6 Day Wilderness Icons Tour KFHHL
Hobart (TAS) to Launceston (TAS)
Tasmania may be Australia’s smallest state, but it packs a big punch when it comes to natural attractions. World Heritage-listed wilderness areas, unpeopled valleys, mirror-like lakes and dramatic mountains all await on this Tasmania tour from Hobart.
- Do as much (spot wombats and Tassie devils after dark) or as little (sip wine by the fire) as you like.
- The view from the top of Stanley’s ‘The Nut’ is impressive. But if you don’t fancy a hike, then explore the atmospheric town at your own pace.
- From Cataract Gorge to the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain to ‘The Nut’, Tasmania is not short on natural attractions.
- Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tasmanian Wilderness
- Centrally located premium hotels
- Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park, and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park entrance fees
All prices are in AUD, land only.
|Per Person FROM|
|Twin Share||$ 2,855|
Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change. A limited number of single rooms are available as a supplement. Twin Share is 2 people sharing one room. A person 18 years and over of age, travelling alone is a Single Traveller and is required to pay the single supplement. Ask about child prices or triple-share options. Discount offers are valid for select travel departures where stated on our website. Full payment is due 100 days before departure for land-only bookings, to be eligible for the discount, whichever date comes first stated in your booking conditions. The offer is not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability at the time of booking, with limited seats available. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. For new bookings only. Excludes agent, group, and charter bookings. Other standard booking conditions apply.
Prices & Dates
- Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30 pm into Hobart Airport
- Day 6 – flights to depart after 2.00 pm from Launceston Airport
Flights are not included in the holiday price
Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the holiday price
1 Welcome to Hobart
At the mouth of the River Derwent, Australia’s southernmost city embraces its history, but has one eye firmly planted on the future. You only need to visit Salamanca Place to see how forward-thinking purveyors and curators have transformed heritage spaces into restaurants, cafés and galleries. Step back in time once again at Battery Point, settled as a defensive outpost in the 19th century, and Constitution Dock – this is where yachts finish when competing in the annual Sydney to Hobart race. Put your destination into perspective from the summit of Mt. Nelson, offering a dreamy outlook over the capital. Touring Tasmania never looked so good.
2 Hobart - Strahan
Not many people live in the West of Tasmania – even less visit. This is not for want of appeal. Mount Field National Park dials up the drama from the moment you arrive, delivering World Heritage-listed wilderness in the form of soaring eucalypts (some of the tallest on Earth) and thundering waterfalls. Russell Falls will take your breath away in more ways than one. And just when you think nature couldn’t get any more humbling, you arrive at Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. It’s one of numerous waterways breaking your path to Strahan, gateway to World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
3 Strahan - Cradle Mountain
The inky waters of the Gordon River – given its colour by amber button-grass tannins – are as eery as they are beautiful, the mirror-like surface only broken by your Gordon River cruise chariot as you cruise through Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour before returning to Sarah Island. It’s hard to reconcile the beauty of this part of the state with its grim history as a penal colony; a place where convicts would fell Huon pines for boat building. Disembark at Heritage Landing to view one of these 500 year old majestic trees. Cradle Mountain awaits to the north. If you’re content by the fire with a glass of wine – stay there. Otherwise, follow your guide into the night to spot wombats, wallabies and pademelons. Or choose to visit Tassie devils after dark at a local sanctuary.
4 Cradle Mountain - Smithton
When the first thing you see is 1,545-metre Cradle Mountain, you know you’re in for a good day. This is your backdrop as you explore Dove Lake on your Cradle Mountain tour, the wild alpine moorlands here a natural magnet for lovers of the wilderness. Just when you thought the landscape couldn’t get any more dramatic, ‘The Nut’ appears on the horizon. This 152-metre bluff created by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug guards over Stanley, an atmospheric fishing village with remarkably well-preserved heritage buildings. Browse boutiques at your leisure, or lace up your walking shoes – The Nut summit awaits.
5 Smithton - Launceston
While you may not see any shy, nocturnal penguins on your visit to the town of Penguin this morning, you will find dozens of statues commemorating just how cute these creatures are. Be sure to snap a picture in front of the 3-metre-high installation. You’ll also want to have your camera ready arriving in Sheffield, home to a surprise collection of over 100 murals depicting the area’s rich farming history and colourful locals. 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.
6 Farewell from 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. You won’t want your time here to come to an end; it’s a good thing you have afternoon options. Perhaps sign up to cruise the river that carves this majestic gorge, or get a taste for the region on a Tamar Valley wine expedition. How you end your Tasmania tour is completely up to you.
Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.
Fitness Requirements: Russell Falls and Cataract Gorge – Low to medium level of fitness required
COVID Requirements The health and safety of our guests and our team members is our highest priority. From December 1 2021, Australia and New Zealand will require all eligible travellers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Guests travelling in Australia and New Zealand will need to provide proof of the following to their Travel Director upon arrival, and before joining their tour: Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate* (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s) with final dose given at least 15 days before departing for this trip
Travel Documents Travel documents for guided tours are delivered to the hotel or address you are staying at prior to your tour depending on the tour type chosen. We also provide you with a tour itinerary and arrival instructions by email, once we have all your flight information and personal details.
Group Size There is no set age or type of traveller, you can expect a wide-range of like-minded travellers. Families with children, young couples, baby boomers, solo travellers, small groups and more can be found on guided tours. There is certainly no age limit for touring, with children as young as 6 through to seniors travelling, however, the general demographic tends to be over 40.
Depending on the tour you choose and the time of year you are travelling our group sizes can vary from 20 people up to 49 people
Optional Experiences The must-see and must-do experiences in all their tours but also offer you the ability to customise your tour with a selection of Optional Experiences. Details of Optional Experiences available will be sent with your final documents.
Clothing and What to Bring Clothing and footwear should be casual, comfortable and suited to the cooler climate of Tasmania.
• Clothing – shorts, trousers, shirts, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, a jacket and a change of warm clothes in case of inclement weather are advisable.
• Footwear – comfortable walking shoes and some form of fast-drying wet-shoe would prove useful.
• Personal – sun protection, insect repellent, medications, toiletries, (overseas travellers should bring a suitable adapter). Don’t forget to bring your video or camera along with plenty of film & spare batteries (recharge facilities are available).
• Money and/or credit card for personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and optional extras.
Fitness to Travel A good level of fitness and health is required to participate on holiday packages. In some destinations, there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot which includes the climbing of stairs and walking on uneven surfaces. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches and trains.
Fitness Level For example a low level of fitness is required. If your tour includes the walk around Dove Lake is considered a Moderate – Easy 6km loop. Not all guests will be able to complete the walk. Alternate short walks are available.
Extras Airfares (unless stated), airport taxes, laundry, food not on the regular menu, drinks that may or may not be included as indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, Wi-Fi (unless stated), fuel surcharges, and optional excursions not specified in the itinerary. Extra overnight accommodation is not included at the start or end of the tour if not specified in the itinerary. Airport Transfers are not included.
Seat Rotation To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.
Luggage Limits One medium-size suitcase (not exceeding 76x46x25 cm) per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note luggage with adjustable handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead luggage compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals).
Smoking Government regulations prohibit smoking, including e-cigarettes, inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route.
Travel Insurance Clients are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. cancellation or curtailment expenses, loss of luggage, etc). Disruption to Itinerary Arrangements Itineraries are intended as a guide only and are subject to alteration without notice. Alterations may be necessary for various reasons including, without limitation, road or weather conditions, strikes, or other reasons beyond reasonable control. Occasionally airlines and tour operators are forced to reschedule departure dates. Guided Holidays will not be rescheduled within 45 days of the published departure date.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.
Supplier Terms and Conditions Summary Guided Holidays:
Tours that include The Ghan & Indian Pacific or Airfares will require higher deposits of up to 25% to 100% and their cancellation is 46 days or more will be the deposit and 45-0 days is a 100% cancellation fee.
Promotional sales may incur stricter cancellation fees, these will be in terms and conditions of sale price purchases.
Changes to the Itinerary Not all attractions, excursions, and/or optional tours are provided by the tour operator. Accordingly, tour operators may, where it is required to do so, suspend or cancel any tour inclusion where that tour inclusion is not available or in the opinion of tour operators, unadvisable, unsafe, or unsuitable. During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums and restaurants, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited or not available. Tour operators reserve the right to alter or change the accommodation, carriers, or vessels at any time for any reason; and cancel or alter the itinerary and/or tour at any time without notice if the tour operator considers it necessary for any reason whatsoever including road, weather or traffic conditions, non-performance of suppliers, industrial action, operational conditions, and requirements.
This is such a great trip for those who want to see as much of the West Coast of Tasmania as possible within a few days. I loved it as my introduction to Tassie. I definitely got a taste of it all so I’m now keen to get back and explore deeper. There was a lot included so the value is incredible. Jess
What a marvellous tour, way above what I expected. Carolyn our tour guide deserves huge kudos, she was excellent in every way, knowledgeable, professional, delightful, and enthusiastic. I can’t recommend this experience highly enough. Evelyn
Great Itinerary! A fantastic way to tick off seeing the natural beauty of the East Coast. Meals were great, actually if anything – there is almost too much food! Fun group, great Guide and Driver – both super helpful and continued to surprise us along the way showing us some secret (or at least not well-known) little gems and highlights. Jasna
The Tassie scenery was beautiful! We especially enjoyed Strahan/Gordon River & Cradle Mountain. Our tour director was really fantastic! She has a deep family history on Tassie that she cleverly wove into her narration. She is very cheerful & found the time to get to know each of the people on the tour individually. Our driver was a top-notch & professional driver. Joan
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.
Payment OptionsWe use TravelPay to process credit cards as it is recommended by AFTA (The Australian Federation of Travel Agents) as it provides protection in the event of supplier insolvency.
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