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HOBART | STRAHAN | GORDON RIVER CRUISE | CRADLE MOUNTAIN | LAUNCESTON | BICHENO | PORT ARTHUR
This tour offers the ideal introduction to Tasmania. Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich convict history and gourmet artisan produce, it takes you to unforgettable locations and ensures memorable encounters.
• Stunning Cradle Mountain National Park
• Explore Hobart
• Learn about Tasmania’s convict history at Port Arthur
• Cruise along Gordon River and much more!
Day 1 : Hobart
Your Tasmanian journey begins with an afternoon tour of Hobart. You’ll see historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson, which affords panoramic views over Australia’s southernmost city. Enjoy the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart
Day 2 : Hobart – Strahan
This morning you’ll head west to New Norfolk and magnificent Mt. Field National Park and take a walk through lush rainforest to the many-tiered cascade of picturesque Russell Falls. Then enjoy the scenic drive to iconic Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia, and continue through the rainforest to the coastal town of Strahan. Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Hotel: Strahan Village, Strahan
Day 3 : Strahan – Cradle Mountain
A highlight today is your lunch cruise on the Gordon River. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters. Stained amber by buttongrass tannins, they reflect the untouched wilderness that surrounds them. Stop at Sarah Island for an insight into a relic of Tasmania’s lesser-known convict history. See Hells Gates, the treacherous entrance to the harbour, and Heritage Landing, site of a 2,000-year-old Huon Pine. Travel through the old towns of Rosebery and Tullah on your way to your hotel.
Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel
Day 4 : Cradle Mountain – Smithton
This morning, marvel at the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Travel Director for a guided walk by Dove Lake, where you may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons along the way. Travel on through rolling green hills to Table Cape for spectacular views of Bass Strait. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west. Enjoy views of the sheer-sided Stanley bluff known as ‘The Nut’ and take some time to explore. Your destination is Smithton.
Hotel: Tall Timbers, Smithton
Day 5 : Smithton – Launceston
Today, enjoy a tour with a local guide of the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness region. One of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests, it boasts vast stands of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. En route to Launceston you’ll visit the award-winning Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm to learn about its dairy production methods and taste some samples.
Hotel for 2 nights: Best Western Plus
Day 6 : Launceston
This morning travel through the rolling hills of the Tamar Valley to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Your local expert will bring to life the mine’s extraordinary past, including the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall and mine rescue. After taking time to discover Cataract Gorge, this afternoon is at leisure for your own exploration of Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’, Launceston.
Day 7 : Launceston – Bicheno
Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop today. Later, visit the unique Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees site, then follow the picturesque east coast to Bicheno. This evening you might like to take an optional experience tour to see either Bicheno’s wild penguins as they emerge from the ocean, or the iconic Tasmanian Devil.
Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno
Day 8 : Bicheno – Hobart
Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville that affords astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. Then travel through Swansea and Orford on your way to Hobart.Get your camera ready for the spectacular Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Hobart.
Hotel for 2 nights: Wrest Point, Hobart
Day 9 : Port Arthur
Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating walk with a local expert through the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s popular restaurants.
Day 10 : Farewell from Hobart
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast..