Tasmania Loop

Jump on the Share Bus to explore the incredible natural wonders of Tasmania, including bays, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls.

Meet us in Hobart to begin your adventure! This trip goes for 14 days and 14 nights.

Tasmania is a photographer and nature lover’s dream! There are so many natural wonders packed into this island. It’s almost like a hybrid between Australia and New Zealand. Meet in Hobart, and enjoy this beautiful city. You start your loop around the island, heading east. At first you can visit historic Port Arthur with its prison from the 1800s. There are a few great hikes in the area, and interesting geological structures, as well as a zoo for Tasmanian Devils. Head into the nearby peninsula and check the beautiful nature there. Then continue the loop east. You’ll see the amazing Bay of Fires, and famous Wineglass Bay and enjoy relaxing, swimming, viewing lookouts and hiking at these places. Stop by Launceston to sample wines, see an incredibly beautiful town and the Cataract Gorge. Then continue along the coast. One of the biggest highlights will be visiting the world heritage listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain. Then head back to Hobart slowly. Stop to see some waterfalls, and if you have time you could also visit Bruny Island. Finally, head back to the capital city of Hobart with your new trip mates.

Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkeling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights. This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, sharing the driving, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with other 1 or 2 travellers. The target age group is 18-35.

Things to note

Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus. We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you. You are all sharing the driving, cooking and trip planning (but you have a comprehensive guidebook to help) You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’. Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+ Once you book you will be given a full guide with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, as well as recommended sights to see. Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch. Be prepared for the tough weather! Please limit luggage to 20kg and two bags.
Trip Highlights

  • Cradle Mountain
  • The east coast of Tasmania with the Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay and Binalong Bay
  • Hobart: beautiful city by a beach and the mountain
  • Waterfalls, untouched nature and wildlife

Inclusions

General inclusions

  • Your Toyota Hiace Minibus, to drive to the places you choose (but not on 4WD roads!)
  • Fully equipped trailer with everything you need for camping, cooking, and fun
  • Consumables such as: toilet paper, oil, salt and pepper, gas, bin bags
  • Recommended itinerary (but you have freedom!)
  • Guide (for activities and camping locations – both free and pay sites)
  • Fuel consumption for unlimited km
  • Comprehensive insurance with roadside assistance
  • Special discounts on activities and accomodation

Trip-specific inclusions

  • National Park Entries
  • Last night in a hostel

Exclusions

  • Most accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of free camps, or budget pay camps
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons
  • Guide: it’s just you and fellow “rentees” driving this minibus. Enjoy!

Recommended itinerary

Day 01/02 Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula

Head to the Tasman Peninsula, taking time to view various coastal lookout points, until you reach Port Arthur. It is the best preserved convict site in Australia and deserves some time. However, the whole Tasman Peninsula is beautiful and has excellent hiking. Head to Fortescue Bay (also a pretty beach) and start the Cape Hauy track to do a fantastic hike and get a view from the top of the tallest sea cliffs in Australia. Other hiking is available though if that sounds too difficult for you!

Day 03/04 Great Eastern Drive and Freycinet National Park

Head up the east coast. If you can plan it in, definitely go to Maria Island for very nice hiking and old convict buildings (which feel much less commercial than Port Arthur). It’s also covered in wombats and other wildlife. Otherwise, you can view other coastal spots until you reach Freycinet. Freycinet has many different hiking options, but the most famous is the Wineglass Bay lookout. You can also hike down to Wineglass bay, if you don’t mind hiking back up.

Day 05 Bay of Fires

Head to Binalong Bay; to start your exploration of the Bay of Fires. You will find many different beaches you can stop at; all with firey red rocks, white sand and beautiful clear blue water. However the best swimming spot would be Binalong Bay (the town before the drive up the beaches). Although the best exploring is at the other beaches – and there are many beachside free camps in this area!

Day 06/07: Launceston

Head into Launceston. Spend one day in town, and see the Cataract Gorge located right in the middle of town. Then spend another day to head North to explore the area and wineries along the river. If you drive right up to Narwantapu National Park, you’ll be able to see many animals come out at night.

Day 08/09: Cradle Mountain

Drive up to Cradle Mountain. If you have time within your plans, you can also view some interesting glow worm caves before going up the mountain. On Cradle Mountain you will have a choice of many hikes depending on what you want to see and what your fitness level is (plus also the weather!). Definitely keep an eye on the weather, as its only worth going up to the top if its a clear day! Otherwise you can check out Dove Lake or do another hike

Day 10/11: West Coast Tasmania

Drive around the west coast of Tasmania with the aim to arrive in Lake St Clair. On the way there you can stop to see some nice views and many waterfalls. Once in Lake St Clair you can choose another hike to do. There’s a chance you could spot a platypus on the platypus viewing trail – best seen early in the morning, or late in the afternoon.

Day 12: Mount Field National Park

A nice national park not too far from Tasmania. You’ll be able to see some beautiful nature, and if you do the whole hike you can see 3 or 4 waterfalls. Nearby you can also visit a cave, or go pick up some fresh Tasmanian berries (pick your own, or just buy)

Day 13/14: South Tasmania and Bruny Island

Head South. You can stop by Hartz Mountains or head straight to Bruny Island to camp there the night. We recommend camping at the Neck where you will see penguins come out at night! On Bruny you can enjoy more beautiful beaches and natures, as well as taste some delicious food like Oysters or cheese. Then head back to Hobart on Day 14 and celebrate the end of your trip

Trip details

Tasmania Loop

Trip length: 14 days

Prices:
Early bird: $598 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $631

Start Date:

  • TBA from October 2020

Discounts

Discounts are available:

  • if you book more than 4 weeks in advance
  • for groups of friends travelling together
  • if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip

Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.

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