Tasmanian Wonders (10 Days/9 Nights)
Tasmanian Wonders (10 Days/9 Nights)
Tour Code: FHLH.
Trip visits: Hobart, Queenstown, Smithton, Launceston, Bicheno and Hobart.
Day 1: Welcome to Hobart
Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel and then join an afternoon sightseeing tour. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for amazing views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you'll meet your Travel Director for a welcome dinner with fabulous water views of Hobart. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. Included Meals: Dinner.
Day 2: Hobart - Queenstown
Head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Tasmania's oldest National Park is the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall, Russell Falls, which is surrounded by ancient and towering swamp gums. You'll then take the winding journey to rugged Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - a magnificent part of the world. Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Day 3: Gordon River Cruise - Cradle Mountain
Travel to the fishing village of Strahan on Macquarie Harbour, where you'll cruise the Gordon River while enjoying lunch. Be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters reflecting the untouched wilderness and be amazed by the 2,000 year old Huon Pine at Heritage Landing. Pass the towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you travel to your hotel on the boundary of Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Cradle Mountain - Smithton
It's time to explore the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. We'll take you to gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain - make sure the camera's charged, this is a scenic highlight, and the air - there's none fresher! You're likely to spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing through the alpine heathlands. Picture perfect rolling green hills and Friesian cows - you'll think you're in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views of Bass Strait, the lighthouse and coastline. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of 'the Nut' and a chance to explore. Your final destination is Smithton. Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Day 5-6: Smithton - Launceston
Day 5: Smithton - Launceston
Stop in Burnie for a guided tour of the Makers' Workshop, a place that honours Burnie's history, innovators and artists. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town with its colourful wall paintings that adorn the town's buildings. En route to Launceston you'll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for a delicious afternoon tea featuring raspberries fresh as they come - yum!
Day 6: Launceston
This morning travel through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tamar Valley to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Beaconsfield has a long rich gold mining history. Your expert guide will bring to life the mine's extraordinary past and tell you of incredible engineering feats, the town's heritage and the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall and mine rescue. This afternoon is free for you to explore Launceston. Maybe take a tour of Boag's Brewery! Hotel: Best Western plus Launceston, 2 nights. Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast.
Day 7: Launceston - Bicheno
Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today. Bridestowe has been growing lavender since 1922 when a London perfumer planted lavender seeds from the French Alps on his family estate which he named after his wife's birthplace in England. Try some of Bridestowe's lavender products and treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream! Later make a stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, then visit Pyengana Dairy Company. Learn about the history of the farm and cheese making in the Pyengana area before you taste a number of cheeses of different ages and flavours. Yum! After your lunch time stop at St. Helens, follow the picturesque East Coast south to Bicheno. This evening you may like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno's wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night, or even take a tour to see Tassie Devils. Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno. Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Day 8-9: Bicheno - Hobart & Port Arthur
Day 8: Bicheno - Hobart
Get your camera ready for the spectacular and breath taking - Freycinet National Park. You'll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout is magic! Travel through Swansea and Oxford, and then chart a course for Hobart.
Day 9: Port Arthur
Explore Port Arthur Historic Site today. Cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula and enjoy a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur's infamous convict prison. You'll have time to wander the site at your leisure before you leave. See rugged sea cliffs from Pirate's Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman's Arch, Devil's Kitchen and the Blowhole on the drive back to Hobart. This evening celebrate your holiday with your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner at one of Hobart's favourite restaurants. Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart, 2 nights. Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast and farewell dinner.
Day 10: Farewell from Hobart
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. Included Meals: Breakfast.