Once forgotten by many Australians, Tasmania – or often called Tassie – has carved out a formidable reputation as a cultural hub, a wilderness playground and a foodie hot spot. Your nine-day adventure begins in Hobart, where you will explore the bustling weekend market, discover fascinating arts inside MONA and wind through an endless array of dining scene. We will also absorb the beauty of surrounding areas; delve into Port Arthur’s dark history, hike through the serene Mt Field National Park and savor in Bruny Island’s fresh produce before leaving the capital city with no stone unturned. Spend the second part of your journey in the great outdoors and conquer two of the most famous icons of Tasmania: The sparkling Wineglass Bay and the legendary Cradle Mountain
From the outside world, Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is famously known for its disturbing and almost hallucinatory collections and festivals. But its presence extends beyond just art. Since it was first opened in 2011, MONA has sparked a renaissance that turned Hobart from a backwater town into a cool cultural hub and has created many sources of life for its residents. Besides the signature “Monanism” exhibitions, today the museum also offers roaring dining scene along with a chic lounge to swill the famous Moorilla wine or Moo brew beer.
Ease into local’s life by strolling through Salamanca Market, Australia’s largest outdoor market, where you can find literally everything from fresh produce to wood-fired pizza, antiques and paintings.
Approximately an hour away from Hobart, the untouched Bruny Island is stuffed with yumminess. Here, indulge in a wonderful farm-to-table gourmet experience where you can taste delicious local products from shucked oyster to colorful berries, cheeses and whiskeys. Lunch will be served al fresco in a small family-owned vineyard and paired with the region’s most tasty Pinot Noir. Then, we will cross the incredibly narrow neck that connects South and North Island and walks into South Bruny National Park, home to the famous Fluted Cape and rare white wallabies. At the end of the day, a scenic plane will float you back to Hobart, giving you a rare opportunity to admire the entire island panorama from high above.
Today, we will enjoy a full day trekking adventure inside Tasmania’s oldest National Parks. Along your forest canopy walk to Russell Falls, you will encounter some of the tallest trees in the world and cross tracks with native Tasmanian wildlife from quolls to elusive platypus and rare aviaries. We will also visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for a firsthand feeding experience with resident Tasmanian Devils, wombats, sugar gliders and wallabies while learning about the ultimate project to re-integrate them into the wild.
On this Tasman Peninsula tour, we will travel back in time to revisit one of Australia’s darkest past; the moment when tens of thousands of British convicts were enslaved and mentally punished in Port Arthur. Today, this former timber station house more than thirty UNESCO-protected buildings and museums for you to explore and hundreds of haunting stories to keep you entertained. We will also visit interesting geological features along the peninsula such as the Tasman Arch, the tessellated pavement and the Devil’s Kitchen.
Spend two days traverse through the outstanding beauty of Freycinet National Park. There are plenty of outdoor activities for you to choose such as kayaking, mountain biking and fly fishing; but for a truly immersive experience, take the 5 km guided walk across the crystal white sands of South hazard Beach with lauded Wineglass Bay view at the end of the trail. Other non-active experiences are equally tempting and worth to try from visiting a local oyster farm to clay shooting and winemaking experience.
Nobody would have thought – at least not the British in the 18th century – that two colonial settlements, once set up to protect the island from French invasion, would carry their rivalry for the next two centuries – up until today. When you enter the city of Launceston, everybody you meet will convince you that they are better than Hobart, their parks are more beautiful, their food scene is zestier and they have their own piece of wilderness, the sublime Cataract Gorge. You will have the chance to prove that claim as we spend two nights in this picturesque city.
Rises 1.545 meters over moorlands and glacial lakes, The Cradle Mountain is easily one of the most remarkable places on Australia, if not the earth. Inside the National Park, there are a plethora of awe-inspiring trails waiting to be discovered from the gentler Dove Lake circuit to Cradle Valley Waterfall zigzag walk and challenging Cradle Summit Climb. No matter which trail you pick, keep your eyes open at all times as we often encounter amazing wildlife including wallabies, wombats and if you are lucky enough, platypus and Tasmanian Devils.
End the journey with an exquisite wine tasting at Josef Chromy’s Vineyard followed by a scrumptious lunch filled with Tasmanian flavors
Combine this itinerary with other wonderful Tasmanian Experiences
Take on one of the greatest walks of Australia in Maria Island that combines tranquil scenery with exciting wildlife watching and rich history
Go Off-the-beaten-path to Strahan at Western Tasmania and enjoy a quiet cruise over Gordon River’s dark waters and rainforest reflection.
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