Tasmania deserves at least a fortnight but if time and money are tight, tour operators will whisk you around the major sights. In addition, activity providers offer expeditions that are a holiday in their own right. All of those here include park entry fees and accommodation.
Green Island Tours cycling-tasmania.com. Supported and self-guide cycle tours around the state, from four to eleven days.
Jump Tours jumptours.com. Young, lively backpacker tours that are among the cheapest available (though don’t include meals) from a new Hobart-based company. Hostel accommodation with an opportunity to upgrade from dorms.
Pepper Bush Adventures wpepperbush.com.au. High-end bespoke tours with unique experiences and good tucker from one of the best wildlife guides in the state, Craig “Bushy” Williams. Based in Launceston.
Rafting Tasmania raftingtasmania.com. One of the most experienced providers of tours along the magic Franklin River – one of the world’s greatest raft adventures over five to ten days – but also runs day-trips on the Derwent and Picton rivers.
Tarkine Trails tarkinetrails.com.au. Speciality operator for the northwest Tarkine region; coast and forest walks, plus speciality photography trips.
Tasmanian Expeditions tasmanianexpeditions.com.au. This Launceston-based company is the leading adventure provider in the state. Trips cover all wilderness walks (including some serious expeditions) and acts as a retailer for upmarket cabin-based walks, plus cycle and multi-activity trips.
Under Down Under Tours underdownunder.com.au. Small-group hostel-based backpacker tours plus Discovery Tours with hotel accommodation. Two- to nine-day trips take in the major sights, with short walks in national parks, plus breakfasts. Also operates day-trips to major sights from Hobart and Launceston.