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9 Nights | from £1,495pp
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- Enjoy a Gordon River Cruise in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, exploring the world's largest tract of temperate rainforest and once dreaded penal colony, Sarah Island
- Visit the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary for a captivating encounter with Tassie devils, wombats and eastern grey kangaroos
- Journey to the beautiful Tamar Valley region for some quality wining and dining
Stay in a luxury cabin at Freycinet Lodge overlooking the dazzling waters of Great Oyster Bay
Day 1 Hobart
After collecting your rental car and checking into the Henry Jones Art Hotel, begin your adventure in the vibrant capital of Hobart. In recent years Hobart has shot up on the gastronomic scene, so to whet your appetite, we recommend discovering the charming cafes of bohemian Elizabeth Street or indulging in a fresh feast of oysters.
Henry Jones Art Hotel
Days 2 - 3 Strahan
Head towards the wild and rugged wilderness of Tasmania's west coast. Drive through the regions ever-changing landscape, passing through the rich forests of Franklin Lower Gordon Wild Rivers National Park to the arid surroundings of Queenstown's copper mines. Upon arrival in Strahan, you will head off on a Gordon River cruise to the Heritage Landing. Walk in the largest tract of temperate rainforest surviving on earth before continuing on to Sarah Island, a fascinating historic site notorious for its former penal colony. Spend the next two nights at the Wheelhouse Apartments with uninterrupted views of Macquarie Harbour.
Wheelhouse Apartments | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 190 miles | Driving time: approx. 4hrs 30mins
Days 4 - 5 Cradle Mountain
Make your way north-east to the ancient rainforest and mountainous heaths of Lake St Clair National Park, home to Tasmania's most famous landmark Cradle Mountain. Over the next two days explore this World Heritage Site's wineries, walks and wilderness. Relax with leisurely lakeside strolls or push your limits on longer forest treks. You'll stay overnight at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, a homely retreat with a highly acclaimed alpine spa.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 90 miles | Driving time: approx. 2hrs
Day 6 Launceston
Travel east, through the beautiful Meander Valley, towards the town of Launceston. Visit the underground marvels of the Marakoopa Cave, relish a relaxing bush tucker lunch and enjoy a visit to the Trowunna Wildlife Park. Here, interact with, and walk amongst the eastern grey kangaroos, cuddle a wombat and see the Tasmanian devils being fed. Launceston sits on the picturesque Tamar River Valley, the state's main wine-producing region. Check into Peppers Seaport Hotel for your overnight stay.
Peppers Seaport Hotel
Distance: 90 miles | Driving time: approx. 2hrs
Days 7 - 9 Freycinet
Our favourite way to round up a trip to Tassie is amid the natural beauty of the east coast and Freycinet National Park. Here, the stunning scenery is the region's main attraction, and bush walks, quad bike trails, scenic flights and sea kayaking are some of the best ways to experience it. Be sure to pay a visit to one of our favourite beaches, Wineglass Bay, and the vivid orange boulders of the Bay of Fires. For your final few days, you'll be staying at Freycinet Lodge overlooking the clear waters of Oyster Bay with a backdrop of The Hazards.
Freycinet Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 110 miles | Driving time: approx. 2hrs 15mins
Day 10 Depart Hobart
Make the scenic drive back to Hobart for your return flight to Australia's mainland.
Distance: 125 miles | Driving time: 2hrs 45mins
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £1,495 per person, based on two sharing, excluding international flights.
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Best time to be there
All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).
Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)
17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop
GMT +8 - +10 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area