Venture to Tasmania, one of the world’s last accessible frontiers and an island that revels in its isolation: where rugged coastlines envelop secluded bays, staggering mountains border shimmering lakes and vast alpine plateaus carved by wild rivers paint an image of the world as it existed millions of years ago. Take a seven-day journey that encompasses the untouched beauty of Australia’s best-kept secret. From the charming markets of Hobart filled with gourmet artisan produce to pockets of national parks, discover the peace and tranquillity of pristine beaches and explore World-Heritage wilderness that cradles an abundance of unique critters.
Ages: 8 - 99
Accommodation: Hotel (5 Nights)
Welcome to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. This charming city offers a distinct blend of heritage, scenery and culture nestled between its charming sandstone buildings and calm waterfront. If you’re here on a Saturday, be sure to check out Salamanca Markets. A walk along the waterfront also yields a great view of the mountains clasping the River Derwent, and the nearby MONA is a must see for any art aficionados. Later in the afternoon, meet with your guide and fellow travellers for a brief run-down of the adventure ahead, then perhaps opt to spend the evening sampling some of Hobart’s incredibly fresh seafood over dinner with the group.
Depart from Hobart this morning and take a leisurely drive to Mt Field National Park, Tasmania’s first national park, and home to an abundance of wildlife, diverse fauna and stunning lush vistas. Walk in the land of the giants as you explore beautiful surrounds on a guided walk through tremendous fern forests to Russell Falls – the park’s star attraction that was featured on Australia’s first stamp. This afternoon, continue your drive towards Tasmania’s Central Plateau, passing through Hamilton and Bothwell, taking in some of the stretching views of the Great Lake’s placid waters as you drive up to your lodge for the night. Tonight’s stay lies at an incredible lodge near Lake Augusta, surrounded by rugged shrubbery, tiny mires and open highland scenery. Previously used as an arctic training base, the accommodation features a charming fireplace, comfortable leather couches and best of all, a larder stocked with delicious local meats and cheeses for some particularly classy snacking options.
Take a plunge through the Greater Western Tiers, heading down into the Meander Valley. The local apiaries are responsible for churning out delicious clover honey with light citrus and vanilla flavours – take a sample of this sweet local treat before heading to a wildlife sanctuary for a chance to visit the local Tasmanian Devils (they’re not as fiendish as they sound!). Continue hiking onwards to Tulampanga (Alum Cliffs), a place considered spiritually important for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes due to the ochre found in the surrounding ranges. Following the trail forged by the trappers, hunters and loggers of old, stop for a break at mural filled Sheffield before returning to the mountains route to Cradle Valley, the gateway to Cradle Mountain National Park. Once you arrive, either relax around the hotel or pause to absorb the beautiful natural landscapes of this World Heritage-listed area. Consider dropping into the Wilderness Gallery’s for the evocative art, photographic and film exhibitions while you’re here.
Spend the morning exploring the magnificent wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park along a number of different walking tracks. For those who prefer to travel at a leisurely pace, consider taking a trip to Waldheim Chalet or wandering along the Dove Lake circuit. For those with a little more grit, or people who simply love views of gorgeous lakes with rugged mountain backdrops, the hike to Marion’s Lookout is perfect. This afternoon, head down the mountain for a visit to Ashgrove Farm to witness the production of some of Tasmania’s most famous cheese. Take a nibble of this dairy-based delight before continuing your journey to Launceston, Australia’s third oldest city.
After breakfast, experience the rugged, awning beauty of Cataract Gorge – located on the edge of Launceston, the surrounding bushland makes you feel as though you’re a million miles away from city life. Explore this slice of wilderness, with its beautifully landscaped gardens and panoramic lookouts, before continuing your journey to the north-eastern coast of Tasmania, and the stunning Bay of Fires. Spanning over 50 kilometres, this incredible stretch of coastal heaven is made up of a collection of superb beaches, famous for the fiery orange lichen that clings to the boulder-clad landscape. This evening spend the night in the bustling town of St Helens, renowned for its game-fishing and delicious oysters.
This morning, drive east to the beautiful Freycinet National Park, home to a wild domain of sublime beaches, whose powder-white sands are lapped by translucent waters. For those seeking a challenge, try the climb to the summit of Mt Amos or join the walk to Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches. If time permits, stop by Devils Corner winery to indulge in a tasting or two of their award-winning wines then continue south, passing through the coastal towns of Swansea and Orford, and the historic village of Richmond, before arriving Hobart. This evening, perhaps join your fellow travellers for a final dinner to toast to your Tasmanian travels.
Your adventure comes to and today and you are free to depart at any time.
Lenna of Hobart
20 Runnymede Street
Lenna of Hobart
20 Runnymede Street
1. This trip starts in Hobart with a welcome meeting at 5 pm. Arrive at your leisure and look for the welcome note in the hotel foyer with details.
2. This trip is twin share hotel and lodge. A single supp is available to purchase on request
3. This trip will finish in Hobart after breakfast on day 7. Onward travel can be booked at any time.
All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Yor leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp or kitchen cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) as well as recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.
All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/
Why we love it
Begin and end your adventure in the charming harbour town of Hobart, home to top-quality seafood and a world-class museum of art.
Discover the breathtaking Bay of Fires – an incredible stretch of coastal heaven, famous for the fiery orange lichen that clings to its boulder-clad beaches.
Explore the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park – keeping an eye out for furry critters, including wombats and wallabies.
Watch translucent waters lap powder-white sands in one of Freycinet National Park’s secluded bays – then take the opportunity to climb to the summit of Mt Amos for a panoramic vista of this iconic landscape.
Walk in the land of the giants and explore the tremendous fern forests surrounding Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park.
Is this trip right for you
Even in the summer months, Tasmania can be cold being so far south. Come prepared with summer clothes and waterproof clothes for days spent high in the mountains where weather can turn in a moment.
Accommodation on this trip is twin share hotel. If you are traveling solo, it's likely you will be paired with another person of the same gender, however you can pay for a single supplement if you would like your own room.
Many of the activities on this trip involve being outdoors in elements either on water or in national parks. The walks are not overly strenuous but will involve a degree of difficulty.
Please note this tour operates in remote regions and as such medical facilities may be difficult to access. If you have any medical conditions or take any form of medication please provide full details & nature of condition. Please provide details of medication taken.
Food and dietary requirements
Passengers with special dietary requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to the start of the trip and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing Darwin. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
No Pork (Ham alternative provided)
No Dairy (soy milk provided)
Vegetarian (additional veg and veg burgers provided)
Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
*Unfortunately religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these remote trips.
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
The Australian Dollar (A$) is the currency of Australia.
Credit and debit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere in Australia. Occasionally there may be a minimum spend for both in smaller shops. You can usually withdraw money from shops where EFTPOS is available. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common across Australia. ATM's may be limited in remote areas and your leader will advise you when to withdraw extra cash.
Credit cards in Australia require a pin number rather than a signature and may have a small surcharge for purchases.
Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
What to take
A variety of clothing, especially layers. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, warm layers and water proof outer wear. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress. It’s a good idea to bring a change of nice clothes when planning on eating out in Hobart.
Even in Tasmania, sun exposure can cause sunburn. Especially so on overcast days.
Tasmania’s weather can change throughout the day. Check weather reports a few days before you travel to ensure you have packed suitably warm clothing – It snows on Mt Wellington, even in the middle of summer.
Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity botte. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Tap water in Tasmania is clean and delicious.
Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your leader, but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, Band-Aids and insect repellent.
Camera with spare batteries.
Rain jacket. For those wet days
Ear plugs in case of snorers.
A good book, journal and music player for longer drives.
Luggage space is limited so please restrict your luggage to one smaller soft travel bag per person and a small daypack (cabin baggage). Any excess luggage can usually be stored at your hotel until you return.
Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you scan/photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
A spare power bank is a good idea to charge your phone or camera en route.
Batteries can be recharged from accommodation room wall sockets.
If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list.
Climate and seasonal
Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March. The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.
Even in the peak of Australia summer, Tasmania, being the most southerly point of the country is subect to cold and wet weather from Antarctica. It can get very cold, particularly at higher elevations such as Cradle Mountain. Tasmania sits on a latitude of approximately 40 degrees south , which sometimes means the wind chill from the 'roaring 40's' can make the days very cold!
Daily weather conditions in Tasmania can change very quickly from sunshine to rain. We suggest that you come prepared for all extremes, some light clothing for the sunshine and something a little more protective for the colder and possibly wet days.
A couple of rules
Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.
Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking, and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.
The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.
By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. Your group leader has the right to remove any member of the group for breaking any of these rules, with no right of refund.
If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.
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‘In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator on 0428 622 232. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.’
Hobart Operations Manager: 0428622232
Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers and staff are trained on these principles, and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel.
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This trip is Intrepid comfort style. Single travellers or groups travelling in odd numbers will be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is available at Comfort level. Please ensure you have selected your desired accommodation style correctly.
Night 1: Lenna of Hobart (twin room with private facilities)
Night 2: Lenna of Hobart (twin room with private facilities)
Night 3: Thousand Lakes Lodge (twin room with private facilities)
Night 4: Cradle Mountain Hotel (twin room with private facilities)
Night 5: Cradle Mountain Hotel (twin room with private facilities)
Night 6: Freycinet Lodge (twin room with private facilities)
Night 7: Freycinet Lodge (twin room with private facilities)
Night 8: Lenna of Hobart (twin room with private facilities)
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour.
A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
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