The Derwent Experience
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About
I have a passion for sharing beauty and surprises with fellow explorers and travelers, especially around Hobart and the surrounding valleys, rivers, villages, national parks and wildlife. My specialty is small groups travelling together as I have my own 12 seat mini-coach (fully accredited, insured). Whether it is a "Highlights Tour" or something tailored to your unique interests, I will make sure that you have a wonderful and memorable experience.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Why book with The Derwent Experience
  • Small Business Owner - Health Coach and Local Tour Business
  • Life - travelling extensively around Australia and overseas, working around the world. Now it has been learning and studying about my new home of 10 years, Tasmania, even as we raise two small humans
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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Vivi
Jakarta, Indonesia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
San is an amazing tour guide, he is the owner of Derwent Experience. He's very accommodating and he took us on a very long journey to Cradle Mountain. Lunch and dinner in the chosen restaurants were superb, and he made sure we were all comfy and okay for the long journey. The tour started at 6am and we were dropped off back at Hobart at around 9pm. Cradle Mountain is very far from Hobart and Sam is the only tour provider that runs the day trip to Cradle Mountain, which saved my entire trip to Tasmania. Cradle Mountain is amazing, you wouldn't want to think twice about visiting this place. It is a must visit place if you are in Tasmania. We had about 10 or 11 people in the group and I was the only one that did the hiking up to the Marion Lookout. The view is breathtaking and wouldn't waste all of your effort at all. There was light showers and very windy as I hiked up, but saw rainbows appreared a few times up there. On my way down, I saw 3 wombats. If you have any breathing or walking difficulties, you could do a full circuit trekking of Dove Lake instead of going up. All the best Sam and thanks so much again for looking after us. It was my best daytrip in Tasmania!
Written 12 April 2024
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jordie793
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sam was impeccable at ensuring every aspect of our day was wonderful. He chose great food stops and was very patient. I loved his thorough knowledge of Tasmania. Faultless.
Written 12 March 2024
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Thank you Georgina. I am so glad that you enjoyed the day, and that I was the one who was able to help you visit Cradle Mountain again. I really appreciate your kind words.
Written 12 March 2024
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Silvia
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This has been my best tour in my entire life, Sam is really lovely taking care of every detail. It’s admirable that he does this tour from Hobart because it’s very far away, I think it’s excellent value for money, it’s an intense day, it must be tiring for Sam to arrive late every night after the tour, but with all his effort he makes it possible for all of us to enjoy.
Even being far away Sam left us enough time to enjoy that wonderful mountain and its landscapes. I also met wonderful people on this tour with very good vibes. I will never forget this day, thank you Sam for making me and many other people happy, I will be eternally grateful to you.
Written 9 February 2024
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Wow! Silvia what you achieved, what you both managed in such a short time is Epic! it puts a smile on my dial every time I think about it. I really appreciate your kind words and lovely review. I am so happy that I was able to help you have a really good, life affirming day, and to experience such a beautiful place. May you always keep reaching new heights and follow the road less travelled. Cheers, Sam
Written 13 February 2024
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Juliette
Sunshine Coast, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great day with our guide Sam, from The Derwent Experience; from the New Norfolk Distillery where we sampled a variety of rums, gins and liqueurs, then a visit to Salmon Ponds, the oldest trout and salmon hatchery in the southern hemisphere where we enjoyed plump Tassie cherries and a soft sparkling wine, to a tasty cheese platter and selection of 6 wines at Stefano Lubiana estate, a sixth generation of family farmers. We then visited Richmond (quaint country town) and walked the oldest working stone bridge in Australia (built by convicts in 1823), then experienced the distillery flavours at the Charles Reuben estate who also produce three wines and we loved their Riesling and finished with a paddle of craft beers at the Last Rites Brewing Company (ps: only open on Fridays at this time). There was also little bits in between that added to the experience (like good local coffee to start the day, antiques and shops) plus Sam has good local knowledge, is friendly, easy, and great company. So totally recommend ; an unforgettable day… you must do it!
Written 9 February 2024
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Thank you Juliette once again. It was an absolute pleasure to share a wonderful day with you both and show you around.
Written 13 February 2024
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Jasmin B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Fantastic wine tour by Sam Derwent, the best, the places we visited, the hospitality by Sam, was above and beyond, a tour company committed to excellence and fun
Written 31 January 2024
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Thank you so much Jasmin for your lovely review. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your reflections and am thrilled that you enjoyed the experience.
Written 25 February 2024
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Paul C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!! Difficult to know where to start because SAM is the best excursion we have taken in our 20 years of travelling. His attention to detail where everything is planned and I mean everything from the meals to the time in the vehicle the stops.... The day is long because we had perfect stops, meals, information, etc that we did not feel overwhelmed by the travel. We were even sharing on the return trip music from our local favorites (Canada-Quebec) with everyone. We can actually say that the group on this day were tight and had a lot of fun. We met travelers from this excursion on other excursions and managed to welcome each other!!. All smiles. I have not even talked about Tasmania-Cradle Mountain which was the highlight of our 8 days in Tasmania. We still talk about it. SAM thanks for the memories and this one stands out on our 6week trek accross Australia. Paul + Rachel.
Written 12 January 2024
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Wow! Thank you Paul and Rachel for your lovely review. I really appreciate you taking the time to reflect and share your thoughts well over a week after the tour. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience, and that I was able to help bring a great day together for you both. Happy Travels for many, many more years. Sam
Written 13 January 2024
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Rohit
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
One of the most professional run tour company I've ever come across. Sam is an incredible guide, extremely knowledgable and knows how to deliver an amazing experience. Not the slighest thing to complain about.
Written 9 January 2024
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Thank you Rohit. I really appreciate your kind review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the day. All the best Sam
Written 13 January 2024
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Paul L
Sydney, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sam was amazing. Informative friendly and chill. His sense of time keeping impeccable. I strongly and highly recommend going to Cradle Mountain from Hobart because Sam takes you through some absolutely amazing parts of Tasmania stopping and explaining along the way. Bravo
Written 4 January 2024
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Thank you Paul for sharing a lovely review. I am so happy to hear you both enjoyed the experience - you have summed up the essence of the day really well. Sam
Written 13 January 2024
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Yvonne V
Hilo, HI15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Enjoyable small group day trip from Hobart to Cradle Mountain. It’s a long trip and well planned out by Sam with several rest stops and a breakfast and dinner break. His van is very comfortable. He provides lots of information and history about Tasmania along the way.
Cradle Mountain is fabulous. We took the hike around Dove Lake in 2.5 hours.
There are multiple trails of varying difficulty. We encountered very few people on the trail, it’s peaceful and beautiful.
Written 28 November 2023
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I am so glad that you enjoyed the day, especially the hike around Dove Lake. Thank you very much for a lovely review, I really appreciate it. All the best Sam
Written 2 December 2023
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JH
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was an amazing tour from Hobart to Cradle Mountain (UNESCO). This tour offers the unique experience to visit and hike Cradle Mountain all the way from Hobart without me having to rent and drive on the other side of the road myself. Our guide Sam is knowledgeable about all things Tasmania and maintained a good balance of taking rest stops and getting us to where we wanted to be. Highly recommend The Derwent Experience!
Written 21 November 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am really glad that you enjoyed the whole experience. All the best Sam
Written 2 December 2023
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