The Big 3 Tour From Hobart to Launceston

3 days, 3 epic tour destinations

 

The BIG 3 Tasmania tour starts in Hobart and fnishes in Launceston.This incredible 3 day adventure takes in 3 of the most beautiful and iconic tourist attractions here in Tasmania - visit historic Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay & Cradle Mountain national park all in just 3 action packed days! ...

See the BIG 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days!

During 3 action packed days, our BIG 3 Tasmania tour explores some of our Island’s most scenic and world-renowned locations.  Visit the world heritage Port Arthur Historic Site and enjoy the action of a Tasmanian Devil feeding.  Visit local historic towns, taste delicious local products and enjoy some fascinating stories along the way.  We walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout for some of the world’s best coastal scenery. Keep your eyes open and your footsteps light to encounter our local animals in the wild.  Finally, we finish our trip in Launceston after a huge day out at Cradle Mountain, an area of immense grandeur with amazing walks and scenery.  Enjoy the diverse scenery, abundant wildlife and huge ACTIVE and fun days exploring the BIG 3 Tasmania with our amazing guides. 

Day 1:  Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils
Departs Hobart at 7.30am, Returns Hobart 6.00pm
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)

Day 1:  Highlights

  • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (2.5 hours)
  • Explore the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
  • Experience the ferocious action of a Tasmanian Devil feeding!
  • Photograph spectacular views from the Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk (easy grade, 2km)
  • See the Tasman National Park highlights – Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch
  • Enjoy the stories from Pirates Bay Lookout, Eaglehawk Neck & The “Dogline”
  • Sample the local chocolates made at Federation Chocolate Factory
  • Visit historic Richmond Village
  • Enjoy the spectacular view at a local Hobart City lookout

Day 2:  Hobart to Launceston via Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
Departs Hobart 7.30am, Returns Launceston 6.30 - 7.00pm (bring your bags today!)
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)

Day 2:  Highlights

  • Explore Freycinet National Park (4+ hours)
  • Walk to the spectacular Wineglass Bay Lookout (moderate uphill walk 45 mins)
  • Choose the option to extend your walk to the white sands of Wineglass Bay (longer walking option 2.5 hours)
  • Visit the highlights of Freycinet National Park - Honeymoon Bay & Sleepy Bay
  • Take in the spectacular 360 degree views on the Cape Tourville Lighthouse Walk (easy 20 mins)
  • Enjoy some fresh oysters at Freycinet Marine Farm
  • Reward yourself with local hand-crafted ice cream or a famous Tasmanian Scallop Pie at the end of the day!

Day 3:  Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Departs Launceston 7.30am, Returns Launceston 6.30 - 7.00pm
(Final day – returning to your Launceston accommodation around 6.30pm)

Day 3:  Highlights

  • Explore Cradle Mountain National Park & World Heritage Area (4-5 hours)
  • Stand on the shore of the spectacular setting of Dove Lake
  • Enjoy some short introductory walks and interpretation to the area
  • Walk along the “Rainforest City” & “Pencil Pine Falls” tracks
  • Take on the Dove Lake circuit walk (easy grade 2-3 hours)
  • Or, take on the harder walk to the lofty views of Marion’s Lookout (medium grade 2-3 hours)
  • Explore the historic Weindorfers Chalet
  • Walk amongst the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfers Forest Walk
  • Visit Sheffield the ‘Town of Murals’ with over 30 murals painted across the town showing the history of the area.


 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 8

Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness

What's included

  • National Park entrance fees
  • Wildlife park entrance fees
  • Professional guides & interpretative walks
  • Small, friendly groups
  • Central city Hotel/Hostel pick up and drop off

What To Bring

  • Sensible shoes for walking
  • A variety of warm & weatherproof clothing
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Large water bottle, snacks, lunch (or buy it on the day)
  • Camera
  • Sense of adventure
  • On day 2: Bring all your luggage!

Itinerary

Day 1 : Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils
We take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, and along the short but spectacular Waterfall Bay Clifftop Track. This is one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”, around 45 minutes, concluding at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Next stop is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. We arrive here for the action of a Tasmanian Devil Feeding. Watch the snarling, fighting and bone crushing in a spectacle of devilish behaviour during the feeding. Hand feed the wallabies and walk amongst the local fauna and flora in the charming “Unzoo” setting. Just a short drive down the road, we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you have around 2.5 hours to explore the site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with Port Arthur’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”. On our return to Hobart, we make a stop at Federation Chocolate with a variety of chocolate flavours to sample. Further along we arrive in the late afternoon into historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted! Last but not least, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city. We drop you back to your Hobart CBD accommodation around 6.00pm.
Meals :None

Day 2 : Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay has been voted many times among the top beaches of the world. Pink granite mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and walking trails. Travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as you make your way along the East Coast of Tasmania heading towards Freycinet National Park. On arrival at Freycinet, walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where your guide will help you take those sought-after photographs. From the Lookout, you have the option to return to the start of the walk with our tour guide, or for the keen walkers you can choose to spend the rest of your time completing the walk down to Wineglass beach (2.5-hours return). If you choose to travel with our guide, we will explore more of the National Park and visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville lookout and Great Short Walk. After 4 to 5-hours at Freycinet National Park you will then continue your journey onto Launceston.
Meals :None

Day 3 : Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning world heritage listed area. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day. After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural. We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before us. We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here we can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views. For the more active, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This walk is well rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area. Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk. Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience. On our return to Launceston, we stop and sample some local tasty products at the award winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory. We return to Launceston around 6.30 – 7.00pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day
Meals :None

Pickups

The BIG 3 Tasmania operates as follows:

Day 1: Departs Hobart 7.30am, Returns Hobart around 6.00pm (overnight Hobart accommodation by own arrangement)

Day 2:  Departs Hobart at 7.30am, Returns to Launceston around 7.00pm (overnight Launceston accommodation by own arrangement)  **Bring luggage onboard today**

Day 3:  Departs Launceston at 7.30am, Returns to Launceston around 7.00pm

Each tour day, pick up commences from 7.00am from central Hobart - Hotels/Backpackers.  Please ensure this is all arranged in advance so pick up times can be confirmed at the time of booking.

Seasonal departures as follows:

Departs: Monday, Wednesday and Friday (1 Nov - 30 April)

Departs: Wednesday and Friday (1 May - 30 Oct)

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Available Extras

There are no additional charges.

Please note meals/snacks are not included but we do offer a stop along the way in a regional town to purchase a bakery style take away lunch. 

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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On this 3-day tour, you will explore the big highlights of Tasmania. Three day tours are being combined to give you the best experience possible. Discover the beautiful scenery and famous wildlife in an adventurous and fun tour.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On TRip Advisor

    Day 1 of the tour involved me being picked up at The Rydges Hotel in Hobart at 07:00. The day included Pirates Bay, Waterfall Bay, Tasmanian Unzoo, Port Arthur Historic Site, Harbour Cruise, Chocolate Factory visit, Richmond & Hobart Lookout. Throughout the day my driver, Connor was a font of knowledge. He was extremely friendly and went the extra mile to make sure the day was a complete success. Well done Connor, it was a pleasure to me you.

    On Trip Advisor
    On Trip Advisor

    We joined the Big3 tour. At each day there’s a different driver cum tour guide.

    Port Arthur was with Daniel which is a good start because he is very knowledgeable. He gave a lot of info about Tasmania and then all the way to Port Arthur. He never stopped talking! We had a lot of good stops. The stop at the zoo we appreciated so much especially when we saw a lot, and I mean a lot of kangaroos whom you can feed. They are so cute! We really appreciated it because when we did a tour at Sydney we saw only couple of kangaroos. Also the Tasmanian devil is not to be missed!

    Wineglass tour was with David. He’s a funny person. Not as knowledgeable as Daniel as his stay in Tasmania is only a year. But he’s fun he keeps everybody in the bus awake and interacts nicely. He will actually call your name and ask questions which keeps us awake. We changed bus on the way to Launceston and we had Graeme as the driver guide. Graeme is a serious person :). Also didn’t talk much, I Guess because there’s nothing much to see at the Long drive to Launceston.

    Cradle Mountain tour is with Rod. He’s a sweet, old guy. He gave us good infos along the way and at the stops. He’s a very sweet and nice person :)

    Overall the tour is awesome! A lot of good stops!

    On Trip Advisor

    I did the big 3 tour from Hobart to Launceston. It was a good tour, I would recommend it for people who don’t want to drive around, you just sit on the van and the guides take you to the different places. I liked the fact that we were given the option to go on different hikes individually and didn’t have to do the same thing as everyone else in the group. All the guides were good and very nice. I particularly liked Connor, who had lots of stories about Tasmania that he told us about while we were in the van travelling between the different sites.