Tasmania's Tarkine and Cradle Mountain Explorer


Explore the edge of the world along Tasmania’s untamed Cradle Coast

Members from: $2,325 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $2,365 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $2,870

  • Type

    Adventure/Cycling/Trekking

  • Destination

    Australia

  • Supplier

    Intrepid

  • Booking Code

    PUKT

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


Includes


  • Meals
    4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

  • Transport
    Private vehicle

  • Accommodation
    Hotel (4 nights)

  • Included activities
    North Coast - Visit to Penguin Village
    North Coast - Narawntapu National Park
    North Coast - Lunch at Spreyton Cider Company
    Stanley - The Nut
    North Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail
    The Tarkine - Trowutta Arch
    The Tarkine - Lake Chisholm Sinkhole
    The Takine - Edge of the World
    Corinna - Philosopher Falls
    North Coast - Rocky Cape National Park
    North Coast - Boat Harbour Beach
    Corinna - Hellyer Gorge
    North Coast - Table Cape Lighthouse Visit
    Corinna - Hiking in Corinna
    Cradle Mountain National Park - Park Visit & Hikes
    Sheffield - Murals Trail


Explore the edge of the world along Tasmania’s untamed Cradle Coast

The dramatic, natural beauty of north west Tasmania awaits on this 5-day discovery tour. Make a loop from the historic city of Launceston, up along the coast and then back inland, passing though seaside towns, ancient rainforest and Aboriginal heritage sites along the way. Hike the coastal trails of Narawntapu and Rocky Cape national parks, explore the richness of the Tarkine and take in sweeping ocean views from clifftop lookouts. In between sightseeing, sample the best flavours of the region, from whiskey to cheese to chocolate truffles, with visits to locally owned shops on the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the natural beauty of Tasmania’s untamed Cradle Coast, from the ancient landscapes of Rocky Cape National Park to the seemingly endless stretch of ocean at the Edge of the World.

  • Explore the country’s oldest temperate rainforest with a visit to the Tarkine, home to unique species that have evolved over hundreds of millions of years and are a living connection to the Gondwana supercontinent.

  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage and spiritual connections of Tasmania’s northern landmarks and national parklands.

  • Unplug and unwind with an overnight stay in a remote, rural community that was a booming mining town during the 1870s goldrush.

  • Indulge in delicacies like locally made ice cream and cider as you sample a variety of treats along Tasmania’s famed Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.


Itinerary


Day 1: Launceston / North Coast / Stanley

After this morning's meeting you head from Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities, to the seaside town of Stanley, with plenty of scenic stops along the way. Visit Narawntapu National Park, whose coastal plains are home to stunning scenery and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and a variety of bird species. Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage of this area, where artefacts can still be found along the walking trails. Together, we’ll enjoy a platter lunch at an amazing cidery that is part of Tasmania’s Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. You may opt to sample their local brews – perhaps a vintage pear cider, and if you have a sweet tooth, Anvers Chocolate may be calling you to taste its famous truffles! Next drop into the Tasmanian Arboretum, where there are reasonable chances for you to spot a platypus. After a brief stop in the picturesque town of Penguin continue along the rocky coastline to Stanley. Climb the famous landmark The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug that juts out into the Bass Strait and offers outstanding views from the top. Later, wander down to the working wharf where some of the freshest seafood in Tasmania comes in each day. At night, there is an option for you to book dinner at Hursey Seafood, another part of the Tasting Trail.



Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)



Included Activities

North Coast - Visit to Penguin Village

North Coast - Narawntapu National Park

North Coast - Lunch at Spreyton Cider Company

Stanley - The Nut

North Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Meals Included

Lunch



Special Information

It’s very important that you meet the group early this morning at 8am to begin your tour. Find more details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ section of your Essential Trip Information. We recommend spending a night in Launceston before your tour begins.

Day 2: The Tarkine / Stanley

The Tarkine is home to the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and the second largest in the world. It is rich with geological wonders, Aboriginal history and unique creatures and habitats not found anywhere else on earth. Explore sites like the hidden Trowutta Arch and the Lake Chisolm sinkhole, both examples of fascinating geological change. Other highlights along the Tarkine Coast include Marrawah, famous for its big wave surfing, Mount Cameron West, one of the most important Aboriginal art sites in Tasmania, and the desolate Edge of the World, marking the longest stretch of ocean on the planet – from here, there’s no land until Argentina. You’ll enjoy numerous short walks to explore the sites, with a picnic lunch along the way. Later return to Stanley for the night.



Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)



Included Activities

The Tarkine - Trowutta Arch

The Tarkine - Lake Chisholm Sinkhole

The Takine - Edge of the World



Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Day 3: Corinna

Today you travel to Corinna via Rocky Cape National Park, home to windswept heathlands, sea caves, rock pools and twisted rocks that have formed over millions of years. Discover the cultural and spiritual connection to this area among the Aboriginal community. Continue to the historic lighthouse at Table Cape and on to the stunning Boat Harbour Beach before stopping for lunch at either the spectacular Hellyer Gorge or in the historic town of Waratah. Take a short walk (approximately 1.5 hours roundtrip) to see the pretty Philosopher Falls. In the remote, rural town of Corinna, settle into your accommodation in restored miners’ cottages and put away your phone – there’s no service out here anyway. Here you will enjoy a lovely dinner with your fellow travellers.



Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)



Included Activities

Corinna - Philosopher Falls

North Coast - Rocky Cape National Park

North Coast - Boat Harbour Beach

Corinna - Hellyer Gorge

North Coast - Table Cape Lighthouse Visit



Meals Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Day 4: Corinna / Devonport

Get active today with opportunities for kayaking and hiking around the Corinna area, exploring the Pieman River and Tarkine rainforest. After lunch in Corinna, begin your return towards to the North West coast, with plenty of stops along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. Enjoy a whisky tasting tour at Hellyers Road Distillery, and further along the Tasting Trail you will have the option sample local beers at Buttons Brewing. Continue to Devonport where you'll spend the night.



Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)



Included Activities

Corinna - Hiking in Corinna

North Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail



Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Day 5: Cradle Mountain National Park / Launceston

Head back to Launceston, via the one of Tasmania's outdoor art galleries, the Sheffield Murals. After this you will spending time in the stunning Cradle Mountain National Park. With many options to enjoy the breathtaking peaks, you can take a walk around the lovely Dove Lake in Cradle Valley or hike up to Marion’s Lookout for breathtaking views across the area - the options are open for you. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats at Ronny Creek. Along the way to Launceston, there will be more optional stops for tastings and shopping, including for locally grown raspberries, cheese and ice cream. Your trip comes to an end in Launceston.



Included Activities

Cradle Mountain National Park - Park Visit & Hikes

Sheffield - Murals Trail

North Coast - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail



Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch



Special Information

Please note that your trip comes to an end upon arrival in Launceston, at approximately 5:30pm. Please consider this when booking onward travel. We recommend you stay an additional night in Launceston.


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