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The Wonders of Tasmania
Commences Hobart 09 April and ends Hobart 23 April 2021

  • Bruny Island cruise, credit - Tourism Tasmania & Joe Shemesh
    Bruny Island cruise, credit - Tourism Tasmania & Joe Shemesh
  • Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
    Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
  • Ross Bakery Inn, Ross, credit - Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy
    Ross Bakery Inn, Ross, credit - Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy
  • The Nut, Stanley, credit - Jason Charles Hill
    The Nut, Stanley, credit - Jason Charles Hill
  • Cradle Mountain, credit - Laura Helle
    Cradle Mountain, credit - Laura Helle
  • Gordon River, credit - Courtesy of World Heritage Cruises
    Gordon River, credit - Courtesy of World Heritage Cruises
  • Penitentiary, Port Arthur Historic Site, credit - Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
    Penitentiary, Port Arthur Historic Site, credit - Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure (last seats)
  • Price $ 6,450
  • Program Code TAS0421
  • Single Supplement $ 1,560
  • Activity Rating Easy
  • Program Leader Peter Burns

Tour Itinerary

  • 14 Nights
    • 3 - Hobart
    • 2 - Swansea
    • 2 - Launceston
    • 1 - Stanley
    • 2 - Cradle Mountain
    • 2 - Strahan
    • 2 - Hobart
    • Program ends in Hobart

Commences Hobart 09 April and ends Hobart 23 April 2021

 Tour Highlights

  • Explore the famous Salamanca Markets and MONA in Hobart
  • Visit Bruny Island and enjoy an award winning 3-hour adventure cruise
  • Experience pristine wilderness with easy walks at Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet Peninsula
  • Learn about the indigenous history and European colonisation
  • Ferry to picturesque Maria Island and see unique wildlife and scenery
  • Learn to shuck oysters and learn about the local aquaculture industry
  • Explore the beautifully preserved Georgian village of Ross
  • Stay 2 nights in Launceston with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of World Heritage-listed Brickendon Estate
  • See Cape Grim and Woolnorth Station in the remote north west
  • Spend 2 nights at the luxury Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • Cruise the majestic Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour
  • Explore dramatic Port Arthur Historic Site with guided tour and cruise
  • View the ‘Wall in the Wilderness’ at Derwent Bridge
  • Multiple night stays throughout with the only exception at Stanley (1 night)
  • Return Hobart Airport transfers
  • Small group limited to 20 participants

Tour Overview

From south to north and east to west, we will experience the diverse natural environment of Tasmania while exploring historic and beautiful towns and staying in comfortable hotels and lodges.

With over a third of Tasmania reserved as National Park and an ever-increasing amount being declared UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness, this island state is home to some of Australia’s most dramatic and captivating natural treasures. To name a few, our field trips include visits to Bruny Island – a haven for wildlife, gourmet food and spectacular scenery; the famous picture-perfect Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park; the rugged wilderness of Cradle Mountain and the remoteness of Cape Grim and the Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Join our local experts and experience Tasmania’s pristine wilderness during short and easy walks. We have ample opportunities along the way to spot rare and endemic species of plants and animals. We will cruise the majestic Gordon River from picturesque Strahan into the glorious World Heritage-listed wilderness.

We walk in the footsteps of indigenous peoples, learn about the history of white colonisation, visit World Heritage convict sites at Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island and Port Arthur and we have time in Hobart to experience the famous Salamanca Markets and visit MONA, one of the most fascinating museums in the world.

This is an island tour unlike any other with an incredible range of inclusions over an unforgettable two weeks.

Tour Inclusions

    • 14 nights en-suite hotel and lodge accommodation
    • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 11 dinners
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees including national park permits
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Peter Burns

Peter Burnsgrew up in suburban Melbourne and graduated as a civil engineer. Following his keen interest in the natural environment, Peter then completed a Master of Natural Resources and Diploma in Education at University of New England in Armidale NSW.

Peter has had an eclectic career, working as a civil engineer, teacher, and environmentalist. He has also lived and worked on remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia.

Peter has retired from Parks Victoria, where he worked for 18 years as the Ranger in Charge of the Great Otway National Park, which includes the iconic Great Ocean Walk. Peter also undertook a 12-month work exchange to Scotland, as the Reserve Manager for Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. Peter has since become passionate about all things Scottish.

Prior to their recent move to bayside Melbourne, Peter and his wife lived for many years in a self-built sustainable house in the Otway ranges, where he was actively involved in the community as a volunteer Ambulance Officer.

An obsessive walker and Anglophile, Peter is committed to walking the length and breadth of Britain. He has completed the Pennine Way, Offa’s Dyke Path, and a section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in recent years.

Peter has lead many groups throughout India, the 'Stans’ of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Iran and of course Scotland.

Much closer to home, Peter has escorted many tours throughout Australia and New Zealand, and one of his favourite local destinations is the island state of Tasmania, and he looks forward to showing you the best of this beautiful state.


Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.