Thank you so much for leading the South Island trip we have just finished. Thanks to your excellent leadership and detailed organisation everything was so good. As the oldest in the group and the least able walker I did appreciate how you took care of me and made sure I still had a good time.
Please will you pass on my thanks to Steve also. He was very kind to me and took extra care with things like lifting my bag and walking with me at the end of the pack.
2024: 31 March – 18 April, Autumn Tour
AVAILABILITY: 2 Spaces Left
Treat yourself to the ultimate Tasmanian adventure with our 19-day tour of Tasmania. Discover Tasmania’s nature, history, wildlife, and main attractions, as well as some of our favourite local destinations. Our personalised small group tour covers the Southern trails, West, North West and East Coasts, Bruny Island and Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula, while allowing plenty of time to enjoy Hobart over a few evenings. We explore Tasmania’s famous National Parks, take a river cruise into the rainforests of the World Heritage Area, and get to see Tasmanian devils at a wildlife sanctuary. We’ll guide you on many of Tasmania’s best short walks, and throughout the tour you’ll gain an understanding of Tasmania’s fascinating history and culture.
DAY 1 Sunday 31 March
Arrive Hobart from Auckland and transfer to your hotel in the city. Relax before evening welcome drink and meal.
Day 2 Monday 1 April
After breakfast we embark on a 2.5 hour guided walking tour of Hobart city and waterfront, lunch from one of the floating restaurants along the wharf. An afternoon walk to Cascade falls and optional tour of the famous Cascade Brewery.
Day 3 Tuesday 2 April
After breakfast at our hotel we will be collected by our driver/guide for 4 days as we head south to begin our explorations in the Huon Valley. Our day is packed and includes visits to *Five Bob Farm * Art Sculpture Trail * Grandvewe cheese & Hartshorn Distillery, sit down tasting * Ian Clare Pottery * Conservatory Café for lunch * Willie Smith Apple Shed, Tasting Paddle included. Overnight at Port Huon
Day 4 Wednesday 3 April
A self catering breakfast followed by Huon River Cruise with Morning tea * a 2 course lunch at Home Hill with Wine tasting * Campo de Flori Farm tour Overnight at Port Huon
Day 5 Thursday 4 April
Today we travel a short distance to Cockle Creek National Park – as far south as you can possibly drive in Australia! And we take a day guided walk through to Lion Rock with snacks & sustenance for morning tea plus a gourmet packed lunch. This is day 1 of a 3 day trek into the vast and remote South West World Heritage Area and a popular section to ‘bank’. Overnight at Port Huon
Day 6 Friday 5 April
Following breakfast we have a Wooden Boat Centre tour * Morning tea in Franklin * drive to Hastings Caves – time for a swim/walk * Guided cave tour * Lunch at Geeveston Harvest & Light Café * Visit to Geevston VIC for Huon Pine products * Depart Geeveston to arrive back in Hobart by 4pm Overnight Hobart
Day 7 Saturday 6 April
Today we take advantage of the Saturday morning Salamanca market and waterfront. This afternoon we choose from a list of activity including a waterfront kayak, Museum visit or simply an afternoon for your own leisure.
Day 7 Sunday 7 April
A free Day. We suggest a trip to MONA museum via the fast ferry from the city waterfront.
Day 8 Monday 8 April
Today we join a slightly larger group of Under Down-Under clients, to take advantage of an exceptional guided tour into the Northern circuit of Tasmania taking in fabulous National Parks, remote wilderness areas, waterfalls, walks, river cruise and sampling as much of the local produce as we can along the way. This begins a scheduled 10 day tour. Maximum 20 persons.
Today starts with the rainforests of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, to see the beautiful Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair, Franklin River and take a short walk into the lovely Nelson Falls. As we near the historic mining town, Queenstown, take in the impressive views of the Iron Blow Lookout, Horsetail Falls and Mt Lyell.
Day 9 Tuesday 9 April
From Strahan today we’ll cruise the Gordon River which includes a guided boardwalk through the UNESCO World Heritage rainforest and the harshest penal settlement in Australia at Sarah Island. Cruise through the treacherous Hells Gates which is a narrow passageway into Macquarie Harbour and enjoy lunch aboard the ship featuring Tasmanian produce. See the workings of a huon pine sawmill to further appreciate the history of this picturesque town, before departing for an incredibly scenic drive through to Tullah.
Day 11 Wednesday 10 April
Travelling north we’ll stop at Waratah to see the lovely cascading falls then continue through Hellyer’s Gorge to the North West Coast of Tasmania. At Stanley you can take in the views of The Nut, the volcanic plug that sits proudly out to sea and provides sweeping views of the coast. We’ll make our way to the far North West Coast as far as ‘The Edge of the World’ at Arthur River. This region forms part of the wild Tarkine/takayna coast and to Tasmanian aboriginal people/palawa it is a deeply spiritual place.
Day 12 Thursday 11 April
Today offers a deeper experience of the Tarkine. This ancient rainforest is the second largest cool temperate rainforest in the world. It is a wilderness area that holds ancient relics of animals and plants as well as palawa indigenous heritage sites from thousands of years ago. At Lake Chisolm we’ll take an easy walk among moss-cloaked myrtle forest to see the flooded limestone sinkhole and keep an eye out for platypus. Sumac Lookout offers breathtaking forest views across the Arthur River, and Trowutta Arch is an extraordinary geological wonder you’ll always remember. Returning to the North West Coast, we’ll explore several seaside stops along the way, including a visit to the idyllic Boat Harbour, Table Cape, and the town of Penguin, before arriving at our accommodation in Devonport.
Day 13 Friday 12 April
Discover the alpine and glacial landscapes of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. Your guide will help you make the most of a diversity of options to see around the park, such as looking for wombats at Ronny Creek and visiting Waldheim Chalet to learn about the Park’s history. You wish to walk the outstanding Dove Lake Circuit – this 6km walk around the glacial lake beneath the peaks of Cradle Mountain is considered the best short walk in Tasmania. Before arriving in Launceston, we’ll admire the colourful murals in the town of Sheffield.
Day 14 Saturday 13 April
Visit Launceston’s stunning Cataract Gorge which is a terrific place to spot wallabies. We’ll drive to the East Coast, via St Columba Falls. We’ll stop in the fishing township of St Helens before taking our time to explore the Bay of Fires/larapuna. Clear waters, white sands and orange boulders are classic scenes from the Bay of Fires region, and you’ll love strolling along these pristine beaches. Our final destination is the charming coastal town of Bicheno, home of the little penguin. Dinner is included this evening, then you may wish to wander down to the blowhole or to the lookout for views over the Tasman Sea.
Day 15 Sunday 14 April
Freycinet is Tassie’s East Coast jewel, and we make sure to maximise your time here. See the stunning Hazards pink granite mountains from Honeymoon Bay. Walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout for views of Tasmania’s most famous beach with its curved white shores and turquoise coloured waters. At Cape Tourville enjoy panoramic views of the park and out to sea. We’ll return to Hobart via the Great Eastern Drive.
Day 16 Monday 15 April
Meet a variety of Tasmanian wildlife such as quolls, birds, wombats, kangaroos, and Tasmanian devils at Bonorong Wildlfe Sanctuary. Then, walk around the colonial village of Richmond which is home to the oldest convict-built bridges still in operation in Australia. Enjoy seeing the heritage buildings before we make our way back to Hobart via the scenic winery region, the Coal River Valley. This afternoon, we’ll share with you some of our favourite spots in Hobart’s Wellington Park. Known fondly by locals as “The Mountain”, Mount Wellington/kunanyi is a diverse natural reserve with several trails to see fern glades, eucalyptus forests, dramatic rock columns, boulder fields, and spectacular lookouts. Tonight, unwind in one of the city’s historic pubs or restaurants.
Day 17 Tuesday 16 April
Today we’ll discover the highlights of Bruny Island. After a short drive from Hobart we’ll take the ferry across the D’Entrecastreaux Channel to the island. At the isthmus between North and South Bruny, we’ll climb the 279 steps to the top of Truganini Lookout. We’ll visit South Bruny National Park and take in the incredible coastline at Cape Bruny Lighthouse. At Adventure Bay, we’ll try our luck spotting white wallabies, and finish our Bruny experience by visiting a few Bruny shops to try locally sourced and crafted products like oysters, cheese and beers.
Day 18 Wednesday 17 April
At the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn about the harsh life of convicts from the 1800’s at Australia’s best preserved convict settlement. Wander around the preserved ruins and colonial gardens and take a short harbour cruise to appreciate this open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Listed Area. Today you’ll also experience several sites and viewpoints on the magnificent Tasman Peninsula such as Pirates Bay Lookout, Tessellated Pavement, Waterfall Bay, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and Remarkable Cave. We’ll make our way back to Hobart where our guide drops us back in the City. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner for Wildside clients.
Day 19 Thursday 18 April
A free morning before our transfer to the airport for the direct flight back to Auckland midday.
How active is this tour?
The walking in Tasmania is world-class, and we’ve selected beautiful walking experiences for our guests (we include many of the 60-great-short-walks of Tasmania) Some walks are guided, while others are unguided (free walking) In many locations there is a choice between an easier or more advanced option. The Ultimate tour offers walks that are easy to moderate in difficulty.
We wish to acknowledge the palawa and pakana as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania), and recognise their ongoing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
What people say...
Andrea you were an excellent guide always patient and informative. Steve was an exceptional driver and luggage handler and everything in between. We had more than I expected The favorite parts were walking to amazing scenic spots, arches refection’s on lakes mountains stopping by rivers lakes beaches and bush to have lunch or snacks to enjoy the scenery.
Your extensive knowledge of the areas visited impressed particularly when situations arise requiring last minute adjustments to the program not to mention the thoughtful inclusion of interesting cultural visits. High marks all around.