20-27 September 2017
$2995 Per Person Twin Share, $485 Single Supplement
Day 1 Wednesday 20 September 2017 (D) Depart Brisbane - Arrive Launceston/Cataract Gorge
On arrival in Launceston be greeted by your friendly coach captain and board your luxury touring coach. Travel to the city of Launceston, Tasmania's second largest. Check in at your hotel this evening and supper with the group tonight. Accommodation: Tamar Valley Resort or similar 4 Nights
Day 2 Thursday 21 September 2017 (B, L, D) Launceston/Cataract Gorge
After breakfast this morning enjoy a city orientation tour and visit the beautiful Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world (ride is optional and own expense.) Tour the Old Highway through Westbury, Carrick and Hadspen to visit the historic village of Deloraine and Yarns Artwork in Silk where you can see the local history woven into beautiful wall hangings. Don't eat too much whilst in town because this afternoon we visit some of the areas gourmet food producers and sample raspberries, chocolate, cheese, honey, smoked salmon and ginseng. In the late afternoon return the hotel to freshen up before dinner.
Day 3 Friday 22 September 2017 (B, L, D) Tamar Valley/Woolmers/Brickendon
History, architecture and beautiful gardens are on offer today as we explore the beautiful countryside around Launceston. Tour the scenic Tamar Valley to Grey Sands Vineyard. Described as a "collectors garden" it has something to enjoy in every season and the wine is worth a taste as well! Visit the World Heritage Woolmers Estate and National Rose Garden. This property shows a fascinating reflection of colonial life in Tasmania with the Rose Garden displaying one of the finest collections of historic roses in the southern hemisphere. Travel to the nearby Brickendon Estate and reflect on the foresight of early settlers with 180-year-old exotic and European trees. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner.
Day 4 Saturday 23 September 2017 (B, D) Launceston Flower Show
Today you have a full day in the city to enjoy the Blooming Tasmania, Launceston Flower Show. Located at the Albert Hall the venue is well positioned so you can enjoy not only the flower show but also the nearby city park, the John Hart Conservatory noted for displays of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms and the city centre for a spot of shopping. The coach will provide a number of transfers back to the accommodation during the day so you can explore at your own pace.
Day 5 Sunday 24 September 2017 (B, D) Heritage Highway/Ross/Oatlands/Hobart
Say goodbye to Launceston and travel down the Heritage Highway to Hobart. Pass through Ross and view the historic Celtic carved Herbert Archer Bridge. Continue to Oatlands, one of Tasmania’s oldest settlements containing the largest collection of colonial sandstone building in Australia. Admire the newly refurbished Callington Flour Mill, originality built in 1837 and enjoy a guided town tour which includes a look into the world of dry stone walls. Continue on to Hobart where you have the option of visiting the Museum of Old and New Art. MONA is gaining an international reputation as one of the finest art galleries in the world and houses some controversial pieces of modern art. As an alternative, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day shopping in the city centre. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. Accommodation Wrest Point Hobart or similar 3 nights.
Day 6 Monday 25 September 2017 (B, L, D) D'Entrecasteaux Channel /Local Gardens
Take in the panoramic views of the city and estuary from Mt Nelson before travelling to the seaside town of Margate where we can stroll through Inverawe Native Gardens. This 22 acres of landscaped native garden shows water wise, sustainable gardening at its best. Our next garden is nearby Avi Flora which has colour all year round with spring bulbs, annuals, flowering shrubs, roses, irises and perennials. Continue along the Derwent River which broadens into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, once a haven for sealers and whalers, now one of Hobart’s aquatic playgrounds. Stop at Crawleigh Wood Garden, a wonderful 2-hectare garden nestled in the picturesque hills of Cygnet. The garden features lush woodland and rainforest with an eclectic variety of plants. Return to Hobart through the southern suburbs of Hobart passing the iconic shot tower, which is one of Tasmania's most historical industrial buildings.
Day 7 Tuesday 26 September 2017 (B, L, D) Botanic Gardens/Plenty Salmon Ponds/Mt Fields
This morning we visit the Tasmanian Botanic Gardens which are simply stunning in spring, then travel through the delightful Derwent Valley to New Norfolk and stop for lunch at 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. Visit 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 8 Wednesday 27 September 2017 (B, D) Richmond/Hobart - Brisbane
Travel to the historic Richmond Village and view Australia’s oldest Catholic Church which was opened in 1837. The town is also home to reputedly the oldest stone bridge (still in use) in Australia. The bridge was built in 1823 using convict labour and is shrouded in tales of mystery, hardship and tragedy. Tran