Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours

Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours – 8 & 12 Day Tours

Explore the Wild Side of Tasmania –  Join a small private group tour on the best of Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours including Huon Valley, Tarkine Forests, Styx Valley, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park, Port Arthur (or other options – see below), Hobart, Macquarie Harbour, Gordon River and wild western Tasmanian Tarkine forest country tour 

Tasmanian Wilderness is Calling You ! and you know a wild and wonderful adventure is there for you.

Dates – 2017

  • 8 Day tour – October 17-24 and October 29 – November 5, 2017
  • 12 Day tour – October 17-28 and October 29 – November 9, 2017

Dates – 2018

  • 8 Day tour – February 18-25 and March 3-10, 2018
  • 12 Day tour – February 18-25 and March 3-14, 2018

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Tours from Launceston  (or Sydney / Melbourne other cities options)

Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours

Tasmania wilderness tours Freycinet National Park

Explore Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Tracks when you  join this small private group Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours seeing the best of Tasmanian wilderness including Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Huon Valley, Tarkine Forests (overnight & wild walk), Styx River & Valley walk, Cradle Mountain (walk), Port Arthur, Hobart, Macquarie Harbour, Gordon, Franklin & King Rivers, West Coast Wilderness Railway, Burnie, Stanley & “The Nut”

Itinerary for 8 days tour show below.

12 day Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours include the 8 days PLUS 4 extra nights for –

  • Tour through Central Plateau & Great Lake Conservation Areas, via Western Tiers
  • Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise exploring the rugged coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania.
  • Strathgordon tour via Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon & Admansfield Conservation Area
  • Fly to the Southwest World Heritage Area via South East Cape, to Melaleuca for a boat trip to Bathurst Harbour, Port Davey.    See map
  • Optional time for Mona Art Gallery and more

8 & 12 Day Tour – DAY 1: Tamar Valley – Liffey Falls – Launceston

  • • Arrive in Launceston (airport links from major cities) by 11am for an afternoon exploring Launceston, and the scenic Cataract Gorge Reserve plus Liffey Falls
    • Welcome Dinner at Grand Chancellor Hotel Launceston
    Overnight at Grand Chancellor, Launceston (D)

DAY 2: Launceston – St Helens – Bicheno

• Depart Launceston and head towards the north east coast via Scottsdale, call into Pyengana and visit St Columba Falls and the Pyengana Cheese Factory
• Visit the coastal town of St Helens, then Binalong Bay and World Heritage Listed Bay of Fires for beach walk
• Explore the fishing village of Bicheno and Freycinet National park close by Douglas Apsley National Park
Overnight at Best Western Beachfront Bicheno, Bicheno (B)

Tasmania Wilderness Tours Port Arthur

Tasmania Wilderness Tours Port Arthur

Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours- Forest Canopy Walk

Tasmanian Wilderness Tours – Forest Canopy Walk

DAY 3: Swansea – Freycinet National Park – Hobart

• Drive into the Freycinet National Park and explore the spectacular scenery and natural wonders of the area including Friendly Beaches, the Hazards and the World Famous Wineglass Bay
• On the drive to Hobart call in for some delicious homemade ice-cream and fruit at Kate’s Berry Farm
• Arrive into Hobart late afternoon to check in to your hotel
Overnight at Mercure Hotel, Hobart (B)

DAY 4: Hobart – Port Arthur (or other options) – Hobart

• Begin the morning visiting Mt Wellington, towering over Hobart
Options include Mona Art Gallery, Huon Valley & Southern tip drive, SW Cape/forests flight, Bruny Island
• Option – Driving down the Tasman Peninsular, see the Peninsula’s natural wonders – the Tessellated Pavement, Blow Hole, Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch (all at Eaglehawk Neck) before arriving into Port Arthur. Make the most of the Bronze Entry Pass to Port Arthur, including introductory tour, visitor guide, harbour cruise and access to the historic site and buildings
Overnight at Mercure Hotel, Hobart (B)

 

 

 

DAY 5: Hobart – Strahan

• This morning enjoy a stroll through Salamanca Market and experience some of Tasmania’s local produce, arts and crafts.

• Travel to New Norfolk and up the Derwent River Valley to head west to the Styx Valley Forest walk
• Marvel at these ancient and giant trees – some over 80 metres tall – the tallest in the world with the highest carbon density – threatened by logging
• Heading back towards the west coast wilderness, we take a break and walk at scenic Lake St Clair. Check the wilderness lookout before driving through the bare hills of Queenstown and arriving into Strahan late afternoon
• Seafood Buffet Dinner
Overnight Strahan Village, Strahan (B, D)

 

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DAY 6: Strahan – Tarkine – Cradle Mountain

• Today have the choice between a Gordon River Cruise and West Coast Wilderness Railway. Both tours take you deep into Tasmania’s most stunning wilderness telling stories of the areas colourful history.
• For cruisers, on return explore Strahan and surrounds including Ocean Beach and Henty Dunes

OR from Strahan, take a 40 minute seaplane flight at 8am and fly over the King and Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers, World Heritage Area, landing on the Gordon for a short walk amongst the Huon Pines near the river junctions where the dam was going to be. On return there’s time to ride the steam train of the West Coast Wilderness Railway, (SEE VIDEO BELOW) a beautifully scenic and history filled journey through the forests, as we cross high bridges and climb steep grades through a narrow gorge and follow the route built by pioneers more than a century ago

• At 230 the train arrives in Queenstown

• We depart via Zeehan, then Granville Harbour on the extreme west coast. Experience the Great Southern Ocean with no land mass west of here until Argentina. We take the ferry over Piemans River then take to the dirt road from Corinna through the unique Tarkine Forest region to Savage River and Heritage Mining town of Waratah. We stop at Waratah to admire the waterfall in the middle of town and the old miner’s Stamper Mill, before arriving into Cradle Mountain.
• Tonight will include an optional tour ‘[email protected]’, where you can watch Tasmanian Devils feed at night
• Buffet Dinner at Cradle Mountain Chateau

Overnight Cradle Mountain Chateau, Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Cradle Mountain

This ancient glacial area is one of Tasmania’s highlights. Enjoy the unique climate and spectacular scenery with numerous walks, or just relax with our 2 nights in the Cradle Mountain Lodge.

• Dove Lake Circuit Walk – A fairly easy grade makes this walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on Cradle Mountain, temperate rainforests and sub alpine plant communities. See Cradle Mountain in all its glory and learn about the action of past glaciers on the landscape. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Easy
• Crater Lake Walk – An excellent walk which takes you to the Crater Falls and a magical forest with pandini and sassafras trees. Discover the hidden glacial lake surrounded by 200 meter cliffs covered with fagus. Great views of Marion’s Lookout and Crater Lakes. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Medium
• Marions Lookout Walk – This is a moderate grade walk with some steep sections, so a reasonable degree of fitness is desirable. On a clear day, this walk offers spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Medium to Hard

Overnight Cradle Mountain Chateau, Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Cradle Mountain – Stanley – Launceston

• After a tasty breakfast, we drive north to Burnie and in the afternoon to Stanley and the famous Nut, visiting Rocky Cape National Park & lighthouse.
• Return to Launceston for flights home approx 1900 hrs
• Optionally extend your stay in Tasmania for flights or ferry next day. (B, L)

Inclusions for Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours – 8 Days Tour :

  • 7 nights 3 ½ – 5 star accommodation including breakfast daily
  • All Dinners (including Welcome Dinner at Grand Chancellor Launceston, Seafood Buffet Strahan, Buffet Dinner Cradle Mountain Chateau)
  • 4 lunches – 3 are own purchase in local markets, villages
  • Bronze Entry Port Arthur Historic Site
  • West Coast Wilderness Railway with Wilderness Area Seaplane flight (add $230) OR Gordon River Cruise
  • Airport, ferry or hotel pickup & return in Launceston or Devonport
  • Small group travel in luxury 4WD
  • National Park entry fees
  • Luxury Landcruiser vehicles
  • Professional guide/drivers

12 day Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours includes the 8 days PLUS 4 extra nights for –

  • Tour through Central Plateau & Great Lake Conservation Areas, via Western Tiers
  • Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise exploring the rugged coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania.
  • Strathgordon tour via Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon & Admansfield Conservation Area
  • Fly to the Southwest World Heritage Area via South East Cape, to Melaleuca for a boat trip to Bathurst Harbour, Port Davey.    See map
  • Optional time for Mona Art Gallery and more

Exclusions – 3 lunches (Port Arthur, Binalong Bay, Strahan), alcohol, fares to & from Launceston, Tasmania.

Travel from Melbourne or Sydney available – Please ask.

Itinerary for 8 days tour show below. 12 day tour includes the 8 days PLUS 4 extra nights for tours listed

Cost of Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours – 8 Days Tour as above is $4,990 twin share or $5,440 (single room ie single supplement $450).  This tour is not subject to any discount offers, except Past Passengers 2%  discount available.

Cost of Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 4WD Tours – 12 Days Tour as above is $7,770 twin share or $8,565 (single room ie single supplement $750).  Past Passengers 2%  discount available.

Itinerary for 8 days tour show below. 12 day tour includes the 8 days PLUS 4 extra nights.

Dates – 2017

  • 8 Day tour – October 17-24 and October 29 – November 5, 2017
  • 12 Day tour – October 17-28 and October 29 – November 9, 2017

Dates – 2018

  • 8 Day tour – February 18-25 and March 3-10, 2018
  • 12 Day tour – February 18-25 and March 3-14, 2018

8 days Departs and Returns to/from Launceston – 12 days departs from Launceston, ends Hobart 10am 12th day.

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Please Book Early as departure fast approaches Book Here or Ask Now: 1300 763 188

Hobart is 198 km, approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Launceston

For reference – Ferry – http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/bookings/timetable.html

Article re Tasmanian Tiger sighting ?  www.smh.com.au/news/National/Tiger-or-not-theyre-photos-to-thrill/2005/03/01/1109546871418.html

When the ABT Railway (now the West Coast Wilderness Railway) was built in Tasmania, it was considered one of the engineering marvels of Australia.

The West Coast pioneers who built the original railway in 1896 accomplished a great feat of labour. For many miles along the King River the railway line was hewn with pick and shovel out of the steep side of the gorge. Forty two bridges were built over the 22-mile long stretch of wilderness; for the ‘quarter mile’ bridge below the gorge, pylons had to be driven 60 feet into the silt with men constantly up to their waists in the cold water.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway forms a gateway for visitors to explore Tasmania’s unique rail heritage, discovering the inspiring story of the pioneers who built the railway more than 100 years ago.

Take a trip back in time to where men laboured through mud, rain and treacherous landscapes to forge a railway link between the mining town of Queenstown and the port of Strahan. Authentically recreated with its many timber trestle bridges and the unique Abt rack and pinion system for the steep grades, the West Coast Wilderness Railway crosses the wild King River and climbs through sheer sided rainforested gorges.

Along the 35km journey you will stop at stations of the past – Lower Landing, Dubbil Barril, Rinadeena – where your trained guides will bring to life the stories of these historic points on the railway.

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Please Book Early as departure fast approaches Book Here 

or Ask Now: 1300 763 188