Small-Group Tour from Hobart to Mt Wellington and Tahune AirWalk with Optional Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Zoodoo Wildlife Park
The basic tour (6-hours), takes in stunning views of Hobart from the summit of Mount Wellington. On a clear day you’ll enjoy panoramic views all the way to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. This sightseeing tour will also take you along the shore of the Derwent River to view the historic buildings of Salamanca Place and Battery Point, together with an insight into the history of the area. Take the old road to Huonville and Geeveston to the Tahune AirWalk. Should weather preclude the running of the trip up the mountain, you will take the scenic coastal route to the Huon Valley. Highlights include a visit to the Shot Tower, the Australian Antarctic Division Headquarters and the Channel Heritage Centre, en-route to the Tahune AirWalk. The 8-hour option, is the basic 6 hour tour, plus the addition of a visit to either Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Zoodoo Wildlife Park (customer may choose on the day).
After pickup from Hobart, travel along the western shore of the River Derwent where you will view the historic buildings of Salamanca Place and Battery Point. Your guide will share information about the reclamation of Salamanca Wharf from the River Derwent, the history of the defenses of the area, the history of Hobart, and how convicts were used for the construction of the city.
Continue to the summit of Mt Wellington, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of greater Hobart and the Tasman Bridge, weather permitting. From here you will get an explanation of the disaster that struck Hobart when three spans of the Tasman Bridge were knocked down by a freighter on January 5th 1975.
Should weather preclude the running of the trip up the mountain, the alternative route will be the old road south through Taroona and a visit to the historic Shot Tower. Continue to Kingston for a brief stop at the Antarctic Division Headquarters where one can gain an insight into activities and living conditions of the scientific teams in the Antarctic. From there travel down to Margate to visit the Channel Heritage Centre and learn about the life and times during the past 200 hundred years in Tasmania.
The tour continues to Hounville, with a quick stop at the Apple Shed Museum (optional)and on to Franklin, where you can visit the Wooden Boat Centre (optional). From there we take the road south to Geeveston and the Tahune Airwalk..
The Tahune Forest AirWalk, situated on the edge of 1.6-million hectares of World Heritage listed rain forest, opened on the 1st of July 2001, offers a variety of tranquil forest walks, which will definitely calm the mind, body and soul. The Airwalk itself, with breathtaking views of the forest canopy, averages in height from 65-100 feet (20-30m) above the forest floor, with the cantilever situated at a height of 157-feet (48m) above the Houn River, where you will experience the best views.The Airwalk, the numerous walking trails through the forest and the two spine-tingling swinging footbridges over the Huon and Picton Rivers have made this one of the most visited tourism attractions in Tasmania.
After Tahune AirWalk the tour will return to Hobart, where customers who have booked on the basic tour will be dropped off at a location of their choice, while those who have booked on the 8-hour tour will proceed to one of the two wildlife parks, of their choice. Here you can get up front and personal with Tasmanian wildlife, including the Tassie Devil, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Koalas and many more. Have a conversation with Fred the cockatoo, who is over 100 years old (at Bonorong)!