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Week Long Tour With Hong Kong Four

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Eva, May, Florrie & Ali enjoyed a week taking in many of Tasmania's major tourist attractions along with a few less known gems. On Day 1 we visited the World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site and the areas natural geological formations. Day 2 was a circumnavigation of Maria Island with a shore visit to meet the resident wombats. Day 3 saw us visiting Richmond followed by a Hobart city tour, a drive to the summit of Mt Wellington, and a stop in at Ross on our way to Bicheno to see the little penguins. Day 4 began with the climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and visit to Cape Tourville. It continued with seafood for lunch at Freycinet Marine Farm followed by a visit to the Bay of Fires, at The Gardens, and onwards to Scottsdale. Day 5 included Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Beaconsfield, House of Anvers for lunch and chocolate tasting, the Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana, Ulverstone, Penguin for a photo with a giant penguin, Boat Harbour Beach, and Stanley. Day 6 saw us exploring The Nut before heading to Cradle Mountain to take on the Dove Lake Circuit walk. Day 7 included Sheffield, Allum Cliffs Walk at Mole Creek, Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, 41 Degrees South Salmon and Ginseng Farm for late lunch and a walk to Montana Falls, Perth and Evandale. Day 8 and our last day together started with the Evandale Market followed by Cataract Gorge and City Park in Launceston before heading to the airport to end the tour.

South West Wilderness Day Tour

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Kubi & Leo, from Hong Kong, had a great day out on their Wilderness adventure. After a stop for coffee our first taste of adventure was at the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail at the start of the Scotts Peak Road. We then called in at Lake Pedder Lodge for a warm by the fire after stopping for photos of Lake Pedder and the Sentinal Range on the way. Then it was off to view the 140 metre high Gordon Dam. A little rain didn't dampen our enthusiasm as we walked along the top of the dam and had a picnic lunch! We then returned to Mt Field National Park and completed the Russell Falls and Tall Tree walks before returning to Hobart via Meadowbank Lake and Hamilton. Kubi has promised to return one day for more adventures with Tasmania i-Drive!

Grandparents and Cousins Enjoy Day at Freycinet

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Grandparents Bill & Lydia, and cousins Marina, Lia and Becky enjoyed a day tour with Tasmania i-Drive, commencing with pick-up from Hobart airport and finishing back at their hotel in Hobart. We visited Kate's Berry Farm, walked to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, drove to Cape Tourville to take in the fabulous outlook, had a seafood feast at Freycinet Marine Farm and returned via historic Ross and a look at the beautiful convict built bridge.

Texans Tassie Tour

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

David & Beth and Mary & Mary enjoyed a cruise ship shore excursion with a difference! We made the two hour drive south to join the Ida Bay Railway tour. We saw Rufous and Bennetts wallabies along the way and enjoyed the informative presentation given by our locomotive driver, Wayne, on the 2 hour return journey. We then headed back north stopping into Geeveston for lunch and a walk through the very interesting visitor centre. It was then onto The Wooden Boat Centre where David took a guided tour to learn a little about wooden boat building while the rest of us looked through the huon pine carvings on display. Then back to the Sea Princess in readiness for an early departure. Enjoy the rest of your cruise folks!

Honk Kong Family Enjoy Quick Tasmania Tour

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

With just a few days to spare we packed a lot in for the Lui family of Sammy and Benna, with daughters Yvonne and Winnie. Straight from Launceston airport to Strahan, via Trowunna Wildlife Snctuary and 41 Degrees South Salmon Farm, for their first night. Second day was a cruise with World Heritage Cruises followed by the drive to Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Day three, unfortunately, saw gloomy skies with Cradle Mountain not making an appearance. After a look around Sheffield it was on to Coles Bay with an enjoyable meal at Freycinet Lodge a highlight. Day four featured the Wineglass Bay Cruise followed by a feast at Freycinet Marine Farm and the drive to Hobart. The family enjoyed an acrobatic circus performance by the wharf on their final evening. Our last morning together included a short city tour followed by, what was a big hit for mum and dad, a tour and tasting at Tas Live Abalone with Jay, before heading to Hobart airport for their flight out. The end to a short but fun trip with Tasmania i-Drive!

Shore Excursion for 4 from Minnesota, USA

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Doug & Rita and Steve & LInda enjoyed getting off the beaten track on our Huon Tour. First stop, Tahune Airwalk with a walk amongst the magnificent Huon Pines and through the treetops on the airwalk. We then ventured in to Hartz National Park and, although misty rain, enjoyed a view of glacial Lake Osborne and the King Billy Pines along it's shoreline. Finally a stop in at Frank's Cider for a tasting and souvenir purchases before heading back to the ship. Bon voyage!

Shore Excursion for a lovely family from Iowa, USA!

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dave and Doris were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on a cruise with their family including Leah, Jesse, Beth, Ethan and young Jonah. We saw pademelons and giant swamp gums at Russell Falls, sleepy koalas and native Tasmaian devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finished with a dampish view on top of Mount Wellington. A full bus but a happy bus load! Well done Dave and Doris on 50 years together!

Group from Northern Ireland Enjoy Thrill Ride!

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Kenny & Amanda and Ivor & Denise had a great shore excursion with Tasmania i-Drive last Wednesday. We drove though Battery Point, Sandy Bay, Taroona, Kingston Beach and stopped in at the Channel Heritage Museum at Margate for coffee and a good look around. Nutpatch Chocloates at Kettering was next and then on to the highlight of the day with Huon Jetboats at Huonville 9both pictured). Skipper John certainly knows every twist and turn in the river and the 360 degree turns were a ot of fun! Lunch was taken on the premises overlooking the river before we took a quick drive through Franklin. The group enjoyed a guided wine tasting at Home Hill Winery with "the" Kelly! To finish the day we drove to the summit of Mount Wellington on what was a beautiful sunny day.

Week Long Tour for Family of Four from Singapore

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Lai Fung, her elder brother, his wife and daughter, Derek, Bee Kheng and Jia'en, enjoyed a 7 day tour of Tasmanian highlights with Tasmania i-Drive. They visited Russell Falls and picked strawberries at Westerway. They explored the Huon Valley with Tahune Airwalk, a visit to Lake Osborne and cider and wine tastings on the menu. They did a tour of Hobart and a trip to the summit of Mount Wellington before heading to the East Coast via Richmond. An exciting full day was spent with East Coast Cruises exploring Maria Island and its coastline. A Little Penguin viewing and The Blowhole at Bicheno were favourites before making the climb to view Wineglass Bay and driving to Cape Tourville for the fabulous views on offer. The North West was next with the Alum Cliffs Lookout Walk followed by Trowunna Wildlife Park and Cradle Mountain. The last full day was Sheffield, Latrobe, Exeter for lunch at Bert Munro's Cafe, and finishing with Cataract Gorge in Launceston. A great time was had by all!

Canadian Cruising Chums Critters, Cheese, Chocolate, Cider and Beer Day Tour

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Harry & Jackie and Gordon & Jodie enjoyed a cruise excursion out of Burnie with Tasmania i-Drive. We drove through Penguin and Ulverstone before stopping for a coffee and exploring the murals at Sheffield. The main attraction for the day was Trowunna Wildlife Park. After we drove through Chudleigh for honey, Railton for a beer and cider tasting at Seven Sheds, Ashgrove cheese, and finally House of Anvers for chocolate!

Friendly French Family's Five Fun Days in Tasmania

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Claude, Gaspard and Violette enjoyed a busy tour with Tasmania i-Drive focusing on flora and fauna. Visits to attractions at Mole Creek and walking tours at Cradle Mountain, Freycinet, and Mt Field National Parks and a trip to Natureworld at Bicheno were highlights.

Two Lovely Ladies Enjoy Freycinet National Park Day Tour

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ivy and Rachael, from Hong Kong, enjoyed a jam-packed day tour starting with pick-up from their hotel in Launceston. We drove to Avoca for coffee before turning off and heading through the tiny village of Royal George and down a dirt road where we saw a majestic wedge tailed eagle! Then to Freycinet National Park for the walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and visits to Cape Tourville and Honeymoon Bay. We stopped for a late lunch at Freycinet Marine Farm before heading to Somercotes Cherry Farm, just south of Ross, for a tasting and purchases. The tour finished with the drive to their hotel in Hobart that evening.

4 Friends From Hong Kong Enjoy Tasmania

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Yee Man, Lay, Kam and Ping, on a short vacation from their teaching jobs in Hong Kong, enjoyed a few days over Christmas with Tasmania i-Drive. We started at Launceston airport and visited Evandale, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Trowunna Wildlife Park, Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, Freycinet National Park, Bicheno Penguin Tour and called in at Ross on the way to Hobart.

Hong Kong Family Enjoy Sheep Farm Tour

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Fung family from Hong Kong enjoyed their day with Tasmania i-Drive visiting the Curringa Sheep Farm for a morning tea tour that involved a drive around the 750 acre property looking at opium poppies, a sheep herding demonstration from the farm dogs, and seeing a sheep get a haircut. We then went on to Westerway to pick raspberries before finishing up with a walk around the Russell Falls area of Mt Field National Park.

Massachusetts Couple Whirlwind Tour of Tasmania

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Emily and Don only had four days to see as much as they could of Tasmania. They made their own way to Hobart from the airport and had a look around the State's capital before our tour began on Saturday. We drove to Cradle Mountain with stops at Oatlands, Ross and Deloraine on the way. A salmon and ginseng tasting followed by a tour of Marakoopa cave were squeezed in before arriving at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. The next morning we did the Dove Lake circuit and saw most of the elusive Cradle Mountain on the way around. Lunch at Sheffield with a quick stroll to take in the murals and then off to Coles Bay via tastings at Ashgrove Cheesery and Christmas Hills Rasberries. They enjoyed the sunset while dining at the Edge of the Bay Resort's restaurant. We climbed to the Wineglass Bay lookout the following morning and marvelled at the views from Cape Tourville before visiting Natureworld to see Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. We took in the sights of Bicheno before heading back to Coles Bay for Emily and Don to hone their paddle boarding skills. Late evening and we set off for a Bicheno Penguin Tour which meant a late night to bed for all. Tuesday was our last day and we did a little exploring by taking a dirt road from the East Coast back to the Heritage Highway. This road took us through some iconic Australian bush before we eventually arrived at Evandale. A slow lunch and a casual stroll around the town, before heading to Launceston airport, was the perfect way to wind down on what had been a very busy couple of days.

No Kangaroos in Austria!

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (1)

That's what Konrad's T-Shirt said! Faith, Sigrund, Alois and Konrad, all from Austria, were meant to bring some sunshine with them. It was sunny, and very warm, at around 30 degrees Centigrade, but that was a couple of of days ago! On the day of the tour, 16th November, 2017 it was cool and misty. No chance of seeing anything from the top of Mount Wellington but we still had a great time seeing the animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, visiting the quaint township of Richmond with it's rich tapestry of historic sights, and getting off the beaten track. We visited the townships of Margate, Kettering, Woodbridge, Cygnet, Franklin and Geeveston. We explored the Channel Museum at Margate, tasted cold and hot smoked Atlantic salmon and ocean trout at Woodbridge, did a cider tasting at Frank's Cider and visited the Wooden Boat Centre, both at Franklin. The Wooden Boat Centre, pictured here, is the only wooden boat building training centre in Australia.


Philip & Family 11 Day Tassie Tour

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Philip from Taiwan, his mother, brother & sister-in-law enjoyed a customised tour of Tasmania starting at Mt Wellington and including the Huon Valley, Bruny Island, Tasman Peninsula, Maria Island, Freycinet NP, Bicheno's Little Penguins, Launceston, Mole Creek, Cradle Mountain, Strahan and finishing back at Richmond. A great time was had by all, including me, with highlights being sightings of a hump back whale, bottle nose dolphins, and more wombats than we could count, at Maria Island! The only disapointment was that we could not see Cradle Mountain for the clouds but we enjoyed seeing the snow anyway.




Canadian Cruise Clients Day Tour

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Glen & Paula, Rickhey, Lorraine, Gerald & Dianne, Debbi & Al and Ed & Esther enjoy a day touring with Tasmania i-Drive. They had a day ashore off the cruise ship Noordam. We visited, Mt Field National Park, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finished at the historic town of Richmond, where they are photographed standing in front of Australia's oldest, still operational bridge.

Honeymooners Enjoy Bruny Island

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Jin and Jan, from the Napa Valley, USA, enjoyed a relaxing day on Bruny Island including fresh Pacific Oysters and a relax on Adventure Bay beach.


Short Tour through Tasmania's Highlands

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My guests, Michael and Cath, had a great time feeding the highland cattle at Tarraleah and the kangaroos at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary during a three day tour taking in Mt Field National Park, Curringa Sheep Farm, Tarraleah highland village, Lake St Clair National Park, the Wall in the Wilderness huon pine carving, Bothwell and Bonorong on the way back to the airport.