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Join us as we visit Tasmania, the southern tip of Australian territory; an island separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. It is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, with a temperate climate and rich history. We visit Entally House, St Helens, Port Arthur, Wrest Point Casino, The Wall, Gordon River Cruise and much more.
Monday 15 October – Sunday 28 October 2018 (14 Days)
Day 1 – Monday 15 October 2018 NEW ZEALAND – MELBOURNE (D)
Fly from New Zealand to Melbourne arriving in the afternoon. Upon arrival we will transferred to our nearby accommodation, Best Western Airport Motel.
Day 2 – Tuesday 16 October 2018 MELBOURNE– LAUNCESTON – ENTALLY HOUSE (BLD)
This morning travel to Tullamarine Airport to board our flight to Tasmania. On arrival at the Launceston Airport we will be greeted by our Tasmanian coach captain and board the luxury 5 star touring coach. Our first destination is the beautiful Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot-bridge and one of the worlds longest single-span chairlifts (ride is optional – own expense). Next journey back in time, visit the National Trust classified Entally House and wander around the 19th century estate. Entally House was built in 1819 and is one of the finest historic homes in Tasmania. The house contains a magnificent collection of Regency furniture and fine silver and is surrounded by superb gardens and grounds, in which there are a chapel, a carriage house, stables and Australia’s oldest Conservatory. In the afternoon stroll in City Park and view the John Hart Conservatory noted for displays of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms. We will have some free time in Launceston city centre to enjoy the shopping precinct before checking in to our overnight accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Day 3 – Wednesday 17 October 2018 BEACONSFIELD – NORTH EAST- ST HELENS (BD)
This morning 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 accommodation, Tidal Waters.
Day 4 – Thursday 18 October 2018 TASMAN SEA – FREYCINET – HOBART (BD)
Travel next to the blue water and white sands of the east coast passing through the fishing and holiday village of Bicheno, viewing the ‘Gulch’ fishing harbour and the ocean blowhole. Meet a Tasmanian devil at the East Coast Natureworld and learn about the threat to their survival during an informative ride on the ‘Pelican Express’. Continue on to 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 pass through Swansea, pausing at the convict built Spiky Bridge. Follow the Prosser River valley through Buckland and Cambridge to cross the picturesque Derwent River into the city of Hobart nestled at the foot of majestic Mt. Wellington. Accommodation for the next four nights is at the Wrest Point Casino, Hobart.
Day 5 – Friday 19 October 2018 TASMAN PENINSULA – PORT ARTHUR – MURES (BD)
Travel via Sorell Causeway and Midway Point for a 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. We will have ample opportunity to explore this historic site before departing the historic site to tour beside Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays back to Hobart. Dinner tonight is at the well known fish restaurant Mures which overlooks Hobart’s charming dock area. View the city lights on return to our accommodation.
Day 6 – Saturday 20 October 2018 RICHMOND BOTANIC GARDEN – FREE TIME (BD)
As it is Saturday morning, take the opportunity to explore the famous Salamanca open-air Market with its bustle and buskers, colour and excitement. Tour Mt. Wellington (weather permitting) for panoramic views of the city and estuary before crossing the Derwent to the historic village of Richmond, where we can view the spire of Australia’s oldest Catholic Church from beneath the arches of our oldest stone bridge. Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover the arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms before returning to Hobart. Enjoy some quiet moments in Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens, vibrant with spring colours and blooms. This afternoon we will have some free time in Hobart to discover the galleries, museum and shopping precinct before returning to our accommodation.
Day 7 – Sunday 21 October 2018 HUON VALLEY – FOREST AIR WALK – WOODEN BOATS (BD)
Tour the apple orchards and fruit growing regions of the Huon Valley, through Huonville, Franklin, and Geeveston to Tasmania’s southern eucalypt and Huon pine forests. Along the way visit the wooden boat centre and apple museum. A major attraction has been established in the Tahune State Forest at the junction of the Picton and Huon Rivers. Explore the Visitor Centre and take a unique view of the environment during the 570 metre long walk between the magnificent canopies of the Tahune Forest high in the tree tops at Tahune Forest Airwalk. Visit the Forest & Heritage Centre at Geeveston before returning to Hobart.
Day 8 – Monday 22 October 2018 DERWENT VALLEY – “THE WALL” – QUEENSTOWN – STRAHAN (BD)
Departing Hobart 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. 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. 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. Continue to our accommodation, Strahan Village, which is located at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Day 9 – Tuesday 23 October 2018 MACQUARIE HARBOUR – GORDON RIVER CRUISE (BLD)
This morning cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and the edge of World Heritage. Cross vast Macquarie Harbour past Sarah Island, 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. 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 retuning to our accommodation. This evening enjoy Australia’s longest running play ‘The Ship That Never Was’ which tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island!
Day 10 – Wednesday 24 October 2018 CRADLE MOUNTAIN – DOVE LAKE – STANLEY (BLD)
Traverse the Reid volcanics for views of the Tyndal range and Lake Plimsoll in the Henty Anthony Valley en route to Tullah. 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. Visit the Wilderness Gallery before following the highway through mountains and button grass plains to the north west coast and overnight accommodation at Stanley Sea View Inn.
Day 11 – Thursday 25 October 2018 TABLE CAPE – STANLEY – SMITHTON (BD)
This morning visit the historic village of Stanley nestling at the foot of an ancient volcanic core known as ‘The Nut’. Explore the quaint town with its terraces and chairlift access to the top of The Nut (ride is optional and own expense). Tour Highfield House, the historical headquarters of the early Van Diemens Land Co. Marvel at the breathtaking views from the rich agricultural Table Cape with its amazing diversity of crops and farms. Continue to the coastal port of Burnie to try your hand at paper making before a visit to explore Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden which will be in full bloom at this time of the year. Admire over 20,000 plants nestled in a natural amphitheatre. Touring east along the scenic coastal route pass through Penguin to Ulverstone and our overnight accommodation at the Beachway Motel.
Day 12 – Friday 26 October 2018 (BD) GARDEN – ANVERS CHOCOLATE – SHEFFIELD MURALS – LAUNCESTON (BD)
After breakfast tour the hinterland dominated by the majestic Mt. Roland. Spend time in the town of Sheffield and admire the wonderful out-door art gallery of impressive murals. Wind your way back through the township of Railton where you can view the many displays of topiary throughout the town. Travel to the House of Anvers for afternoon tea and a tour of the Belgian style chocolate factory en-route to Deloraine. Admire the fascinating history of the region woven into silk quilts before travel along the Old Highway through Westbury, Carrick and Hadspen. In the afternoon finish the day in Launceston where we will check into the Hotel Grand Chancellor for the night.
Day 13 – Saturday 27 October 2018 DEPART TASMANIA /MELBOURNE (BD)
Say farewell to Tasmania as we travel to the airport for a morning flight to Melbourne. There are numerous activities on offer in Australia’s cultural centre including museums and art galleries. There are a variety of great shops within walking distance of our accommodation or for those wanting to travel further afield a well run network of trams is available to help you get around. Return to our centrally located accommodation at Citadines for our final evening in Australia.
Day 14 – Sunday 28 October 2018 FLIGHT TO NEW ZEALAND (B)
This morning we head to the airport for our flight to Auckland. We hope you have enjoyed visiting Tasmania and thank you for travelling with us!