TASTE OF TASMANIA TOUR
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Cradle Mountain, Launceston, Cataract Gorge, Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Hobart, MONA, Port Arthur Historic Site, Tas Live Abalone Tour & Tasting, Salamanca Market, Sullivan’s Cove Distillery Tour & Tasting, Richmond, Mount Wellington
Tasmanian Back to Nature Tour
Day 1 Saturday mid-morning
Pick-up from Launceston airport and drive through the beautiful country township of Deloraine on our way to 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm for lunch. This is where fresh water salmon are grown and then smoked on the premises. The highlight for the day is a visit to Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary where you will see the famous Tasmanian Devil and many other native animals. We then head for your destination for the night, Cradle Mountain. Should the weather be good for viewing Cradle Mountain we will catch the shuttle bus for a late afternoon viewing. If not, we will visit the Discovery Centre which has an interesting short movie of what it was like in the early 1900’s and often has some amazing photo exhibitions. Your night’s accommodation will be at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (or similar) with breakfast included.
This morning we will take the shuttle bus to Dove Lake. If you wish to do the Dove Lake Circuit walk it is about 3 hrs and is an easy to moderate walk. With the weather gods smiling we should have fabulous views of Cradle Mountain from different angles while on the walk. For another option, we could walk a short distance along the right bank of the lake to the Boat Shed. This is the location of the most iconic photographs taken at Cradle Mountain. There are also other shorter walks in the area, such as The Enchanted Walk. Upon leaving Cradle Mountain we drive to nearby Sheffield, the town of murals, and take time to look at the many outdoor works of art that adorn the town. Mount Roland forms a beautiful backdrop to the village and there are many great photo opportunities. On the way back toward Deloraine we will have stops at Ashgrove Cheese and The Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for tastings. We then head to your destination for the night, Launceston, and your night’s accommodation at Peppers Silo Hotel (or similar) with breakfast included.
We begin today exploring The Cataract Gorge, including a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift. This is Launceston’s number one tourist attraction with water flowing through an amphitheatre of rock crossed by a swinging bridge and the chairlift. Later you can visit Boags Brewery for a tasting of this fine Tasmanian beer and spend some time shopping before heading to lunch at Josef Chromy Wines. We then leave Launceston and head for Tamar Ridge Wines for a tasting and fabulous views of the Tamar River. We continue north to the Batman Bridge, Lilydale and Bridestowe Lavender Farm. The lavender may not be in flower but it is worth a visit to experience their retail outlet. We continue on through the town of Scottsdale and onto our destination for the night, St Helens, and your accommodation at the Bayside Inn (or similar) with breakfast included.
This morning we drive to a small place called The Gardens located at the southern end of the Bay of Fires and accessed via Binalong Bay. We will complete a short walk here to take in the seascape of lichen covered rocks and turquoise ocean. We then head to Coles Bay via Bicheno where we will visit the geological sites called The Gulch and Blowhole and stop in at The Lobster Shack to view live Southern Rock Lobster. We will spend time in Freycinet National Park where you can enjoy the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk which is approximately 1-1.5 hrs and is moderate with steady inclines. I will then take you to Cape Tourville with fabulous views of The Hazards and we will stop in at Honeymoon Bay. Your accommodation for the night is Edge of the Bay Resort (or similar). Breakfast included nearby.
You will have plenty of time for breakfast at Freycinet Lodge prior to boarding the Wineglass Bay Cruise which will give you a unique view of beautiful Wineglass Bay. Your cruise will include lunch and return around 2:30pm. I will take you to visit Friendly Beaches, also in the National Park. We will then call into the Freycinet Marine Farm where you can enjoy some freshly shucked oysters, mussels and other seafood delicacies. Our final activity for the day will be a visit to Freycinet Vineyard for a wine tasting. Your night’s accommodation is at Edge of the Bay Resort (or similar). Breakfast included nearby.
Today we head for Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, following breakfast at The Pondering Frog café. We will pass by many sandy beaches along the way and stop in at Swansea and Orford. We will also have a short stop at Buckland to view the oldest European artefact in the State, the lead light window in the town’s church which dates back to the fourteenth century. Once in Hobart we will, firstly, visit MONA followed by the Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest brewery still in operation. We then drive to your accommodation for the night at MACq-01 (or similar) with breakfast included.
Today we will make our way down to historic Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula. This is a penitentiary built in 1830 largely for 2nd offending criminals who had been transported from England to Van Diemen’s land, as it was called many years ago. We will stop at a lookout along the way for views over Pirates Bay and Eaglehawk Neck. We will take a short walk to see the fascinating geological feature known as The Tessellated Pavement. We will also visit some other natural wonders in the area named The Devils Kitchen and Tasman Arch. At the Port Arthur Historic Site you will join a 40-minute guided tour and also incorporated in your ticket price is a boat trip on the harbour to see the Isle of the Dead. On our return journey we will stop for a chocolate tasting at the Federation Artisan Chocolate factory at Taranna. The final stop for the day will be Tas Live Abalone for a tour and tasting of this sought-after delicacy. We then continue to your night’s accommodation at MACq-01 (or similar) with breakfast included.
Day 8 Saturday
Today we will begin with a stroll around the famous Salamanca Market. We will do a short tour of the city including Battery Point followed by a visit to the, multi-award winning, Sullivan’s Cove Distillery for a whisky tasting. We will then travel to historic Richmond for a leisurely lunch at Frogmore Creek Vineyard. After lunch we will explore the Richmond township featuring Australia’s oldest bridge still in use, built in 1823. The village contains many Georgian style sandstone buildings and interesting shops and is ideal for a stroll around. We will return to Hobart and drive to the Mt Wellington summit (if clear) with panoramic views across the city and beyond. We then return to the city for free time shopping in Hobart’s retail centre. Your night’s accommodation is at MACq-01 (or similar) with breakfast included.
This morning we make our way to Hobart airport for your flight home. If time permits you will have some free time in Hobart prior.
$6180 per person (2 people)
$4515 per person (4 people)
$3960 per person (6 people)
Tour pricing will alter if using accommodation of a different standard or booking your own.
- 8 Nights Superior Accommodation with Cooked Breakfast
- National Park Passes
- Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary Tickets
- Cataract Gorge Chairlift Tickets – 1 Way
- Wineglass Bay Cruise (with lunch)
- MONA Entry Tickets
- Entry to Port Arthur Historic Site
- Tas Live Abalone Tour & Tasting
- Sullivan’s Cove Distillery Whisky Tour & Tasting
- Airport Transfers
- Inclusive of GST
- All our tours have a degree of flexibility where possible.