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6 Day Guided Vacation | Hobart to Launceston

Tasmania may be Australia’s smallest state, but it packs a big punch when it comes to natural attractions. World Heritage-listed wilderness areas, unpeopled valleys, mirror-like lakes and dramatic mountains all await on this Tasmania tour from Hobart.  

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6 Day Guided Vacation

Hobart to Launceston

Tasmania may be Australia’s smallest state, but it packs a big punch when it comes to natural attractions. World Heritage-listed wilderness areas, unpeopled valleys, mirror-like lakes and dramatic mountains all await on this Tasmania tour from Hobart.  

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

Do as much (spot wombats and Tassie devils after dark) or as little (sip wine by the fire) as you like. This is your holiday, after all.

Time For You

The view from the top of Stanley’s ‘The Nut’ is impressive. But if you don’t fancy a hike, then explore the atmospheric town at your own pace.

Iconic Sites

From Cataract Gorge to the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain to ‘The Nut’, Tasmania is not short on natural attractions.

Sustainable Travel

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

Natural Wonders

World Heritage-listed wilderness is your playground in Mount Field National Park, a soul-stirring union of soaring eucalypts and thundering waterfalls.

Itinerary

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At the mouth of the River Derwent, Australia’s southernmost city embraces its history, but has one eye firmly planted on the future. You only need to visit Salamanca Place to see how forward-thinking purveyors and curators have transformed heritage spaces into restaurants, cafés and galleries. Step back in time once again at Battery Point, settled as a defensive outpost in the 19th century, and Constitution Dock – this is where yachts finish when competing in the annual Sydney to Hobart race. Put your destination into perspective from the summit of Mt. Nelson, offering a dreamy outlook over the capital. Touring Tasmania never looked so good. 

  Hotel: Best Western Hobart

  Included Meals: Dinner

Not many people live in the West of Tasmania – even less visit. This is not for want of appeal. Mount Field National Park dials up the drama from the moment you arrive, delivering World Heritage-listed wilderness in the form of soaring eucalypts (some of the tallest on Earth) and thundering waterfalls. Russell Falls will take your breath away in more ways than one. And just when you think nature couldn’t get any more humbling, you arrive at Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. It’s one of numerous waterways breaking your path to Strahan, gateway to World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. 

  Hotel: Strahan Village

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The inky waters of the Gordon River – given its colour by amber button-grass tannins – are as eery as they are beautiful, the mirror-like surface only broken by your Gordon River cruise chariot out to Sarah Island. It’s hard to reconcile the beauty of this part of the state with its grim history as a penal colony; a place where convicts would fell Huon pines for boat building. Thankfully, they didn’t get to the 2,000-year-old pine that still stands proud at Heritage Landing. Early settlers didn’t mince their words when they called the treacherous entrance to the river’s harbour Hells Gates. You’ll understand why when you drift past. Cradle Mountain awaits to the north. If you’re content by the fire with a glass of wine – stay there. Otherwise, follow your guide into the night to spot Tassie devils in the wild.    

  Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

When the first thing you see is 1,545-metre Cradle Mountain, you know you’re in for a good day. This is your backdrop as you wander to Dove Lake on your Cradle Mountain tour, the bucolic landscape here a natural magnet for Bennetts wallabies, echidnas, and pademelons. Just when you thought the west coast couldn’t get any more dramatic, ‘The Nut’ appears on the horizon. This 152-metre bluff created by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug guards over Stanley, an atmospheric fishing village with remarkably well-preserved heritage buildings. Browse boutiques at your leisure, or lace up your walking shoes – The Nut summit awaits.    

  Hotel: Tall Timbers

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

While you may not see any shy, nocturnal penguins on your visit to the town of Penguin, you will find dozens of statues commemorating just how cute these creatures are. Be sure to snap a picture in front of the 10-metre-high installation. You’ll also want to have your camera ready arriving in Sheffield, home to a surprise collection of 60 murals telling the area’s history. All this exploring builds an appetite. Refuel at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm, where happy cows contribute to award-winning cheeses – everything from cheddar and red Leicester to creamy Tasmanian blue.  

  Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

  Included Meals: Breakfast

There are few places in the world where you can leave the city behind and within minutes be amid an immense wilderness are. Launceston is one. Blink and you’re at Cataract Gorge, a yawning chasm carved by ancient rivers. This rare natural phenomenon unites bushland with neat Victorian gardens, replete with ferns and exotic plants. Get a different perspective of the green cavern on the scenic chairlift, zipping you over the water to a lofty lookout. Now for an orientation of the city. You won’t want your time here to come to an end; it’s a good thing you have afternoon options. Perhaps sign up to cruise the river that carves the gorge, linger on a Launceston city tour, or get a taste for the region on a Tamar Valley wine expedition. How you end your Tasmania tour is completely up to you.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

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

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

    Features

  • WiFi / Internet Access
  • Gym facilities
  • Restaurant and In Room Dining
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Strahan Village is an ideal base for exploring Tasmania's stunning wilderness. Journey into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park with Gordon River Cruises, encounter west coast wildlife and history on the Bonnet Island Experience and discover Strahan’s culture and heritage as you explore the museums, galleries and attractions of this historic fishing port.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • 220/240 V AC
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Cradle Mountain Hotel is a stylish, wilderness hotel, located at the northern boundary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain Hotel offers warm, welcoming accommodation within easy reach of Tasmania’s most iconic wilderness experiences.

    Features

  • Heater
  • TV
  • Ensuite
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shared self-service laundry facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Tall Timbers offers its guests holiday accommodation on the North West Coast of Tasmania, ranging from luxury self contained apartments to cabin style units. Our accommodation is situated at the rear of the main hotel complex. Tall Timbers Tasmania boasts unique and stylish accommodation, set out to take advantage of the stunning rural views. Relax and unwind, take a walk around the lake or picnic in the grounds near the waterfall. A modern guest laundry is provided to cater for visitors’ requirements.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • ISD/STD phone
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-house movies
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With its distinct style and personalised guest services – all features of the BEST WESTERN PLUS brand, whether your travel needs are for leisure or work, the Best Western Plus Launceston hotel caters for all guest needs with comfort and ease.

Staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Launceston locates you close to several Launceston attractions, and a short walk from the main shopping area.

    Features

  • LCD TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pay TV
  • Foxtel
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Work Desk
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Heater
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tasmanian Wilderness
  • • Centrally located premium hotels
  • • Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park, and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park entrance fees

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Russell Falls and Cataract Gorge - Low to medium level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 5 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Lunch
  • • 4 Dinners

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 12:30pm into Hobart Airport
  • • Day 10: Flights to depart after 2:00pm from Launceston Airport

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6 Day Guided Vacation

Hobart to Launceston

Coveting the world’s cleanest air and water, Tasmania is also home to some of Australia’s wildest natural attractions. Many are in the west, a part of the state few other travellers venture. On this Hobart to Launceston tour, you’ll cruise World Heritage-listed rainforest carved by rivers, explore Tassie’s tallest peak and bask in Russell Falls’ beauty. Stellar food and wine await, when it’s time to refuel.

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

Want to get active spotting Tassie devils in the wild, or prefer to sip local wine by the fire? Do both if you like – it’s your holiday.

Iconic Sites

Is this the ultimate roll-call of Tasmanian nature? Cradle Mountain, Cataract Gorge, Stanley’s The Nut, the Gordon River, Russell Falls. Phew!

Time For You

With a free afternoon in Launceston, enjoy time to cruise the Tamar, take a wine tour or visit the Beaconsfield Mine.

Sustainable Travel

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

Itinerary

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Your Tasmanian holiday begins today with an afternoon tour of Hobart. You’ll see historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place, take a wander through the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, the destination of yachts participating in the Sydney to Hobart race each year, and Mt. Nelson, which affords panoramic views over Australia’s southernmost city. Enjoy the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

  Hotel: Wrest Point

  Included Meals: Dinner

This morning, you’ll head west to New Norfolk and magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Here, you'll take a stroll through lush rainforest to the many-tiered cascade of picturesque Russell Falls. Then enjoy the scenic drive to iconic Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia, and continue through the rainforest to the coastal town of Strahan. Nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, a waterway six times the size of Sydney Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

  Hotel: Strahan Village

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's highlight experience is a lunch cruise on the Gordon River. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters. Stained amber by Button-grass tannins, they reflect the untouched wilderness that surrounds them. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s lesser-known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the mining towns of Rosebery and Tullah on your way to your hotel. After dinner tonight, you may choose to do an optional animal night spotting tour or perhaps take advantage of a rare opportunity to see Tasmanian Devils feeding after dark.

  Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, where you may spot Bennett’s wallabies, echidnas and pademelons along the way. Travel on through rolling green hills to Table Cape for spectacular views of Bass Strait. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west. Enjoy views of the sheer-sided Stanley bluff known as ‘The Nut’ and take some time to explore. Your destination this evening is Smithton.

  Hotel: Tall Timbers

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel along the picturesque northwest coast visiting townships such as Burnie and Penguin where you’ll stop for morning tea and get a chance to wander around the shops and beachfront.  Continue on to Ulverstone before heading inland to Sheffield, home to over 60 murals depicting the area’s rich history. You’ll learn about dairy production methods at the award-winning Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm on your way to Launceston, Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’.

  Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

  Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning visit the unique natural formation of the Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world. You may choose to take the easy walk around the First Basin and across the historic suspension bridge, or why not relax in one of the gorge’s cafes and just soak up the tranquillity? The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, exploring all that Launceston has to offer. Consider an optional experience on a Cataract Gorge River Cruise. Alternatively, why not stay local with a visit to the Art Gallery or the historic Tramway Museum?  Your journey concludes this afternoon.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

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

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Experience an absolute Hobart waterfront destination at Wrest Point; with spectacular river and mountain views and great service.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business Facilities
  • Foxtel
  • Wi-Fi
  • Guest Laundry
  • Mini Bar
  • Austar
  • Shower Over Bath
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • TV
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Strahan Village is an ideal base for exploring Tasmania's stunning wilderness. Journey into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park with Gordon River Cruises, encounter west coast wildlife and history on the Bonnet Island Experience and discover Strahan’s culture and heritage as you explore the museums, galleries and attractions of this historic fishing port.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • 220/240 V AC
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Cradle Mountain Hotel is a stylish, wilderness hotel, located at the northern boundary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain Hotel offers warm, welcoming accommodation within easy reach of Tasmania’s most iconic wilderness experiences.

    Features

  • Heater
  • TV
  • Ensuite
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shared self-service laundry facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Tall Timbers offers its guests holiday accommodation on the North West Coast of Tasmania, ranging from luxury self contained apartments to cabin style units. Our accommodation is situated at the rear of the main hotel complex. Tall Timbers Tasmania boasts unique and stylish accommodation, set out to take advantage of the stunning rural views. Relax and unwind, take a walk around the lake or picnic in the grounds near the waterfall. A modern guest laundry is provided to cater for visitors’ requirements.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Room service
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • ISD/STD phone
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-house movies
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With its distinct style and personalised guest services – all features of the BEST WESTERN PLUS brand, whether your travel needs are for leisure or work, the Best Western Plus Launceston hotel caters for all guest needs with comfort and ease.

Staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Launceston locates you close to several Launceston attractions, and a short walk from the main shopping area.

    Features

  • LCD TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pay TV
  • Foxtel
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Work Desk
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Heater
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Optional Experiences

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

Adult Price: AUD 49.00   Child Price: AUD 29.00

Animal Night Spotting

Cradle Mountain at dusk is the best time to see the many nocturnal mammals and marsupials in their native habitat. Join us on a 2 hour tour as we go spotlighting for wallabies, wombats, possums and maybe even a devil.

Adult Price: AUD 240.00   Child Price: AUD 175.00

Bruny Island Cruise

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.

Adult Price: AUD 210.00  Child Price: AUD 175.00

Bruny Island Traveller

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.

Adult Price: AUD 45.00   Child Price: AUD 22.00

Mt Wellington Tour

On this half day tour, pass through various eco systems as we ascend the mountain look out for the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes Crowned by alpine vegetation, dusted by snow in winter, kunanyi/Mt Wellington enables the visitor to glimpse the unfolding panorama of river, fields and aquatic setting of Hobart. Be mesmerised by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart from Mt Wellington’s majestic summit. Before ending the tour visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prison.

* Post tour booking only. 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.

Adult Price: AUD 70.00   Child Price: AUD 32.00

Richmond Half Day Tour

Travel to Richmond, one of Australia’s most original historic villages. Nowhere else in Tasmania is the romance and nostalgic charm of the colonial days more alive than in the village of Richmond. Free time to explore the village.
* Post tour booking only. If your tour ends in Hobart, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 95.00   Child Price: AUD 48.00

Tasmanian Devils & Richmond Wildlife

The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary offers close up experiences of Australian native animals including Tassie’s famous Tasmanian Devil, kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus. Our tour passes through Richmond, a Georgian style village which will take you back in time to the convict days. *Note: This is an afternoon tour starting at 1.10pm and finishing at 5pm therefore 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.


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tasmanian Wilderness
  • • Centrally located premium hotels
  • • Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park, and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park entrance fees

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Russell Falls and Cataract Gorge - Low to medium level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 5 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Lunch
  • • 4 Dinners

Flight Information

  • • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport
  • • Day 6 – flights to depart after 2.00pm from Launceston Airport

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