Tasmania’s best guided day walks

10 days of fantastic guided walking tour of some of Tasmania’s most iconic trails. Comfortable accommodation, all meals. $3,690pp – 10 days ex Hobart, most moderate terrain, 90km

Find out why Tasmania is regarded as Australia’s bush walking Mecca by so many who’ve visited. Over ten days, starting and finishing in Hobart, we’ll drive around the island, stopping to walk Tasmania’s best day walks. Staying in a range of comfortable accommodation, from motel-style rooms to chalets and cabins, this tour is a wonderful way to take in this tiny but mighty island.

Tasmania’s best guided day walks tour at a glance:

  • NO CAMPING OR HEAVY BACKPACKS.
  • 3-4 Star accommodation.
  • 10 days – seven full day walks and a couple of short leg-stretchers
  • Includes the very best bits of the Overland Track, Three Capes Track and Maria Island walk
  • Start and finish in Hobart, Tasmania
  • Moderate to challenging walks, often with steep ascents and descents
  • 2 professional guides
  • Air conditioned mini bus
  • Small group size (maximum 14)

Tour Length:
10 days
Distance walked:
Various distances
Difficulty:
Moderate to challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
14 – 23. Nov 2017
9 – 18. Feb 2018
23. Feb – 4. Mar 2018
2 – 11. Nov 2018
21 – 30. Nov 2018
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Highlights of this walk

Incredible and varied scenic beauty – from mountain vistas to towering dolerite cliffs to cool moss-covered forests, Tasmania has it all. The walks are mostly challenging, but with challenge comes the satisfying reward of achievement and splendid vistas that will buoy your spirit to remember. Also, there are echidnas and wombats.

 

Walking Tour Itinerary

Your guides will lead you through the natural wonders and a selection of the best day walks in Tasmania, enhancing your understanding of the nature and history of the areas you visit, making sure that everything goes smoothly. Each night we stay in comfortable accommodation to enjoy a shower and a good night’s sleep. We will enjoy our evening meal in a local restaurant each night.

Please note, the plan may alter depending on weather conditions and local advice.

Day 1: Lady Barron Walk + the Needles

Day 1: Lady Barron Walk + the Needles

2hrs + 2-3hrs

We leave early from Hobart and head west to Mt Field National Park. An easy introductionary walk through a forest of towering tree ferns, moss and lichens leads us to the beautiful Russell Falls – one of the prettiest in Tasmania. We will then continue on this easy circuit back to the visitor’s centre.

After a bite of lunch, we will head to the Needles for short but steep walk with some amazing views. Choose to hit the summit or relax just below with a cup of tea.

Happy and tired after our first day exploring, we’ll settle in for the next two nights at Giants Table Cottages in Maydena. Take a stroll down to the platypus ponds to see if you can spot one of these unusual creatures.

Meals: L, D

Day 2: The Tarn Shelf Walk, Mt Field

Day 2: The Tarn Shelf Walk, Mt Field

Approx 5 hrs

Today its back to Mt Field to do the park’s flagship walk. A steep drive up to Lake Dobson brings us to the start from where we will get up to and along the Tarn Shelf. A bit of a climb gets us up to the small mountain lakes, or tarns, of the Rodway Range, with magnificent views over the glacier-formed landscape.

You will think you are in the Lord of the Rings as we pass through this amazing country. Lunch will be in one of the high country huts, before we enter a more wooded part of the trail and back to the Lake Dobson.

We’ll head back to our accommodation at the Giants Table Cottages in Maydena for a second night.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: Overland Track, Lake St Clair - Cynthia Bay to Echo Point

Day 3: Overland Track, Lake St Clair – Cynthia Bay to Echo Point

11.2km

It’s a couple of hours drive to Lake St Clair where we’ll take a fairly easy walk on the iconic Overland Track.  We will take the ferry to Echo Point and walk back to the main settlement alongside the picturesque lake.  We walk through an enchanting temperate rainforest. Sassafras, myrtle, celery-top pine and leatherwood provide a thick canopy for the moses, lichens and fungi below.

Our accommodation for the next two nights is in the very nice cabins at Lake St Clair and we’ll eat together at the Lake St Clair Lodge.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Mt Rufus Circuit or Shadow Lake Circuit

Day 4: Mt Rufus Circuit or Shadow Lake Circuit

18.5km or 15km

A challenging but amazing day walking the Mt Rufus circuit awaits us! This 18.5km walk takes us through a wide variety of vegetation and landscapes as we make our way up to the summit of Mt Rufus. From the summit the views over the surrounding mountain ranges are sensational.

There is an option for those who want a shorter day to do the Shadow Lake Circuit. This reduces the walk by about 2 hours and cuts out most of the vertical ascent.

At the end of the day we can walk straight into our Lake St Clair cabins and enjoy a rejuvenating shower.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5: travel day - we're off to Cradle Mountain

Day 5: travel day – we're off to Cradle Mountain

Today is a mainly driving day, good for recovering after yesterday’s strenuous walk and before tomorrow’s walk around Cradle Mountain.

First stop is The Wall – a work in progress by sculptor Greg Duncan, depicting the history of Tasmania’s central highlands in a series of carved wood panels. It’s an amazing feat of creativity and work that needs to be seen.

We’ll stretch our legs with a walk to Donaghys Lookout before heading to Queenstown for lunch and then on to Cradle Mountain for the evening. The views of the passing landscape are absolutely incredible as we drive.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park

Meals: B,L,D

Day 6: Overland Track, Cradle Mountain area

Day 6: Overland Track, Cradle Mountain area

Approx 5hrs

Depending on the weather and the energy levels of the group, there are a number of options for today’s walk. We’ll enjoy imposing mountain vistas, pristine glacial lakes, vast buttongrass plains, freezing cascades and an all round fantastic day of walking. This is a fairly busy park – and we’ll see why!  This is the start point of the world renown Overland track.

It’s a short drive out of the park to our 2nd night at the Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 7: To the east coast we go

Day 7: To the east coast we go

Today we say goodbye to the wild mountain country and hello to the beautiful east coast of Tasmania.

We’ll stop in at some lovely small towns along the way where you might pick up a souvenir or two, or enjoy the local coffee shops and bakeries. Some of Tasmania’s best wineries can be found near the east coast and, time permitting, we’ll drop into one or two and sample a drop.

Our accommodation for the next two nights is at the lovely seaside town of Swansea at the Swansea Motor Inn.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 8: Cape Freycinet, Wineglass Bay Circuit

Day 8: Cape Freycinet, Wineglass Bay Circuit

11.5km

The view over Coles Bay toward the Hazard Range Freycinet Peninsular draws us in to this iconic national park.

Enjoy a gorgeous 11.5km circuit walk which takes in the white sand beach of Wineglass Bay and the equally beautiful Hazards Beach on the other side of the Cape Freycinet isthmus.

After our walk, and perhaps an icy but refreshing swim, we head back to Swansea, our home for the evening again.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 9: Maria Island Walk

Day 9: Maria Island Walk

12km

A quick ferry ride and we are at the beautiful Maria Island Tasmania.  There are are few options today but the most scenic is a challenging but rewarding climb up Mt Bishop and Clerk. The walk is steep but the views from the dolerite columns at the summit of the mountain are sensational. The forested section of path offers delightful walking, with glimpses of ocean beyond the sheer cliffs.

For those wanting an easy day, there’s plenty to explore including the Painted Cliffs, the Fossil Cliffs and the old Darlington settlement, which has seen many transformations over the years.

After our ferry trip back to the mainland we’ll head south to the historic town of Port Arthur for our final night together.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 10: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsular, Cape Huay

Day 10: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsular, Cape Huay

8km

Our last walk, on the Tasman Peninsular, is nothing short of spectacular.  Part of the Three Capes Track, as we’ve come to expect from Tasmania, there are up’s and there are downs and there are absolutely incredible views to marvel at.

As we walk along Cape Huay the promontory narrows and the views get better and better. Massive dolerite cliffs descend vertically into the ocean on either side, making this an exciting walk to finish on.

After lunch we’ll head back into Hobart, arriving late afternoon.

Meals: B,L

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc. See the PDF file for printing

Accommodation

During our time in Tasmania we’ll stay in variety of accommodation from comfortable, self contained cottages and cabins to motel style rooms. Accommodation is on a double or twin share basis. A limited number of single supplements are available – please let us know if you would like this option when booking.

2 nights: Giants Table Cottages

Comfortable self-contained cottages and houses in the little mountain town of  Maydena, situated in the beautiful Derwent Valley region of South West Tasmania. We will spread out over two or three cottages, and enjoy dinner in the onsite restaurant.

2 nights: Lake St Clair Cabins

Staying within a few hundred metres of the lake itself, this is a real gem! Rimmed by mountains and forest, Lake St Clair is a real highlight of Tasmania. We will spread out across a number of chalets in park grounds and enjoy dinner together in the lodge’s excellent restaurant for meals.

2 nights: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park – cabins

Located on the perimeter of the World-Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, home of the famous Cradle Mountain in Tasmania’s Western Wilderness. We’ll spread out over a number of basic but comfortable self contained cabins. We’ll enjoy our evening meals at the Cradle Mountain Lodge tavern bar and bistro.

2 nights: Swansea Motor Inn

Swansea Motor Inn overlooks the Great Oyster Bay with the renowned Hazards of Freycinet National Park in the distance. Watch the sun rise over the water and pelicans fishing near the beach in the afternoon. We’ll head to the Bark Mill Tavern for a generous and hearty dinner.

1 night: Port Arthur Motel

The motel is situated right next door to the Port Arthur historic settlement. The dining room, where we will have dinner and breakfast, overlooks the ruins of the settlement itself.

What to bring

We will send you a list of recommended clothing and equipment when you book.

Food

All meals are included unless indicated in the itinerary.

Breakfast comprises cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads with juice, tea and coffee.

Lunch is self-made from supplied breads, salads and meats.

We’ll eat dinner at various local establishments close to, or at, our accommodation. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Each day we provide morning tea whilst out on a walk and fruit is available for snacks. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks (e.g. muesli bars, nuts) if you feel you need them. There will be some limited opportunity to purchase additional supplies and alcohol throughout the tour.

Your out of pocket expenses for this trip include snacks and alcohol.

Transport

We’ll use a comfortable 12 seat, air conditioned commuter bus for the tour.

This walk includes

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All meals, using fresh Tasmanian produce where possible

Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner are included each day throughout the tour. A couple of dinners are at your own expense, as indicated on the itinerary

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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Maria Island and Lake St Clair ferry

We’ll take to the water to access two of our fabulous walks

Minibus transport throughout Tasmania

Watch the scenery glide by from the comfort of our air conditioned vehicle

National Park entrance fees

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious dinner at a restaurant with the group.

What people have said

Another great trip with Inspiration Outdoors to add to one’s bucket list. Tassie is a wonderful place to visit, not only for the fabulous hiking and scenery but also the wildlife, history, art, food and wine. Make sure you spend some time in Hobart either before or after your trip as there is so much there to see and enjoy. Thanks Simon, Emily and Adam – I loved every minute of it.

Anne, Tasmania 2015

Being on the first Inspiration Outdoors walking tour to Tasmania was a very beautiful, enjoyable and privileged experience. Some days were challenging but the views were stunning. Emily, Simon and Adam were so passionate about showing us Tasmania, and their organisation of our itinerary was perfect. I highly recommend Inspiration Outdoors.

Sandra, Tasmania 2015

Pricing

$3,690 pp twin share. Single supplement available.

$350 to hold your place

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We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
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