Tasmania National parks

Our most recommended Tasmania National parks

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.

Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

2. 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.

Coles Bay: Wineglass Bay Adults-Only Cruise with Lunch

3. Coles Bay: Wineglass Bay Adults-Only Cruise with Lunch

See Wineglass Bay from the water as you step aboard for a vessel for a scenic journey. Hear informative commentary as you enjoy your food and take in views of Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. Depart from Freycinet National Park aboard the Schouten Passage II. Cruise from the gentle shores of Coles Bay and gaze at the sheer granite cliffs. Get up close to the wildlife and learn about the landmarks, wildlife, and history from the onboard commentary. Feast on morning tea as well as a ploughman's-style lunch. Complete ou meal with local beverages and wines, which are available for purchase in the wine bar. Enjoy the privacy and peace of being in the Sky Lounge, an adults-only area that offers comfort, direct access to the bridge, and stunning views from the top deck. You are also welcome to use the downstairs areas.

Hobart: Full Day Tour to Port Arthur with Admission

4. Hobart: Full Day Tour to Port Arthur with Admission

Embark on a tour full of contrasts — compelling tales of the harsh lives of convicts combined with the breathtaking scenery of the Tasman Peninsula. Your passionate Tasmanian driver guides will entertain you with personal insights and information about wildlife and other points of interest during the bus tour and are on hand to assist you throughout the day. From Hobart, cross the Tasman Bridge and head into the Coal River Valley, an award-winning wine region, through the historic town of Richmond with a short photo stop at the famous convict-built Richmond Bridge. Visit Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. Be in awe of the wonderful views from Pirates Bay Lookout. Arriving at Port Arthur, join the guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, the church, and more. Visit the interpretation center with its interactive exhibits and displays, and follow the harrowing life of a convict. Enjoy a cruise on Carnarvon Bay around the Isle of the Dead. Purchase lunch with plenty of time for quiet contemplation in the beautifully maintained gardens and to explore the many restored historic buildings of Port Arthur. Ask your driver about the optional, included remarkable cave tour. On Saturdays, the tour includes a visit to Hobart’s Salamanca Market. Delight in a shopping experience at this popular, colorful outdoor marketplace. You'll have time to explore the market at leisure for approximately 2 hours. Then, you will need to meet your bus at 11:00 to continue on with the Port Arthur tour and get a sense of Australia’s convict era and the early settlement of Tasmania. The Saturday tour does not include the cave tour or a visit to Richmond.

From Launceston: Cradle Mountain Day Tour

5. 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. Begin with a series of short walks before moving on to a longer walking options for the rest of the day. 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 to refuel and refresh at the delicious Van Diemans Land Ice Creamery and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm. The perfect way to end an exciting day out.

Mt Wellington, Mt Field, Bonorong & Richmond Day Trip

6. 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: Luxury Yacht Scenic Sailing Tour with Snacks

7. Hobart: Luxury Yacht Scenic Sailing Tour with Snacks

This is a 3-hour morning or afternoon cruise sailing on one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbours in the world, with spectacular views of Hobart and Mt Wellington. Depending on the wind, the cruise will typically take you to the gateway to the Southern Ocean and return crossing the Sydney to Hobart finish line. You will sail aboard a fast and comfortable 62-foot luxury ocean racer/cruiser where you will be encouraged to participate as much as you like - take the helm, work with the winches, or sit back and enjoy the ride. The best Tasmanian fare will be provided as refreshments along with tea, coffee, water and non-alcoholic beverages. A selection of fine Tasmanian wine and beer is available at our cash bar - and at regular bar prices.

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

8. 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.

Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

9. Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

Depart Hobart on a full-day tour exploring Tasmania’s ruthless convict past and experience the rugged landscapes of the Tasman Peninsula. Start with a visit to the well-preserved colonial village of Richmond. Admire sights like Australia's oldest bridge that is still in use. Head south to the Tasman Peninsula and enter the Tasman National Park for some amazing views of the coastline and sea. Upon arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn the story of the convict settlement. Listen to stories about the chilling realities of life as a prisoner amid the preserved jail ruins on a guided tour. Hear more about the penal colony's terrible past. Take a cruise of the harbor to see the site from a different perspective, and get a look at the Isle of the Dead where those who died at the prison were laid to rest in mass graves. Return to Hobart and benefit from the opportunity to stop by the remarkable geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. Get dropped off in Hobart in the early evening.

From Hobart: Wineglass Bay Active Day Tour

10. From Hobart: Wineglass Bay Active Day Tour

Depart Hobart heading east then following the coastline north. Travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as you make your way to Freycinet National Park. Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s first National Parks, and the area is famous for its stunning coastal landscapes. Colorful granite mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife, and a variety of walking trails to explore the area. As you enter the Freycinet peninsula, make a brief stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for anyone interested in the local oysters, mussels, or crayfish, fresh from the surrounding waters. Walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout; this is a moderate uphill walk of around 45 minutes. Once at the top you are rewarded with that world-famous view of Wineglass Bay and the stunning Freycinet National Park. Enjoy the moment, take in the views, and let your guides help you with those sought-after photographs. The walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the Great Short Walks of Tasmania and requires good mobility and adequate fitness. It is 1.3 kilometers uphill, before returning downhill. From the Lookout you have the option to return to the start of the walk with your tour guide, or keen hikers can choose to spend the rest of their time completing the walk down to Wineglass Bay beach. The Wineglass Bay Beach Walk is a 2.5-hour return walk and good fitness is required. The tour allows ample time for you to do the full walk to Wineglass Bay Beach and return. Once on the beach you can enjoy your lunch in this stunning setting, jump in the pristine waters for a swim, or wander along the white sands. This is one of the most rewarding walks in Tasmania. If you prefer to select the shorter walking option, return from the Lookout with your guide to explore other areas of Freycinet National Park. Visit Honeymoon Bay or Cape Tourville Lighthouse, take the Great Short Walk, and/or visit Sleepy Bay lookout. After around 4 hours at Freycinet National Park, re-group and get ready to begin the trip back to Hobart. Make the final stop for the day, a visit to Kate’s Berry Farm. Reward your hiking efforts with one of Kate's delicious berry ice creams or other sweet treats. Return to your Hobart accommodation in the evening.

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This all day tour to the Tasman peninsula and Port Arthur was fabulous. Our guide Justin was amazing, hilarious and very knowledgeable. There was a long bush walk to one site on the way which we weren’t expecting but still very well worthwhile. Very much recommend this tour and company. Great communication.

The day was fantastic from start to finish. Our bus driver/guide Mark was great, his knowledge was amazing. Port Arthur itself was a chilling, eye opening experience. Highly recommend!!

The trip was the perfect length to see all of Port Arthur. Guide Christopher was informative as well as entertaining.

Very knowledgeable & informative tour guide. John told us alot about the history of the area and Launceston.

Jarrod was an excellent driver and guide. Extremely polite and helpful