Coastal Hikes and Great Lodges in a Magnificent Land Down Under

Overview

Tasmania, “the island at the edge of the world,” is a pristine realm of wild mountains, magnificent rainforests, and tranquil harbors and villages bathed in vivid light. You’ll experience it all with veteran—and beloved—Trip Leader James Fuss, an Aussie native and seasoned Tassie explorer. Mountain, coastal, and rainforest hikes bring you from the Cradle Mountain wilderness, a World Heritage Site, to the azure bays of the Freycinet Peninsula. Along with the adventure, you’ll savor the island’s great food and wine (James is a trained chef) and the comforts of our carefully selected accommodations that include wilderness lodges warmed by roaring fires and cozy cabins overlooking the deep blue Tasman Sea.

We loved the trip! The best part of traveling with your company is not having to worry about details. The hotel and restaurant selections were always very good and at times exceeded our expectations. The traveling time we spent in the van was very limited considering that we saw almost every corner of Tasmania. Not only were we able to hike in beautiful remote parks but we met people who demonstrated by their hard work and artistic attributes a love for their land.
— Carol M. Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Hobart / Mt. Field National Park

Stroll through the lively Saturday market in Hobart, then hike up Mt. Wellington for unsurpassed views across southeastern Tasmania. In Mt. Field National Park, hike amid towering tree ferns to the “Land of the Giants,” with its 250-foot-tall eucalyptus regnans trees.

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Days 4-6
West Coast / Cradle Mountain

After crossing the leafy Bird River track through temperate forests, enjoy a sail across Macquarie Harbour with a local historian. Amid the rugged mountains of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, enjoy wonderful day hikes from our lodge, and at night, search for Tassie’s nocturnal scavenger, the Tasmanian devil.

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Days 7-8
Trowunna Wildlife Park / Freycinet National Park

Meet koalas, wallabies, and kangaroos at Trowunna, then enjoy wine tasting and a winery lunch en route to gorgeous Freycinet National Park. Our hikes here reveal a landscape of secluded bays and sheer pink granite cliffs.

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Days 9-11
Tasman National Park / Port Arthur / Cruise

Sample fresh oysters in Dunalley, visit a historic penal colony, then boat along the shores of the dramatic coast to look for dolphins, humpbacks, and southern right whales. Depart on Day 11.

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Highlights

Highlights

Spectacular Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage Site, and Freycinet, Tasmania’s premier coastal park
Exhilarating hikes amid ancient forests and exotic Down Under flora and fauna
Yacht cruise in Macquarie Harbour with a historian
Stroll among fruit sellers, artists, and musicians at Hobart’s Salamanca Market
Welcoming lodges, great local food and wine
Visit the Port Arthur penal colony, Australia’s most historic site

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5695  
Arrive: Hobart, Australia
Depart: Hobart, Australia
Lodging: 10 nights luxury lodges and fine inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate hikes, 1-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)