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Tour Operators -- Dozens of operators run organized hiking, horse-trekking, sailing, caving, fishing, bushwalking, diving, cycling, rafting, climbing, kayaking, and canoeing trips.

One of the best operators is Adventure Tours Australia (tel. 1800/068 886 in Australia, or 08/8132 8230; www.adventuretours.com.au). It offers a 3-day East Coast Explorer tour from Devonport, taking in Launceston, Freycinet National Park, and Port Arthur, before finishing in Hobart. The tour costs A$470 to A$515 depending on accommodations. Other tours are available.

Peregrine Adventures (tel. 1300/791 485 in Australia; www.peregrineadventures.com) runs several trips in Tasmania, including a 5-day Franklin River rafting adventure and others that include kayaking and hiking. Another good operator is the Roaring 40s Wilderness Tours (tel. 03/6267 5000; www.roaring40skayaking.com.au), which offers kayaking expeditions for 3 or 7 days, as well as other tours. Tasmanian Expeditions, in Launceston (tel. 1300/666 856 in Australia, or 03/6331 9000; www.tasmanianexpeditions.com.au), runs a range of cycling, trekking, rafting, rock-climbing, and sea-kayaking trips around the island, departing from either Hobart or Launceston.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.