Tasmanian Wonders Tour 2017-18

10 Days Tasmanian Wonders Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Hobart

Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in and then you’ll take an afternoon tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for amazing views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your Tour 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 up to Lake St. Clair – amazing vistas await you. Then back down to 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, 2 nights. B D

Day 3: Gordon River Cruise

Today you travel to the fishing village of Strahan on Macquarie Harbour where you’ll cruise the Gordon River, while enjoying lunch. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, reflecting the untouched wilderness and be amazed by the 2,000 year old Huon Pine at Heritage Landing. Later, the afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy your surroundings. B L D

Day 4: Queenstown – Smithton

Travel past Lake Plimsoll through Tullah on the shores of Lake Rosebery, surrounded by forests and mountains to the sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Once there 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! 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. You’ll then visit Highfield Historic Site, unique among colonial residences in Tasmania. It was built by the Van Diemen’s Land Company and is a rare example of domestic architecture from the Regency period, which is characterised by refined decoration that is geometric yet elegant. Your final destination is Smithton.

Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B D

Day 5: Smithton – Launceston

Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’. Next stop is Burnie for a guided tour of the Makers’ Workshop, a place that honours Burnie’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 of murals with its colourful wall paintings that adorn the town’s buildings. En route to Launceston you’ll visit the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for a presentation on cheese making and some delicious produce testing – yum!

Hotel: Best Western Plus, Launceston, 2 nights. B

Day 6: Launceston

Start your day at Velo, a boutique winery, where at a private wine tasting, you’ll hear not only of Velo’s cool climate wines but also the intriguing story of Michael Wilson, who transformed from Olympic cyclist to boutique wine producer. This afternoon is free to explore ‘Lonny’. Maybe visit Cataract Gorge or take a cruise on the Tamar River. B

Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno

Your first stop is Hillwood Berry Farm, a family-run farm in the heart of the scenic Tamar Valley. Experience the sweeter side of farming with freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and other fruit in season. Then it’s on to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Why not try one of their famous lavender ice creams! Later you’ll see Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, and then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit St. Helens before arriving in the seaside hamlet of Bicheno.

Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno. B D

Day 8: Bicheno – Port Arthur

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 awesome! Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Port Arthur along an impressive cliff-lined coast. You’ll cross the 100 year old Denison Canal and the historic once-guarded checkpoint of Eaglehawk Neck. On arrival in Port Arthur, you’ll cruise around the Isle of the Dead and then take a guided walk of the Historic Site and prison. This evening, perhaps test your nerve on an optional lantern-lit Ghost Tour of Port Arthur.

Hotel: Fox and Hounds Inn, Port Arthur. B D

Day 9: Port Arthur – Hobart

This morning, on your way back to Hobart, feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Drive through the Coal River Valley to the historic sandstone village of Richmond, site of Australia’s oldest operational road bridge and a perfect spot for lunch. Cross the Derwent River on your way into Hobart, where the afternoon is free to do as you wish. This evening join your Tour Director and new-found friends for dinner.

Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. B D

Day 10: Farewell from Hobart

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B

Book another night or a flight after 8pm and discover stunning Bruny Island or visit fascinating MONA.

Departures:

06 September 17 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

25 October 17 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

08 November 17 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

15 November 17 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

29 November 17 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

06 December 17- Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

13 December 17 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

27 December 17 – Cost $2970.00 – Twin Share

03 January 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

10 January 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

17 January 18 – Cost $2970.00p – Twin Share

20 January 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

31 January 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

07 February 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

10 February 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

14 February 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

21 February 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

28 February 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share

3 – 14 & 21 March 18 – Cost $2970.00pp – Twin Share 

Ask about dates for rest of year

Departures are guaranteed

Conditions:

Deposit of $300.00pp is required 7days from confirmation
Balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

Highlights

  • Explore Hobart’s iconic sights
  • Visit spectacular Russell Falls
  • Cruise on the Gordon River with a delicious included lunch
  • Discover Cradle Mountain National Park on a guided tour
  • Visit historic Highfield House
  • See ‘The Nut’ at Stanley
  • Experience Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop
  • Taste delicious cheese at Ashgrove Cheese Farm
  • Wine tasting at the Tamar Valley’s Velo Winery
  • Explore Launceston
  • Taste fresh berries at Hillwood Berry Farm
  • Discover Bridestowe Lavender Estate and the delicious lavender ice cream
  • Get glimpses of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park
  • Step back in time at historic Port Arthur

Best Buys Holiday Inclusions

Transportation

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts,
    reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Guided

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Dining Inclusions

  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (9) B
  • Lunch (1) L
  • Dinners (7) D 

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in quality hotels

Plus

  • Welcome drink
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Hotel porterage included

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1     from Hobart Airport – flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm
Day 10  to Hobart Airport – flights anytime

 Book another night or a flight after 8pm and discover stunning Bruny Island or visit fascinating MONA.

 

Optional Experience:
MONA

Tours are in co-operation with AAT Kings.

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