12 Day Journey around Tasmania Self-Drive from $3,649 per person

Embark on an unparalleled adventure with our Tasmanian Wilderness self-drive itinerary, curated to unveil the extraordinary beauty of this remote paradise. As Australia's only Island state, Tasmania captivates with its rugged terrains, ancient forests, and diverse wildlife. Indulge in the awe-inspiring panoramas of Cradle Mountain, navigate the serene waters of the Gordon River, explore the haunting history of Port Arthur, discover the charming harbor city of Hobart, and immerse yourself in the pristine allure of Freycinet National Park. Encounter the elusive inhabitants of the Tasmanian wilderness as you traverse this captivating landscape, where your adventure is as much about the journey as the destination.

Inclusion

  • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • 9 Nights accommodation
  • 10 Days medium automatic car rental
  • Tasman Island Cruise
  • Wineglass Bay Cruise
  • Entry to Devils@Cradle
  • All national park passes

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Hobart

Welcome to Tasmania! Arrive at Hobart airport and pick up your rental vehicle. Spend the day exploring Hobart with its vibrant waterfront, Salamanca Place, Georgian sandstone buildings, and historic Battery Point. Admire stunning views over southern Tasmania from the lofty heights of Mount Wellington.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Hobart

Day 4 - Hobart - Tasman Peninsula (63 miles)

Travel south, and you may like to visit some of the local boutique cellar doors and enjoy fresh berries en route. Explore the Tasman Peninsula’s interesting geology, such as Devils Kitchen and Tasman’s Arch, before checking into your idyllic located chalet at Stewarts Bay. Spend the afternoon exploring the remains of Tasmania’s famous convict settlement, Port Arthur. Enjoy a relaxing evening at your lodge, with an optional ghost tour of the historic site should you wish (at extra cost).

Accommodation: Stewart's Bay Lodge

Day 5 - Tasman Island Cruise - Freycinet Area (122 miles)
This morning, enjoy the stunning 3-hour Tasman Island Cruise. This adventure cruise manoeuvres around small islands, into sea caves, and undersea cliffs soaring 300m above the Tasman Sea. You may have the opportunity to see albatross, dolphins and whales, which frequent this pristine coastline. In the afternoon, continue to the magnificent Freycinet Peninsula.

Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno Hotel

Day 6 - Freycinet National Park
Today, enjoy a cruise to the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. The Wineglass Bay beach has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world. In the afternoon, you might like to stroll along the beautiful Friendly Beaches and visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno Hotel

Day 7 - Freycinet Peninsula - Launceston (109 miles)
Before arriving in Launceston, the morning travel to the historic midlands, or via the Bay of Fires Reserve, to the sunny east coast of the Island and the Freycinet Peninsula. Take an easy walk through the beautiful Cataract Gorge, where the Tamar River forces its way through sheer rocky cliffs. Meander along the riverside villages of the Tamar Valley and visit some of the Valley’s many boutique vineyards with opportunities for wine tasting.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Day 8 - Launceston - Cradle Mountain (87 miles)
This morning, travel to the UNESCO world heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit Dove Lake, a glacial lake located in a spectacular setting beneath the craggy peaks of Cradle Mountain will surely be one of the highlights of your day. At night, get close to Tasmania’s iconic character animal, The Tasmanian Devil, on a feeding tour in a local sanctuary.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Day 9 - Cradle Mountain - Strahan (86 miles)
Leave the alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain and travel through the old mining towns of Zeehan and Roseberry towards the quaint fishermen’s village of Strahan

Accommodation: Strahan Village

Day 10 - Strahan - Gordon River Cruise 
Cruise across Macquarie Harbour to the tranquil reaches of the Gordon River. This experience is sure to be one of the highlights of your Tasmanian sojourn. The first stop is Heritage Landing in the rainforest, where you will take a walk among ancient temperate rainforest trees, many of them Gondwanan relicts. Find out about the historic importance of this area and enjoy lunch onboard. 

Accommodation: Strahan Village 

Day 11 - Strahan - Lake St Clair - Hobart (186 miles)

Traverse Tasmania from the rugged west coast through the alpine wilderness of Lake St. Clair. Visit the Wall in the Wilderness (own expense), an iconic 100-metre-long wood-carved wall in the midst of nature. Continue via Tarraleah or Mount Field National Park to Hobart.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Hobart

Day 12 - Depart Hobart

It is time to bid the island farewell. Return your vehicle to Hobart Airport for today’s departure. In your spare time, you may ascend Mount Wellington, the backdrop of Hobart with fantastic views over the river Derwent and all of Southern Tasmania or travel through the fertile lands of the Huon Valley and taste its fantastic produce from cider, goats cheese or gin made of goats whey.

 

 

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Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour)

Single Supplement: From $1,531

 

Australian Entry Requirements

Before committing to a trip, please ensure you have a valid passport. Australia welcomes US travelers with an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia.

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Additional departure gateways & pricing

Add on airfares are available from most major airports – please ask an Aspire consultant for a quote

Upgrade Options

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $1,100 per person each way*
  • Upgrade to business class from $4,000 per person each way*
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

* From pricing based on Sunday through Wednesday departures from Los Angeles - ask an Aspire consultant for the upgrade fee from other departure points and travel Thursday through Saturday.

 

 

Terms & Conditions:

The package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for low-season stays for travel Sundays through Wednesdays from Los Angeles. A $50 air supplement applies each way for international travel from Thursday to Saturday. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Specific blackout dates apply to the accommodation and tour value add offers. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by check/wire; please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.

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