Classic Tasmania East Coast
Highlights: Hobart | Port Arthur Historic Site | Freycinet National Park | Wineglass Bay Cruise | Launceston
An island state off the south coast of Australia, Tasmania is teeming with convict history, unique wildlife and gorgeous scenery along endless shores.
Witness the most intact and evocative convict site at Port Arthur, then soak up the unbelievable beauty of Freycinet National Park with a lunch cruise on Wineglass Bay.
Wash it down with Riesling and Chardonnay while cruising the Tamar Valley, then end in Launceston where food, wine, culture and nature culminate..
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Arrive Hobart Welcome to Tasmania! Upon arrival to Hobart, collect your rental car and make your way into the city. Enjoy a stroll through Hobart’s legendary and colorful Salamanca Market, taking in the fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, preserves, wines, and arts and crafts on offer. Continue on foot along Hobart’s picturesque waterfront to the Lark Distillery cellar door for a tour of their historic premises, where you’ll gain an understanding of the craft of whisky distillation. If time permits, drive to The World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. It’s Australia's most intact and evocative convict site with over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds, and is an essential destination for any tour of Tasmania. You’ll want to allow plenty of time to fully experience all that Port Arthur has to offer.
Day 2 Hobart to Freycinet National Park (239km / 148mi) Drive along Tasmania’s scenic East Coast to the Freycinet Peninsula, with its exceptional beauty, white sandy beaches and granite coastline. Be sure to stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm (just 10 minutes before Coles Bay) and enjoy a casual seafood lunch with shellfish like abalone straight from the water. Arriving to Freycinet National Park (park fees apply), climb the trail to the Wineglass Bay lookout, where you can soak up the postcard-perfect views of one of the world's most photographed beaches. The rest of the day is yours to explore the unsurpassed beauty of Freycinet National Park.
Day 3 Freycinet National Park – Wineglass Bay & Freycinet Peninsula Cruise After breakfast, take to the water to experience Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II, catamaran. Cruise highlights include the spectacular sheer granite cliffs, getting up close to the wildlife and the informative commentary on landmarks, wildlife and history. Wineglass Bay is so beautiful and remote, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes at the edge of a perfect turquoise sea. There’s truly no better place than this to anchor for your Tasmanian Ploughman's lunch in relaxed style.
Day 4 Freycinet National Park to Launceston (177km / 110mi) Make your way into Launceston today and explore the Tamar Valley wineries, well known for pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, and sparkling varieties. If you’re up for an adventure ask us about the back route, which takes you to spectacular waterfalls and the historic Pub in the Paddock. A visit to the local Boag’s Brewery just outside Launceston is also a must along the way.
Day 5 Launceston Tours Ends If time permits, enjoy an al fresco lunch along the waterfront outside of your hotel. Then, drop your rental car off at the Launceston airport where you’ll connect to your flight home.
- 1 night of accommodation at Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart – Standard Room
- 2 night of accommodation at Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay – One Room Cabin
- 1 Night of accommodation at Sebel Launceston, Launceston – One Bedroom Superior Suite
- 5 day rental car (mid-size) including insurance, unlimited miles & GPS
- Wineglass Bay cruise with lunch
- National Park fees
- International or domestic airfares (unless specified above).
- Meals other than specified above.
- Travel insurance.