Jump into the best 5 days you'll ever have in Tassie!
Youíre going to love this - five days enjoying Australiaís smallest but most beautiful state. See Tasmaniaís most incredible sights, meet new people and save cash to boot. Itís the most affordable five day Tassie tour on offer!
Itís Jump time! Kick back and relax as we sweep north out of Hobart through the hop-growing region of the Derwent Valley. Going west we enter one of the worldís last great temperate rainforests at Mount Field National Park. The park is home to beautiful Russell Falls and some of the tallest trees in the world! If youíre after wildlife, look out for the cute Pademelon, (a bit like a mini-wallaby). Like so many things here, itís unique to Tasmania.
Continuing north we visit the former hydro-electric settlement of Tarraleah, with itís wonderful lookout perched atop Tasmaniaís Central Plateau. Shortly afterwards we reach the famous Lake St Clair, on the eastern edge of Tasmaniaís World Heritage Wilderness Area. Itís the deepest lake in Australia, so soak in the scenery and enjoy the peacefulness of lunch by the lake side (you might even see a platypus :-)
From here itís perhaps the most beautiful drive of the trip as we wind our way through the World Heritage Area. The incredible views from Donaghyís Hill stretch in all directions. After a quick walk to the top youíll see the quartzite peak of Frenchmans Cap, and the the iconic Franklin River winds its way through the valley below.
Overnight - Jump Holiday House @ Tullah
An action packed day today in the heart of Tassieís wild West Coast. First up we hit the walking track to Montezuma Falls - at 104m, itís Tasmaniaís highest waterfall. The track winds its way through lush green myrtle rainforest, following the route of an old mining tramway so no steep parts!
The beautiful fishing town of Strahan is our lunch stop today - take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of what was once one of the most remote outposts of the British Empire.
Just north of here are the massive Henty Dunes - climb to the top for a wonderful view across the Southern Ocean, or if youíre game you can even race along the top on a quad bike! Below lies Ocean Beach, Tasmaniaís longest. The waves crashing on this beach last touched land thousands of kilometres away across the ocean in South America.
Overnight - Jump Holiday House @ Tullah
This morning the highlights keep coming with the stunning Cradle Mountain our first stop. Youíve got a number of walking options, from the easy jaunt around Dove Lake to the spectacular hike to the top of Marionís Lookout - donít forget to watch for the wombats, and Tasmanian devils that thrive in this part of the world!
After Cradle itís time for lunch in the ďTown of MuralsĒ - Sheffield! This town plays host to an annual art competition and most of the buildings have some pretty amazing paintings running along their sides. If youíre lucky you might even run into the alpaca man!
After lunch Itís time to tantalise the taste buds - there are over 50 different honeyís to try at the Chudleigh Honey Farm! Stay gourmet as we cruise along to 41 Degrees South Aquaculture and try their delicious hot smoked salmon.
In the evening we reach Tasmaniaís second largest city - Launceston. Why not take a wander and enjoy the wonderful architecture of the city or perhaps indulge in one of the cityís many fine eating and drinking establishments?
Overnight - Launceston
First stop this morning is the majestic Cataract Gorge, a picturesque natural formation located just a few minutes walk from the Launceston CBD. From there we head north-east to admire the amazing memorial carvings at Legerwood and taste the cheesy delights of the Pyengana Dairy Company.
In the afternoon itís time for the highlight of the day - the stunning Bay of Fires. Named Lonely Planetís Number 1 destination for 2009, the bay has some of the whitest sand and clearest water youíll ever see. Take your time to explore the beach, swim in the turquoise waters or simply admire the view over a coffee!
In the evening we arrive at our accommodation in the seaside town of Bicheno. As darkness falls head to the beach to see the fairy penguins come ashore to nest.
Overnight - Bicheno
This morning thereís the option to check out some unique Tasmanian fauna at East Coast Natureworld - soon after we arrive itís feeding time for the Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas and koalas and many more animals that call the park home.
Now itís time to pack a picnic lunch as we check out another Tassie icon - the gorgeous sparkling waters of Wineglass Bay. I hope you had your Weetbix because this is a walk that will get the heart pumping, with the reward of fantastic views at the top of the lookout. If youíve still got some gas in the tank trek down to the beach itself - it consistently rates in the top five beaches of the world so you wonít be disappointed!
In the afternoon we head inland to the beautiful, historic coaching town of Ross (whose bakery is particularly well known to our Japanese guests!) Admire the work of the convict stonemasons dating back to the early decades of the colony, including one of the oldest surviving bridges in Australia. Finally itís time to head back to civilisation as we cruise back down the highway to Hobart.
September: Wednesday mornings
October & November: Monday mornings
December to March: Monday & Wednesday mornings
April to August: Monday mornings
Pickups between 7:30 & 8:00
Tour returns on final day by 6:30pm
December to March: Saturday mornings
Pickups between 8:30 & 9:00am
Max 13 people
Jump Tours operate in all weather conditions
Determined upon booking
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia