Western Wilderness Tour | WTP3
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3 Day Tour - Western Tassie Wilderness
Our 3 Day Western Tasmania Wilderness Tour provides an insight into a world many tourists never venture - the remote and photogenic west coast! Perhaps you’ve already toured the more popular east coast? Or maybe just prefer travelling through pristine, unpopulated areas filled with greenery and natural wonder? This tour could be a great option for you. Covering approximately 750km we explore many of Tassie’s premier central highlands & west coast attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the island, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is definitely a unique and eye opening, small group travel experience.
Day 1 – 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’s 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 2 – Cradle Mountain to Queenstown
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.
En route to Strahan we pass through beautiful Lake Rosebery, old mining towns such as Zeehan and view the Southern Ocean from one of the best lookout points on the west coast - how far can you see - perhaps Argentina? This is some of the freshest air on Earth. Arriving in the historic settlement of Strahan we see the historical train station at Regatta Point, visit an old though still operational saw mill and the award winning Woodcraft Centre with beautifully designed woodworks on display. Continue on to our evenings lodgings at the infamous west coast township of Queenstown.
Day 3 – Queenstown to Hobart
Queenstown is an old mining town reflecting past glory and surrounded by colourful, mineral rich mountains. Start the day by seeing off the Wilderness steam engine for its trip across to Strahan. We take in panoramic views over Queenstown from the Iron Blow lookout at the top of Mt Lyell before a lovely rainforest drive right through the World Heritage Franklin-Gordon National Park.
Take a stroll into possibly Tasmania’s most photogenic waterfall - Nelson Falls, the 30 minute return walk is one of the west coast's best. We then travel through picturesque valleys and mountains, pristine forests, cross wild rivers before winding our way up Mt Arrowsmith to the geographical centre of Tasmania. Button grass plains, Eucalyptus forests, majestic mountains and spectacular lakes are in every direction here.
Turn at Derwent Bridge to see Lake St Clair – Australia’s deepest freshwater lake and the inception of the mighty Derwent River. Next up is lunch at one of the states premier cultural experiences - The Wall, an amazing ongoing work by artist Greg Duncan, depicting stories of Tasmanian history hand carved in Huon pine - our most famous timber.
Following lunch we have a close up look at Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Power scheme in the township of Tarraleah, before pushing further east into the Derwent Valley. A mid afternoon coffee stop is in order at Lake Meadowbank before detouring into Mt Field National Park to visit the delightful 3 tier Russell Falls.
Our final drive leg wanders along side the Derwent River bringing us back to Hobart for the conclusion of our adventures. Drop off at your nominated CBD Hotel approximately 6pm.
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, including viewing some of the best Glow
Worms in Australia.
Majestic Cradle Mountain and its stunning highland scenery.
Come wild animal spotting at dusk in Cradle Mountain - how many wombats will you see?
Stand on the jetty over water at the acclaimed Lake St Claire
The Wall in the Wilderness art Gallery in Derwent Bridge.
Tasmania’s most photographed waterfall - the 3 tiered Russell Falls.
Fully accredited and experienced local guides.
A suggested Sunday itinerary for those looking for further attractions while on the island would be
a Bruny Island day trip leaving from Hobart CBD or a ferry ride up the Derwent River to spend the day at the famous Museum of Old & New MONA.
2 nights accomodation at 3.5 to 4 star lodgings.
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 attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks passes provided.
The only additional expenses incurred are 1 x evening meal & 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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