Tasmania’s Wild Walks
East, Central & West Tasmania – 07-20 Feb 21; Escorted by Mike Wood.
AUD$6,990 twin share. Limited Single Sups available for AUD$990
Join Peregrine Travel Centre WA’s owner, Mike Wood, on this especially designed itinerary that makes the most of Tasmania’s classic walking destinations. We will visit many of the quintessential treks such as Mt Field, Lake St Clair, Shadow Lake, the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain, the Bay of Fires, Maria Island, Wineglass Bay and Capes Raul & Hauy on the fabulous 3 Capes walk.
Find out why Tasmania is regarded as Australia’s bush walking Mecca by so many who have visited. Over 13 days, starting and finishing in Hobart, we will drive around the island aboard our private vehicle, stopping to walk Tasmania’s best day walks. Staying in a range of comfortable accommodation, from motel-style rooms to chalets and cabins, this tour is a wonderful way to take in this tiny, but mighty island.
Make your way to the Hobart CBD, which is approximately 30 mins from the airport. We have accommodation booked for you at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is at 1 Davey St, Hobart.
Meet in the Tasman Restaurant at 6pm for a drink at the bar, a tour briefing, followed by dinner (incl.).
Lady Barron Walk & Mt Field East
We leave early from Hobart and head west to Mt Field National Park. Our introductory walk is an easy 2.5hrs walk through a forest of towering tree ferns; moss and lichens leads us to the beautiful Russell Falls – one of the prettiest in Tasmania. A great introduction and “get to know you” walk.
After lunch, we will head off on our second walk for the day. There are a few options depending on time and the weather. Lucky for us Mt Field National Park has a wide range of walks to offer to suit the conditions. The accommodation in Maydena is then not too far away, which should leave some time for Platypus spotting in the pools in the late afternoon.
The Tarn Shelf, Mt Field (15.3km)
A steep drive up to Lake Dobson brings us to the start of our day’s main walk, the Tarn Shelf circuit (15.3km). A bit of a climb gets us up to the small glacial lakes, or tarns, of the Rodway Range, with magnificent views over the glacier-formed landscape. From there we will walk along the rocky shelf with its small rock gardens and pools. Once back down off the plateau the walk then changes to a more forested path for a shady afternoon. Happy and tired after a full day we’ll head back to our accommodation at the Giants Table Cottages in Maydena for a second night.
Lake St Clair, Cynthia Bay to Echo Point (11.2km)
It’s a couple of hours drive to Lake St Clair where we’ll take a walk alongside the picturesque lake from Echo Point through an enchanting temperate rainforest. After a short ferry ride, our walk will take us through a canopy of Sassafras, myrtle, celery- top pine and leatherwood with a wide array of moss, lichens and fungi below.
Our accommodation for the night is in the very nice cabins at Lake St Clair and we’ll eat together at the Lake St Clair Lodge.
Shadow Lake Circuit (13km)
An amazing and quintessentially Tasmanian day. The Shadow Lake circuit has a wide variety of vegetation and landscapes and stunning views of Mt Rufus. The walk has moderate terrain and allows us access to the shores of Shadow Lake. We will finish the walk early afternoon, and then drive on to Strahan, which will take a couple of hours.
In Strahan, we will be staying at the local motel for one night.
Gordon River Cruise
One of the must do experiences of Tasmania, is a Gordon River cruise. This six-hour cruise includes lunch, a short walk and an opportunity to set foot on the notorious Sarah Island, whilst hearing about the areas grisly past.
After the cruise, it is about a 2-hour drive up to Cradle Mountain, where we will be staying in the cabins at Cradle Mountain Discovery, for 2 nights.
Cradle Mountain (approx. 15km)
Depending on the weather and the energy levels of the group, there are a number of options for today’s walk. We’ll enjoy imposing mountain vistas, pristine glacial lakes, vast button grass plains, and an all-round fantastic day of walking. This is a popular park – and we’ll see why!
To the East Coast we go
Today we say goodbye to the wild mountain country and hello to the beautiful east coast of Tasmania. We have 4.5 hours of driving to do today, but rather than rush, we are going to spend the day visiting a few tourist sites for a relaxed look around.
We’ll stop in at some lovely small towns along the way where you might pick up a souvenir or two, or enjoy the local coffee shops and bakeries. We will arrive in St Helens in the afternoon and check in to our hotel for 2 nights.
Bay of Fires (12-15km)
There are many options for our walk today. We will focus on the southern end of the Bay of Fires trail with its wide white beaches, and spectacular orange lichen covered rock. The walking is pretty moderate, so we will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere.
Cape Freycinet, Wineglass Bay Circuit (11km)
It is about 1.5 hours along one of Tasmania’s great coastal drives to get to Wineglass bay.
We will enjoy a gorgeous 11km circuit walk, which takes in the white sand beach of Wineglass Bay and the equally beautiful Hazards Beach on the other side of the isthmus.
After the largest part of the walk, and perhaps an icy but refreshing swim at Wineglass Bay, we head to Swansea for the night, and a meal at the pub.
Maria Island (12km)
We will keep heading our way, south down the east coast, before we take the short ferry ride across to Maria Island. There are are few options today but the most scenic is a challenging but rewarding climb up Mt Bishop and Clerk. The walk is steep but the views from the dolerite columns at the summit of the mountain are sensational. The forested section of path offers delightful walking, with glimpses of ocean beyond the sheer cliffs.
For those wanting an easy day, there is plenty to explore including the Painted Cliffs, the Fossil Cliffs and the old Darlington settlement, which has seen many transformations over the years.
After our ferry trip back to the mainland we’ll head south to the historic town of Port Arthur.
Tasman Peninsular, Cape Raul (14km)
Today we will explore the second of the Three Capes on the Three Cape Track, after a short drive from Port Arthur.
Our walk today starts inland where we get to enjoy some beautiful heath country. As we come closer to the coastline, the bush opens up and we get some of our first glimpses of the absolutely spectacular dolerite cliffs of
the Tasman National Park. If we’re lucky we may encounter some of those intense winds the capes are famous for.
Eventually the trail starts heading east along the cliff tops and we descend onto the Cape Raoul plateau. Here we are rewarded with coastal banksia scrub and the odd glimpses of the northern coastline and the impressive 300m high cliffs of Cape Pillar in the distance. Once we’ve had plenty of time taking in all the beautiful scenery at the end of Cape Raoul we make our way back the same way to the bus.
From the end of the walk, it is a short drive back to Port Arthur for our final night together.
Tasman Peninsular, Cape Hauy (8.8km)
Our last walk, on the Tasman Peninsular, is nothing short of spectacular. As we’ve come to expect from Tasmania, there are up’s and there are downs and there are absolutely incredible views to marvel at. As we walk along Cape Hauy, the promontory narrows and the views get better and better. Massive dolerite cliffs descend vertically into the ocean on either side, making this an exciting walk to finish on.
After our walk, we’ll head back into Hobart, arriving late for our final night together, back at the Grand Chancellor.
Tour ends after breakfast.