8 Day West Coast Tasmania F8
This 8 Day – 7 Night Package offers an unforgettable tour around the West Coast of Tasmania and Bruny Island. Beginning in Launceston this journey includes some of the most iconic attractions in Australia. Concluding in Hobart on Saturday morning you will have immersed yourself in the culture of Tasmania’s West Coast – an area where many visitors never venture. Tour will operate with minimum of 2 passengers.
- Mt Wellington Summit
- Cradle Mountain
- Cruise the Gordon River
- UNESCO World Heritage Wild Rivers National Park
- Half-day journey ‘Premium Class’ on board – The West Coast Wilderness Railway.
- Strathgordon Dam
- Art gallery – The Wall
- Salamanca Markets
- Local produce and craft
- Bruny Island – option
- Tuhane Airwalk and swinging bridges – option
- MONA Museum of Old and New Art – option
- Salamanca Markets
- Small groups sizes – Maximum of 20 guests
- 7 nights’ accommodation at comfortable lodgings rated 3.5 -4.5 star
- All attraction fees including Gordon River cruise and wilderness train experience
- All National Park fees
- All breakfasts and lunches
- Afternoon tea, coffee & biscuit stops provided daily
- Saturday in Hobart (final day) is free to explore the famous Salamanca Markets
Prices & Dates
1 Launceston, Cataract Gorge, Marakoopa Caves and Cradle Mountain (L)
A short drive through downtown Launceston before enjoying a morning stroll at the lovely Cataract Gorge, a fantastic urban wilderness only minutes from the CBD.
Heading west out of Tasmania’s biggest northern city we visit the Melita Honey Farm for free tastings of more than 50 honey varieties, also a great spot to enjoy homemade ice-cream in summer. Followed by a visit to the heritage listed R. Stephens Honey factory in Mole Creek, Tassie’s oldest & largest honey producer.
Next enjoy a private tour of the spectacular Marakoopa Caves with their 250-million-year-old crystal formations, the only show caves in Tasmania boasting resident glow worms! Travelling up onto the central highlands we will reach the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Come for a short animal spotting jaunt in the evening before relaxing at the acclaimed Cradle Mt Hotel.
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mt Hotel
2 Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake and Strahan (B, L)
Visit the divine Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain – a photographer’s paradise. Take in the stunning views of this iconic space from several angles as we complete a short walk to Glacier Rock. Wonders abound strolling through the mossy forests of the Enchanted Walk and the mesmerizing cascades of Pencil Pine waterfall.
Visit the old ‘Waldheim Chalet’ of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer – the father of this wonderous park. After a delicious lunch we make our way on to Strahan via the meandering forest highways of the west coast.
View the Southern Ocean from the best lookout point on the West Coast and see as far as you can imagine – perhaps Argentina? Your lungs will thank you as you inhale possibly the cleanest air on Earth. Arrive at Tasmania’s most westerly town for some afternoon relaxation and accommodation in Strahan.
3 Strahan, Gordon River Cruise, Hells Gate and Queenstown (B, L)
Spend the morning enjoying one of the most scenic and unique tourist attractions in Australia – the Gordon River Cruise. Aboard the famous ‘Harbour Master’ in upper deck Gold Class luxury, your 6-hour cruise will include stunning views of Hells Gates and Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island, the salmon farms and of course the jewel in the crown – the Gordon River World Heritage area itself. The cruise will also include a freshly prepared buffet lunch meal onboard the vessel.
Our afternoon plan will see us visit the Morrison Sawmill for a close-up look at Tasmania’s most famous timber – Huon Pine. Followed by some further exploring in Strahan village before heading to Queenstown for the evenings accommodation.
4 West Coast Wilderness Railway and Queenstown (B, L)
Don’t bother checking out of your hotel as we will enjoy a lovely day of scenery before relaxing back in the same accommodations for a second night. Today we journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway – a journey back in time on Tasmania’s west coast aboard the fully restored original steam train. Departing from Queenstown we travel premium ‘Wilderness’ class and will be welcomed onboard with complimentary sparkling wine and canapes. The half day journey heads deep into the heart of the west coast on the steep sections of the track where the famous ‘rack n pinion’ line is found. Sit back in comfort as we cross more than a dozen bridges while listening to your guide bring stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. Enjoy the beautiful sights of the King River waterway, this is truly one of Tasmania’s premier experiences.
Our afternoon will be spent exploring Queenstown at a relaxing pace. The Iron Blow lookout, Horsetail Falls and possibly an evening drink or movie at the classic old Empire Hotel & Paragon Theatre. The grandiose Paragon Theatre is an evening entertainment option for those interested in the cinema classics.
5 Queenstown, Lake Burbury, Nelson Falls, Tarraleah and Strathgordon (B, L)
Take in the wondrous views at Lake Burbury before we head into the World Heritage area for a morning stroll through thick forest to the imperial Nelson Falls – beautiful any time of year. Our lunch stop is a true gem in Australian Art – The Wall in the Wilderness. Learn about the history and significance of the 100 m long Huon Pine carvings by artist Greg Duncan and enjoy lunch in unique surroundings. This is legitimately one of the most incredible privately-owned art galleries in Australia.
Our afternoon travels will see us visit the old Hydro township of Tarraleah and learn about this monstrous project and how it came to life back in the 1950’s. We then continue via a magical drive into Strathgordon, the deepest point of the World Heritage park accessible by road for the evenings stay at Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge. Break for afternoon tea at the picturesque Lake Meadowbank where Platypus are known to nest.
6 Strathgordon, Gordon Dam, Russell Falls, Derwent Valley and Hobart (B, L)
Explore the remote scenery of Lake Gordon and Lake Pedder and the gigantic structure of the
Gordon Dam built in 1974 and towering to 140 m high. For those not averse to heights a walk across the dam wall is a must! Learn about how this single structure generates nearly 15% of Tasmania’s electricity.
In the afternoon we stop at the spectacular Russell Falls – one of Tasmania’s most photographed waterfalls. Enjoy a meandering drive through the Derwent Valley en route to Hobart. Our accommodations for the next 2 nights will be the Ibis Styles Hotel located in Hobart CBD.
Accommodation: Hobart, ibis Styles Hobart (2 nights)
7 Hobart – choice of activities (B, L)
Choose from one of the following 3 great options:
- Tahune Airwalk experience
- MONA – Museum of Old and New Art
- Bruny Island Tour and Wilderness Cruise – additional cost of $150.00 per person
Tahune Airwalk – Travel down the Huon Valley through amazing farming, forestry and fishing settlements to arrive at the Tahune Airwalk. A 600 m tree top walk 30 m above the forest floor with a spectacular 50 m cantilever section over the Huon River. From here you will have panoramic views to the peaks of the adjacent world heritage area.
Enjoy the swinging bridges walk and feel the mighty Huon and Picton Rivers beneath your feet. The first bridge spanning the Huon is over a 100 m long with the second over 60m. This is an amazing forest experience. Spend an additional 20 minutes to discover the ancient and rare Huon pine trees on an easy and tranquil stroll along the pristine river bank. Includes all transport and lunch.
Mona – Go with an open mind. This is Australia’s largest private owned gallery of modern and contemporary art, all housed in a stunning building, amazing architecture and views. Enjoy the Derwent River ferry cruise to and from the museum leaving from Constitution Dock in Hobart CBD. Includes entry and lunch allowance.
Bruny Island – For the more adventurous a full day tour of Bruny Island includes the amazing 3 hour cruise around rugged Tassie coastline. Experience the awesome power of the mighty Southern Ocean, towering cliffs and deep sea caves. Encounter the regions remarkable wildlife, keeping a close lookout for sea eagles, dolphins, seals and a variety of sea birds. Amazing photographic opportunities abound. Trip includes pickup Hobart 7.45am, scenic guided bus tour and ferry crossing to Bruny Island, morning tea, 3 hour wilderness cruise, lunch and return to Hobart around 5.30pm. This option incurs an additional $150.00 charge per person.
Accommodation: Hobart, ibis Styles Hobart
8 Hobart – Salamanca Markets (B)
The world-famous Salamanca markets are held every Saturday and we wouldn’t want to miss them. After a full buffet breakfast explore the market at your own leisure and sample some of the abundance of street foods. This officially concludes our most extensive and premium tour of the island. We are sure you will have enjoyed the experience of a lifetime and shaped many new friendships during our travels.
- Please book flights arriving into Launceston Airport anytime the day before Day 1
- You will require accommodation the night before this tour begins in Launceston
- Please book flights departing from Hobart Airport anytime after breakfast on Day 8
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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