See the icons of the Apple Isle on this in-depth tour of Tasmania. Fly into Launceston and travel the east coast staying in St Helens and Freycinet en-route to Hobart for 4 nights to explore Port Arthur and the Huon Valley. On through New Norfolk and Queenstown to Strahan for an epic Gordon River Cruise, then discover Cradle Mountain before arriving at Smithton to unearth heritage of the Van Diemen’s Land Company.
10th November 2020
Our flight arrives in Launceston, where we are met by our Coach Captain and take a tour of picturesque Launceston. We break in Cataract Gorge to take a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift, enjoying spectacular views of this unique piece of urban wilderness.
1 Night Stay: Peppers Silo Hotel, Launceston
Today we travel to Beauty Point stopping at Brady’s Lookout and Beaconsfield. Here we are given the choice of visiting the only seahorse farm in the world or Platypus House. We then travel to East Tamar via the unique A-frame Batman Bridge. Lunch today is at the Lost Farm Restaurant which offers spectacular views, before we travel to Legerwood to view the tree carvings – an amazing avenue of memorial tree carvings that are a lasting tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. Lastly, we continue down through Weldborough Pass to Tasmania’s eastern coast.
1 Night Stay: Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens OR Beachfront at Bicheno
We make our way to Coles Bay and take to the skies for a scenic flight over the Friendly Beaches, Wineglass Bay and the Hazard Mountains. Tracking the Freycinet Peninsula we spot Maria Island, the impressive pink granite cliffs and Tasmania’s iconic rugged coastline. Back on the ground, there is time for a visit to Cape Tourville and the Friendly Beaches before arriving at stunning Freycinet Lodge, overlooking the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay.
1 Night Stay: Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay
This morning we visit East Coast Nature World and get up close and personal with the Tasmanian Devil. We then stop at Campbell Town to view the convict trail and the convictbuilt red bridge, before heading to Ross for lunch. Later we travel through historical Richmond before crossing the Derwent River into Hobart.
4 Night Stay: The Old Woolstore, Hobart OR Best Western Hobart
We visit Port Arthur Penal Settlement and learn how hundreds of convicts lived, worked and died under threats of the lash. Take a short cruise across Carnarvon Harbour and around the Isle of the Dead. Later we head to Eaglehawk Neck, visiting some of the many formations of the south east coast, namely Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Tessellated Pavement.
The day is free to discover Hobart at your leisure – perhaps visit the largest privately owned museum in Australia, Mona, with its eccentric, modern and contemporary collection of art. Tonight we dine out, enjoying the vibrant maritime atmosphere and freshest Tasmanian seafood at the iconic Drunken Admiral. **Lunch is at own expense today.
Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with our sightseeing and food tour. Taste local fresh produce, spot wildlife in their natural habitats, walk the beaches, climb The Neck lookout and tour the iconic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, perched above the craggy Tasmanian coastlines.
This morning we depart Hobart and follow the Derwent Valley to historic New Norfolk, then travel to Mount Field National Park where we take a short walk through the giant trees to Russell Falls. Next we take a step into history at ‘The Wall in the Wilderness’. After lunch we make our way further west, stopping to view the Iron Blow open cut copper mine, then travel via Queenstown to finish in Strahan.
2 Night Stay: Strahan Village Motel, Strahan
This morning we relax in reserved premium seating as we cruise the mighty Gordon River. We step ashore at Heritage Landing and see the 2000 year old Huon Pine before sailing on through Hells Gates. Enjoy a smorgasbord lunch on board before cruising back to Strahan where we view a demonstration at Morrison’s Huon Pine Sawmill and see how this valuable timber was milled in days gone by.
Travelling to Cradle Mountain National Park, we join a guided tour of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer’s Chalet and Dove Lake. We lunch at Cradle Mountain Chateau, visit the Wilderness and Landscape Photography Gallery and then head north travelling through the towns of Wynyard and Burnie to Smithton.
2 Night Stay: Tall Timbers Motel, Smithton
Today we travel to the far north west to the Van Dieman’s Land Company’s historic property ‘Woolnorth’. With a local guide we visit the wind farm at Cape Grim with its 62 giant wind turbines, learning the history of the property and the wind farm. After a hearty BBQ lunch, we tour elegant Highfield House, a beautiful example of regency architecture and a monument to those who found themselves on this lonely headland in early 19th century. Next we travel to the historic village of Stanley (established as the headquarters of the Van Dieman’s Land Company), for a chairlift ride to the top of The Nut which is the core of an ancient volcano.
We start our day travelling east via Table Cape to Makers of Burnie, showcasing a dynamic community of artists and makers at work. We continue on to Hellyers Distillery and enjoy lunch, before travelling on through Sheffield, the town of murals, and Railton, the topiary town.
1 Night Stay: Quality Hotel Gateway, Devonport
Our last day takes us through Deloraine to the Georgian village of Evandale, home to the National Penny Farthing Championships and an array of unspoilt heritage buildings. We then arrive at the airport for our respective flights home.
Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
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