Embark this journey through Tasmania and experience the natural beauty of the Island State. Uncover the wonders of Mt. Field National Park, view spectacular Russell Falls and cruise the dark waters of the Gordon River. Explore Cradle Mountain National Park, enjoy views of Bass Strait and visit Cataract Gorge near Launceston - wilderness in the city. Learn about Port Arthur's convict past, see a Tasmanian Devil and visit historic Richmond.
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|Start||Hobart @ 10.00 am|
|Finish||Hobart @ 10.00 am|
Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in, before an afternoon tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place and Constitution Dock. Return to the hotel for a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Tour Director and fellow passengers.
This morning you head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Tasmania's oldest National Park is the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall - Russell Falls, which is surrounded by towering swamp gums. Then you take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair - amazing vistas await you. Back down to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - a journey of exploration.
West Coaster Motel,
Queenstown, 2 nights B D
Today you travel to the fishing village of Strahan on the Macquarie Harbour where you'll cruise the Gordon River, including lunch. You'll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness and be amazed by the 2,000 year old Huon Pine at Heritage Landing. Post cruise the afternoon is yours. Use your free time to relax or explore - perhaps visit the Huon Pine Museum. B L D
Travel past Lake Plimsoll through Tullah on the shores of Lake Rosebery, surrounded by forests and mountains and close to the Southwest Conservation Area, to the sensational Cradle Mountain National Park. Once there we'll take you up to Waldheim and gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain - make sure the camera's loaded and the battery's charged, this is a scenic highlight, and the air - there's none fresher! Rolling green hills and Friesian cows - this afternoon you'll think you're in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views of Bass Strait, the lighthouse and coastline. Then picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of 'the Nut'. Your final destination is Smithton.
Smithton. B D
First up today you'll visit Highfield Historic Site, unique among colonial residences in Tasmania. It was built by the Van Diemen's Land Company and is a rare example of domestic architecture from the Regency period, which is characterised by refined decoration that is geometric yet elegant. Next stop is Burnie for a guided tour of the Paper Makers' Workshop, a place that honours Burnie's history, innovators and artists. Later, travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone then south to Sheffield for a wander through this town of murals with its colourful wall paintings that adorn the town's buildings. En route to Launceston you'll visit the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for a presentation on cheese making and some delicious product testing - yum!
Launceston, 2 nights. B
This morning visit Cataract Gorge - wilderness in the city. Just two minutes out of town and you're surrounded by rivers, a gorge and exotic flora and fauna. Enjoy a walk across the suspension bridge, spot peacocks or take the chairlift for an aerial view of this fascinating urban wilderness - you decide. Later you'll get up close and personal with Tasmanian Devils and other native animals at the Tasmania Zoo. You'll have free time this afternoon to do as you wish. B
This morning you visit the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. Continuing on you'll see Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, the old mining town of Derby and then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You'll visit St. Helens at lunchtime. Then get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking - Freycinet National Park. You'll take a guided walk with a National Park Ranger that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout will astound.
Beachfront at Bicheno B D
En route to your morning tea destination of Copping you'll travel through Swansea, Orford and Sorell. Then chart a course for Port Arthur along an impressive cliff-lined coast. You'll cross the 100 year old Denison Canal and the historic once-guarded checkpoint of Eaglehawk Neck. On your way to Port Arthur feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman's Arch, Devil's Kitchen and the Blowhole. You'll cruise around the Isle of the Dead and then take a fascinating guided walk of the Historic Site and prison. Test your nerve on the optional lantern-lit Ghost Tour of Port Arthur.
Fox and Hounds Inn,
Port Arthur B D
This morning you'll head back over the Tasman Peninsula towards Hobart. You drive through the Coal River Valley to the historic sandstone village of Richmond, site of Australia's oldest operational road bridge and a perfect spot for lunch. Later get up close and personal with Tasmanian Devils and other native animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You cross the Derwent River on your way in to Hobart, where the afternoon is yours!
Wrest Point, Hobart B D
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B