The BIG 3 Starting Launceston
See the BIG 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days! We combine the very best of our day tours to bring you 3 days of amazing highlights, scenery, wildlife and huge fun days exploring Tasmania with our awesome guides.
Day 1: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
Departs: Launceston 7.30am
Returns: Launceston 6.00pm
Overnight: Launceston (accommodation by own arrangement)
Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a wide variety of walking trails to choose. Cradle Mountain is a stunning and 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 rural village, in the foothills of the mountains. Sheffield is Tasmania’s own outdoor art gallery, featuring over 100 paintings on the walls of buildings across the town. The artwork depicts the history of the Cradle Mountain region, and is a great taster of what is to come, before we continue onwards into the mountains.
Arriving into the Cradle Mountain National Park, we prepare for the walking opportunities ahead of us. We aim for around 4 – 5 hours in the National Park, to really make the most of the trails. We begin our adventures with one of Tasmania's Great Short Walks, which gives us the perfect introduction to the area the Enchanted Walk trail. An easy 20 minute circuit following Pencil Pine Creek.
Our main hike for today's tour, begins from Dove Lake with 2 walking options available. Here you can choose your preferred main walk. There is the iconic Dove Lake Circuit which is a 6 kilometer track, classified as easy and usually takes 2-3 hours. This is one of the premier walks in Tasmania, the track undulates around Dove Lake and traverses beneath Cradle Mountain. All the magnificent flora can be viewed on this walk, with buttongrass, myrtle, sassafras, fagus and King Billy Pine along the way, along with epic views of Cradle Mountain.
For the more active and avid hiker, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This is around 4 kilometers but is classified as a medium grade hike, with some steep sections. Marions Lookout sits at 1200m, and provides breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.
We stop along the way for a lunch break, enjoy a rest by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or take the time to photograph the landscapes. Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk.
On our return to Launceston, we stop to refresh and refuel at the delicious Van Dieman's Land Ice Creamery and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm.
We return into Launceston around 6.00pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain Day.
Day 2: Launceston to Hobart via Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
(Bring your luggage today!)
Departs: Launceston 7.30am
Returns: Hobart 6.00pm
Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement)
We depart Launceston today travelling through the well-preserved Georgian townships of Evandale and Campbell Town. We make a short stop in Campbell Town where you can collect some lunch to take along for the day ahead. You will have time to discover the Convict Brick Trail that extends through the town, visit the Red Bridge, and check out the tree sculptures depicting the history of the town.
The amazing views of the Hazards mountains greet us as we enter the Freycinet National Park. We begin by stretching our legs on the Cape Tourville Lighthouse circuit. A short and easy walk with spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding coastline.
Then it’s onwards to the main walk for the day. We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout; this is a moderate uphill walk of around 45-60 minutes. Once at the top you are rewarded with that world famous view of Wineglass Bay and the stunning Freycinet National Park. Enjoy the moment, take in the views, and let our guide help you with those sought after photographs. The walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the Great Short Walks of Tasmania and requires good mobility and adequate fitness. It is 1.3 km uphill, before returning downhill.
For the fit and keen, from the Lookout you can extend your walk down to Wineglass Bay Beach (2.5 hr return walk). You have time on this famous beach to take a swim, relax, eat your lunch or explore along the white sands. If you return directly from the Lookout with our Tour Guide, we will have time visit Honeymoon Bay in the afternoon.
We re-group ready for the return journey. Our final stop on the East Coast is the stunning Devil’s Corner Winery, where you will have time to take in the magnificent view. On site you can enjoy a wine tasting, wood fired pizza, fresh seafood from Freycinet Marine Farm and ice creams all available at own expense on the day.
We arrive in Hobart around 6.00pm.
Day 3: Port Arthur & Tassie Devils
Departs: Hobart at 7.30am,
Returns: Hobart 6.00pm
Today is action packed and fast paced. We make an early start from Hobart and drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery. It is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. We enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout which provides a great vantage of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and "The Dogline" our Tour Guides will share with you some fascinating stories and history of the area.
Then we begin one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”. This is a short but spectacular track along the Waterfall Bay Clifftop. The walk is around 45 minutes, undulating and categorised as an easy walk. The track concludes at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.
Next stop is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. We arrive here for all 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 among the local fauna and flora in the charming “Unzoo” setting.
Continuing our journey, we arrive at Port Arthur Historic Site. As we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, there is a wealth of information and history to take in and to explore. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead, ‘The Port Arthur Experience' a podcast that provides a fascinating introduction to the site, and complimentary site talks throughout the day led by 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”. With around 2.5 hours here, you have time to walk among the main penitentiary; see the solitary confinement cells and many more buildings in this World Heritage open air museum.
On our return to Hobart, we travel via the historic township of Richmond. Arriving late the in the afternoon, you will have time to meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop, Chocolatier and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted!
We return to Hobart around 6.00pm, concluding your BIG 3 Adventure!
BIG 3 Planning Information
We recommend arriving the night before you wish to begin your Big 3 Tour.
Meals are not provided, however, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch and snacks on each tour to suit your taste and budget, or you can bring your own.
Book your own accommodation of choice to suit your budget and style. We will pick up and drop off to select Hobart & Launceston hotels only. The nearest location will be allocated to you if you are staying elsewhere. Please ensure you can load and unload your luggage each day.
Arrive the day before you wish to begin, overnight in Launceston
At the end of Day 1, overnight in Launceston
At the end of Day 2, overnight in Hobart
At the end of Day 3, overnight in Hobart
For flexible departure day options or non consecutive tour day options please contact are friendly office team.
Please note: This tour is also available departing from Hobart (finish in Launceston).
- Adult: $455
- Child (8-15 Years): $425
- Duration: 3 Days
- Departs: Launceston 7.30am
- Returns: Hobart 6.00pm
- Days: Monday & Wednesday (year round)
- Pick up time: 7.00am to 7.30am depending on your location