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  • Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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  • Wineglass Bay

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  • Strahan

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  • Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park

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  • A wombat in Cradle Mountain National Park

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  • The view over Hobart from Mt Wellington

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  • Launceston

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  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

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  • Freycinet National Park

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  • Discovery Cradle Mountain

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  • Dove Lake Boathouse, Cradle Mountain

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  • Bicheno

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  • Bennett's Wallaby in Cradle Mountain

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  • Hobart

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  • Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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  • Wineglass Bay

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  • Strahan

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  • Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park

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  • A wombat in Cradle Mountain National Park

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  • The view over Hobart from Mt Wellington

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  • Launceston

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  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

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  • Freycinet National Park

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  • Discovery Cradle Mountain

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  • Dove Lake Boathouse, Cradle Mountain

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  • Bicheno

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  • Bennett's Wallaby in Cradle Mountain

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  • Hobart

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  • Optional: Kayaking in Freycinet

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8 Day Self Drive Tasmania

  • Explore beautiful Tassie at your own pace
  • Visit Cradle Mountain, Bicheno, Freycinet & more
Includes suggested activities & accom.

Come down for air in Australia’s spectacular southern state: a bountiful ‘treasure island’ with historic cities and colourful country towns, rugged coastline and biodiverse national parks. This eight day self drive tour takes all the guess work out of your road tripping, with all your accommodation arranged for you, and recommended activities and general instruction provided to help you go behind the scenery to uncover the hidden gems, the local favourites, and everything in between.

Enjoy two nights at leisure in beautiful Hobart, where you could choose to stroll along the pretty Salamanca waterfront, visit the famous Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), or venture up to Mount Wellington to enjoy a stunning view over the surrounding landscape. Marvel at the scenic wonders of Freycinet National Park, home of Wineglass Bay; stop for a night in Bicheno, where you might be lucky enough to spot the resident little penguins on the beachfront; delve into the foodie mecca of Launceston; visit Strahan, gateway to the UNESCO listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - and more! This island getaway includes seven nights accommodation.

If you long to explore Tassie but don’t fancy a group tour, this is the one for you!

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Make your own way to Hobart for an early afternoon check-in to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure to experience some of the many highlights of Hobart.

Please note: Hotel check-in is from 3:00pm, however luggage storage facilities are available if you arrive early and want to get stuck into some early exploration of the city. 

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, or similar
Meals included: None

Today is free at leisure to explore beautiful Hobart. The harbour city offers a fantastic blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class museums and restaurants.

Recommended activities:
- Tasmania has access to some Australia’s best produce so enjoy a fine dining experience at award winning restaurants
- Take a ferry up the Derwent River to MONA, for an out-of-this-world modern art experience
- Sample beer from Australia’s oldest brewery at Cascade
- Wander Salamanca Place to explore galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants

Alternatively you can join an optional full day Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils tour (not included), or a 3-hour Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise (not included).

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast begin your self-drive adventure discovering the highlights of Tasmania.

Situated on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast, Freycinet National Park is home to dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and abundant birdlife. The park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula and looks out to the Tasman Sea from the eastern side and back towards the Tasmanian coastline from the west. There are many more short walks across the park that are suitable for all abilities and that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons.

For an excellent half day trek, continue on from the Wineglass Bay lookout down to the beautiful, perfectly curved beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing views of Great Oyster Bay and the coastline surrounding the sleepy seaside village of Swansea. The Hazards look their best at sunrise and sunset when the pink granite glows bright and brilliant.

The beautiful beaches and pristine waters that surround the park can be enjoyed with swimming, kayaking or just lazing on the perfect white sand, while diving and snorkelling are rewarded with underwater views of abundant marine life.

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife website can provide you with detailed information about various hiking options in the area, but here are links to two of the more popular hiking options: https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/freycinet-national-park/wineglass-bay-and-hazards- beach https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/freycinet-national-park/wineglass-bay-lookout
Highlights for this region:
- Various winery cellar doors around Cranbrook
- Freycinet National Park with a variety of different hiking options to view Wineglass Bay Lookout or the Wineglass Bay Beach Walk
- Freycinet Marine Farm to sample local oysters and mussels

Overnight: Hotel Beachfront Bicheno, or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today’s destination is Launceston, however the turquoise waters of the Bay of Fires provides a worthy detour. Famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders, the Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania's most popular conservation reserves. The Bay of Fires conservation area extends along the coast from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. 

Alternatively, before to start your trip you can join an optional 3-hour morning paddle (not included - 8:30am December - February; 9:00am March - November)
The Freycinet Peninsula and sea kayaking were made for each other! Sea kayaks allow us to slowly explore this spectacular coastline, passing quietly by wildlife such as majestic sea eagles. Discover the history of secluded coves such as Honeymoon Bay and the Fisheries, tales of shipwrecked whalers, French explorers and the ancient culture of the Oyster Bay tribe. Friendly guides provide a safety briefing and paddling instruction before taking you onto the water. The tour is undertaken in stable, double sea kayaks, to cater for all levels of experience and ability. Single bookings are welcome - you will share a double kayak with a guide or fellow participant.
Inclusions:
- All sea kayaking equipment, stable double kayaks, warm jacket, spray jacket, dry-bag for personal items, experienced guides, light refreshments

Upon arrival in Launceston, check in to your overnight accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the vibrant city famous for food and wine, culture and nature.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor, or similar
Meals included: None

Today the journey continues to Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park is full of ancient rainforests, rich and diverse vegetation, deep river gorges and historic Aboriginal sites.

Highlights for this region:
- Take the 2-hour circuit walk around Dove Lake to enjoy dramatic views of Cradle Mountain
- There are a variety of shorter walks available around the National Park such as the Pencil
- Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk or the Enchanted Walk following a cascading creek
- Keep an eye out for colourful fungi, especially during the colder months

Upon arrival, check-in to your overnight accommodation.

Overnight: Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain, or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today your trip will bring you to Strahan, a small town and former port on the west coast of Tasmania.

Highlights for this region:
- A 3-hour return walk to the majestic Montezuma Falls
- Discover the mining history in the towns of Zeehan and Tullah

Overnight: Strahan Village Hotel, or similar
Meals included: None

Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Just an hour from Strahan, water is ever-present in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park trickling down from mountain peaks, running into creeks that cascade and twist through the rocks, combining to make the powerful Franklin and Gordon rivers.

There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, an abundance of fresh food, and a dark-yet-rich history. Surrounded by national parks and wildlife refuges, Strahan is the perfect destination for the naturalist and those seeking a relaxing escape from the daily stress of modern life. Adventure to the end of the world, see the rarest of animals, stand at Hell's Gates, and take the selfies to prove it.

The seafood in Strahan defines ‘fresh’. Fresh, too, are the paddock-to-plate fruits and vegetables coming straight from the rich Tasmanian soil. Dining ranges from bistro-casual to chef-inspired, from tasty takeaway fish and chips to sumptuous sassafras lamb.

You may like to join an optional 6-hour Gordon River Cruise (not included) which includes a cold buffet lunch. Voyage across Macquarie Harbour and feel the power of the Southern Ocean at Hells Gates. Pass fish farms and learn about salmon and trout farming. Glide past ancient rainforests and admire perfect reflections on the Gordon River. Enjoy quiet cruising on the Gordon River with Spirit of the Wild’s electric motors.

Overnight: Strahan Village Hotel, or similar
Meals included: None

Today begins the final leg of the journey. On your way back to Hobart visit Tasmania’s oldest National park, Mt Field National Park. Stand out short walks include the Russell Falls and Tall Trees. The Styx Tall Trees Conservation Area is also a must, which is home to the giant ash trees, the tallest eucalyptus on the planet. Later, arrive in Hobart and make your own onwards travel plans.


Meals included: None

Tour Inclusions

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  • Tick off some of Tasmania’s most iconic sights 
  • Experience wild landscapes, bustling cities and more 
  • Discover the best of Hobart with 2 days at leisure 
  • Marvel at the outstanding natural beauty of Freycinet National Park
  • Walk to Wineglass Bay, renowned for its white sand and turquoise waters
  • Stay in Bicheno, famous for little penguin colony and delicious seafood
  • Visit the vibrant city of Launceston on the Tamar River, a foodie’s paradise
  • Enjoy a full day in the iconic Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Keep an eye out for wallabies along Dove Lake track in Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Visit Strahan, gateway to World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
  • Enjoy the beautiful coastal town and surrounds of Strahan
  • 3 nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Hobart and Launceston
  • 4 nights 3.5-star accommodation in Bicheno, Cradle Mountain and Strahan
  • Enjoy 3 meals
  • General instruction and suggested points of interest included to make the most of your road trip
  • Receive 12% off any rental with Enterprise Car Rental

Important info

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On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
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Booking is subject to final confirmation from the accommodation provider. If you do not receive an email from the accommodation provider within 7 Business Days please contact TripADeal. If the selected dates cannot be secured an alternative date can be selected. In the event no available dates are suitable, a full refund will be provided.  
 
Please refrain from booking travel arrangements prior to final email confirmation from the accommodation provider. If booking flights, we recommend purchasing a flexible fare, so in the instance of a minimum number or Covid related issues prior to departure, you may be able to arrange an alternative travel date.
  
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Covid-19 Booking Policy
- TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website. Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the property/tour operator you are due to stay/travel with.

Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 12th of December 2021.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers no discounts apply (twin share purchase must be made) 
 
Departure Dates
2021
September: 5, 12, *19, *26
*October: 10, 17, 24
*November: 7, 14, 21, 28
*December: 5, 12
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
 
Surcharges
Please note: 
- Dates/months with a # incur a shoulder season surcharge of $50 per person.
- Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $90 per person.
- Dates/months with a ^ incur a peak season surcharge of $120 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Hobart



Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Hobart: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, or similar

- Bicheno: Beachfront Bicheno Hotel, or similar

- Launceston: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, or similar

- Cradle Mountain: Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain, or similar

- Strahan: Strahan Village, or similar

 

Extra Nights
Not available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 2 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 2: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devils Full Day Tour - $139 per person
Inclusions:
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo entrance fee, Tassie Devil feeding & Birds of the Bush show, Port Arthur Historic Site entrance fee, guided walking tour of Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur Harbor Cruise, professional guides &interpretation, small friendly groups, CBD Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off
 
Day 2: 3 Hour Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise - $145 per person
Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags
Drift up close to listen to the awesome Breathing Rock; Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and The Monument, feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Search for abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.
Please note: travellers must drive themselves to Adventure bay to join the tour
 
Day 2: Full Day Tour including 3 hour Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise - $235 per person
This full day trip includes the 3 hours Wilderness Cruise above, plus a return guided bus tour from Hobart to Adventure Bay, the ferry crossing at Kettering, morning tea and lunch.
 
Day 4: Freycinet Paddle Tour (not available August) - $110 per person
Inclusions:
All sea kayaking equipment, stable double kayaks, warm jacket, spray jacket, dry-bag for personal items, experienced guides, light refreshments
 
Day 7: 6-hour Gordon River Cruise $175 per person
Includes: Main Deck Window seating plus a cold buffet lunch
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Domestic flights / transfers
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Vehicle
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
- The climate of Hobart is oceanic, with mild, rainy winters and cool, quite rainy summers. At these latitudes (the island is located between 40 and 43 degrees south latitude), the western currents prevail throughout the year, with a series of disturbances that bring rainfall especially on the west side of the island. The wind blows frequently as well.
- Hobart is located in the southeast, and receives 570 mm of rain per year, which is not much, but the rains are well distributed over the seasons (although summer is the least rainy season), and often occur in the form of frequent drizzle and brief showers. 
- The average temperature in Hobart ranges from 8.5 °C in July to 17.5 °C in January and February. So, summer is cool, but winter is mild, although the wind can exacerbate the sensation of cold. Sometimes, especially in June and July, a cold air mass can reach the island, and in the hills and mountains of the interior, snow and frost can occur. In Hobart, in the coldest nights, the temperature can drop to around freezing (0 °C) or slightly below.
- Tasmania is not completely sheltered from the hot wind that can blow in summer from the Australian deserts, although this wind arrives here more rarely and with less evident effects. However, the temperature can sometimes approach or reach 38/40 °C, although heat waves do not last long, and at night, the temperature becomes almost always acceptable again.
 
Luggage
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour.
 
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