5 Day Coast & Cradle Mt F5
This 5 Day tour is exactly the same as this 6 Day tour except it drops off the last day (Day 6).
Our 5 Day Eastern Tasmania Coastline + Cradle Mountain Tour gives a fantastic taste of some of the best this little island has to offer. Designed to fit neatly into one week this tour is a great option for those that want to visit the more populated east coast of Tassie along with the 2 biggest cities Hobart & Launceston. Covering approximately 1150 km we explore many of Tasmania’s premier attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the island, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! This tour is designed to conclude on Friday evening leaving the weekend free to explore at your leisure. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is an amazing, small group travel experience.
- The stunning panoramic views from Mt Wellington Summit.
- Visit a winery in one of Tasmania’s most famous wine regions the Coal Valley.
- Fully guided tour of Australia most famous culturally historic site – Port Arthur.
- 25min Harbour Cruise of Port Arthur aboard the the spacious catamaran vessel Marana.
- Tasmania’s east coast and the incredible Bay of Fires.
- Visit the award winning Nature World for an interactive experience with Tasmania’s native animals including the Tasmanian Devil.
- 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, includes viewing some of the best Glow Worms in Australia.
- Majestic Cradle Mountain and its stunning highland scenery.
- Evening animal spotting adventure in Cradle Mountain including Wallabies, Pademelons and our favourite the Wombats!
- Fully accredited and experienced local guides.
- A suggested Sunday itinerary for those looking for further attractions while on the island would be a boat cruise up the Tamar River or a visit to one of the many Tamar Valley Wineries.
- 4 nights accomodation
- All breakfasts and lunches provided
- Bottled water provided on tour.
- FREE wine, cheese, chocolate, oyster & honey at selected tastings.
- Daily afternoon tea, coffee & biscuits stops included FREE.
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at any Hobart & Launceston CBD Hotel.
- 1 x evening meal provided at Cradle Mountain
- All accommodations provided 3.5-4 star rated.
- All attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks passes provided.
- The only additional expenses incurred are 4 x evening meals & and any spending money.
Prices & Dates
1 Hobart - Port Arthur (L)
Pick up from any Hobart CBD accommodations for the start of our 5 Day journey. Explore the Hobart waterfront area before heading to the summit of Mt Wellington (1270 m) boasting spectacular panoramic views in every direction. Further exploration through town sees us take in the historic Female Factory & Cascade Brewery while viewing many of Australia’s oldest convict built structures.
Heading east we meander into the Coal River Valley, one of Tasmania’a premier wine regions. Naturally we will lunch at a lovely, family operated winery, sampling some of Tassie’s best wine & local produce before continuing on to the historic township of Richmond, one of Tasmania’s cleanest settlements. We will see the beautiful stone arch construction of the Richmond Bridge, built by the convicts in 1823 this is Australia’s oldest bridge still in operation.
It’s then on to the Tasman Peninsula for our first taste of the east coast. The Tasman National Park boasts towering sea cliffs and a wealth of cultural history as we venture south. A beautiful lookout point over Pirates Bay provides the ideal location for a scenic, mid-afternoon tea/coffee break. Learn about Eaglehawk Neck – the site of the infamous Dogline – as we cross onto the Tasman Peninsula. We then explore some of nature’s true wonders with short, scenic walks at Tasman’s Arch & Devils Kitchen. Continuing on we squeeze in a stop at the colourful Port Arthur Lavender Farm before overnighting right on the cusp of the Port Arthur World Heritage Historic Site.
Accommodation: Port Arthur Motor Inn or similar
2 East Coast - Bicheno (B, L)
Our day begins with a 2.5 hour fully guided tour around the Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore many of the original buildings as we learn about the early convicts and the role they played in Tasmania’s history. Learn about Point Puer (the juvenile boys prison), the Isle of the Dead graveyard and the Port Arthur timber industry while enjoying a short, scenic harbour cruise to view the site as incoming convicts would have.
Much to everyone’s delight we stop at the boutique Federation Chocolate factory for some sampling of fresh, hand made chocolates.The flavours change depending on the season and the produce available! Next we leave the Tasman Peninsular for our journey up the very east coast of the island. At Raspins Beach we view the imposing Maria Island off the coast of Orford before stopping to see the unique convict built Spikey Bridge and the captivating coastline at Spikey Beach over tea, coffee & biscuits.
Next up is Swansea – a beautiful East Coast town – and the Great Oyster Bay area. At Freycinet National Park we take one of Tasmania’s best and most scenic short walks to view the famous Wineglass Bay from Cape Tourville Lookout. Perhaps we will spot the Sea Eagle, Australian Fur seals, a pod of Dolphins or even whales migrating up & down the coast? Arriving in Bicheno for our evening accommodations we will squeeze in one last feel good activity by spotting the cute little Fairy Penguins arriving ashore right in Bicheno township.
Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno or similar
3 Bicheno - Bay of Fires - Launceston (B, L)
See the amazing Blow Hole on the rocky coastline of Bicheno. Visit the multi-award winning East Coast Nature World, wildlife park,
Start the day at the amazing Blow Hole on the rocky coastline of Bicheno. Visit the multi-award winning East Coast Nature World wildlife park to see many of our native animals and in particular – the feeding of the iconic Tasmanian Devil. Learn about this amazing animal and its recent struggle for survival. Pat wombats and hand-feed kangaroos, geese and ducks – this is a wonderful and interactive morning.
Enjoy travelling Tasmania’s most scenic coastal road with breathtaking views of the east coast en route to one of Tasmania’s premier attractions – the Bay of Fires. At Binalong Bay we will stroll along the pure white sandy beaches and snap photos of possibly the most colourful spot on the island.
Visit a working oyster farm, see their farming techniques and enjoy the freshest possible oysters. In the afternoon we proceed towards Launceston stopping at Pyengana, the award winning cheese factory and dairy. We then twist our way through an ancient Myrtle Rainforest and cross the trail of the dragon, an old mining area centred around the town of Derby. The carved memorial trees at Legerwood are one of Australia most unique & tasteful memorial sites, this will be our tea & coffee break for today before arriving in Launceston CBD for our evenings lodgings.
Accommodation: Best Western Launceston or similar
4 Launceston - Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)
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 truly 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 of 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. Tonight’s accommodation gives a real mountain experience in our comfortable and very cosy cabin lodgings.
Accommodation: Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain or similar
5 Cradle Mountain - Launceston (B, L)
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. After a scrumptious lunch and viewing of the Cradle Mountain Hotel Gallery return to Launceston via the lovely town of Sheffield – the town of Murals. This is a peaceful, meandering drive through rolling green hills arriving in Launceston to conclude your 5 Day tour around 5pm.
Hobart & Launceston Accommodation Pick Up & Drop Off
- A complimentary pick-up at any Hobart CBD accommodation property of your choice will be at 9 am on Day 1.
- A $50 per booking surcharge applies for pick-up at approximately 8 am on Day 1 from the Hobart Airport Travelodge Hotel.
- A complimentary drop-off at any Launceston CBD Hotel or the Launceston Transit Centre at approximately 5.30 pm on Day 5.
- At your own expense a Shuttle Bus, Taxi or Uber can be taken from the Launceston Transit Centre to the Launceston Airport after 5.30 pm on Day 5.
Accommodation Pick Up and Drop Off
Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at any Hobart or Launceston CBD Hotel, depending on which location tour starts and finishes. The pickup are usually between 8.30-9.15 am. The time of pickup will be confirmed closer to departure depending on where other guests are staying. Airport drop-off can be arranged in advance but will incur an airport drop-off fee of $60.
Accommodation Pre or Post Tour Options in Hobart or Launceston
Most guests choose to stay in Hobart at The Alabama Hotel, St Ives Apartments, RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel, ibis Styles Hobart, Salamanca Suites or The Henry Jones Art Hotel.
Most guests choose to stay in Launceston at Art Hotel on York, Ashcroft Apartments, Waratah on York, Hideaway on George, The Florance, TWOFOURTWO Boutique Apartments or the Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston.
It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. Most claims arise from either personal or close-family illness before departure resulting in cancellation charges. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. Travel Insurance Quote with CoverMore.
How many Guests will be on Tour
The largest group we take in a vehicle is 15 passengers. The vehicle you will travel in depends on passenger bookings. There are 3 different size vehicles. ‘Maximum Passengers’ policy is:
- Hyundai iMax – Licensed to carry 8, no more than 5 passengers in this vehicle.
- Toyota HiAce – Licensed to carry 14, no more than 11 passengers in this vehicle.
- Yutong Coach – Half size coach bus. Licensed to carry 23, no more than 15 passengers in this vehicle.
Generally, the weather over the tourist season is warm during the day and cool at night. It is recommended to pack a warm jacket for Tasmania regardless of the time of the year you are travelling.
- Digital camera or camcorder
- Walking shoes. Although most walking tracks are easy and established, good walking shoes will come in handy.
- A pair of jeans or similar, a pair of shorts in summer.
- Sunglasses, sun cream and a hat.
- A small torch if you want to search wildlife at night at Cradle Mountain.
- A raincoat or jacket
Most of the accommodation offer free Wifi. It may be slower than you are used to due to the remote locations. Wifi may only available when close to the reception building.
Mobile or Cell Phone Coverage
The only cell phone network that has reliable signal in most locations is TELSTRA network. Vodafone & Optus sim cards will usually have signal only in major cities or towns. Public phones are widely available, some have the option of payment on credit cards.
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.
Transfer By Public Bus In Tasmania
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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