Tasmania trip package: Hobart and the beautiful south

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Duration (in days): 9

From: Hobart

To: Hobart

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£1,285

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

This charming Tasmania trip package shows off the highlights of southern Tasmania, including some of the most beautiful beaches and incredible marine life along with the laid-back lifestyle and delicious local cuisine.

Soak up the relaxed and bohemian vibe in Hobart before exploring the stunning coastline of the south, stopping at historic Port Arthur and dramatic Bruny Island, with its bush walks and rare and endangered plants and animals.

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Highlights

  • Spend a day exploring Maria Island, spotting albatross, seals and dolphins on the ferry across
  • Stroll around the galleries, shops and eateries of the Salamanca Wharf in Hobart
  • Take an eco-cruise to the edge of the Great Southern Ocean from Bruny Island
  • Spot Aussie’s only wild white wallabies at Adventure Bay
  • Tour the infamous penal settlement at Port Arthur and take a Ghost Tour after dark
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Little Swanport (for Maria Island)            
  • 2 nights Hobart
  • 2 nights Bruny Island
  • 2 nights Port Arthur

 

Day 1: Arrive Hobart 

Arrive in Hobart and collect your rental car.

Your drive today takes you north-east through Richmond and the Coal Valley wine region, taking in the excellent views out towards Maria Island. You’ll spend two nights at a farm property close to the pier, so you’ll be well located for the ferry across to Maria Island.


Day 2: Maria Island    

Today you can explore some of Maria Island. The cruise across is likely to include sightings of seals, albatross and dolphins – and possibly even whales! Once you’ve arrived the wildlife will continue to delight, as this island is home to an array of endemic and endangered animals. Take a walk around the remains of an old convict site and wander through the forest spotting kangaroos, wombats, devils and a variety of birdlife.


Days 3 & 4: Hobart    

Head back to Hobart today for 2 nights in the city. Why not stop on route at a wildlife sanctuary for an up-close encounter with some of the endemic species in Tasmania?

You’ll be staying at the waterfront where you’re spoilt for choice in terms of restaurants and shops. If you’re in town on a Saturday then the Salamanca markets are must – they specialise in local produce, arts and crafts.


Day 5: Hobart to Bruny Island     

After a lazy morning, you can depart for the next stage of your trip; Bruny Island. Head towards Kettering where you’ll take a short ferry across to Bruny Island, which is made up of North and South which are connected by a narrow piece of land.


Day 6: Bruny Island

Today you’ll take an eco-cruise along the highest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll go into the vast caves where you can marvel at the rock formations lining the coast. Spot seal colonies, eagles, albatross and dolphins. The island is also home to Adventure Bay where you can view grazing white wallabies in the wild – the only place in Australia.


Days 7 & 8: Port Arthur

Drive to the Tasman Peninsula today, where you will stop at the historic Port Arthur for a two-night stay. The site is renowned as one of Tasmania’s most feared penal settlements. Take a harbour cruise and an evening ghost tour, or if you prefer something a little more laid back head just outside of the town for a stay close to White Beach, a beautiful sandy spot with home cooked food and great hospitality.


Day 9: Depart Hobart

Head back to Hobart and return your rental car to the airport before continuing on the next leg of your travels.


 

Info

The seasons are distinct in Tasmania:

  • Spring (Sept-Nov) brings long, warm days and cooler nights. The gardens will be in bloom and the lakes and rivers will be full of fish!
  • Summer (Dec-Feb) is full of festivals and has the warmest weather – therefore accommodation is busy and prices are at their peak, so bear this in mind.
  • Autumn (Mar-May) is one of the best seasons for walking with calm sunny days and cool crisp evenings. There are also several big events – a rally car race, a food event and an arts festival to name but a few.
  • Winter (May-Aug) brings cooler temperatures and is the ideal time to relax indoors by a log fire or enjoy an alpine national park.

Hobart is Australia’s second driest capital, however, the west coast is home to lush rainforests and sees plenty of rainfall.

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What's included: 

  • All accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 9 days car rental
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any additional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Accommodation

8 nights in charming, locally owned B&Bs and self-contained cottages


 

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