8 Day Wildlife Encounter & Iconic Tasmania

From AUD $4,995.00
  • Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Product code: WE8

This comprehensive small group tour combines the 4 Day Wilderness & Wildlife Encounter Tour with the 4 Day Icons of Tasmania Tour, allowing you to explore Tasmania's best-known highlights as well as some of the remote wilderness and wildlife experiences. 


Day 1 / Tuesday                       

LAUNCESTON – CRADLE MOUNTAIN


Be met today at 1 pm by our local guide and start your journey
to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Travel to Latrobe
for the possible chance to see Platypuses in their natural environment. This
unique semi-aquatic monotreme is by nature a shy creature and some patience and
luck can be required to see it. Travel through lush rolling farm pasture before
reaching the alpine bush of the Cradle Valley. Enjoy an introduction to this
captivating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the
night.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (King Split Deluxe room or similar)  
Meals:                         ---


Day 2 / Wednesday                 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN AND DOVE LAKE

Today you will be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain,
where in many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in
spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. On a clear day, the rugged grandeur
of Cradle Mountain is reflected in the tranquil waters of Dove Lake, or you may
experience the drama of its craggy peaks through swirling mist. Your guide will
introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst
enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks.
Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras,
King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular
glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs and Wedge-tailed
Eagles are present in this area, whilst Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed
Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen. At dusk, you have the option to
join your guide on a night spotlighting tour or simply relax at your
accommodation.



Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (King Split Deluxe room or similar)  
Meals:                 Breakfast and Lunch


Day 3 / Thursday                     

CRADLE MOUNTAIN – CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Depart the Cradle Valley and travel to Tasmania’s Central Highlands also known as “The Heart
of Tasmania”. Here in this alpine environment, the air is noticeably clear and the silence inspiring. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to explore Lake Ada, discover its history and immerse yourself in this barren but beautiful and unique landscape. On dusk, you may have the chance to observe Wombats, Wallabies and Possums as they turn the area into a hub of activity.

With a bit of luck, there could also be the opportunity to see Quolls and Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat.



Accommodation:   Thousand Lakes Lodge (Lodge King Premium room or similar)
Meals:                   Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 


Day 4 / Friday                    

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS – MOUNT FIELD NP - HOBART

This morning your guide takes you into Mount Field National Park, the oldest in the state. Be mesmerised by the lush
forest landscapes, from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland.
Explore the green forest canopy where you can crane your neck to see some of
the tallest flowering trees in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows
you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species
including Scrubtit, Black Currawong and Tasmanian Thornbill. After lunch, you
may have another opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet
Platypus in the wild. Return to Hobart in the late afternoon

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (Mountain View Room or similar)
Meals:                 Breakfast and Lunch


Day 5/Saturday                      

MARIA ISLAND

This morning, travel to the seaside village of Triabunna and board a ferry to cross
the Mercury Passage to Maria Island. This unique island national park sits just
off Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking along with historic
ruins, sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. This island
sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife, including bare
nosed wombats, Cape Barren geese, Tasmanian pademelons, kangaroo, wallabies and
even the Tasmanian Devil in their natural environment. In the afternoon, make
your way down the east coast into Tasmanian’s capital city, Hobart

Accommodation:         Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (Mountain View Room or similar)

Meals:                         Breakfast and Picnic Lunch


Day 6/Sunday                         

TASMAN PENINSULA 

The Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site are some of Tasmania’s
most visited destinations. Set in tranquil gardens Tasmania’s famous convict settlement
site harbours a dark history which our experienced guide will bring to life. Visit the famous
geological features of the peninsula as you explore the rugged coastline.

Accommodation:         Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (Mountain View Room or similar)
Meals:                         Breakfast and Lunch


Day 7/Monday                       

FREYCINET – WINEGLASS BAY 

This morning we take a brief stop in the historic village of Richmond where you can soak up the
nostalgia of colonial times. Then relax and enjoy a scenic drive along
Tasmania’s East Coast to the Freycinet Peninsula, with its exceptional beauty,
pristine white sandy beaches and granite coastline. Walk the track up to the world-famous Wineglass Bay
lookout for some stunning photo opportunities, with views across Freycinet
National Park. A shorter clifftop walks around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville
is also on offer.

Accommodation:         Freycinet Lodge (One Room Cabin or similar)              
Meals:                         Breakfast and Lunch


Day 8/Tuesday                      

FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK – LAUNCESTON 

This morning depart the beautiful East Coast and continue your journey to
Launceston, for an introductory tour of Tasmania’s largest northern city.
Explore the scenic Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River forces its way through sheer rocky
cliffs. Evoke memories of the genteel Victorian era as you stroll in the
landscaped gardens.  After lunch, your guide will bid you farewell. 

Meals:                         Breakfast and Lunch


NOTE:
This tour ends in Launceston today after lunch at approximately 1:30 pm. 

Guests have the option to fly out of Launceston from 3:30 pm onwards.