Wild Tasmania

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

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 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: $6595  
Arrive: Hobart, Australia
Depart: Hobart, Australia
Lodging: 10 nights luxury lodges and fine inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (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)