This incredible 3 day adventure takes in 3 of the most beautiful and iconic tourist attractions in Tasmania – visit Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay & Cradle Mountain all in just 3 action packed days!
Day 1: Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils
Departs: Hobart at 7:30am; Returns: Hobart 6:00pm
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation arranged by About Australia)
Description: Take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, and along the short but spectacular Waterfall Bay Clifftop Track. This is one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”, around 45 minutes, concluding at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.
Next stop is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Arrive here for the action of a Tasmanian Devil Feeding. Watch the snarling, fighting and bone crushing in a spectacle of devilish behavior during the feeding. Hand feed the wallabies and walk amongst the local fauna and flora in the charming “Unzoo” setting. Just a short drive down the road, enter the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you have around 2.5 hours to explore the site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with Port Arthur’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”.
On your return to Hobart, you’ll stop at Federation Chocolate with a variety of chocolate flavors to sample. In the late afternoon, you’ll visit historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted! Last but not least, you’ll stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city. You will be dropped off at your Hobart accommodation.
Day 2: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
Departs: Hobart 7:30am; Returns: Launceston 7:00pm
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation arranged by About Australia) (Bring your luggage today!)
Description: Depart Hobart heading east then following the coastline north. You will travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as you make your way to Freycinet National Park. Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s first National Parks, famous for its rich and stunning coastal landscapes. Pink Granite Mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and amazing walking trails.
As you enter the Freycinet area you’ll have a brief stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for anyone interested in the local oysters fresh from the surrounding pristine waters. You’ll walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where your guide will help you take those sought-after photographs and offer you some walking options for the day. This walk takes around 1.5 hours, is graded as an easy, but uphill walk. If you are a keen walker, you can continue the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5 hr return walking time). You’ll have time on this famous beach to take a swim, relax, eat your lunch or meander along the white sands.
If you prefer to select the shorter walking option, you can explore other areas of Freycinet with your tour guide. Visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay, & Cape Tourville Lighthouse. You’ll re-group ready for the return journey to Launceston. Still on the East Coast you’ll make a final stop at the Devils Corner Winery. This new attraction on the East Coast has amazing views, gelato, fresh seafood including oysters, and of course wine tasting.
Day 3: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Departs: Launceston 7:30am; Returns: Launceston 7:00pm
Description: Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning world heritage listed area. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park the tours offers a flexible walking itinerary to suit your needs and the weather conditions on the day.
After departing Launceston, enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural.
Continue your journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time. Begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here you can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views. The more active, have the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This walk is rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.
Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. Learn some of the local history while you visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk. Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience. On return to Launceston, you’ll stop and sample some local tasty products at the award winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
-Mon, Wed & Fri (01 Dec – 30 April)
-Wed only (01 May – 30 Sept)
-Wed & Fri (01 Oct – 30 Nov)
Multiple Day Tour
Starts in Hobart, Ends in Launceston
Approx. 7:30 am – 7:00pm
-National Park entrance fees
-Wildlife park entrance fees
-Professional guides & interpretative walks
-Small, friendly groups
-CBD Hotel pick up and drop off
Need to Know
-Meals are not included and Accommodation is booked separately by About Australia.
-This tour can be taken in reverse, starting in Launceston and ending in Hobart.
-Pre-night in Hobart is required.
-Post-night in Launceston may be required, dependent on flight schedules.
-All times are an approximation.