Get some mates together for this active adventure through Tasmania’s most spectacular natural landscapes and wilderness areas including Cradle Mountain, the Walls of Jerusalem, Freycinet the Tasman Peninsula and Hobart.
COST: 3/5 PHYSICAL RATING: 4/5
*Can be spec’d up or paired back, shortened or stretched to suit.
With the world’s cleanest air, purest water and most spectacular national parks, there’s just nowhere like Tasmania. This adventure has been designed to take you behind the scenery to dust off those iso. cobwebs on the ultimate active adventure, including loads of highlights and hidden treasures. Do it all with expert naturalist guides at your own pace staying in only the best local accommodation and luxury lodges with incredible local dining experiences all the way along. Our local team will tailor your experience, piece by piece to suit and there are always alternatives for those less keen on the adventure stuff. This one should be right at the top of your list!
Localing is not touring. We’re your capable, well-connected local mate and you have all the freedom and flexibility of going it alone just with none of the guesswork or heavy lifting. Everything is flexible and almost anything is possible and for those keen to go it alone, ask us about the option to do this as a tailored, self-drive Tasmania adventure.
Be met at the airport in Hobart by your Localing host and luxury touring vehicle for a quick lay of the land in Hobart. Start the day with a dose of clean mountain air and adrenaline on Kunanyi (Mt. Wellington). The views from the top are spectacular and show off all of South East Tasmania. We’ll drive you up in comfort but its mountain bikes on the way down with an expert MTB guide who will choose the perfect route for your mood and abilities. A stop at the Cascade Brewery and Female Factory on the way back into town are perfect to toast the first adventure with a few local beers and it’s a great time to run through the plans for the coming days with your host.
If you arrive early enough into Hobart, the group should be able to jump on the ferry and fit in an afternoon visit to MONA. David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art needs no introduction – it helped put the city on the map. We highly recommend springing for a hosted experience with the art concierge. It’s not exactly a tour, they’ll tell you stories about the collection, the building and David of course, help you find all the out of the way exhibitions, fetch you a cocktail and just generally make the experience.
Return the way you came on the MONA ROMA ferry in time for dinner in Hobart and maybe a night out with a few suggestions from your host. The city has a wealth of exceptional local restaurants and we’re more than happy to help with reservations or recommendations.
Head out after breakfast across the Derwent River to the Tasman Peninsula, home of Port Arthur and some of Australia’s most spectacular coastal hikes and highest sea cliffs. Today’s big adventure is at sea on what is considered to be one of the best sea-kayaking day trips you can do anywhere on the planet. It’s typically around 4 hours of paddling with a break for a delicious picnic lunch in a deserted cove. Expect to keep company with fur seals and dolphins, sea eagles, cormorants and peregrine falcons and explore this dramatic, rugged coastline from the sea.
Spend the afternoon on a few short walks along the coast around Cape Hauy, Pirates Bay and the Tesselated pavements or choose to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site for a taste of the island’s history before returning for your final evening in Hobart.
Head north from Hobart towards the heart of Tasmania and one of Australia’s most iconic national parks. Cradle Mountain is on every serious adventurer’s bucket list. It’s a solid travel day but a stunning journey with many opportunities for stretching your legs on short walks. The highway and mountain roads are dotted with vineyards, microbrewers, orchards and other farm gates so there’s plenty of good eating and drinking to be done.
If you’re keen to see Coles Bay and the East Coast it adds a few hours to an already decent driving day but the views and walks are arguably worth the trouble – especially if you’re not doing the driving!
If you have the extra time, an excellent option would be adding an extra night or two in Freycinet. This gem on the East Coast is known for wine and oysters, coastal hikes and some excellent climbing and some of the lodges and guest houses are nothing short of spectacular.
Loads of people come to cradle mountain for hiking and trekking and it’s certainly exceptional. All of Localing’s Tasmanian hosts are experienced and capable naturalist guides who specialise in hiking trips and can boast a pretty exceptional knowledge of the local ecology. A day out with them here is an excellent option but given you’ll spend most of tomorrow hiking, the option to spend the day canyoning is a bloody brilliant one.
Full day canyoning experiences in the Cradle Mountain region haven’t been on offer all that long. Anyone who has done some canyoning will know it’s about as much fun as you can have without breaking any laws. Launch yourself off waterfalls, abseil down cliffs and shoot through nature’s waterslides – what’s not to love?
The full-day experience is moderately challenging but still accessible and incredibly safe, even for those without experience.
Return to your accommodation for a quiet evening, a few good reds by the fire and maybe a game of cards with your mates as you really get into the rhythm of a Tassie adventure.
Head out from Cradle Mountain early to make the most of your final day in Tasmania. The Walls of Jerusalem doesn’t command the same celebrity as Cradle Mountain but those of us who know the island well wouldn’t swap it for hiking anywhere else on earth.
The national park offers several routes to suit the day’s schedule, fitness and weather conditions. Your Localing host will bring snacks and a gourmet picnic lunch along so you can enjoy the hike with nothing but a warm coat and some drinking water.
Expect a challenging day with spectacular mountain scenery, wildlife and not many people around – paradise.
From the Walls of Jerusalem, the drive to Launceston is under two hours where flights depart to many major cities. Try to book your trip out for after 7 pm to make the most of the day.
COST & INCLUSIONS
From $2900 AUD per person (based on 4 guests – even less if there are more of you) including airport pick-up and drop-off, your Localing host and luxury vehicle on-hand or on-call throughout, five full days of hosted touring including specialist guides and equipment for the MTB experience on Kunanyi, kayaking in the Tasman and canyoning at Cradle. You also get morning tea and lunches daily and all your standard admissions, tastings and activities included.
Accommodation costs vary depending on the dates, standard and room configuration but we can help you secure an excellent deal in the best hotels, guests houses or private homes along the way.
To start planning your perfect Tasmania active adventure, get in touch with us now.