Day 1 - Mount Wellington and the Central Plateau
Your trip begins with an 8 am pickup from your accommodation. You'll then drive from Hobart to the summit of Mount Wellington. Enjoy beautiful vistas over Hobart and panoramic views of Tasmania. Make sure you bring a warm coat with you, as it can get extremely cold and windy at the top. Spend time at the infamous MONA Museum later in the morning, taking in the weird and wonderful works of artists from all over the globe.
After lunch, hit the scenic roads and travel via Bothwell to the Great Lake and the Central Plateau. By late afternoon, reach the Ouse River and keep your eyes peeled for the wild trout. You might even see some of the local wildlife venturing out for feeding time. This evening, spend the night at your exclusive accommodation (twin share lodge) next to Lake Augusta, where you'll also have dinner.
Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 3 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 1 kilometre.
Day 2 - Lake St Clair and Queenstown
After a hearty breakfast this morning, pass through Bronte Park and onto Lake St Clair, where you'll take a scenic stroll. Heading west, wander through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Stretch your legs and take a walk to Donaghys lookout and see the Franklin River dominating the landscape. This afternoon, pass through Queenstown to hear about the strange moonscape that became of the land, as well as the history of copper mining in the area.
Stop in at Ocean Beach to get a feel for Antarctic winds, then pay a visit to Hogarth Falls. Settle in for the evening at Strahan, a quaint seaside town with charm to match. There's the option of some entertainment this evening at a locally produced short play called The Ship That Never Was.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately 3 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 4 kilometres.
Day 3 - The Tarkine
This morning you will pass through the Henty Sand Dunes, the historic town of Zeehan and onto Corinna, the southern gateway to the Tarkine. This is an untouched network of rivers and rainforest nestled in the wilderness. Enjoy this World Heritage site from multiple perspectives, whether it be a Pieman River Cruise or a kayak adventure (both optional extras). Or you can simply take a stroll along the rainforest walking tracks. As you continue your journey, you'll pass by Savage River and Philosopher Falls en route to Cradle Mountain National Park.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres.
Day 4 - Cradle Mountain
Journey 950 metres above sea level to Cradle Valley today. This is your gateway to the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Before you set off, your leader will share some local knowledge and interpretation of the landscape to help you choose which route to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you'll be able to take it easy with a stroll around Dove Lake or one of the many boardwalk tracks. You could also challenge yourself with a hike to Marions Lookout.
Afterwards you will take a short drive to the underground caves of Mole Creek and perhaps pick up a jar of the local honey while you're there. Visit the Tiger Bar and Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, learning about the feisty but lovable creatures and the threats posed to their existence. Enjoy a short walk at Alum Cliffs before continuing on to Launceston to retire for the night.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately 3 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 6 kilometres.
Day 5 - Bicheno and the Bay of Fires
Say goodbye to Cradle Mountain this morning and make your way via Scottsdale to Columba Falls and the Pyengana cheese makers. Use the opportunity to pick up some crackers and locally produced cheese if you fancy. Your next stop is the east coast and the spectacular Bay of Fires. You can stretch your legs here and take some quality time to enjoy this highly regarded coastal region. The beaches are gleaming and the water inviting, so jump in and enjoy a swim if the weather is nice.
Enjoy Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive from St Helen’s to Bicheno, where you'll spend your final night. In the evening, perhaps take the optional guided viewing of the Little Penguins as they return to their rookeries on the edge of this seaside village.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately 4 hours today. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres.
Day 6 - Wineglass Bay
An early start means you'll be first to the lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that perfect photo of Wineglass Bay. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mt Amos trail or Hazards Beach Circuit for your morning Freycinet experience. This afternoon, make a quick stop at Kate’s Berry Farm before you cross the unique and bizarre Spikey Bridge. Pass through the historic village of Richmond before arriving back in Hobart. Your adventure comes to an end on arrival in Hobart, with no more activities planned.
Notes: Total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours today. Total walking distance is approximately 6 kilometres.
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