Tassie's Wilderness Icons, 6 Days

Tasmania

HIGHLIGHTS: Hobart - Queenstown - Gordon River - Smithton - Launceston Day 1: Welcome to Hobart. Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm), then take an afternoon tour of Hobart. Tonight meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. D Day 2: Hobart - Queenstown. This morning you head west to Mt. Field National Park and Russell Falls. You'll then take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair and back down to Queenstown. Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B D Day 3: Gordon River Cruise. Travel to the fishing village of Strahan where you'll cruise the breathtaking Gordon River. Expert commentary and lunch are included. B L D Day 4: Queenstown - Smithton. Travel to the Cradle Mountain National Park. Once there we'll take you up to Waldheim and gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain. Pass 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. Your final destination is Smithton. Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B D Day 5: Smithton - Launceston. 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. Later, travel to Sheffield for a wander through this town of murals. En route to Launceston you'll visit the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory to learn all about cheese making and taste some samples. Hotel: Best Western Plus, Launceston. B Day 6: Farewell from Launceston. Top off your holiday at Velo, a boutique winery, where at a private wine tasting, you'll hear about Velo's cool climate wines. Later, you'll be transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 4.00pm). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 11 February 2015 - 30 March 2016

6 days
FROM $1,775*
6 days FROM $1,775*

Best of Tasmania

Hobart

Day 1 HobartArrive in time for an evening Welcome Meeting and optional group dinner. There are no activities planned for today so check into the hotel and head out to enjoy the city. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and the second-oldest capital city in Australia, after Sydney. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences the city blends heritage and lifestyle with a vibrant contemporary culture. Nestled at the foot of Mount Wellington (4169 feet), Hobart overlooks the wide River Derwent, where schools of dolphins can be seen from nearby beaches. Rich in character, its historic centre features colonial Georgian and Regency buildings. Hobart’s harbour bustles with fishing vessels, yachts and cafés by the sea.Days 2-3 Strahan (2B, 1D)Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see Tasmanian devils. Then, travel to Lake St Clair and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on the way to Strahan. In the evening, indulge in a barbecue dinner. Spend Day 3 enjoying the charming village of Strahan on Macquarie Harbour. Strahan is a fishing village on Tasmania’s wild west coast and is located on the doorstep of Tasmania's World Heritage Area. At the northernmost end of Strahan Harbour is the People's Park, a combination of natural forest and botanical gardens. Opt to take a 30 minute walk (one way) to Hogarth Falls and watch for platypus feeding at dusk.Day 4 Cradle Mountain/Launceston (1B)Spend the day enjoying the temperate rainforest and rugged mountain scenery between Strahan and Launceston, including a visit to Cradle Mountain with a hike on the Dove Lake Track. Cradle Mountain is at the northern end of the 161,000 hectare national park and is surrounded by smooth glacial lakes, ancient rainforest and unusual alpine vegetation. Stroll from cascading rivers to dense, old-growth rainforest while enjoying spectacular views and watching for wallabies and wombats along the way.Day 5 Cataract Gorge/Bicheno (1B)Drive to Bicheno via Cataract Gorge and the Bay of Fires, known for its turquoise waters and red rocks. Stop in the coastal town of St Helen's for lunch. With long secluded stretches of white sandy beaches, spectacular national parks, historic townships, fresh seafood and friendly people, Tasmania’s east coast is an ideal destination. Five national parks spread along the coast, including the stunning Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and turquoise seas.Day 6 Wineglass Bay/Richmond/Port Arthur (1B)Visit Freycinet National Park and Cole's Bay. Hike to Wineglass Bay lookout, one of the most scenic views in Tasmania. Drive down the coast and visit historic RIchmond on the way to Port Arthur Historic Site. Richmond is a picture-perfect town that tells the story of an early Australian colonial village. The town has more than 50 19th-century Georgian buildings and is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823 and 1825, and Richmond Gaol, Australia's oldest gaol built in 1825. It's also home to Australia's oldest remaining Catholic Church - St Johns - built in 1836.Day 7 Port Arthur/Hobart (1B)Visit Port Arthur's sights, including a cruise around the harbour. Drive to Hobart for one last evening together. Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas and is officially Tasmania's top tourist attraction. The Port Arthur Historic Site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prison’s establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time about 12,500 convicts served sentences and you can learn about many of those inmates today when visiting the area.Day 8 HobartDepart at any time.

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2014 to 12/03/2016

8 days
FROM $1,999*
8 days FROM $1,999*

A Taste of Tasmania, 5 Days

Tasmania

HIGHLIGHTS: Hobart - Freycinet National Park - Launceston. Day 1 Welcome to Hobart. On arrival at Hobart Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm). There are plenty of museums, markets, restaurants and historic sites to explore before meeting your Tour Director at a welcome dinner at one of Hobart's favourite restaurants near historic Salamanca Place. Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor (Superior Harbour View), Hobart. D Day 2 Hobart - Freycinet National Park. This morning board a luxury catamaran for a cruise on the Derwent River to one of Hobart's newest attractions, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). You'll taste the wines and beer from the on-site Moorilla Winery and the Moo Beer Brewery before departing Hobart to the magnificent Freycinet National Park. Day 3 Freycinet National Park. Today is at leisure to explore Freycinet National Park. Freycinet is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. Cruise along the coastline to stunning Wineglass Bay, take a guided kayak trip through crystal clear waters or journey through Whisky history at Freycinet Lodge sampling Scotland's finest whiskies and fresh Tasmanian produce. Tonight is dinner at the beautiful Freycinet Lodge. B D Day 4 Freycinet National Park - Launceston. Travel through the seaside towns of Bicheno and St. Helens to the Bay of Fires, to see the unique brilliant orange lichen on the rocks, the clear turquoise sea and the dazzling white sands. First stop is Eureka Farm, a working orchard with over 3,000 assorted fruit trees famous for jams. Next, visit a working oyster farm and sample some freshly shucked oysters before stopping for a picnic lunch at Binalong Bay. In Launceston, this evening is free for you to enjoy dinner at your leisure with a number of restaurants located in the area. Day 5 Farewell from Launceston. Your inspiring journey concludes this morning. You'll be transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 18 February 2015 - 16 March 2016

5 days
FROM $2,349*
5 days FROM $2,349*

Tassie is a nature lover's seventh heaven

The Port Arthur Historic Site, on the Tasman Peninsula, is Australia's best maintained convict site with various significant buildings to explore. Other historic towns include Ross, Queenstown and Richmond. For natural beauty, Bay of Fires is a secluded coastal spot providing the opportunity for a range of outdoor pursuits. With many national parks including Tasman, Freycinet and Cradle Mountain, a holiday in Tasmania is a popular with cyclists and hikers and offers iconic tracks, bushwalks and organised rides for the outdoor enthusiast. Tasmania is also the destination of choice for those wanting a wedding and honeymoon with a spectacular natural backdrop and a cooler climate.

Tasmania: HobartDowntown Hobart

Despite Tasmania's historical significance, the capital, Hobart, is making a name for itself as a progressive city with the bustling Salamanca art and craft markets and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) which houses some confronting pieces! For the gourmand, a Hobart specialty is freshly caught seafood paired with regional wine from many established and renowned wineries.

Tasmania: The NutThe Nut, Stanley

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