The Best Alternative Cruise Shore Excursions in Hobart, Tasmania (On Your Own)
Hobart, capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city's backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails. Hobart is a harbor town - a port city, where the world rushes in on the tide and ebbs away again, bringing with it influences from afar and leaving the locals buzzing with global enthusiasm. Hobart's waterfront precinct is buzzing, with old pubs alongside new craft-beer bars, myriad restaurants and cafes, museums, festivals, ferries, accommodation... and all of it washed with sea-salty charm and a sense of history. With all of these fabulous attributes, Hobart is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting shore excursions and tours for while you are in port here.
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Upon your ship's arrival at the cruise port in Hobart, your shore excursion begins with minivan pickup for the drive through Battery Point and Sandy Bay to Kettering, a pretty town where you'll visit Nutpatch Nougat Chocolates for samples of sweet treats. Then hop on the ferry for the 15-minute cruise to Bruny Island. When you reach the island, begin your discovery of its food scene, from artisan cheese samples at Bruny Island Cheese Company to fresh-from-the-sea oysters at Get Shucked. If you wish to imbibe with a whiskey or wine tasting, this can be organized for an additional fee. In between tastings, enjoy easy walks with your guide along the shoreline and through wilderness areas, where you may spot island wildlife like echidnas, wallabies and birds. Head through Mount Mangana and Cloudy Bay, the last point in Australia to observe southern right whales and humpback whales, and sit down to a picnic lunch of regional produce at a scenic spot. After arriving back in Hobart, your tour ends with drop-off at the cruise port to catch your ship.
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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 and on to Franklin, where you can visit the Wooden Boat Centre. 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.
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Your 9-hour tour departs from Hobart. Take a leisurely drive down the Huon Highway to Hounville. Stop at the Apple Shed Museum and Franklin to visit the Wooden Boat Centre. From there take the road south to the Hastings Caves and take a guided tour with a specialist guide that will take you through the caves, known as the largest dolomite caves in Australia. There is also the opportunity to take a dip in the pool, fed by water from Thermal Springs, before returning to Geeveston and to the Tahune Airwalk. The Tahune Forest AirWalk is situated on the edge of 1.6 million hectares of World Heritage listed rain forest. The airwalk itself has breathtaking views of the forest canopy, averages in height from 20 to 30-metres above the forest floor. The cantilever stands at a height of 48-metres above the Houn River so you can experience the best views. During your Airwalk, explore the numerous walking trails through the forest and two spine-tingling swinging footbridges over the Huon and Picton Rivers. Visit the best known tourism attractions in Tasmania. For an additional fee, you can experience the Cable Eagle Hang Glider which whisks you 250-meters across the Huon River to stop 50 up in the air, before gliding back to solid ground, at speeds of up to 40-km/hr. You will have 90 minutes to experience various activities offered. Extend your activities for more exploration. You can also journey on a 7-hour tour, which takes you on a direct route to Hastings Caves. Explore the Tahune AirWalk and Hobart, without any other stops along the way. This option has been especially created for Cruise Ship passengers who have limited time.
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