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Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

1. Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

Meet your coach at one of the Launceston pickup points, 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 other local produce along the way.

Launceston: Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch and Cheese

2. Launceston: Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch and Cheese

Discover the wines of Tamar Valley together with your guide at a variety of cellar doors. Feast on a tasty lunch along the way as you take a winery tour of the Tamar Valley in Tasmania. Meet your guide at your hotel and climb aboard the air-conditioned vehicle to head straight to your first vineyard in the Tamar Valley. Learn about the world-class cool-climate wines produced in the region. Discover the history of the wines of Tasmania and the grape varieties nurtured in the vineyards. Enjoy a generous lunch with a glass of wine at one of the stops and a cheese platter to share later in the day. Hear stories from your experienced wine tour guide and passionate cellar door staff, some of whom are winemakers. Get some wine tasting tips and receive wine recommendations. Judge the wines you taste. Enjoy opportunities to purchase wines and ship them home or join wine clubs. After the tour ends, you will be safely transported back to your accommodation in Launceston.

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

3. 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 overnight. Day 2: Wild West Coast (B)   In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then, continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall Montezuma Falls. Or choose to join the world famous Gordon River Cruise (optional, at your own expense). Stay overnight at Strahan. Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston (B) Around 950m above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, where you choose a walk to suit you. With an extensive range of tracks, stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. A short drive takes you through Sheffield, the "town of murals", to Launceston. Stay overnight at Launceston. Day 4: Launceston to Bicheno (B) Head to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim in turquoise waters, with plenty of time to enjoy the pristine white sands and orange lichen-clad boulders. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to the seaside town of Bicheno. Tonight, you may want to join an evening viewing of the Little Penguins (optional at your own expense and seasonal). Stay overnight in Bicheno. Day 5: Freycinet National Park to Hobart (B) An early start means you are the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout, beating the crowds and the heat for that postcard photo. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford on the way to Hobart.

Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

4. Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

Day one: Port Arthur Historic Site Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM. After a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village, Richmond, head south to explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. A guided walk and harbor cruise are included. Rich in visual history, learn of the chilling life of a convict in the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. Visit selected geological wonders within Tasman National Park, to top-off a full day on the Tasman Peninsula before returning to Hobart. Day two: Hobart to Strahan Drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. 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 overnight. Day three: Wild West Coast  In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day four: Cradle Mountain to Launceston  Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day five: Launceston to Bicheno Start the day with a journey to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires, where the beaches are gleaming and the is water inviting. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim and to explore the orange lichen-clad boulders, white sands and turquoise waters of the stunning East Coast. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to Bicheno. You will stay overnight at accommodation in Bicheno. Day six: Freycinet National Park to Hobart After breakfast, get ready for an early start to be the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout at the Freycinet National Park. Beat the crowds and the heat for that picture postcard photograph. Relax on a secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford. Return to Hobart for 5:30 PM. 

Launceston: Beyond the Barrel Private Wine and Whisky Tour

5. Launceston: Beyond the Barrel Private Wine and Whisky Tour

Welcome to the rolling hills of the Piper’s Brook region. Here in ‘Sparkling Tasmania’, a glass of bubbles before noon isn’t just acceptable – it’s highly recommended. Our first stop today is Clover Hill. One of Tasmania’s most celebrated sparkling producers. From grape to glass, Clover Hill’s sparkling is equal parts uncompromising quality and refined elegance. You’ll learn the philosophy that defines this prestigious label on an intimate vineyard tour, before retreating to the award-winning cellar door for a masterclass and guided tasting of their entire portfolio. Paired with a seasonal, small plate offering, this truly is a premier tasting experience. A short drive through some of Tasmania’s picturesque back roads take us to Sinapius, a quaint vineyard with four hectares of sun-drenched vines. Sinapius has been loved and nurtured by Tasmanian couple Linda and Vaughn, who chose to follow a simple, hands-on winemaking and vineyard philosophy. After the sudden passing of Vaughn in 2020, Linda, their daughters and the close knit Sinapius family have continued to produce some of Tasmania’s most recognised wines as his legacy. In their gorgeous, leafy cellar door, the team invites you to enjoy an intimate tasting of their expressive portfolio. The salty sea air draws us to the coast for our final stop of the day. Here in the tiny, windswept town of Tam O’Shanter, we will introduce you to Tasmanian whisky at its finest. Welcome to the simple splendour of Fanny’s Bay Distillery. Hear firsthand the story of how Mathew and Julie Cooper went from retired couple to award winning whisky producers. Their ‘liquid gold’ is now exported to high end restaurants and exclusive resorts across the world. Experience it for yourself, during a laid-back tasting (with complementary Tasmanian dark chocolate) in this humble seaside distillery. The perfect way to conclude our tasting trail, before we return, full of good spirits, to Launceston.

Tasmania in 3.5 Days: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, and Mt Field

6. Tasmania in 3.5 Days: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, and Mt Field

Day one: Hobart to Strahan Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM and drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. 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 overnight.  Day two: Wild West Coast In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Or you can choose to join the world-famous Gordon River Cruise at your own expense. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day three: Cradle Mountain to Launceston Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day four: Launceston to Hobart This morning, take your transfer through the historic Tasmanian Midlands back to Hobart for 12:30 PM.

Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

7. 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. Gaze at the sight of Cradle Mountain hanging over the picturesque Dove Lake, before taking a short walk around the lake for even more views of Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). Afterwards, visit a local chalet and stop at Ashgrove Cheese Farm for a tasting of some famous Tasmanian cheeses, and to learn how they are made, before heading back to Launceston.

Tasmania in 3 Days: West Coast from Hobart to Launceston

8. Tasmania in 3 Days: West Coast from Hobart to Launceston

.Day one: Hobart to Strahan Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM and drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. 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 overnight.  Day two: Wild West Coast In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Or you can choose to join the world-famous Gordon River Cruise at your own expense. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day three: Cradle Mountain to Launceston Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals. This tour finishes in Launceston

Launceston: Pipers Traditional Trio Private Wine Tour

9. Launceston: Pipers Traditional Trio Private Wine Tour

Our first stop today is “The Ridge”. Situated in the foothills of majestic Mt. Arthur, this is Tasmania’s highest vineyard, where owners Harry and Susie boast of turning mountain air into wine – and what’s not to love about that! When they’re not busy turning mountain air into wine, Harry (A rockstar with a Harvard law degree) can be found jamming with his band, whist Susie can be found with a brush in hand, painting landscapes of her idyllic surrounds or scenes from adventures further afield. Experience their “Altitude + Latitude + Attitude” philosophy on a progressive walking and tasting tour around their property and cellar door. Under the old oak tree of this ‘by appointment’ cellar door, let us introduce you to Tasmanian wine royalty. Seriously. This winemaker’s wine has been sipped by Queen Elizabeth II herself, and on more than one occasion! We are, of course, at Apogee. Tasmanian wine pioneer Dr. Andrew Pirie used his doctoral thesis knowledge (based around the perfect Tassie terrior) to plant two hectares at Lebrina. Andrew is, without a doubt, one of Australia’s most respected winemakers. We are honoured to invite you to taste Andrew’s passion for perfection in a disgorging demonstration followed by a private tasting, vineyard platter and lunch inspired by the season. Our third and final vineyard for the day is Delamere. Established in 1982, this is one of the oldest vineyards in the region. After collectively practising their winemaking craft in acclaimed wine regions across the world, vigneron duo Fran and Shane discovered the sparkling potential of the region in 2007 and have nurtured Delamere ever since. Consistently producing a range of both quality table wines and traditional method sparkling, Fran and Shane aim to “encapsulate the story of each season” in their beautiful wines. Discover the stories yourself while relaxing in their leafy cellar door garden.

Launceston: Tamar Valley Private Food & Wine Tour

10. Launceston: Tamar Valley Private Food & Wine Tour

Discover the Tamar Valley on a local level with a locally curated private food and wine tour. Delight your palate with intimate tastings with winemakers before savoring Tamar’s seasonal produce over lunch. Take a stroll through beautiful vineyards and get magnificent views of the Tamar River. After a pickup from your accommodation and a detailed briefing of your day ahead, take a short drive up the beautiful Tamar River to your first stop at Utzinger Wines. Join Swiss winemaker Matthias at his by-appointment vineyard to indulge in an exclusive and intimate tour and tasting experience. Over the hill and not too far away, your next stop is the Stoney Rise Wine Company. Meet Joe and Lou Holyman who have the reputation of being among Tasmania’s best wine producers. Discover their picturesque vineyard, and admire the brand-new cellar door, that gazes out over the estate and the meandering Tamar River beyond. Join Lou for a tutored tasting to uncover the complex layers of personality in each wine. Crack open the doors to Timbre Kitchen, where the aromas of woodfire cooking hint at the sensory journey that is yet to come. Matt Adams (owner and head chef) and his team deliver a creative menu, perfectly paired with a relaxed dining experience. Their food is contemporary and unique; yet subtle and homely, using seasonal produce from local Tamar Valley meaning that Timbre’s progressive menu is ever-evolving. Taste all the flavors of the Tamar, paired with a complimentary glass of Velo wine, before returning you to Launceston.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 69 reviews

We enjoyed our day trip to cradle mountain. Our guide/driver was very experienced. Knows the place and its history. Shout out to Ben who is very careful also on the road. Particularly on the bendy/winedy areas. No one in our group got sick. Hes very informative. Highly recommend him. He did a very good job.

Paul was a knowledgeable guide who gave us all the information and history of Cradle mountain. This made our trip so much better and interesting. The beauty of Cradle mountain is unsurpassed. A fabulous day out

The whole day was superb, every winery we went to was great, Terry our driver was very knowledgeable about wines and a great driver. The group we were with were lovely people. Highly recommend this tour!!

Wonderful driver, Terry made the day with his happy and accommodating disposition. The wineries were fabulous, but hands down Hinton Bay for being the most awesome wine tasting experience.

Excellent way to see the region’s winery’s. Most enjoyable day.