West Coast Tasmania
Duration: 5 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £399pp
Day 1 Launceston: Arrive in Launceston and pick up your hire car. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this historic city, whose highlights include many architectural splendours, City Park and nearby Cataract Gorge. Alternatively, just south of Launceston the 106 miles Tamar Valley Wine Route takes in 32 exceptional wineries as it winds through the countryside.
Day 2 Launceston/Cradle Mountain: This morning leave Launceston en route to Cradle Mountain National Park using the Cradle Country Touring Route, which is one of the most scenic drives in Tasmania. This is a journey rich in cultural heritage, wonderful food and unforgettable nature, where it's easy to wander the back roads and meet the locals (approx 2 hours).
Day 3 Cradle Mountain: A full day at leisure. A chance to explore the national park and take one of the walks around the area; the most popular is the walk around Dove Lake at the base of Cradle Mountain. Also look out for the different wildlife of Tasmania - including the Tasmanian devil.
Day 4 Cradle Mountain/Strahan: Leave the national park behind as you drive on to the coastal town of Strahan. Take in the local fisherman unloading their catch of the day, or take a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway which follows in the tracks of the early miners and pioneers (approx 2-3 hours).
Day 5 Strahan/Hobart: This morning take a cruise on Gordon River for a unique perspective of the natural wilderness and amazing west coast scenery around you in this World Heritage area. Later, travel onwards in your car to Hobart (approx 4 hours).
Day 6 Hobart: This morning drop your hire car off, either downtown or at the airport. Alternatively extend your stay to explore the city of Hobart, visit the historic area of Port Arthur or, if staying on a Saturday, visit the bustling Salamanca markets in the morning.
Accommodation: 4 Mantra Charles, Launceston; 4CradleMountain Wilderness Village; 3 Strahan Village; 3Ibis Styles, Hobart.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 6 days group B car hire and accommodation as stated.