Join us for 10 fabulous days exploring all that beautiful Tasmania has to offer. From Launceston to Hobart and back, enjoy the sights and historical flavours that make Tasmania so wonderful. Meet a Tasmanian Devil, learn of the convict history at Port Arthur, cruise the Gordon River, sample gourmet delights in Evandale. Tasmania, the apple isle, has it all!
Fully Escorted from Launceston
Starts Launceston 09 March 2021 – Guaranteed Departure
Starts Launceston 12 October 2021
Arrive Launceston (D)
Today we meet at Launceston Airport. Your tour host will be arriving on a flight at 5.20pm with passengers from Brisbane. When booking flights please book for a similar arrival time. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our friendly coach captain, board our coach and travel to our hotel. A Welcome Dinner will be take place this evening within the hotel.
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Launceston or similar (1 night)
Launceston – St Helens (B,D)
This morning after breakfast we will check out and then tour the picturesque Tamar Valley to the Mine & Heritage Museum in the gold mining town of Beaconsfield, site of the 2006 mine disaster and miraculous rescue. Cross the unique A-frame Batman Bridge and tour the north east through agricultural Scottsdale, Branxholm and former tin-mining centre of Derby. Visit Legerwood and view the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region. Tour the myrtle rain forest of Weldborough Pass before descending to the East Coast at St. Helens and our overnight stay overlooking Georges Bay.
Accommodation: Panorama St Helens or similar (1 night)
St Helens – Hobart (B,D)
After breakfast this morning we travel beside the Tasman Sea, stopping off at the East Coast Natureworld to meet a Tasmanian devil. Learn about the threat to their survival during an informative ride on the ‘Pelican Express’. Moving on to the east coast resort town of Bicheno we tour the Gulch Fishing Harbour and view the Blowhole before taking in the stunning Great Oyster Bay, encompassing Maria Island and the rugged Freycinet Peninsula. Gain magnificent views of picturesque Freycinet National Park with its jagged pink granite peaks, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Following the Tasman Highway we will pass through Swansea, pausing at the convict built Spiky Bridge. From Orford follow the Prosser River Valley through historic Buckland before heading to the historic town of Richmond. Here you may view the spire of Australia’s oldest Catholic Church from beneath the arch of Australia’s oldest stone bridge still in use. Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover the arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms before heading to the city of Hobart.
Accommodation: Old Woolstore Hobart or similar (4 nights)
Port Arthur (B,D)
This morning after breakfast we will travel via Sorell Causeway and Midway Point for our full day tour to Tasman Peninsula. Take in magnificent views from the look-out above picturesque Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay before continuing to the Port Arthur Convict Settlement. Within the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s convict past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short harbour cruise, access to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Gallery as well as more than 30 buildings, ruins, restored gardens and houses; explore as you wish before departing the historic site to tour beside Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays back to Hobart.
Hobart / Free Day (B,D)
As it is Saturday morning, after breakfast we will take the opportunity to explore the famous Salamanca open-air Market with its bustle and buskers, colour and excitement. The remainder of the day is free to relax and visit some of Hobart’s wonderful attractions at your own pace. Your tour host will give the group some ideas of what options are available. Dinner this evening will be at one of the many nearby local restaurants.
Huon Valley (B,L)
Take in the panoramic views of the city and estuary from Mt Nelson before travelling to the seaside town of Margate. Stretch your legs at the “Margate Train” before visiting our first garden. Avi Flora has colour all year round with spring bulbs, annuals, flowering shrubs, roses, irises and perennials, there is also a wonderful collection of birds. Continue along the Derwent River which broadens into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, once a haven for sealers and whalers, now one of Hobart’s aquatic playgrounds. Stop at Crawleigh Wood Garden, a wonderful 2 hectare garden nestled in the picturesque hills of Cygnet. The garden features lush woodland and rainforest with an eclectic variety of plants. Enjoy lunch at a local winery before we return to Hobart through the southern suburbs of Hobart passing the iconic shot tower, which is one of Tasmania’s most historical industrial buildings. We will finish the day in the sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens which holds historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century. Dinner tonight is free choice at one of the many nearby restaurants (own expense).
Hobart – Strahan (B,D)
After breakfast we will be departing Hobart to follow the Derwent Valley through hop fields and hills to historic New Norfolk. Climb the Central Plateau through highland trout-lakes country to Tarraleah Gorge site of an early Hydro-electric Power Station. We visit “The Wall in The Wilderness”, an extraordinary work of art telling the story of Tasmania’s Central Highlands which has been carved out of Tasmania’s famous Huon pine. Then we enter the Wild Rivers National Park and experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short rainforest walk to Nelson Waterfalls. Observe the altered landscape of bare, colourful hills as we cross Lake Burbury and descend through the ghost towns of the Chamouni Valley to the copper mining town of Queenstown. After a short town tour we continue to Strahan. After checking in, freshen up before we meet for dinner.
Accommodation: Strahan Village or similar (2 nights)
Gordon River Cruise (B,L,D)
Today we embark on a full day cruise of the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and the edge of World Heritage. Cross vast Macquarie Harbour past Sarah Island, the worst convict settlement of all, to follow the Gordon through stands of ancient Huon pine, sassafras and myrtle rainforest to step ashore for a wilderness board-walk at Heritage Landing. We voyage to Hell’s Gates, the aptly named harbour entrance where many early ships were destroyed by ferocious ocean swells. On return to Strahan there will be time to explore the village including the visitor centre and Huon pine saw mill before we return to our accommodation.
Strahan – Launceston (B,L,D)
After breakfast this morning we begin to traverse the Reid Volcanics for views of the Tyndal range and Lake Plimsoll in the Henty Anthony Valley en route to Tullah. We continue north through rainforest and mineral rich mountains, crossing the Vale of Belvior and alpine cattle country to reach Cradle Mountain National Park. Enjoy lunch at Cradle Mountain Hotel then board the shuttle bus to Dove Lake at the foot of the crags of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer. We will visit the Wilderness Gallery before continuing along the highway through mountains and button grass plains to the north west coast. Stopping to spend time in the town of Sheffield, we can admire the wonderful out-door art gallery of impressive murals before we continue to Launceston. This evening we will enjoy Farewell Dinner in the hotel.
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Launceston or similar (1 Night)
Launceston – Home (B,L)
This morning we will explore Launceston’s city centre and the magnificent Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world (ride is optional and own expense). Enjoy a stroll in City Park and the John Hart Conservatory noted for displays of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms. We will visit the historic village of Evandale, home of the National Penny-farthing Championships and visit the Gourmet Sauce Company where we will have an amazing BBQ lunch and garden visit. Mid-afternoon* we will travel the short distance to the Launceston Airport where we say goodbye and board our flights home.
*Return flights should not depart before 5pm