Coastal Hikes and Great Lodges in a Magnificent Land Down Under

Overview

The spectacularly green island-state of Tasmania is secluded, pristine, and invites exploration. Our journey brings you to wild mountains rising above the sea, magnificent rainforests of towering ferns, and tranquil harbors where charming villages host lively pubs. We’ll hike in the Cradle Mountain wilderness, a World Heritage Site, and cruise the azure bays of the Freycinet Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll savor the island’s fantastic food and wine, and enjoy the comforts of our wonderful accommodations that 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 and exotic Down Under flora and fauna
Yacht cruise in Macquarie Harbour with a historian aboard
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: $6295  
Arrive: Hobart, Australia
Depart: Hobart, Australia
Lodging: 10 nights luxury lodges and fine inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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)