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Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

1. 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.

Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart

2. Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart

Get back to nature on a full-day trip to Bruny Island, tailored to the day's weather conditions to create the most enjoyable experience.  Catch the ferry from Hobart to go on a nature walk in the temperate rainforest, or enjoy a swim in a hidden lagoon or the ocean, weather permitting. Encounter unique wildlife, such as the rare albino wallaby as your guide shows you some of the hiding spots of this elusive creature. Soak up the panoramic views from the Neck and Cape Bruny Lighthouse, and marvel at the picturesque beaches along the way. Stop to sample local produce, including award-winning cheeses, wines, beers, ciders, berries, chocolates, and oysters at your own cost. There will be a lunch stop where you can enjoy locally cooked and farmed produce from the land and the sea at you own expense, or bring your own picnic if you prefer.

Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

3. Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

This nature lover’s day trip begins with pickup from Hobart hotel. Then, journey through the picturesque Derwent Valley. Drive past Australia's oldest operating pub. Continue on to Mt. Field National Park, where Russell Falls is a must-see. Stroll underneath enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees to the waterfall. Next, follow the freshwater back to New Norfolk, where your guide will explain its interesting history.   Stretch and grab a bite to eat before the next stop. Head to a Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to hand-feed kangaroos and discover Tasmanian devils. End your day in the picturesque town of Richmond before returning to Hobart. The Mt Wellington summit time depends on the weather (cloud cover) and will either be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Night Tour

4. Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Night Tour

The Bonorong Night Tour is a group feeding tour with a guide just for your group. Group sizes are kept small to ensure every participant has plenty of opportunity to interact with the critters. You will enter the animals’ world and experience hand-feeding weird and wonderful creatures like Eastern quolls, tawny frogmouths and sugar gliders. You will also be able to help your guide feed the Tassie devils their dinner! In fact, you are going to help feed almost all of the animals in the sanctuary. First it’s dinner time for the daylight dwellers and then the nocturnal animals get their breakfast. A special highlight is meeting the mob of friendly Forester kangaroos. You are also going to meet some incredible survivors as many of the animals are recovering from injury or are orphans. Your guide will show you how you are helping to get the animals back into the wild.

Wineglass Bay and Maria Island Scenic Flight Experience

5. 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.

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

6. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Departing from the Triabunna Marina, which is located approximately 1-hour and 15-minutes from Hobart, this tour includes a scenic cruise of Maria Island's coastline, time to explore the island and a guided walk around Maria Island's UNESCO-listed convict settlement. The east coast of Maria Island features mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, ancient geology, and beaches of pure white sand. As you cruise around Maria Island, there will be stops at many of its famous landmarks including the Fossil Cliffs and the Painted Cliffs. Listen to live commentary as you cruise toward Riedle Bay and Shoal Bay at Maria Island's isthmus. Drop the anchor and stop for lunch beside one of the beaches. These secluded beaches are only visited by a handful of people each year. Enjoy local drinks, snacks, and a salad bowl of your choice. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs on a guided tour through the collection of historic convict buildings. Learn about the town’s history and meet some wombats. If you'd prefer, simply soak up the sun on the white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the pristine waters.

From Hobart: Bruny Island Highlights Day Trip

7. From Hobart: Bruny Island Highlights Day Trip

This day trip to Bruny Island provides a terrific balance of scenery, guided nature walks, wildlife, and local produce tastings. Departing Hobart, travel 40km south to Kettering and take the ferry across the D’Entrecastreaux channel to Bruny Island for a fun-filled day. The scenic drive from North Bruny Island to South Bruny National Park reveals Bruny's coastal beauty, featuring wild coves and beaches. At Cape Bruny, learn the history behind the convict-built lighthouse and enjoy views of the Southern Ocean and of Lighthouse Beach. Tastings of local produce begin at historic Two Tree Point in Adventure Bay, with morning tea time made up of freshly baked sourdough bread, cheese, and oysters. Next, choose a walking option, such as an adventurous hike to Fluted Cape with its impressive dolerite cliffs, ocean views, and eucalyptus forest, or take an easy stroll out to Grass Point. If you prefer an even more relaxed time, wander along the bay’s white sands. Climb the steps to the top of Truganini Lookout at the Neck, for memorable panoramic vistas. Try Bruny’s other local specialties like leatherwood honey (included) or opt for a craft beer before returning to Hobart in the evening (at your own expense). With luck, sightings of local wildlife such as echidna and white wallabies on the return ferry back will round off your trip.

Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

8. Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

Day one: Port Arthur Historic Site Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM. After a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village, Richmond, head south to explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. A guided walk and harbor cruise are included. Rich in visual history, learn of the chilling life of a convict in the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. Visit selected geological wonders within Tasman National Park, to top-off a full day on the Tasman Peninsula before returning to Hobart. Day two: Hobart to Strahan Drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. See the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park tall trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan, where you will stay overnight. Day three: Wild West Coast  In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day four: Cradle Mountain to Launceston  Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day five: Launceston to Bicheno Start the day with a journey to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires, where the beaches are gleaming and the is water inviting. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim and to explore the orange lichen-clad boulders, white sands and turquoise waters of the stunning East Coast. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to Bicheno. You will stay overnight at accommodation in Bicheno. Day six: Freycinet National Park to Hobart After breakfast, get ready for an early start to be the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout at the Freycinet National Park. Beat the crowds and the heat for that picture postcard photograph. Relax on a secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford. Return to Hobart for 5:30 PM. 

Tasmania: 7-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour

9. Tasmania: 7-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan The journey through the Western Wilds starts by taking you to the picturesque harborside village of Strahan on the West Coast. At Mt Field NP, walk among some of the world’s tallest flowering trees and admire the wonderful Russell Falls. Later, stop at Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, and the wild Franklin-Gordon NP. For the last stop before Strahan, visit Queenstown for a glimpse of Tassie’s mining history. Day 2: Wild West Coast In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall — Montezuma Falls. Or you can choose to join the world-famous Gordon River Cruise (optional, at your own expense). Return to your accommodation in Strahan in the evening. Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston Discover the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where you can choose a walk to suit you. Stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. Afterward, take a short drive through Sheffield, the ‘town of murals’ and then to Launceston where you will spend the night. Day 4: Launceston to Bicheno Today make your way to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim or simply wander along one of the world's most stunning beaches. This evening you may choose to join a viewing experience of the Little Penguins (optional at your own expense and seasonal). Spend the night in Bicheno. Day 5: Freycinet National Park to Hobart An early start means you are the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or a beach walk. Continue your journey south passing the coastal villages of Swansea and Orford before arriving at your accommodation in Hobart. Day 6: Bruny Island Journey south of Hobart to Kettering and board the vehicular ferry to cross the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to North Bruny Island. On the island, stop at "The Neck", home to the Truganini Lookout and its spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the Bruny Island coastline. Also, visit South Bruny Island and Adventure Bay- hike to Fluted Cape, or a more relaxed Grass Point. Look for some local wildlife (including the white Bennetts wallabies), and sample some fresh local produce including oysters and cheese before returning to your accommodation in Hobart. Day 7: Tasman Peninsula Start with a visit to Australia’s best-preserved colonial village, Richmond, before heading south to explore the incredible coastline of Tasman National Park with a number of stops at geological formations like Tasman Arch. Join a guided walk from Remarkable Cave to Crescent Bay, or, visit Port Arthur Historic Site to gain insights into Tasmania's ruthless convict history, at your own expense.

From Hobart: 3-Day Tasmania Tour to Launceston

10. From Hobart: 3-Day Tasmania Tour to Launceston

See the highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days at some of the island’s most scenic locations. Learn the history of Port Arthur, feed Tasmanian Devils, and get panoramic views from Wineglass Bay Lookout. Go for nature walks in the ancient forests of Cradle Mountain National Park, and more.  Day 1: Hobart – Port Arthur – Tasmanian Devils Conservation Park – Hobart Travel to Waterfall Bay to take a stunning cliff walk in Tasman National Park. Visit the Pirate’s Bay Lookout to see the stunning rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen. Visit the Tasmanian Devils Conservation Park to walk with the wallabies and feed Tasmania's most famous creature. Take a tour of the Port Arthur penal colony and learn the story of transportation to Australia. Visit the historic village of Richmond before spending the night in Hobart. Day 2: Hobart – Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park – Launceston Make your way across to Freycinet National Park, and hike up to Wineglass Bay Lookout for stunning views. Go for a short walk to the Cape Tourville Lookout and marvel at Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay. Visit Freycinet Marine Farm, where you can taste the freshest seafood. Get dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the day. Day 3: Launceston – Cradle Mountain Depart Launceston in the morning and make your way to Cradle Mountain National Park to avail of a variety of nature walks in the rainforest. Choose from the Dove Lake Walk or longer Marion’s Lookout before seeing the murals of Sheffield. Try some local Ashgrove cheese fresh from the farm before the end of the tour services.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 319 reviews

Wonderful place with knowledgeable and kind people. So refreshing to visit a sanctuary and kesrn about our beautiful animals rather than selfies in wildlife parks with subdued koalas... The evening feeding experience was magical. So great to see some very rare animals up close. Was a real privilege to take part. These guys are making a real difference, so please support them.

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

Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guides! Everyday was a new highlight for the trip, getting up close to cute little furries, visiting the historic Port Arthur, and taking in the beautiful beach and mountain views - I really enjoyed it! Thank you!

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

Fuss free. Great info and pace. Just book it...you will be glad you did. Jarrod is an excellent guide.