Western Explorer: to the Edge of the World

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from £1537 9 nights | Year round Exc. flights See price details
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This wonderful off the beaten track tour of Tasmania's wild west coast allows you to immerse yourself in places and people that changed the course of history. Your journey will take you to the UNESCO World heritage Area that started the first green movement in 1982 and to the ancient coast and very rare temperate rainforest of the Tarkine.


  • Explore the wild west remote coast and the unique pristine wilderness of the Tarkine
  • Try your hand at fly fishing in remote and pristine landscapes
  • Be enthralled by breathtaking scenery and wonderful National Parks
  • Experience historic sites of cultural and pioneering significance
  • See Tasmanian Devils, platypus and endemic birds in the heavenly setting of Mountain Valley (tours included)

For those especially interested in Tasmania's fascinating birds and wildlife the best time to visit is during October-November.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Days 1-2: Hobart
Collect your rental vehicle today. Drive to the summit of Mt Wellington for amazing views, enjoy a scenic flight and visit to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) (optional, at extra cost). Entry is included to the wonderful Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, the state's top sanctuary where all rescued animals and birds are rehabilitated and released. Also included is a small group tour seeing the beind the scenes of the feeding process. Birding enthusiasts should take a half day or day tour to see the Orange-bellied parrot which only breeds in the vast, uninhabited South West National Park from mid-October to March.
Overnight: Salamanca Wharf Hotel, Hobart Waterfront (self-catering apartment).
Day 3: Tarraleah (126 km)
You can make the drive to Strahan in a day but it is at least four to five hours on a very winding route and there are many worthwhile stops. Must do stops include the Mount Field National Park and magnificent Russell Falls and Tall Trees Walk. Stay overnight at the Cottages at Tarraleah and perhaps try a spot of fly fishing for brown trout which arrived from England 150 years ago (optional, at extra cost).
Overnight: The Cottages at Tarraleah (room only, self-contained with bar/restaurant nearby)
Days 4-5: Strahan (175 km)
Enjoy some breathtaking scenery before arriving in Strahan. This is the gateway to Tasmania's stunning western wilderness and the last major tract of temperate rainforest left on our planet. The Bonnet Island penguin tour will take you to the huge little penguin colony and a cruise on the mysterious Gordon River to the harshest of all Australia's penal colonies, Sarah Island (tours included).
Overnights: Ormiston House (Breakfast included)
Days 6-7: The Road to Nowhere - Strahan to Stanley (252 km)
Adventure beckons as you travel on the road few visitors take, driving the Western Explorer along the coast to the fishing village of Stanley. Your journey will take you through the remote Arthur-Pieman conservation area where you take the Fatman Barge across the Pieman River – here you are not likely to see another soul!

Much of the road here is unsealed, though recently upgraded. An alternate route is the "tourist trail" from Strahan, skirting Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Must do adventures in this true wilderness include a visit to Highfield House, an historic site, the Tarkine Rainforest and a trip with Arthur River cruises to the Edge of the World (optional, at extra cost).
Overnights: Stanley Seaview Inn
Days 8-9: Tasmanian devils, platypus and Mountain Valley
Today you are bound for the only place in Tasmania where you may see Tasmanian Devils in the wild. Mountain Valley Eco Retreats are set miles from anywhere in a stunning valley. Here you can see endemic birds and wildlife in abundance.
Overnights: Mountain Valley Eco Retreats (Breakfast, Dinner & Wildlife tours included)
Day 10: Launceston
Drive back to Launceston and return your rental car before continuing for your departing flight or, if you have more time, head for Tassie's mild and sunny East Coast. For those who still love the path less travelled, why not stop on Flinders Island on your way back to Melbourne?


A variety of accommodation options are available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.



A wide variety of optional excursions are available to add to your holiday. Please enquire for further information. Please note Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Hobart is included with this holiday.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Hobart

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Prices & Dates

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Price Includes
Accommodation in B&B's, apartments and cottages ● Breakfasts included as per itinerary ● Rental of a Drive or Budget standard compact vehicle ● Entry and VIP tour to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ● Bonnet Island penguin tour ● Gordon River cruise ● Wildlife tours at Mountain Valley Eco Retreats

** Other car types are available - please call for further details

Price Excludes
International and domestic flights and airport taxes ● Fuel ● Travel insurance ● Personal expenses ● Tips and gratuities


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