Hobart Nature & adventure

Our most recommended Hobart Nature & adventure

Hobart: kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Pass

1. Hobart: kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Pass

Hop aboard the Explorer Bus nearby Hobart’s waterfront and begin the 1270 meter ascent up kunanyi/Mt. Wellington. As you make the upward journey, you’ll be treated to spectacular views over Hobart and deep into the horizon. At the summit, explore the lookouts and observation shelter. Enjoy the freedom of being able to hop-on and hop-off the bus at whatever stop you choose. If you like, instead of taking the bus straight to the top you can get off at some of the stops along the way and then hop back on a later bus. Explore stops including Fern Tree Park, The Springs, The Chalet, Big Bend, and The Pinnacle. Discover a wide range of bushwalking tracks throughout Wellington Park, suitable for all ages and abilities. Afterward, hop-on a later bus to return to Hobart. Listen to an informative commentary as travel. Buses are wheelchair accessible and can carry mountain bikes, providing easier access to the growing network of mountain bike trails throughout Wellington Park.

Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco Cruise with Lunch

2. Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Coast Eco Cruise with Lunch

Experience Bruny Island on a full-day eco-adventure from Hobart. Discover the main highlights of the island, marvel at the coastline, impressive sea cliffs, and more by a combined bus, cruise, and ferry ride. Get the chance to see seals and dolphins before savoring a local lunch. You will start the tour with a scenic bus tour from Hobart to Bruny Island. After the ferry crossing, enjoy sightseeing and morning tea on Bruny Island. Morning tea is a freshly baked blueberry muffin and a hot or cold drink. Listen to live commentary on the bus on the way to the cruise departure point at Adventure Bay. Embark on a 3-hour wilderness cruise on a custom-built boat. Explore the rugged coastline, cruising beneath high sea cliffs and entering deep sea caves. Encounter seals, dolphins, and whales. At the end of your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a sightseeing bus tour of Bruny Island. Savor homemade pumpkin soup and a gourmet salad roll with your choice of Tasmanian Salmon or local ham. After the ferry crossing, relax on the return journey to Hobart and be dropped off back at your hotel.

Bruny Island: Full-Day Food, Lighthouse & Sightseeing Tour

3. Bruny Island: Full-Day Food, Lighthouse & Sightseeing Tour

The ultimate way to experience Bruny Island’s wild beauty, history, and delicious foods such as a selection of Bruny Island cheeses, freshly shucked oysters and wood oven bread for morning tea. Hotel pickup and drop-off, roundtrip ferry ride,  a lighthouse tour, tastings and lunch included.  Marvel at the views from scenic lookouts at Adventure Bay, The Neck Lookout, Cape Bruny. Spot echidnas, white wallabies, seabirds and wildflowers. Be guided through the Mount Mangana Rainforests and tour the inside of Cape Bruny Lighthouse.  Savor a delicious lunch featuring locally caught fish, Tasmanian beef and lamb. Taste locally-made artisan cheeses, chocolates, fudge, and honey. Enjoy some short walks or a paddle in the cool ocean waters of the Tasman Sea. Enjoy locally-grown island produce at lunch.

Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart

4. Bruny Island Day Trip from Hobart

Get back to nature on a full-day trip to Bruny Island, tailored to the day's weather conditions to create the most enjoyable experience.  Catch the ferry from Hobart to go on a nature walk in the temperate rainforest, or enjoy a swim in a hidden lagoon or the ocean, weather permitting. Encounter unique wildlife, such as the rare albino wallaby as your guide shows you some of the hiding spots of this elusive creature. Soak up the panoramic views from the Neck and Cape Bruny Lighthouse, and marvel at the picturesque beaches along the way. Stop to sample local produce, including award-winning cheeses, wines, beers, ciders, berries, chocolates, and oysters at your own cost. There will be a lunch stop where you can enjoy locally cooked and farmed produce from the land and the sea at you own expense, or bring your own picnic if you prefer.

From Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

5. From Hobart: Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Choose to begin your tour on Bruny Island or from Hobart. Cruise by some of Australia's highest sea cliffs and drift up close to listen to the awesome Breathing Rock. Enter deep-sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and The Monument, and feel the power of nature where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. On this activity, search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds with an interpretive guide. At the Friars, drift quietly past rare nesting seabirds and a large haul-out home to thousands of seals. The custom-built yellow boats feature open-air tiered seating providing excellent all-round views. When the cruise finishes, disembark and have time to explore Bruny Island. After, enjoy a guided bus tour as you return to Hobart (if option selected).

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

6. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Embark on an immersive and educational guided tour of Maria Island National Park and the Ile Des Phoques Nature Reserve. Enjoy a scenic cruise with lunch in a remote bay, a guided walk among historic buildings, and a visit to Maria Island to spot wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, and Cape Barren geese. After departing Triabunna, see fascinating geological sites, mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, and white beaches on your way to the Fossil and Painted Cliffs. Enjoy expert commentary from the crew as you cruise to Maria Island's isthmus for a lunch stop on the anchored boat.  Take in the views of Maria Island, the cliffs, waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, and mountains. On the way to the remarkable granite island, Island of Seals, see if you can spot albatrosses, dolphins, fur seals, and whales. Swim and dive alongside the island’s marine life. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s collection of preserved buildings that once belonged to the convict population. Learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face-to-face with Maria Island’s resident wombats.  If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

Tasmania: 7-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour

7. Tasmania: 7-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan The journey through the Western Wilds starts by taking you to the picturesque harborside village of Strahan on the West Coast. At Mt Field NP, walk among some of the world’s tallest flowering trees and admire the wonderful Russell Falls. Later, stop at Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, and the wild Franklin-Gordon NP. For the last stop before Strahan, visit Queenstown for a glimpse of Tassie’s mining history. Day 2: 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 (optional, at your own expense). Return to your accommodation in Strahan in the evening. Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston Discover the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where you can choose a walk to suit you. Stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. Afterward, take a short drive through Sheffield, the ‘town of murals’ and then to Launceston where you will spend the night. Day 4: Launceston to Bicheno Today make your way to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim or simply wander along one of the world's most stunning beaches. This evening you may choose to join a viewing experience of the Little Penguins (optional at your own expense and seasonal). Spend the night in Bicheno. Day 5: Freycinet National Park to Hobart 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 a beach walk. Continue your journey south passing the coastal villages of Swansea and Orford before arriving at your accommodation in Hobart. Day 6: Bruny Island Journey south of Hobart to Kettering and board the vehicular ferry to cross the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to North Bruny Island. On the island, stop at "The Neck", home to the Truganini Lookout and its spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the Bruny Island coastline. Also, visit South Bruny Island and Adventure Bay- hike to Fluted Cape, or a more relaxed Grass Point. Look for some local wildlife (including the white Bennetts wallabies), and sample some fresh local produce including oysters and cheese before returning to your accommodation in Hobart. Day 7: Tasman Peninsula Start with a visit to Australia’s best-preserved colonial village, Richmond, before heading south to explore the incredible coastline of Tasman National Park with a number of stops at geological formations like Tasman Arch. Join a guided walk from Remarkable Cave to Crescent Bay, or, visit Port Arthur Historic Site to gain insights into Tasmania's ruthless convict history, at your own expense.

Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

8. Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

This nature lover’s day trip begins with pickup from Hobart hotel. Then, journey through the picturesque Derwent Valley. Drive past Australia's oldest operating pub. Continue on to Mt. Field National Park, where Russell Falls is a must-see. Stroll underneath enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees to the waterfall. Next, follow the freshwater back to New Norfolk, where your guide will explain its interesting history.   Stretch and grab a bite to eat before the next stop. Head to a Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to hand-feed kangaroos and discover Tasmanian devils. End your day in the picturesque town of Richmond before returning to Hobart. The Mt Wellington summit time depends on the weather (cloud cover) and will either be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Hobart: Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

9. Hobart: Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

Journey 1270 meters above sea level to the summit of Kunanyi/Mt. Wellington, and experience magnificent views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Have 30 minutes to explore the summit or hop on and hop off along the way. Enjoy the freedom of being able to hop on and off the bus at whatever stop you choose. At the summit of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington, you'll have 30 minutes to visit the observation shelter and take in panoramic views from the lookouts. If you're looking for a little more adventure, get off at five Wellington Park bus stops. Explore stops including Fern Tree Park, The Springs, The Chalet, Big Bend, and The Pinnacle.

Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

10. Hobart: 2.5-hour Iron Pot Lighthouse Cruise

Travel aboard a brand new vessels in a small group of up to 12 passengers. The spacious enclosed cabin contains comfortable leather seats. Large awning windows provide a great view and allow you to immerse yourself in the surroundings. Cruising down the Derwent River you'll pass historic Battery Point, now one of Tasmania's premium residential addresses. You'll see well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, you'll truly appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington as it towers over the city. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse, you'll be immersed in the fascinating history as your guide shares stories of Hobart's early settlement. Cruising into Storm Bay, you'll reach Betsey Island. This uninhabited island is home to a variety of seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and the majestic white bellied sea eagle. As you circumnavigate Betsey Island, Hope Beach comes into view. This isolated beach is known for its large breaks and offshore winds. You'll cruise close in to the shore and feel the swell surging straight from the Southern Ocean; these conditions make this a favorite spot with local surfers. After 2.5 hours on the water you'll return to Hobart refreshed, with a newfound appreciation for this beautiful harbor city.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,192 reviews

The crew catered to every need. Provided morning tea and a delicious lunch. We saw a pod of dolphins and they circled around our boat. The boat was able to reach along the coast and show some amazing rock formations you would only be able see on board. We visited Maria Island and had a guided walk, learning history and about the wildlife surrounding. Lucky enough to interact with some adorable wombats on the island who were not camera shy. Would recommend to everyone and definitely travel with them again.

Highly recommended!!! Excellent guides, cute wombats and echidnas, lotsa kangaroos you can feed! Surprised this place has a beautiful mountain backdrop where we admired the kangaroos and many cuckatoos in the open which flew in to feed. Loved it!! Might get muddy on a rainy day, so waterproof hiking boots recommended!

It was such a great experience. The staff here aren’t just knowledgeable about the animals, they are passionate about their care and educating the public. I would recommend this for everyone. It can get a little muddy in the rain and a little slippery in one of the last exhibits, but it was very manageable.

It was fantastic. Jeff made it a great trip. He showed us white wallabies and a blond echidna. He was very patient and very kind. Jeff, you’re a legend mate.

Loved the night tour- the chance to feed the animals & see the nocturnal ones that usually aren’t active during day visits, highly recommend!