Day 1 : Cataract Gorge, Woolmers Estate
Arrive in Launceston (own arrangements). Welcomed on arrival by your crew
for transfer to hotel. This afternoon explore Cataract Gorge and enjoy the
opportunity to ride the chairlift across the deep river gorge (own expense)
or wander through the exotic gardens. Later visit the historic Woolmers
Estate and delightful National Rose Garden. Tonight enjoy a glass of fine
Australian sparkling wine while you meet fellow travellers and then join in
the special celebration dinner.
Day 2 : EastCoast Natureworld, Freycinet National Park Walk,
Journey along the banks of the West Tamar River, crossing the
unique Batman Bridge before heading through the prosperous town of
Scottsdale, which services the rich agricultural and forestry region of the
north east. Heading east, leave the green fertile valleys and red soil, and
enter the dark forest of Derby, a once thriving tin mining region. Following
the Tasman Highway enter the temperate rainforests of the Weldborough Pass.
Treasured giant myrtles, over 300 years old, stand as sentinels along our
route. Continuing south to the township of Bicheno we visit EastCoast
Natureworld; see a Tasmanian Devil and other native flora and fauna. Joining
the coastline we enter the dramatically beautiful Freycinet National Park
and join a guided walk along Richardson Beach, Coles Bay. There is the
chance to learn of ancient middens that have survived the original
Aboriginal inhabitants of this land. Tonight enjoy a special Tasmanian
crayfish dinner in Swansea (seafood buffet outside the cray season).
Day 3 : Ross, FLEXIBLE TOURING, Flexible Dining -
Pass Lake Leake on the way along the heritage trail of the Midlands, to
historic Ross. See the famous Ross Bridge with its unique hand carved
buttresses one of the oldest and most beautiful bridges in Australia.
Continue to Hobart where you have a choice of touring options included in
your tour price. You may tour Cadbury's Chocolate Factory (factory closures
apply), or enjoy a wine tour and cheese tasting at Moorilla Estate. Nestled
on the Derwent River this unique vineyard also houses a Museum of
Antiquities containing an unusual collection of artefacts. This afternoon
visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Battery Point and Salamanca Place. Travel
to the summit of Mt Nelson; enjoy stunning views of Hobarts yacht
studded harbour and the Derwent River. Tonight enjoy the flexibility of the
various dining options choose to dine at The Cove, Drunken Admiral or
Siscos on the Pier.
Day 4 :
Historical Richmond, Port Arthur Historic Site, Lunch Cruise
Absorb the wonderful history that is an integral part of Tasmania and start
with a morning visit to the old village of Richmond. Then journey through
Sorell to Eaglehawk Neck, where a narrow strip of land accesses the Tasman
Peninsula. Take in the rugged coastal scenery from Pirates Bay Lookout as
you make your way to Port Arthur. On arrival step back into a world that
existed 150 years ago; a punishing existence of time serving convicts and
controlling authorities. Enjoy cruising the waters of Mason Cove and learn
of the Isle of the Dead. Relax with a delicious lunch as you cruise around
the cove. On your return to the settlement enjoy a guided tour through the
ruins. See the church, guard tower and penitentiary set amongst an avenue of
trees. Turning towards Hobart, see the Blowhole, Devils Kitchen and
Day 5 : World Heritage Lake St Clair,
Queenstown - FLEXIBLE
Follow the Derwent Valley to historic New Norfolk, then tour deep into the
Tasmanian interior, entering the World Heritage Wilderness Region of Cradle
Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Take in the breathtaking alpine
scenery as we stop at the tranquil shores of Lake St Clair. Approaching
Queenstown, the vegetation diminishes the surrounding bare hills
providing testimony to the destructive smelting process of years gone by.
Choose to join the magnificently restored Abt Wilderness Railway and ride
aboard the elegant brass and timber carriages as they travel through
pristine forest scenery. Alternatively, tour the Mt Lyell Copper Mine.
Tonight after a buffet meal, relax overlooking the picturesque Strahan
waterfront (pictured) and enjoy a liqueur and selection of chocolates with
the compliments of the local coach operator.
Day 6 : Gordon River Cruise, Sarah Island, Cradle Mountain
Enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Gordon River aboard the Lady Jane Franklin,
in exclusive window seating. Stop at Heritage Landing for the chance to take
a wilderness walk through the rainforest. Listen to the guides stories
of the past, reliving the convict era as we cruise to the infamous penal
colony of Sarah Island and on to Hells Gates. Visit the fascinating Pioneer
Museum in Zeehan. Tonight enjoy dinner in the timber-lined Highland
Restaurant before relaxing by the warmth of the fire.
Day 7 : Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake, Leven Canyon, The
morning, visit the Information Centre and learn of the treasures of this
wild and exquisite part of Tasmanias high country. Experience alpine
magic as you journey out to Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain. Visit Waldheim
Chalet, built in 1911 as one mans utopia. Travel north to Leven Canyon
where a short walk to the lookout affords majestic views of the canyon and
surrounding forest. This afternoon, journey along the scenic north west
coast to Stanley, best known for its striking feature The Nut, a
rocky outcrop soaring 150 metres above the sea. A chairlift to the top will
reward you with spectacular coastal views (own expense). Tonight enjoy an
exclusive dinner of local Tasmanian fare at Tall Timbers.
Day 8 : Tiagarra Aboriginal Museum, Sheffield, Ashgrove,
This morning, visit the Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum.
Enjoy a guided tour through the fascinating displays, exploring historic
Aboriginal artefacts and carvings. Continue on to Sheffield standing at the
foothills of the Great Western Tiers, with Mt Roland looming as a backdrop.
Enjoy free time to browse through this quaint township where over 30
spectacular life-like murals have been painted on buildings there. Visit
nearby Ashgrove Cheese Factory to enjoy tastings and the chance to purchase
delicious local produce before continuing to Launceston, where the tour
ends, for flights departing after 4.30 pm or other arrangements.
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