- 9 days, 8 nights
- 8 nights accommodations
- daily touring in luxury motorcoach
- most meals
Escorted motorcoach tour through Tasmania
Discover the untamed beauty of Tasmania from the World Heritage wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park to bustling Salamanca markets in Hobart. Experience it all on this 9 day tour.
Tour route includes Hobart, Russell Falls, Lake St. Clair, Strahan, Gordon River Cruise, Cradle Mountain Dove Lake, Stanley, Devonport, Sheffield
Day 1: Hobart, Dine Around Dinner Day 2: Hobart, Salamanca Market, Huon Valley, Tahune AirWalk Day 3: Russell Falls, Lake St. Clair, Queenstown, West Coast Wilderness Railway Day 4: Gordon River Cruise, Cradle Mountain, Dine Around Dinner Day 5: Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake, Freedom of Choice Touring Day 6: The Nut, Woolnorth Wind Farm, Cape Grim, Smithton Day 7: Sheffield, Ashgrove Cheese Factory, Woolmers Estate, National Rose Garden Day 8: Historic Ross, Farewell Dinner Day 9: Launceston, Home
Be met on arrival in Hobart and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, experience the flexibility of our Dine Around Dinner, selecting the restaurant that suits your taste and mood. Choose from The Cove, The Drunken Admiral or partake in the Historical Pub Tour, with dinner included.
Two Night Stay: Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor, guaranteed Harbour View Rooms.
Start the day with a stroll through Salamanca Place, a historic row of fine early merchant warehouses. Browse through the bustling Saturday market. This afternoon, travel to the picturesque Huon Valley, renowned for its mushrooms, wine, seafood, fruit and gourmet delicacies. Visit the Heritage Centre at Geeveston before enjoying a walk on the Tahune AirWalk. Set amid the tree tops, the AirWalk provides a unique view of the forests around the Huon and Picton Rivers. Drive to the summit of Mt Nelson to take in the fabulous city views.
Follow the famous Derwent Valley to historic New Norfolk. Enter Mt Field National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park, where there are many treasures to be discovered by the nature lover. A short walk will bring us to the spectacular sight and serene sound of cascading Russell Falls. Relax among the giant tree ferns and maybe spot a rainbow trout in the clear creek. From here, travel deep into World Heritage wilderness to Lake St Clair, surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges. As we approach Queenstown the lush vegetation diminishes, testimony to the destructive copper smelting process of years gone by. Here, join the magnificently restored West Coast Wilderness Railway. Ride aboard elegant brass and timber carriages as you travel through dense rainforest, past massive tree ferns and through steep gorges. This evening, relax with a drink while taking in the fabulous views of Strahan’s picturesque harbor. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal before retiring to your luxurious room.
Two Night Stay: Strahan, Strahan Village Harbour View Deluxe Rooms.
Join a cruise aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II across Macquarie Harbour to the striking and internationally recognized wilderness of the Gordon River, enjoying guaranteed window seating and lunch. Stop at Heritage Landing for a gentle walk through the dappled light of the ancient rainforest. Later, visit the infamous penal colony of Sarah Island, which once housed the toughest of the colony’s convicts. A local guide will detail the settlement’s fascinating history. This afternoon, explore the picturesque town of Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast; then choose to dine at View 42º, Hamer’s Hotel or The Fish Café. Perhaps take the opportunity this evening to see a local pantomime based on a convict’s great escape from Sarah Island (own expense).
This morning, board your luxury coach and continue to the remote beauty of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain. Here we visit the Information Centre to learn about this wild and delicate part of Tasmania. The tour takes you to Dove Lake where you can see the dramatic peaks of Cradle Mountain. See Waldheim Chalet, nestled amid the ferns, built in 1912 as one man’s utopia. Here, enjoy our Freedom of Choice Touring without adding a cent to the price of your holiday. Choose to sample the delights of local Tasmanian produce and join our wine and cheese tasting presentation. Or, you may wish to take a guided walk before dinner to learn of the surrounding alpine flora and fauna. Alternatively, encounter the Cradle Mountain wilderness at night on a spotlighting tour (limited availability) or pamper yourself with a spa and sauna at the Lodge’s Waldheim Alpine Spa. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner in the timber-lined Highland Restaurant. Relax by the fire and enjoy the warm ambience of this cozy lodge.
Stay: Cradle Mountain Lodge, individual Pencil Pine Cabins with wonderful views out over the surrounding landscape.
Today journey along the scenic north-west coast to Stanley. Here we visit The Nut, an extinct volcano that now stands as a rocky outcrop rising 150 meters above the sea. We then continue to Woolnorth, perched atop the windswept cliffs of Tasmania’s most north-west tip. Take a guided tour of the state’s largest wind farm. Tour nearby Cape Grim and breathe in the crisp, refreshing air which is famous for being the cleanest in the world.
Stay: Smithton, Tall Timbers Hotel, constructed from a variety of Tasmanian timber.
Travel to Devonport, the major point of entry for visitors journeying across Bass Strait. Continue on to Sheffield, travelling along the base of the Great Western Tiers, with Mt Roland looming as a backdrop. Free time allows us to explore this quaint town where over 30 murals have been painted on many of the buildings’ facades. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Ashgrove Cheese Factory, complete with a tasting of their speciality cheeses. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading farmhouse cheese producers, Ashgrove uses traditional recipes and techniques. Then we visit Woolmers Estate to enjoy a tour through history as we explore the estate, its museum and the colourful National Rose Garden. We then make our way into Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston. Located in a river valley, Launceston is a city of elegant architecture and award-winning restaurants, blending history, scenery, adventure, entertainment and fine food and wine.
Two Night Stay: Launceston, Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Travel around the Great Lake before heading to the quaint heritage township of Ross. View the famous historical bridge, featuring more than 180 unique hand carvings. Built by convicts and completed in 1836, this magnificent creation is known as one of the oldest and most beautiful bridges in Australia. Afterwards, we return to Launceston. This evening it is time to say goodbye to your new friends at our delicious Farewell Dinner and Drinks.
This morning enjoy time at leisure to further explore the city of Launceston before your departure transfer to the airport.
Day 1: Hobart, Dine Around Dinner
Day 2: Hobart, Salamanca Market, Huon Valley, Tahune AirWalk
Day 3: Russell Falls, Lake St. Clair, Queenstown, West Coast Wilderness Railway
Day 4: Gordon River Cruise, Cradle Mountain, Dine Around Dinner
Day 5: Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake, Freedom of Choice Touring
Day 6: The Nut, Woolnorth Wind Farm, Cape Grim, Smithton
Day 7: Sheffield, Ashgrove Cheese Factory, Woolmers Estate, National Rose Garden
Day 8: Historic Ross, Farewell Dinner
Day 9: Launceston, Home
Pricing & Departures
|Dec 11, 18, 2015||$3,695|
|Jan 22; Feb 12; Mar 18; Apr 29, 2016||$3,695|
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; Prices do not include international airfare.
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