Australian Fur Seal
Duration: 8 days/7 nights or 7 days/6 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
Over one-third of the ‘island’ state is reserved as a conservation area and this epic adventure traverses through some of the most scenic parts, including the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Parks, Central Highlands, Maria Island and the Southwest World Heritage Area. A mix of expansive ancient temperate rainforests, spectacular coastlines, rugged mountains and sparkling highland lakes provide refuge and 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, Long-nosed Potoroos, Quolls and of course the carnivorous Tasmanian Devil. A wide variety of songbirds, bushbirds, shorebirds and seabirds, including the Little Penguin and endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (in warmer months) are also highlights. Guests will be captivated by the marine life, with the opportunity to spot dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and seabirds.
Be met today by our local guide at midday at the Launceston Transit Centre and start your journey to UNESCO World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit the fascinating Marakoopa Caves before continuing to Cradle Mountain. Enjoy an introduction to this captivating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the night. Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard room or similar)
Today you will be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, where in many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. Your guide will introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks of Cradle Mountain. Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras, King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs, Green Rosellas and Wedge-tailed Eagles are seen in this area, whilst Common Wombats, Tasmanian Pademelons, Short-beaked Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen. In the evening, you have the option to join your guide on a night spotlighting tour or simply relax at your accommodation. Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard room or similar)
Depart the Cradle Valley and travel to Tasmania’s Central Highlands also known as “The Heart of Tasmania”. Here in this alpine environment, the air is noticeably clear and the silence inspiring. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to explore Lake Ada, discover its history and immerse yourself in this barren but beautiful and unique landscape. On dusk you will have the chance to observe Common Wombats, Bennett's Wallabies and possums as they turn the area into a hub of activity. With a bit of luck you may also see quolls and the iconic Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat. Accommodation: Thousand Lakes Lodge
This morning takes you from the Tasmanian highlands and into the quaint midlands town of Campbell Town for lunch. The group will depart for the East Coast, with its exceptional beauty, pristine white sandy beaches and granite coastline. Birders will enjoy regular sightings of Australian Pelicans, Crested Terns, Little Pied Cormorants, Black-headed honeyeaters, Silvereyes and Superb Fairy-wrens and sometimes Beautiful Firetails and Hooded Dotterels. The day’s journey concludes at the gorgeous seaside village of Bicheno where guests will enjoy a Tasmanian Devils after dark experience to observe and learn about the island’s most iconic resident. Continue to Tasmania’s East Coast. Accommodation: Beachfront at Bicheno, Standard (or similar)
Today, guests will take a journey into the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula on The Wineglass Bay Cruise. This region is largely made up of a orthoclase-rich granite which gives the mountains and coastline a characteristic gorgeous pink tint, flanked by and native forest edged by crystal blue bays. Wildlife is abundant in this area with opportunities to see Bennett's Wallabies, Tasmanian Bettongs, echidnas, Common Wombats, White-bellied Sea Eagles, dolphins, Australian Fur Seals, Crested Terns, Australasian Gannets, Flame Robins and Superb Fairy-wrens are often observed in the area. You will have the rare opportunity to experience Wineglass Bay from the water with its shimmering crescent of white sand fringing the edge of a perfect turquoise sea. In the afternoon, there will be time do a short cliff-top walk around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville. In the evening, a night tour offers you the rare chance to observe Little Penguins, tumble form the ocean and waddle up the sand to their nesting burrows. Accommodation: Beachfront at Bicheno (Standard or similar)
This morning, travel to the seaside village of Triabunna and board a ferry to cross the Mercury Passage to Maria Island. This unique island national park sits just off Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking along historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. This island sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife, including Common Wombats, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Pademelons, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett;s Wallabies. In the afternoon, guests will travel down the east coast into Tasmanian’s capital city, Hobart. Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor (Mountain View or similar)
You will be met by your guide this morning before venturing into Mount Field National Park, the oldest National Park in the state. Be mesmerised by the lush forest landscapes from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland. Your guide will provide interpretation along the rainforest walks with the opportunity to see some of the tallest trees in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmanians 12 endemic bird species including Scrbutit, Black currawong and Tasmanian thornbill. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet Platypus in the wild. This semiaquatic, egg-laying, mammal is endemic to eastern Australia including Tasmania and is a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia. Complete the day with a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to experience Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Wallabies, Quolls and other furry Australian animals first hand and learn about their rehabilitation and rescue efforts. Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor (Mountain View or similar)
This morning’s journey will give you a feel of the extensive wilderness Tasmania has to offer. Board a scenic flight to Tasmania’s spectacular and pristine Southwest Wilderness. Experience the peace and tranquillity of this majestic setting where mountain peaks give way to buttongrass plains that meet the wild Southern Ocean (weather dependent). For those visiting between October and March there is an opportunity to spot the endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, ranked one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. This tour concludes in Hobart between 1:30pm and 3pm weather depending*.
* If weather conditions do not allow the Southwest flight to go ahead, a poor weather option is available. This includes the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise. Enjoy the stunning 3 hour Tasman Island Cruise. This adventure cruise manoeuvres around small islands, into sea caves, and undersea cliffs soaring 300m above the Tasman Sea. You may have the opportunity to see albatross, dolphins and whales which frequent this pristine coastline. In the afternoon, return to Hobart.