Welcome to Hamilton


These days, historic sandstone buildings adorn the main street, with photo-worthy views of mountain ranges and peaks to the west.

Note that the Lyell Hwy rolls through town, but it calls itself Franklin Pl along this short stretch.


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$380.45 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Great Barrier Reef Reefsleep Experience

Day 1: Whitsundays or Hamilton islands – Great Barrier Reef (L, D)Your 2-day trip to the Great Barrier Reef begins when you baord the high-speed catamaran from the Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island. Cruise through the Whitsundays to Reefworld, arriving around 11am. The innovative pontoon features a waterslide, an interactive underwater viewing chamber, a semisubmersible and a spacious sun deck. Snorkel around the colorful corals and marine life at the region’s acclaimed Great Barrier Reef site. The underwater wonderland will blow you away with its otherworldly neon hues and swirling schools of fish. For an in-depth experience, new and experienced scuba divers can go out with fully certified instructors (own expense). Refuel with a buffet lunch prepared by an award-winning restaurant from Airlie Beach, as well as an afternoon tea. Other refreshments are available at your own expense.Throughout the day, you can lounge in the sun, check out the marine life from an underwater observatory. To learn more about the fragile ecosystem, don’t miss presentations by reef experts. If you want to splurge, purchase a helicopter ride or massage. Around 3pm, bid farewell to day-trippers. Only 18 passengers are allowed to stay on the boat, ensuring a tranquil overnight stay in a remote part of the reef. It’s the only place in Australia where you can sleep on the Great Barrier Reef! After a day exploring the reef, head to the Reefsleep upper deck to unwind with a glass of wine (own expense) at sunset. Then, chat with fellow guests about your day over a gourmet barbecue, or opt for a more private setting in an underwater observatory! Underwater floodlights spotlight the marine life’s nighttime activities. Not all the action is below the surface. You can sprawl out on a lounge chair to see bright stars speckled across sky. When you’re ready to retire, snuggle up in your swag—a tent equipped with a mattress and bedding.Overnight: Reefsleep in a swagDay 2: Great Barrier Reef – Whitsundays and Hamilton islands (B, L)Wake up slowly, and then enjoy unobstructed views of the glassy water over a hearty breakfast. Once you are all packed up, head back down to the Reefworld pontoon before the day-cruise guests show up at 11am. The same activities will be available as the day before, giving you another chance to do your favorite things or try something new. Around 3pm, you’ll be transported back to the Port of Airlie or Hamilton island.

$112.29 Day Trips & Excursions

Derwent River Valley Small Group Day Tour from Hobart with lunch

Depart Hobart and travel north up the Derwent River Valley to Curringa Farm, an award-winning 750-acre (304-hectare) sheep and cropping farm, situated near Hamilton in the Southern Midlands. Approximately 1 hour north of Hobart, this farm allows you to experience sheep shearing, working sheep dogs, forest walks, and river views. Much of the morning will be spent here, culminating in a  lunch, which will only be put on for a minimum of 10 customers. Alternatively, lunch will be provided at the local hotel. After lunch, the meander will take you to Russell Falls, a picturesque cascading waterfall in the Mt. Field National Park. A 10-minute walk through the rain forest reveals a variety of beautiful vegetation, including dogwood, musk and myrtle, and towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on earth. The visitor may even catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, such as a wallaby and the resident duck-billed platypus. On the return to New Norfolk, make a stop at Salmon Ponds and Trout Hatchery where you can take a walk back in time amongst the historic buildings and trout hatchery, all set within the original parkland “leisure garden” of superb trees, hedges and lawns, surrounding large pond brimming with trout (rainbow, brown, brook and tiger trout) and salmon, with displays explaining the annual cycle of fish breeding activities. The Salmon Ponds is the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere, in operation since 1864.

$507.11 Private & Custom Tours

Private Derwent River Valley Day Trip from Hobart

Depart Hobart and travel north for one hour up the Derwent River Valley to Curringa Farm, a 750-acre award-winning sheep and cropping farm situated near Hamilton in the Southern Midlands. Upon arrival, experience sheep shearing, working sheep dogs, forest walks, and river views. Much of the morning will be spent here, culminating in a barbecue lunch for groups of 10 or more. Smaller groups will dine at a restaurant or hotel in Hamilton. After lunch, continue to Russell Falls, a picturesque cascading waterfall in Mt. Field National Park. A 10-minute walk through the rain forest reveals a variety of beautiful vegetation, including dogwood, musk, and myrtle, as well as towering swamp gums — one of the tallest flowering plants on earth. You might even catch a glimpse of local wildlife, such as wallabies and duck-billed platypuses. On the return to New Norfolk, stop at the Salmon Ponds and Trout Hatchery where you can take a walk back in time amongst the historical buildings and hatchery, which has been in operation since 1864. The hatchery is set within its original parkland “leisure garden” of trees, hedges, and lawns, and it surrounds a large pond brimming with trout and salmon. Learn about the annual cycle of fish breeding activities from displays throughout the area. The final activity of the day will be a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Zoodoo Zoo (optional), where you can observe Tasmanian wildlife in its natural surroundings.