12-Nights Perfect Tasmania
Like its name suggests, this is your perfect Tasmania tour. Experience stellar sunsets, dramatic cliff faces of the rugged Tasman Peninsula to picturesque Wineglass Bay, wildlife you can only find in Tassie, Port Arthur’s rich history, local wines, and fresh food from both land and sea.
- Explore Hellyer's Road Whisky Distillery, Freestone Point, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, and Port Arthur Historic Site with a Local Specialist
- Discover Hobart
- Visit Salamanca Market, Royal Botanical Gardens Hobart, Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Parks
- View Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain National Park, and the historic Richmond Bridge
- Scenic Cruise on the Gordon River, and on Wineglass Bay
- Stays With Stories Nestled within breathtaking alpine forest in the central highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain Hotel offers you an inviting home away from home to unwind after a day of exploring the pristine Tasmanian wilderness.
- Connect with Locals Meet fifth-generation Tasmanian farmer, Guy Robertson, at Mount Gnomon Farm for an exclusive farm-to-fork Be My Guest experience in his beautiful barn.
- MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Help keep Tasmania pristine, by assisting horticulturists with propagating seeds, which will be planted to regenerate the site at a former wood chip mill.
- MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Your visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens contributes to their conservation projects, Seed Bank, and care and upkeep of these picturesque gardens.
- Dive into Culture Explore Tasmania's convict history including a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walk of Port Arthur's infamous convict prison.
- 1 Welcome Reception
- 12 Breakfasts
- 1 Farewell Dinner
- 6 Dinners
- 3 Lunches
- 1 Be My Guest
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- All land transport shown. All transfers shown
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Optional Experiences and free time
12 nights from $5517 per person
Tasmania is an island located 150 miles off the southeast mainland Australia. Encircled by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, Tasmania breathes the world’s cleanest air and enjoys pure water and fertile soils – part of what brings its wine and food world-wide acclaim. It is an island of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes. Over a third is reserved in the National Parks Network and Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals. The island’s European heritage dates back to the early 1800s. Tasmania also has a vibrant cultural life, boasting one of the best small orchestras in the world and literary authors such as Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2002 Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Wilderness, heritage, art & culture, wine & food – they’re waiting for you in Tasmania.
Launceston in northern Tasmania is situated where the North and South Esk rivers meet to form the River Tamar, a navigable tidal estuary meandering 40 miles to the Bass Strait. Sights in Launceston include the maritime college, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, St. John's Church and Entally House. Launceston was established in 1826. Launceston first developed as a whaling port and agricultural market centre and became a city in 1888.
Don't miss this small, scenic capital, famous for its Georgian buildings and crisp air. Browse bustling Salamanca Markets and run your hands over the sandstone buildings in Salamanca Place. Climb craggy Mount Wellington for sweeping views over Hobart and the wide Derwent River. Do a ghost tour in Battery Point, walk across Australia's oldest bridge in Richmond and visit the cute coastal hamlet of Kettering. Wind past forest and farmland to the cool-climate wineries of the Coal Valley. See bright spinnakers on the water and dine on fresh seafood from one of Hobart's waterside restaurants.
Five must-have Hobart experiences:
1. Wander Salamanca Place
Step back in time in Salamanca Place, the captivating cobblestone square on Hobart's waterfront. On Saturday mornings, you can wander through bustling Salamanca Markets and see glassblowers, potters and painters selling their wares. Buy a one-off piece of craft or pick up organic fruit and vegetables, farmhouse cheeses and freshly-cut flowers from the friendly local growers. Drink coffee under the sun umbrellas while listening to the slap of sails on masts and busking string quartets. Explore the galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in the 1830s Georgian warehouses, once the haunt of sailors, whalers and workmen.
2. Climb Mount Wellington
Take in panoramic views over Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula from the interpretation centre at the top of windswept Mount Wellington. Stroll through cool forested gullies along the historic Pipeline Track or traverse Wellington Range on the back of a horse or mountain bike. Climb Sphinx Rock and see the Octopus Tree, the forest's tallest tree. Abseil or climb the Organ Pipe's craggy dolerite towers. Camp under the stars, four wheel drive along rough mountain trails or bike-ride down the mountain on an exhilarating tour. Mount Wellington's wilderness experience is 1,270 metres above sea level but just 20 minutes from the city centre.
3. Stay in Hobart's oldest suburb
Stay in bed and breakfasts next to grand old mansions and simple fishermen's cottages in Battery Point, named after a battery of guns put on the point in 1818. The guns have long been dismantled but Battery Point has retained its original seafaring charm. Visit elegant old buildings such as Arthur Circus Cottages, St. George's Anglican Church and Van Diemen's Land Folk Museum, a Georgian building on landscaped grounds. Check out Kelly's Steps, built by legendary adventurer James Kelly in 1839. Or walk in the footsteps of convicts, bushrangers, whalers, sailors, barmaids and prostitutes on a ghost tour.
4. Visit Richmond and Kettering
You can walk across Australia's oldest bridge and stand in the cell of its oldest jail in picturesque Richmond, a 30-minute drive north-east from Hobart. Explore the cobblestone streets by the lantern light of a ghost tour or picnic on the banks of the Coal River. Check out local art and craft in the galleries and cafes. On your way back to Hobart, stop off at one of the Coal Valley's many wineries. South from Hobart, you'll find the sleepy seaside town of Kettering on the shores of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Have lunch watching the yachts and fishing boats bob on the sheltered harbour or take the ferry to Bruny Island.
5. Fill up on seafood and fine wine
Savour classic cool-climate wines at the cellar doors and wineries of the Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley, all a short drive from Hobart. You can team them with a plate full of fresh produce in a sunny vineyard restaurant. Feast on freshly shucked oysters at Barilla Bay and fresh-off-the-boat fish from Salamanca Markets. Or you can watch the catch being unloaded from the balcony of one of Hobart's waterside restaurants. Wrap yourself in the aroma of ground coffee in the cafes of Salamanca Place. Or spice up your holiday with a meal at one of Hobart's many great Indian eateries.
Blessed with natural beauty and mild climate, Bicheno is a perfect place to spend a few days. There are two vineyards in the area, the Freycinet Vineyard and Coombend Estate with wine tasting and tours. For animal-watching, see Tasmanian creatures up close at Sea Life Centre or the Bird Life and Animal Park. Or, take a guided ‘penguin tour’ on Diamond Island and see the fairy penguins of Tasmania. For the active, adventurous traveler, there is a scuba diving school in the area for firsthand exploration of Tasmanian seas firsthand. Of course, there is always the ability to lounge on the beach and relax. Whatever choice is made, Bicheno won’t disappoint you.
Sitting on the edge of the World Heritage Site, is Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania's premier wilderness regions and the fifth highest mountain. It's natural beauty is owed to the dolerite columns and Lake St. Clair National Park.
Strahan, is the only coastal town on the unprotected western side of Tasmania flanked by the Macquarie Harbor. Named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie this 50 kilometres long harbour opens to the sea through the narrow, eddying waters of Hell's Gates and receives the waters of the King and Gordon Rivers.
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