3 days in southern Tasmania

Join the real star of the film 'Lion' on this adventure packed 3-day itinerary taking in the wilds of southern Tasmania. 3 days in southern Tasmania
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3 days in southern Tasmania

Take in the extraordinary backdrop of Lion the movie on this adventure packed 3-day itinerary in the wilds of southern Tasmania.


 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 360 degree views from kunanyi/Mount Wellington
  • Enjoy gourmet delights on a day trip to Bruny Island
  • Soak up the sea air on a Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s Tasman Island Cruise

FAST FACTS

  • Time: 3 days
  • Distance: 402 Kilometres (250 miles)
  • Transport: Car
  • Nearest major city: Hobart
  • Price: $$-$$$

Lion, the highly anticipated film based on the incredible true story A Long Way Home by Tasmanian Saroo Brierley tells the story of his epic search for home. Set in the Australian island state of Tasmania, the film showcases the magnificent landscapes of this island in all their rugged beauty. Lion tells the story of Brierley - from his adoption by a Tasmanian couple at age 5 after being separated from his family in India, to his incredible journey to find his long lost family 25 years later.

We’ve gathered all of the key locations from this epic journey and set the stage for your own Southern Tasmania story to play out. All you will need is a hire car and a sense of adventure. 

LION - film trailer Footage from Lion provided courtesy of The Weinstein Company LLC. All rights reserved

DAY 1: URBAN PULSE MEETS SURROUNDING NATURE AND WILDERNESS

kunanyi/Mount Wellington summit, Hobart, Tasmania

Morning
There aren’t many capital cities that have access to 360 degree, mountain-top views, only 25 minutes from the CBD. After taking a leisurely drive to the summit of  kunanyi / Mount Wellington, you’ll be spellbound by the incredible vistas of the city, the River Derwent below and southern Tasmania. Create your own mountain story with walking trails that range from short hikes under the Organ Pipes to more challenging climbs including Cathedral Rock.  Stop for a coffee at the Spring or pack a picnic for the summit.

Afternoon
Keep the afternoon open for Mona - Museum of Old and New Art, David Walsh’s underground playground of antiquities and modern art. After arriving via the Mona Roma Fast Ferry, descend into the subterranean galleries to feast your senses on art, history and some things that are often hard to describe. Be sure to save some time to park yourself on a pink beanbag with a lunch platter and a glass of Moorilla bubbles.

DAY 2: VISIT AN ISLAND OFF AN ISLAND OFF AN ISLAND

The Neck Lookout, Bruny Island, Tasmania

Morning
Drive 35 minutes south of Hobart to the sleepy seaside town of Kettering, which sits on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Watch the yachts and fishing boats bob on the sheltered harbour, then take a car ferry to Bruny Island where Nick Haddow’s Bruny Island Cheese Co awaits. Feast on fresh oysters from Get Shucked and enjoy the local wines.

Afternoon
Climb the 238 timber stairs to The Neck lookout for panoramic views over this incredible island - every single step is worth it for the 360 degree views. Then cross over into South Bruny Island, where you can walk the dramatic cliff tops from Adventure Bay to Penguin Island and Fluted Cape. Keep an eye out for pademelons, echidnas and wombats or visit the convict-built Cape Bruny lighthouse and trek along the remote white beach of Cloudy Bay.

DAY 3: SEA CLIFFS, NATURAL FORMATIONS AND OYSTERS

The Candlestick, Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

Morning
Drive 90 minutes from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula and hop aboard one of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ signature yellow boats and cruise beneath some of the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sea cliffs. Drift into deep-sea caves, zip beneath ancient arches and motor up close to waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may run into some of our friendly marine locals, including fur seals, migrating whales, common dolphins and rare sea eagles.

Afternoon
Once you’re back on solid ground, hop in your car and explore more of the peninsula’s natural landmarks including the Tessellated Pavement, Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman’s Arch – to mention a few. Drop into Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed on your way back to Hobart where not only can you see the oyster farm from your table, but also the vines, responsible for your glass of cool climate wine. It’s paddock to plate dining at its best. 

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