Natural beauty and captivating heritage will delight visitors to Tasmania, the southernmost state of Australia. Hear the fascinating retellings of how the capital city, Hobart, was established and the early characters that helped shape it. Take a self-drive adventure of discovery and uncover the pure, hidden treasures of this island state with stops in Freycinet and Cradle Mountain National Parks. Finish with a stay in Sydney, including the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural
Day By Day
Day 1 – Arrive in Hobart
Your driver will be waiting for you in the baggage claim area. You will be transferred by private vehicle directly from Hobart Airport to your accommodation (approximately 25-30 minutes drive).Starting Accommodation:
Crowne Plaza Hobart
Day 2 – Grand Hobart Walk
Discover Hobart by foot and hear the fascinating stories of how Tasmania's capital city was established and how it became the vibrant waterfront city it now is. Your local guide will identify the heritage-listed buildings and tell the stories of the characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart. The Grand Hobart Walk combines the Historic Walk with a tour of Salamanca and Battery Point. Starting Accommodation:
Crowne Plaza Hobart
Day 3 – Hobart to Freycinet - Self Drive
Please make your way to collect your rental vehicle. From Hobart, follow the A3 (Tasman Highway) to Sorell. From Sorell, follow the A3 (Tasman Highway) through Orford and Swansea to the Coles Bay/Freycinet turn off. Total distance is approximately 120 miles (195 kilometers); an estimated time for the drive is around 2.5-to-3 hours.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Freycinet National Park at Leisure
Freycinet National Park is loaded with natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range that dominate the Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay. The short trek to Wineglass Bay lookout is a bit of a scramble, but it's well worth it for one of Tasmania's most photographed views.There are many more short walks across the park that are suitable for all abilities and that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons. For an excellent half day trek, continue on from the Wineglass Bay lookout down to the beautiful, perfectly curved beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing views of Great Oyster Bay and the coastline surrounding the sleepy seaside village of Swansea. The Hazards look their best at sunrise and sunset when the pink granite glows bright and brilliant. For a longer trek, take on the whole length of the Freycinet Peninsula on a minimum two day walk, taking in more remote places like Cooks Beach and Bryans Beach. Be prepared with water and supplies and take your time for an even longer stay in this beautiful part of Tasmania.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Freycinet to Cradle Mountain - Self Drive
From Freycinet, rejoin the A-3 (Tasman Highway) back toward Hobart to A3-B34 junction. You will follow B34 (Lake Leake Road) to Campbell Town, a historic town where numerous churches of various denominations are classified by the National Trust. Follow the A1 (Midlands Highway) to Perth where you can by-pass Launceston and join the B-52. This road will rejoin the A1 (now the Bass Highway) to Deloraine, a pretty town on the Meander River in northwest Tasmania. At Deloraine, take B12 to Mole Creek. At Mole Creek, time permitting, visit the Mole Creek Wildlife Park and see a Tasmanian Devil in the flesh! After Mole Creek, you begin to make your ascent into the mountainous interior. Follow B12 to King Soloman Cave and join C138. Stay on C138 to C136 where you take a left. Look for signs to Cradle Mountain. Allow a full day for travel today; and special care must be taken if traveling at dusk or after dark, as there will be a lot of animals crossing the road [wallabies, devils, possums, echidnas, wombats].Starting Accommodation:
Cradle Mountain Hotel Meals:
Day 6 – Cradle Mountain National Park at Leisure
Carved by glacial ice more than 20,000 years ago, Cradle Mountain National Park is Tasmania's most beloved wilderness area. Its deep gorges, wild moorlands and glacial lakes are enjoyed by hikers of all abilities. Day walks to Lake St. Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake, are popular, but it is the spectacular trek from there to Cradle Mountain that has earned its reputation as a bush-walker's Mecca.Starting Accommodation:
Cradle Mountain Hotel Meals:
Day 7 – Cradle Mountain to Launceston - Self Drive & Travel to Sydney
If you are driving to Launceston to take a flight, leave Cradle Mountain at least 3 hours prior to flight departure time. If you have a little more time, there are many places of interest along the way. Make a stop at the small town of Sheffield, just at the foot of the mountains. Sheffield is noted for its murals painted on the sides of buildings along the main street. For some of Tasmania's best scenery, travel via the north coast towns of Wynyard, Burnie, Pelican and Devonport. The Bass Highway follows the coastline most of the way. In season, you will see fields of lavender and tulips extending right to the ocean, a photographer's delight.
Takeoff to Sydney and continue on the next stage of your adventure.
Welcome to Sydney. Upon arrival, walk towards the baggage area to meet your driver who will be waiting. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodations.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour & BridgeClimb Summit - Day Climb
Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People. This tour experience is Aboriginal owned and was developed by Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. The tour is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share their cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year old harbor, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal People lived in the area.
BridgeClimb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by a professional BridgeClimb leader on an adventure of the world's most recognizable bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360-degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all climbers in the group receiving an identical photo. For safety reasons climbers cannot take personal items onto the bridge (including cameras). Please note that refunds are not provided for voluntary cancellations. For climbers aged 75 years and older, a certificate of fitness must be signed by a physician and presented at check in.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Sydney at Leisure
It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.
It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.
There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Depart Sydney
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Sydney International Airport.
Package Level: Superior
|Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.|
|5/1/2022 - 8/31/2022||$3,585|
|9/1/2022 - 9/30/2022||$3,670|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$3,925|
|12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022||$3,855|
|1/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$3,930|
|5/1/2022 - 8/31/2022||$4,740|
|9/1/2022 - 9/30/2022||$4,915|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$5,425|
|12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022||$5,285|
|1/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$5,435|
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