Escape to the west coast of Tasmania and explore its spectacular natural landscape. Start your journey in Hobart, head north-west to Mt. Field National Park and view the magnificent Russell Falls. Immerse yourself in Tasmaniaï¿½s untouched wilderness as you cruise the Gordon River, learn about the art of cheese making at Ashgrove Farm and explore Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
Available from 16th September
|Start||Hobart @ 12.00pm|
|Finish||Launceston @ 04.00 pm|
Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in, where you'll then take an afternoon tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for incredible views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with fabulous views of Hobart.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart. D
This morning you head west to magnificent Mt. Field National Park, the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall - Russell Falls. You'll then take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair and back down to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Hotel: West Coaster Motel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B D
Travel to the fishing village of Strahan where you'll cruise the breathtaking Gordon River. Expert commentary and lunch are included. Use your free time this afternoon to relax or explore - maybe visit the Huon Pine Museum. B L D
Travel past Lake Plimsoll through Tullah on the shores of Lake Rosebery, 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 charged, this is nature at its best! 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. You'll then 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. Your final destination is Smithton.
Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton. B D
Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of 'the Nut'. Next stop is Burnie for a guided tour of the 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 to learn all about cheese making and taste some samples. Don't miss their signature wild wasabi cheese!
Hotel: Best Western Plus, Launceston. B
Top off your holiday at Velo, a boutique winery, where at a private wine tasting, you'll hear not only of Velo's cool climate wines but also the intriguing story of Michael Wilson, who transformed from Olympic cyclist to boutique wine producer. Later, your holiday concludes and you'll be transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight. B
Note: This itinerary is valid for departures after 1 June 2015.
Why not book a flight after 8.00pm and enjoy a Tamar River Cruise before you leave or take some time to discover Cataract Gorge.
Full Buffet Breakfasts (5) B
Lunch (1) L
Dinners (4) D