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Tasmania: Hobart, Launceston & National Parks

Pristine wilderness; world-class food & wine

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Introduction

This small island state is Australia's most decentralised and geographically diverse – a 90-minute drive can take you from ancient rainforest valleys, highlands and lakes to long white-sand beaches. The stunning wilderness has been recognised beyond Australia's borders, with 20 per cent of the island recognised as World Heritage Area.

Urban charm

A fabulous waterfront area and fine Georgian buildings are among the standout features of Tasmania’s picturesque capital, Hobart, which lines the banks of the Derwent River and is home to half the state’s population. Launceston, too, is a delight to explore with its vibrant cafes, museums, delightful Victorian buildings and swathes of parkland. And, on the west coast, the cheery little fishing town of Strahan on Macquarie Harbour makes a great base from which to explore the nearby beaches and rainforest.  

Spectacular wilderness

The 161,000 hectares that form Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park comprise a dizzyingly beautiful landscape of glaciers, lakes, moorland and jagged mountains. It's a pristine home to all manner of wonderful wildlife, from kangaroos to Tasmanian devils, as well as wildflowers in spring and whole network of walking trails that take in the best views. Meanwhile, on the coast, the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay and the pinky-orange peaks of the Hazard Mountains set the scene for the outstanding luxury of Saffre Freycinet lodge. 

World-class food & wine

With a whole host of local brewers, wine makers and food producers and artisans, Tasmania has developed a well-deserved reputation among foodies worldwide. The state's cool-climate wines, particularly chardonnays and pinot noirs, are regularly rated among Australia's best, while the chance to shuck fresh oysters off the coast at Freycinet National Park or tuck into a succulent rib-eye steak at Launceston's renowned Black Cow Bistro will satisfy even the most ardent epicurean.

A convict past

As the notorious penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land, this island, located across the Bass Strait from mainland Australia, became synonymous with remoteness and hardship. And it's still possible to chart the island's convict past today, with sites such as that at Port Arthur laying bare the hardships suffered by convicts in the 19th century. In 1830, this site on Tasmania’s southeast coast was a place to imprison convicts who had committed further crimes on the island. Its natural features and rumours of shark-infested waters made escape impossible.

Special offers in Tasmania: Hobart, Launceston & National Parks

Majesty of Milford on Regent Seven Seas

15-day cruise from £9,375 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expedition

22 night expedition voyage from £25,615 pp

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cruise offer

Crystal Endeavor Launch Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Voyage highlights: Scott and Shackleton’s historic huts, McMurdo (USA) and Scott’s Station (New Zealand) Visit Balleny Islands & Ross Sea Expedition cruising, glacier landings, Borschgrevink’s historic hut, Drygalski Ice Tongue, Dry Valleys and pack ice cruising.

Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expedition

22 night expedition voyage from £25,575 pp

Special
cruise offer

Crystal Endeavor Launch Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Voyage highlights: Scott and Shackleton’s historic huts, Balleny Islands & Ross Sea expedition cruising, glacier landings, Borschgrevink’s Hut, Drygalski Ice Tongue, pack ice cruising, Ross Ice Shelf.

Holiday Expedition to New Zealand & Australia

15 night expedition voyage from £14,690 pp

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Crystal Endeavor Launch Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Voyage highlights: New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour, Captain Cook Monument & Motuara Island, Golden Bay & Ulva Island, Twofold Bay, Freycinet National Park, Adventure Bay and Friar Rock.

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Top itineraries in Tasmania: Hobart, Launceston & National Parks

Tasmania’s West Coast Explorer

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,885 pp incl. flights

Explore the west coast of Tasmania uncovering its dark convict past, encountering unique wildlife and travelling through some of Australia's most spectacular wilderness.

Tasmania’s Food & Wine Trail

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,100 pp incl. flights

Tuck into the gourmet food and world-class wines of Australia’s island state. We've also included stays at some of Tasmania's finest hotels.

Pristine Tasmania ‬

14-day tailor-made cruise and stay

From wine tastings and wildlife excursions to kayaking on pretty bays and national park hikes, this small-ship cruise combines the best of Australian luxury and wilderness.

Majesty of Milford on Regent Seven Seas

15-day cruise from £9,375 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

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Top places to stay in Tasmania: Hobart, Launceston & National Parks

The Islington Hotel, Hobart

Contemporary hotel

Delightful views of Mount Wellington and a cellar stocked with fine Tasmanian wines are just two of our reasons for recommending this regency-style delight.

Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston

Traditional hotel

The Peppers Seaport Hotel takes its character from this thriving waterfront location. The interiors reflect the nautical history of the site and use local Tasmanian materials wherever possible.

Risby Cove, Strahan

Traditional resort

Risby Cove’s best asset is its location. Tucked between the waters of Macquarie Harbour and the rainforest, its restored pioneer buildings enjoy a unique position.

Freycinet Lodge, Freycinet Peninsula

Traditional lodge

This award-winning eco lodge is a superb base from which to explore the Freycinet Peninsula and its azure waters.

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Where to go in Tasmania: Hobart, Launceston & National Parks

Western Highlands

Tasmania’s western World Heritage wilderness is one the most unspoilt areas of Australia. From the mighty Franklin and Gordon Rivers to Cradle Mountain and St Clair National Park, the area is rich in adventure opportunities and pioneering spirit.

Launceston & The North

Launceston has rebranded itself and is now home to some of Australia’s most stylish accommodation options and top restaurants, including some in the wild Cataract Gorge, which runs through the centre of town.

Freycinet & The East Coast

The Freycinet National Park  peninsula and east coast are perhaps best known for magnificent Wineglass Bay.

Hobart & Surrounds

Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, is rich in heritage charm and blessed with a beautiful setting on the bay at the head of the Derwent River, overlooked by Mount Wellington.

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When to go to Tasmania: Hobart, Launceston & National Parks

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Unlike much of Australia, Tasmania has four distinct seasons.Summer (November to March) is the best time to travel, when pleasant dry days and temperatures in the mid-twenties are normal. Snow can be expected in winter (June to August), especially in the highlands. The north is generally warmer than the south and it gets drier as you move eastwards.

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