Wilderness and Whisky Walks

Our private four-day Wilderness and Whisky Walks tour allows couples, private groups or Corporate programmes to enjoy two distinctively Tasmanian adventures, exploring the landscape on some of Tasmania’s best short walks and hiking trails before tastings and behind-the-scenes access at Tasmania’s finest distilleries and wineries.

We keep this tour simple, exploring the diverse regions of southern Tasmania, each offering wild natural landscapes and passionate producers behind the distilleries and wineries.

  • Adventure Bay, Bruny Island - Photo Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
  • Cape Bruny Lighthouse at the southern tip of Bruny Island, Tasmania, is the second oldest extant lighthouse tower in Australia, as well as having the longest (158 years) history of being continuously manned. Photo Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
  • Lark Distillery - Photo Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
  • Lark Distillery - Photo Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
  • Neck Beach, Adventure Bay - Photo Tourism Tasmania and Andrew Wilson
  • Cape Raoul - Photo Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
  • McHenry Distillery - Photo Alice Hansen
  • Lark Distillery - Photo Sam Shelley
  • Lark Distillery - Photo Sam Shelley
  • Get Shucked - Bruny Island Oysters - Photo Adam Gibson
  • Lighthouse Bay - Bruny Island - Photo Adam Gibson
  • Summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington - Photo Luke Tscharke
  • kunanyi/Mt Wellington - Photo Luke Tscharke
  • McHenry Distillery - Photo by Peter Jarvis
  • Hartz Mountains National Park has been shaped by ancient glaciers and offers visitors a window into Tasmania. Photo Jess Bonde
  • Hartz Mountains National Park - Photo Jess Bonde
  • Cape Bruny Lighthouse at the southern tip of Bruny Island, Tasmania, is the second oldest extant lighthouse tower in Australia, as well as having the longest (158 years) history of being continuously manned - Photo Jess Bonde

Daily tour activity structure

After picking you up from your Hobart accommodation at 8.30am, we head off to the chosen region for our morning bushwalk. We will pack a gourmet picnic to enjoy on the trail. If arranged in advance, we can organise a local dine in option after the walk. This will be governed by our timing and the afternoon’s activities.

With the morning adventure completed we go in search of the local distilling talent, or winery and drop in for a tasting and refreshing break amongst stories of creating the finest Tasmanian whisky, gin, wine, cider or vodka. A great opportunity to debrief, review the day’s activities and plans for tomorrow’s adventures.

We then head home to your Hobart accommodation around 5:30pm, where you are free to explore and enjoy the city’s restaurants, culture and nightlife.

Daily Wilderness and Whisky Walks itineraries

We will select four of the following day tours:

  1. Derwent Valley and Mount Field National Park – Around an hour from Hobart, the Lady Barron Falls Circuit takes in several of Tasmania’s most beautiful waterfalls. Sitting amongst the beautiful rainforests of the Mount Field National Park, we walk past the old growth and fresh, crisp waterfalls on this two-hour, 6km easy trail, where we may even spot some native Tasmanian wildlife. After lunch we will visit producers such as Derwent Distillery, Killara Distillery, Shene Distillery or Derwent Estate Vineyard
  • Bruny Island – After the short morning ferry crossing, we head to Adventure Bay for a walk around the coastal clifftops of Fluted Cape, taking time to explain the geology and share stories from the past of this island off an island. Our picnic lunch is taken in the beauty of Hiba private gardens and followed by tasting Houndstooth whisky. On the way back to the ferry, we will pause for a platter of oysters and other delicious local treats.
  • Huon Valley and the Hartz Peak – We set off down south past Huonville and through Geeveston to the Hartz Mountain National Park, part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. Our four-hour, 8km walk offers great views down towards the south west and federation peak, on a clear day spotting Mount Anne and passing Lake Esperance. After lunch we visit local distilleries and vineyards such as Port Cygnet Distillery, Home Hill Vineyard and the Willie Smith Cider House and Apple Museum.
  • Tasman Peninsula and Shipsterns Bluff – Less than two hours from Hobart, this four-hour walk covers 8km and will expose us to the wild and rugged part of the Tasmanian coast where the Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean. With great views across the rugged coastline of Tasmania, this is the renowned monster wave surfing venue. After lunch we visit some of the local distilleries such as McHenrys, Nonesuch, Hellfire Bluff and Impression Bay and vineyards such as Bream Creek and Cape Bernier.
  • Mount Wellington/kunanyi – We will explore mountain tracks and trails that are right in Hobart’s backyard, including some challenging steep sections, rock screes, fern glades and spectacular views from the top of our kunanyi. Along the way we will share great stories of hidden caves and Hobart’s past and present history. After lunch, it is back to Hobart to explore some inner-city distilleries such as Lark and Captain Blighs.
Explore Southern Tasmania with Adventure Trails Tasmania
Explore Southern Tasmania with Adventure Trails Tasmania

Freshen up after your walk

We will work up a bit of a sweat during our morning walks, but we provide facilities for a bit of a clean-up (moist flannels and a towel) and to change your shoes and shirt, if you wish to. But rest assured that the places we visit in the afternoon are all very casual and no-one will be fussed to see you when you’ve just been out enjoying the Tasmanian outdoor life.

Weather, safety and flexibility

Tasmania’s weather is famously changeable, especially where outdoor adventures in wilderness areas are concerned, and your safety and wellbeing is our primary concern. To avoid getting into emergency situations, we carefully monitor weather forecasts and will discuss the specifics of our daily itineraries and destinations with you.

It may be necessary at any point to amend our plans and itineraries if the weather is not suitable for walking in our planned area. Our local knowledge means we have plenty of alternatives up our sleeves.

Our guides are prepared for Tasmania’s changing weather and other emergencies and carry first-aid equipment, maps and extra water at all times.

Fitness and equipment

A general healthy level of fitness is necessary to enjoy our walks, most covering between 6-9km and taking 3-4 hours. All walks are on formed tracks, but may involve uneven, damp or even boggy ground.

Well-fitted, comfortable hiking boots (not sneakers or running shoes) are essential, as is a good quality thigh-length waterproof raincoat. Sunscreen is recommended, even in the cooler months.

Please bring any other clothing or equipment – such as hats, scarves, sunglasses, gaiters and walking poles, camera – that you need. Layering is a good approach for Tasmania’s variable weather – think a number of thin layers, from t-shirts to thin pullovers, a jacket and a coat, so you can add or remove layers to stay comfortable.

 A reusable water bottle and drinking water is provided.

Guides carry first aid and other emergency equipment, maps and extra water at all times. Guests are welcome to bring their own backpack with their own equipment, camera gear and other personal items.

Wilderness and Whisky Walks – Features

  • Type: Multi day tour – four days (shorter itineraries and single day tours are available by arrangement, subject to scheduling availability)
  • Structure: Morning bush walk, afternoon distillery or winery visit.
  • Highlights: Meet the passionate producers and encounter Tasmanian wilderness and wildlife.
  • Transfers: pickup and drop off at your Hobart area accommodation. Hobart Airport transfers included with four-day itineraries.
  • Length: Four days, 6-8 hours per day
  • Price: Four days $1960.00 per couple / from $245.00 per person per day
  • Minimum booking: 2 people

Please contact us for small group rates for up to eight guests and other itinerary lengths and options.

Inclusions

  • Gourmet picnic lunches
  • Local guide
  • National Park entry fees
  • Private transport from your accommodation each day
  • Tastings
  • Trail snacks and bottled water with a reusable water bottle to keep

Custom Wilderness and Whisky Walks Itineraries

We can also customise our itineraries to accommodate other interests (such as art and craft, boutique food producers, wine, cider, history and culture). Please enquire to discuss your needs.