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From Hobart: Maria Island National Park Active Full-Day Tour

1. From Hobart: Maria Island National Park Active Full-Day Tour

Experience a location rich in local wildlife, amazing scenery and world heritage convict history.  Departing from Hobart, journey for 1.5 hours to reach the breathtaking Maria Island. Once here, enjoy a series of moderate walks covering a total of 10 kilometers. Explore the Painted Cliffs as you walk past Hopground Beach to see these beautifully patterned sandstone cliffs. Get the opportunity to swim, photograph and soak up the island life as Maria works its magic on you. Witness an abundance of island wildlife, including wombats, various bird species, dolphins, seals, and penguins. You may even get to spot the famous Tazmanian Devil. On the Fossil Cliffs walk, admire the amazing cliffs that drop sheer into the ocean. Get a fascinating insight into the past environments of Maria Island at the  Darlington World Heritage convict site and enjoy breathtaking views of the Freycinet Peninsula. With no cars on the island the area is peaceful, beautiful, the pace is slow and relaxed, and the beaches are perfect for summer swimming.

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

2. Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

Travel aboard a brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Cruising down the Derwent River you'll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania's premium residential addresses. You'll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you'll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse, you'll be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart's early settlement. Cruising into Storm Bay, you'll reach Betsey Island. This uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and the majestic white bellied sea eagle. As you circumnavigate Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view. This isolated beach is known for its large breaks and offshore winds. You'll cruise close in to the shore and feel the swell surging straight from the Southern Ocean; these conditions make this a favorite spot with local surfers. After 2.5 hours on the water you'll return to Hobart refreshed, with a newfound appreciation for this beautiful harbor city.

Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

3. Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

Departing daily from Cambridge, fly towards and over the top of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast. Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s very first National Parks (est. 1916) and is home to dramatic pink granite mountains, secluded bays, crystal clear waters and pristine white beaches. Freycinet is home to Tasmania’s and arguably Australia’s most iconic white sands beach – Wineglass Bay, the aerial view of this sight is something truly spectacular and unforgettable. From the Freycinet Peninsula, fly over the seal colony of Ile Des Phoques, then continue your scenic flight towards your destination, Maria Island. Here land and set off on an exploration of the island national park. It’s tranquility combined with its natural beauty, rare wildlife and fascinating history makes it a unique and special place. Maria Island’s pristine untouched beaches, the crystal clear waters of the surrounding marine reserve and scenery like the magnificent Mt Maria and Bishop and Clerk peaks will take your breath away. Have a chance while on the Island to wander through forests of magnificent blue and white gums, some of them over 400 years old and unique to Maria Island. Step back in time and walk where convicts and explorers have walked before you. At the Fossils Cliffs see shellfish fossil beds unlike any other in the world. Maria Island is also famous for its abundance of wildlife being home to rare and endangered species like the Swift Parrot and Cape Barron Goose, Wombats, Kangaroos and of course, the Tasmanian Devil. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of Maria Island, you really have to see it to believe it. As you interact with the Maria Island’s local wildlife and take in the spectacular scenery your guide will prepare a bountiful Tasmanian picnic looking over the Northern end of the majestic national park. This feast is full of some of Tasmania’s finest offerings, consisting of fresh Oysters, Mussels, Salmon, Mackerel, Scallops, Octopus, all locally sourced from Tasmanian’s beautiful and clean waterways, this seafood smorgasbord is accompanied with paired Tasmanian premium white wine. Please note, if seafood isn’t to your liking that’s not a problem at all, just let the tour operator know at the time of booking and they can happily source a beautiful mix of different Tasmanian produce. After your time on Maria board your aircraft once again return to Hobart. Tour highlights • Aerial eye view of • Freycinet National Park • Wineglass Bay • Maria Island • Chance to interact (without fences) with wildlife such as • Tasmanian devils • Wombats • Forester (Eastern grey) Kangaroos • Wallabies • Gourmet Seafood Platter and Tasmanian Premium Wine Tour runs for approximately 3 hours and departs daily from Cambridge Aerodrome (20-minute drive from the Hobart CBD), Hotel Pick up and Drop off available.

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: Day Tour

4. Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: Day Tour

Depart Cambridge Aerodrome, located 20-minutes drive from central Hobart, for an unforgettable tour by air to a remote area of Tasmania’s South West coast. It is one of only two places in the world that have 7 out of 10 criteria for world heritage listing. Fly over Hobart’s eastern suburbs and the Derwent River along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  On the 50-minute scenic flight, fly past Recherche Bay to Tasmanian’s most southern point, South East Cape. Leave the city behind as the aircraft enters the vast south-west west wilderness following the South Coast Track to Melaleuca. Land in Melaleuca and board a boat for a short cruise into Bathurst Harbor.  See the remote Celery Top Islands and take a short bush walk in the wilderness. Experience untouched landscape while breathing the cleanest air in the world. Enjoy a delicious lunch of Tasmanian produce and wine in a special remote location. Returning to Melaleuca, explore the area, visit the Deny King Bird Hide, and enjoy the Needwonnee Aboriginal Walk, an interpretive boardwalk. Later in the afternoon, board the aircraft for the return 50-minute scenic journey to Hobart.

Freycinet: 5.5-Hr Small Group Guided Walking Experience

5. Freycinet: 5.5-Hr Small Group Guided Walking Experience

Start the tour by meeting your guide and departing from Freycinet Lodge. Follow your dedicated guide over the spectacular Hazards mountain range to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, where views of the iconic bay will be sure to astound you. After a quick photo (your guide will be sure to take a group shot to send to you later), make the short descent along the Eucalyptus-lined trail to the pristine white sands of Wineglass Bay beach. Here your guide will offer a short break to enjoy a hot drink and take in the breathtaking scenery. The next leg will take you to the west of the peninsula to the stunning Hazards Beach. Leaving only your footprints, learn about the unique animals that call this special place home and the history behind its magnificent shores and pink granite peaks. From here, be guided to the southern-most point of the beach to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and wander along the beach looking for treasures. After exploring the beach, jump aboard the Freycinet Aqua Taxi to see the peninsula from a different perspective as you journey back to the Freycinet Lodge where you tour concludes.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 422 reviews

Even though it was raining, we still carry on with the cruise. Good knowledge by the skipper, Thomas. Very detailed explanation on the rocks and the local area. Water was choppy and the swell at lighthouse was about 2-3mtr high but the skipper kept us safe. He handles the boat well. Safety briefing was carried out 1st thing before we set for sail. It was an enjoyable trip.

It was a fantastic experience to see Wineglass bay and Mariah island from above. We had been there a few times, but the view from above is magical. The flight was well organised and Alex was an amazing pilot, guide, tour operator- all in one. Highly recommend it

Awesome afternoon on the water. Great views and got to play and photograph seals and dolphins. Hamish was very friendly, knowledgeable and relaxed. Highly recommend

The weather was a bit crazy wet but it was still an excellent trip. I always felt completely safe with our guide. I loved it all.

Maria Island was a wonderful surprise, so peaceful and beautiful