Be tempted by the beauty of Tasmania with 10 days to discover the untamed wilderness. Cruise the Gordon River from the pretty town of Strahan, explore the stunning Cradle Mountain National Park and visit Port Arthur Historic Site.
A Bustling Marketplace – Explore the vibrant Salamanca Market in Hobart, which is home to more than 300 stalls
Gordon River Cruise – Glide across Macquarie Harbour and through Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II
A Cradle Of Beauty – Admire the spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and explore Dove Lake with a local guide
- DURATION 10 DAYS
- TYPE CLASSIC JOURNEY
- OPERATES Various dates throughout 2017 & 2018
- DEPARTS LAUNCESTON (RETURN)
DAY 1 Arrive Launceston
Freedom Of Choice™ – Sightseeing
Perhaps explore the underwater wonders of Seahorse World, tour the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre or visit the Platypus House. Alternatively, enjoy a tour and tasting at James Boag’s Brewery or high tea at your hotel.
Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, explore the city on a tour before your selected activity. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and Tour Director over a Welcome Dinner and drink. You’ll also learn some cooking tips from the hotel’s chef.
Stay: Launceston, Hotel Grand Chancellor (D)
DAY 2 Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Natureworld, Freycinet National Park
At Bridestowe Lavender Estate, take a tour of the distillery and sample some unique lavender-infused fare.
Meet a rare Tasmanian devil at East Coast Natureworld.
This afternoon at Freycinet National Park, enjoy a guided walk along Cape Tourville and admire the stunning coastal scenery.
Travel through the scenic wine-producing area of northern Tasmania. After a visit to Bridestowe Lavender Estate, traverse Weldborough Pass and stop at East Coast Natureworld. Continue to Freycinet National Park, where this evening, you’ll savour a gourmet BBQ overlooking Coles Bay (weather permitting). For an additional cost you have the opportunity to enjoy a scenic flight over Freycinet. If you’re looking for the ultimate way to see the wonders of Freycinet National Park, this breathtaking scenic flight is for you. From the comfort of your Cessna 172 aircraft, you’ll feel at one with nature as you soar high over the dazzling coastline and azure waters of Wineglass Bay.
Stay: Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge (BD)
DAY 3 Freycinet National Park, Richmond, Tasman National Park, Port Arthur
This morning, explore nature’s garden in Freycinet National Park and perhaps enjoy a walk to Wineglass Bay lookout. Continue to Ross and Richmond, and spend time exploring these charming heritage towns. Afterwards, take in dramatic coastal scenes from the narrow peninsula of Eaglehawk Neck as you travel into Tasman National Park. Here you’ll see how nature and time have combined to create spectacular rock formations including the Tessellated Pavement, Devils Kitchen and Tasman Arch. This evening, enjoy dinner in the historic town of Port Arthur before staying overnight in the shadows of the former penal colony.
Stay: Port Arthur Motor Inn, overlooking the historic site (BD)
DAY 4 Port Arthur Historic Site, Hobart
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – DINING
In the exciting city of Hobart, choose to dine at Mures Upper Deck, Drunken Admiral Restaurant, The Henry Jones Art Hotel or Restaurant Tasman.
Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, once Australia’s most notorious convict prison. Then cruise around the Isle of the Dead before arriving in Hobart and visiting the Botanical Gardens. Tonight, choose from a range of tempting restaurants for dinner.
Stay: Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Harbour View Room (BD)
DAY 5 Hobart, Salamanca Market
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – SIGHTSEEING
You may like to walk among the treetops at the Tahune AirWalk or explore the acclaimed Museum of Old & New Art. Alternatively, take a fun tour looking at the history of alcohol in Hobart, or perhaps enjoy a historical walking tour.
After wandering through the Salamanca Market this morning, enjoy a Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activity. For an additional cost, choose to do the Bruny Island Adventure Cruise. Explore the treasures of South Bruny National Park during an exhilarating adventure cruise.
Stay: Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Harbour View Room (B)
DAY 6 Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Strahan
Travel to Mt Field National Park, where a short walk takes you to Russell Falls. Then head into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to Lake St Clair before visiting The Wall in the Wilderness. Continue via Queenstown to Strahan. Tonight, enjoy dinner at View 42° Restaurant and Bar.
Stay: Strahan Village, Harbour view room (BD)
DAY 7 Gordon River Cruise, Cradle Mountain
After breakfast, board the luxurious Lady Jane Franklin II for a cruise along the secluded wilderness highway, the Gordon River. Stop at Heritage Landing for a rainforest walk, then arrive at Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Sarah Island, discovering what was once a convict settlement. During the cruise, you’ll be treated to a lunch of fresh local produce on board, before passing through Hells Gates and returning to Strahan.
After your Signature Experience cruise, travel to Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Stay: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (BLD)
DAY 8 Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake
Today set out to explore Dove Lake with a friendly local guide, admiring the beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – SIGHTSEEING
Perhaps indulge in a wine and cheese tasting or learn about the flora and fauna of the region during a walk with a naturalist guide. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon then go searching for native animals on a night spotlight tour.
After your Signature Experience, visit Waldheim Chalet to enjoy your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusion (BD)
DAY 9 Stanley, The Nut, Tarkine, Smithton
Journey through the Tarkine region and stop at Sumac Lookout for views of the Arthur River. Continue to the Julius River Forest Reserve for a rainforest walk and afternoon tea, including Tasmanian wine and cake made with locally produced honey.
This evening, head to Smithton for an exclusive Tasmanian Fare Dinner.
Travel to Stanley, set in the shadow of The Nut. Enjoy a day of exciting inclusions.
Stay: Smithton, Tall Timbers Hotel (BD)
DAY 10 House Of Anvers, Woolmers Estate, National Rose Garden, Launceston
Enjoy a guided walk around the historic Woolmers Estate. Wander through the museum and take a leisurely stroll through the impressive National Rose Garden, considered to be one of the finest collections of historic roses in the Southern Hemisphere.
Visit Devonport and sample chocolate during a tour and tasting at the House of Anvers. Then travel to the town of Sheffield, famous for the murals adorning many of the buildings. Continue to the National Rose Garden before transferring to the airport. (B)