Day 1: Arrive Hobart
On arrival at Hobart airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon sightseeing tour of Australia’s southern most capital takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for amazing views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with fabulous views of Hobart.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. D
Day 2: Hobart – Queenstown
This morning you head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Tasmania’s oldest National Park is the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall, Russell Falls, which is surrounded by towering swamp gums. You’ll then take the winding journey to rugged Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park – a magnificent part of the world.
Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown. B,D
Day 3: Queenstown – Cradle Mountain
A spectacular Gordon River Cruise, is the highlight today. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for insight into Tasmania’s lesser known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. Pass the towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you travel to your hotel on the boundary of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel. B,L,D
Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton
This morning it’s time to explore the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. We’ll take you to gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain – make sure the camera’s charged, this is a scenic highlight, and the air – there’s none fresher! You’re likely to spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing through the alpine heathlands. Picture rolling green hills and Friesian cows – this afternoon you’ll think you’re in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views of Bass Strait, the lighthouse and coastline. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’ and a chance to explore. Your final destination is Smithton.
Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B,D
Day 5: Smithton – Launceston
Stop in Bernie for a guided tour of the Makers’ workshop, a place that honours Bernie’s history, innovators and artists. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town with its colourful wall paintings that adourn the town’s buildings. En route to Launceston you’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for a delicious afternoon tea featuring raspberries fresh as they come – yum!
Hotel: Best Western Plus, Launceston, 2 nights. B
Day 6: Launceston Sights
This morning travel through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tamer Valley to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Beaconsfield Mine has a long rich gold mining history. Your expert guide will bring to life the mine’s extraordinary past and tell you of incredible engineering feats, the town’s heritage and the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall and mine rescue. This afternoon is free for you to explore Launceston. maybe take a tour of Boag’s Brewery! Some guests depart this afternoon in Lauceston. B
Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno
Some guests may join in Launceston. Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today. Bridestowe has been growing lavender since 1922 when a London perfumer planted lavender seeds from the French Alps on his family estate which he named after his wife’s birthplace in England. Try some of Bridestowe’s lavender products and treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream! Later make a stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, then visit Pyengana Dairy Company. Learn about the history of the farm and cheese making in the Pyengana area before you taste a number of cheeses of different ages and flavours. Yum! After your lunch time stop at St Helens, follow the picturesque East Coast south to Bicheno. This evening you may like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno’s wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night, or even take a tour to see Tassie Devils.
Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno. B
Day 8: Bicheno – Hobart
Get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking – Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout is magic! Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Hobart.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart, 2 nights. B
Day 9: Port Arthur
Explore Port Arthur Historic Site today. Cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula and enjoy a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walk of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. You’ll have time to wander the site at your leisure before you leave. See rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on the drive back to Hobart. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner at one of Hobart’s favourite restaurants. B,FD
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart
Day 10: Farewell from Hobart
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B
B=Full Buffet Breakfast, HL=Highlight Lunch, L=Lunch, BG=Be my Guest dinner, DW=Dinner with wine, FD=Farewell Dinner.
Departure Dates & Prices for 2021
March: 03, 13, 17, 20, 24
April: 03, 14, 24
May: 05, 15
September: 08, 29
Day 1 Flight to arrive prior to 1230 into Hobart Airport
Day 10 Flights to depart anytime from Hobart airport
Flights are not included in the holiday price