7 unique places to spend New Year's Eve in Tasmania

The incredible night sky in the Tarkine region
The incredible night sky in the Tarkine region

New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and for many of us, how you spend this holiday sets the tone for the year to come. Right?

So, how about adding a little bit of adventure to your night?

We've got seven champagne ideas for bringing in the New Year in the Tasmanian wilderness. The trips offer the best, most unique way to spend New Year's Eve this summer, with the support, comfort and care of our expedition team. As you can imagine, they're set to book out quickly so you’d better get packing.

If you do miss out on trips running over New Year's Eve in Tasmania, you can still find plenty of summer departures in December, January and February.

An iconic trail: The Overland Track

What’s better than walking through pristine wilderness on one of the finest walking trails in Tasmania? Bringing in the New Year while you do it! The Overland Track takes you through the diverse landscape of Cradle Mountain National Park, along glaciated landscapes, lush rainforests, alpine moorlands and more. 

Could this be one of the best places to spend New Year's Eve? We think so. Picture camping under the stars while listening to the sounds of wildlife coming to life in the evening. It creates the perfect ambience for you to reflect on the year that was.

The ultimate challenge: The South Coast Track

The incredible views along the challenging South Coast Track in Tasmania
Want to bring in the New Year surrounded by empty beaches, towering rainforests and alpine heights? The South Coast Track is a 9-day trek that traverses 85 kilometres across the South of Tasmania and is renowned for being one of Tasmania’s finest long-distance walks. 

Spend your New Year's Eve climbing the Ironbound Ranges, with the first day of the New Year enjoying a well-deserved rest day at Little Deadman’s Bay. 

On this challenging and truly unforgettable trek, you'll have the chance to see wildlife, rare bird species and some of the best views across Tasmania.

True variety: Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania's East Coast


Voted as one of National Geographic Traveller Magazine’s '50 Tours of a Lifetime', the Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania trip will take your breath away. 

Traversing all of the great spots from Launceston to Hobart, you will be able to begin the year with hiking, cycling, and exploring Tasmania’s finest wilderness destinations and quaint villages. 

You'll get fit but also have time for relaxing and soaking in the endless views. Not a bad way to set yourself up for the year ahead, right? This 6-day trip is an active and thoroughly rewarding way to bring in the New Year!

Tranquil escape: Tarkine Rainforest Walk and River Cruise

Delving deep into 100 million years of natural history

Feel as if you have the ancient forest to yourself with private access to sections of the Tarkine/Takayna region on this self-drive itinerary. The rainforest walks are a truly unforgettable experience, surrounded by trees, wildlife, and endless vistas, miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Tucked away in nature, you will wake up on New Year's Day to jaw-dropping views of the Tarkine’s finest wilderness scenery, which provides a sanctuary for at least 60 rare or endangered species. The coastal plains also provide important feeding grounds for the world's rarest and fastest parrots: the orange-bellied and swift parrots.

Best of all, you only need to carry daypacks as you explore the surrounding wilderness; perfect for those who are looking for an achievable active adventure that doesn’t need too much training.

You'll also enjoy a cruise to the mouth of the Pieman River, bordered by a dense forest filled with myrtles, sassafras, celery-top pine, laurels, blackwoods and giant tree ferns.

Adrenaline rush: Raft the mighty Franklin River


If you’re after an adventurous way to finish off the year, the multi-day Franklin River Rafting expedition may very well be the trip for you. Combining 8 days of rafting along Tasmania’s iconic river with real wilderness camp spots, and a day sailing to Strahan along the Gordon River, there is much fun to be had on this exhilarating trip. 

Regardless of the river level, you will be in good hands as our professional guides have an exceptional safety record. And, the trip has been named the world's best river journey by Outside Magazine in 2012, making it a trip that will finish off the year on a high.

Island life: Flinders Island Walking Adventure

Spectacular coastal walking on Flinders Island |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

With a mesmerising mix of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and aboriginal and European history, Flinders Island is the gem in the crown of island walking in Tasmania. Over this diverse and rewarding itinerary, you will experience six days walking the rugged peaks and sweeping coastlines, taking the time to swim in the crystal clear waters and photograph the endless picture-perfect vistas.

You have the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of both Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki, the second of which is the highest point on the island at 756m giving you spectacular 360-degree views of Flinders Island in its entirety.

Remote adventure: Walls Of Jerusalem Circuit

Experience spectacular mountains, pristine wilderness and unique flora and fauna on this stunning walk. During this six-day full-pack expedition, you'll bushwalk through Tasmania’s only true alpine National Park, the Walls of Jerusalem. The first three days are spent exploring the more remote parts of the national park.

Alpine herb fields and highland lake country abound as you visit Lake Adelaide, Lake Meston and Junction Lake – to name a few. In the southern confines of the national park, you'll also have the opportunity to summit Mt Ragoona and Cathedral Mountain.

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Comments (2)

emma bowers

I am looking for a trip (short) which includes NYE in Tazmania - do you have any suggestions?

5 years ago
Angela - World Expeditions AU

Hi Emma,

Fantastic to hear that you're looking to spend NYE in Tasmania.

There are a few guaranteed trips still with availability including:

Cradle Mountain Short Escape - starts 30th December

Freycinet Circuit Walk - 31st December

Walls of Jerusalem Circuit - 28th December

Walls of Jerusalem Experience - 31st December

You can view a list of more adventure here: However, many have limited places remaining, so it's best to book in now.

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