Tasmania is simply one of the most beautiful, enchanting islands in the world, and on this two week tour, you’ll literally circumnavigate the whole of it, experiencing the very best that Tasmania has to offer.
After arriving in Hobart, we’ll head south to Bruny Island, where Little Penguins and all of the Tasmania’s 12 endemic species of birds await, including the rare Forty-spotted Pardalote. From here, we’ll travel up the east coast, visiting Historic Port Arthur and the fishing villages of Bicheno and St. Helens, known for their spectacular scenery, excellent birding, and delicious seafood. Then it’s on to Launceston to walk the boardwalks and bird the wetlands fringing the Tamar River.
From here we travel west to Mole Creek, a known stronghold for both the Duck-billed Platypus and the Tasmanian Devil. Then it's up to Cradle Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Area of stunning beauty and delightful trails, and to Queenstown, where you take an unforgettable ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Finally, we head south to Hobart, where we’ll dine on the waterfront to enjoy our last evening together and reflect on our adventure.
Group is welcomed by Steve Robertson of Wild Latitudes on arrival at the Hobart Airport. We check into to hotel in Hobart, freshen up, then enjoy dinner on the waterfront.
Today we bird Bruny Island with our local guide, where all 12 of Tasmania’s can be found, including the highly sought after Forty-spotted Pardalote. We’ll have lunch in the field to maximize our time, then record the species we’ve seen on our bird list before heading to a nearby pub for dinner.
We’ll spend the day birding Bruny Island with the goal of seeing all of the 12 species of birds that are endemic to Tasmania.
Travel head to the Tasman Peninsula, known for its dramatic coastline and seabirds.
We’ll visit the historic penal colony of Port Arthur, one of Australia's most significant World Heritage Sites. then head up the coast to the charming coastal village of Bicheno, known for its impressive geology, excellent birding and world-class seafood.
Today we explore Freycinet National Park, known for its cliffs of pink, Devonian granite and home to Wineglass Bay, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
We head to the town of Bridport on the north coast, rich in seabirds, then south to Launceston, where, we’ll visit the Queen Victoria Natural History Museum.
We bird the rich wetlands of the Tamar River, then journey to Mole Creek, a small town known best for the Tassie Tiger Bar. Optional night drive to search for nocturnal species.
Breakfast at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, where the Duck-billed Platypus and excellent birding also await at the farm’s ponds. Visit the Trowunna Wildlife Park known for its work with the Tasmanian Devil, then head to Cradle Mountain, traversing a wonderful cross-section of Tasmanian geography as we go.
Free day for everyone to enjoy the beauty of Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage Site.
Morning in Cradle Mountain, then we head to Queenstown, the once mining capital of Tasmania. Visit the Queenstown Mining Museum and stay in the historic mansion called “Penghana,” a striking example of late Victorian architecture built in 1898.
Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railroad from Queenstown to Strahan, bird the area before returning to Penghana for another delightful evening at the mansion.
Travel south to Hobart, birding spots like Gould’s Lagoon enroute. Dine at a unique restaurant on the waterfront as we enjoy the comradery of the group on our last evening of the trip.
Travel home or onward.
PRICE of TOUR: $3,995
START DATE: November 7, 2021
DURATION: 14 days
GROUP SIZE: Up to 14
TRIP FOCUS: Birds and Wildlife
A true lover of the natural world, Steve Robertson has been a student of nature his entire life. First, as a little boy, who caught every creature he could for the mini zoo he kept in the garage, then later as an adult, leading scientific research expeditions into some of the most remote regions of the world, searching for rare species in such places as Tasmania, Madagascar and the upper Amazon Basin. With degrees in Wildlife Biology, advanced biology & education, Steve has worked in the field of Environmental Education for over 30 years. From 1998 to 2017, he served as the Education Director for the Audubon Society of Portland, creating a number of innovative programs including International Ecotours, a program that has won hundreds of accolades from around the country. During his time with Audubon, Steve personally designed and led Ecotours to over 20 countries, spanning six continents.
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