Tasmania’s Enigmatic Wildlife

Australia’s Tasmania

October 24 - November 4, 2017
Cost: $4,950*
Leader: Nick Mooney
Group Size: 8
Days: 12

Safari Overview

*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.

HIGHLIGHTS
• 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



Print Trip Safari Options
Date Description Lodge Meals
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

Our Trip Leaders

Nick Mooney

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.

Detailed Itinerary

A glimpse into our journey

Travel to Tasmania, Australia

Oct 24 - 25

Travelers flying west across the International Dateline will lose one day.

Arrive in Hobart, Tasmania

Oct 26

Australian Sea Lion

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.)

Bruny Island

Oct 27 - 28

Bennet's Wallaby by Debbie Thompson

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.

Return to Hobart

Oct 29

Hobart by Debbie Thompson

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, visit Tasmanian Devil reserve

Oct 30

Tasmanian Devil by Debbie Thompson

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.

Cradle Mountain National Park

Oct 31 - Nov 1

Wombat

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.

Reserves along Tasmania’s north coast

Nov 2 - 3

Platypus by Debbie Thompson

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.

Fly home from Tasmania

Nov 4

Hawley House by Debbie Thompson

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.

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Cost & Payments

Costs (in US$)

Type Cost Per Person
Trip Cost, double occupancy $4,950
Single Supplement $1,260
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 Schedule

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.


Cancellations

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.

Included

  • All leaders, transport, park entry fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional or not included.
  • Lodging for the nights of October 26 through November 3.
  • Meals from breakfast on October 27 through breakfast on November 4.
  • The Bruny Island boat cruise (weather permitting).
  • Airport transfer in Hobart on October 26.
  • One group transfer to Devonport or Hobart on November 4.
  • Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.

Not Included

  • Airfare, airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees. International airfare to/from Tasmania varies by departure point, typically $1,000-$2,800 from the USA.
  • Separate airport transfers.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is, of course, discretionary and is earned, not expected. We suggest budgeting a total of about $15 to $20 per day (about $120 to $160 per participant).
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and trip cancellation insurance. Read more about travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and other bottled beverages, and items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation/Release Form.

Climate

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.

Fitness Level

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.

Flights

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; please contact us before booking flights between safaris.

FAQ

Accommodations

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.

Seasickness

Transportation

Conditions

  • Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
  • Maximum time in nature: We try to spend as much time in nature as possible, sometimes resulting in long days, but giving you a more in-depth experience.
  • Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather or road conditions.
  • Additional forms: For some of our tours, you may be asked to fill out additional forms (e.g., medical questionnaire).
  • Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but it is important to understand and accept the risks, both medical and logistical. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but because we are often far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this tour. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs, since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your deposit and signed Reservation/Release Form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.