Derwent River Valley and Coal River Valley Tour from Hobart
This excursion follows the River Derwent to the rainforest where one can experience the magnificence of the majestic Russell Falls on a day trip from Hobart. Walk through one of the wildlife parks and then wander around the historic village of Richmond. This small group tour, limited to 14 passengers, allows for a more customized experience with your expert guide.
From Hobart, your group will take a leisurely drive up the Derwent River Valley, through the historic village of New Norfolk, to Mt. Field National Park, and Russell Falls, visiting the Salmon Ponds (optional) along the way.
After some nourishment at the restaurant (own expense) at Mt. Field, the excursion will continue down the other side of the Derwent River to Brighton, where one can spend an hour viewing the Tasmanian native animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Alternatively, some of the group may prefer to visit Zoodoo Wildlife Park, a wildlife park with a large range of native, agricultural, and exotic animals, including rare white African lions.
From whichever wildlife park your group chooses, continue on to Richmond Historic Village, where an hour can easily be spent wandering the village and visiting the original convict goal (own expense), the oldest convict constructed bridge in Australia, as well as the oldest Catholic Church and the oldest Anglican Church in Australia, and a model of Hobart circa 1820 (own expense), before returning to Hobart. The Richmond Bakery is a must for light refreshments, and the curried scallop pies are a specialty (own expense).
Your tour ends at about 3 p.m. at the same place you met, close by your cruise port.