Tailor-Made Holiday

Ultimate Tasmania

Walk on deserted beaches, fish for seafood & search for the Tasmanian Big Five

16 days

from £8,095pp

This holiday to Tasmania really does show off the best of this beautiful island state. The charming city of Hobart, uninhabited and pristine islands, sweeping sandy bays, towering mountains, unique wildlife and gourmet food. 

  • Stay in a waterfront hotel in Hobart, full of wonderful artwork
  • Gather and sample your own seafood bounty surrounded by beautiful watery landscapes
  • Embark on a memorable four day walk amidst the untouched scenery of Maria Island
  • Go canoeing on the Freycinet Peninsula spotting flocks of pelicans as you paddle
  • Search for the Tasmanian Devil and sample true bush tucker

 Hobart, Whisky & Seafood

This holiday begins in Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart. An extremely pretty city with a vibrant port, thriving arts scene and a wonderful array of restaurants as well as an atmospheric weekly market. Mount Wellington forms a spectacular backdrop to the city and amidst the alpine wilderness of this 1,400 metre peak is one of Australia’s leading whisky distilleries offering the chance to learn about the craft of whisky distillation as well as the chance to of course taste some!

Cruise down the Derwent River to the sheltered waters around Bruny Island, home to some of Tasmania’s finest seafood. Gather oysters, mussels, abalone, crayfish and sea urchin from the waters before dropping anchor in a secluded bay to feast on your bounty which will form part of an extensive lunch.

Maria Island Walk

Travel by boat to the beautiful Maria Island. Devoid of any motor vehicles and with more chance of bumping into a kangaroo than another human, this island gem will be home for the next four days. During a gentle four day walk traverse pristine beaches, rugged cliffs and woodland before bedding down for the night in simple but comfortable forest camps. Indulge in delicious meals using fresh, local produce and fine Tasmanian wines, learn about the fascinating convict history of the island and spot some of the resident wildlife from Potoroos to Possums, Penguins, dolphins & Fur Seals. Birdlife includes Sea Eagles and the rare forty-spotted pardalote! Tasmanian Devils can also be seen following their recent release on the island. All in all an unforgettable experience.

The Maria Island walk only operates from October to April.

Freycinet Peninsula

Freycinet Peninsula is a National Park and home to the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay. Spend two nights at the luxurious Saffire Hotel soaking up the stunning landscapes of Granite Mountains, sandy beaches and sapphire blue waters. Overlooking Great Oyster Bay, where migrating whales and dolphins can often be spotted, Saffire has access to wonderful fresh seafood and a range of lovely activities are on offer during a stay here.

Mountains, Lakes & Tasmanian Wildlife

Travel to the north of Tasmania and some of the most diverse and impressive scenery on the island, including Ben Lomond, one of Tasmania’s highest mountains. Overnight close to the city of Launceston and spend a day on a Deluxe Bushie Quoll Patrol with the chance to learn more about the wildlife that is unique to Tasmania. The day will include close encounters with Tasmanian Devils, wombats and kangeroos as well as a true bush tucker experience cooked by a true ‘bush chef’.

Before flying home from Launceston spend time at Cradle Mountain with a 3 hour gentle walk around Dove Lake giving the chance to soak up the alpine scenery and see Cradle Mountain itself in all its towering glory.

HOW CAN WE MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY EVEN MORE SPECIAL

  • Take a helicopter flight for an aerial view of the Freycinet Peninsula
  • Escape for the day with a wonderful gourmet picnic of locally sourced produce and fine wines
  • Follow the wine route and visit acclaimed vineyards of the Tamar Valley
  • Transfer from Hobart to the Freycinet Peninsula by seaplane

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

  Click here to see what is included/excluded

what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Dubai overnight

Day 2

Fly Dubai to Melbourne overnight

Day 3

Fly Melbourne to Hobart


Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.

Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre while beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone.


You will be staying at Henry Jones Art Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Full Day Sightseeing - Hobart & Whisky Trail
Start the day with an introductory tour of Hobart and explore the vibrant waterfront, Salamanca Place with its Georgian sandstone buildings and charming Battery Point. Travel to the alpine wilderness of Mt Wellington, a 1270m peak with panoramic views (weather permitting). Visit one of Australia's leading distilleries and hear about the craft of whisky distillation at the historic cellar door. After you have been fortified with a taste of their single malt, continue to the winner of the 2014 World Whisky Award for best single malt. Sullivan's Cove's French Oak Cask was judged the global winner, as well as Australia's best, from a high-quality pool of single malt entries. Return to Hobart via the charming village of Richmond with its well preserved colonial architecture.


You will be staying at Henry Jones Art Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Full Day - Seafood Seduction
The journey begins amongst the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock, in the heart of Hobart's vibrant waterfront. Join a small group of up to 12 guests accompanied by experienced local guides and cruise aboard one of three specialised and purpose-built vessels. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Admire the diverse scenery while cruising down the Derwent River, into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel that surround Bruny Island.
This unspoiled paradise is home to Tasmania's finest seafood. Weaving along Bruny Island's coast gather oysters, mussels, sea urchin and abalone from the pristine waters before dropping anchor in a calm, secluded bay for an extensive seafood lunch.
Expert guides know these waters intimately. They've grown up in this wilderness environment, with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches. Throughout the day they'll provide an entertaining insight into the landscape and animals.
Gourmet seafood lunch with local produce, wine, beer and juices included.


You will be staying at Henry Jones Art Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Four Day Maria Island Walk - Day 1
The Maria Island Walk is a gentle four day walk over beaches and through forest, revealing the wilder side of beautiful Tasmania and including fine wines and delicious meals of fresh, local produce. Maria (pronounced Mariah) is an island National Park, located just off the East Coast of Tasmania. The resident wildlife includes potoroos & wombats, kangaroos & possums, penguins and echidnas, to name a few. The wonderful birdlife includes the rare forty-spotted pardalote.

Upon reaching the island stop for a picnic lunch by the beach before walking to Casuarina Camp. After a gourmet dinner take a night stroll along the beach.

Allow for 8km walking today, around 4 hours.

An Island National Park located off the east coast of Tasmania.


You will be staying at Casuarina Bush Camp, Full board

Day 7

Four Day Maria Island Walk - Day 2
After a good breakfast set out to cross five fabulous beaches, each offering a unique and beautiful aspect of the island. Dolphins often play in the surf while sea eagles soar above. Hear stories of the first French explorer to visit the island in 1802, of the convict era and of the island's first inhabitants - the Tyreddeme Aboriginal people.

Allow for 13km's walking today, about 6 hours.


You will be staying at White Gums Beach Camp, Full board

Day 8

Four Day Maria Island Walk - Day 3
Leave behind the pristine white beach for the rich green of grand forests. Take the gentle inland track and wander past ferns and giant specimens of trees that are relics of the super-continent Gondwana. Explore the restored convict settlement of Darlington and its doomed silk making, winemaking and cement manufacturing industries. Take a hot shower and dine on a sumptuous banquet at tonights historic homestead accommodation.

Option of a 4 hour 8km walk or an 8 hour 17 km walk today.


You will be staying at Historic Bernacchi House, Full board

Day 9

Four Day Maria Island Walk - Day 4
The final day begins with a sunrise boat trip to see a playful colony of Australian Fur Seals - mammals once on the brink of extinction. Back on Maria visit the dramatic sea caves and cliffs around Fossil Bay before lunching at Bernacchi House. In the afternoon return to Triabunna for onward transfers.

Allow 4km, 2 hours of walking today.

Travel from Triabunna to the Freycinet Peninsula


Freycinet Peninsula is a large, dramatic land formation carved into Tasmania’s eastern coastline. Known for its pink granite mountains'The Hazards' and its sheltered, white sand beaches, the peninsula is the location for Freycinet National Park.

Freycinet offers outstanding scenery, great bushwalks and inviting beaches, including Wineglass Bay. The area’s rich history encompasses ancient Aboriginal habitation, early European exploration and colonial settlement. The mild climate is similar to the winegrowing regions of France and is ideal for the production of fine cool climate wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling. The east coast’s exceptional fresh produce includes succulent berries, sweet crunchy walnuts and superb seafood, nurtured in the clear waters of Great Oyster Bay and the Tasman Sea.


You will be staying at Saffire Lodge, Full board

Day 10

Activities included at Saffire
Included in a stay here are a broad range of activities that are designed to engage and connect with this stunning location. Experience the contrasts between wetland ecology and the Tasman Sea, slip on waders and journey into the secret life of oysters and mussels, take a guided bush walk, "meet the locals" in an after dark search for Australia's unique creatures or venture out on mountain bikes. Back at Saffire, there is a comfortable lounge area with open fire, a gym and a Spa Saffire offering both pampering & rejuvenating treatments.


You will be staying at Saffire Lodge, Full board

Day 11

Full Day Tour From Freycinet to Launceston with Sightseeing
Starting from the turquoise oceans and sun bleached sands of the Freycinet Peninsula, travel to the Fingal Valley through Mt Elephant Pass. Visit Evercreech Forest Reserve to see the worlds tallest white gum trees. Go off the beaten track and hear stories of the forests and enjoy a campfire lunch in the Tyne Valley. Relax and indulge with a leisurely lunch of Tasmanian cheese platter, wallaby and salmon mains with Tassie Beer and wines. Journey to Ben Lomond National Park, a spectacular alpine mountain of dolerite columns and scree slopes and home to eight of the twenty highest peaks in Tasmania, and continue onto Launceston via the historic town of Evandale.


You will be staying at Peppers Seaport Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Deluxe Quoll Patrol
Today embark on a Deluxe Quoll Patrol, a "multi-sensual" nature and wildlife experience - see, feel and smell, taste and hear Tasmania! The day begins with a visit to Trowunna Wildlife Park in the beautiful Mersey Valley. Trowunna provides an informal educational experience designed to give you further understanding of the wildlife unique to Tasmania. It is home to a wide range of native animals and is dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here the breeding and rehabilitation programs are explained by informative guides who will also host very close encounters with the famous Tasmanian devil, wombats and kangaroos.

Stop for a light lunch en route to the North East of Tasmania. Passing by the foothills of Mt Ben Lomond head over Roses Tier and down through the stunning Tombstone Creek Forest Reserve and through magnificent old growth forest.

Dinner will be taken on private land and will be a totally Tasmanian bush tucker experience, cooked by a true "Bush Chef" and served amidst nature and a glass of Tasmanian cool climate wine. After dinner, the objective is to view the bandit of the bush, the Eastern Quoll in its natural habitat - these entertaining bush characters will delight with their antics. Other species frequently seen include possums, wombats, kangaroos, wallaby, bettong, bandicoot and Tasmanian devils.

One of Australia's oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks.

Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston's star natural attraction.

There's also plenty of culture on offer at art galleries, museums and local designer stores, not to mention the famous cool climate wines, local brews and fine dining that are the essence of the Launceston experience.


You will be staying at Peppers Seaport Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Collect a hire car and self-drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain


You will be staying at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Private Guided Walk - Dove Lake Circuit
This 6km track is one of Tasmania's premier walks, following Dove Lake, beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. The track is boardwalked for much of the way and is located in Lake St Clair National Park.

A fairly easy grade makes this 3 hour walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on Cradle Mountain, temperate rainforests and sub alpine plant communities. See Cradle Mountain in all its glory and learn about the action of past glaciers on the landscape.

Home to the iconic Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain National Park is made up of glacial lakes, ancient rainforests, historical aboriginal sites and alpine moorland. A wonderfully wild part of Tasmania and a perfect spot to do some walking.


You will be staying at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Self-drive back to Launceston Airport and drop of the hire car

Fly Launceston to Melbourne

Fly Melbourne to Dubai overnight

Day 16

Fly Dubai to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Saffire Lodge

Saffire Lodge

This architecturally striking hotel has been designed and built in order to enhance the stunning views on offer....

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Henry Jones Art Hotel

Henry Jones Art Hotel

The Henry Jones Art Hotel opened in 2004 and has since won a number of awards for design, accommodation, food & beverage and service....

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