From: $7,679 USD
Duration: 13 days/12 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals.
*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Prices are current at time of posting (8/7/2019) and may differ when you book your travel. Tours depart Launceston Sep 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18; Jan 1, 15, 29; Feb 26; Mar 11. Private touring rates available, please ask for rates. Please call for our current pricing and itinerary details. California CST: 2076233-40, Washington ID: 601 684 531, LA-1282498.
Day 1: On arrival at Launceston Airport, transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 2: Enjoy an intimate day in the heart of the Tamara Valley. Enjoy an intimate and personalized day in the heart of vineyard country, with orchards, scenic pastures and forests. Taste the diversity of the Tamar Valley Wineries, from family run producers to state of the art wineries. Lunch and wine tastings included at select vineyards.
Day 3: Your morning is free before being met by your local guide to start your journey to UNESCO Word Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit the fascinating Marakoopa Caves before continuing to Cradle Mountain. Enjoy an introduction to this fascinating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the night.
Day 4: Be mesmerized by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, where in many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. Your guide will introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks of Cradle Mountain. In the evening, you have the option to join your guide on a night spotlighting tour or simply relax at your accommodation
Day 5: Depart the Cradle Valley and travel to Tasmania’s Central Highlands, also known as “The Heart of Tasmania”, where the air is noticeably clear and the silence inspiring. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to explore Lake Ada, discover its history and immerse yourself in this barren but beautiful and unique landscape. On dusk you will have the chance to observe wombats, wallabies and possums as they turn the area into a hub of activity. With a bit of luck, you may also see quolls and Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat.
Day 6: This morning takes you from the Tasmanian highlands and into the quaint midlands town of Campbell Town for lunch. Continue to Tasmania’s East Coast, with its exceptional beauty, pristine white sandy beaches and granite coastline. This evening destination is the seaside village of Bicheno to see the Little Penguins. After dusk, enjoy a Tasmanian Devils after dark experience.
Day 7: Take a journey into the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula on The Wineglass Bay Cruise. See this stunning and remote coastline with sheer granite cliffs, sea caves and hidden coves. With its abundance of wildlife, there is the opportunity to see sea birds, penguins, dolphins, seals and whales. In the afternoon there will be time do a short cliff top walk around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville. In the evening, a night tour offers you the rare chance to observe fairy penguins, also known as little penguins, tumble from the ocean and waddle up the sand to their nesting burrows.
Day 8: Travel to the seaside village of Triabunna and board a ferry to cross the Mercury Passage to Maria Island, a unique island National Park off Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking along historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. This island sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife including bare nosed wombats, Cape Barren geese, Tasmanian pademelons, kangaroo, wallabies and even the Tasmanian Devil in their natural environment. In the afternoon, make your way down the east coast into Tasmanian’s capital city, Hobart.
Day 9: Meet your guide this morning before venturing into Mount Field National Park, the oldest National Park in the state. View the lush forest landscapes from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland. Your guide will provide interpretation along the rainforest walk to Russell Falls. This cool temperate rainforest allows you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmanians 12 endemic bird species including Scrbutit, Black currawong and Tasmanian thornbill. After lunch, observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet Platypus in the wild. This semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal is endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania, and is a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia.
Day 10: Transfer to Hobart Airport for your flight to Sydney (not included). On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 11: Take a drive around the historic Rocks precinct, visiting the first church in Australia, the Observatory and the convict-built cottages, before continuing around to Circular Quay to see the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. Admire the views from Mrs Macquarie’s chair before traveling across to Rushcutters Bay for lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. See the affluent suburbs before returning to Darling Harbour to board a yacht for a 2-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour.
Day 12: Make your way to the Sydney Opera House for an exclusive experience; a backstage tour of this world-famous center for the performing arts. Hear about the real-life dramas behind the curtain and go behind the scenes normally reserved for performers and staff, including the stage and dressing rooms. After the experience, sit down for a full Australian breakfast in the Green Room. The remainder of your day is free to explore Sydney at your leisure.
Day 13: Transfer to Sydney Airport for your onward flight arrangements.
Two nights Launceston, Peppers Silo Hotel, including breakfast
Taste of Tamar Tour including lunch
Seven-day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Tour including:
Two nights Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain hotel, including breakfast and lunch
One-night Liawenee, Thousand Lakes Lodge, including breakfast, lunch and dinner
Two nights Bicheno, Beachfront at Bicheno, including breakfast and lunch
Two nights Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor, including breakfast
Wineglass Bay Cruise
Entry into Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and all National Parks passes
Three nights Sydney, The Tank Stream
Ultimate Sydney Tour including lunch
Sydney Opera House Backstage tour
Private arrival transfer Launceston
Private departure transfer Hobart
Private round-trip airport/hotel transfers Sydney