Tasmania, Australia’s ‘island state’ will take your breath away with its pure, clean air, magnificent landscapes, abundant wildlife and intriguing history
- Explore the cities of Launceston and Hobart, which are both home to some superb museums, markets and restaurants serving the very best Tasmanian food and wine
- Go in search of Tasmanian devils amid the striking landscapes of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
- Discover Tasmania’s dark convict past at Sarah Island, a former prison near the harbour-side town of Strahan on the island’s remote west coast
- 1 Night Launceston
- 2 Nights Cradle Mountain
- 1 Night Strahan
- 2 Nights Hobart
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Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Wildlife
Take a journey along the wild, west coast of Tasmania, exploring pristine wilderness and a magnificent world heritage landscape. From the vibrant city of Launceston you’ll head inland to Cradle Mountain, a rugged, wilderness of ancient rainforests and mountain lakes. Strahan has a dark, convict history and is a fascinating place to explore, before arriving in Hobart, the state capital and a thriving blend of heritage, scenery and culture.
Day by day itinerary
Depart for Australia
Depart London on your flight to Launceston arriving on day 3.
Packed with city charm, excellent food and wine and wilderness right on the doorstep, Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and one of the best preserved early cityscapes in Australia with elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture framing the streets. Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston's star natural attraction. You’ll also enjoy the wealth of culture on offer at the many art galleries and museums and there is opportunity to indulge in some gourmet delights with the abundance of famous cool climate wines and fine dining.
On arrival at the airport, collect your hire car and make your way to your marina-front hotel. Located on the site of an old dock, this stylishly designed hotel in the shape of a ship has a distinctly nautical feel. Peppers Seaport has spectacular views overlooking the wharf strip and marina, while the rooms are spacious and well-equipped. Best of all, it’s just five minutes from the city centre.
Stay: Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston (Superior)
A scenic two-hour drive will take you from the bright lights of the city to the breathtaking natural beauty of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, this area is home to the renowned Overland Track walking trail and Cradle Mountain, as well as an abundance of wildlife including the Tasmanian devil, quolls, platypus, echidna and wombats.
Your base for the next two nights is Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, long regarded as one of Australia’s iconic wildlife experiences. Rooms are dotted throughout the resort and you can enjoy a choice of daily guided activities, relax in the Alpine Spa or head out and explore one of the many walking trails under your own steam.
Stay: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain (Superior)
Continue your drive south to Strahan, tucked away on the edge of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. This harbour-side village has a dark yet fascinating convict past and is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers toughing it out in Tassie's Wild West. Take time to visit Sarah Island – a once notorious prison and a powerful reminder of the brutal treatment handed out to Tasmania’s felons. Today, Strahan is much more charming – a vibrant village with artisan shops and some excellent restaurants. There are also numerous activities on offer, including kayaking and jet boating on the Gordon River.
You’ll stay at Risby Cove – the only true waterfront accommodation in Strahan – set in a peaceful cove that was once a commercial maritime centre. This is a great base from which to explore with the cruise boats and rail terminal just a short walk away.
Stay: Risby Cove, Strahan (Superior)
The drive from Strahan to Hobart is beautifully scenic. Journey through mountains, lakes and quaint towns, before descending into Tasmania’s capital city – the second oldest in Australia. Mt. Wellington offers an impressive backdrop to a vibrant, waterside city, which is an interesting mix of heritage, scenery and culture. Not with modern credentials, the city is home to some of Australia’s finest restaurants and attractions. Salamanca Place is just a short stroll from the waterfront and is a great place to explore galleries, theatres, shops and restaurants all set in 1830s Georgian warehouses. If you’re in Hobart on a Saturday, take a stroll around the Salamanca Market – a colourful celebration of Tasmania’s creative artisans and diverse producers.
Your accommodation in Hobart is The Henry Jones Art Hotel – a contemporary space, housed in a former jam factory and Australia’s first hotel dedicated to art. With each of the hotel’s 56 rooms individually designed, you can expect a sleek and modern style which sits alongside untouched nineteenth century sandstone walls, stunning harbour views, a prime location and a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 pieces of art.
Stay: Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart (Deluxe)
After breakfast, return your car to the airport and board your return flight to London.
Arrive back in the UK after your overnight flight and continue your onward journey home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
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Book by: 30 September 2017
from £1,780 pp. incl. flights
from £1,830 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights between London, Launceston & Hobart, via Melbourne
- 6 nights accommodation staying in 4* (Superior) hotels on a mix of B&B and Room Only
- 7 days medium car hire with max cover
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