• Discover Mt Field National Park, home to awe-inspiring mountain scenery and alpine plants
• Explore Tasmanian history with visits to Port Arthur, Richmond and Ross
• Balance natural wonders with urban delights in the cities of Hobart and Launceston
graduate of Otago University, experienced botanist and ornithologist
Assemble at The Old Woolstore hotel in central Hobart for three nights.
Introductory visits in and around the city of Hobart (stunning coastal landscape against the backdrop of Mt Wellington).
Penal colony sites around Hobart: Port Arthur, Saltwater River, Richmond. Afternoon: Tasman National Park (dramatic coastal scenery).
Mt Field National Park (echidnas and wallabies, stunning richeas, ewartias, Tasmanian celmisias, subalpine flora), spectacular peaks, Russell Falls. Cross central Tasmania for overnight stay at Lake St Clair Lodge.
Lake St Clair National Park (lakeside black peppermint forests) then through Cradle Mountain region to mining region around Queenstown before continuing to beautiful Macquarie Harbour for overnight stay at Strahan Village in the picturesque fishing village of Strahan.
Cruise around Macquarie Harbour and into Gordon River (UNESCO World Heritage site): shag, osprey, snakes, pencil pines. Afternoon: Cradle Valley, Cradle Mountain National Park. Stay at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village for two nights.
Walks in vicinity of Lake Dove, Crater Lake and Cradle Mountain. Evening excursion for wombats, pademelons, Bennett’s wallabies, and possible quolls. Optional excursion for Tasmanian devils.
Morning walks along the Cradle Valley boardwalk before travelling north to the coast. Overnight stay at Stanley Seaview Inn in the delightful village of Stanley, with option to visit to seabird colony on The Nut to see shearwaters return to their burrows. Possible sightings of Little Blue or Fairy penguins.
Free time in Stanley with optional chairlift to The Nut. Via Burnie (wild platypus in nearby creeks) to Launceston for two nights at Mantra Charles Hotel.
Day at leisure in Launceston.
Ben Lomond National Park (magnificent rockscapes, unsurpassed alpine flora) then continue south to coastal Freycinet National Park (dramatic coastline) for two nights at luxurious ocean-side Freycinet Lodge.
Relaxing morning in Coles Bay then walk to Wineglass Bay (granite outcrops, rugged peaks, crystal-clear waters, stunning orchids, Oyster Bay pines). Evening walk for possums and quolls.
Ross (former inland garrison town, historical architecture, convict-built Ross Bridge, female convict workhouse, barracks) then continue to Hobart for overnight stay at The Old Woolstore.
Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.
27 Nov — 10 Dec 2019
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Cost of £4295 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, all meals except one lunch & two dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, Tasmanian devil excursion on day 7, single room supplement £795, international flights.