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Premier Travel Tasmania

6-8 Day Tasmania's Wildlife & Wilderness

Duration: 8 days/7 nights or 7 days/6 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Wednesdays

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.

About Premier Travel Tasmania: Premier Travel Tasmania has been offering refined encounters with nature across the ‘island state’ for over 20 years. The company’s promise to share the diverse flora & fauna, pristine wilderness, rich heritage, gourmet food & wine and local characters, inextricably connects guests to what is quintessentially Tasmania.  At the core of the company’s ethos is to preserve Tasmania’s endemic wildlife and their natural habitats, with major contributions provided towards saving the Tasmania Devil from habitat loss and disease.

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Day 1: Launceston to Cradle Mountain

    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)

  • Day 2: Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

    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)

  • Day 3: Cradle Mountain

    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

  • Day 4: East Coast & Bicheno

    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)

  • Day 5: Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay

    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)

  • Day 6: Maria Island

    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)

  • Day 7: Mt Field National Park

    (Optional 7 day)

    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)

  • Day 8: Southwest World Heritage Area (optional extension)

    (Optional 8 day)

    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. 

    Key Details (7 day/6 night option)

    Shared Tour Pricing: from $4,290 per adult (including all touring, meals and accommodation)
    Group Size: Maximum of 12 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Pick-up from Launceston Transit Centre, Drop off in Hobart
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 12pm on day one, Day 7 & 8 finishes at approximately and 3pm allowing guests to depart from Hobart airport later the same day. We recommend to book flight after 4:30pm No pre or post night accommodation is required.
    Private Touring: Available on request at additional cost. Please message us directly with your group size & interests. 
    Languages: Fully guided German, French, Spanish, Portuguese private touring throughout Tasmania is available on request

    Enquiries & Bookings

    The 7 or 8 day package is available to be booked online via the button below. If you have any queries or would like to book a private tour, please contact our friendly team via our enquiry form- there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method.

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    Recent Testimonials

    "I spent four days in Tasmania with the world's best travel guide: Deb Read. She MADE my trip to Australia. The two of us spent many hours together and she was so easy to be with, both socially and intellectually, that I felt like I had a new best friend by the end. Her love of her work was obvious. Although she had taken people on my trips many times, she spent each night reviewing the history, the stories, and the recent updates for any site we visited. Her curiosity, love of learning and wanting to share her country far exceeded my expectations. I would go back to PTT again in a heartbeat." - 14spot, Boston

    "Our guide, John, was extremely well informed and a friendly and congenial companion. He took us to wonderful places and engaged in lively conversation about flora, fauna, and the state of the world. He was flexible to meet all our needs. All accommodations were excellent. The tour involved some energetic walking and hiking. The company delivered what was promised on its website and was easy to work with....we thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would have liked to spend even more time." - viajeracuandopueda, Oregon

    "Using Hobart as a base, my husband and I spent two wonderful days with Karin Beaumont, one of the best guides we encountered in our month long trip through Australia. Not only is she intelligent and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Australia, but she is a good listener and perceptive.....we hadn't planned on returning since Tasmania is a long ways away from North Carolina, but we've talking about it ever since. And if we do, we want a five day trip around Tasmania with Karin." - mid214, North Carolina

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