The Big 3 Tasmania - Starting Hobart
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Product code: BIG3Hbt
See the Big 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days!
We combine the very best highlights to bring you 3 days of amazing travels. Enjoy diverse scenery, abundant wildlife and huge fun days exploring Tasmania with our awesome guides. See Port Arthur, Tassie Devils, Wineglass Bay & Cradle Mountain in this action packed series of tours across 3 days.
Day 1: Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils
Departs Hobart at 7.30am, Returns Hobart 6.00pm
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)
We pick up today from your central Hobart hotel/hostel between 7.00am – 7.30am. With our early start from Hobart we drive to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, and along the short but spectacular Waterfall Bay Clifftop Track. This is one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”, around 45 minutes, concluding at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.
Next stop is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. We arrive here for the action of a Tasmanian Devil Feeding. Watch the snarling, fighting and bone crushing in a spectacle of devilish behaviour during the feeding. Hand feed the wallabies and walk amongst the local fauna and flora in the charming “Unzoo” setting.
Just a short drive down the road, we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you have around 2.5 hours to explore the site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with Port Arthur’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”.
On our return to Hobart, we make a stop at Federation Chocolate with a variety of chocolate flavours to sample. Further along we arrive in the late afternoon into historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted!
Last but not least, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city. We drop you back to your Hobart CBD accommodation around 6.00pm.
Day 1 highlights
- Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk
- Pirate’s Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town
- Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
- Devil Feeding, walk with the wallabies, Birds of the Bush show
- Port Arthur Historic Site (2.5hrs), Guided Walk, Harbour Cruise
- Richmond Historic Village
- Hobart City Lookout
Day 2: Hobart - Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park – Launceston
(bring your bags today!)
Departs Hobart 7.30am, Returns Launceston 6.30 - 7.00pm
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)
We pick up today from your central Hobart hotel/hostel between 7.00am – 7.30am We depart Hobart heading east then following the coastline north. We travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as we make our way to Freycinet National Park. Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s first National Parks, famous for its rich and stunning coastal landscapes. Pink Granite Mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and amazing walking trails.
As we enter the Freycinet area we have a brief stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for anyone interested in the local oysters fresh from the surrounding pristine waters.
We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where your guide will help you take those sought after photographs and offer you some walking options for the day. This walk takes around 1.5 hours, is graded as an easy but uphill walk.
For the keen walkers you can continue the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5 hr return walking time). You have time on this famous beach to take a swim, relax, eat your lunch or meander along the white sands. If you prefer to select the shorter walking option, then you can explore other areas of Freycinet with our tour guide. Visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse & great short walk. We re-group ready for the return journey to Launceston. Still on the East Coast we make a final stop at the Devils Corner Winery. This new attraction on the East Coast has amazing views, gelato, fresh seafood including oysters, and of course wine tasting. We make time for a stop here to take it all in before commencing the final drive into Launceston. We arrive in Launceston around 6.30 - 7.00pm.
Day 2 highlights:
Freycinet National Park (4+ hours)
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Cape Tourville short walk and lookout
Honeymoon Bay & Sleepy Bay
Freycinet Marine Farm (fresh oysters/mussels)
East Coast Delights at Devils Corner Vineyard – seafood/oysters, gelato, wine & amazing views
Day 3: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Departs Launceston 7.30am, Returns Launceston 6.30 - 7.00pm
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)
If you would like to fly out of Launceston tonight, we can not drop you off at the airport or carry your luggage today. You will need to store your luggage with your accommodation provider from Launceston and ensure your flight time is 8.30pm onwards. This will give you ample time to return from the day, collect your luggage and travel the 15 minutes to the airport ready for departure.
We pick up today from your central Launceston hotel/hostel between 7.00am – 7.30am. Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning world heritage listed area. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.
After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural.
We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before us. We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here we can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views. For the more active, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This walk is well rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.
Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk. Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience. On our return to Launceston, we stop and sample some local tasty products at the award winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory. We return to Launceston around 6.30 – 7.00pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.
Day 3 highlights:
- Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area (4-5 hours)
- Dove Lake
- A variety of short introductory walks
- Rainforest city & Pencil Pine Falls Walk
Dove Lake Walk (easy grade) or Marion’s Lookout (medium grade)
- Weindorfers Chalet & Weindorfers Forest Walk
- Guided walks & interpretation
- Sheffield – historic ‘Town of Murals’
- Ashgrove Cheese Factory
BIG 3 TASMANIA DETAILS
All entrance fees
National Park entrance fees
Daily CBD Hotel/Hostel pick up and drop off
No luggage restrictions on Day 2
Professional guides and interpretive walks
Small, friendly groups
Meals - You may bring your lunch with you or we will stop to give you an opportunity to purchase your lunch on the day.
Accommodation – Generally you will need 2 nights x Hobart & 2 nights x Launceston, this by your own arrangement. We pick up and drop off to all Hobart/Launceston CBD Hotels & Hostels
What to bring/wear
Sensible shoes for walking
A variety of warm clothing
Swim gear & towel – if you choose to (swimming at Freycinet)
Water Bottle, Snacks,
Lunch (or buy it on the day)
Sense of adventure
Duration: 3 Days
Departs: Monday, Wednesday & Friday (01 Dec – 30 April)
Departs: Wednesdays (01 May – 30 Sept)
Departs: Wednesday & Friday (01 Oct – 30 Nov)
Starts: Hobart at 7.30am on Day 1, Finishes Launceston around 7.00pm on Day 3
Additional helpful Information
We recommend arriving the night before you wish to begin your Big 3 tour as the Day 1 tour departs Hobart at 7.30am. On day 2 you will move between Hobart and Launceston this is the day you need to bring your luggage with you. Meals are not provided, however, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch and snacks on each tour to suit your taste and budget. Accommodation is not included, however, we will pick up and drop off each day to your Hobart/Launceston CBD Hotel or Hostel to suit your style and preference.