This Honeymoon in Australia: Tasmania Outdoor Encounters tour 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 incredible 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: Tasmania Outdoor Encounters tour with a night in 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: Tasmania Outdoor Encounters tour, they drove to Freycinet National Park, taking in beautiful views of the rugged coastal scenery on their route. Freycinet is known for its beautiful beaches, excellent diving, and penguins that settle on the beaches each evening. During their stay here, they had day of hiking on the rugged trails to see rocky beaches and beautiful blue waters, including the famous Wineglass Bay.
Continuing their Honeymoon in Australia: Tasmania Outdoor Encounters tour, 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 in the Bay of Fires. 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.
Welcome to Australia! Fly into Hobart, Tasmania. Collect your rental car 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 Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent stop just outside the city (ask us about the nighttime feeding tours!).
Henry Jones Art Hotel
Drive north today to Freycinet. There are several wineries you may like to stop at along the way. This peninsula of granite mountains, dazzlingly white beaches, and turquoise sea forms part of Freycinet National Park. Enjoy a hike to the famous Wineglass Bay with a picnic backpack. Be sure not to miss the penguins at sunset, as they waddle up the beach and onto your hotel property to nest in the shrubs for the evening.
Today is yours to spend at your leisure. Drive to Friendly Beaches, where you’ll see locals surfing the waves and perhaps even meet some wild wallabies! You can also explore several scenic hiking trails, or take to the water in a sea kayak to explore the beautiful coastline.
Make your way north to Launceston via the scenic east coast. Take time to explore some of the waterfalls along your route and stop in at The Pub in the Paddock, one of Tasmania’s oldest pubs. Alternatively, stop at one of the many fabulous wineries in the Tamar Valley for a leisurely lunch. 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
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. Today 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
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. Walk to Eddystone Point Lighthouse. You’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story before you trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the celebrated Bay of Fires Lodge. Afternoon tea will be waiting, along with spa treatments for those who want to indulge. Come evening, venture into the library, cast a line off the beach, or have your hosts deliver a cold drink while you dip your toes into a foot spa on the back deck. Dinner is a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.
Bay of Fires Lodge
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.
Bay of Fires Lodge
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 a transfer back to Launceston for a nice, relaxing evening.
Peppers Seaport Hotel
Following breakfast, head to Hollybank Forest for a thrilling 3-hour zipline tour. Then, head to the airport, where you’ll drop off your rental car and begin the journey home.
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