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Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

1. Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

Travel aboard a brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Cruising down the Derwent River you'll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania's premium residential addresses. You'll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you'll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse, you'll be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart's early settlement. Cruising into Storm Bay, you'll reach Betsey Island. This uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and the majestic white bellied sea eagle. As you circumnavigate Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view. This isolated beach is known for its large breaks and offshore winds. You'll cruise close in to the shore and feel the swell surging straight from the Southern Ocean; these conditions make this a favorite spot with local surfers. After 2.5 hours on the water you'll return to Hobart refreshed, with a newfound appreciation for this beautiful harbor city.

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

2. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Departing from the Triabunna Marina, which is located approximately 1-hour and 15-minutes from Hobart, this tour includes a scenic cruise of Maria Island's coastline, time to explore the island and a guided walk around Maria Island's UNESCO-listed convict settlement. The east coast of Maria Island features mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, ancient geology, and beaches of pure white sand. As you cruise around Maria Island, there will be stops at many of its famous landmarks including the Fossil Cliffs and the Painted Cliffs. Listen to live commentary as you cruise toward Riedle Bay and Shoal Bay at Maria Island's isthmus. Drop the anchor and stop for lunch beside one of the beaches. These secluded beaches are only visited by a handful of people each year. Enjoy local drinks, snacks, and a salad bowl of your choice. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs on a guided tour through the collection of historic convict buildings. Learn about the town’s history and meet some wombats. If you'd prefer, simply soak up the sun on the white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the pristine waters.

Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

3. Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

Departing daily from Cambridge, fly towards and over the top of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast. Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s very first National Parks (est. 1916) and is home to dramatic pink granite mountains, secluded bays, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches. Freycinet is home to Tasmania’s and arguably Australia’s most iconic white sands beach – Wineglass Bay, the aerial view of this sight is something truly spectacular and unforgettable. From the Freycinet Peninsula, fly over the seal colony of Ile Des Phoques, then continue your scenic flight towards your destination, Maria Island. Here land and set off on an exploration of the island national park. It’s tranquility combined with its natural beauty, rare wildlife and fascinating history makes it a unique and special place. Maria Island’s pristine untouched beaches, the crystal clear waters of the surrounding marine reserve and scenery like the magnificent Mt Maria and Bishop and Clerk peaks will take your breath away. Have a chance while on the Island to wander through forests of magnificent blue and white gums, some of them over 400 years old and unique to Maria Island. Step back in time and walk where convicts and explorers have walked before you. At the Fossils Cliffs see shellfish fossil beds unlike any other in the world. Maria Island is also famous for its abundance of wildlife being home to rare and endangered species like the Swift Parrot and Cape Barron Goose, Wombats, Kangaroos and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of Maria Island, you really have to see it to believe it. As you interact with the Maria Island’s local wildlife and take in the spectacular scenery your guide will prepare a bountiful Tasmanian picnic looking over the Northern end of the majestic national park. This feast is full of some of Tasmania’s finest offerings, consisting of fresh Oysters, Mussels, Salmon, Mackerel, Scallops, Octopus, all locally sourced from Tasmanian’s beautiful and clean waterways, this seafood smorgasbord is accompanied with paired Tasmanian premium white wine. Please note, if seafood isn’t to your liking that’s not a problem at all, just let the tour operator know at the time of booking and they can happily source a beautiful mix of different Tasmanian produce. After your time on Maria board your aircraft once again return to Hobart. Tour highlights • Aerial eye view of • Freycinet National Park • Wineglass Bay • Maria Island • Chance to interact (without fences) with wildlife such as • Tasmanian devils • Wombats • Forester (Eastern grey) Kangaroos • Wallabies • Gourmet Seafood Platter and Tasmanian Premium Wine Tour runs for approximately 3 hours and departs daily from Cambridge Aerodrome (20-minute drive from the Hobart CBD), Hotel Pick up and Drop off available.

Battery Point: Hastings Caves, Thermal Springs, & Airwalk

4. Battery Point: Hastings Caves, Thermal Springs, & Airwalk

Go an adventure in southern Tasmania with this day trip from Battery Point. Visit old trees and walk across swinging bridges. Explore Hastings cave and take a dip in a warm thermal pool. Learn about local produce at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed.  Be picked up from your accommodation and sit back and enjoy the views as you descend into the beautiful Huon Valley on a winding road. Stop at Tahune Adventures, where can walk among the treetops on the Airwalk, a steel canopy that hangs 50 meters above ground.  Cross the river on a swinging bridge before following the Huon Pine Trail. Breathe the fresh forest air and stop to touch one of Australia’s oldest living trees. Find out how fire has affected the forest and see firsthand the natural regeneration that occurs in a forest environment.  Choose to purchase a Cable Eagle Hang Glider ride that will whisk you 250 meters across the the Huon River at speeds of up to 40 km per hour. Have the chance to buy lunch a the café which serves local produce along with Tassie wine and cider. Continue on a drive through the deep south on the way to the Hastings Caves. Journey underground with a guide to see the largest dolomite cave open to visitors in Australia. Admire spacious caverns, stalactites, columns, shawls, and stalagmites.  Head to a nearby swimming pool which is fed by thermal springs which has year-round 28 degrees Celsius water. After a relaxing soak, make your way to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed.  Enjoy the atmosphere of this rustic barn house, cidery, and restaurant where you can purchase a tasting paddle or hear about the Huon Valley’s history of apple growing. Return to your accommodation in Battery Point. 

Launceston to Hobart via Wineglass Bay Full-Day Excursion

5. Launceston to Hobart via Wineglass Bay Full-Day Excursion

The tour departs from Launceston ready for an action-packed day out exploring the delights and highlights of the East Coast before finishing your day in Hobart. Your drive takes you through the well-preserved Georgian townships of Evandale and Campbell Town. Make a short stop in Campbell Town where you can collect some lunch to take along for the day ahead. You will have time to discover the Convict Brick Trail that extends through the town, visit the Red Bridge, and check out the tree sculptures depicting the history of the town. After a brief stop in Campbell Town, travel to the East Coast, where you catch an amazing view of the area at the Great Oyster Bay Lookout and an opportunity to purchase some fresh oysters plucked from the beautiful surrounding waters. Once inside Freycinet National Park, begin a series of walks and exploration of the area. Walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, a moderate 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 Bay beach (2.5 hour return walking time). Once on the beach you have time to take a swim, relax, eat your lunch or meander along the white sands. Or, if you prefer to select the shorter walking option, you can explore other areas of Freycinet with your tour guide. Visit Honeymoon Bay and the Cape Tourville Lighthouse “Great Short Walk”. The tour re-groups, 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 delicious Berry Ice-creams and other sweet delights such as jams, sauces, chocolates and jellies. You will then return to your Hobart central city accommodation around 06:30 PM – 07:00 PM. (Airport drop offs around 06:00 PM – 06:30 PM – available only with arrangement at time of booking).

Hobart: Full-Day Tasmania Gourmet Seafood Cruise

6. Hobart: Full-Day Tasmania Gourmet Seafood Cruise

This full-day cruise begins on Hobart's vibrant waterfront, amongst the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock. You will cruise aboard a brand new, custom-built vessels, featuring a spacious enclosed cabin and luxury leather seats. You'll be one of up to 12 guests treated to an unforgettable day of indulgence and relaxation. You'll cruise down the Derwent River and into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel that surround Bruny Island. As you voyage south, you'll leave all traces of civilization behind. Your guides know these waters intimately. They've grown up in this wilderness environment, with its picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches. Throughout the day they'll provide an entertaining insight into the surrounding landscapes and animals. Such local knowledge only comes from spending years in and around these clean blue waters. Your first taste of the day is at Get Shucked oyster farm where you'll harvest oysters from the crystal blue water. Slurp the succulent, salty oysters straight from the shell. You'll pause at the edge of one of Bruny Island's secluded bays so that your guide can jump in and snorkel for abalone and sea urchin. Look around you and take in the pristine surroundings – the clear blue water, clean air, deserted beaches and beautiful bays are the source of this delicious fresh produce. Back on board the boat, it'll be time to enjoy the fruits of your morning gatherings. Join your guide as they prepare a bountiful seafood feast of rock lobster, abalone, sea urchin, mussels, oysters, sashimi, salmon. This is paired with a delicious gourmet spread of fresh local breads, salads and artisan cheeses, and matched with Bruny Island Premium Wines, Jansz Sparkling, boutique Moo Brew beers, Willie Smiths & Frank's cider and local organic juices.

Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

7. Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

Go deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest, wildlife and unsurpassed beauty of Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage-listed National Park. Travel through green pastures on your way southwest from Launceston and take in mountain views of the Great Western Tiers as you approach Cradle Mountain National Park. Along the way, pass through the scenic town of Deloraine, the hub between Launceston and Devonport. Travel further inland to take a tour of Sheffield, the town of murals, before traversing through dense forest and mountainous terrain. From there, cross the beautiful Cethana Dam as you arrive in Cradle Mountain National Park, staying on the lookout for wombats, potaroos and wallabies. Then take a short stroll along the Enchanted Forest and enjoy majestic views of pencil pine, lush forests, and a spectacular waterfall. Gaze at the sight of Cradle Mountain hanging over the picturesque Dove Lake, before taking a short walk around the lake for even more views of Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). Afterwards, visit a local chalet and stop at Ashgrove Cheese Farm for a tasting of some famous Tasmanian cheeses, and to learn how they are made, before heading back to Launceston.

From Hobart: 4-Day Guided Freycinet National Park Walk

8. From Hobart: 4-Day Guided Freycinet National Park Walk

Day 1 Depart from the Old Woolstores Apartments in Hobart at 8 AM and transfer to sustainably built Friendly Beaches lodge. Begin your Freycinet National Park adventure in Coles Bay by boarding the Naturaliste for a spectacular sea cruise down to Schouten Island, the southernmost part of Freycinet National Park (weather permitting). On the way, keep a lookout for pods of playful dolphins. After a picnic lunch and swim, choose between a short but steep climb up Bear Hill for expansive views of the Freycinet Peninsula, or fish for flathead in Schouten Passage. The Bear Hill walk is of moderate difficulty, takes 2 hours, and covers 3 kilometers (1.9 miles). Return to Coles Bay by boat, then transfer to Friendly Beaches Lodge for an evening meal of fresh fish and great local wine. Day 2 On the second day, there are 2 walks to choose from. The first option is to take a 7-hour, 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) moderate coastal walk from Bryan’s Beach journeys through sclerophyll forests and along beaches to the renowned Wineglass Bay. Along the way, encounter unforgettable up-close moments with local Australian wildlife. Alternatively, if you're seeking a serious challenge, opt for the climb from Cook’s Beach to the top of Mt Graham (579 meters/1,900 feet above sea level) where you’ll enjoy wonderful views of The Hazards’ dusky pink rock outcrops, before descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge. This is a difficult 16-kilometer (almost 10-mile) hike that takes about 8 hours. The two groups rejoin at Wineglass Bay in the late afternoon – the perfect time to swim, enjoy a cup of tea, and exchange stories about the morning’s adventures. Feeling refreshed, take the climb to Wineglass Bay Lookout for iconic views, before descending to the waiting vehicle to transfer you back to the Lodge. Day 3 Today, discover the secluded Bluestone Bay, and explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and little Bluestone Bay on an easy to moderate 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) hike for about 6-7 hours. Follow an ancient track through sacred bushland once followed by the Oyster Bay Tribe. The headland is home to a stunning array of native plants, including the giant Xanthorrhoea (Grass Trees). Continue along the white sands of Friendly Beaches, and enjoy a swim before you arrive back at the lodge where cool drinks and homemade afternoon tea await. Day 4 Rise early and head to the beach for morning coffee. After breakfast, there’s an optional walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt Mary and a descent to Saltwater Lagoon before taking a final stroll along Friendly Beaches to Isaac’s Point. In total, this easy walk lasts 3 hours and is 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) long. Finally, transfer back to Hobart to arrive at 5 PM on the last day. If you’re booked on a flight after 5:30 PM, a Hobart Airport drop-off can be provided.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 170 reviews

Such an awesome & fun tour! Some amazing sites to see & hear about. Lots of wildlife to see & experience in their natural habitat as well. Excellent guide who was exceptionally knowledgeable & a great skipper. We felt safe, especially with our 2.5 year old on board. Our little one loved it too!

What an amazing experience! Nothing was too difficult for Emma in the office, and on the boat Ali and Mike were brilliant! So much local historic knowledge they readily shared with everyone. They were approachable and easy to talk to, and made the whole experience so much better.

It was fantastic, Toby our guide was so good, we learnt a lot about the area. The boat was very comfortable and you were able to move to the front and back freely if you wanted to. Definitely recommend this.

Fantastic fun, like a wild amusement ride at times with nature and history thrown in. Highly recommend

Very informative experience and most enjoyable cruise.