Australian Fur Seal
Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
Type: Private Charter.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
This journey focusses on Tasmania's breathtaking eastern region, including Freycinet National Park, Mt Field National Park and the Tasman Peninsula. A mix of expansive ancient temperate rainforests, spectacular coastlines, rugged mountains and wetlands provide habitat for a rich array of rare and endemic plants and animals.
Tasmania is a delight for Marsupial lovers, with opportunities to spot Pademelons, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, Common Wombats, Tasmanian Bettongs along with the two famous monotremes; Platypus and Short-beaked Echidna. A wide variety of songbirds, bushbirds, shorebirds and seabirds, including the Little Penguin are also highlights. Guests will be captivated by a cruise spotting Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and seabirds along the towering 200m dolerite cliffs.
Guests will be met by their expert local guide before venturing into Mount Field National Park, the oldest National Park in Tasmania. The landscapes are diverse, ranging from lush eucalyptus temperate rainforests to alpine moorland. Guides will provide interpretation along the rainforest walk to Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Tall Trees, some of the tallest trees in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows guests the opportunity to search for some of Tasmanians 12 endemic bird species including Scrubtit, Black Currawong and Tasmanian Thornbill. After lunch, there an opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet of Platypus in the wild. This semiaquatic, egg-laying monotreme is endemic to eastern Australia including Tasmania and is a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia.
Accommodation: Hobart Grand Chancellor (Harbour view room), Meals: Lunch
Boarding an award winning cruise, guests will explore waterfalls, sea cliffs, archways and deep sea caves that host an abundance of marine wildlife including Australian Fur Seals, migrating Humpback Whales (seasonal) as well as Common and Bottlenose Dolphins. As the cruise ventures into the Southern Ocean taking in the historic and famous Tasman Island, pelagic species of sea birds can be spotted including Shy, Wandering and Black-browed Albatross, Short-tailed and Sooty Shearwaters, Australasian Gannets and White-bellied Sea Eagles. After lunch, guests will check into accommodation for the night nestled between a beautiful beach and forest. This also provides the oppotunity to further explore the Tasman Peninsula in search of wallabies, possums, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Black-faced Cormorants.
Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge (1 bed cabin), Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
Upon leaving the Tasman Peninsula, guests will be captivated by a scenic drive passing coastal fishing villages along the stunning east coast, before arriving at the renowned Freycinet Peninsula; with its exceptional beauty, pristine white sandy beaches and granite coastline. A stop at the internationally significant RAMSAR wetland, Moulting Lagoon, provides the opportunity to observe important breeding grounds for various waterfowl and wetland birds, and a destination for migratory birds. An expert guide will lead an interpreted walk to the world famous Wineglass Bay, bound to provide spectacular photo opportunities. In the evening, a night tour offers guests the rare chance to observe Little Penguins, as they make their way from the ocean to their burrows and rookery.
Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno (Seaview room), Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
After a relaxed morning continue back to Hobart where your guide will transfer you to the Hobart Airport or accommodation.