Adventure Sports and Activities

A myriad adventure opportunities await you.

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Surfing
Image thanks to: Adam Gibson

Kayaking around Tasmania
Image thanks to: Roaring 40’s Kayaks

Wineglass Bay Sail Walk
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Supplied Courtesy of The Tasmanian Walking Company

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo - Experience a close up and personal view
Image thanks to: Courtesy of Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

Fishing on the beach at St Helens Point - Low, rolling sand dunes and ocean beach makes St Helens Point a popular choice for the beach activities of fishing, beach walks, snorkelling, bird watching and camping.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Glenn Gibson

All4adventure Quad Bike Tours - A unique and fun way to see the stunning Freycinet National Park
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Explore the remote hidden canyons of the Dove River with Cradle Mountain Canyons outdoor adventure company
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Mountain Biking at Blue Derby Bike Park
Image thanks to: Brigitte Stoppel

Motorcycling at Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park. Part of the Great Eastern Drive up the scenic East Coast of Tasmania.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

The Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania's most famous walks.

Par Avion Helicopters - East Coast Picnic or Oyster Shed
Image thanks to: Matt Glastonbury

The Totem Pole in Tasman National Park is popular amongst rockclimbers.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Robert McMahon

Adventure Sports and Activities

Tasmania tore itself away from mainland Australia quite a few millennia ago to forge its own unique natural identity. Myriad adventure opportunities await, from feeding feisty and frenzied Tasmanian Devils to gliding off the dolerite cliffs of South Bruny Island National Park. Large swaths of Tasmania are protected from human interaction to create some of the wildest landscapes on planet Earth. And it’s all waiting for you to explore with over 5,400 kilometres of coastline and scores of pristine rivers carving their way through the island. All you have to do is summon up the courage.

Rafting Wild Rivers

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is a Tasmanian treasure. These two rivers wind their way through a remote landscape of rain forest to carve deep and beautiful gorges. The Franklin River rages for over 125 kilometres through this pristine landscape and you can take a guided river tour to experience its beauty. Tours last for up to 10 days in the protected Tasmanian World Heritage Area.

Feeding the Fierce Devils

You’ll find the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park just outside of Hobart going towards Port Arthur. Tasmanian devils are under threat of extinction due to a transmittable face cancer. These feisty creatures tend to nip at each other while feeding, which spreads the cancer. Over 70% of the wild population has been decimated and the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is a way to preserve this cute little creature. You can experience feeding time at the park where you’ll hear the Devils shriek at each other in delight as they fill their little bellies.

Challenge the Overland Track

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park sits in the highlands of central Tasmania. The north side of the park, where you’ll find Cradle Mountain, and the south side of the park, home of Lake St. Clair, are not connected by roads. The only way to traverse the north-south length of the park is by taking the 65 kilometre Overland Track. The trail hugs the indomitable Cradle Mountain and passes the 1,617-metre peak of Mount Ossa; Tasmania’s highest point. This 6-day hike is best in summer when wildflowers bloom across the Alpine landscape.

Bushwalking the Tarkine

There are no trails in the northwest of Tasmania. The entire top-left corner of the island is the largest expanse of protected cool temperate rainforest in the Exploring the Tarkine, Tasmania, Australiaworld. There are no roads, trails or signs of human interaction. But you can explore this incredibly rugged area by joining a tour that guides you through the moss-covered canopy of ancient trees. You’ll hike from one campsites to another learning about Tasmania’s commitment to preservation. Image thanks to Pete Harmsen.

Hand-catch Freshwater Lobsters

Rivers and streams cut their way through the Tarkine wilderness of the northwest to create the perfect habitat for Tasmania’s freshwater lobster population. The largest freshwater crustaceans on earth, these shy giants can grow up to 80 centimetres in length while living for decades. Join a lobster-loving crew on a tour into the cool temperate rain forest of the northwest to search for these delicious little treats.

Caving

Mole Creek sits in the center of the island and that’s where you’ll find Mole Creek Karst National Park. Descend into the caves of this national Park to find underground rivers and a cave roof covered in sparkling glow worms. Turn off your torches to see what looks like a night sky ablaze with blue stars. You can also hook up with tours to lesser-known caves to explore the deep reaches of the island. Tasmania is one of the few places on earth where you’ll find the iridescent and irresistible glow worm.

Mountain Biking


Mountain Biking at Blue Derby Bike ParkTasmania is an epic place for mountain biking (MTB) with a variety of terrain conditions and trails for all fitness levels and ages. It has become Australia’s capital of MTB and a destination for world-class riders seeking adventure and dazzling scenery. Parks are located throughout the state and many are within a relatively short distance from the major cities of Hobart and Launceston. Blue Derby and Maydena bike park are a must for keen adventurers.

Cycling

Pack your road bike to challenge yourself up the twisting road that cuts its way up to a mountainous plateau in Ben Lomond National Park. You’re likely to meet a few professional riders and Olympic hopefuls training on the national park’s steep roads. Take your touring bike to the north coast of the island to ride along the Bass Highway through the stunning Rocky Cape National Park covered in wildflowers with broad views of the Bass Strait beyond. Or hire a bike to stroll around Hobart to experience more of Tasmania’s funky city.

Scuba Diving

The pristine waters of the east coast of Tasmania beckon divers from all over the world. You’ll find forests, bountiful marine life, stunning underwater scenery and magnificent shipwrecks in Tasmania azure blue waters. Diving tours are plentiful on the north and east coasts with especially youthful dives found in the waters off of Orford and Eaglehawk Neck.

Hang Gliding

The most daring adventure seekers head down to Tasman National Park and South Bruny National Park for hang gliding. Adventure tours drive you up to Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australiatowering dolerite cliffs in some of the most remote regions of Tasmania before gliding you down safely to beaches on Pirates Bay. But gliding isn’t just for adrenaline junkies. Cable gliding, otherwise known as zip lining, can be found at the world-famous Tahune Forest Airwalk. You can also find cable gliding 20 minutes north of Launceston which offers adventure for the entire family. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Garry Moore.

Extreme Kayaking

Hiring a kayak in Tasmania is easy as waterways are abundant. Get a kayak for yourself or join a group tour down the white waters of Tasmania’s interior. Or you can head to the coasts to join a multi-day group kayaking tour. This is especially popular in Freycinet National Park where adventure guides bring you out to the crystal-clear waters of the Peninsula before making camping stops on soft, sandy beaches. And if you’re in the mood for a quick kayak, you can join a tour exploring the Derwent River in Hobart.

Rock Climbing

There are multiple places for an invigorating climb. The Gordon River Dam is a towering, concave structure where you can abseil 140 metres to the bottom of the dam. Rockclimbing is also incredibly popular on the towering dolerite cliffs of South Bruny National Park and Tasman National Park. Dolerite is a rock only found in Australia which gives climbers an added challenge as they ascend the rock faces of some of Tasmania’s most rugged and wild places.

High-speed Racing

Tasmania has a rich history of car racing. Visit the Symmons Plains Racetrack near the inland city of Launceston to jump in a V-8 racing car. You’ll be briefed on safety before donning racing gear and spinning around the track for six to 10 laps. The banked professional track allows the car to get to incredible speeds that are sure to give you the rush of a lifetime.

Jet Boats and Four-wheel-drive Touring

Some of Tasmania’s wilderness is inaccessible by most vehicles. You can choose to jump into a jet boat to explore one of Tasmania’s many pristine rivers. Ripping down a crystal-clear river while doing zigzags and 360° spins makes the natural beauty that much more thrilling. Or you can jump into a powerful off-road vehicle to traverse rocky peaks, sandy beaches, Alpine Highlands and cool temperate rainforests. Jumping into a driving tour can take you to some of the most remote places on the island.

Sea Plane and Helicopter Tours

Much of Tasmania’s west coast is still rugged and wild. So much so that you’ll have to jump aboard a plane or a helicopter to experience its majestic beauty. You’ll find many flights originating in the west coast town of Strahan. Choose a short sightseeing tour or take a longer flight down to Port Davey where you can experience the southern end of Southwestern National Park. It’s one of the few places on earth that you can see the endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.

What to Do

Dove Canyon

Dove Canyon

Wilderness + adrenalin + adventure = the Dove Canyon. If you are after an unforgettable experience in Tasmania, you have come to the right place. The Dove Canyon showcases wild Tasmania at its best. This trip involves a thrilling combination of jumps, slides and abseils buried in a 50 metre deep quartzite canyon. Definitely one to write home about.

This option is for the adventurous and intrepid. You do not need any previous canyoning or abseiling experience, but we recommend customers are physically fit, MUST be able to swim and have a great sense of adventure. The minimum age for this tour is 15.

We also provide a tasty lunch on this tour.

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AU$195

1 Day Adventure

AU$195

1 Day Adventure

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Sea Cliffs and Convicts helicopter flight

Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur

Lifting off from the Port Arthur heli base it does not take long to realise you are somewhere special. As you climb views will unfold in all directions with Mt Wellington and Hobart to the West, Eaglehawk Neck to the North and tall Tasman sea cliffs to the South. The flight over Fortescue bay will have you making notes on where to stop for a swim before arriving at Cape Hauy, one of the mighty Three Capes and home to the ‘lanterns’ and ‘candlestick’. The Port Arthur Historic Site will come into view as you pass over the Tasman National Park and near one of the hut sites of the Three Capes Track. Be sure to have your camera ready, this tour takes in some of the most spectacular sights in the region in value packed time.

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AU$145

15 Minute Helicopter Tour

AU$145

15 Minute Helicopter Tour

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Franklin River Rafting 9-day Expedition

Launceston - Franklin River

For many people, Tasmania’s famous Franklin River is synonymous with wilderness conservation. The Franklin is one of the world’s last great wild rivers and it forges through the rugged south west of Tasmania, through deep gorges, quiet pools and magnificent temperate rain forest. This expedition provides a true wilderness adventure, an experience we pioneered back in 1978. Regardless of the river level, you will be in good hands as our professional guides have an exceptional safety record. Despite the remoteness, our guides will ensure that the preparation of delicious meals will exceed all expectations. Any descent of the Franklin is demanding and while previous rafting experience is not required, some wilderness knowledge, along with a sound level of fitness, is essential. Join on us on this special wilderness experience, named the best river journey in the world by Outside Magazine.

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AU$2895

9 Day Expedition

AU$2895

9 Day Expedition

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Kayak Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches

Enjoy a relaxed paddle exploring Hobart’s diverse river and coast.

Paddle amongst tranquil bays and beneath the lichen-covered Alum Cliffs, explore sea caves, enjoy views of Bruny Island and leave your footprints on idyllic sandy beaches.

This full-day paddle is operated in a one-way direction, depending on the forecast wind direction. It is a relaxed paddle but you do need to be fit enough to paddle for up to 4 hours over the day.

Suitable for beginners and children over 10 when accompanied by an adult.

Duration: Approximately 7 hours (with 4 to 5 hours of kayaking).

Ages: This is a full day paddle and is suitable for children over 10 years of age when accompanied by an adult.

Departure Point: Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, 20 Davey Street, Hobart

Includes: Return transport from Hobart, lunch, refreshments, our passionate and experienced local guides, stable double sea kayaks, all kayaking equipment, warm all-weather protection gear.

 

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AU$180

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Coastal Mountain Adventurer - Half Day

Start by taking a short drive out of Bicheno into Douglas-Apsley National Park. From there, head down the road to a popular wildlife sanctuary, Natureworld, continuing along the coast towards Seymour Beach. Then travel through the Apsley National Park region on the way toward the old port at Seymour.

Next up, move through St Mary’s, a small township found at the junction of the Tasman and Esk Highways on the East Coast of Tasmania. Take a relaxing walk to South Sisters, a gorgeous mountain standing at a towering 833m high.

Back in the comfort of the vehicle, enjoy the magnificent scenery while travelling through the winding roads down towards the coast. Take a break on the crystal sands of Four Mile Creek before returning to your accommodation, stopping intermittently for a few photo opportunities and to take in the beauty of the east coast.

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AU$160

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Half Day ATV Explorer - RIDER

Freycinet National Park - Coles Bay

See Freycinet in a way like no other! Riding your own all-terrain vehicle to isolated parts of the famous Freycinet National Park. A quad bike tour is the perfect way to get off the beaten track and discover some of Freycinet’s lesser known beauty spots! The team of professional guides have extensive ATV experience. Best of all, no previous experience is necessary and all training is provided!

Your four hour adventure starts at the stunning Coles Bay on the East Coast of Tasmania. From here your guide takes you through the coastal forest to two stunning destinations: First you will ride to South Friendly Beaches, and then you travel through valleys to admire the Coastal Cliffs surrounding Cape Tourville Lighthouse, or onto the inviting cove of Bluestone Bay.

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AU$259

4 Hour ATV Tour

AU$259

4 Hour ATV Tour

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Franklin River Rafting & Frenchman's Cap 11-day Expedition

Launceston - Franklin River

There are few great frontiers left in the world – the Franklin is one of them. Free of pasture and any human habitation, it is a veritable feast for the intrepid explorer. Rafting down this superb river is the only way to truly appreciate its wild beauty. It is acknowledged as one of the most spectacular and challenging river trips around, attracting adventurers from all over the world. The opportunity of an expedition-style trip, rather than merely “thrills and spills” makes this the ultimate wilderness experience.

This is definitely a wilderness experience rather than the kind of rafting you might encounter on a one-day rafting trip. There is no doubt that this is an unforgettable experience, one that you will remember for the rest of your life.

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AU$2995

11 Day Expedition

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11 Day Expedition

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The Overland Track

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Forest


DAY 1: Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park. We will pick you up from Launceston hotels between 7.00 – 7.30am.  We drive 2.5 hours to Dove Lake where our Overland Track Trek begins.

DAY 2: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere – Continue south from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere.

DAY 3: Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains – Our morning takes us across Pine Forest Moor offering spectacular views across the Forth River Valley to the heights of Mount Oakleigh and to today’s destination, Pelion Plains. We descend around Mount Pelion West to Frog Flats.

DAY 4: Pelion Plains to Kia Ora – Continue walking south and view Cathedral Mountain and Pelion East on our left, followed by Mount Ossa on our right. Afterwards, we continue south into beautiful Pinestone Valley.

DAY 5: Kia Ora to Windy Ridge – Head towards three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. The first we visit is Fergusson Falls, followed by Dalton Falls. The third will be Hartnett Falls.

DAY 6: Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair and return to Launceston – The final day on the track, through dry sclerophyll forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. We then catch a 30 minute ferry across Lake St Clair for the conclusion to our Overland Track Trek.

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AU$2195

6 Day Walking Trip

AU$2195

6 Day Walking Trip

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Seal & Ocean Expedition

Swim with seals and other marine life!

To watch seals underwater in their natural environment is a breathtaking experience. From our world-first sea-view platform you can now observe the underwater world without having to carry heavy diving gear, change clothes or even swim.

Rugged up in a toasty drysuit that you wear on top of your clothes and geared with mask & snorkel, you’re ready to dip your face under the water surface and immerse yourself into a different dimension.

Gaze through some of the worlds last giant kelp forest. Feel the dynamics of spiralling schools of fish and watch seals play in their element where they swirl around you to show off their skills.

The tour includes:

  • 3 to 4 hour boat trip & wildlife watching
  • Ethical underwater seal viewing from our floating platform
  • All equipment (funky drysuits, polar-fleece onezies for chilly days, boots, mask & snorkel, hoodie and gloves if needed)
  • Small groups of max. 12 people (only 8 seal swim participants max.)
  • USB thumb drive with photos and videos
  • Yummy homemade Tasmanian treats, mmhm!
  • Toilet facilities on board
  • Passionate crew who can’t wait to share this amazing place with you
  • Detailed interpretation of the coastline & wildlife in English and German
  • Donation towards our wildlife conservation projects
  • See our baby wallabies that we raise after being orphaned (animals health permitting)

All you need to bring is some warm clothes to dive into after the tour and your charged camera.

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AU$195

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