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Tasmania Pioneer

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October 8, 2019
Depart: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • Depart: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide$3,875
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14 Days
8 October - 21 October 2019
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin
Max People : 44
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Explore Tasmania’s pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife and spring floral displays on a 14-day tour from Hobart. On this comprehensive journey, visit the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur before heading to the wilds of the Freycinet National Park where you spend a night and enjoy a delicious lunch while you cruise the extraordinary Wineglass Bay.  Explore charming towns and farming districts on the way to Launceston.  A visit during spring is the perfect time to sample farm-fresh, seasonal produce and view blooming wild flowers; the cultivated technicolour fields of tulips at Table Cape; colourful Rhododendrons at Emu Valley and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  Go deep into the wilderness and witness the natural beauty of Cradle Mountain and the Gordon River. In Strahan, take in Australia’s longest running play ‘The Ship That Never Was’.  Journey through Mt Field National Park, one of Australia’s oldest national parks and discover the beauty of Russell Falls before arriving in Hobart.

Travel with confidence as everything is organised including your return flights from your nearest capital city to Hobart and transfers once you arrive. 

Departure & Return Location

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth & Darwin

Price Includes

  • Flights
  • 13 Nights Quality Hotel Accomodation
  • 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • Fully escorted
  • Tours and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transportation as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Luggage Name Tag
Highlights
  • Cruise on the Gordon River including a delicious lunch
  • Discover Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Step back in time at historic Port Arthur, Pirates Bay and Richmond
  • Cruise Wineglass Bay with lunch
  • Visit a wildlife park and meet a Tasmanian Devil
  • See ‘The Nut’ at Stanley
  • Explore the cities of Hobart, Launceston and Bernie
  • Tour Tamar Valley and visit the Beaconsfield mine
  • Lake St Clair National Park, Australia's deepest natural lake
  • Watch penguin's come ashore as they head for their burrows
  • Visit in spring with blooming tulips, rhododendrons and wild flowers
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Itinerary
Minor details subject to change

Day 1: Tuesday, 8 October 2019Welcome to Tasmania

Welcome to Tasmania! Meet your fellow travellers and commence a spectacular trip around Tasmania by heading south and crossing Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula. See the infamous dog line at Eaglehawk Neck and rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout. Take a short walk to the Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blow Hole. Not far from here we stop at the Tessellated Pavement for a few photographs.

A short stop off at the boutique Federation Chocolate factory is a must when on the peninsula to taste what delicious and unusual flavours are available.

We will stay overnight within walking distance of the Port Arthur Historic Site. Get acquainted with your fellow travellers over dinner at a restaurant with arguably the very best view of the historic settlement of Port Arthur.

Overnight: Port Arthur
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Wednesday, 9 October 2019Port Arthur

Explore Port Arthur Historic Site to learn how hundreds of convicts lived, worked and died under threats of the lash. Take a short cruise across Carnarvon Harbour around the Isle of the Dead. You’ll have time to wander the site at your leisure before returning to our nearby hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Port Arthur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Thursday, 10 October 2019Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay

Today we drive to Freycient National Park and experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay with 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 beauty of the National Park and enjoy a gourmet Ploughman’s lunch. Then, drive through 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.

Our accommodation tonight has a waterfront location within Freycinet National Park and is a superb base for enjoying bush walks and sea kayaking. Honeymoon Bay is just 200 m from the property. Talk a short hike or enjoy the view from your private balcony.

Overnight: Freycinet Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Friday, 11 October 2019Freycinet National Park – Bichenco – Launceston

We depart Freycient National Park and spend time at the award-winning East Coast Nature World wildlife park where we get up close and personal with the Tasmanian Devils. Learn about this incredible little animal’s struggle for survival while petting wombats and hand feeding wallabies, kangaroos & Cape Barron geese. Passing through Legerwood we will view an avenue of memorial tree carvings made in honour of fallen WWI soldiers. See cheese being made in the Pyengana Dairy factory and delight your tastebuds with a tasting of some of Australia’s finest cheddar. You will see the cows come and go from the dairy just down the hill.

At Granite Point Conservation Area in Bridport, the Wildflower Reserve bursts into vibrant colour during spring. Take a short walk here to see spectacular wildflower displays and feeding birds. Our final stop before arriving into Launceston is the Bridestowe Lavender Estate, the world’s largest lavender oil producer, set on 260 acres. 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!

Overnight: Launceston
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Saturday, 12 October 2019Launceston

Enjoy a free morning in Launceston or join a worship service at a local church.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston’s own piece of wilderness. Here you’ll find walking and hiking trails, the world’s longest single span chairlift, peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, a suspension bridge and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views.

After returning to our hotel, you will have free time to relax or explore Launceston on foot – stroll in the beautiful City Park, featuring magnificent mature shrubs and trees, displays of annual flowers, a Conservatory and a duck pond. The Queen Victoria Museum is also within easy reach.

Overnight: Launceston
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Sunday, 13 October 2019Tamar Valley - Beaconsfield - Penguin

Head out for a trip to the Tamar Valley and Beaconsfield. Our first stop takes us to the Brady’s Lookout for magnificent views of the Tamar Valley, distant mountains and vineyards. We will follow the Tamar River to the Tamar Island Wetland Centre. Take a short walk to the bird hide to observe the wetland birds on the lagoon or follow the boardwalk a little further to the island.

At the Beaconsfield Gold Mine & Heritage Centre, embark on an historical journey as you learn about the significance of this site in Tasmanian history and the dramatic collapse of the mine in 2006 which led to one of the most publicised rescue missions in Australian history.

On our way to Burnie we stop in picturesque seaside town of Penguin with a pretty esplanade. There’s a 10-foot penguin that makes a quirky photo opportunity. At the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, enjoy the plants and tranquillity of this lush environment. Platypus, echidna, and diverse bird life are routinely sighted in amongst the gazebos, bridges, waterways, and the fountain.

Arriving in Burnie, we visit the Makers’ Workshop which celebrates the town’s makers, innovators and artists. It offers a range of visitor experiences including; Interactive paper making tours, cheese tasting, encounters with artists, historic displays and an art gallery.

Overnight: Burnie
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Monday, 14 October 2019Stanley – The Nut – Table Cape

Wynyard’s most remarkable natural wonder is the plateau of Table Cape which dominates the coastline and offers views of both Tasmania’s coast and agricultural farmlands. Its 180m cliffs drop away into Bass Strait. Table Cape Tulip Farm is perched on the top and during spring, it explodes with colours that will leave you breathless. Take a stroll through hectares of tulip fields and see the impressive indoor floral arrangements.

Travel to the charming fishing village of Stanley (established as the headquarters of the Van Dieman’s Land Company), for a chairlift ride to the top of The Nut which is the core of an ancient volcano. Tour the elegant Highfield House, a beautiful example of regency architecture and a monument to those who found themselves on this lonely headland in early 19th century.

At sunset, we will set out to view the penguins at Lillico Beach as they come ashore after a day at sea.

Overnight: Burnie
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Tuesday, 15 October 2019Cradle Mountain

Leave the coastal town of Burnie and head into the mountains where we visit the beautiful Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain – a photographer’s paradise. Take in the stunning views of this iconic space from several angles as we complete a short walk to Glacier Rock. Visit the old ‘Waldheim Chalet’ of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer – the father of this magnificent park. You may choose to take a little more time to wander back to your hotel along the purpose-built boardwalk through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands. You may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way.

This afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps visit the Wilderness and Landscape Photograph Gallery, explore one of the many walking tracks or simply enjoy the resort facilities.

Overnight: Cradle Mountain
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Wednesday, 16 October 2019Cradle Mountain - Queenstown - Strahan

Head down from the mountains and travel south to view the Iron Blow open cut copper mine 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. Tonight, take in Australia’s longest running play ‘The Ship That Never Was’, a dramatic true story of an amazing escape and the extraordinary voyage of the last ship built at Macquarie Harbour’s convict settlement shipyard.

Overnight: Strahan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Thursday, 17 October 2019Gordon River

Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania and relax in reserved seating as we cruise the mighty Gordon River. Step ashore at Heritage Landing and see the 2000 year old Huon Pine before sailing on through Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and visit Sarah Island, a former convict settlement and shipyard. Enjoy a smorgasbord lunch onboard as we journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.

Overnight: Strahan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Friday, 18 October 2019Strahan - Hobart

Climb up into the mountains to Queenstown, a former mining town where the starkly beautiful, barren hills that encircle the area and the verandas that line its main street give the town a wild west atmosphere. We then cross the World Heritage Wilderness Area through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on the way to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake.

Journey east to the unspoilt wilderness of Mount Field National Park where we will take a short walk through the ferns and rainforest to the bountiful Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls or take the Tall Trees Walk and be awed by some of the forest giants.

We will follow the Derwent Valley downhill all the way to Hobart where we will have a group dinner together at out hotel.

Overnight: Hobart
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Saturday, 19 October 2019Hobart

Feel free to explore Hobart at your leisure this morning or join a group visiting the local Adventist church for the morning service.

In the afternoon visit the Botanic Gardens and Mt Wellington. The Botanic Gardens has the largest public conifer collection in the southern hemisphere including Wollemi pines. See rare plants from Macquarie Island in the Subantarctic Plant House and stroll along historic Arthur Wall, designed to be internally heated to grow exotic plants in Tasmania’s cool climate.

Journey to the summit of Mt. Wellington with a beautiful scenic drive along the mountains. See the massive rock formation of the Organ Pipes. When you reach the top, crowned by alpine vegetation, take in the breathtaking view of Hobart, its surrounding suburbs and the vast waterways.

This evening you are free to explore Hobart city at your leisure.

Overnight: Hobart
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Sunday, 20 October 2019Hobart

Today you can create your own adventure. You have free time to explore Hobart learn about the first settlers, see original sandstone buildings still bearing the signature markings from the original convict labourers, see Battery Point and the original customs building, Constitution Dock, Brooke St Pier and more.

Alternatively, head out on an optional tour of Bruny Island and the famous Bruny Island Cruise.

Tonight everyone will have a farewell dinner at a local Tasmanian restaurant.

Overnight: Hobart
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Monday, 21 October 2019Richmond

This morning, take a step back in time as you visit Richmond, one of Australia’s most quaint Georgian villages. This historic settlement boasts the country’s oldest bridge still in use, the lovely convict built, sandstone arch construction of the Richmond Bridge. Visit Australia’s oldest existing and best preserved colonial gaol and stroll along the town’s charming streets and admire its delightful sandstone buildings.

Later in the day, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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