The BIG 3 - Starting Launceston
- Duration : 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Hobart, TAS
- Product code : BIG3Laun
See the Big 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days! We combine the very best of our day tours to bring you 3 days of amazing highlights, scenery, wildlife and huge fun days exploring Tasmania with our awesome guides.
Day 1: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Departs: Launceston 7.30am
Returns: Launceston 6.30pm - 7.00pm
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)
Description: Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of world famous scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from. With around 5 hours of time to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day. Experience ancient rainforests, alpine heaths, glacial lakes, rugged mountains and some of Tasmania’s iconic wildlife. We depart Launceston and travel via Sheffield, the town of murals, arriving at Cradle Mountain ready to tackle the walking tracks. For our major walk for the day, you can choose between the Dove Lake Circuit (6km track around 2 hours return walk), or for the more challenging head for loftier heights and spectacular views to Marion's Lookout (2.5 hours return walk). Enjoy your lunch relaxing in this scenic National Par and keep any eye out for the local and plentiful Wombats. Our return to Launceston takes us via Ashgrove Cheese Factory where you can sample the local flavours or enjoy a delicious locally made ice-cream. We return into Launceston around 6.30-7.00pm.
Day 2: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
(Bring your luggage today!)
Departs: Launceston 7.30am,
Returns: Hobart 6.30 - 7.00pm
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)
Description: We depart Launceston ready for an action
packed day out exploring the delights and highlights of the East Coast before
finishing our day in Hobart.
Our first stop today is in the pretty township of Ross. Ross has an old-world charm, convict history, and famous local bakery for you to explore on our morning stop.
From Ross we travel to the East Coast and head into the Freycinet National Park. This coastal National Park is our main destination for the day. Here the pink granite mountains form the backdrop for turquoise waters, secluded bays and beaches and sparkling white sand. We offer opportunities for short or longer walks, a swim in the warmer months and great photos all year round! We make a short stop as we enter the park at Freycinet Marine Farm where you have an opportunity to buy some fresh oysters along the way.
We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, an easy but uphill walk of around 45 - 60 minutes. Here the views make the walk well worth the effort! For the keen walkers, you can continue the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5 hr return walking time). Once on the beach you have time 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 onward journey to Hobart. Last but certainly not least we stop at Kate’s Berry Farm in the seaside township of Swansea. Here Kate is serving up absolutely delicious Berry Ice-creams and other sweet delights such as jams, sauces, chocolates and jellies.
We finish today to your Hobart CBD accommodation around 6.30 – 7.00pm.
Day 3: Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula
Departs: Hobart at 7.30am,
Returns: Hobart 6.00pm
Description: Join us for a fun and action packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing and much more. The Tasman Peninsula is home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. We experience the drama and magnificence of these with a visit to Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen before beginning a short, easy but incredibly stunning cliff top walk via Paterson’s Arch to Waterfall Bay. We believe this is the perfect introduction to the area and an invigorating way to begin our day.
As we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, there is a wealth of information and history to take in and you will have ample time to explore and discover the nooks and crannies with around 4 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with one of the Site’s expert guides. Feel the sense of isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”, discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system. Walk through the main penitentiary; see the solitary confinement cells and many more buildings in this World Heritage open air museum.
On the journey back to Hobart we stop briefly to sample some amazing chocolate flavours at the Federation Chocolate Factory and then we enjoy a short stop at the beautiful historic township of Richmond Village with time to meander the streets and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sandstone bridge, reported to be haunted!
Last but not least, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view of Hobart and Mt. Wellington from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city.
We drop you back to your accommodation around 6.00pm. (Airport Drop Offs are available on this departure, on request via our office)
BIG 3 Planning Information
We recommend arriving the night before you wish to begin your Big 3 Tour.
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, or you can bring your own.
Book your own accommodation of choice to suit your budget and style. We will pick up and drop off to your Hobart/Launceston CBD accommodation.
Airport drop off available on prior arrangement on the return of Day 3 tour.
For flexible departure day options or non consecutive tour day options please contact are friendly office team.
Please note: This tour is also available departing from Hobart (finish in Launceston).