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Home – Hobart – Launceston
Our tour begins with an early morning flight into Hobart arriving around midday. Purchase some lunch on your flight or at the airport. After boarding our coach, we will travel north to Oatlands, one of Tasmania’s oldest settlements. Admire the Georgian townscape and the many sandstone buildings, mostly convict-built in the early 1800s and see the Callington Mill, a Lincolnshire tower mill built in 1837. From here we take the Midlands Highway through the centre of Tasmania, stopping to view the historic Ross Bridge and also the Red Bridge near Campbell Town. Late afternoon arrive into Launceston, where we will settle in for the next two nights.
Seahorse World, Tamar Valley
This morning we travel via Brady’s Lookout, offering magnificent views along the Tamar River, before arriving in Beaconsfield for a visit to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Continue on to Beauty Point for lunch and a tour of Seahorse World, a unique seahorse farm and aquarium. We then make our way back to Launceston, crossing the Batman Bridge and travelling along the eastern side of the Tamar River. This afternoon, visit City Park, located in the heart of Launceston, where time will be allowed to stroll through the John Hart
Conservatory which showcases beautiful annuals outside and a spectacular horticultural display inside. Another highlight is to see the Japanese Macaques in the monkey enclosure. Return to our accommodation to freshen up before enjoying dinner at Country Club Tasmania.
Launceston – Bicheno
Today we travel to Legerwood for morning tea, taking time to see the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees. The trees were planted in honour of fallen soldiers in 1918 and the 25 statues depict the fallen men they were planted for. At Weldborough Pass Rainforest Walk see the ancient myrtle trees before continuing on to Pyengana Dairy. Hear an informative talk about
this distinctive dairy and enjoy lunch including a Devonshire Tea with lashings of jam and clotted cream. Our journey then takes us to Bicheno, well known for their penguins, for our
Bicheno – Hobart
After breakfast, we visit the Blowhole, where if the ocean swell is big enough, we will see water shooting through the rock up into the air. Glimpse spectacular Freycinet Peninsula and
Maria Island as you travel south through wineries and walnut farms. Stop at the unusual Buckland Church with its 14th century stained glass window before reaching historic Richmond where you can browse the charming village-style shops and purchase your own lunch. Continue on to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where a guided tour will explain the plight of the Tasmanian Devils. Later this afternoon, arrive in Hobart where we will settle into our accommodation for the next three nights. Dinner this evening will be at the Wrest Point Casino Café.
Salamanca Markets – Tahune
This morning browse the famous Salamanca Markets to taste the local produce and maybe purchase a souvenir or an early lunch. This afternoon drive south to the Huon Valley for a
visit to the Tahune AirWalk. The Huon Pine Walk is easily managed by most people and there is also the opportunity to walk through the tree top canopy, high above the forest floor, to the spectacular cantilevered platform at the end of the walkway. For the more adventurous, you can choose to follow the riverside trail, crossing two suspension bridges across the rushing waters of the Picton and Huon Rivers. There is a lovely cafe at the AirWalk where you can purchase your own afternoon tea if you choose. Return to our hotel late afternoon before an evening at leisure. Dine at any one of the many city cafes and restaurants surrounding our accommodation.
Port Arthur, Derwent Cruise
Enjoy the wit of the residents of ‘Doo Town’ then wonder at the beautiful coastline at the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Continue on to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, taking time to purchase your own morning tea and lunch in the café. Take a guided tour and a short cruise around the Isle of the Dead, learning how the convicts lived, worked and died under the threat of the lash. Tonight, after returning to our motel to freshen up, take a relaxed dinner cruise on the Derwent River.
Hobart – Queenstown
After farewelling our hosts, pass through New Norfolk on the way to Mount Field National Park with time for a walk to Russell Falls. Continue on to the quaint township of Tarraleah. Once home to the workers on one of Australia’s first hydro-electric schemes, this beautiful historic village boasts original restored cottages that were hand-built in the 1930s. Our journey then takes us to the edge of the Wild Rivers National Park where we will take the short walk to the magnificent Nelson Falls. This afternoon, arrive into the copper mining town of Queenstown for our two night stay.
Franklin Gordon River Cruise Or West Coast Wilderness Railway
Today you have the choice of two activities:
› Option 1 - Cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and cross the magnificent Macquarie Harbour. Pass by salmon farms and Sarah Island, and reach Heritage Landing to take the boardwalk through the world’s last remaining temperate rainforest, featuring myrtles and leatherwood trees. After a smorgasbord lunch on board return to Strahan Village.
› Option 2 - Board the West Coast Wilderness Railway. This engineering feat was completed in 1896 originally to carry ore from Queenstown to Strahan. From your fully restored carriages follow the King River past tall trestle bridges and steep gorges, through rainforests with stands of man ferns, back to Queenstown. The steepness of the rail called
for the trains to be of ABT style with rack and pinion gearing to help haul the train up the steep slope.
Queenstown – Cradle Mountain
This morning our journey takes us to Rosebery before continuing onto Cradle Mountain. Enjoy lunch before our shuttle bus takes us into the Cradle Mountain National Park. A regular
shuttle bus service pass is included in our visit today to allow you to return to the National Park Headquarters when you wish. See Dove Lake, at the foot of Cradle Mountain, and be
inspired by the spectacular mountain scenery of jagged peaks. Hear about pioneer, Gustav Weindorfer, who lobbied to have the area set aside as a National Park and if you choose, you can do some of the Dove Lake Walk or stroll along the boardwalk to Pencil Pine Waterfalls. This afternoon, check into our overnight accommodation before dinner.
Cradle Mountain – Stanley – Smithton
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling through the Blue Gum Plantations on our way to Wynyard, situated at the mouth of the Inglis River. Our journey then takes us to Table Cape, a region that grows everything from onions to opium poppies and tulips. Continue on to Stanley, the township with an ancient volcano core known as ‘The Nut’ as its
backdrop. Take the chairlift ride to the top which offers spectacular views from the lookout. This afternoon, travel on to Smithton where we will settle in for the next two nights.
Arthur River Cruise
Visit the Edge of the World, where the next landfall is the East Coast of South America. Breathe in the fresh air while cruising on the Arthur River on board the MV George Robinson, a replica vessel built in 1985 in the style of a Sydney Ferry. Take a guided walk with a passionate local along the edge of the river, learning about the flora and fauna of this
wilderness which has been growing relatively undisturbed for over 650 years. Enjoy a BBQ lunch before cruising back. Return to our accommodation to relax before dinner.
Smithton – Sheffield – Deloraine
The Bass Highway follows the northern coastline through Somerset and Burnie to the picturesque village of Penguin. Continue on through Devonport, the departure point of Spirit of
Tasmania, before arriving in Sheffield, Tasmania’s outdoor art gallery. Purchase your own lunch while admiring the murals painted on the side walls of most of the buildings throughout town, depicting the history, flora and fauna of the Kentish Plains. Take a short drive to Railton, where the township has added more than 100 imaginative, hand shaped topiary characters to its main street area. Arrive late afternoon in the rural town of Deloraine, for our overnight stay.
Deloraine – Launceston – Home
This morning we make our way to Launceston Airport for our flights home, where on arrival, your transfers will be arranged.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $6,229.00 per person
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $6,454.00 per person
Single Supplement available @ $1,391.00 extra
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