Coastal Hikes and Great Lodges in a Magnificent Land Down Under

Overview

With glacier-carved wilderness, temperate rainforests, and rare wildlife, the spectacularly green island-state of Tasmania invites exploration the WT way. We’ll hike amid towering tree ferns at Mt. Field National Park, sail by private yacht to infamous Sarah Island, one of Tasmania’s notorious convict settlements, and look for wallaby, wombats, and Tasmanian devils on our hikes in stunning Cradle Mountain National Park. In Freycinet, Tasmania’s premier coastal park, with its sheltered turquoise waters, we take a spectacular hike and enjoy sundowners on the beach. Along the way, we savor Tassie’s superb food, from fresh-shucked oysters and artisan cheeses to amazing organic produce, and sip the local chardonnays and pinot noirs. Our elegant accommodations include wilderness lodges warmed by roaring fires and cozy cabins overlooking the deep blue Tasman Sea.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Hobart / Mt. Field National Park

We stroll through the Saturday market in Hobart, hike up Mt. Wellington for sweeping views, and walk among massive tree ferns and 250-foot-tall eucalyptus trees in Mt. Field National Park.

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Days 4-6
West Coast / Cradle Mountain

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park offers us primeval temperate forests for a great hike, and at Kelly Basin, we’ll be met by Captain Trevor aboard his yacht for a sail through Macquarie Harbour to Sarah Island and the delightful village of Strahan. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is the setting for our hikes through alpine moorlands where we may spot some of Tassie’s unique wildlife, including platypus or wombats.

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Days 7-8
Freycinet National Park

En route to Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s most spectacular coastal park, we visit a unique freshwater salmon farm (and sample the wares) and stop for a wine tasting. Our grand hikes in Freycinet explore a landscape of pristine bays and pink granite cliffs.

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Days 9-11
Tasman National Park / Port Arthur

We sample fresh oysters at a “fishmongers” in Dunalley, visit the historic Port Arthur penal colony, and boat along the 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, exotic Down Under flora and fauna
Yacht cruise in Macquarie Harbour with a historian-captain
Stroll among fruit sellers, artists, and musicians at Hobart’s Salamanca Market
Visit the Port Arthur penal colony, Australia’s most historic site
Welcoming lodges, great local food and wine

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5995  
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