FROM COSMOPOLITAN SYDNEY TO UNTAMED TASMANIA
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The bustling streets of Sydney get this Australian adventure off to a distinctively urban start, but stunning walks in the beautiful Blue Mountains and the rocky 12 Apostles hint at the rural discoveries to come on the island of Tasmania. The wilderness of Tarkine, testing Cradle Mountain and the laid-back routes of Mount Donaldson present a range of challenges. Spot Tasmanian devils in the wild and enjoy the nature displays at Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay.
- Australia’s must see icons: Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Great Ocean Road & the 12 Apostles
- Expert guiding in the true Tasmanian wilderness, the Tarkine
- World-class walking at Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, and the wild west coast
- Spectacular wildlife, waterfalls, & World Heritage Sites in legendary locations
Stay in a selection of comfortable 3 & 4-star hotels and lodges, from modern city centre hotels to perfectly located wilderness lodges. All are en-suite and offer a taste of Australia.
Grace Hotel, Sydney - 2nts
Located in the heart of Sydney, this heritage-listed hotel offers us the ideal location for exploring the city, good comfortable rooms for us to relax in after our flight, and the prefect mix of old world charm with modern comfort.
The Carrington, Katoomba - 2nts
The Carrington is perfect for our exploration of this World Heritage National Park. It still maintains a character and style befitting its former grandeur, and gives us large, comfortable rooms in which we can unwind after our days walks.
Alto on Bourke, Melbourne - 1nt
Right in the centre of the city, our accommodation in Melbourne is perfectly located to allow us to explore independently if we've time (and energy) after the day's activities. Clean and comfortable rooms, the Alto Hotel on Bourke also prides itself on its eco-friendly practices.
Comfort Inn International, Apollo Bay - 2nts
Just a short walk to the beach or the shops gives us options to take a stroll in the evening if we wish to. Rooms are large, clean and comfortable. There's a small pool at the hotel too.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania - 2nts
Located in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Most Extraordinary Places to Stay Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge provides the perfect base for exploring Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. The layout of the lodge cabins and suites places you right among the alpine wilderness. Some also have balconies from which to enjoy the stunning views and welcoming log fires.
Corinna, Tarkine - 2nts
We stay in the heart of the Tarkine in cottages which back directly onto the rainforest. The Tarkine is one of the least visited places in Tasmania due to its accessability, making this a unique experience. Each cottage has their own verandah and fully equipped kitchen. Water is heated by solar power, with each cottage having its own rainwater collection tank.
Stanley Seaview Inn, Stanley - 1nt
Located on Tasmania's North West Coast, our hotel here has wonderful views over the bay, and of "The Nut". Rooms are all spacious and comfortable.
Grand Chancellor, Launceston - 1nt
The hotel is central and offers us large, comfortable rooms. The hotel is graded as a 4.5 star, and whilst it provides us a good standard of accommodation, in our opinion, you should expect 3+ star standards.
Wintersun Gardens, Bicheno - 2nts
Our accommodation here is simple, but clean and comfortable. This is a motel rather than a hotel and the facilities reflect this. The accommodation is set in lovely gardens and offers us a nice and quiet out-of-town location where we can unwind after our days walks.
Hotel Lenna, Hobart - 2nts
Comfortable, good sized rooms with views over the harbour or Mount Wellington and a warm welcome at our final accommodation. This heritage hotel is in the perfect location if you wish to explore Hobart at the end of the day. It's located a short distance from the waterfront and the city centre.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
A balance of half-day walks with sightseeing or full day walks, ranging from 3-8 miles (4.75-12.75km) with optional harder walks of up to 11 miles (17.75km). Days include a choice of walks, with 2 leaders minimum for your walks in Tasmania.
Days 1-4: Outward flight & Sydney
Take an overnight flight to Sydney. Upon arrival transfer from the airport to our accommodation (2 nights). An opportunity to explore Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The next day we take a spectacular cliff-top walk in Sydney Harbour National Park, ending at the legendary Manly Beach. Return by the Manly Ferry.
Days 5-6: The Blue Mountains
Drive to Katoomba and the heart of the Blue Mountains (2 nights), for an exploration of the exceptional Grand Canyon, finishing at Govetts Leap lookout, for stunning views over the Grose Valley.
We also take a walking tour around the Scenic railway and Megalong Valley. Later we visit the spectacular Wentworth Falls.
Day 7: To Melbourne
Transfer to Sydney for our flight to Melbourne (1 night), where we enjoy the highlights of this delightful city and the Yarra River.
Days 8:-9 Great Ocean Road
Drive along the Great Ocean Road towards Apollo Bay (2 nights). A chance to see koalas in the wild at Cape Otway, before a spectacular beach walk from Shelly Beach to Apollo Bay.
The following day we enjoy a Great Ocean Walk to get the best views of the iconic 12 Apostles.
Days 10-11: To Tasmania & the Cradle Mountains
to Melbourne for our flight to Launceston, and the Tasmanian wilderness at Cradle Mountain (2 nights) for an introduction to the island’s own Devils.
We offer a choice of walks in the Cradle Mountain area. A full-day walk, that takes in the magnificent Marion’s Lookout and optional scrambles to the summit of Cradle Mountain itself. Or a lovely half-day walk taking in the rainforests and lake views of the beautiful Dove Lake Circuit.
Days 12-13: Around Corinna
Drive to Corrina, with a walk enroute and a picnic lunch at Montezuma Falls. Afterwards, we continue to the tiny historic mining town of Corinna (2 nights), set in rainforest on the banks of the Pieman River.
We enjoy a leisurely cruise on the historic Arcadia II, down the majestic Pieman River. Explore the mouth of the Pieman River and take in the coastline before returning to Corinna in the afternoon.
Days 14-15: To Stanley & Launceston
We move on to the North Coast, and picturesque Stanley (1 night) to explore trails at some of the nearby reserves. A walk at Mt Donaldson is the highlight of the day.
There is time to explore Stanley, with a short walk from East Arm Beach to The Nut, Stanley’s most significant landform, before returning to the city of Launceston (1 night) and gentle strolls in Cateract Gorge.
Day 16-17: Freycinet National Park
Today we head east, for remarkable scenes of white sand beaches and turquoise seas, in the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula (2 nights). Superb opportunities for birdlife as we walk along Friendly Beaches. We'll stop at one of the famous east coast wineries too on our journey today.
The following day choose either a full or a half day walk, the highlight of both is the world famous Wineglass Bay.
Days 18-19: Hobart & Mount Wellington
Experience an insight into the infamous Port Arthur’s Penal Settlement, before we head to Hobart (2 nights).
Enjoy a final walk on a trail taking us to the summit of Mount Wellington for a fantastic viewpoint. There is plenty of time left in the afternoon too, to explore Hobart further or to do some souvenir shopping.
Days 20-21: Return flight
Departure day as we make our way to mainland Australia and our onward flights.
A full passport, valid for the length of stay, is required to enter Australia.
Canadian and US citizens require an ETA (electonic travel authorisation). These must be applied for in advance, and cost AUS $20. Please go to www.eta.immi.gov.au or consult your embassy for advice. British and EU passport holders need an eVisitor visa (subclass 651). To do this you need to create an Immiaccount via https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login . There is no charge for an eVisitor visa. Please see https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651- for further information.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK, in emergencies only, which allows residents from the UK free hospital treatment.
Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread throughout the year. The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean
Melbourne (and the Great Ocean Road) has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This is mainly due to Melbourne's location situated on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean.
Climate in Tasmania is temperate maritime, being surrounded by sea, and rarely experiences extremes of temperature. The prevailing weather pattern is from west to east and as a result the west coast is the wettest, while the east coast is almost always warmer and milder than the rest of the state. Tasmania has a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons.
The local currency is the Australian dollar (A$). Major credit cards are accepted. Use may be restricted in small towns and outback areas. ATMs are found in all major towns and cities. However, you may have limited or no access to ATMs in small towns and outback areas. Exchange facilities are available for all incoming and outgoing flights at all international airports in Australia. International-class hotels will exchange major currencies for guests. It is recommended that visitors change money at the airport or at city banks. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Tips are included on this holiday.
Walking boots must be clean of mud/soil before entering Australian immigration.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.
Holly-Mae Van de Beek
Holly grew up in Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. After a trip to Vietnam with World Challenge she decided she wanted to spend the rest of her adult life travelling, hiking and working in remote areas. Having enrolled on an outdoor leadership course, another trip to Borneo with students made her feel that she wanted to work with kids. However she ended up in Alice Springs working for a tour operator and changed to wanting to lead adults.
Three years later she now finds herself leading for HF Holidays on our Undiscovered Australia, Tasmania tours. Although she works in the Northern Territory in the Aussie winter, and in Tasmania in the summer, she is constantly surprised and in awe of the beauty and power of nature and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of it.
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Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
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Prices are per person
- 17 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, excluding 5 lunches
- A full programme of guided walks led by a min of 1 specialist local leader (2 or more leaders in Tasmania)
- Sightseeing, entrance fees, internal flights & coach travel.
Other important information
- Single room: £1195 (2018)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person