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Travel block - Australia

Tasmania - Australia's Emerald Isle

Highlights

  • Discover Tasmania's wild nature up close!

  • Adventure to different wineries in northern Tassie

  • Go on an exciting hike around Cradle Mountain

  • Enjoy Hobart's historic and modern flair

  • Beautiful accommodations throughout your trip

Description

During this unique round trip, explore the pristine and wild nature of Australia's Emerald Isle, Tasmania! Immerse yourself in a world of beautiful and varied landscapes, taste delicious local products, and stay in comfortable hotels around the island!

Destination

Oceania & South Pacific

Hobart - Strahan - Cradle Mountain - Launceston

When you arrive at Hobart Airport, pick up your rental car, and get ready to explore Australia's smallest state! Situated at the foot of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines historic charm with a modern lifestyle in a landscape of extraordinary beauty. Hobart is both the capital of Tasmania and the second oldest capital of Australia. Since the city nestles on the Derwent River, you can enjoy the excellent fresh sea air at one of the world's most beautiful, natural harbors. Wander through the beautiful waterways, pass sandstone buildings, walk through the stone arches at Salamanca Place, or stroll along the harbor's restaurant mile in the early evening. The Salamanca Palace is in the heart of the city and located directly on the waterfront, making it the perfect meeting place.

Our tip: Located directly on the lively Elisabeth Street is the famous restaurants "Ethos Eat Drink" and "Sweet Envy." And not far from there is Murray Street, where you can visit the stylish restaurant "Garagistes." Visit these delicious restaurants, sip on a glass of wine, or try some fresh seafood!

Just a 10 minute drive away is the majestic Mount Wellington, offering stunning hikes and short walks at its foot. For those who fancy an adventurous stroll, climb the 4265-feet peak, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city and Derwent Valley.

Travel time from Hobart Airport to Hobart hotel: 12 miles / approx. 20 minutes

One night at Lenna of Hobart**** with breakfast in a Mountain View Room, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Today head towards Strahan, where you can stop for a walk around Lake St. Clair on your way. The Tasmanians call this lake Leeawuleena, which means "sleeping water."

As you continue your journey, you will arrive at the fishing village of Strahan. The 31-mile long bay is home to the only harbor on the rugged west coast of the island, and it's where the King and Gordon River flow into the ocean. Here you can enjoy the peace and pure nature since the village is home to only 600 people.

From the lighthouse, relish beautiful views of the surrounding area. Strahan, an ideal starting point to explore the untouched landscape of the west coast, is an insider tip of Tasmania. Cross the lush green cliffs and deep valleys on a steam train, or explore the park on foot. Donaghy's Lookout offers lovely views of the surrounding rainforest.

Strahan is also the main gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Franklin Gordon Wild River Park. The raging waters are particularly ideal for rafting adventures!

Our tip: Approximately seven miles north of Strahan, there's a dune in the middle of the forest where you can slide down on sand boards.

Travel time Hobart - Strahan: 186 miles / approx. 4 hours

Two nights at Risby Cove**** in a One Bedroom Spa Suite, Strahan, Australia

Cradle Mountain is Tasmania's most famous mountain because of its unique beauty. The park was created by glacier movements in the last ice age and is full of vegetation that's not found anywhere else in Australia. Mount Ossa, Australia's highest mountain rising to 5300 feet, is also located here! The well-known hiking trail, Oberland Track, stretches a total length of about 50 miles (around a seven-day hike) and leads to the southern part of the park. It meanders through ice-cold streams, rainforests, and alpine heathland. The path leads to the south part of the park. Other small, idyllic hiking trails are all are excellently marked for hikers to follow, boasting views of varied flora and fauna landscape.

Travel time Strahan - Cradle Mountain: 87 miles / approx. 2 hours

One night at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge**** with breakfast at Pencil Pine Cabin, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania

On the way to Launceston, you'll pass the small town of Sheffield, whose history is perpetuated on the city's buildings. In Elisabeth Town, visit Ashgrove Cheese Farm or Christmas Hills Rasberry Farm, or Honey Farm in Chudleigh, where you can sample delicious local produce! The cheese farm offers cheese for wine tasting and plenty of other products to enjoy on the farm.

Launceston is one of the first European settlements in Australia. The numerous parks and Victorian buildings that still exist today radiate with original flair, and the reason it's often called the "Garden City of the North." The North Esk River and the South Esk River meet here to form the Tamar Valley. Be sure to visit Contract Gorge, only 15 minutes from the city center, and the town's suspension bridge. These highlights offer lovely hiking trails and breathtaking views of its surrounding mountains and lush vineyards. Take the gorge's chairlift to different viewing platforms and enjoy fantastic panoramas.

For the shopping lovers, head over to Brisbane Street Market, Civic Square, and Quadrant Mall. Enjoy the street musicians and beautiful markets that line the sidewalks. Every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, there's the Harvest Launceston Farmers' Market on Cimitiere Street, where you can order delicious wines and delicacies.

Travel time Cradle Mountain - Launceston: 91 miles / approx. 2 hours

One night at Leisure Inn Penny Royal*** with breakfast in a Standard Queen Room, Launceston, Australia

Today is the last day of your Tasmanian adventure. We hope you had fun and enjoyed the fascinating nature of this small yet majestic island. If you would like to extend your stay, or need a transfer to another location of your choice, we will be happy to assist you.

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Lenna of Hobart****, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (One night)

The beautifully renovated manor house is only two minutes from the vibrant Salamanca Place. Alexander's Restaurant serves not only seasonal dishes but also Australian cuisine. Chandelier Lounge Bar lures you in with refreshing drinks that you can enjoy in the evening. The rooms are modernly furnished and equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, and coffee/tea facilities.

Risby Cove****, Strahan, Tasmania, Australia (Two nights)

Located directly on the waterfront, Risby Cove is only a 10-minute walk from the center of Strahan. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and kettle.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge ****, Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia (One night)

This stylish lodge is on the edge of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lush forests and majestic mountain ranges dominate the hotel's surroundings, with 86 wooden cabins individually and stylishly designed to exude pure coziness and comfort.

Leisure Inn Penny Royal ***+, Launceston, Australia (One night)

The boutique hotel is in a historic setting, located only five minutes from the center of Launceston, and close to Brisbane Street Mall. The 66 comfortable rooms come equipped with tea/coffee facilities and other amenities. For a fee, you can use high-speed internet.

Duration of the trip: 6 days / 5 nights

Including

  • Five nights in the accommodations mentioned or similar:

    • One night at the Lenna of Hobart**** with breakfast in the Mountain View Room in Hobart

    • Two nights at Risby Cove**** in the Harbor Front Suite in Strahan

    • One night in the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge**** with breakfast in the Pencil Pine Cabin in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

    • One night at the Leisure Inn Penny Royal*** with breakfast in the Standard Queen Room in Launceston

  • Six days rental car of category C (Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar)

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Excursions (visits, admissions, etc.)

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Visa (if necessary)

  • Rental car deposit (to be paid on site)

  • Gasoline & one-way fees

Services & Notes

Due to renovations at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, the reception is in the boutique at the front of the property. An à la carte Highland menu is available in the lounge in front of the fireplace. The breakfast buffet is served in The Tavern and in the lounge area. At the end of 2020, The Tavern Bar & Bistro will be affected and alternative options will be made available.

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