoon coffee stop is in order at Lake Meadowbank before detouring into Mt Field National Park to visit the delightful 3 tier Russell Falls.
Our final drive leg wanders along side the Derwent River bringing us back to Hobart for the conclusion of our adventures. Drop off at your nominated CBD Hotel approximately 6pm.
Hobart & Launceston Accommodation Pick Up & Drop Off
- A complimentary pick-up at any Launceston CBD accommodation property usually between 8:30 and 9:15 am on Day 1.
- A complimentary drop-off at any Hobart CBD Hotel approximately 5.30 pm on Day 3.
- At your own expense a Shuttle Bus, Taxi or Uber can be taken from the Hobart Airport after 5.30 pm on Day 3.
Accommodation Options In Hobart & Launceston
We often pick clients from the the Art Hotel on York, Ashcroft Apartments, Waratah on York, Hideaway on George, The Florance, TWOFOURTWO Boutique Apartments & the Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston as they are reasonably priced & well located; you should get a good deal by booking through google – you will need to book your pre tour Launceston accommodation yourself.
We often drop off clients to The Alabama Hotel, St Ives Apartments, RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel, ibis Styles Hobart, Salamanca Suites & The Henry Jones Art Hotel as they are reasonably priced & well located; you should get a good deal by booking through google – you will need to book your post tour Hobart accommodation yourself.
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|Days of Notice||Fee Per Person|
|50 days or more||Loss of deposit|
|22-49 days||Loss of deposit plus 25% of Tour Price|
|10-21 days||Loss of deposit plus 50% of Tour Price|
|1-9 days||100% of Tour Price|
It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance which specifically covers cancellation fees, most claims arise from either personnel or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges.
We suggest you talk to your car, home or life insurer and purchase a policy that will cover you for cancellation fees in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your Tasmania Tour.
Are there concession discounts?Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) save with our concession discounts on selected tours. Ask our friendly team which tours you can get a discount on.
Are your tours suitable for pensioners aged 76 and 84 ?Yes, Tasmania tours passengers range from children to adult who are 90 years of age.
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Do you have any tours on offer during June, July or August ?Due to our off season of winter, no Tasmania tours operate during the months of June, July or August. The season starts in September and ends in May each year.
Is accommodation the night after the tour ends included in the price ?No, this accommodation will cost extra.
Is accommodation the night previous to the tour departure included in the price ?No, this Tasmania accommodation will be an extra cost.
Where is the meeting point for the start of tours ?The pick up is at the “before tour accommodation” hotel listed in the TRIP NOTES tabs of the specific tour you are looking at.
Do I need to arrive before Day 1 of my tour ?Please refer to your specific tour and look in the “Trip Notes” information where it may state this: You need to arrive any time the day prior to Day 1. If this is the case we can organise airport pick up and pre tour accommodation on your behalf, this will be an extra cost.
Other tours start late in the day on Day 1 so you can arrive that morning which will avoid the extra nights accommodation cost.
Please refer to the “Trip Notes” information for your specific tour which will explain this further.
How do you calculate the number of days for your Tasmania tour ?If you are doing a 4 day tour commencing on April 8th, the first day of the tour is and includes the 8th, plus 9th, plus 10th plus 11th and the tour ends on April 11.
Do your tours operate over Christmas and New Year?Yes – this is one of our most popular and busiest times
Are airfares from my home town included in the cost of the tours ?Airfares to and from Tasmania at the start and finish of your tours are extra.
Do you have short tours that include Bruny Island ?No tours include a trip to Bruny Island, however many people add this on as a day trip from Hobart either before or are after their multi day tour.
Does the price include The Spirit Of Tasmania ship fares ?The 11 Day Tour to Tasmania includes the Ship costs one way.
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