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Premier Travel Tasmania

5 Day Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter

From: $2,050 USD

Duration: 5 days/4 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Sunday from Hobart

Interests: Land Mammals & Marsupials.

Tasmania, Australia’s island state, provides a rare opportunity to encounter unique and endemic wildlife. Renowned as a prime area for marsupial spotting, Tasmania is a crucial habitat for many species, including quolls, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and the most famous resident, the Tasmanian Devil. 

  • Experience a mix of beautiful eucalypt forests, spectacular coastlines, and tranquil bays, including Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Bay of Fires and Cataract Gorge.

  • Enjoy a cruise at Wineglass Bay and behind the scenes tour at Bonorong Sanctuary 

  • Indulge in Tasmania's acclaimed wines, local produce and visit historic convict settlements on Maria Island. 

Price per person based on double occupancy, including touring, most meals & accommodation. 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. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/4/2023) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details*

About Premier Travel Tasmania:

Premier Travel Tasmania has been offering refined encounters with nature across the ‘island state’ for over 20 years. The company’s promise to share the diverse flora & fauna, pristine wilderness, rich heritage, gourmet food & wine and local characters, inextricably connects guests to what is quintessentially Tasmania. At the core of the company’s ethos is to preserve Tasmania’s endemic wildlife and their natural habitats, with major contributions provided towards saving the Tasmania Devil from habitat loss and disease.

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1: (Sun) Hobart & Bonorong Night Tour

    Upon arrival at Hobart airport no later than 3.00 pm, be transferred to your accommodation in the CBD where you have time for a quick refreshment stop. At 04.30 pm, we take you to the first highlight of this tour. Arrive at Bonorong sanctuary where we invite you to a 2.5 hour behind the scenes night-tour where you have the opportunity to get close to many of Tasmania’s endemic animals an get a lot of information first-hand.

    Accommodation: Old Woodstore Hotel

  • Day 2 (Mon): Maria Island

    This morning, travel to the seaside village of Triabunna and board a ferry to cross the Mercury Passage to Maria Island. This unique island national park sits just off Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking amongst historic ruins, across sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains.

    This island sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife, including Common Wombats, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Pademelons, Forester Kangaroo’s and even the Tasmanian Devil in their natural environment. Later this afternoon, continue your journey along Tasmania’s sunny east-coast to Bicheno in the Freycinet area.

    Accommodation: Beachfront at Bicheno Hotel (Pool view room or similar)

  • Day 3 (Tue): Freycinet Peninsula & Penguins

    After the breakfast, travel to Coles Bay and embark the award-winning 4-hour Wineglass Bay cruise. Cruise the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay. Be enthralled by the stunning granite coastline, including the dramatic pink peaks of the Hazards range. Discover a coast dotted with sparkling white sand beaches, including Cooks and Bryans beaches, only accessible by water or a full day bushwalk.

    Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters, before heading into the Tasman Sea towards Wineglass Bay. Look out for various hidden sea caves, blowholes and waterfalls amongst the sheer granite cliffs. Disembark the vessel in the early afternoon and visit the Friendly Beaches before your guide takes you to your accommodation. The rest of this afternoon is at leisure. At dusk we invite you to an informative tour on a private property to get close to the local colony of Little Penguins nesting and breeding in the dunes.

    Accommodation: Beachfront at Bicheno Hotel

  • Day 4 (Wed): Bicheno & Bay of Fires

    Today, continue your journey along the East-Coast and visit the stunning orange-lichen covered granite rocks of the Bay of Fires conservation area. Take the opportunity to wander around, explore the whitest sandy beaches and the turquoise waters. We travel on to the St. Columba Falls, the highest waterfalls in Tasmania and through lush and green valleys before we arrive in Launceston, the second biggest city in Tasmania.

    Accommodation: Grand Chancellor, Launceston

  • Day 5 (Thu): Launceston

    This morning, enjoy a city introduction of Launceston and visit the stunning Cataract Gorge, where the South Esk river forces its way through sheer granite rocks before the tour ends at midday at the Launceston transit centre.

    Guide - Andrea Edwards“The Cataract Gorge Reserve is an amazing spot to visit and it’s only 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Launceston. There’s a fern gorge I take guests to, and I’ve nicknamed it the jungle because it really feels like one. There are several islands we can visit via a boardwalk trail. We often see White-bellied Sea Eagles, Purple Swamphens, Black Swans, Royal Spoonbills, Brown Falcons, herons and various duck species, to name just some of the birds around. It really is a wildlife paradise.”

    Andrea Edwards - Guide

    This tour ends at approximately 5 pm in Hobart.

  • Tour details

    Group Size: Maximum of 8 guests for shared.
    Private Touring: Available on request at additional cost. Please enquire directly with your group size & interests.
    Languages: Fully guided German, French, Spanish, Portuguese private touring throughout Tasmania is available on request.

    How you'll be making a positive impact

    We have aligned our sustainability vision with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
     
    E-WEB-Goal-15Citizen Science with Premier Travel Tasmania

    Premier Travel Tasmania contributes observations of flora & fauna via iNaturalist, the world’s leading global social biodiversity network. This platform allows our team to create research-quality citizen science data that enables a more detailed picture of our national biodiversity, and assists bodies such as the CSIRO, ecologists and other decision makers to deliver better outcomes for the environment and our species.

    Our guides record observations with iNaturalist Australia by using the iNaturalist app on mobile phones or desktop computers. An observation records an encounter with an individual organism at a particular time and location on Kangaroo Island. We require photos to be attached to observations for them to become research grade and added to the Atlas of Living Australia.

    This is where you can greatly assist us in capturing images out in the field! Although we make broader observations that we think are valuable to the local scientific community, we have identified the following species to track when we are exploring Tasmania by vehicle or on foot.

    Key species we're looking out for include:

    • Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle
    • Eastern Quoll
    • Spotted-tailed Quoll
    • Tasmanian Devil
    • Platypus
    • Common Wombat (mange-effected)
    • Forty-spotted Pardalote
    • Swift Parrot
    • Hooded Plover
    E-WEB-Goal-15Wildlife Rescue Training in Tasmania

    All guides at Premier Travel Tasmania undertake Wildlife Rescue Training, given the high incidence of road collisions with native wildlife across Tasmania. Bonorong Wildlife Rescue provides training for guides covering wildlife rescue and transport procedures, to provide the best chance to save injured or orphaned wildlife that may be spotted when out touring on Tasmanian roads.

    Premier Travel Tasmania is also a founding partner of Friends of Bonorong, assisting in fundraising for the immediate care of wildlife in need and the ongoing protection of Tasmanian species. Guests travelling on shared wildlife departures contribute to this effort, with a portion of the tour cost going towards the Bonorong medical facility and education of guests with a behind the scenes night tour of their facility.

    E-WEB-Goal-17Developing Partnerships To Meet Sustainability Goals

    Premier Travel Tasmania has developed partnerships with key environmental organisations in Tasmania, including Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, Friends of Bonorong, Wombat Rescue Tasmania, Devils@Cradle and Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program. Friends of Bonorong, Devils@Cradle and Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program are all supported financially via touring experiences provided by Premier Travel Tasmania.

     

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