Amazing Tasmania with a Touch of Melbourne

  • Cradle Mountain's striking dolerite columns and Freycinet National Park's beaches
  • See penguins, fur seals, wallabies, quolls, and Tasmanian devils on Bruny Island
  • Visit the Yarra Valley, Australia’s best-known wine region
Tasmania South Australia
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 14 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Food and Wine
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 you’ll get nicely acquainted with on this two-week Custom Trip.

After arriving in Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities, you’ll explore Cataract Gorge, wilderness right in the heart of town. Then it’s on to Cradle Mountain National Park, a striking peak made up of dolerite columns that dominates a glacially created landscape of crystalline lakes, ancient rain forests, and alpine heathlands. You’ll continue to Freycinet National Park, a scenic blowout that includes the beach at Wineglass Bay, which the readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted one of the World’s Top Ten Beaches.

On Bruny Island you encounter a feast of marvelous views of soaring coastal cliffs and a look at the island’s local wildlife, such as short-tailed shearwaters, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, and quolls, amazing little carnivorous marsupials. Next by ferry to Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city and the capital of this island state of immense natural beauty. Cap off your visit back on the mainland with tasting and feasting in the famed Yarra Valley, Australia’s best-known wine region, and with a relaxing day to discover the artsy city of Melbourne.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive Launceston, Cataract Gorge
  • Day 2: Trowunna Wildlife Park, drive to Cradle Mountain
  • Day 3: explore Cradle Mountain
  • Day 4: on to Freycinet Peninsula
  • Day 5: Freycinet National Park
  • Day 6: drive to Mount Field National Park
  • Day 7: Tasmania Wilderness West World Heritage Area
  • Days 8: ferry to Bruny Island
  • Day 9: cruise and wildlife outings
  • Day 10: on to Hobart
  • Day 11: explore Hobart
  • Day 12: fly to Melbourne, Yarra Valley
  • Day 13: explore Melbourne
  • Day 14: depart.