7-15 November 2018
$3745 Per Person Twin Share ex Brisbane
$700 Single Supplement ex Brisbane
Hosted By Fortunato Isgro
Day 1 Wednesday 07 November 2018 (D) Depart Brisbane - Arrive HobartWelcome to the start of your holiday. You will need to be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your flight departure. On arrival at the Hobart Airport be greeted by your Tasmanian Coach Captain and welcomed aboard the luxury 5-star touring coach. Travel to nearby Rosny Lookout for panoramic views of Hobart against the majestic backdrop of the Wellington Range. Cross the Tasman Bridge to Hobart City and tour historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place and the vibrant waterfront before settling into accommodation for the next four nights.
Day 2 Thursday 08 November 2018 (B, D) Port ArthurTravel via Sorell Causeway and Midway Point for our full day tour to Tasman Peninsula. Take in magnificent views from the look-out above picturesque Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay before continuing to the Port Arthur Convict Settlement. Within the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s convict past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short Harbour Cruise, access to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Gallery as well as more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored gardens and houses; explore as you wish before departing the historic site to tour beside Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays back to Hobart.
Day 3 Friday 09 November 2018 (B, D) Huon Valley/Tahune AirwalkTour the fruit growing region of the Huon Valley through Huonville and Franklin where we visit the Tasmanian southern eucalypt and Huon pine forests where a major attraction has been established in the Tahune Forest at the joining of the Picton and Huon Rivers. Take a unique view of the environment during the walk among the tree tops at the Tahune Forest Airwalk and explore the Visitor Centre with its displays of timber craft and forest history. This afternoon tour past Geeveston and the apple orchards of the Huon Valley. Pause at Mt Nelson for views over the Derwent River before returning to Hobart.
Day 4 Saturday 10 November 2018 (B, L, D) Salamanca Markets/Salmon Ponds/Russell FallsAs it's Saturday morning exploring the famous Salamanca open-air Market with its bustle and buskers, colour and excitement. Travel through the delightful Derwent Valley to the historic town of New Norfolk. Spend time exploring Willow Court which has an amazing array of eclectic antiques before visiting the Plenty Salmon Ponds. Circa 1861, this is the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere. It was the birthplace of trout in Australia and the origin of Tasmania’s legendary trout fishery. Enjoy the original 19th century English style public open space of superb trees, hedges and lawns before visiting Mt Field National Park which is one of Tasmania's most loved national parks. An easy 10-minute stroll will take us to the iconic Russell Falls, the track is edged with graceful ferns and giant eucalypts tower overhead. Return to Hobart following the Derwent River.
Day 5 Sunday 11 November 2018 (B, D) Richlands/Oatlands/Ross/CampbelltownToday we say goodbye to Hobart and make our way along the Heritage Highway to Launceston. First stop is the historic village of Richmond. Walk across Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823 and 1825. Visit in the cemetery of Australia’s oldest remaining Catholic Church, St Johns, built in 1836. Or browse through the many delightful craft shops, galleries and food stores. Continue to Oatlands and view the newly restored Flour Mill and one of the last working knitting mills in Australia. Visit Ross and Campbell Town with its wonderful tree carvings. On arrival in Launceston settle into your hotel or spend some time shopping before dinner. Accommodation Country Club Casino Launceston– 4 nights
Day 6 Monday 12 November 2018 (B,D) Tamar Valley/Beaconsfield
Today, explore the Tamar Valley and the Tamar River, Australia’s longest navigable tidal estuary, meandering 58 kilometres through the heart of cool climate vineyards, orchards and hamlets to its mouth at historic George Town, Australia’s third oldest settlement. Pass through the Swiss style Grindelwald village with its alpine style houses and unusual wood carvings then take in magnificent views from bush-ranger Brady’s Lookout. Visit Seahorse World and see the mystical seahorse before exploring the Gold Mine & Heritage Museum at Beaconsfield, site of the miraculous mine rescue. Cross the unique A-frame Batman Bridge and continue to historic George Town. In 1798 Bass & Flinders anchored “The Norfolk” in the Tamar River just off the present site which was formerly known as Port Dalrymple. View the replicas “Norfolk” and James Kelly’s whale boat “Elizabeth” together with other famous maritime artefacts at the Bass & Flinders Centre. See the maritime museum and pilot station which was established in 1805 and is still operating today. Journey down the eastern side of the Tamar River stopping at Hillwood Berry Farm to taste some samples before returning to accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Tuesday 13 November 2018 (B,L,D) Sheffield/Cradle Mountain/Dove LakeDrive through farmland and rugged peaks en route to the iconic Cradle Mountain. With its majestic alpine peaks and beautiful lakes, it's no wonder Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations. Board the shuttle bus to picturesque Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer. Gustav was so impressed by Cradle Mountain during his first climb in January 1909, that he was determined to make it a national park. Gustav and Kate (his wife) shared a dream of establishing a chalet for bushwalkers and mountaineers in the valley below and in 1912 Gustav began building Waldheim ('home in the forest'), using King Billy pine from the site. As a horse and cart could approach no closer than 14 km, 'Dorfer' carried baths and stoves on his back. First opened at Christmas 1912, Waldheim became a popular resort. Enjoy lunch at the Cradle Mountain Hotel and browse through the Wilderness Gallery before winding through deep valleys to the town of Sheffield where locals have recorded the regions history in wonderful murals throughout the village. Return to Launceston via the Old Bass Highway through Westbury, Carrick and Hadspen.
Day 8 Wednesday 14 November 2018 (B,L,D) Woolmers/Longford/StrathmoreIt's all about the gardens today! After breakfast, our first stop is the World Heritage Woolmers Estate. Wander around and soak up the essence of 19th century Tasmanian life on a once working farm estate and admire their outstanding Rose Garden which represents one of the finest collections of historic roses in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, we visit the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company and after being welcomed by Maddie the Labrador (their 'Meet and Greet Lady') we will sample some of their products which appeal to a wide range of tastes from the chilli lover to the sweet tooth. Enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch and wander the beautiful gardens before travelling to our final destination for the day, Strathmore House. The colonial estate features extensive gardens overlooking the beautiful Lockmaben Lake. Return to Launceston with time to relax before dinner at the hotel.
Day 9 Thursday 15 November 2018 (B,L, D) Depart Launceston / Arrive Brisbane
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning we check out of our hotel and we bid farewell to beautiful Tasmania.