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Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania’s West Coast Explorer

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,850 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Explore Australia’s island state, home to magnificent landscapes and an intriguing past

Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant cities of Launceston and Hobart
  • Go in search of Tasmanian devils in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • Discover Tasmania’s convict past at Sarah Island, a former prison near the harbour-side town of Strahan

In Brief

  • 1 Night Launceston
  • 2 Nights Cradle Mountain
  • 1 Night Strahan
  • 2 Nights Hobart

About

Recommended for:
Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Wildlife

Take a journey along the wild, west coast of Tasmania, exploring pristine landscapes and world heritage sites alike. From the vibrant city of Launceston you’ll head inland to Cradle Mountain, a spectacularly rugged wilderness of ancient rainforests and high mountain lakes. Then, head on to Strahan to explore its dark, convict past before arriving into Hobart, the state capital and a thriving blend of heritage and culture in a truly stunning setting.  

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart UK

Depart London on your flight to Launceston arriving on day three.

Day 3
Launceston

Packed with city charm, excellent food and wine and with the countryside right on the doorstep, Launceston is one of the best preserved early cityscapes in Australia. Just a short walk from the elegant Victorian architecture of the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston's star natural attraction. There's also a wealth of culture on offer at art galleries and museums, and the opportunity to indulge in some gourmet delights from cool-climate wines to world-class 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, Peppers Seaport has spectacular views overlooking the wharf strip and marina, just five minutes from the centre of town.

Stay: Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 4-5
Cradle Mountain

A scenic two-hour drive will take you to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it's home to the renowned Overland Track walking trail and wildlife including quolls, platypus, echidna, wombats and Tasmanian devils. 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)

Meals: B

Day 6
Strahan

Continue to Strahan, tucked away on the edge of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. This harbour-side village 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)

Days 7-8
Hobart

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.

Stay: Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 9
Departure

After breakfast, return your car to the airport and board your return flight to London.

Day 10
Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK after your overnight flight and continue your onward journey home.

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,850 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £1,850 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,905 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • 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 bases 
  • 7 days medium car hire with max cover

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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