Honeymoon in Australia: Tasmania Outdoor Encounters

Experience the best of Tasmania’s natural wonders and outdoor adventures. Explore Hobart and Bicheno, then embark on a 4-day guided hike along the stunning east coast.

From $4,499
per person
9 days
Airfare not included
Based on
2 travelers

This honeymoon in Australia was created for an outdoorsy couple that wanted to get the best of Tasmania, or Tassie as the locals say, but only had a little over a week for travel. Tasmania is an island off Australia’s mainland, and over two-thirds of the island is rugged wilderness. We created this self-driving outdoor adventure for their honeymoon to take them off the beaten path and let them see the best of Tasmania’s natural wonders.

We started their honeymoon in Australia with a night in the capital of Hobart. They stayed in a unique hotel with over 300 pieces of local Tassie and Australian artworks and enjoyed some free time to stroll through this charming town. They visited the Saturday Salamanca Markets for a true local taste of Hobart.

Next for their honeymoon in Australia, they drove to Bicheno on the east coast, taking in beautiful views of the rugged coastal scenery on their route. Bicheno is known for its beautiful beaches, excellent diving, and penguins that settle on the beaches each evening. During their stay here, they drove into Freycinet National Park for a day of hiking on the rugged trails to see rocky beaches and beautiful blue waters, including the famous Wineglass Bay. Then they had a little adventure with a 2-hour quad biking tour in the park.

Continuing their honeymoon in Australia, they drove the scenic route to Launceston, stopping along the way in the Tamar Valley for delicious food, wine, and Tassie hospitality. They spent a night in Launceston before setting off on a 4-day guided hiking adventure. They met plenty of colorful locals along the way, enjoyed delicious meals made with fresh local ingredients, hiked through gorgeous coastal landscapes, and got unique insight into the land from their expert local guides.

Their adventure wasn’t over yet! The day of their departure, they enjoyed a thrilling zipline tour in Hollybank Forest. Then, they drove to the airport to drop off their rental car and begin their trip home.

 

Day 1
Fly into Hobart, Tasmania. Collect your rental car from the airport depot and make your way into town. On Saturdays, the Salamanca Markets are a must-see and an excellent chance to stretch your legs, taste local produce, and see local artists perform live. If you are interested in wildlife, the Bonorong Sanctuary is an excellent stop just outside the city and is best experienced at nighttime.
Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

Day 2
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hobart before making your way to Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy some of the beautiful beaches here, go diving in the fabulous waters, and try some delicious fish and chips in town. Tonight, watch the penguins waddle up the beach at sunset as they come to nest in the shrubs surrounding your accommodations.
3-star hotel in Bicheno

Day 3
Today, make your way to Freycinet National Park and enjoy a hike to beautiful Wineglass Bay. Your hotel will gladly pack a picnic backpack for you before you head out. In the afternoon, join a small group tour for 2 hours of quad biking through the park to a remote beach only the locals know about. Haven’t had enough? For the ultimate Freycinet day, end with a kayak at sunset on the tranquil waters.
3-star hotel in Bicheno

Day 4
Make your way north to Launceston via the scenic east coast. Take time to stop in at The Pub in the Paddock, one of Tasmania’s oldest pubs, for a tasty lunch and explore some of the waterfalls along your route. Alternatively, stop at a winery for a leisurely lunch in the Tamar Valley. Arrive at your charming homestead this afternoon for a gear check and review for your upcoming multi-day hiking adventure.
3-star homestead near Launceston

Day 5
Tasmania is a hiker’s dream on the road less traveled. During this 4-day guided hike, your small group will be led by a well-informed, young Tasmanian guide, offering insight to the flora and fauna of the stunning east coast of Tasmania. Enjoy incredible meals featuring local produce and stay 2 evenings in an award-winning eco-lodge. Day 1 includes a 4-hour hike of Mt. William National Park with lunch on one of the many pristine beaches. Spend the evening at your beach camp in a semi-permanent tent and enjoy a lovely outdoor dinner on the deck.
Tented beach camp

Day 6
Today, enjoy a leisurely, 14-km hike spanning approximately 7 hours. Following a relaxed breakfast, you will head out to explore the coastline, learning about the local animals by their tracks in the sand. You’ll have the chance to meet the quiet local marsupials on the lawns of a lighthouse before arriving into the night’s accommodations for a wonderful afternoon tea. A relaxing evening dinner with fine Tasmanian wine and beer completes your day.
3-star lodge in Bay of Fires

Day 7
Enjoy a day at leisure around the lodge today. Perhaps take a kayak trip down the winding Anson’s River. For the early risers, the local native bird population is extensive, and if you are lucky you may see the dolphins surfing the waves or whales migrating along the coast. Go exploring or relax and unwind—the choice is yours. This evening, you will go for a walk to meet the locals. You may encounter wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, possums, and even the Tasmanian Devil.
3-star lodge in Bay of Fires

Day 8
Awaken early for a morning swim or beach walk before breakfast. Then depart the lodge, walking through eucalyptus forests to a remote lunch spot where you may have the chance to spot the endemic black cockatoo. Board the vehicle for your transfer back to your homestead for a nice, relaxing evening.
3-star homestead near Launceston

Day 9
Following breakfast, head to Hollybank Forest for a thrilling zipline tour. Then, head to the airport, where you’ll drop off your rental car and begin the journey home.

  • 1 night at Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart
  • 2 nights Bicheno
  • 2 nights Launceston
  • 4 days guided Bay of Fires hike – includes meals, accommodations, and selected beverages
  • 8 days rental car
  • Quad bike tour in Freycinet National Park
  • Zipline tour in Hollybank Forest

Make sure you explore the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Tamar Valley varieties of note are chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. Make sure you go to the cellar door tastings; these are the specialty of the Tamar Valley. Expect to be pampered, surprised, and delighted by your visit there.
–Emily, Down Under Endeavours