Highlights of Tasmania

8 Days

Physical Rating:
Moderate

2021 Departures

09 – 16 October 2021
23 – 30 October 2021
6 – 13 November 2021
20 – 27 November 2021
04 – 11 December 2021

 

2022 Departures

15 – 22 January 2022
12 – 19 February 2022
26 February – 05 March 2022
12 – 19 March 2022
26 March – 02 April 2022
9 – 16 April 2022
7 – 14 May 2022
21 – 28 May 2022

 

If you have never been to the Apple Isle before, and are looking to experience all of it’s iconic destinations, this small group 8 day tour of Tasmania is for you. We have designed this package to put together the very best highlights of Tasmania such as Port Arthur, Eagle Hawk Neck, Wineglass Bay, the Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain and much more. This tour allows you to explore the cities of Hobart and Launceston at your own leisure, as well as enjoy the benefits of being on a guided tour with an experienced tour guide, for the rest of the package. Well chosen accommodation, some meals, and comfortable transport round out this well priced and fantastic tour of Tasmania.

Tasmania Tour Inclusions

  • Friendly Guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Comfortable touring bus, expertly maintained
  • Small Group with a maximum of 12 guests
  • National Park Admissions
  • Port Arthur Historic Sights Tour and Cruise
  • Wine Tastings in the beautiful Freycinet area and then again in Tamar Valley
  • Devils@Cradle Wildlife Park Admissions

Meals:

  • 7 Breakfasts,  1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

Accommodation:

  • 2 nights at the Travelodge in Hobart
  • 1 night at Eastcoaster Orford
  • 1 night at the Panorama Hotel in St Helens
  • 2 nights at the Sheffield Motor Inn
  • 1 night at the Grand Chancellor in Launceston

Optional

  • Bruny Island Cruise
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Day 1: Arrive in Hobart

On your arrival day we recommend to choose an early flight so that you can enjoy most of the day in Tasmania’s wonderful capital city. Check in is at 2pm but you can drop off your luggage any time at the hotel reception and have a short stroll to the Salamanca Market located close to the picturesque waterfront on Salamanca Place. Every Saturday between 8.30am and 3pm artisans, local producers, jewellery and craft designers transform the area into one of Australia’s most loved street markets.

From the market you are only short walk away from the historic Kelly’s Steps and the Georgian cottages with their early maritime village atmosphere of Battery Point. This area gives one a sense of stepping back in time and visitors will have opportunity to check out some of the homely cafes & restaurants.

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

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Day 2: Hobart

This is full day at leisure to discover the beauty of Hobart. You can board the hop-on hop-off double decker bus, or visit the Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Cascade Brewery, Whiskey Distillery, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, climb Mt Wellington – a beautiful natural landmark overlooking the city or visit the Bruny Island (optional).

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 3: Hobart - Port Arthur - Orford

After breakfast at 8.00 am your driver guide will pick you up from the hotel Travelodge Hobart and we will head south east to visit the famed, UNESCO World heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Sitem, located at the very tip of the Tasman Peninsula.

Port Arthur is the best preserved and one of the most evocative heritage sites in Australia, a special place with a vivid history. You will have a chance to step back in time and delve into lives of those who lived in one of the harshest facilities. It’s a place of global significance and one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. After an easy walk around a the grounds on a guided tour you will enjoy a 30 minute cruise out on the harbour followed by a well-deserved lunch in a café (at own expense).

There are a number of natural attractions and stunning views along the costal line of Tasman Peninsula, including Eaglehawk Neck, The Tasman Arch & the Devil’s Kitchen. We will take our time to visit a number of these attractions of over the day.

Once we have had our fill of the Tasman, it is just over an hour’s ride to the accommodation for the dinner and night in Orford, a holiday township that offers riverside and bayside beauty with amazing views to Maria Island.

Accommodation: The East Coaster, Orford

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 4: Freycinet - Devils Corner Winery - Bicheno - St Helen

Today every turn unveils a new view to take your breath away. After breakfast, we will continue up the coast to Freycinet National Park and take in the postcard views of the peninsula from the Wineglass Bay lookout. It is about a 2hr return walk with a bit of steep uphill, but it is well worth the effort, as the look out from up top has one of the most spectacular views in Australia.

After our visit to Freycinet National Park, it’s time to relax and enjoy a glass of wine in one of the famous wineries in the area.

Before reaching St Helen’s, the resting point for the evening, we will have our last stop in Bicheno, known for its laid-back lifestyle, idyllic beaches & fishing industry.

Accommodation: Panorama Hotel, St Helens

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5: Bay of Fires - Sheffield

The highlights of today’s itinerary is the Bay of Fire with the wonderful combination of unspoiled wilderness and beautiful strand of beaches with a perfectly white sand.

The view while strolling around the aptly named Gardens of Binalong Bay is simply stunning: turquoise ocean and a coastline scattered with mammoth boulders of steely blue granite covered in the orange & ochre red lichen. The Bay of Fires lives up to this reputation named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s ‘Most Beautiful Beaches” and is a place for long leisurely walks & swimming.

After visiting the Bay of Fires it’s time to change the scenery and head direction Sheffield, our destination for the day.

Sheffield is known as the “Tasmania’s Town of Murals”. The small, seemingly sleepy town in the doldrums of rural decline was saved in 1980s from oblivion thanks to the initiative to paint large murals on walls around the town. The idea was to depict events and stories from the region’s history and early pioneer days. Nowadays the town has a lively art community and developed into a hub for fine arts and crafts people and studio galleries. Supported by the mural-painting festival, a number of murals grows each year and cover the side of almost every building and structure

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 6: Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

As Sheffield is also a gateway to Cradle Mountain you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the mountain scenery today. We will pack ourselves some lunch (not included), and head direction a pristine nature area into Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

After about one hour drive you will experience the first glimmer of a jagged dolerite mountain peak, diverse alpine vegetation and the abundant native wildlife. Take your time and enjoy the walk around Dove Lake, which includes a continuous parade of viewpoints, unexpected beaches on the side of the lake, ancient Ballroom Forest and occasional wombat, echidna or platypus spotting.

If you are still feeling energetic, the hike up to Marion Lookout is worth the effort. It is a very steep going and requires rock scrambling but the view on a good day is absolutely breathtaking. For more advanced hiker, there will be an option to do a whole day walk with a start point at Waldheim Chalet Cabins.

Accommodation: Sheffield Motor Inn

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 7: Tamar Valley and Cataract Gorge

After breakfast we will hit the road to Launceston, which is a Tamar Valley wine route and a destination that will have any traveller filled with experience lust. We will make the most of it and will check out as many of the region’s famous wineries as we possibly (and responsibly) can.

The scenic riversides and lush bushlands of the Cataract Gorge lie just downstream from Launceston.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 8: Launceston

If you enjoy shopping for fresh produce, meeting the farmers or just connecting with locals you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the Harvest Launceston Community Market at leisure, which is walking distance from your hotel.

Each Saturday the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers bring the farm gate to the city and transforms the city car park into a vibrant award winning farmers’ market with Tasmanian’s freshest seasonal produce, organic dairy, artisan bread and pastries, local roasted coffee, artisan ciders, home-made preserves and other outstanding products. Harvest Launceston is also often featured on the “must do” list for visitors to the State.

Otherwise we recommend you to embark a 50-minute Cataract Gorge Cruise. You will glide along Launceston’s riverfront and cruise beneath the spectacular sheer cliffs of the Cataract Gorge. Return to hotel to check out and call the day finished.

Meals: Breakfast

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to fitness levels – where possible. We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. If this should occur we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

Secure your seat with a $350 deposit

Tour Price: $2,399 twin share

Single supplements available for an additional $350

Your tour balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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