Tasmania Wildlife Expedition
Australia, 4 Days From $ 1,950 per person Themes
Eco Wildlife & Nature
Welcome to one of Australia's great walks. Set on Maria Island, a world heritage listed national park just off the east coast of Tasmania, this gentle four day guided walk combines rare Tasmanian wildlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history.
The wildlife you will experience during this adventure is spectacular and abundant. You should see Tasmanian kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas. The unique birdlife includes the endangered forty spotted pardalote, Cape Barren geese (the world's second rarest breed), eagles and numerous sea bird species. The crystal clear waters include protected marine reserves abundant with fish, dolphins, seals and migrating whales.
This expedition is perfect for travelers who want to:
- Combine the short break with a stay Melbourne and/or a walk along the Great Ocean Road
- Travel with expert guides and small groups
- Stay in willderness camps steps from private white sand beaches
- Have an all-inclusive travel experience
Available from October through April
Hiking & Trekking
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
The company is Tasmanian family owned and operated, offering a unique Tasmanian experience that brings to life local history and culture. Working closely with Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, the Expedition has received widespread acclaim for its environmentally friendly practices in protecting this beautiful Island as well as leadership in the local tourism industry.
Guides are chosen for their unique knowledge of Maria Island, which they love to share with you. They're familiar with all the birds, native plants and animals. They've studied the history of Maria Island and the stories associated with it.
The wilderness camping sites are environmentally sensitive and guests sleep in comfortable, twin share tented cabins. The final night is spent at the fully restored, colonial Bernacchi House, which has the charm and facilities of a B&B, including hot showers.
Day 1: Arrival into Hobart & Settle at Casuarina Beach Camp (L,D)
Important Note: Guests need to be in Hobart the evening prior to departure as the pick up from your accommodation will be from 7:30am to take you to the offices so that you can meet your fellow co-walkers and fill up your backpacks.
After a short drive to Triabunna, you'll board a private boat and explore Mercury Passage en route to Shoal Bay on Maria Island's isthmus, arriving in ample time to enjoy stunning views and walk through beautiful forests with abundant wildlife.
You'll relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp, take a swim in the sheltered bay or take one of the optional walks to the stunning Haunted Bay or historic Robey's Farm (with a light day pack). You'll enjoy fresh Tasmanian produce and fine wines in Casuarina Camp before heading to your comfortable cabin. Today's walking is a minimum of 3 km and around 12 km if you choose to undertake one of the optional walks or explore the beaches.
Day 2: Riedle Bay, Shoal Bay and White Gums Camp (B,L,D)
Your morning starts are leisurely and after a relaxed breakfast, there is plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding area before walking from Riedle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay to stroll five fabulous beaches. Explore the convict cells at Point Lesueur and visit an ochre pit at Bloodstone Point – one of the original ochre sources for the Tasmanian Aborigines. Put your feet up at White Gums Camp, where native birds will entertain you while you sip wine on the deck and anticipate dinner before heading to your cabin. Today's walking is 14 km over flat ground and firm sandy beaches.
Day 3: Hopgrounds Beach, Painted Cliffs & Bernacchi House (B,L,D)
After another relaxing start, you will head inland to green forests that are a prime habitat for the endangered 40-Spotted Pardalote. Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs and on to Bernacchi House or continue to the 711-meter summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 3600 views.
Those who head straight to Bernacchi House can enjoy an afternoon hike up Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas – both peak walks are optional and the majority undertaken with a light day pack. Finish the day with a hot shower and beautiful dinner and accommodation in the historic colonial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi. Today's walking is a minimum of 6 km and around 17 km if you choose to undertake one of the peak walks.
Day 4: Darlington, Blue Gum Forest, Fossil Cliffs & Return (B,L)
Today you have some time to enjoy on your own - relax and enjoy the serenity of the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington and walk through the tall Blue Gum forest to the convict brickworks and heritage reservoir and around to the world class Fossil Cliffs.
Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking Darlington then return to Hobart for a last farewell followed by a drop-off at your accommodation. Today's walking is up to the individual and can be done with a light day pack.
A transfer to Hobart airport is available, connecting with flights departing from 6pm. For those on late flights, you will return back to the office to freshen up before dropping you off in Hobart City. You can then have dinner before taking a taxi to the airport (at your own expense).
On the rare occasion when sea conditions make the crossing to and from Maria Island uncomfortable, there may be delays or alternative arrangements will be made.
Each night, guests enjoy a three course gourmet meal with fine wine by candlelight, with an emphasis on local Tasmanian producers.
Other Necessary Information
The US Dollar rate quoted above is for planning purposes based on current exchange rates. The actual trip price is in Australian Dollars and starts at AUD $2,300 per person.
Guests are required to carry their own packs containing all personal possessions and a lunch box between camps. Trips cater for clients who can walk 10-15 km a day carrying light daypacks of 5-8kg. Participants over 70 require a medical certificate.
There is no power at the camps on nights 1 & 2 – we recommend that cameras, etc. are fully charged prior to starting your walk or that you bring extra batteries with you.
- Mobile service coverage can be patchy, or depending on your carrier not available, in some areas on the island. We like to encourage guests to leave their mobile phones in Hobart - in the case of emergencies our guides will have phones that can be used. If you need to have yours with you whilst you walk we ask that you keep it on silent.
Luggage for before and after the walk:
- The guiding company can safely store any extra luggage that you may have while you are on the island. In the event that you need to access your luggage prior to your return to Hobart or for airport drop-off, they can arrange for it to be with the driver when you meet the bus on your return from Maria Island.
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