Wild Tasmania

Coastal Hikes and Great Lodges in a Magnificent Land Down Under

Overview

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, and look for wallaby, wombats, and Tasmanian devils on our hikes in stunning Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. On the Freycinet Peninsula, with its pink granite peaks and sandy beaches, we enjoy a fabulous coastal hike and sundowners on the beach. Our Trip Leaders share the secrets of Tassie’s superb food, from fresh-shucked oysters to artisan cheeses, and we’ll sip the finest local chardonnays and pinot noirs. Our accommodations are elegant, including 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

The Saturday Salamanca Market is Australia’s most famous outdoor market, and we’ll stroll through it before we hike up Mt. Wellington, with its unsurpassed views of southeast Tasmania. In Mt. Field National Park, towering tree ferns shade our hike to the spectacular cascade of Russell Falls.

Lenna Hotel
Hobart, Australia
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Lake Saint Clair Lodge
Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, Australia
Day 3 (1 night)
Days 4-6
West Coast / Cradle Mountain / Strahan

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park offers trails through primeval temperate forests, and we’ll be met by our friend Captain Trevor for an excursion by yacht through Macquarie Harbour to historic Sarah Island, a notorious 19th century convict settlement. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is the setting for our hikes through alpine moorlands where wallaby, wombats, possums, quolls, and Tasmanian devils are often encountered, especially as night falls.

Cray's Accommodation
Strahan, Australia
Day 4 (1 night)
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Days 7-8
Freycinet National Park

En route to Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s premier coastal park, with its sheltered turquoise waters, we sample the wares at a unique freshwater salmon farm and sip Tasmanian wines at a local cellar. A spectacular coastal hike brings us to Hazards Beach, then across the isthmus to Wineglass Bay for a picnic on Tasmania’s most famous beach.

Edge of the Bay Resort
Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)
Days 9-11
Tasman National Park / Port Arthur

We feast on Tassie fish and chips and fresh oysters at a fishmonger’s in Dunalley, visit the historic Port Arthur penal colony, and boat along the coast on the lookout for dolphins, humpbacks, and southern right whales. Depart on Day 11 via Hobart.

Stewarts Bay Lodge
Port Arthur, Australia
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Spectacular Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage Site, and Freycinet, Tasmania’s spectacular coastal reserve
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: $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