Day 1: Hobart to Orford
Welcome to Hobart! Be ready bright and early at the Hobart Travelodge at 7.45 am, for an 8 am departure. On your way to the first hike, stop quickly in Sorrell to grab yourself some lunch, then arrive at the Cape Huay walk. Head along a section of the Tasman Peninsula, with spectacular views greeting you along the way. Part of the Three Capes Track, walk through heathland full of wildflowers on undulating tracks until you hit the coastline. The scenes of dolerite cliffs get more and more pronounced as you near the narrow edge of the promontory – it’s seriously incredible viewing. Stop by a number of vantage points to soak in the best of The Lanterns, Mitre Rock, The Candlestick and Totem Pole – the perfect walk to begin your adventure. After returning to your private vehicle, drive to Orford (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes). Spend the evening in this sleepy coastal town, with a delicious two-course meal included for you and your group to enjoy.
It’s very important that you meet the group early this morning to begin your East Coast tour. Find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ section of your Essential Trip Information. If you are going to be late, we recommend spending a night before your tour begins in Hobart. If so, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Today’s hike is 8.8 kilometres. It will take around 4 hours, depending on the group.
As you are heading on a number of short and medium length hikes in the first few days, we recommend you bring snacks with you – like a trail mix – to keep you going on the walks. There will be little-to-no access to supermarkets or stores until the end of Day 2, so we recommend you bring your own. Refrigeration and small kitchen facilities are available at your accommodation.
Day 2: Maria Island – Swansea
After breakfast, jump on a ferry bound for Maria Island (approximately 45 minutes). A natural wonder full of history, sweeping bays and rugged cliffs sitting off the coast of Tasmania, Maria Island is an ideal destination for hiking. You’ll be tackling two trails of the island – Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs loop walks. Starting from where the ferry dropped you in Darlington, head north past silo ruins and cement works towards the Convict Barn, full of early farming artefacts. Continue across coastal plains, past other reminders of settler history, along a track that often has forester kangaroos and wombats lurking about. Climb the short steep track to Fossil Cliffs and marvel at the thousands of shellfish fossils embedded in the limestone, formed millions of years ago. Today you will have the option skip one of the two hikes to hire a bike for an hour or so to check out more of the island. Enjoy your own lunch that you brought with you during the day, then ferry back to the mainland and drive to the quaint coastal town of Swansea (approximately 45 minutes). After a busy day of walking, perhaps take a quiet stroll along the foreshore, stock up on supplies and join your leader for some dinner in town.
Today’s two hikes are 4.2 and 4.5 kilometres, respectively. It will take around 4 hours total, depending on the group.
Day 3: Freycinet National Park/Wineglass Bay – Launceston
This morning, you’re in for a treat. Take a 1-hour drive to Freycinet National Park – one of Australia’s most renowned and picturesque regions. As you enter the park, the views over Coles Bay towards what’s known as The Hazard Range is a sight to behold. On arrival, lace up your walking shoes for a scenic 11.5-kilometre circuit walk which takes you to the iconic white sands of Wineglass Bay, and also a lesser-known but no less stunning Hazards Beach on the opposite site of the Cape Freycinet isthmus. Best to have your camera at full charge today, because the vistas are out of this world. Afterwards, drive towards Tasmania’s central hub, Launceston, taking around 2.5 hours. Once arrived and checked in, join your group and local leader for a celebratory dinner at the well-known Hotel Grand Chancellor. Included will be a two-course meal for you all, so toast to the sights and sounds of the East Coast.
Today’s hike is 11.5 kilometres.
Day 4: Launceston
With no activities planned for today, you are free to depart the accommodation at any time. That doesn’t mean your Tasmanian adventure has to finish just yet! If you would like to explore Launceston and surrounds more, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Private vehicle, Ferry, walking
Hotel (3 nights)