The calls of currawongs and cockatoos accompany your journey along the Gordon River, exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the pink-hued granite peaks of Tassie's Freycinet coast.
Your gateway to the remote natural splendor of Tasmania is its capital Hobart, where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers (flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm) this afternoon. Dive into culture and explore the city's heritage as an infamous penal colony in the early 19th century. Admire the Victorian and Georgian façades that remain to this day and visit the Botanic Gardens, historic Battery Point and Constitution Dock. Ascend to Mt. Nelson next for panoramic views over the city and Derwent River. This evening, join your fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Ease into the relaxed atmosphere of this harbor town, enjoying a full day at leisure to explore on your terms. Wander through the historic Salamanca sandstone warehouses that were once the hub of Hobart's whaling industry and today house a myriad of colorful market stalls laden with Tasmanian arts, crafts and local produce. Kick back at one of Salamanca's cafés with an ale or rub shoulders with the friendly locals who delight in sharing their stories. For dinner, consider heading to the city docks in search of the best local seafood.
Leave the city behind bound for Tasmania's splendid natural beauty. Join your Travel Director for a stroll through lush rainforest to the tiered falls of Russell Falls. Then, take the winding road to Lake St. Clair where we'll dive into culture and see The Wall in the Wilderness, a monumental sculpture hand-carved in rare Huon pine. Continue through the rainforest, passing the eerie moonscape of Queenstown, once the world's richest mining town. Your final destination today is coastal Strahan, the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Here you will enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour from your hotel perched on a hillside.
Venture up the tannin-stained waters of the Gordon River, stained amber by buttongrass tannins and flanked by riverside rainforest. Continue to Sarah Island, where you'll dive into culture and gain chilling insights into the cruelties of convict life, starkly juxtaposed against the overwhelming beauty of the island's surrounds. See Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbor, and Heritage Landing, the site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Later, travel through the old towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you make your way to your hotel, Cradle Mountain which offers incredible views of Tasmania's alpine wilderness.
Join a Local Specialist this morning and discover the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park in ways you could never imagine. Keep a keen eye out for wombats, quolls and currawongs as you embark on a guided walk with your Travel Director. Take your time to connect with the tranquil and ancient natural surrounds, tracing the purpose-built boardwalk back to your hotel through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands. Feeling adventurous? Consider a challenging hike to Marion's Lookout instead, returning via Wombat Pool.
Switch dairy for a wee dram, as you join a Local Specialist for an insightful visit to Hellyers Road Distillery, founded by a group of dairy farmers. Travel to Sheffield, the 'Town of Murals' and stop at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory to sample the local cheeses before continuing through the Meander Valley to Tasmania's 'northern capital' of Launceston.
Your first stop today is to the nearby wilderness of Launceston's Cataract Gorge. Continue your scenic drive to Josef Chromy Wines, for a Regional Meal, wine tasting and vineyard views that stretch across the Tamar Valley, one of Tasmania's prettiest settings. The flavors of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will ease you into a free afternoon to explore Launceston further, join an Optional Experience cruise on the Tamar River or simply relax at your hotel.
The floral undertones of lavender will linger long after this morning's visit to Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922. Gain insights into the estate's history and treat yourself to some of its famous lavender ice-cream, before continuing to Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site. Spend the afternoon following Tasmania's picturesque east coast to Freycinet Lodge, overlooking Coles Bay.
Prime your sea legs on a four-hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a Local Specialist. Watch seals lazing on granite boulders, admire beautiful beaches fringed by dense bush and witness whales breaching turquoise waters (in season). You'll lay anchor at Wineglass Bay, surrounded by untouched natural beauty—the perfect backdrop to a gourmet ploughman's lunch.
Journey to historic Ross, considered the finest nineteenth-century village in Australia, before traversing rich pastoral lands en route to Hobart. Connect with locals at Shene Estate, whose custodian Anne Kernke will treat you to a walking tour of the property's stunning colonial-era buildings and a Be My Guest morning tea selection of home-baked goodies in her private residence. This afternoon, your choice of sightseeing: visit Australia's largest privately funded museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), followed by a cruise back to Hobart on the MONA ferry; join a walking tour with a local guide for insights into Hobart's history, people and places or explore the Mawson's Huts Replica Museum.
Your day begins with a poignant visit to Port Arthur Historic Site, which includes a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walk of Port Arthur's infamous convict prison. Spend some free time tracing the stories of the convicts who left their mark on this former penal settlement. Your return to Hobart is filled with pinch me moments as you enjoy views from Pirate's Bay Lookout, Tasman's Arch, Devil's Kitchen and the Blowhole. As your epic encounter with Tassie comes to an end, join your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart's best restaurants.
This morning after breakfast, we say farewell to your newfound friends as your vacation comes to an end and you are transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
11 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 3 lunches, 8 dinners.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Tour the historic working brewery and discover the secrets of Boag’s world-famous brew.
Adult Price: $33.00
A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and safely without disturbing them, or hurting yourself! The penguins are accustomed to our tour and lights, but loud noises and camera flashes will scare them away.
Adult Price: $35.00
Be the first to see these amazing nocturnal animals burst into life. See natural wild behavior in these Tasmanian devils which are not normally available for viewing.
Adult Price: $70.00
Savor a delicious al fresco morning tea and a cellar door lunch of specialty local produce including Bruny Island Cheese, oysters, salmon, wine, bread, and berries - all grown, made or harvested on Bruny. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Enjoy short walks in the South Bruny National Park and see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Hear the stories of the people who have shaped Bruny Island, from the whalers who used to camp at Adventure Bay, to the lighthouse keepers and their families who braved difficult conditions to keep the light burning at Cape Bruny. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30 pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post-tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8 pm approx.
Adult Price: $155.00
Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and seabirds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do. *Please Note: This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30 pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post-tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8 pm approx.
Adult Price: $225.00
Take a spectacular scenic flight over one of the World's last wilderness frontiers, South West Tasmania. This World Heritage listed National Park has international significance, comprising of over 4500 sq km of pristine wilderness, no roads, no civilization, just pure wilderness. Tour includes a landing at Melaleuca and a visit to the bird hide to see the rare Orange Bellied Parrots. *Please note: This tour is 4hrs in duration. In order to partake in this experience on the last day of your tour, you will need to have an afternoon flight, or post tour accommodation booked.
Adult Price: $499.00
On this half-day tour, pass through various ecosystems as we ascend the mountain look out for the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes Crowned by alpine vegetation, dusted by snow in winter, kunanyi/Mt Wellington enables the visitor to glimpse the unfolding panorama of river, fields and aquatic setting of Hobart. Be mesmerized by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart from Mt Wellington’s majestic summit. Before ending the tour visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one-time female prison. In order to partake in this experience, you will need to ensure your flight departs after 2:00 pm on the final day of the tour. Or have post accommodation booked. Speak to your Tour Director for more information.
Adult Price: $45.00