Day 1. Saturday – Hobart (D)
Flying in to Hobart we meet our coach captain and head to the city centre to stroll through Hobart’s legendary Salamanca Markets. If you wish, take time to visit Tasmania’s newest attraction, MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. One of the world’s most unique and controversial museums, MONA is a private collection with a fascinating blend of ancient and modern art. Later we re-group and check-in to our hotel. 4 Night Stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor,Hobart. Please note: Rooms have shower located over bath. *Lunch at own expense today due to flight times.
Day 2. Sunday – Port Arthur (B,L,D)
Today we visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Australian Convict Sites. Embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, where we explore more than 30 restored buildings and ruins. Learn about the history of the settlement which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts. We then set off on a 30-minute cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this sombre site. From the water, admire the scenery of Tasman National Park with its rugged coastline, see the Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, and circle around the Isle of the Dead. We re-board our coach and travel back to Hobart via Eaglehawk Neck. Tonight we dine out, enjoying the vibrant maritime atmosphere and freshest Tasmanian seafood at the iconic Drunken Admiral.
Day 3. Monday – Bruny Island (B,L,D)
Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing as we embark on a sightseeing and food tour. Enjoy a gourmet experience and taste fresh local produce, spot wildlife in their habitat, walk the beaches, climb The Neck lookout and tour the iconic Cape Bruny Lighthouse perched above the stunning craggy Tasmanian coastline.
Day 4. Tuesday – Merry Christmas (B,L,D)
Merry Christmas! After a festive breakfast together, the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the facilities of our hotel or take a stroll along the waterfront. The highlight today is gathering for our Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings. A short walk to the elegant Hadley’s of Hobart to enjoy a long sumptuous lunch with fresh Tasmanian seafood along with traditional fare and included beverages. A light dinner will be provided tonight at our hotel.
Day 5. Wednesday – Strahan (B,L,D)
Departing Hobart, we follow the Derwent Valley to historic New Norfolk and then continue on to ‘The Wall in the Wilderness’, an artistic work in progress which is slowly revealing the history of the harsh Central Highlands. After lunch we make our way further west stopping at the cascading Nelson Waterfalls. Further on we view the Iron Blow open cut copper mine and stop in at Queenstown before arriving in Strahan. 2 Night Stay: Strahan Village Motel, Strahan
Day 6. Thursday – Gordon River (B,L,D)
Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania and relax in reserved premium seating as we cruise the mighty Gordon River. We pass natural landmarks like Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and visit Sarah Island, a former convict settlement and shipyard. Enjoy a smorgasbord lunch onboard as we journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area before we return to Strahan for the afternoon. Tonight, we take in Australia’s longest running play ‘The Ship That Never Was’, a dramatic true story of an amazing escape and the extraordinary voyage of the last ship built at Macquarie Harbour’s convict settlement shipyard.
Day 7. Friday Cradle Mountain (B,L,D)
Leaving Strahan, we step back in time and climb aboard the fully restored heritage carriages of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We journey into the history of the wild west coast with our guide bringing stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. On arrival in Queenstown we enjoy a light lunch before travelling the Henty Road via Tullah to our hotel nestled in the alpine woodland of Cradle Mountain. 2 Night Stay: Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain
Day 8. Saturday – Cradle Mountain (B,L,D)
This morning we join a guided tour of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer’s Chalet and Dove Lake followed by lunch at the resort. This afternoon is at your
leisure, perhaps visit the Wilderness and Landscape Photograph Gallery, explore one of the many walking tracks or simply enjoy the resort facilities. Tonight, we take an animal spotting tour to see Tasmania’s nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat. Travel off the beaten track in a 4WD vehicle where wombats, pademelons, wallabies, possums, quolls and Tasmanian devils forage at night.
Day 9. Sunday – Launceston (B,L,D)
Today we travel to Burnie where we make a stop at Makers of Burnie which showcases a dynamic community of artists and makers at work. We continue on travelling the scenic route to Ulverstone then Sheffield, the town of murals, for lunch. Later we discover the topiary town of Railton showcasing more than 100 imaginative topiary characters. Marvel at the many sculptures on display as we pass through the historic town of Deloraine, before we finish our day at Launceston. 2 Night Stay: Country Club & Casino, Launceston
Day 10. Monday – Campbell Town to Launceston (B,MT,L,D)
We depart Launceston travelling the midlands via Campbell Town and taking time to follow the Convict Brick Trail that tells a story of tragedy and sometimes triumph. Next, we head to the east coast and Freycinet National Park to see Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay and walk to Cape Tourville Lighthouse. At Freycinet Lodge we enjoy a tasty light lunch before returning via Coles Bay to Launceston. Tonight, there’s live entertainment and New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Country Club which will see us ringing in 2019 in style and with great company.
Day 11. Tuesday – Cataract Gorge (B)
Happy New Year! Enjoy a sleep in this morning before we take a city sights tour of Launceston, then head to Cataract Gorge to ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift and enjoy spectacular views of this unique piece of urban wilderness. We then make our way to the airport for our respective flights home.
B = Full Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $30PP TWIN SHARE OR $60 SOLE USE.
- Non-refundable deposit of $1200pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
- Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot guarantee direct flights or book individual preferences.
- FITNESS LEVEL – This tour is strictly ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up
to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
• Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage their own luggage