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Tasmania 4 Day East Coast + Launceston

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Our 4 Day Eastern Tasmania Coastline + Launceston Tour provides an intimate little getaway for those that have limited travel time available. This tour is a great option to explore the more populated east coast of Tassie along with the 2 biggest cities of Hobart & Launceston. Covering approximately 850km we explore many of Tasmania’s memorable attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the islands eastern side, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! Concluding at Thursday lunchtime this tour offers fantastic coastal scenery, historical learnings, fresh air and dozens of incredible photo opportunities. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is truely an memorable, small group travel experience.

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 Hobart - Port Arthur

Stop At: Constitution Dock

Start the day with a stroll around Constitution Dock area. Take in the See the Mawsons Hut replica museum, the statues immortalising the first ever expedition to the south pole, the replica of our famous convict carrying vessel the May Queen and possibly even a hungry fur seal who has made his way into the dock area for breakfast from one of the many floating seafood restaurants. We will also see the stunning backdrop of Mt wellington behind the city.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Arthur Circus Park

Pass through the famous Salamanca area en route to a scenic drive through one of our oldest suburbs Battery Point. We will trip around Arthur Circus park with its cute, original cottages and learn of its history and Governor George Arthur whom the circle was named after. We will see many heritage listed home and amazing gardens as we wind through the narrow streets.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

A slow drive by as we explain the significance of our largest female correctional facility. Learn of the struggles our early female convicts faced as we view the imposing external perimeter.

Stop At: Cascade Brewery

One of the cities most notable and striking buildings we will stop at the Cascade brewery for some great photos and stories of the brewing industry in Tasmania.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mount Wellington

Ascend right to the summit of the imposing Mt Wellington 1275m high. Sweeping, panoramic views are in every direction as we take in what is one of the worlds naturally beautiful cities.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tasman Bridge

Cross the Tasman Bridge as we head over to the Eastern Shore on our way to the east coast.

Stop At: Puddleduck Vineyard

Lunch today will be at the Puddleduck vineyard where a platter of gourmet local produce will be served - some of the freshest ingredients in Hobart. Enjoy FREE wine tastings to compliment our meal.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Richmond Bridge

Australia's oldest bridge still currently in use, built by the convicts in 1823. It is certainly the most lovely bridge on the island of Tasmania.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Denison Canal

See the Denison Canal built in the very early 1900's as a shortcut for passing merchant & trade vessels en route to Hobart. Another great photo opportunity. Learn about the significance of the Tasman Peninsula in our fight to save the iconic Tasmanian Devil from the spread of a fatal disease.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Pirates Bay/Eaglehawk Neck

An afternoon tea & coffee break is in order at the stunning lookout above Pirates Bay.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tessellated Pavement

Walk onto and explore the worlds best example of a tessellated pavement - a series of cracks in the rock forming unusual patterns on the waters edge.

Duration: 20 minutes

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We see the 90m high naturally occurring Tasman's Arch and walk over the arch to yet another stunning lookout viewing the coastal cliffs behind. We will explain the formation of these geological features and how they have occurred over millions of years.

Duration: 25 minutes

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Another stunning lookout on the Tasman Peninsula.

Duration: 10 minutes

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See the lovely pink, purple & French lavender at the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. They have an amazing gift shop with many lavender products made onsite along with yummy food, coffee & snacks.

Duration: 15 minutes

Day 2 Port Arthur - Bicheno

Stop At: Port Arthur Historic Site

Enjoy a personally guided 3hr tour around this lovely site. We will explore many buildings, learn about the history of Port Arthur and convict transportation to Tasmania, and have many scenic vantage points. Also enjoy a 30 minute harbour cruise to view the site as incoming convicts would have.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At: Federation Artisan Chocolate - Port Arthur

A popular stop is next up at Federation Chocolates. These chocolates are all hand made on site and naturally samples are available for tasting.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Maria Island National Park

We will pass by the glorious Maria Island and take in the coastal views from Raspin's Beach in Orford. Learn of the convict settlement here and how the island now has one of the healthiest Devil populations in the state.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Spiky Bridge

This is one of Tasmania's most quirky and unusual bridges with its unexplained rows of spiky rocks. Built by the convicts in the 1840's. Next we will head across the HWY to the hidden little Spiky Beach for our afternoon coffee break with a stunning view of Coles Bay and Freycinet Peninsula.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bicheno Blowhole

Tonight we go on a fully guided Penguin spotting adventure on the rocks just by the famous Bicheno Blowhole. Watch these little creatures waddle ashore completely in the wild from only meters away.

Duration: 45 minutes

Day 3 Bicheno - Launceston

Stop At: Bicheno Blowhole

Start the day with another quick visit to the local Blowhole to see this great coast feature during the daylight. It might be spurting water 25+ feet into the air.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: East Coast Natureworld

This morning is a fully guided tour of the acclaimed East Coast Nature World. It is an animal sanctuary housing most Tasmania native animals that have either been rescued from the wild or bred onsite. We will witness the entertaining hand feeding of Tasmanian Devils with one of the handlers.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Bay of Fires

After lunch is an exploration of the stunning Bay of Fires with its pure white sand, ice blue water and flaming red & orange rocks that make this stretch of coastline one of the most photogenic areas in Australia. You can dip your feet as we wander along the main beach.

Duration: 35 minutes

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Lease 65 is an Oyster farm just outside St Helens. We will provide a 15min guided tour of the working facility and farming operation before sampling some of the freshest oysters you will ever taste.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Pyengana Dairy

Cheese tasting at the multi award winning Pyengana Dairy is next. We will also see and explain in detail the inner workings of the fully automated robotic dairy out back.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Blue Tier Forest Reserve

A scenic drive through this temperate rainforest area with its giant Myrtle trees and Man Ferns.

Stop At: Legerwood Memorial Tree Carvings

Our regular afternoon coffee break at on of the most unique war memorials in Australia. Carved using nothing but chainsaws these trees tell stories of the local men who gave their lives in The Great War.

Duration: 20 minutes

Day 4 Launceston City Tour

Stop At: Cataract Gorge Reserve

Start the day with a stroll through the jewel in Launceston City - Cataract Gorge. We will very likely see wallabies, Pademelons & Peacocks on our scenic circuit walk. For those that prefer a chairlift ride across the gorge is possible for $15.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Alexandra Suspension Bridge

Walk across this very old and charming suspension bridge spanning the South Esk River.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Penny Royal Adventures

See the lovely stonework of the Penny Royal complex and its beautifully restored windmill out the back.

Stop At: The Town Clock

One of Launceston's most iconic buildings. take a look inside to see great stone work, locally made red bricks, timber carvings and stain glass windows.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Conclude your tour with a stroll through the lovely City Park. Here we can see the ever entertaining enclosure of Japanese Macaque Monkeys and some colourful flower displays in the John Hart Conservatory. Drop-off can be arranged at any Launceston CBD location.

Duration: 25 minutes