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Tassie's Parks & Nature

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Tassie's Parks & Nature

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.4 Based on 8 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Coach Group Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
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 Trip Starts
Hobart
 Trip Finishes
Launceston
7 Day Tassie's Parks & Nature Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: Australia
Our Price From 3,751 Per Person
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 Trip Length
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 Trip Starts
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 Trip Finishes
Launceston
7 Day Tassie's Parks & Nature Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: Australia
Accommodation
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Max. Group Size
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Trip Style
First Choice
Trip Code
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Accommodation
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Trip Style
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Overview

Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 7 Day Tassie's Parks & Nature. On Tasmania’s West Coast discover Russell Falls, the dark waters of the Gordon River, and the pristine beauty of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. Visit historic Hobart and riverside Launceston in the north. The island state’s artisan produce is justly famous – enjoy delicious gourmet cheeses and elegant cool-climate wines.
Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 7 Day Tassie's Parks & Nature. The wild West Coast of Tasmania awaits. From Hobart to Launceston, World Heritage listed wilderness areas, off-the-map cruises, and so many opportunities to sample local produce are all on the agenda. Tours to Tasmania don’t get much better than this, uniting a Gordon River cruise with a Cradle Mountain tour and Hobart tour. The Apple Isle in a scenic snapshot.

Itinerary

Welcome to Hobart! Enjoy a leisurely start to your tour by having a wander around the picturesque Constitution Dock at your doorstep or take a stroll along the Derwent River before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon for a Welcome Reception followed by delicious meal at Tasman Restaurant. (D) Stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (2 nights)

Wake up today to the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts, and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce, meeting the friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Take a moment to sit back and relax at one of Salamanca's cafes and watch the world pass you by with cooling ale or locally produced cider. This afternoon it's all aboard for a city sights tour of Tassie's capital. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens visit historic Battery Point, and Cascade Brewery before driving up to Mt. Nelson for panoramic views over the city. (B)

Journey west to magnificent Mt. Field National Park to see picturesque Russell Falls. Breath in the fresh moist air when you join your Travel Director for a stroll to the tiered falls through luscious green rainforest. Later take the winding journey to picturesque Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. Continuing along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, you’ll pass through the moonscape of the mining town of Queenstown before your final stop today at the seaside township of Strahan. Enjoy views of magnificent Macquarie Harbour, seven times the size of Sydney Harbour, from your hotel perched on the hillside. (B/D) Stay: Strahan Village

A highlight today is your cruise on the Gordon River. Be awestruck by the dark waters, stained amber by Button-grass tannins, which reflect the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania's convict history, and see Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbour. This afternoon pass through the mining towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you travel to your hotel on the boundary of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. (B/L/D) Stay: Cradle Mountain Hotel (2 nights)

This morning you'll marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a visit to the Waldheim Chalet for insight into the early history of the Cradle Mountain area. Later, take a guided walk by Dove Lake. You may spot Bennett's wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way. (B/D)

After breakfast, take a walk with a local expert through the Hellyers Road Whisky Distillery in Burnie. You’ll then make your way east to Mount Gnomon Farm hidden high in the hills overlooking the picturesque township of Penguin. Here you will enjoy a Be My Guest lunch by host and passionate farmer, Guy Robertson who will show you around his garden and property. Continue to quirky Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’, before travelling through the Meander Valley to Launceston. (B/L) Stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston (2 nights)

Emerge yourself in Launceston's magnificent Cataract Gorge before taking a scenic drive through rolling hills for a delicious lunch and wine-tasting at Josef Chromy Wines. After lunch you may like to take an optional cruise on the beautiful Tamar River. This afternoon your holiday comes to an end, or why not stay an extra night and enjoy some of our other optional experiences in and around Launceston? (B/L)

The Tasmanian capital, Hobart, packs a lot of punch into such a small perimeter, from restaurants that garner global praise to moody wine bars, eye-opening galleries, waterside walks and character-filled historic precincts. Explore at your leisure - or book a Hobart tour - before meeting the adventurous souls who will keep you company over the next week. (D) Stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart (2 Nights)

Three hundred - that's the number of stalls you'll navigate this morning at Hobart's mighty Salamanca Market. Get your heart started sampling gin and whisky or order a coffee and bulging bacon-and-egg burger while perusing made-in-Tasmania arts and crafts. The Salamanca precinct, amid historic sandstone buildings, is almost as pretty as the produce.

This afternoon you'll see what makes Hobart tick, from the leafy Botanical Gardens to historic Battery Point and Cascade Brewery. It all fits neatly together when you get some perspective from the lofty Mt. Nelson Lookout, gazing over the River Derwent, all the way to Bruny Island in the south. What a start to your tours of Tasmania. (B)

The West Coast of Tassie is wild - in the best possible way. The air seems cleaner, the lakes cooler, the colours brighter, the waterfalls larger… as you'll discover when the mist envelops you at tiered Russell Falls. This is part of Mt. Field National Park, the state's most diverse nature reserve. Speaking of breaking records, Lake St. Clair is the deepest of its kind in Australia, carved by ice during glaciations over the last two million years.

Pausing here puts life into perspective, in the best possible way. Skirt the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, characterised by soaring Huon pines, before arriving in Strahan. Small in population but big in personality, the town overlooks the immense Macquarie Harbour. Did you know it's seven times the size of Sydney Harbour? Locals-only insights like this are among the reasons why Tasmania touring is a must. (B/D) Stay: Strahan Village

Today's watery welcome is the deep, dark Gordon River, its expanse coloured by tannins from button grass. Soak up the silence of this untouched wilderness area on a Gordon River cruise out to Sarah Island, a former penal settlement - Tassie's oldest - where convicts laboured under harsh conditions felling pines for boat-building. The haunting ruins that remain have been reclaimed by the rainforest, telling a chilling story of life on the land. As do mining towns Rosebery and Tullah, enveloped by dense forest and volcanic mountains.

This is your backdrop en route to immense Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, a mecca for some of Australia's most elusive wildlife: keep watch for Tasmanian devils and platypuses, and sign up for optional tours that guarantee you spot them. You won't be disappointed. (B/L/D) Stay: Cradle Mountain Hotel (2 Nights)

Cradle Mountain tours have not always been pristine - the region owes much of its protected status to early settlers Gustav and Kate Weindorfer, who were pivotal in championing the conservation of the area. Their efforts are remembered at Waldheim Chalet, their former home, set among myrtles and King Billy pines that gradually give way to moss-covered ancient rainforests and deep river gorges, snow-tipped peaks and wild alpine moorlands.

This is the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, carved by glacial waterways like Dove Lake. You can see why Bennetts wallabies, echidnas, wombats and pademelons live here - you, too, will find it hard to tear yourself away. If you're a night person, consider enlisting to spot Tassie's nocturnal animals, whether at a devil sanctuary or in the wild. Optional Cradle Mountain tours see you spotting (and even feeding) elusive creatures. Where else in the world can you say you've fed a devil? (B/D)

Bring your appetite as today - the final day on your life-changing tour from Launceston to Hobart - you'll try some of the state's most applauded produce. First stop is Hellyers Road Whisky Distillery. Tasmanian tipples - whether whisky or gin - take home global awards for good reason, as you'll fast discover. Steel yourself for the ciders fermented at Mount Gnomon Farm, in the hills overlooking the petite town of Penguin. If there's an Australian destination with a cuter name, we're yet to find it on any map.

Here, passionate farmer Guy Robertson will pour brews made from apples grown in his heritage orchard, before you sit down to a farm-to-table Be My Guest lunch. Then you're on your way to quirky Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals', before travelling through the Meander Valley to Launceston. (B/L) Stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Your final day of Tasmania touring ends on a high in Cataract Gorge, a rare natural phenomenon on the outskirts of Launceston. There's bushland on one side, and a Victorian garden replete with ferns and exotic plants on the other. Get a different perspective of the green cavern on the scenic chairlift, zipping you over the water to a lofty lookout.

You can't leave Tassie without sipping a few of its cool-climate wines, perhaps a pinot noir or flute of sparkling enjoyed overlooking the manicured grounds of the Josef Chromy Estate. Be sure to wander the grounds before you sample the range, then settle in with your favourite drop enjoyed over lunch. This afternoon is yours: if you're not heading home yet, we recommend extending your adventure with an optional cruise along the Tamar River. A fitting end to a week of wonderment. (B/L)

Trip Inclusions

  • Enjoy insider knowledge on the best food, wine and experiences from your Travel Director, as you explore historic Hobart.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the early settlers in Sheffield through the many murals painted around the town.
  • Your holiday contributes to National Parks and Wildlife, protecting Tasmania's wilderness including the Franklin-Gordon Rivers.

  • 'First Choice' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

  • 6 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Warm layers in cooler months

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Hobart Airport
  • Day 7 – flights to depart after 5.00pm from Launceston Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

  • Carved by ice during glaciations over the last two million years, Lake St Clair is the deepest of its kind in Australia. Added bonus – it's surrounded by World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
  • Bring your elastic-waisted pants: cheese, wine, whisky and cider all await. The best bit? You get to go behind the scenes with the makers.
  • Farmer Guy Robertson knows a thing or two about growing heritage apples. Taste the fruit of his labour in lip-smacking ciders, enjoyed over a Be My Guest lunch.
  • Your visit contributes to National Parks and Wildlife, protecting Tasmania's wilderness including the Franklin-Gordon Rivers.

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tasmanian Wilderness
  • Centrally located premium hotels

  • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with Wine
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 3:00pm into Hobart Airport
  • Day 7: Flights to depart after 5:00pm from Launceston Airport

  • Dove Lake Walk at Cradle Mountain - Moderate level of fitness required. This 6km track is one of Tasmania's premier walks. It will take you right around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. The track is on a board walk for much of the way. It's a Grade 2 Circuit hike and should take around 2 hours to complete. Alternate short walks are available which the Tour Director will advise.

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Trip Reviews (8) View All Most Recent 'Tassie's Parks & Nature' Reviews

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AVG. RATING 4.38 / 5
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Great tour of Tassie West Coast 0 , NSW, Australia, Mar 2022
As always Global Journeys were great to work with when deciding and booking our AAT Kings Tassies Parks and Nature tour. Thanks Georgie for your professionalism. Our tour was well run with a great guide (Dave) and excellent driver (Tom). Felt very safe throughout the tour. Tour was well placed. Boat cruise on the Gordon River and Sarah Island was excellent. ...read more Accommodation was good and most hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Included meals were good. Added bonus of 2 drink vouchers when having included dinners was also a nice inclusion. One hotel needs to update their staff on the conditions of use of these vouchers. I think AAT kings were going to address the issue as well.

Included stops were good. The only disappointment was the Wall in the Wilderness being deleted from our itinerary. As we stayed extra nights in Launceston after the tour we were able to travel there ourselves. AAT Kings need to resolve the issues that have prevented them visiting as other tour operators include it in their itineraries. Will happily use Global Journeys for future holidays and also AAT Kings.
A great Tasmanian holiday 0 , Hong Kong, Jan 2020
Everything was good, selection of hotel, meals, tour leader, driver, the coach, the pace, the excursions. We felt looked after. I especially enjoyed the river cruise at Strahan, the Cradle Mountain experience, and the winery lunch and wine tasting at Launceston - all three are included activities.
Tassie's Parks & Nature 2 , ACT, Australia, Mar 2018
I like small group travel and somehow that got lost in my booking process. There were 44 of us, Far too many, although it was a very good prompt group, except for one couple - there's always one! So, no, I wouldn't book with this company again.

After lots of travel both here and overseas where I've experienced great guides, this one was not one of ...read more those; she needs a lot of coaching on how to use a microphone, her descriptions and advice re things to see and do in spare time were rambling and we learnt a lot about her family - not what I want to learn when travelling in a new area.
I would definitely go on an AAT Kings tour again 0 , Australia, Jan 2014
Enjoyed the tour operators' experience in showing us features/areas I would not have done on my own. A friendly, mixed group of people on our tour, you could dine with someone every meal, or choose to have free time in your room. Most accommodation was very good, all were clean but the meals at Strahan and Cradle Mountain were standouts. The walk along ...read more the lake at Cradle Mountain was fabulous and would have preferred more time walking around this natural beauty. I would definitely go on an AAT Kings tour again, this time Western Australia, money permitting.
Enjoyed our tour although itinerary was disrupted by fires 0 , Australia, Jan 2013
Susy and I enjoyed our West Coast Tasmanian tour although we couldn't go to some of the places affected by the fires (e.g Russell Falls). The tour director, the driver as well as our fellow passengers were excellent. Thanks a lot!
Exceptional tour 1 , Australia, Jan 2013
I'm completing this survey on behalf of my dad (Theo Kurrer). He is a South African resident & has since returned home (he is not great with technology, so asked me to complete this for him). He loved the tour - the tour guide, coach, accommodation, fellow tour participants, food and activities were all exceptional.
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