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  • Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

    1. Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Launceston, and travel in comfort to Cradle Mountain National Park. Take a 15-minute scenic tour through Sheffield to see some of the highlights of the Town of Murals along the way. Journey along the Great Western Tiers of the Central Highlands to arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Center. Get a short break before entering the national park to drive to Dove Lake. Embark on a guided nature walk through the rainforest and pass quartzite beaches. Discover the remnants of the last Ice Age at Glacier Rock. Then depart for Waldheim Chalet to enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh rolls, wraps, salad fillings, cheeses, and local meats. Get shown around the first accommodation to open in the national park before a short forest walk, time permitting. Make your way back to Launceston, stopping at the Ashgrove Cheese Farm to taste an amazing array of cheeses and othe...

    They didn't cancel the trip even though I was the only one in it. So I get to have the entire bus for myself and no delays. And got to do side trips that made it more special

  • From Hobart: 5-Day Tasmania West & East Coast Tour

    2. From Hobart: 5-Day Tasmania West & East Coast Tour

    Departing from Hobart, escape into Tasmania's wilderness and travel coast to coast to explore and experience the best of the island on this 5-day tour. Journey to the wild and rugged West Coast for waterfalls, rainforest and wildlife. Then experience the startling change of scenery as the tour continues on through the alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain to the white sands of the Bay of Fires. Full of famous attractions, fun and adventure, this tour will show you the best of Tasmania! Day 1: Hobart to Strahan Depart Hobart at 7:00 AM and drive through the Derwent Valley, traveling east to west across the island. You’ll see the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park Tall Trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan where you will stay...

    Amazing tour with the best highlights of Tassie. A definite must-do! Great stops and good add on options offered. Fair price and we did/saw a lot! My tour guide Gareth was wonderful and since he is from Tasmania he was also very knowledgeable about the culture, landscape, animals etc of Tasmania. He was patient and kind hearted and made individuals feel cared about.

  • Full-Day Hobart to Launceston Excursion via Wineglass Bay

    3. Full-Day Hobart to Launceston Excursion via Wineglass Bay

    The tour departs from Hobart heading east then following the coastline north. You will travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as you make our way to Freycinet National Park. Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s first National Parks, famous for its rich and stunning coastal landscapes.  Pink Granite Mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and amazing walking trails. As you enter the Freycinet area you will have a brief stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for anyone interested in the local oysters fresh from the surrounding pristine waters.    The tour will walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where your guide will help you take those sought-after photographs and offer you some walking options for the day. This walk takes around 1.5 hours, is graded as an easy but uphill walk. For the keen walkers, you can continu...

  • Launceston to Hobart via Wineglass Bay Full-Day Excursion

    4. Launceston to Hobart via Wineglass Bay Full-Day Excursion

    The tour departs from Launceston ready for an action-packed day out exploring the delights and highlights of the East Coast before finishing your day in Hobart. Your drive takes you through the well-preserved Georgian townships of Evandale and Campbell Town. Make a short stop in Campbell Town where you can collect some lunch to take along for the day ahead. You will have time to discover the Convict Brick Trail that extends through the town, visit the Red Bridge, and check out the tree sculptures depicting the history of the town. After a brief stop in Campbell Town, travel to the East Coast, where you catch an amazing view of the area at the Great Oyster Bay Lookout and an opportunity to purchase some fresh oysters plucked from the beautiful surrounding waters. Once inside Freycinet National Park, begin a series of walks and exploration of the area. Walk as a group to the Wineglass...

    We were not able to get a pick up confirmation about time or location, (calls not answered emails not replied too) fortunately the hotel staff knew about the tour and told us they did indeed pick up at our hotel. So we only had to wait for about 30 minutes. Other than that it was great. The ride was broken down with several stops for snacks and restroom breaks. The walk to the overlook isn’t terrible, but it isn’t a leisurely stroll either, so bring water and wear sneakers.

  • Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

    5. Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

    Go deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest, wildlife and unsurpassed beauty of Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage-listed National Park. Travel through green pastures on your way southwest from Launceston and take in mountain views of the Great Western Tiers as you approach Cradle Mountain National Park. Along the way, pass through the scenic town of Deloraine, the hub between Launceston and Devonport. Travel further inland to take a tour of Sheffield, the town of murals, before traversing through dense forest and mountainous terrain. From there, cross the beautiful Cethana Dam as you arrive in Cradle Mountain National Park, staying on the lookout for wombats, potaroos and wallabies. Then take a short stroll along the Enchanted Forest and enjoy majestic views of pencil pine, lush forests, and a spectacular waterfall. ...

    Absolutely LOVED this tour. So much to see, and our driver Ben, was a wealth of information. We can highly recommend this tour and would definitely do it again. The Waldheim Chalet and park was the biggest suprise. The moss forest was breathtaking. We had the best time, even as it was a drizzling most of the day. The only unfortunate thing was the Cheese factory was closed (due to renovations) but Ben our driver took us to a Raspberry farm which was just as wonderful.

  • Launceston: River Cycling Tour with Lunch

    6. Launceston: River Cycling Tour with Lunch

    Discover Launceston on a scenic bike tour. Taste local Tasmanian food and experience some of Launceston’s best landscapes. Follow the cycle paths along the banks of the North Esk and Tamar Rivers. Along the way, visit parks and gardens and discover hidden gems down the back streets. Stop and listen to intriguing stories about Launceston. Get to know your local guides, who are friendly, knowledgeable, and love to show off their home town.  Rest up and refuel at a local eatery. Relax with a light lunch on the riverside.

    A wonderful way to see and learn about Launceston. The owner and guide, Alison was a delight and full of interesting knowledge and stories. The sites were varied, interesting and great to see. Highly recommend.

  • From Launceston: Cradle Mountain Day Tour

    7. From Launceston: Cradle Mountain Day Tour

    After departing Launceston, enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – 'The Town of Murals' and explore this quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town. This includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural. Continue into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before you. Choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit or climb to loftier peaks to view the vastness of the surrounding World Heritage Area from Marion’s Lookout. Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream and watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat. Your guides will carefully assist to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy walks that best suit them and the day ahead. On your return to Launceston, stop and sample some local tasty products at the award ...

    Was a foggy day but we were able to still see wombats and enjoy the day out. Was nice that they had spare jackets and beanies and socks for people to use. I did however feel quite rushed during the tour and wish we were a bit more relaxed to go at our own pace. We ended up coming back early so I felt we could have gone slower to take photos and enjoy the scenery or even see other stops along the way or coming back.

  • Launceston: Cataract Gorge Walking Tour

    8. Launceston: Cataract Gorge Walking Tour

    Meet your guide and start crossing the historic Kings Bridge and heading into the heart of the Cataract Gorge. During the 2.5-hour walking component of the tour, discover one of Tasmania's most visited tourist attractions on foot. From your expert guide, find out how the Gorge was the original lifeblood of Launceston for much of the city’s early life and how today, it holds the very same importance. Learn about the most-loved picnic rocks through the years and how thousands would flock for swimming races. Then, wander back to your starting point at Stillwater Restaurant via the iconic Zig Zag Track. Upgrade your tour to include an award-winning 2-course lunch at one of the best restaurants in Launceston by picking the relevant option when booking.

    Nick, our guide, was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Not working to a script he was able to inform with his array of local knowledge. What would have been an pleasant walk in a unique location was made all the better when overlaid with the historical perspective and context.

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What people are saying about Launceston

We had a great day. The drive / tour guide was great. My husband has issues with walking, due to a accident few years ago. He took into account his issues. He would walk so far , then wait our return. We had a wonderful day long but very enjoyable.

They didn't cancel the trip even though I was the only one in it. So I get to have the entire bus for myself and no delays. And got to do side trips that made it more special

It was a amazing tour ‘ absolutely beautiful place and the tour guide was awesome very friendly and knowledgeable ‘

Our tour guide is awesome we had great time with small group

A wonderful day with a small group and great guide