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Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain Explorer – 5 Days, 4 Nights

Explore the edge of the world along Tasmania’s untamed Cradle Coast on this 5-day wilderness adventure to discover the dramatic, natural beauty of north west Tasmania.
Launceston, Australia
Duration
Duration
5 Days, 4 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
12
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
15 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Launceston
What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 4-day Tasmanian coastal adventure that’s big on local culture and cuisine
  • 4 nights twin-share comfortable hotel accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, & 1 dinner
  • Visit the seaside town of Penguin
  • Explore Narawntapu National Park with its stunning plains & abundant wildlife
  • Follow the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, with lunch at Spreyton Cider Company & a whisky tasting tour at Hellyers Road Distillery
  • Climb Stanley's famous landmark, The Nut
  • Visit The Tarkine, home to the largest temperate rainforest in Australia, as well as the Trowutta Arch, Lake Chisholm Sinkhole, & Edge of the World
  • Pass through the Rocky Cape National Park
  • See Boat Harbour Beach & visit the Table Cape Lighthouse
  • Go hiking in Corinna
  • Visit the famous Cradle Mountain National Park & take a hike along one of the popular tracks
  • Stop to view the Sheffield murals
  • Transport in a private vehicle for the ultimate comfort & flexibility
  • Departs from the meeting point at Mercure Hotel Launceston, 3 Brisbane St, Launceston (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
What's excluded

  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
What to Expect

The dramatic, natural beauty of northwest Tasmania awaits on this 5-day discovery tour. Discover the natural beauty of Tasmania's untamed Cradle Coast, from the ancient landscapes of Rocky Cape National Park to the seemingly endless stretch of ocean at the Edge of the World. Then, explore the country's oldest temperate rainforest visiting the Tarkine and learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage and spiritual connections. Plus, indulge in delicacies like locally made ice cream and cider as you sample a variety of treats along Tasmania's famed Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

 

Itinerary

 

Make a loop from the historic city of Launceston, up along the coast and then back inland, passing through seaside towns, ancient rainforest and Aboriginal heritage sites along the way. Hike the coastal trails of Narawntapu and Rocky Cape national parks, explore the richness of the Tarkine and take in sweeping ocean views from clifftop lookouts. In between sightseeing, sample the region's best flavours, from whiskey to cheese to chocolate truffles, with visits to locally-owned shops on the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

 

Day 1 – Launceston to the North Coast & Stanley

 

After meeting your group and guide this morning, you head from Launceston, one of Australia's oldest cities, to the seaside town of Stanley, with plenty of scenic stops along the way.

 

Visit Narawntapu National Park, whose coastal plains are home to stunning scenery and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, and various bird species. Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage of this area, where artefacts can still be found along the walking trails.

 

Together, the group will enjoy a platter lunch at a fantastic cidery that is part of Tasmania's Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. You may opt to sample their local brews – perhaps a vintage pear cider, and if you have a sweet tooth, Anvers Chocolate may be calling you to taste its famous truffles!

 

After a brief stop in the picturesque town of Penguin, continue along the rocky coastline to Stanley. Climb the famous landmark, The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug that juts out into the Bass Strait and offers outstanding views from the top. Later, wander down to the working wharf where some of the freshest seafood in Tasmania comes in each day.

 

At night, there is an option for you to book dinner at Hursey Seafood, another part of the Tasting Trail.

 

Day 2 – Stanley to The Tarkine to Stanley

 

The Tarkine is home to the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and the second largest in the world. It is rich with geologicalwonders, Aboriginal history and unique creatures and habitats not found anywhere else on earth. Explore sites like the hidden Trowutta Arch and the Lake Chisolm sinkhole, both examples of fascinating geological change.

 

Other highlights along the Tarkine Coast include Marrawah, famous for its big wave surfing; Mount Cameron West, one of the most significant Aboriginal art sites in Tasmania; and the desolate Edge of the World, marking the longest stretch of ocean on the planet – from here, there's no land until Argentina. You'll enjoy numerous short walks to explore the sites, with a picnic lunch along the way. Later, return to Stanley for the night.

 

Day 3 – Stanley to Corinna

 

Today you travel to Corinna via Rocky Cape National Park, home to windswept heathlands, sea caves, rock pools and twisted rocks that have formed over millions of years. Discover the cultural and spiritual connection to this area among the Aboriginal community.

 

Continue to the historic lighthouse at Table Cape and the stunning Boat Harbour Beach before stopping for lunch at either the spectacular Hellyer Gorge or in the historic town of Waratah. Then, take a short walk (approximately 1.5 hours roundtrip) to see the pretty Philosopher Falls.

 

In the remote, rural town of Corinna, settle into your accommodation in restored miners' cottages and put away your phone – there's no service out here anyway. Here you will enjoy a lovely dinner with your fellow travellers.

 

Day 4 – Corinna to Devonport

 

Get active today with opportunities for kayaking and hiking around the Corinna area, exploring the Pieman River and Tarkine rainforest.

 

After lunch in Corinna, begin your return towards the North West coast, with plenty of stops along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. Enjoy a whisky tasting tour at Hellyers Road Distillery, and further, along the Tasting Trail, you will have the option to sample local beers at Buttons Brewing. Continue to Devonport, where you'll spend the night.

 

Day 5 – Devonport to Cradle Mountain National Park to Launceston

 

Head back to Launceston via one of Tasmania's outdoor art galleries, the Sheffield Murals. After this, you will spend time in the stunning Cradle Mountain National Park. With many options to enjoy the breathtaking peaks, you can take a walk around the lovely Dove Lake in Cradle Valley or hike up to Marion's Lookout for spectacular views across the area – the options are open for you. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats at Ronny Creek.

 

Along the way to Launceston, there will be more optional stops for tastings and shopping, including for locally grown raspberries, cheese and ice cream. Your trip comes to an end in Launceston around 5.30 pm, and you are free to depart at your leisure. However, it is recommended to stay an extra night in Launceston so you can relax. 
 

Where we Visit:

  • Launceston
  • Penguin 
  • Narawntapu National Park
  • Stanley
  • The Tarkine
  • Rocky Cape National Park
  • Corinna
  • Hellyer Gorge
  • Hellyers Road Distillery
  • Devonport 
  • Sheffield 
  • Cradle Mountain National Park
Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some essential items for this trip. Please review the ‘Climate and Seasonal Information’ to ensure you pack appropriately for the weather at the time of year you are travelling.

  • Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Maybe bring a change of smart clothes for dinner in larger cities. Australia is pretty casual, shorts or a skirt and a top, with sandals, is the usual warm-weather wardrobe.
  • Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and will act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting. A pair of sandals or thongs/flip flops are great for the beach.
  • Sun protection – a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.
  • Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of the vehicles and at some of the accommodation. 
  • Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. 

 

Regardless of where you travel in Tasmania, you should be prepared for sudden, temporary deterioration in the weather, especially if bushwalking. Always carry additional warm clothing, including a waterproof outer layer.

 

Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. You can also bring a day pack/bag to carry water, a camera, sunscreen, etc when you’re exploring during the day.

 

The Operator is unable to carry large suitcases, particularly hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.

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This trip is new to The Operator's range this year. And while they have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. The Operator likes to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

 

This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that it includes several guided walks, allowing you to get among nature. Most are relatively short and easy although there are some more challenging options. However, joining a walk is always up to you. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

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While travelling on this trip, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule, the groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

 

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Australia eats multi-culturally. Everything from meat pies to ramen, tacos, curries, rice and pasta are part of the national diet. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for in Australia and most restaurants and cafes will have a good selection of vegetarian meals. Gluten and lactose-free diets are also well catered for.

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Policies
Terms & Conditions:

  • All travellers (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
  • Not all Intrepid tours are 'confirmed bookings'. When this is the case, our Backpacker Deals Agents will reach out to confirm with Intrepid and notify you within 48hrs that your booking is confirmed.
  • A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft-sided bag only
  • All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all trips. The Operator requires that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. They strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when The Operator receives written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant sales representative of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

  • 28 days or more prior to departure, The Operator will hold the deposit amount as a credit
  • 27 days or fewer prior to departure, The Operator will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking.

Any credit resulting from cancellation by you does not have an expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is not transferrable or redeemable for cash. This credit excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions.

 

You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which may cover cancellation fees


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