GRAND TOUR OF TASMANIA
Mount Wellington, Cataract Gorge, East Coast, Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, Burnie, Stanley, Strahan, Gordon River, Queenstown, Huon Valley, Tasman Peninsula
Tasmanian Back to Nature Tour
You will meet in the arrivals lounge at Hobart airport and taken directly you to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to join a tour to learn all about our native animals, pat a wombat, feed the kangaroos and see a Tasmanian Devil up close. Afterwards there will be time to explore Richmond, a quaint historic village, before taking you to your accommodation in Hobart.
Depending on your arrival date today may be an opportunity to visit the Salamanca Markets, or, alternatively, take a drive to the summit of Mount Wellington for fabulous views over the city of Hobart and beyond. Afterwards we will head to Launceston, in the State’s north, via the historic villages of Ross and Oatlands to your accommodation.
This morning you will be taken to Cataract Gorge where you can enjoy some short walks through the stunning gardens and for those who wish to, take a chairlift ride across the Gorge. We will then venture further north to the township of Beauty Point where will visit Seahorse World and Platypus House. On our way back to Launceston we will call in to the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Your night’s accommodation will in Launceston.
Today you will make your way across to the East Coast via a few stops along the way. There is the Bridestowe Lavender Farm, which may be in flower, but is still worth a visit. You will pass through some diverse scenery, including the old tin and gold mining areas, and then on through the pasturelands of Pyengana where you can enjoy some cheese tasting and have a look at how an automated milking system for the cows works. We then take you through to St Helens and southern end of the Bay of Fires with some stunning views of the gorgeous turquoise water and granite rock. It will then be onto Bicheno for your night’s accommodation.
Today you will join the Wineglass Bay Cruise which is a stunning way to experience the high cliff faces that surround our East Coast. You will enjoy a lovely gourmet lunch while you cruise into Wineglass Bay. If you are lucky you may see some dolphins and seals along the way. Afterwards we will drive out to Cape Tourville for panoramic views over the Freycinet Peninsula and beyond. On your way back to Bicheno you will stop off at the Freycinet Marine Farm where you can try some local oysters, scallops, mussels and other choices of seafood, depending on what is in stock.
Today you will make your way up to Cradle Mountain via the picturesque town of Deloraine, set on the Meander River, and for lunch maybe at 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm. This is where fresh water salmon are grown and then smoked on the premises. It will be a stop off at Chudleigh and the Honey Farm for a tasting and some great products to purchase if you wish. It will be then on to Sheffield Town of Murals, an outside art gallery depicting paintings of various scenes on the outside of buildings. It will be then onto Lemonthyme Lodge for your accommodation for the night.
Today you can enjoy a few different walks depending on the weather and conditions. There is the 2-3 hr Dove Lake Circuit (a moderate walk), Enchanted Falls (easy walk) and also there will be plenty of time to look for wildlife, in particular, wallabies and wombats. We will then drive up to Burnie on the beautiful North West Coast to your accommodation. We will visit the Makers’ Workshop which is an information centre but also incorporates Burnie’s history and showcases local artists at work. You have the chance of seeing Fairy Penguins on a short walk nearby.
Today we will take you out to the far North West to historic Stanley. We will explore the area famous for the geological feature called “The Nut”. We can take a chairlift ride to the top and walk the 2-kilometres, or so, around the summit before descending back to ground level. You will have some free time here to explore the many shops in the area and soak up the atmosphere before heading to your accommodation for the night in Stanley.
Today we will head to Strahan via Roseberry and Zeehan, once a very wealthy town thanks to the mining of silver. You have the opportunity of a pleasant walk to Hogarth Falls before heading to your night’s accommodation.
Today you will join the family owned Gordon River Heritage Cruises for a trip out on Macquarie Harbour and up through to the Gordon River. Discover some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins on Sarah Island, a settlement which pre-dates Port Arthur. Hear the intriguing story of Macquarie Harbour and its settlement and cruise past the rugged mountain ranges in Tasmania’s World Heritage South West National Park. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch freshly prepared on board - including smoked salmon, cold meats, a selection of salads, fresh fruit, Tasmanian cheeses and local bakery bread roll. After your cruise you will have time to have a look at the Timber Factory and locally hand-crafted items from our local native timbers. We will take the short drive to Ocean Beach looking out to the Southern Ocean.
Today you leave Strahan and head to historic Queenstown, known in the 1800s as “Copper City”. You will then make your way for a short walk to Lake St Clair, the deepest lake in Australia, then the Wombat Cafe for lunch and later visit Greg Duncan's famous Wall in the Wilderness - the history of the Pioneer Days of Tasmania carved in Huon Pine and other various Huon Pine carvings. You will call in to Tarraleah Hydro Village to view the hydro-electric penstocks that plunge over 546 metres down below with spectacular views across the valley. We will then be taken to your accommodation back in Hobart.
This morning we will head to the Huon Valley and visit Tahune Airwalk to walk among the treetops and take a guided walk to view age old Huon Pines. We will have lunch here prior to taking a look through the Geeveston Visitor Centre on our way back to Hobart. We can call into Willie Smiths Apple Museum and cider tasting if you like and then the Honey Pot for some Honey tasting. Alternatives could be a tour of the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin or a wine tasting at Home Hill Winery.
Before you travel to the Tasman Peninsula you will be taken to Sorell Fruit Farm where you will have the opportunity to pick some fruit, depending on what is available at the time of year. We will then make our way down to Port Arthur where you can join a guided forty-minute tour around the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site and learn all about the convicts that were transported here. This pass also entitles you to a short boat ride on the harbour with a commentary on board. WE will visit significant geological features in the area, namely, Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch before stopping to take in the view of Pirates Bay. You will then make your way back to your accommodation in Hobart.
Free time in Hobart depending on your flight schedule. This morning you will enjoy a tour at Tas Live Abalone with plenty of time to purchase before being taken to the airport for your departure.
$6490 per person (2 people)
$5390 per person (4 people)
$4450 per person (6 people)
(Quotes given for other numbers)
- 13 nights accommodation with breakfasts
- 14 Days Private/Flexible touring incl. Airport Transfers
- Bonorong Wildlife Tour
- Cataract Gorge Chairlift – one way
- Tamar Triple Pass Tickets
- Wineglass Bay Cruise (incl. lunch)
- The Nut Chairlift – one way
- Gordon River Cruise (incl. lunch)
- Tahune Airwalk Tickets
- Port Arthur Historic Site Tickets
- Abalone Factory Tour
- National Park Passes
- GST (Goods Services Tax)
Note: Our tours are about flexibility while touring, which means if you would prefer to change things around, when time allows and if it is feasible to do so. We usually pick up between 8:00-9:00 am and back to your accommodations by between 5:00-6:00pm. We also appreciate it if you can keep pieces of luggage and bag sizes to a minimum.