Amazing Tasmania with a Touch of Melbourne

  • Wine tasting & feasting in Yarra Valley
  • Tasmanian wildlife & beaches
  • Explore Sydney & Melbourne
Tasmania South Australia
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Separated from Australia by the Bass Strait, Tasmania long ago seceded—not politically, but geologically—from the island continent. It is a world apart, a world we’ll get nicely acquainted with on this two-week Custom Trip, which includes wine tasting in the Yarra Valley outside of Melbourne and a visit to a wild scenic treasure almost on Sydney’s doorstep.

After a couple of nights in Sydney, one of the world’s most hospitable, comfortable, and interesting metropolises, we fly south to Hobart, capital of that world apart. After a little city sightseeing, we take a short ferry ride to Bruny Island, where we’ll stay at the Inala Cottage, a charming little hostelry located in a private wildlife reserve and a welcome retreat after a day exploring Bruny’s remarkable and lovely range of scenery (and in the evening, a night tour in peaceful search of the island’s nocturnal natives, including wallabies, possums, and exotic local marsupials called quolls). Back on the Tasmanian mainland, we spend a couple of days in and around Freycinet National Park, a scenic blowout that includes, among much else, the beach at Wineglass Bay, which the readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently voted one of the World’s Top Ten Beaches. We round out our Tasmanian days with a visit to Cradle Mountain, a natural masterpiece and a world-class botanical bonanza.

We fly back to the mainland (i.e., fabled Oz) and tour charming Melbourne. Then we travel to the Yarra Valley, where we tour wineries with an astute local guide, savor a gourmet lunch, and sip luxuriously. We top off this eventful and varietal trip in Healesville Sanctuary, Australia's leading wildlife reserve.

Tasmania & South Australia travel tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive Sydney, city tour with harbor cruise
  • Day 2: fly to Hobart, Tasmania; Hobart tour
  • Day 3: Hobart exploration
  • Day 4: ferry to Bruny Island, penguin and shearwater rockery
  • Day 5: Bruny Island with natural history cruise and wildlife excursion
  • Day 6: to Richmond, Freycinet and Coles Bay
  • Day 7: Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
  • Days 8 & 9: Cradle Mountain walks and ecological investigations
  • Day 10: drive to Devonport, fly to Melbourne, tour city
  • Day 11: wine tasting and feasting in the Yarra Valley, Healesville Sanctuary
  • Day 12: depart Melbourne.