Hike the Tasman Trail and Swim with Seals

Hike along the spectacular cliffs of Tasman National Park and get face-to-face with wild seals. 3 days, 2 nights.

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Hike the Tasman Trail and Swim with Seals

Hike along the spectacular cliffs of Tasman National Park and get face-to-face with wild seals. 3 days, 2 nights.

Ditch that stale city air for a weekend on the most beautiful stretch of coast in the country. Trek along clifftops that soar far above the crashing sea, then get in the water with curious fur seals. Spend your nights surrounded by nature in the comfort of a safari-style tent. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 nights of camping in a safari-style tent
  • 1 day hiking the Tasman Trail
  • 1 day seal experience
  • Professional, experienced, local guides
  • Most meals
  • National Park passes
  • Airport transfers and activity transfers

Perfect for:
Free spirits who need a break and a chance to breathe in fresh sea air while getting up close and personal with nature.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

Say goodbye to the city and catch an evening flight to Hobart. Your host is waiting to whisk you away to the stunning Tasman Peninsula (1 hour).

Settle into your roomy tent, then grab dinner and a cold one in the tiny town of Eaglehawk Neck.

Day 2: Coastal Hike

Wake up refreshed and get ready for a full day of wilderness immersion.

Start your hike at a cluster of larger-than-life rock formations including Tasman’s Arch, the Blowhole and the Devil’s Kitchen.

Continue south on the Tasman Trail, skirting along sea cliffs and wandering through shady forests.

Around every corner you’ll find a view more spectacular than the last.

Peer over the edge of some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia at Waterfall Bay, and check out a shipwreck in Bivouac Bay.

Your hike ends in the sweeping expanse of Fortescue Bay. Take a refreshing dip before heading back to camp for a hard-earned dinner.

Starry skies and the sounds of nature lull you to sleep.

14km of walking

Day 3: Seal experience and departure

Wake up early to watch a glorious sunrise at the world-famous Tessellated Pavements State Reserve.

After breakfast you’ll board a motorboat bound for the seal colonies.

Pass beneath the same cliffs you walked yesterday, and keep your eyes peeled for fairy penguins and playful dolphins.

Deck yourself out in a dry suit and snorkel gear, then get face-to-face with wild Australian fur seals.

The curious animals will come right up to you while you float on a partially submerged platform. The platform allows you observe them from above and below the surface—a completely unique perspective.

Sadly, you can’t stay forever. Say goodbye to the seals and cruise back to shore.

Your host will transfer you back to the airport. Head home with incredible memories of a well-spent weekend.

5 hours on the water

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll camp in safari-style canvas tents at a private, semi-rural campsite in Eaglehawk Neck. The tents are fixed on wooden platforms and boast a porch and awning—perfect for enjoying a morning coffee or tea.

Each tent sleeps 2 people. There are toilets at the campsite, but no showers. Sleeping mats, sleeping bags and pillows are provided.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Sorry, no private trips are currently available for this product. Try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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Location

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Tasman National Park is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery and walks in Australia. With incredible rock towers, sweeping bays, sea cliffs and abundant wildlife, you’re sure to be awestruck. Some highlights include:

  • Tessellated Pavements State Reserve: Tessellated Pavement is a rock formation that looks almost too perfect to be natural, and the best example in the world is in Tasman National Park. You’ll see two types of tessellations: the concave “pan” type with raised edges that trap water, and the convex “loaf” type with deeply incised outlines.
  • Tasman’s Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole: These three formations are all within shouting distance of each other. Tasman’s Arch is an immense sea arch with a littoral chasm beneath it. The Devil’s Kitchen and Blowhole explode with roiling water as powerful waves surge through.
  • Bivouac Bay: A scenic bay set into the wider Fortescue’s Bay. The William Pitt shipwreck is there, and there are awesome views of two famous rock towers.
  • Waterfall Bay: Some of the tallest sea cliffs in Australia ring this bay. They plunge straight down into the ocean, and you can admire the view from a platform right on the edge.
  • Wildlife: Australian Fur Seals breed and feed along the shore. Other animals you might see are Fairy Penguins, dolphins, sea birds, White-Bellied Sea Eagles, and the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle.

Start point?
Your host will pick you up at Hobart Airport around 20:00 on Friday. Please schedule your flight to arrive no later than 19:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your host will drop you off at Hobart Airport around 17:00 on Sunday. Please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 19:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Hobart Airport (HBA) is served by inexpensive, direct flights from most major hubs in Australia. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Hobart
  • Dinner on the first night
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, snacks and drinks
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You’ll follow the Tasman Trail along the coast south from Eaglehawk Neck. The trail climbs and drops along the rugged coastline, alternating between exposed cliffside paths and shady forest trails. Each view is better than the last!

You’ll observe wild Australian Fur Seals with the assistance of a small, partially submerged, floating platform. The platform keeps you safe and comfortable, allowing you to focus on the wildlife, and provides you with views from above and below the surface.

A dry suit, snorkel mask and snorkel are provided.

The seals are generally quite curious and playful, and they’ll come right up to you if they’re in the mood. Remember, though, that they are wild animals, and it’s up to them how close they want to get.

A reasonable level of fitness is needed to enjoy a full day of walking.

Simple breakfasts of cereal, yogurt, bread, fruit, tea and coffee are served at camp. You’ll enjoy packed lunches of bread wraps, fresh salad and sliced meats while out exploring. Dinner on Friday night will be at a local tavern (not included). On Saturday night your guide will cook a hot meal around the fire. All food is fresh and high quality, and produced locally when possible.

Summer temperatures on the Tasman Peninsula range from 17 – 23 °C during the day and 8 – 11 °C at night. Small rainstorms roll through roughly half the days, but they pass quickly and leave spectacular waterfalls in their wake.

Your host will provide camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow) and all the kit for seal watching (dry suit and snorkel gear).

Your host recommends you pack:

  • Sturdy, broken in hiking boots or shoes with good tread
  • Light-weight hiking clothes
  • Warm jacket and trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)
  • Small rucksack for carrying daily items
  • Snacks
  • Headtorch
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Water bottle(s) or bladder with 2L capacity

Start point?
Your host will pick you up at Hobart Airport around 20:00 on Friday. Please schedule your flight to arrive no later than 19:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your host will drop you off at Hobart Airport around 17:00 on Sunday. Please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 19:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Hobart Airport (HBA) is served by inexpensive, direct flights from most major hubs in Australia. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you don’t miss the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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