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Premier Travel Tasmania

8 Day Wildlife, Wilderness & Iconic Tasmania

From: $3,039 USD

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Tuesday from Launceston, Saturday from Hobart

Interests: Birds, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Over one-third of the ‘island’ state is reserved as a conservation area and this epic adventure traverses through some of the most scenic parts, including the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Parks, Central Highlands, Maria Island and the Tasman Peninsula.

  • Experience a mix of expansive ancient temperate rainforests, spectacular coastlines, rugged mountains and sparkling highland lakes provide refuge and habitat for a rich array of rare and endemic plants and animals.

  • Tasmania is a delight for Marsupial lovers, with opportunities to spot Platypus, Pademelons, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Common Wombats, Tasmanian Bettongs, Long-nosed Potoroos, Quolls and of course the carnivorous Tasmanian Devil.

  • You will indulge in Tasmania's acclaimed wines, local produce and visit historic convict settlements such as Port Arthur and Maria Island.

    *This inclusions within this itinerary are also available with arrival and departure from Hobart.

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 (9/9/2019) 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: Launceston to Cradle Mountain

    Be met today by our local guide at midday at the Launceston Transit Centre and start your journey to UNESCO World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Travel to Latrobe for the possible chance to see Platypuses in their natural environment. This unique semi-aquatic monotreme is by nature a shy creature and some patience and luck can required to see it. Travel through lush rolling farm pasture before reaching the alpine bush of the Cradle Valley. Enjoy an introduction to this captivating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the night.

    Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel

     

     

  • Day 2: Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

    Today you will be mesmerised 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.

    On a clear day the rugged grandeur of Cradle Mountain is reflected in the tranquil waters of Dove Lake, or you may experience the drama of its craggy peaks through swirling mist.

    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.

    Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras, King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs, Green Rosellas and Wedge-tailed Eagles are seen in this area, whilst Common Wombats, Tasmanian Pademelons, Short-beaked Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen. In the evening, you have the option to join your guide on a night spotlighting tour or simply relax at your accommodation.

    Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel

  • Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Central Highlands

    Depart the Cradle Valley and travel to Tasmania’s Central Highlands also known as “The Heart of Tasmania”. Here in this alpine environment, 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 Common Wombats, Bennett's Wallabies and possums as they turn the area into a hub of activity. With a bit of luck you may also see quolls and the iconic Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat.

    Accommodation: Thousand Lakes Lodge

  • Day 4: Central Highlands to Mount Field National Park

    This morning your guide takes you into Mount Field National Park, the oldest in the state. Be mesmerised by the lush forest landscapes, from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland.

    Explore the green forest canopy where you can crane your neck to see some of the tallest flowering trees in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species including Scrubtit, Black Currawong and Tasmanian Thornbill. After lunch, you may have another opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet Platypus in the wild. Return to Hobart in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor

  • Day 5: 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 along historic ruins, 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, kangaroos, wallabies and sometimes the Tasmanian Devil in their natural environment. In the afternoon, make your way down the east coast into Tasmanian’s capital city, Hobart

    Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor

  • Day 6: Tasman Peninsula

    The Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site are some of Tasmania’s most visited destinations. Set in tranquil gardens Tasmania’s famous convict settlement site harbors a dark history which our experienced guide will bring to life.

    Visit the famous geological features of the peninsula as you explore the rugged coastline. In the afternoon, meet Tasmanian’s enigmatic character, the Tasmanian Devil at a local conservation centre.

    Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor 

  • Day 7: Freycinet to Wineglass Bay

    This morning we take a brief stop in the historic village of Richmond where you can soak up the nostalgia of colonial times. Then relax and enjoy a scenic drive along Tasmania’s East Coast to the Freycinet Peninsula, with its exceptional beauty, pristine white sandy beaches and granite coastline.

    Walk the track up to the world-famous Wineglass Bay lookout for some stunning photo opportunities, with views across Freycinet National Park. A shorter clifftop walk around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville is also on offer.

    Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge

  • Day 8: Freycinet National Park to Launceston

    This morning depart the beautiful East Coast and continue your journey to Launceston, for an introductory tour of Tasmania’s largest northern city. Explore the scenic Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River forces its way through sheer rocky cliffs. Evoke memories of the genteel Victorian era as you stroll in the landscaped gardens. After lunch, your guide will bid you farewell.

    * This tour ends in Launceston today after lunch at approximately 1:30pm. Guests have the option to fly out of Launceston from 3:30pm onwards. If the option to arrive and depart from Hobart is chosen, tour ends at approximately 5pm in Hobart.

    Key Details

    Group Size: Maximum of 12 guests
    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.

    Recent Testimonials

    "I spent four days in Tasmania with the world's best travel guide: Deb Read. She MADE my trip to Australia. The two of us spent many hours together and she was so easy to be with, both socially and intellectually, that I felt like I had a new best friend by the end. Her love of her work was obvious. Although she had taken people on my trips many times, she spent each night reviewing the history, the stories, and the recent updates for any site we visited. Her curiosity, love of learning and wanting to share her country far exceeded my expectations. I would go back to PTT again in a heartbeat." - 14spot, Boston

    "Our guide, John, was extremely well informed and a friendly and congenial companion. He took us to wonderful places and engaged in lively conversation about flora, fauna, and the state of the world. He was flexible to meet all our needs. All accommodations were excellent. The tour involved some energetic walking and hiking. The company delivered what was promised on its website and was easy to work with....we thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would have liked to spend even more time." - viajeracuandopueda, Oregon

    "Using Hobart as a base, my husband and I spent two wonderful days with Karin Beaumont, one of the best guides we encountered in our month long trip through Australia. Not only is she intelligent and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Australia, but she is a good listener and perceptive.....we hadn't planned on returning since Tasmania is a long ways away from North Carolina, but we've talking about it ever since. And if we do, we want a five day trip around Tasmania with Karin." - mid214, North Carolina

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