Tasmanian Wonders

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There’s little of the Apple Isle you won’t experience on this full tour of Tasmania. This is an experience spanning Tasmania’s charming cities, World Heritage-listed sites and humbling wilderness – much of it (the Tarkine, Cradle Mountain, Gordon River) along the wild West Coast. When you’re not gazing over Australia’s best beaches in the east (Wineglass Bay regularly takes the honour), opportunities abound to indulge in regional produce – whiskey, wine or oysters.

Tour Highlights

  • Hobart City Tour Salamanca Place galleries
  • Russell Falls walk Lake St. Clair walk
  • Gordon River Cruise Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake
  • The Nut at Stanley
  • Cataract Gorge
  • Bridestowe Lavender Estate
  • Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees
  • Explore the historic town of Richmond Cape Tourville
  • Port Arthur Guided Tour

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: FHLH

1
Welcome to Hobart (D)
Day 1
Welcome to Hobart (D)
The Tasmanian capital of Hobart may be small in size, but it’s big in attractions, as you’ll discover on a walking tour around the city. Step back in time at Battery Point, settled as a defensive outpost in the 19th century. Then explore the cobbled streets of Salamanca Place, the site of epic weekend markets. Gaze over boats at Constitution Dock – this is where yachts finish when competing in the annual Sydney to Hobart race. Put your destination into perspective from the summit of Mt. Nelson, offering endless vistas over Australia’s southernmost city.
Best Western Hobart
The Best Western Hobart is located in the Hobart City Centre. A 10 minute walk from hotel to Salamanca Place (Australia Oldest open-air Saturday market) on the historical waterfront.
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2
Hobart – Strahan (B, D)
Day 2
Hobart – Strahan (B, D)
Western Tasmania is like nature writ large, a place where the wilderness rules and people are few and far between. Visiting Mount Field National here is a humbling experience, not only for the fact it’s part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, but also because it’s home to some of the tallest eucalypts and tallest flowering plants on Earth. Wander amid these giants to reach Russell Falls – take a deep breath; your Tasmania tour has begun. Records continue to be broken at Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater Lake in Australia, before you arrive in Strahan, gateway to World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Strahan Village, Strahan
Set on the shores of the historic Macquarie Harbour, Strahan Village offers charming accommodation and delicious local dining.
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3
Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)
Day 3
Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)
The Gordon River is your playground today, the dark waters here given their colour by amber button-grass tannins. The only thing breaking the mirror-like surface is your chariot as you cruise to Sarah Island, a former penal colony where convicts would fell Huon pines for boat building. Thankfully, they didn’t get to the 2,000-year-old pine that still stands proud at Heritage Landing. Glide past Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour, before motoring on toward your Cradle Mountain tour. This wilderness area offers one of the best chances of spotting Tasmanian devils in their natural habitat. Opt to head out after dark to spot these elusive creatures.
Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain
Nestled within breathtaking alpine woodland in the north-west highlands of Tasmania.
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Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B, D)
Day 4
Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B, D)
Today has multiple highs – quite literally. The first is 1,545-metre Cradle Mountain, your backdrop as you wander to Dove Lake. You don’t need to look too hard to spot Bennett’s wallabies, echidnas, and pademelons. The second high is ‘The Nut’, a dramatic 152-metre plateau created by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. It guards over Stanley, a tiny village with swagger to spare. You could spend days exploring the town’s remarkably well-preserved heritage buildings. But more Tasmania holiday highlights await around the corner.
Tall Timbers, Smithton
Tall Timbers is located at Smithton, the gateway to the abundant attractions of the North West Coast, including the magical Tarkine Wilderness and historic township of Stanley.
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Smithton – Launceston (B)
Day 5
Smithton – Launceston (B)
If there’s a town with a cuter name than Penguin, we’re yet to find it. Locals embrace its appeal – there are penguin sculptures at every turn, including one measuring 10 metres tall. Your journey along the northwest coast also passes through Burnie, Ulverstone and Sheffield, the latter delivering a surprise collection of 60 murals telling the area’s history. All this exploring builds an appetite. Refuel at Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm, where happy cows contribute to award-winning cheeses – everything from cheddar and red Leicester to creamy Tasmanian blue.
Best Western Plus, Launceston
Best Western Plus Launceston is well positioned and boasts a fantastic in-house restaurant and the iconic Tram Bar.
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Launceston (B)
Day 6
Launceston (B)
There are few places in the world where you can leave the city behind and within minutes be amid an immense wilderness are. Launceston is one. There are few places in the world where you can leave the city behind and within minutes be amid an immense wilderness are. Launceston is one. Blink and you’re at Cataract Gorge, a yawning chasm carved by ancient rivers. This rare natural phenomenon unites bushland with neat Victorian gardens, replete with ferns and exotic plants. Get a different perspective of the green cavern on the scenic chairlift, zipping you over the water to a lofty lookout. We wouldn’t blame you for lingering here, perhaps cruising the river to venture deeper into the gorge. Or sample more of Tassie’s finest fare on a Tamar Valley winery tour. This afternoon, the choice is yours.
Best Western Plus, Launceston
Best Western Plus Launceston is well positioned and boasts a fantastic in-house restaurant and the iconic Tram Bar.
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Launceston – Bicheno (B, D)
Day 7
Launceston – Bicheno (B, D)
You’ll smell Bridestowe before you see it, this enormous lavender farm perfuming the Tasmanian countryside. The flowers grown here aren’t just used in fragrances – they’re also infused into ice-cream, teas and jams. It’s a tasty entrée to the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, sculpted into World War One soldiers. Real penguins come out to play in Bicheno; sign up to spot them after dark as they waddle to shore from the water.
Beachfront Bicheno Hotel, Bicheno
Located on the hub of the Great Eastern Drive. Just a short distance to some of Tasmania’s best tourist attractions & award winning vineyards.
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Bicheno – Hobart (B)
Day 8
Bicheno – Hobart (B)
The colours at Freycinet National Park are so vivid you’ll think someone has taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time: The patchwork of ocean blues that lap Coles and Wineglass bays. The powdery white of sand. The intense green of the forest. There’s a reason why Freycinet adventures star on postcards. The other place on postcards is Richmond, its grand 1820s Georgian buildings today home to bijou boutiques, galleries and cafes that appear to be lost in time
Best Western Hobart
The Best Western Hobart is located in the Hobart City Centre. A 10 minute walk from hotel to Salamanca Place (Australia Oldest open-air Saturday market) on the historical waterfront.
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Port Arthur (B, D)
Day 9
Port Arthur (B, D)
The Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen, Blowhole… the attractions at and around Port Arthur nod to the region’s notoriously harsh history. This is the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant convict-era destinations worldwide. The stories these walls could tell.
Best Western Hobart
The Best Western Hobart is located in the Hobart City Centre. A 10 minute walk from hotel to Salamanca Place (Australia Oldest open-air Saturday market) on the historical waterfront.
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10
Farewell from Hobart (B)
Day 10
Farewell from Hobart (B)
It took early explorers months to circumnavigate Tasmania. You’ve completed your Tasmania tour in just 10 days. What a wild ride.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Hobart City Tour Salamanca Place galleries
  • Russell Falls walk Lake St. Clair walk
  • Gordon River Cruise Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake
  • The Nut at Stanley
  • Cataract Gorge
  • Bridestowe Lavender Estate
  • Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees
  • Explore the historic town of Richmond Cape Tourville
  • Port Arthur Guided Tour

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 3.5-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 9 Full Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 5 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell dinner

Fitness Requirements

  • Freycinet National Park and the Port Arthur Historic site – Medium level of fitness required
  • Russell Falls and Cataract Gorge – Low to medium level of fitness required

Visited Locations

  • Hobart
    Hobart is the capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania and is the second oldest capital in Australia after Sydney.
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  • Strahan
    Strahan, is a small town and former port on the west coast of Tasmania. It is now a significant locality for tourism in the region and nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour,
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  • Launceston
    Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature.
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  • Bicheno
    Bicheno sits on Tasmania's beautiful east coast and is a family seaside holiday town with lots to see and do, good accommodation, excellent fishing and close to wildlife.
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  • Port Arthur
    Port Arthur is a quaint village about a 1-hr drive (93 km) south-east of Hobart in Tasmania.  Best known for the well-preserved penal colony buildings of the nearby Port Arthur Historic Site. 
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  • Cradle Mountain National Park
    Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, features ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, it is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain.
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  • Smithton
    Smithton on the far north-west coast of Tasmania, is the last stop before Arthur River – and the beginning of the Tarkine wilderness. 
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Attractions

  • Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm
    Welcome to Tasmania’s most indulgent dairy destination with a must-see new visitor centre conveniently located on the tourist route between Launceston and Devonport.
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  • Cataract Gorge
    Visit the unique natural formation of the Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world.
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  • Bridestowe Lavender Estate
    Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of Tasmania's premier tourist destinations, located a 50-minute drive from Launceston in Tasmania's scenic North East.
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Tasmanian Wonders
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10
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AUD $4,191