Southern Tasmania has so much to offer – from its secluded beaches, towering seacliffs, enchanting waterfalls or its food and beverage culture. A trip to Tasmania is always a good idea. And while a self-drive tour is a great way to explore the island, sometimes it is nice to let someone else do the work while you sit back, relax and take in your surroundings. If you are unable to book a hire car / vehicle for your next visit to Tasmania, don’t stress, there are plenty of fantastic tours, tour guides and experiences you can enjoy without the hassle of a car. These range from large groups to small personalised tours just for you!
We have pulled some tour ideas for you to help plan your next adventure in Southern Tasmania, whether it be by boat, coach, plane or foot – there is bound to be an option to suit you.
Sight-seeing & Coach Tours
There is so much to see and do in southern Tasmania, so much so, that you must allocate ample time. There are plenty of tours on offer for those keen to take some time to see the many different sights.
Tassie Tours offer multi-day tours around Bruny Island, Hobart and Port Arthur. Tassie Tours also have express shuttles from Hobart to Port Arthur, so you can enjoy a full day exploring the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Make the most of a trip to Bruny Island without the hassle of driving by joining Bruny Island Safaris on their food, sightseeing and lighthouse tours. Running seven days a week, departing from Hobart, they’re the only tour company operating the Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours and will give you a real insiders guide.
Enjoy a coach ride around southern Tasmania with Coal River Coaches. Providing transportation and transfers along with extended tours, Coal River Coaches are be able to provide a service for a range of itineraries.
Get out and enjoy some fine Tasmania wilderness with IWander Tasmania. Their tours include a Mt Field and Richmond day trip, a Huon Valley day tour and a Hobart hotspots tour taking in some of Hobart’s best site. Customised tours are also available.
For those keen to explore the beautiful Derwent Valley, hop onboard a tour with The Derwent Experience. Bespoke tours are available and include whiskey, long lunches and golf at the unique Ratho Golf Club.
The best way to see Hobart’s city sights is with a tour on a big red, London style bus. Red Decker Company offer hop-on-hop-off tours around Hobart taking in the historic Cascade Brewery, Battery Point, The Royal Tasmanian Botanicals and many more wonderful sites.
For an immersive historic tour of Tasmania in style, Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages is a must. Trot through time on a horse and carriage tour and learn of Hobart’s fascinating history.
Enjoy a full day of southern Tasmanian experiences with Daytripperz Tasmania. Experience all the Coal River Valley has to offer, explore the waterfalls and mountains of the Derwent Valley, taste your way around Bruny Island or simply enjoy some of Hobart’s most famous sites.
Personalised Tasmanian Tours provides private tours, gourmet food tours, airport transfers and private car transport services for visitors to Tasmania. There are a range of suggested itineraries that are available or the team can work with you to develop a tour to suit your needs.
From 1 day to up to 11 days, Travel with a Cause will cater for a variety of tastes. Better yet, all profits from reservations go towards important causes around the world.
Hobart is filled with wonderful sights and Tasmania Tour Guide will be there to show you around. Offering half-day and full-day tours, visitors will take in famous sights, ascend the mountain, and enjoy the scenery of overlooking Hobart and its surrounding suburbs.
Get up close with a cute Tasmanian Devil with Experience Tasmania before discovering Tasmania’s heritage at the beautiful Richmond Village. For those keen to delve deeper in Tasmania’s history, Experience Tasmania’s Hobart City Historic Sites and Gardens tour is a must.
For a lovely trip in nature Shutterbug Walkabouts offers boutique nature-based tours designed for photography lovers. Take in the incredible southern Tasmanian scenery with an expert photography tutor and capture each moment along the way.
Under Down Under offers eco-certified multi-day and day tours around southern Tasmania a beyond. Cycle Mount Wellington, discover Bruny Island or explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past.
For small group excursions, Tours around Tasmania have a great range of tours. They also offer a Huon Valley shuttle service so visitors can enjoy everything the valley has to offer in their own time.
For those visiting Hobart and keen to explore kunanyi/Mount Wellington, or as the locals call it ‘The Mountain’, Mt Wellington Explorer Bus can take you there. The 2-hour return tour includes 30 minutes to take in the views at the summit.
Immerse yourself in the spectacular nature that surrounds the city, travel with a specialist nature tour guide from Inala Nature Tours to visit Maria Island, Mt Field, Kunanyi or Bruny Island to discover and understand Tasmania’s remarkable flora and fauna.
If you’re looking for the perfect transport option for the Three Capes Track, or if you would like to spend the day exploring the UNESCO World-heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, don’t go past the Port Arthur Bus Service.
On the Water
See the landscapes from the water and spot some local wildlife with a boating tour or experience.
Jump aboard the Mona Roma for a day out at MONA, the ferry departs at multiple times throughout the day and is around a 25-minute journey to Mona. For something a little extra, book a seat in the Posh Pit which includes drinks, canapés and a fancy setting.
Take in the incredible scenery of the Southern Tasmania with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Departing from Bruny Island or the Tasman Peninsula, guests can enjoy a 3-hour morning or afternoon cruise.
Learn a little about Hobart’s heritage while enjoying all the sights from the water with Hobart Historic Cruises. Make an evening of it and enjoy a scenic dinner cruise.
Enjoy a sail on Tasmania’s largest tall ship, the Windward Bound. Enjoy the sound of waves lapping the wooden hull, feast on local cheese or see if you can spot some local wildlife. For those who love the idea of heritage sailing, you may also enjoy a sail on the SV Rhona H, Hobart’s oldest and smallest working tall ship.
Cruise on the Derwent River and see the delights of Hobart from the water with Sailtas. The crew also offer sailing tours to Bruny Island, Port Arthur and Port Davey.
Hobart Yachts also offer day and overnights charters around southern Tasmania. For the ultimate experience, enjoy their Seafood Experience or Twilight Dinner Cruise.
There are plenty of wonderful paddling tours available with Tassie Bound Adventure Tours. Experience Lake Pedder, enjoy the serenity of the upper Derwent River, or paddle with a platypus.
Discover the Tasman Peninsula and Bruny Island with Southern Sea Ventures. The 4-day journeys take in the best of southern Tasmania’s coastlines.
Roaring 40s Kayaking offers tailored tours on the water from 2.5-hour city paddles, day tours or multi-day expeditions in the Tasmanian wilderness. A paddle on the water will leave you inspired by the Tasmanian scenery.
Explore the Huon Valley and Far South with Esperance Adventures. All tours are suitable for family groups, there is even a treasure hunt tour available for the kiddies.
If you’re in the Huon Valley, don’t miss out on getting a sail aboard the Yukon, a traditional sailing ketch.
Food and Wine Tours
Southern Tasmania is renowned for its budding food and wine industry. There are some exceptional locals producing some of the finest, fresh produce while the southern wine region has some of the best vineyards in the country.
Stelavino offer guided wine tours with pick up and drop off available from Hobart – no need to worry about that designated driver.
Ageing Barrel Tours offers tours not just for the wine lover but for the whiskey, gin and vodka lover too. All the best tassie tipples in one day, how delightful!
Enjoy a tour of southern Tasmania’s finest vineyards, perhaps paired with a luxurious lunch with Apple Isle Wine Tours.
Sample the finest of Tasmania’s whisky, wine, beer and cider all in one day with Drink Tasmania Premium Tours.
Escape the city for the day and enjoy lunch in beautiful surrounds with Peppermint Bay Cruise. Set off from Brooke Street Pier, enjoy a cruise on-board the luxurious catamaran and experience Hobart’s harbour, beachside towns and wildlife en route to lunch at the Peppermint Bay Hotel.
Bruny Island Traveller is a full day tour, departing from Hobart. Taste your way across Bruny Island visiting some artisan producers on a gourmet adventure whilst taking in the spectacular scenery of southern Tasmania’s favourite island. If you’re more of a fan of Seafood, check out their Seafood Seduction tour.
If you’re all about Seafood, don’t go past Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures. Born from a love of Tasmania’s pristine waterways, the fishing and boating industries and the desire to provide authentic and unique seafood experiences, Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures is a premier seafood and fishing charter company, departing from Hobart’s waterfront.
Head out into the wild and discover the delights of southern Tasmania’s local produce with Eat the Wild. Go beyond the cellar door of some of Tasmania’s finest vineyards or indulge in fresh seafood on the shores of Bruny Island. Not only will you taste local produce, but you’ll enjoy some pretty impressive scenery along the way.
If you are travelling to southern Tasmania and an avid bike rider, there are plenty of tours to enjoy around the city or further afield.
Hobart Mountain Bike Tours will take riders up Mount Wellington to explore the range of tracks on offer. No need to bring your own gear, the team will provide everything.
An exceptional and unique encounter with wild Tasmania is what Tasmanian Ebike Adventures offers. All tours are on a private basis, customised to the needs and interests of guests.
Eudaimonia Tasmanian Cycling Tours offer tours from a 2hr beach ride to multi-day adventures around Hobart and surrounds. Enjoy a ride accompanied by the finest Tasmanian produce, and scenery, of course.
Unique Air Tours
There is nothing quite like a tour from the skies to appreciate Tasmania’s beauty.
Rotorlift Aviation takes in all the magic of the rugged Tasman Peninsula or the rolling hills of the Huon Valley. If an airplane is more to your liking, Above and Beyond Hobart offer a unique seaplane experience. Take off from the Derwent River and explore the skies surrounding Hobart.
Tasmanian Air Tours also offer heli tours around southern Tasmania. Experience some of Tasmania’s best wineries, distilleries, restaurants and fly away to a secluded location and enjoy a bush or beach picnic.
Enjoy the best of Bruny Island without the worry of the drive with Bruny Island Safaris and Island Scenic Flights. Enjoy a Hobart pickup by Bruny Island Safaris and explore the culinary delights of Bruny Island before enjoying a scenic flight over beautiful Bruny.
The Southwest National Park offers a unique, secluded landscape with incredible walks and sea adventures to be had. Par Avion can take you there with some pretty spectacular views along the way.
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Header Image: Coal River Coaches