East Coast + Cradle Mountain Tour | ETCM5
5 Day Itinerary
Our 5 Day Eastern Tasmania Coastline + Cradle Mountain Tour gives a fantastic taste of some of the best this little island has to offer. Designed to fit neatly into one week this tour is a great option for those that want to visit the more populated east coast of Tassie along with the 2 biggest cities Hobart & Launceston. Covering approximately 1150km we explore many of Tasmania’s premier attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the island, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! This tour is designed to conclude on Friday evening leaving the weekend free to explore at your leisure. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is truely an amazing, small group travel experience.
Day 1 – Hobart to Port Arthur
Pick up from any Hobart CBD accommodations for the start of our 5 Day journey. Explore the Hobart waterfront area before heading to the summit of Mt Wellington (1270 m) boasting spectacular panoramic views in every direction. Further exploration through town sees us take in the historic Female Factory & Cascade Brewery while viewing many of Australia’s oldest convict built structures. Heading east we meander into the Coal River Valley, one of Tasmania’a premier wine regions. Naturally we will lunch at a lovely, family operated winery, sampling some of Tassie’s best wine & local produce before continuing on to the historic township of Richmond, one of Tasmania’s cleanest settlements. We will see the beautiful stone arch construction of the Richmond Bridge, built by the convicts in 1823 this is Australia’s oldest bridge still in operation.
It’s then on to the Tasman Peninsula for our first taste of the east coast. The Tasman National Park boasts towering sea cliffs and a wealth of cultural history as we venture south. A beautiful lookout point over Pirates Bay provides the ideal location for a scenic, mid-afternoon tea/coffee break. Learn about Eaglehawk Neck - the site of the infamous Dogline - as we cross onto the Tasman Peninsula. We then explore some of nature’s true wonders with short, scenic walks at Tasman’s Arch & Devils Kitchen. Continuing on we squeeze in a stop at the colourful Port Arthur Lavender Farm before overnighting right on the cusp of the Port Arthur World Heritage Historic Site.
Day 2 – Port Arthur to Bicheno
Our day begins with a 2.5 hour fully guided tour around the Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore many of the original buildings as we learn about the early convicts and the role they played in Tasmania’s history. Learn about Point Puer (the juvenile boys prison), the Isle of the Dead graveyard and the Port Arthur timber industry while enjoying a short, scenic harbour cruise to view the site as incoming convicts would have.
Much to everyone’s delight we stop at the boutique Federation Chocolate factory for some sampling of fresh, hand made chocolates. The flavours change depending on the season and the produce available! Next we leave the Tasman Peninsular for our journey up the very east coast of the island. At Raspins Beach we view the imposing Maria Island off the coast of Orford before stopping to see the unique convict built Spikey Bridge and the captivating coastline at Spikey Beach over tea, coffee & biscuits.
Next up is Swansea – a beautiful East Coast town - and the Great Oyster Bay area. At Freycinet National Park we take one of Tasmania’s best and most scenic short walks to view the famous Wineglass Bay from Cape Tourville Lookout. Perhaps we will spot the Sea Eagle, Australian Fur seals, a pod of Dolphins or even whales migrating up & down the coast? Arriving in Bicheno for our evening accomodations we will squeeze in one last feel good activity by spotting the cute little Fairy Penguins arriving ashore right in Bicheno township.
Day 3 – Bicheno & Bay of Fires to Launceston
Start the day at the amazing Blow Hole on the rocky coastline of Bicheno. Visit the multi-award winning East Coast Nature World wildlife park to see many of our native animals and in particular - the feeding of the iconic Tasmanian Devil. Learn about this amazing animal and its recent struggle for survival. Pat wombats and hand-feed kangaroos, geese and ducks - this is a wonderful and interactive morning.
Enjoy travelling Tasmania’s most scenic coastal road with breathtaking views of the east coast en route to one of Tasmania’s premier attractions - the Bay of Fires. At Binalong Bay we will stroll along the pure white sandy beaches and snap photos of possibly the most colourful spot on the island.
Visit a working oyster farm, see their farming techniques and enjoy the freshest possible oysters. In the afternoon we proceed towards Launceston stopping at Pyengana, the award winning cheese factory and dairy. We then twist our way through an ancient Myrtle Rainforest and cross the trail of the dragon, an old mining area centred around the town of Derby. The carved memorial trees at Legerwood are one of Australia most unique & tasteful memorial sites, this will be our tea & coffee break for today before arriving in Launceston CBD for our evenings lodgings.
Day 4 – Launceston & surrounds to Cradle Mountain
Today we will spend the morning exploring downtown Launceston - Australia’s 3rd oldest capital city behind Sydney & Hobart. We will see the King Bridge, City Park, inside the beautiful old Heritage listed Post Office and of course take a 40 minute stroll through a jewel in the city - Cataract Gorge Reserve.
Soon after we head westward into the Meander Valley which is an absolutely stunning farming and pastural area. Try local made ice-cream and honey tastings of more than 50 flavours at the renowned Melita Honey Farm in Chudleigh before learning about Tasmania’a oldest and biggest Leatherwood Honey producer R. Stephens Honey in Mole Creek.
Our lunch stop today is a true gem hidden in the forest at 41o Degrees South Salmon Farm. After lunch a truely unique attraction follows with a guided tour of the Marakoopa Caves, exhibiting limestone & crystal formations millions of years old, along with a completely natural population of resident glow worms! From here we will snake our way up onto the central highlands plateau to Cradle Mountain National Park to partake in some wombat & animal spotting at dusk before an Aussie BBQ banquet dinner. Tonights accommodation gives a real mountain experience in our comfortable and very cosy cabin lodgings.
Day 5 – Cradle Mountain & return to Launceston
Start the day with a full buffet hot and cold banquet breakfast at Cradle Mountain Hotel. Inside the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - a photographers paradise - drive to the gorgeous Dove Lake for breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain. Take a short walk to glacier rock and then on to the appropriately named Enchanted Walk to see beautiful cascades and the Pencil Pine waterfall.
Visit the old “Waldheim Cottage” of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer who made Cradle Mountain world famous. After a scrumptious lunch and viewing of the Cradle Mountain Hotel Gallery return to Launceston via the lovely town of Sheffield - the town of Murals. This is a peaceful, meandering drive through rolling green hills arriving in Launceston to conclude your 5 Day tour around 5pm.
The stunning panoramic views from Mt Wellington Summit.
Visit a winery in one of Tasmania’s most famous wine regions the Coal Valley.
Fully guided tour of Australia most famous culturally historic site - Port Arthur.
25min Harbour Cruise of Port Arthur aboard the the spacious catamaran vessel Warana.
Tasmania’s east coast and the incredible Bay of Fires.
Visit the award winning Nature World for an interactive experience with Tasmania’s native
animals including the Tasmanian Devil.
Sampling some of the best & freshest food and wine in all of Australia.
Stroll through the lovely grounds of Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
Fully guided tour at the unique Marakoopa show Caves, includes viewing some of the best Glow
Worms in Australia.
Majestic Cradle Mountain and its stunning highland scenery.
Evening animal spotting adventure in Cradle Mountain including Wallabies, Pademelons and our
favourite the Wombats!
Fully accredited and experienced local guides.
A suggested Sunday itinerary for those looking for further attractions while on the island would be
a boat cruise up the Tamar River or a visit to one of the many Tamar Valley Wineries. Inclusions
4 nights accomodation
All breakfasts and lunches provided
Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at any Hobart & Launceston CBD Hotel.
1 x BBQ Banquet evening meal provided at Cradle Mountain
All accommodations provided 3.5-4 star rated.
All attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks passes provided.
The only additional expenses incurred are 4 x evening meals & and any spending money.
*We reserve the right to alter tour itineraries without notice due to climatic conditions and other circumstances outside our control.
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