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$104.89 Day Trips & Excursions

Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, TasmaniaStop at the Visitor CentreDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, TasmaniaThis walk takes approx 1 ½ hours. If you choose not to do this, there are places you can sit and admire the scenery or there is the Boat Shed walk which is 20 minutes return or the Glacier Rock walk (left to the lake) which is also a 20 minute return.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Waldheim Alpine Spa, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, TasmaniaGustaf Windorfer’s restored mountain hut "Waldheim Chalet" - do the King Billy Rainforest Walk or discover the history of Gustaf Weindorfer, here we do a guided tour through the chalet. This is also where we have lunch.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, TasmaniaThere is a walk on a raised boardwalk from the centre to cascading waterfalls and takes 5mins (Enchanted Forest Walk). There is also a gift shop here.Duration: 15 minutes

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5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart

Day 1: HOBART > STRAHANWe leave Hobart and drive through the Derwent Valley – travelling east to west across the island.You’ll see the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park Tall Trees, and visitAustralia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild RiverNational Park and end the day in Strahan.Overnight: StrahanDay 2: WILD WEST COASTIn the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast we will explore the shifting sands of HentyDunes. Then we continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall –Montezuma Falls. Or you can choose to join the world famous Gordon River Cruise (optional, at yourown expense).Overnight: Strahan (Breakfast)Day 3: CRADLE MOUNTAIN > LAUNCESTONAround 950m above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire NationalPark, where you choose a walk to suit you. With an extensive range of tracks, stroll around DoveLake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. A short drive takes us through Sheffield,the ‘town of murals’, to Launceston.Overnight: Launceston (Breakfast)Day 4: LAUNCESTON > BICHENOWe make our way to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to Bicheno, where we visit a wildlife sanctuary to meet the iconic Tasmanian devil. Tonight, you may want to join an evening viewing of the Little Penguins (optional at your own expense and seasonal).Overnight: Bicheno (Breakfast)Day 5: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK > HOBARTAn early start means we are the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mt Amos or Hazards Beach walk. We continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford as we make our way to Hobart.(Breakfast)

$101.27 Day Trips & Excursions

Bay of Fires Day Trip from Launceston

Visit one of the world's most beautiful beaches at the Bay of Fires. Departing from Launceston, travel amongst rainforests and farmlands of North East of Tasmania and enjoy a picnic lunch in an idyllic setting.Crystal azure blue waters with pristine white beaches and outcrops of orange lichen covered granite rocks, the scenery at the Bay of Fires is simply breathtaking. This tour takes you through some of the prettiest locations in Tasmania, from the green rolling hills and fertile farmlands around Lilydale and Scottsdale, to the temperate rainforest of the Weldborough Pass, the spectacular coastal region of the Bay Of Fires, to the open grazing lands of the Fingal Valley and Northern Midlands. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase lunch to enjoy en route at Binalong Bay.

$278.49 Day Trips & Excursions

Launceston to Hobart 3-Day Tour with Cradle Mtn and Freycinet

Combine the very best highlights in 3 days of amazing travels. Enjoy diverse scenery, abundant wildlife and huge fun days exploring Tasmania with awesome guides.  See Port Arthur, Tassie Devils, Wineglass Bay & Cradle Mountain in this action packed series of tours across 3 days. Day 1:  Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area Departs Launceston 7.30am, Returns Launceston 7.00pm Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)Pick up today from your central Launceston hotel/hostel between 7.00am – 7.30amReturn to Launceston around 6.30 – 7.00pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.Day 1 highlights: • Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area (4-5 hours) • Dove Lake • A variety of short introductory walks • Rainforest city & Pencil Pine Falls Walk • Dove Lake Walk (easy grade) or Marion’s Lookout (medium grade) • Weindorfers Chalet • Weindorfers Forest Walk • Guided walks & interpretation • Sheffield – historic ‘Town of Murals’ • Ashgrove Cheese Factory Day 2:  Launceston - Wineglass Bay & Freycinet – Hobart (bring your bags today!) Departs Launceston 7.30am, Finishes Hobart 6.30 - 7.00pm Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)Pick up today from your central Launceston hotel/hostel between 7.00am – 7.30am.Finish today to your Hobart CBD accommodation around 6.30 – 7.00pm. Day 2 highlights: • Explore Freycinet National Park (4+ hours) • Walk to the spectacular Wineglass Bay Lookout (moderate uphill walk 45 mins) • Choose the option to extend your walk to the white sands of Wineglass Bay (longer walking option 2.5 hours) • Visit the highlights of Freycinet National Park - Honeymoon Bay  • Take in the spectacular 360 degree views on the Cape Tourville Lighthouse Walk (easy 20 mins) • Enjoy some fresh oysters at Freycinet Marine Farm • Visit the historic town of Campbell Town and the Convict Brick Trail • Treat yourself to the delights at Kate’s Berry Farm before returning to Hobart! Day 3:  Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils Departs Hobart at 7.30am, Returns Hobart 6.00pm ** Airport Drop off available by arrangement (small luggage requirements)Pick up from your central Hobart hotel/hostel between 7.00am – 7.30amDrop-off back to your Hobart CBD accommodation around 6.00pm. Day 3 highlights • Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk • Pirate’s Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town • Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park • Devil Feeding, walk with the wallabies, Birds of the Bush show • Port Arthur Historic Site (2hrs), Guided Walk, Harbour Cruise • Richmond Historic Village • Hobart City Lookout

$94.04 Day Trips & Excursions

Wineglass Bay Active Full-Day Tour from Launceston

We depart Launceston ready for an action-packed day out exploring Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park and the delights & highlights along the way.   Our drive this morning takes us through the well-preserved Georgian townships of Evandale and Campbell Town.  We make a short stop in Campbell Town where you can collect some lunch to take along for the day ahead.  You will have time to discover the Convict Brick Trail that extends through the town, visit the Red Bridge, and check out the tree sculptures depicting the history of the town. After a brief stop in Campbell Town we travel to the East Coast, where we catch an amazing view of the area at the Great Oyster Bay Lookout and an opportunity to purchase some fresh oysters plucked from the beautiful surrounding waters. Once inside Freycinet National Park we begin a series of walks and exploration of the area.  We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, a moderate uphill walk of around 45 - 60 minutes.  Here the views make the walk well worth the effort!  For the keen walkers, you can continue the walk down to Wineglass Bay beach (2.5 hr return walking time).  Once on the beach you have time to take a swim, relax, eat your lunch or meander along the white sands.  Or, if you prefer to select the shorter walking option, you can explore other areas of Freycinet with our tour guide.  Visit Honeymoon Bay and the Cape Tourville Lighthouse & “Great Short Walk”.   We re-group ready for the return journey.  While still on the East Coast we make a final stop for the day, where you can refresh and refuel in a friendly and relaxed location.  Try the local hand-crafted Ice creams or perhaps a famous Tasmanian Scallop Pie!  Then it is onwards into Launceston returning around 6.30pm.  

$94.04 Day Trips & Excursions

Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston

Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning world heritage listed area. With around 5-hours to spend in the National Park, the walking itinerary is flexible to suit guests and the weather conditions on the day.After departing Launceston, enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural. Continue your journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5-hours of possible walking time before you. Choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit or climb to loftier peaks to view the vastness of the surrounding World Heritage Area from Marion’s Lookout. Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. Your tour guides will carefully assist to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy short, easy or longer walks that best suit everyone and the day ahead.Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience.  On the return journey to Launceston, stop and sample some local tasty products at the award winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory. Return to Launceston around 7pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.