Tasmania Experience

14 Days / 13 Nights
From $6,550 per person Double/Twin Share
Double/Twin Share

Visit Tasmania, the southern tip of Australian territory, a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, with a temperate climate and rich history.  Cruise the Gordon River, visit Entally House, St Helens, Port Arthur, Wrest Point Casino, The Wall, and much more.

Departure Dates

15 October 2018

Day 1:  New Zealand - Melbourne
Arrive in the afternoon and be transferred to your nearby airport motel.

Day 2:  Melbourne - Launceston
Fly to Launceston Airport in Tasmania and board a luxury 5 star touring coach.  Your first destination is the beautiful Cataract Gorge.  Next journey back in time at Entally House and wander around the 19th century estate.  In the afternoon stroll in City Park and view the John Hart Conservatory noted for displahys of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms.  Free time later to enjoy the shopping precinct.

Day 3:  Beaconsfield - North East - St. Helens
Tour the picturesque Tamar Valley in the gold mining area of Beaconsfield.  Cross the unique A-frame Batman Bridge and tour the north east through agricultural Scottsdale, Branxholm and former tin-mining centre of Derby.  Visit Legerwood and view the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region.  Tour the myrtle rainforest before descending to the East Coast at St. Helens.

Day 4:  Tasman Sea - Freycinet - Hobart
Travel to the blue water and white sands of the east coast passing through the fishing holiday village of Bicheno.   Meet a Tasmanian Devil at the East Coast Natureworld during an informative ride on the Pelican Express.  Continue on to gain views of picturesque Freycinet National Park with its jagged pink granite peaks, crystal clear waters and whie sandy beaches.  Follow the Tasman Highway to Hobart where you will be based for the next four nights.

Day 5:  Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur
Today is a full day tour to the Tasman Peninsula, taking in Port Arthur Convict Settlement, rich in Australia's convict history.  Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short harbour cruise, access to the Visitor Centre and more than 30 buildings, ruins, restored gardens and houses.  Dinner tonight is at the well known fish restaurant, Mures, which overlooks Hobart's charming dock area.

Day 6:  Richmond - Botanic Gardens
Explore the famous Salamanca open-air market full of colour and excitement.  Tour Mt Welllington (weather permitting) for panoramic views of the city and estuary before crossing the Derwent to the historic village of Richmond.  Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms before returning to Hobart.

Day 7:  Huon Valley - Forest Air Walk - Wooden Boats
Tour the apple orchards and fruit growing regions of the Huon Valley enroute visiting the wooden boat centre and apple museum.  Take a unique view of the Tahune State Forest during the 570 metre long walk between the magnificent canopies in the tree tops.  Return to Hobart.

Day 8:  Derwent Valley - "The Wall" - Queenstown - Strahan
Follow the Derwent Valley through hop fields and hills to historic New Norfolk.  Visit "The Wall in the Wilderness", an extraordinary work of art telling the story of Tasmania's Central Highlands.  Enter the Wild Rivers National Park and experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short rainforest walk to Nelson Waterfalls.  Your accommodation for the next two nights is at Strahan Village, located at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Day 9:  Macquarie Harbour - Gordon River Cruise
This morning cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania's wilderness.  Step ashore for a wilderness board-walk at Heritage Landing and voyage to Hell's Gates, the aptly named harbour entrance where many early ships were destroyed by ferocious ocean swells.  This evening at Strahan enjoy Australia's longest running play 'The Ship that Never Was' which tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island!

Day 10:  Cradle Mountain - Dove Lake
Take in views of the Tyndal Range and Lake Plimsoll enroute to Tullah where you will continue north through rainforest to reach Cradle Mountain National Park.  Enjoy lunch at the Cradle Mountain Hotel before boarding the shuttle bus to Dove Lake at the foot of the crags of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustave Weindorfer.  

Day 11:  Table Cape - Stanley - Smithton
Visit the quaint town of Stanley and tour Highfield House, the historical headquarters of the early Van Diemens Land Co.  Continue to the coastal port of Burnie to try your hand at paper making before a visit to explore Emu Valley Rhodendron Garden which will be in full bloom at this time of the year.  Tour east along the scenic coastal route to Ulverstone, your stay for the night.

Day 12:  Murals - Launceston
After breakfast tour the hinterland and spend time in Sheffield to admire the outdoor murals.  Travel to the House of Anvers for afternoon tea and a tour of the Belgian style chocolate factory. Finish the day in Launceston.

Day 13:  Depart Tasmania
A morning flight returns us to Melbourne where there are a variety of great shops within walking distance of our accommodation.

Day 14:  Flight to New Zealand
This morning we return to Aotearoa New Zealand.


 

 

 

  • Return Economy Class Air Fare ex Auckland/Christchurch/Wellington.  Other ports on application.
  • 13 nights accommodation  (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 12 dinners
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary

Description & Highlights

Visit Tasmania, the southern tip of Australian territory, a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, with a temperate climate and rich history.  Cruise the Gordon River, visit Entally House, St Helens, Port Arthur, Wrest Point Casino, The Wall, and much more.

Itinerary

Day 1:  New Zealand - Melbourne
Arrive in the afternoon and be transferred to your nearby airport motel.

Day 2:  Melbourne - Launceston
Fly to Launceston Airport in Tasmania and board a luxury 5 star touring coach.  Your first destination is the beautiful Cataract Gorge.  Next journey back in time at Entally House and wander around the 19th century estate.  In the afternoon stroll in City Park and view the John Hart Conservatory noted for displahys of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms.  Free time later to enjoy the shopping precinct.

Day 3:  Beaconsfield - North East - St. Helens
Tour the picturesque Tamar Valley in the gold mining area of Beaconsfield.  Cross the unique A-frame Batman Bridge and tour the north east through agricultural Scottsdale, Branxholm and former tin-mining centre of Derby.  Visit Legerwood and view the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region.  Tour the myrtle rainforest before descending to the East Coast at St. Helens.

Day 4:  Tasman Sea - Freycinet - Hobart
Travel to the blue water and white sands of the east coast passing through the fishing holiday village of Bicheno.   Meet a Tasmanian Devil at the East Coast Natureworld during an informative ride on the Pelican Express.  Continue on to gain views of picturesque Freycinet National Park with its jagged pink granite peaks, crystal clear waters and whie sandy beaches.  Follow the Tasman Highway to Hobart where you will be based for the next four nights.

Day 5:  Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur
Today is a full day tour to the Tasman Peninsula, taking in Port Arthur Convict Settlement, rich in Australia's convict history.  Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short harbour cruise, access to the Visitor Centre and more than 30 buildings, ruins, restored gardens and houses.  Dinner tonight is at the well known fish restaurant, Mures, which overlooks Hobart's charming dock area.

Day 6:  Richmond - Botanic Gardens
Explore the famous Salamanca open-air market full of colour and excitement.  Tour Mt Welllington (weather permitting) for panoramic views of the city and estuary before crossing the Derwent to the historic village of Richmond.  Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms before returning to Hobart.

Day 7:  Huon Valley - Forest Air Walk - Wooden Boats
Tour the apple orchards and fruit growing regions of the Huon Valley enroute visiting the wooden boat centre and apple museum.  Take a unique view of the Tahune State Forest during the 570 metre long walk between the magnificent canopies in the tree tops.  Return to Hobart.

Day 8:  Derwent Valley - "The Wall" - Queenstown - Strahan
Follow the Derwent Valley through hop fields and hills to historic New Norfolk.  Visit "The Wall in the Wilderness", an extraordinary work of art telling the story of Tasmania's Central Highlands.  Enter the Wild Rivers National Park and experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short rainforest walk to Nelson Waterfalls.  Your accommodation for the next two nights is at Strahan Village, located at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Day 9:  Macquarie Harbour - Gordon River Cruise
This morning cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania's wilderness.  Step ashore for a wilderness board-walk at Heritage Landing and voyage to Hell's Gates, the aptly named harbour entrance where many early ships were destroyed by ferocious ocean swells.  This evening at Strahan enjoy Australia's longest running play 'The Ship that Never Was' which tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island!

Day 10:  Cradle Mountain - Dove Lake
Take in views of the Tyndal Range and Lake Plimsoll enroute to Tullah where you will continue north through rainforest to reach Cradle Mountain National Park.  Enjoy lunch at the Cradle Mountain Hotel before boarding the shuttle bus to Dove Lake at the foot of the crags of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustave Weindorfer.  

Day 11:  Table Cape - Stanley - Smithton
Visit the quaint town of Stanley and tour Highfield House, the historical headquarters of the early Van Diemens Land Co.  Continue to the coastal port of Burnie to try your hand at paper making before a visit to explore Emu Valley Rhodendron Garden which will be in full bloom at this time of the year.  Tour east along the scenic coastal route to Ulverstone, your stay for the night.

Day 12:  Murals - Launceston
After breakfast tour the hinterland and spend time in Sheffield to admire the outdoor murals.  Travel to the House of Anvers for afternoon tea and a tour of the Belgian style chocolate factory. Finish the day in Launceston.

Day 13:  Depart Tasmania
A morning flight returns us to Melbourne where there are a variety of great shops within walking distance of our accommodation.

Day 14:  Flight to New Zealand
This morning we return to Aotearoa New Zealand.


 

 

 

Included In Package

  • Return Economy Class Air Fare ex Auckland/Christchurch/Wellington.  Other ports on application.
  • 13 nights accommodation  (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 12 dinners
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
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