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If Tasmania is on your must-do list, this journey offers the ideal introduction to the island state. Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich convict history and gourmet artisan produce, it takes you to unforgettable locations and ensures memorable encounters. Visit magnificent Russell Falls, the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain, the Tarkine Wilderness and Freycinet National Park, and step back in time at Port Arthur and in Hobart.
• 10 day coach tour exploring the island state of Tasmania
• Meals: Full buffet breakfasts (9), Lunch (1), Dinners (5), Farewell dinner (1)
• Comfortable accommodation
• Travel by luxury coach
• Arrival airport transfers for flights arriving prior to 12.30pm into Hobart
• Departure airport transfers for flights departing anytime from Hobart
o Cruise the Gordon River on a lunch cruise
o Explore Cradle Mountain National Park with a local guide
o Taste Tasmanian Cheese at Ashgrove Cheese Factory
o Enjoy a guided tour of Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre
o Take a step back in time at Port Arthur Historic Sight and learn about one of Australia’s famous penal colonies with a local guide
Price based on travel from 7 February 2018 – 29 March 2018
Unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day 1: Welcome to Hobart
Your Tasmanian Wonders holiday begins with an afternoon sightseeing tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the extensive Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, the final destination of yachts participating in the celebrated Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race each year, and towering Mt. Nelson, which affords panoramic views over the Australia’s southernmost city and the Derwent River. Enjoy the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening at a Welcome Dinner.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart
Included Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Hobart - Strahan
This morning you’ll head west to New Norfolk and magnificent Mt. Field National Park and take a walk through lush rainforest to the famous many-tiered falls of picturesque Russell Falls. Then take the scenic drive up to iconic Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia, and continue through the rainforest to your final destination for the day, the delightful coastal town of Strahan. Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Hotel: Strahan Village, Strahan
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 3: Gordon River Cruise – Cradle Mountain
A highlight today is your cruise on the spectacular Gordon River. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters: stained amber by buttongrass tannins, they reflect the untouched wilderness that surrounds them. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s lesser-known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hells Gates, the notoriously treacherous entrance to the harbour, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the old towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you make your way to your hotel.
Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton
This morning, marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, where you may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing along the way. Travel on through rolling green hills to Table Cape for spectacular views of Bass Strait. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west. Enjoy views of the sheer-sided Stanley bluff known as ‘The Nut’ and take some time to explore. Your final destination is Smithton.
Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 5: Smithton – Launceston
Today, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness region. One of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests, it boasts vast stands of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. En route to Launceston you’ll visit the award-winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory to learn about its dairy production methods and taste some samples.
Day 6: Launceston
This morning travel through the rolling hills of the Tamar Valley to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Your expert guide will bring to life the mine’s extraordinary past, including the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall and mine rescue. After taking time to discover Cataract Gorge, this afternoon is at your leisure for your own exploration of Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’, Launceston.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast
Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno
Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop today. Learn about the history of the estate and treat yourself to some of its famous lavender ice-cream. Later, visit the unique Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site, and then follow the picturesque east coast south to Bicheno. This evening you might like to take an optional tour to see either Bicheno’s wild penguins as they emerge from the ocean for the night or the iconic Tasmanian Devil.
Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 8: Bicheno – Hobart
Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. Then travel through Swansea and Orford on your way to Hobart.
Day 9: Port Arthur
Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site today, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. There will be time for you to wander the site at your leisure. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the craggy Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, mingle with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s fine restaurants.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast and farewell dinner
Day 10: Farewell from Hobart
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included Meals: Breakfast
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 03 Jan 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Discount applies selected departures on the land only portion of the tour. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers except Kings Club Past Guest Discount. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. AAT Kings and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 03 Jan 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Discount applies selected departures on the land only portion of the tour. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers except Kings Club Past Guest Discount. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. AAT Kings and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more