Explore Tasmania's pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife and gourmet food and wine. Visit Hobart’s Salamanca Market, witness Cradle Mountain's natural beauty and Freycinet National Park, and indulge your tastebuds with fresh Tasmanian artisan cheeses.
Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:
13 December 2019
Day 1 Welcome to Hobart
Welcome to Hobart! Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers to kick off your spectacular trip around Tasmania. Start with a tour to view the capital's city sights. Hear about the first settlers, see original sandstone buildings still bearing the signature markings from the original convict labourers and visit the Botanic Gardens, see Battery Point and the original customs building, Constitution Dock, Brooke St Pier and more. Visit Mt. Nelson for amazing views over Hobart and the Derwent River. Tonight you’ll get to know everyone at a Welcome Reception and delicious meal at Tasman Restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 2 nights
Day 2 Salamanca Market and Included Choice
A free day to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce, meeting the friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Take a moment to sit back and relax at one of Salamanca's cafes and watch the world pass you by with a cooling ale or locally produced cider. This afternoon you may like to choose from a selection of included sightseeing experiences. Maybe join walking tour with a local expert for fabulous insight in to Hobart's history, people and places or even a guided walk to experience the alcohol history of the fascinating city. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, where the Mawson's Huts Foundation have left nothing to the imagination as they've done an incredible job replicating the hut Douglas Mawson built in Antarctica during his Australiasian Antarctic expedition of 1911-14.
Day 3 Hobart – Strahan
Journey west to magnificent Mt. Field National Park to see picturesque Russell Falls. Breath in the fresh moist air when you join your Travel Director for a stroll to the tiered falls through luscious green rainforest. Later take the winding journey to Lake St. Clair and the Wall in the Wilderness, a fascinating sculpture that artist Greg Duncan has hand-carved, depicting a series of scenes that commemorate those who have shaped the area’s past and present. Continue along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park through eerie Queenstown to coastal Strahan. Enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour from your hotel perched on the hillside.
Hotel: Strahan Village, Strahan.
Day 4 Strahan - Cradle Mountain
A spectacular Gordon River Cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge, is the highlight of 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 outskirts of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park.
Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain, 2 nights.
Day 5 Cradle Mountain
This morning it’s time to explore the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park on a guided tour, then join your Travel Director for a guided walk in the National Park. For the more adventurous, take a little more time to stretch your legs and meander back to the visitors centre through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands on the purpose-built boardwalk. You may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way. For a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout and return via Wombat Pool.
Day 6 Cradle Mountain – Launceston
Did you know that Tasmanian whisky distillation was outlawed in 1838 and remained so for 154 years until the creation of a new law in 1992? This morning you’ll visit Hellyers Road Distillery for a guided walk through the working distillery to be shown the ingredients and processes that deliver one of the finest single malt whiskys in the world. Next up visit Sheffield, town of the murals before heading on to 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm. Take a wander through the Pyke family’s property to learn a little about aquaculture and feed salmon in the feeding ponds. Before you leave you'll get the chance to taste their fresh smoked salmon and ginseng products. Continue through the Meander Valley to Tassie’s ‘northern capital’ Launceston.
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston, 2 nights.
Day 7 Launceston
This morning you’ll visit Cataract Gorge before you take a scenic country drive to Josef Chromy Wines where you will be welcomed for a delicious lunch. The views from the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to enjoy tasting some of the estate-grown cool climate wines and tucking in to some fresh local Tasmanian produce. This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore on your own. You may like to take an optional cruise on the Tamar River.
Day 8 Launceston – Freycinet
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. After your lunch time stop at St Helens, follow the picturesque East Coast south to Freycinet National Park, for your accommodation for the next two nights.
Hotel: Freycinet Lodge, Freycinet National Park, 2 nights.
Day 9 Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay
Another highlight day awaits you! Start the day with a drive through dry eucalypt forests to Cape Tourville for a walk that will award you with stunning views of brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach as far as the eye can see. Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay on a four hour lunch cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula. The cruise will take you from the gentle shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast beneath towering pink granite cliffs to one of the world’s best beaches. Anchored at Wineglass Bay, you'll have the chance to absorb the beaty of the National Park and enjoy a gourmet Ploughman's lunch. Later
Day 10 Freycinet – Hobart
Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth century village in Australia.You must treat yourself to the self-proclaimed best scallop pie in Tasmania from one of the town's two local bakeries, or if you've got more of a sweet tooth, visit the town's other bakery for their famous vanilla slice! As you travel south through rich pastoral land towards Hobart, Anne Kernke custodian of Shene Estate wecomes you to ‘Be My Guest’, where you're treated to a walking tour through the property's stunning original buildings including the barn and stables, both a true reflection of early Australian architecture and the colonial era. Anne will also invite you in to her private family home where you'll see an incredible collection of fine wares and admire intricate ceilings and original decor. Afterwards, sit down to a morning tea with a selection of home baked goodies. On the way to Hobart you’ll visit Australia’s largest privately funded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The eclectic mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art will blow you away. (If you haven't already enjoyed your Included Choice sightseeing experience, today you can choose to cruise back to Hobart on the MONA ferry or visit Mawson's Huts Replica Museum).
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 2 nights.
Day 11 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 fascinating 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 with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart's best restaurants!
Day 12 Farewell from Hobart
This morning after breakfast, say farewell to your new friends when your indulgent holiday comes to an end.
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*Terms and conditions: Prices are per person in AUD, land only and include single room and 10% Early Bird Savings. Valid for travel on selected departures. Departure will run as a solo dedicated Guided Holiday providing the minimum guest requirement is met for each corresponding tour. Early Bird Savings are available on Australian and New Zealand Guided Holidays. For Australian Guided Holidays, bookings must be paid in full by 31 January 2019 and for New Zealand Guided Holidays, bookings must be paid in full by 27 March 2019. Subject to availability at time of booking. Offer can be combined with Kings Club Frequent traveller Discount or Concession Discount (Pensioner or Seniors Card) only and not valid in conjunction with any other special offer or discount. For new bookings only. AAT Kings booking conditions apply. ATAS No. 10527.