Day 01: Arrive Hobart
Prepare for a journey of discovery, delving into cultural history and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Arrive in the romantic harbour town of Hobart, where we’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Afterwards, enjoy your selected Freedom of Choice activity. You may like to take a look behind the Cascade Brewery’s sandstone facade and admire the workings of this unique brewery. Or, you may choose to explore the thought provoking Museum of Old & New Art (MONA). Alternatively, enjoy a historical guided walking tour. Tonight, delight in a welcome dinner and drink with fellow APT travellers. Stay: Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor. (D)
Day 02: Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Strahan
Discover the magic of Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park today, before continuing to World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Stop to visit The Wall in the Wilderness, an artwork commemorating those who shaped the history of Tasmania’s Central Highlands, depicted in 100 metres of timber. Then travel via the mining town of Queenstown to the coastal town of Strahan. Tonight, savour dinner at View 42° Restaurant and Bar. Stay: Strahan Village, Harbour View Room. (B,D)
Day 03: Strahan, Cradle Mountain
Board the luxurious Spirit of the Wild for a cruise along the secluded Gordon River. From the comfort of the Captain’s Premier Upper Deck, glide across Macquarie Harbour and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Stopping at Heritage Landing, prepare for a guided rainforest walk. Back on board, be treated to fresh Tasmanian produce for lunch before arriving at Tasmania’s World Heritage listed Sarah Island. Here you’ll get a chilling insight into the cruelties of convict life as you explore the ruins of what was once a prison settlement. Cruise past Hells Gates then return to Strahan. From here, travel to Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, set on the edge of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Two Nights: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 04: Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake
Today set out to explore Dove Lake with a friendly local guide, admiring the beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Visit Waldheim Chalet, then enjoy your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusion. Perhaps indulge in a wine and cheese tasting or learn about the flora and fauna of the region during a walk with a naturalist guide. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon then go searching for native animals on a night spotlight tour. (B,D)
Day 05: Stanley, Tarkine, Smithton
Travel to Stanley, set in the shadow of The Nut. Journey through the Tarkine region and stop at Sumac Lookout for Arthur River views. After, visit the Julius River Forest Reserve for a rainforest walk and afternoon tea. In Smithton, enjoy an exclusive Tasmanian fare dinner. Stay: Smithton, Tall Timbers Hotel. (B,D)
Day 06: Smithton, Sheffield, Launceston
This morning, visit Entally House, an historic homestead surrounded by splendid gardens. The house contains a collection of regency furniture and fine silver, and its outbuildings include a chapel, coach house, stables and Australia’s oldest conservatory. Continue on to Sheffield, to see the life size murals that have put this farming community on the map as the ‘Town of Murals’. Then travel to Cataract Gorge. Follow a river path to see its geological wonders and enjoy the fresh Tasmanian air. Two Nights: Launceston, Peppers Silo Hotel. (B,D)
Day 07: Launceston
Packed with a plethora of old country charm, delicious food and wine, as well as elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia. Here, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps discover the wonders of Seahorse World or see the elusive inhabitants of Platypus House in a unique indoor setting. Alternatively, embark on a historical journey as you enjoy a guided tour of the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Or, join a fully guided tour of James Boag’s historic brewery, which concludes in a tasting. Continue to Josef Chromy, a northern winery that prides itself on celebrating Tasmanian grapes. Here you’ll be treated to a specially prepared lunch and have the chance to sample some of the winery’s finest drops. The remainder of the afternoon will be enjoyed at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 08: Launceston, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Freycinet National Park
Today you’ll travel through the scenic wine-producing areas of northern Tasmania en route to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Here, take a tour of the distillery and sample unique lavender-infused fare. After, traverse Weldborough Pass, past forested hills and farmland, and stop at East Coast Natureworld to meet a Tasmanian devil. This evening, enjoy a relaxed dinner. Two Nights: Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge. (B,D)
Day 09: Freycinet National Park
After breakfast this morning, you’ll enjoy a guided tour along Cape Tourville, admiring the stunning coastal scenery. Tonight, savour a gourmet BBQ that showcases the finest regional produce, with views overlooking Coles Bay (weather permitting). (B,D)
Day 10: Freycinet National Park, Ross, Richmond, Hobart
Visit the historic towns of Ross and Richmond on your way to Hobart. Later, arrive in Tasmania’s capital for a guided discovery which takes you through the city’s Botanical Gardens and heritage district of Battery Point. Two Nights: Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor. (B)
Day 11: Hobart, Port Arthur
Today, explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s most intact, evocative and notorious convict prison, on a guided tour. See the famous sandstone Penitentiary then visit the Convict Church and Separate Prison. You’ll then step aboard a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and hear haunting stories about the convicts who were transported here from across the world and eventually buried there. Afterwards, visit the Tasmanian Devil ‘Unzoo’ and learn about their efforts to preserve the unique wildlife of Tasmania. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Mures Upper Deck. (B,D)
Day 12: Depart Hobart
This morning, walk the Salamanca Market and peruse the treasures of Tasmania at more than 300 stalls. Wander through the array of goods from hand-crafted jewellery and carved wooden trinkets to tantalising Tasmanian gin. Afterwards, bid a fond farewell to the Apple Isle. We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch. D = Dinner
*Itinerary may vary depending on date of travel.
dates & pricing
||Jan 4, 18, 25
||Feb 1, 8, 15
||Mar 15, 29
- Prices listed are indicative and may not be available on all departure dates listed.
- Prices are seasonal and are subject to change.
- Prices are fully inclusive of all sightseeing, entrance fees, cruises, meals as specified and accommodation.