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WHO IS SERVICE FOR?
Bush walkers, back packers, fisherman & outdoor enthusiasts.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
An non scheduled “on demand” service. Our Service caters for:
For Winter Services from 1st June to 30th September see notes at the bottom of this page or click here
Extended Bushwalking Expeditions - you have a choice of one way or two way transport from the same location or a different location several days later.
Canoeists, Cyclists & Fly-fishing Transport – very similar to our Bushwalkers Transport except you may wish to be picked up at a different location on the same day (see separate heading later on this page) or several days later.
WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE?
Providing we are not already booked, it is available at any time (exept Christmas Day and Boxing Day) even at short notice, however, forward booking is strongly recommended, particularly in our busy period October to April to secure our services on the day you want.
IF BOOKING HOW MUCH NOTICE IS REQUIRED?
As much as possible, as we are very busy over the summer period.
WHERE DO WE GO & HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Most of our “Standard” (fixed price services) are ex-Launceston, however we also offer a service to Hobart from Lake St.Clair & from other areas by special arrangement.
All the fares shown below can be paid by credit card, or direct deposit in advance or pay a deposit of $30.00 per passenger and the balance paid later. If you want to save some money please ask for our special cash prices which can be paid by direct credit at the time of booking or in cash at the time of pickup.
LAUNCESTON AND LAUNCESTON AIRPORT TO THE FOLLOWING DESTINATIONS:
A guide to our standard prices to destinations in Tasmania – our “cash rates” are cheaper.
Bay of Fires
Lake St.Clair (1)
Walls of Jerusalem
Prices are based on the number of passengers on the bus and are in Australian Dollars. There is a minimum of 2 passengers. We also have “cash” only rates which are cheaper. Please contact us for more information.
2 Passengers $138.00 each
3 Passengers $117.00
4 Passengers $99.00
5 Passengers $90.00
6+ Passengers $83.00
Devonport to Cradle Mountain add an additional $8.00 each to above prices
Launceston to Higgs Track/Meander Falls Track deduct $10.00 each from above prices.
Launceston to Ben Lomond National Park:
2 pax. $70.00 each. 3 pax. $50.00 each. 4 pax. $40.00 each. 6+ $35.00 each
Launceston to Frenchman’s Cap:
2 Passengers $156.00 each
3 Passengers $140.00
4 Passengers $120.00
5 Passengers $100.00
6+ Passengers $90.00
Launceston to Blue Derby/Bridport :
Price range $130.00 (Two Pax.) - $75.00 each (6+ Pax)
Lake St.Clair to Launceston (2)
2 Passengers $143.00 each
3 Passengers $127.00
4 Passengers $108.00
5 Passengers $99.00
6+ Passengers $90.00
Lake St.Clair to Hobart (3) & (4)
Minimum 3 passengers.
3 Passengers $135.00
4 Passengers $120.00
5 Passengers $99.00
6+ Passengers $92.00
Launceston to Tarkine Region (5)
Minimum 3 passengers.
3 Passengers $180.00
4 Passengers $150.00
5 Passengers $138.00
6+ Passengers $125.00
(1) This price is applicable if you have already travelled with us to commence your walk.
(2) If you travelled to the start of your walk with us and return to Launceston you will pay the same as your “inward” transport – see Launceston to Cradle Mountain prices.
(3) If you book your “inward” transport with us, your transport to Hobart will be substantially cheaper, particularly if you use our “cash” prices – ask for details
(4) Special Note for post overland track passengers:
Lake St.Clair to Hobart. There is a general misconception that Lake St. Clair is closer to Hobart, this is in fact incorrect. Although we are happy to take groups to Hobart, it is only really worthwhile for passengers if they plan to spend a day or two enjoying the sights and attractions that Hobart can offer, prior to flying home. However, booking transport to Hobart, just to fly out is a more expensive option than returning to Launceston. As we are Launceston based, firstly we can do this cheaper and secondly it is in fact some 20 km shorter & due to less traffic a quicker journey.
(5) This is a return journey for us of between 500km & 570km – we will quote for larger groups. Price depends on drop off/pickup points.
NEW SERVICE TO DERBY AND BLUE TIER FOR CYCLING ENTHUSIASTS
HOW CAN I REDUCE MY TRANSPORT COSTS?
Firstly, please ask for our “Special Rates for Cash” & we will send you our price schedule. Secondly, if you are undertaking the Overland Track, unless you particularly want to go to Hobart following your walk, it is actually cheaper to come back to Launceston (The journey time is approximately the same) this means you can fly in & out from the same airport. Finally, reduce your transport costs by travelling with others - see section: “How Does Our Message Board Work”
WHERE ELSE DO YOU GO?
We can take you to just about any location in Tasmania, but please bear in mind that we are Launceston based (central north) and that for individuals and small groups (4/5 people) it might be cheaper to travel from Hobart if you want to access walking tracks in the South West. For larger groups however please contact us & we will give you a quotation.
WILL WE KNOW HOW MUCH IT WILL COST BEFORE WE COMMIT OURSELVES?
There will be no nasty surprises at your journeys end with a fee far more than you had expected. We always give you a quotation.
BRINGING YOUR VEHICLE TO TASMANIA
Although you can of course drive yourselves to the start of the overland track at Cradle Mountain, you will still need to arrange transport back to your vehicle at CM from Lake St.Clair.
There are several options for your return transport. Scheduled bus service (this runs on certain days of the week only) and private transport operators. In our experience, judging by the number of phone calls we receive, unless you can arrange your finishing date to coincide with a scheduled service, then this can be a difficult & expensive journey as most private transport operators are not based at Lake St.Clair and would need to travel a long distance to pick you up. An alternative to the above, rather than leave your vehicle in a public car park, is free secure parking at our property just outside Launceston. We can then provide you with return transport
THERE ARE ONLY TWO OF US, WE WANT TO GO TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN, BUT THIS IS GOING TO COST US $139 EACH, CAN YOU DO IT CHEAPER?
Yes, we probably can, firstly enquire about our ‘special rates for cash customers’, secondly check our ‘Message Board’ to see if we are already going to your destination on the day you want to travel or close to your date. OR book anyway with a good chance of others booking on the same journey through our ‘Message Board’ service.
HOW DOES OUR MESSAGE BOARD WORK
Our ‘Message Board’ service is our way of endeavouring to make your journey more affordable. Firstly check to see if we already have a bus going to your destination on the day you wish to travel, failing this we suggest you make a firm booking ($30.00 per passenger deposit). Once you have booked for a particular date & destination we will publish this on the internet, via our ‘message board’ (also known as “scheduled departures”) that we have a confirmed bus movement to the destination you have chosen. Other clients can now see online when a bus movement will occur and how many passengers are already booked and thus are encouraged to also book on this date to save themselves money.
Note: Obviously we cannot guarantee to get extra passengers on a particular day, we therefore recommend that you check with us no later than 30 days prior to your journey. If we have failed to get extra passengers you will have the option of going ahead at the applicable rate or cancelling without loss of your deposit. However, we often get extra passengers, sometimes as late as the day before your departure. If this is the case your fare will still be less.
WHAT IS OUR SPECIAL RATES FOR CASH CUSTOMERS?
To make your journey more affordable, we can also offer substantial discounts for cash payments on the day of departure, this also prevents the possibility of you over paying for your transport i.e.; if we have additional passengers travelling on your day of departure, your journey will now be cheaper than the originally quoted price. This, we feel is a win-win situation, we save on costly bank charges & you pay less for your transport. We will send you full details of this discount upon making an enquiry.
For educational groups, special interest groups and bush walking clubs eight passengers and over we will give you a custom quote.
IS THERE A SPECIAL BOOKING FORM?
Yes, you can book online or we can send you one by e-mail, post or fax.
CAN YOU PICK US UP AFTER OUR WALK
Yes, providing you make the arrangements in advance. Please be sure you arrange your pickup time realistically, making a generous allowance for your walk taking longer than you expected. We cannot make refunds if you fail to turn up – if you are planning or considering walking the overland track or high alpine areas in winter (June – September) this is a serious undertaking and special conditions of booking apply between 1st June and 30th September. In addition we can make suggestions that may help your planning.
CAN YOU DROP US OFF & PICK US UP AGAIN ON THE SAME DAY (EVEN AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION)
This option is available for groups of 4 and over only - details on request.
ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL RATES FOR REGISTERED WALKING CLUBS
WHERE CAN WE BE PICKED UP FROM?
Providing we are able to park safely we can pick up from all Hotels & Guest Houses in Launceston City & Suburbs. We can also pick up from Launceston Airport or the Launceston Transit Centre.
Special conditions apply for pick up from “remote locations” such as Lake St Clair.
We can pick up at other locations by special arrangement - additional charges may apply.
LAST MINUTE FOOD REQUIREMENTS
Most fresh items of food (vegetables, dairy products & meat) cannot be brought into Tasmania. As we know that most folks need to purchase these items after arrival we usually make a short shopping stop en-route to your destination. This is especially helpful if you are being picked up at Launceston Airport & are going to Cradle Mountain. We can stop at Deloraine en-route for this purpose.
FUEL FOR YOUR COOKING STOVE
If you need fuel please contact us or tick the box for further information on the booking form. All fuel orders must be pre booked.
We have a limited range of essential equipment for hire, including cooking stoves. We can also give you details of other independent businesses who can hire tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags etc please let us know if you want details.
ACCOMMODATION BEFORE & AFTER YOUR WALK
See our 'Useful Links' page for details of budget & other accommodation in both Launceston & Hobart.
If you have arranged return or onward transport with us after your walk we offer a free luggage storage facility, providing this is limited to one medium size bag each (max 12 kg). We will arrange to have this waiting for you when we pick you up. Oversize or overweight bags will be charged $10.00 per bag.
WHO DO WE CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION?
It assists us greatly if you can complete out “on-line” enquiry form as this gives us all the information to give you a quotation.
If you require additional information please do this by email or if urgent you can contact Paul Grigg on 0408 91 8249.
Please note we run a limited winter service to all destinations in the Central Highlands including Cradle Mountain and Lake St.Clair – Special conditions and different prices apply to these services. Please click here to see our advice and conditions of transport.