Travel to Tasmania, Australia
Oct 24 - 25
Travelers flying west across the International Dateline will lose one day.
*Get $350 off your two-trip total when combining this safari with our South Australia safari on October 16 - 27, 2017 that includes the Red Outback and Kangaroo Island, for over two weeks of incredible wildlife action.
Encounter some of Australia’s most unusual and endangered wildlife while exploring the island state of Tasmania. Learn about marsupials, egg-laying mammals, and other strange species in Tassie’s numerous National Parks and scenic reserves. Challenge your senses and sense of adventure with night explorations for Little Penguins, quolls, and bandicoots. Discover the endangered Tasmanian Devil, learn about conservation efforts, and see and hear them in action as they devour a meal. Spend eight wildlife-filled days traversing Tasmania, from Bruny Island to Cradle Mountain and Narawntapu National Parks. Experience the animals indigenous to the Land Down Under with Nick Mooney’s expert and entertaining leadership.
• Get $350 off your two-trip when combining this safari with our South Australia safari, that includes the Red Outback and Kangaroo Island, for over two weeks of incredible wildlife action.
• Observe many endangered species, including a visit to a Tasmanian Devil reserve to witness the nocturnal behaviors of these carnivorous marsupials.
• Photograph iconic Australian mammals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and the strange egg-laying Platypus.
• Search for endemic birds such as the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Grey Goshawk, and the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote.
• Experience night spotting for Little Penguin, pademelons, possums, bandicoots, and bettongs.
Contact us if you’re interested in extensions to the Great Barrier Reef (snorkeling or diving), O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Western Australia, or other destinations Down Under.
Itinerary updated: April 2017
|Oct 24 - 25||Travel to Australia (lose a day if flying west across the International Dateline).|
|Oct 26||Arrive in Hobart, Tasmania.||Hotel in Hobart|
|Oct 27 - 28||Ferry to Bruny Island for endemics. Enjoy a boat cruise and night spotting for Little Penguin and marsupials.||Cottages on Bruny Island||B, L, D|
|Oct 29||Return to Hobart. Visit wildlife reserves and search for Eastern-barred Bandicoot and Tasmanian Bettong.||Old Woolstore Hotel, Hobart||B, L, D|
|Oct 30||Travel to Bicheno on east coast for night viewing at Tasmanian Devil reserve.||Best Western Beachfront, Bicheno||B, L, D|
|Oct 31 - Nov 1||Travel to Cradle Mountain National Park. Search for echidna and other wildlife and take in views of Dove Lake.||Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain||B, L, D|
|Nov 2 - 3||Visit reserves along Tasmania’s north coast for Platypus and excellent birding. See Forrester Kangaroo and Common Wombat in Narawntapu National Park.||Hawley House, Hawley Beach||B, L, D|
|Nov 4||Fly home from Tasmania or extend your trip.||B|
Nick has been involved in studying and managing Tasmania’s wildlife for many years. Starting as a raptor specialist, he diversified into sea birds, whales, and marsupial carnivores. He is best known for his work with the Tasmanian Devil, learning about the diseases facing them and educating area farmers about the benefits they provide. Nick is a keen educator and hopes to increase public appreciation of wildlife through training and guiding.
Travelers flying west across the International Dateline will lose one day.
Arrive in Hobart, Tasmania for an overnight at our hotel. (Participants continuing from our South Australia safari will overnight in Adelaide on October 26 and fly to Hobart on October 27. See South Australia safari itinerary.)
Drive south from Hobart and take the vehicle ferry to Bruny Island where we will visit a private wildlife reserve that provides habitat for all twelve of Tasmania’s endemic bird species, including the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, as well as Swift Parrot, Wedge-tailed Eagle, and Grey Goshawk. Explore Bruny Island’s heathland, tall eucalyptus forests, and cool temperate rainforest in search of Short-beaked Echidna, the rare albino form of Bennett’s Wallaby, and a variety of birds. A three-hour eco-cruise (subject to weather conditions) will give us an opportunity to see Bruny’s rugged coastlines and marine life, such as albatross, dolphins, and whales, and an Australian Fur Seal haul-out site. Take a night drive on a quest for Eastern Quoll, Tasmanian Pademelon, and Brushtail Possum, and a short night walk will lead to the beachside burrows of Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters.
Travel back to Hobart, exploring wildlife reserves en route. Tonight we will visit a local reserve where there is a good chance of viewing Eastern-barred Bandicoot and Tasmanian Bettong.
Travel to Bicheno on the east coast of Tasmania, with stops en route including Freycinet National Park and the colonial town of Richmond. We will visit some spectacular beaches and pass Moulting Lagoon, a wetland of international importance. This evening we have a unique opportunity to observe natural nocturnal behavior of the endangered Tasmanian Devil in a large, free-range enclosure. Our visit to this reserve helps support the Save the Tasmanian Devil program through insuring adequate numbers of healthy devils in captivity and maintaining maximum genetic diversity for release back into the wild.
Head west to Cradle Mountain with several stops en route to view wildlife, including waterfowl and raptors. This afternoon, we’ll arrive at our lodge adjacent to the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. During our stay in this area we will visit iconic Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake and night spot for Common Wombat and Short-beaked Echidna. We’ll take short walks throughout the cool temperate rainforest and adjoining grasslands to see a variety of ancient plants, most of which are only found in Tasmania. The grounds around our lodge are home to pademelons and wallabies, as well as a range of wet forest bird species such as Pink Robin and the endemic Scrubtit.
Spend two days visiting the best wildlife reserves on Tasmania’s northern coast. Warrawee Forest Reserve is a well-protected native gum forest along the Forth River offering not only the chance to see Platypus, but also great birding with Green Rosella, robins, wrens, and honeyeaters. Explore Narawntapu National Park for Forester Kangaroo. At Hawley Beach, we’ll take a night walk to search for Little Penguin, Southern Brown Bandicoot, and Common Ringtail Possum, and enjoy a two-night stay at the exquisite Hawley House luxury ranch-style bed and breakfast with historic antiques and beautiful gardens to relax in.
We’ll transfer as a group from Hawley House to the airport for your flights home (or contact us about logistics if you’d like to extend your stay in Tasmania). Travelers flying east across the International Dateline will gain one day, arriving home on the same day you depart.
Encounter some of Australia’s most unusual and endangered wildlife while exploring the island state of Tasmania.
|Type||Cost Per Person|
|Trip Cost, double occupancy||$4,950|
|Get $350 off your two-trip total cost when combining our Tasmania and South Australia safaris||$350 off|
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation or change in exchange rate. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement fee. Single rooms are subject to availability.
|Payment||Due Date||Amount Per Person|
|Deposit||Due now to reserve your space||$500|
|Second||December 1, 2016||$1,000|
|Final||May 15, 2017||Remaining Balance|
Payments will be due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
Tasmania has a temperate climate that varies greatly across the island. Daytime temperatures in the spring (September to November) typically range from 55˚F to 65˚F. Nighttime temperatures usually range from 45˚F to 50˚F, with occasional colder nights in highest elevations. There should be plenty of sunshine, but be prepared for sudden rainstorms, especially in the temperate rainforests of the Cradle Mountain region.
Walks are typically no more than one or two miles and will be at slow pace with frequent stops to observe and photograph. You should be able to get in and out of the bus reasonably well and carry all of your own luggage, although a porter may be able to assist you at times.
Airfare is not included in the tour cost. Detailed flight information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in Hobart, Australia by October 26. For those flying west across the International Dateline, you will lose a day, so you’ll need to leave home by October 24. Depart from Tasmania on November 4, unless you prefer to extend your stay. For those going back east across the International Dateline, you’ll gain a day and arrive home on the same day. There are two airport departure options in Tasmania (Devonport and Hobart) and we will provide logistical details after registration.
Participants arriving from South Australia safari: For those combining our two Australia safaris, you’ll fly from Adelaide to Hobart on October 27 to join the Tasmania safari. We will provide flight details after registration;
Our lodging ranges from basic motel to historic house with breathtaking views, depending on what is available in the remote locations we travel to for the best wildlife. Rooms will have private baths with possible exception at Bruny Island where there may be shared baths, depending on the makeup of the group.