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Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

1. Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket

Enjoy full access to Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula with an entry ticket valid for daytime entry for two consecutive days.  Located 90 minutes from Hobart, the Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Discover fun, interactive experiences for all ages such as the Lottery of Life and the Museum and Convict Study Centre in the Asylum building.  Explore the Convict Water Supply Trail and the Dockyard.  Allow plenty of time to fully experience all that Port Arthur has to offer! Your admission includes a visitor guide with a map and a 40-minute guided walking tour that gives you a great introduction to Port Arthur, its people, and its past. As part of your admission, you can also enjoy a 25-minute harbor cruise on the MV Marana. The walking tours and cruises run several times a day, subject to availability.

From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

2. From Triabunna: Maria Island Cruise & Guided Walk with Lunch

Departing from the Triabunna Marina, which is located approximately 1-hour and 15-minutes from Hobart, this tour includes a scenic cruise of Maria Island's coastline, time to explore the island and a guided walk around Maria Island's UNESCO-listed convict settlement. The east coast of Maria Island features mountain-fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves, ancient geology, and beaches of pure white sand. As you cruise around Maria Island, there will be stops at many of its famous landmarks including the Fossil Cliffs and the Painted Cliffs. Listen to live commentary as you cruise toward Riedle Bay and Shoal Bay at Maria Island's isthmus. Drop the anchor and stop for lunch beside one of the beaches. These secluded beaches are only visited by a handful of people each year. Enjoy local drinks, snacks, and a salad bowl of your choice. Dock at Darlington in the afternoon. Stretch your legs on a guided tour through the collection of historic convict buildings. Learn about the town’s history and meet some wombats. If you'd prefer, simply soak up the sun on the white sandy beach or swim and snorkel in the pristine waters.

Launceston: 50-Minute Cataract Gorge Cruise

3. Launceston: 50-Minute Cataract Gorge Cruise

After departing from the terminal, you will cruise past the historical Kings Wharf, Seaport, and Launceston's delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is then cruising into Launceston's spectacular Cataract Gorge, as you engage the Lady Launceton's unique silent electric drive function. You can view the sheer cliffs from your comfortable seating, appreciate the unobstructed views on the multi-award winning 1890's style vessel. Whilst aboard the Lady Launceston, you can also enjoy the skipper's captivating commentary which surrounds the history and folklore of this fascinating area.

Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

4. Launceston: 2.5-Hour Morning or Afternoon Discovery Cruise

Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct. You will head north past Tamar Island, observing historical buildings such as the St. Mathias Church and the Rosevears Pub. Throughout your tour, you will enjoy morning tea, a fresh fruit selection, local wine,  and a beer tasting. You will experience a relaxed variety of life as you cruise past charming riverfront communities, vineyards and farms, and onward to the historical Rosevears and Windemere districts. This fascinating collection of history, fauna, and people at work, rest, and play makes an absorbing narrative which will touch, intrigue and inspire. This tour will provide you with the best vantage point to view the Tamar Valley. At the conclusion of your scenic and relaxing cruise, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Hobart: Bruny Island Gourmet Sightseeing Day Tour

5. Hobart: Bruny Island Gourmet Sightseeing Day Tour

Discover Bruny Island’s spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce, and inspiring locals on a guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Tours depart daily from Hobart and local accommodation. Relax and enjoy this fully inclusive experience showcasing the best of Bruny Island. Try cheeses, oysters, fudge, premium wines, honey, and mead. Meet some of the island’s artisan producers, people who put their energy and spirit into handcrafting these renowned products. Stop for a delicious lunch at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant with sweeping views of Adventure Bay.  Throughout the day you'll see incredible scenery. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Take a stroll and leave your footprints in the sand of a deserted beach. The light bush of the northern island gives way to the dense rainforest of the south's Mavista Rainforest - a pristine environment home to diverse wildlife including rare white wallabies. Board the ferry for a return crossing to Kettering, followed by a short drive back to Hobart, where hotel drop-offs are available on request.

Hobart: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

6. Hobart: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Get the perfect introduction to Hobart aboard the official sightseeing bus and see the best sights and attractions on a 90-minute loop. Enjoy unobstructed views from the top deck of the open-top double decker bus, and avail of the informative commentary in English, with an 7 additional languages on selected buses. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time you first board, and buses run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 7 days a week. Hop on and off at your leisure to discover a range of visitor attractions to suit everyone! • Brooke Street Pier • Salamanca Place • Princes Park • Battery Point • St Georges Church • St Georges Terrace • Wrest Point Casino • Sandy Bay Village • Cascade Brewery • Female Factory • South Hobart Village • Village Cinema • Hobart CBD • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and Maritime Museum of Tasmania • Hobart Convict Penitentiary • Aquatic Centre • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens • Victoria Docks

Launceston: Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch and Cheese

7. Launceston: Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch and Cheese

Discover the wines of Tamar Valley together with your guide at a variety of cellar doors. Feast on a tasty lunch along the way as you take a winery tour of the Tamar Valley in Tasmania. Meet your guide at your hotel and climb aboard the air-conditioned vehicle to head straight to your first vineyard in the Tamar Valley. Learn about the world-class cool-climate wines produced in the region. Discover the history of the wines of Tasmania and the grape varieties nurtured in the vineyards. Enjoy a generous lunch with a glass of wine at one of the stops and a cheese platter to share later in the day. Hear stories from your experienced wine tour guide and passionate cellar door staff, some of whom are winemakers. Get some wine tasting tips and receive wine recommendations. Judge the wines you taste. Enjoy opportunities to purchase wines and ship them home or join wine clubs. After the tour ends, you will be safely transported back to your accommodation in Launceston.

Hobart City Sightseeing Tour including MONA Ticket

8. Hobart City Sightseeing Tour including MONA Ticket

Enjoy the best of Hobart and the Museum of Old and New Art on this intriguing sightseeing tour. See Hobart’s main landmarks in a converted historic tram and then spend your afternoon exploring the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Enjoy a 3-hour introductory city tour, seeing over 40 of Hobart's historical sites aboard the tram and stopping at four locations. Enjoy your experienced guide's expert commentary and in-depth knowledge of the city's history, lifestyle, features and attractions. See Sullivan's Cove, Parliament House, Salamanca Place, Princes Park, Battery Point and much more. Walk to see exterior of the Cascade Brewery and visit the remains of the Female Factory.  Marvel at views over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive as you cross the Derwent River on Tasman Bridge. Stop at Rosny Hill lookout for stunning views of Hobart, Sandy Bay, Mount Wellington, Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy. View Victoria Dock and Constitution Dock and see the exquisite Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens.  Enjoy the fascinating collections at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) with your entry ticket in the afternoon. Relax at the end of the day with return ferry transfer to Brooke Street Pier, arriving in Hobart at 17:30.

Bruny Island: Full-Day Food, Lighthouse & Sightseeing Tour

9. Bruny Island: Full-Day Food, Lighthouse & Sightseeing Tour

The ultimate way to experience Bruny Island’s wild beauty, history, and delicious foods such as a selection of Bruny Island cheeses, freshly shucked oysters and wood oven bread for morning tea. Hotel pickup and drop-off, roundtrip ferry ride,  a lighthouse tour, tastings and lunch included.  Marvel at the views from scenic lookouts at Adventure Bay, The Neck Lookout, Cape Bruny. Spot echidnas, white wallabies, seabirds and wildflowers. Be guided through the Mount Mangana Rainforests and tour the inside of Cape Bruny Lighthouse.  Savor a delicious lunch featuring locally caught fish, Tasmanian beef and lamb. Taste locally-made artisan cheeses, chocolates, fudge, and honey. Enjoy some short walks or a paddle in the cool ocean waters of the Tasman Sea. Enjoy locally-grown island produce at lunch.

Launceston: 4-Hour Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise

10. Launceston: 4-Hour Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise

Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct, heading north past Tamar Island, historical buildings, churches, pubs, and significant homesteads. You can sample the rich diversity of life as you cruise past quaint riverfront communities, vineyards and farms, to the notable Batman Bridge. Tamer Valley is steeped with romance and studded with tales of bushrangers, explorers, and gold diggers. Australia's longest navigable estuarine river, it has many natural coves and protected inlets that provide a sanctuary for thousands of native water birds that can only be seen on the river. All cruises depart from and return to Home Point Cruise Terminal, which is a taxi ride only 5 minutes from most CBD accommodations. Home Point is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the city center, and guests are kindly asked to be at the cruise terminal 30 minutes prior to departure

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 871 reviews

Wonderful cruise with excellent commentary on the history of the Tamar River and Cataract Gorge. The Lady Launceston is a beautiful boat with comfortable seating and great views of all the river attractions. I recommend this cruise for newcomers to Launceston who love boats and history. The Cataract Gorge itself is very beautiful with large dolomite rock formations, water falls and a historic bridge with an interesting history. Thank you Tamar River Cruises for a fantastic adventure. I’ll definitely be back!

Had a great time, our driver was friendly and professional. He was very punctual and helpful. The trip was nice and smooth, there were stops along the way for bathroom breaks and also for some nice cliff scenery. Would recommend!

This was such a fantastic and worthwhile visit. The guided tour is a must. So informative and gives you such a great insight to Port Arthur and it’s history. Include the harbour tour and your day is complete.

Excellent tour, value for money with lots of different stop offs at local businesses and some free gifts included. Jordan was a very knowledgeable tour guide.

It was an amazing site, we had a lovely guide take the role of one of the convicts and bring the history alive.