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Tassie's East Coast Highlights

5 Day Guided Vacation | Launceston to Hobart

What can you see in Tasmania in five days, you ask? A lot, it turns out. East-coast highlights range from Freycinet adventures to tours of Port Arthur Historic Site, with plenty of opportunities to get a taste for the Apple Isle in between. Lavender ice-cream, anyone?

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Trip Details

trip-details-whats-includedWhat's included

  • •Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
    • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Port Arthur Convict Site
    • Premium hotels
    • Freycinet National Park entrance fees

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  • • 4 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

trip-details-flight-infoFlight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Launceston Airport
    Day 5 – flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport
    Flights are not included in the holiday price
    Return airport to hotel transfers are not included in the holiday price

trip-details-what-to-bringWhat to Bring

  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes

trip-details-fitness-level-requirementsFitness Requirements

    Low level of fitness required

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You don’t have to arrive early into Launceston, but we highly recommend you do. Time on your side? Walk the short distance to Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world. It’s quite the ride, taking you up high into this intensely beautiful, and spiritual, place. Otherwise, meet your Travel Director and fellow Tassie companions for a drink in the evening.

  Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

Bridestowe is an assault on all your senses – in the best possible way. There’s the piercing purple of the lavender grown here, backdropped by horizon-wide blue sky. Then the musky aroma of the flowers, which has an instant calming effect. And the taste, beyond anything you ever imagined – try a lavender ice-cream, jams and teas, and thank us later. It’s a tasty entrée to the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, sculpted into World War One soldiers. Come dusk in Bicheno, sign up to spot tuxedoed little penguins waddle to shore from the water.

  Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno

  Included Meals: Dinner, Breakfast

Soak in the beauty of the breathtaking Freycinet Peninsula on your Tasmania tour on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that contributes to the preservation of its wildlife. Nothing quite prepares you for the drama of Freycinet National Park – the colours here seem more vivid, the air crisper, the water cleaner, the skies wider. A patchwork of ocean blues lap Coles and Wineglass bays, framed by pink granite cliff faces and silvery eucalypts. There’s a reason why this place stars on postcards. The other destination that deserves notoriety is Richmond, its grand 1820s Georgian buildings today home to bijou boutiques, galleries and cafés that appear to be lost in time.

  Hotel: Best Western Hobart

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Port Arthur’s rather grim convict past is reflected in the names of attractions around it: Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen, the Blowhole… But believe us, they’re all spectacular. As is the Port Arthur Historic Site, its immaculately maintained buildings scattered over green pastures that fade into the Southern Ocean. Your private Port Arthur tour reveals the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant convict-era destinations worldwide. The stories these walls could tell.

 

  Hotel: Best Western Hobart

  Included Meals: Farewell Dinner, Breakfast

Short and sweet and packed with highlights – this Tasmanian tour is sure to inspire future travels.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Tassie's East Coast Highlights

Best Buys

5 Day Guided Vacation

Launceston to Hobart

What can you see in Tasmania in five days, you ask? A lot, it turns out. East-coast highlights range from Freycinet adventures to tours of Port Arthur Historic Site, with plenty of opportunities to get a taste for the Apple Isle in between. Lavender ice-cream, anyone?

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

The hardest decision you have to make is whether to wander through Cataract Gorge outside Launceston or get goosebumps spotting Bicheno’s little penguins. Hey, do both.

Iconic Sites

From untamed wilderness areas like Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur, Tassie is not short on attractions.

Sustainable Travel

Your entry fees into the state’s national parks assist with the conservation of these pristine natural environments.

Natural Wonders

Exploring Turrakana/The Tasman Peninsula, home to Port Arthur, gives you a front row seat to dramatic geological sites including the Isle of the Dead, Devils Kitchen and the Blowhole.

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

Optional Experiences

Please note, prices for Optional Experiences are subject to change.

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Experiences for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The experiences can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Bicheno Penguins Tour (Bicheno)

Adult Price: AUD 54.50   Child Price: AUD 25.50

A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and in their own natural habitat. The penguins are accustomed to our tour however our friendly, knowledgeable guides take extreme care not to disturb them from our multiple viewing areas.

Bicheno Penguins Tour

Above & Beyond 30 min City Scenic Flight (Hobart)

Adult: $260.00 AUD
Child: $ 260.00 AUD

After taking off from the heart of Hobart’s waterfront, this flight will give you a bird’s eye view over our beautiful city, before heading south to follow the River Derwent’s western shore as far as North Bruny Island. After flying past the Iron Pot lighthouse we then head back up the river’s eastern shore, reaching the famous Tasman Bridge and experiencing views of the majestic kunanyi/Mt Wellington. We finish with a river landing and return to dock at Franklin Wharf.

Above & Beyond 30 min City Scenic Flight

Bruny Island Cruise (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 245.00   Child Price: AUD 175.00

Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8pm approx.

Bruny Island Cruise

Bruny Island Traveller (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 235.00  Child Price: AUD 200.00

Savour a delicious al fresco morning tea and a cellar door lunch of specialty local produce including Bruny Island Cheese, oysters, salmon, wine, bread and berries - all grown, made or harvested on Bruny. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Enjoy short walks in the South Bruny National Park and see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Hear the stories of the people who have shaped Bruny Island, from the whalers who used to camp at Adventure Bay, to the lighthouse keepers and their families who braved difficult conditions to keep the light burning at Cape Bruny. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8pm approx.

Bruny Island Traveller

Entry to the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site (Hobart)

Adult: $25.00
Child: $10.00

The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the displacement, mistreatment and forced migration of convict women and girls, and their contribution to colonisation throughout the history of colonial Australia to the present day. Immerse yourself with an engaging guided tour to hear more of the stories of the women who have shaped the foundation of modern Australia.

Entry to the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site

Hobart Walking Tours - History People & Places (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 38.00   Child Price: AUD 25.00

Hobart's waterfront was where it all started for Europeans in Tasmania. This 2 hour walking tour follows the waterfront from the historic Henry Jones IXL jam factory to Australia's only Georgian corner, and on to beautiful Salamanca, taking in the wonders of a convict-built city, with well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture. You’ll cover the story of the birth of a new British colony, and the growth of a lovely city, recalling the good, the bad and the scandalous characters that set the tone for the early days of Hobart. See and hear about stories of endurance, business empires, tycoons, adventurers, convicts, women, mothers, villains and heroes. Discover the marvellous legacy left by the resilience of our convict and free-settler ancestors.

Hobart Walking Tours - History People & Places

Iron Pot & Derwent River 2.5hr Cruise (Hobart)

Adult: $135.00 AUD
Child: $110.00 AUD

Iron Pot Cruises is a 2½ hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart's lifestyle. Visit Australia's oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city's rich maritime past and fascinating history.

Iron Pot & Derwent River 2.5hr Cruise

South West Heritage Tour and Scenic Flight (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 699.00   Child Price: AUD 649.00

Take a spectacular scenic flight over one of the World's last wilderness frontiers, South West Tasmania. This World Heritage listed National Park has international significance, comprising of over 4500 sq kms of pristine wilderness, no roads, no civilisation, just pure wilderness. Tour includes a landing at Melaleuca and a visit to the bird hide to see the rare Orange Bellied Parrots. *Please note: This tour is 8hrs in duration. In order to partake in this experience on the last day of your tour, you will need to have a flight departing after 7.30pm, or post tour accommodation booked.

South West Heritage Tour and Scenic Flight

Mt Wellington Tour (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD $50.00 Child Price: AUD $25.00

On this half day tour, pass through various eco systems as we ascend the spectacular kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Look out for the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes Crowned by alpine vegetation, and dusted by snow in winter. Visitors will be mesmerized by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart from the summit. On descent, visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prison. *Please note:  In order to partake in this experience you will need to ensure your flight departs after 2:00pm on the final day of tour or have post accommodation booked. 

Mt Wellington Tour

Wineglass and Wildlife - Scenic Flight with Maria Island Stopover & Lunch (Hobart)

Adult: $499.00 AUD
Child $499.00 AUD

Soar high over Freycinet National Park, home to dramatic pink granite mountains, secluded bays, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches. Tasmania’s most iconic white sand beach – Wineglass Bay –  is the highlight of this scenic tour. The aerial view is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience. Flying south, touch down at stunning Maria Island. Famous for its abundance of wildlife, Maria Island is home to rare and endangered species like the swift parrot and Cape Barron goose, wombats, kangaroos and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. We enjoy an hour-and-a-half on the island, including time for a sumptuous gourmet lunch with local Tasmanian seafood and wine, before returning to Hobart by air.

Wineglass and Wildlife - Scenic Flight with Maria Island Stopover & Lunch

Trip Details

trip-details-whats-includedWhat's included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Port Arthur Convict Site
  • Premium hotels
  • Freycinet National Park entrance fees
  • 8 included attractions/experiences

trip-details-diningDining

  • • 4 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

trip-details-flight-infoFlight Information

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 3:00pm into Launceston Airport

trip-details-what-to-bringWhat to Bring

  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

trip-details-fitness-level-requirementsFitness Requirements

  • • Freycinet National Park and the Port Arthur Historic site - Medium level of fitness required

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You don’t have to arrive early into Launceston, but we highly recommend you do. Time on your side? Walk the short distance to Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world. It’s quite the ride, taking you up high into this intensely beautiful, and spiritual, place. Otherwise, meet your Travel Director and fellow Tassie companions for a drink in the evening.

  Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

Bridestowe is an assault on all your senses – in the best possible way. There’s the piercing purple of the lavender grown here, backdropped by horizon-wide blue sky. Then the musky aroma of the flowers, which has an instant calming effect. And the taste, beyond anything you ever imagined – try lavender in ice-cream, jams and teas, and thank us later. It’s a tasty entrée to the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, sculpted into World War One soldiers. Come dusk in Bicheno, sign up to spot tuxedoed little penguins waddle to shore from the water. Touring Tasmania doesn’t get any cuter than this. 

  Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nothing quite prepares you for the drama of Freycinet National Park – the colours here seem more vivid, the air crisper, the water cleaner, the skies wider. A patchwork of ocean blues lap Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay, pink granite cliff faces and silvery eucalypts. There’s a reason why this place stars on postcards. Talk about a Freycinet adventure to remember. The other destination that deserves notoriety is Richmond, its grand 1820s Georgian buildings today home to bijou boutiques, galleries and cafés that appear to be lost in time. 

  Hotel: Best Western Hobart, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Port Arthur’s rather grim convict past is reflected in the names of attractions around it: Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen, the Blowhole… But believe us, they’re all spectacular. As is the Port Arthur Historic Site, its immaculately maintained buildings scattered over green pastures that fade into the Southern Ocean. Your private Port Arthur tour reveals the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant convict-era destinations worldwide. The stories these walls could tell.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Short and sweet and packed with highlights – this Tasmania tour is sure to inspire future travels. 

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Tassie's East Coast Highlights

Best Buys

5 Day Guided Vacation

Launceston to Hobart

What can you see in Tasmania in five days, you ask? A lot, it turns out. East-coast highlights range from Freycinet Peninsula to Port Arthur Historic Site, with plenty of opportunities to get a taste for the Apple Isle in between. Lavender ice-cream, anyone?

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

You won’t be the only one yelping with excitement when you spot Bicheno’s little penguins march up the sand from the ocean. We recommend you sign up to see them – the choice is yours.

Time For You

Get an early flight into Launceston to explore Cataract Gorge at your own pace. How many cities in the world have this natural wonderment on their doorstep?

Iconic Sites

From untamed wilderness areas like Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur, Tassie is not short on attractions.

Sustainable Travel

Your entry fees into the state’s national parks assist with the conservation of these pristine natural environments.

Natural Wonders

Cruising around the Southern Ocean off the coast of Port Arthur gives you a front-row seat to dramatic geological sites including the Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole.

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

Optional Experiences

Please note, prices for Optional Experiences are subject to change.

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Experiences for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The experiences can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Bicheno Penguins Tour (Bicheno)

Adult Price: AUD 54.50   Child Price: AUD 25.50

A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and in their own natural habitat. The penguins are accustomed to our tour however our friendly, knowledgeable guides take extreme care not to disturb them from our multiple viewing areas.

Bicheno Penguins Tour

Above & Beyond 30 min City Scenic Flight (Hobart)

Adult: $260.00 AUD
Child: $ 260.00 AUD

After taking off from the heart of Hobart’s waterfront, this flight will give you a bird’s eye view over our beautiful city, before heading south to follow the River Derwent’s western shore as far as North Bruny Island. After flying past the Iron Pot lighthouse we then head back up the river’s eastern shore, reaching the famous Tasman Bridge and experiencing views of the majestic kunanyi/Mt Wellington. We finish with a river landing and return to dock at Franklin Wharf.

Above & Beyond 30 min City Scenic Flight

Bruny Island Cruise (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 245.00   Child Price: AUD 175.00

Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8pm approx.

Bruny Island Cruise

Bruny Island Traveller (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 235.00  Child Price: AUD 200.00

Savour a delicious al fresco morning tea and a cellar door lunch of specialty local produce including Bruny Island Cheese, oysters, salmon, wine, bread and berries - all grown, made or harvested on Bruny. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Enjoy short walks in the South Bruny National Park and see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Hear the stories of the people who have shaped Bruny Island, from the whalers who used to camp at Adventure Bay, to the lighthouse keepers and their families who braved difficult conditions to keep the light burning at Cape Bruny. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8pm approx.

Bruny Island Traveller

Entry to the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site (Hobart)

Adult: $25.00
Child: $10.00

The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory tells the story of the displacement, mistreatment and forced migration of convict women and girls, and their contribution to colonisation throughout the history of colonial Australia to the present day. Immerse yourself with an engaging guided tour to hear more of the stories of the women who have shaped the foundation of modern Australia.

Entry to the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site

Hobart Walking Tours - History People & Places (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 38.00   Child Price: AUD 25.00

Hobart's waterfront was where it all started for Europeans in Tasmania. This 2 hour walking tour follows the waterfront from the historic Henry Jones IXL jam factory to Australia's only Georgian corner, and on to beautiful Salamanca, taking in the wonders of a convict-built city, with well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture. You’ll cover the story of the birth of a new British colony, and the growth of a lovely city, recalling the good, the bad and the scandalous characters that set the tone for the early days of Hobart. See and hear about stories of endurance, business empires, tycoons, adventurers, convicts, women, mothers, villains and heroes. Discover the marvellous legacy left by the resilience of our convict and free-settler ancestors.

Hobart Walking Tours - History People & Places

Iron Pot & Derwent River 2.5hr Cruise (Hobart)

Adult: $135.00 AUD
Child: $110.00 AUD

Iron Pot Cruises is a 2½ hour cruise exploring the renowned waterways that influence Hobart's lifestyle. Visit Australia's oldest lighthouse, circumnavigate Betsey Island and discover the city's rich maritime past and fascinating history.

Iron Pot & Derwent River 2.5hr Cruise

South West Heritage Tour and Scenic Flight (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 699.00   Child Price: AUD 649.00

Take a spectacular scenic flight over one of the World's last wilderness frontiers, South West Tasmania. This World Heritage listed National Park has international significance, comprising of over 4500 sq kms of pristine wilderness, no roads, no civilisation, just pure wilderness. Tour includes a landing at Melaleuca and a visit to the bird hide to see the rare Orange Bellied Parrots. *Please note: This tour is 8hrs in duration. In order to partake in this experience on the last day of your tour, you will need to have a flight departing after 7.30pm, or post tour accommodation booked.

South West Heritage Tour and Scenic Flight

Wineglass and Wildlife - Scenic Flight with Maria Island Stopover & Lunch (Hobart)

Adult: $499.00 AUD
Child $499.00 AUD

Soar high over Freycinet National Park, home to dramatic pink granite mountains, secluded bays, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches. Tasmania’s most iconic white sand beach – Wineglass Bay –  is the highlight of this scenic tour. The aerial view is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience. Flying south, touch down at stunning Maria Island. Famous for its abundance of wildlife, Maria Island is home to rare and endangered species like the swift parrot and Cape Barron goose, wombats, kangaroos and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. We enjoy an hour-and-a-half on the island, including time for a sumptuous gourmet lunch with local Tasmanian seafood and wine, before returning to Hobart by air.

Wineglass and Wildlife - Scenic Flight with Maria Island Stopover & Lunch
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