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14 Day Grand Tasmania Tour with flights

Hobart - Launceston - Port Arthur - Cradle Mountain - Bay of Fires

  • Return airfares included from major East Coast cities*
  • Fully escorted tour
  • 14 days to discover Tasmania
  •  2021 & 2022 departures available
  • Book now with a 50% deposit

From $3,999 Typically $4,499 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Escape to Tasmania on this 14-day escorted tour. Check out the capital, Hobart, and its fashionable Salamanca Place, old stone warehouses host galleries and cafes. With the backdrop of Mount Wellington, you are at natures front door. 

You will have the opportunity to discover the best that Tasmania has to offer. Explore Hobart, Huon Valley, Russell Falls, Port Arthur, Bruny Islans, Launceston, Cataract Gorge, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires and induldge in a Tamar Valley food & wine tour.  End your tour in the riverside city in north Tasmania, Launceston. 

Are you ready for your next adventure?

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Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14

Day 1

Arrive Hobart

Arrive Hobart and transfer to your apartment hotel for the next 7 nights.  Hobart, capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city's backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails.

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 2

Hobart Day Tour

This is truly the ultimate tour to ensure you see as much of Hobart and its surroundings in one day as possible. Perfect for those with little time in Hobart. We travel up to the summit of Mt Wellington, where the views over Hobart and beyond are breathtaking, travelling back down we start a comprehensive tour with a local guide through the streets of Hobart, stopping at places like the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Female Factory and Rosny Hill Lookout. In the afternoon meet the furry little Tasmanian Devils as well as many other Australian animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We will have approximately 1 hour at Richmond and 1 hour at Bonorong.

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 3

Huon Valley Day Tour

Walk the treetops of pristine forest at Tahune Forest Airwalk having traveled the Huon River Valley, a region of tended fields, superb forest clad rivers, and fishing villages set by picturesque inlets. Pass through quaint villages and roadside stalls selling the freshest fruit on the way to the wilderness that is the Huon Valley. Trek through the treetops of the lush forest over the Huon River where the lookout at the end is truly breathtaking. If you dare there are also suspension bridges over the Picton and Huon Rivers to cross. After your rainforest walk, quench your thirst with some of Australia's finest ciders at Willie Smith's located in the Apple Shed - a museum dedicated to Tasmania's rich apple farming culture.

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 4

Russell Falls Day Tour

We Heading north-west from Hobart along the beautiful Derwent Valley, enjoy sights of native birds and quaint towns. Travel through dense rainforest fern glades and experience the stunning Russell Falls located in the Mt Field National Park. Take a stroll beneath the huge fronds of the forest canopy before time for lunch (own expense) at the Waterfalls Cafe and return journey to Hobart.  Highlights of this tour include - As we leave Hobart and follow the Derwent River into the beautiful Derwent Valley keep a look out for native birds along the shores of the river before arriving at New Norfolk - the heart of this valley of tiny towns and agriculture.  Pass through the hop fields of Bushy Park. Visit the Salmon Ponds, the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere, in operation since 1864.  Enjoy a complimentary morning tea.  Perhaps feed the trout and salmon.  Visit the Museum - all this set amidst historic surrounds within the original and stunning English parklands.  Arriving at Mt Field National Park start with an easy walk through a canopy of rainforest and fern glades to view crystal clear waters and the spectacle of Russell Falls. Soak up the serenity and atmosphere of majestic tall tree ferns providing a canopy for a delightful walk alongside a forest stream. Lunch (at your own expense) can be enjoyed in the park. Return to Hobart alongside the Derwent River crossing Bowen Bridge overlooking the Incat catamaran manufacturing firm.  There may be an opportunity to purchase fresh raspberries from roadside stalls (seasonal).

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 5

Hobart

Today is a free day to explore Hobart at leisure.

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 6

Port Arthur

Your day trip to Port Arthur Historic Site starts with the drive from Hobart, crossing the Tasman Bridge to leave the city and head to the Tasman Peninsula. Sights you see along the way include Pittwater Causeway, the Forestier Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Take a drive through the historic town of Richmond (Oct-Apr) and make a short photo stop at the famous convict-built Richmond Bridge.  Continue to drive through the Tasman Peninsula and observe the beautiful coastal scenery of natural bushland and native Australian. When you arrive at Port Arthur you have ample time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, once home to the most serious criminals of the time, where more than 30 restored buildings and ruins are available to explore. See sites like the penitentiary, a former granary and flour mill, the separate prison, the Commandant’s House and the church, and learn about the history of the settlement, which dates back to the 1830s, and the brutal living conditions for the convicts via interpretive and interactive presentations. Then set off on a harbor cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this somber World Heritage–listed 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. Lunch is not included but can be purchased at Port Cafe, at the entrance to the Port Arthur Visitor Center, or at Felons, a sit-down restaurant. Both offer a selection of sandwiches, hot food, and drinks. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Hobart.

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 7

Bruny Island Cruise & Day Tour

Join the eco-cruise that has won Tasmania's best tourist attraction! Starting from the charming seaside village of Kettering take the ferry across to Bruny Island. Enjoy a delicious morning tea and lunch at the Bruny Island Cruises hub at Adventure Bay. Waterproof jackets (provided) on, hop on-board the custom-designed yellow boat and let it take you on an exhilarating journey around sea cliffs, sea stacks, seals, bird nesting colonies and other amazing scenery. You may even be lucky to spot a dolphin or whale! Highlights of this tour - We begin our journey with a guided bus tour from Hobart waterfront enjoying views of the Derwent River and D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Kettering Upon arrival at the charming boating village of Kettering, we drive into the ferry for the crossing to Bruny Island. Enjoy island scenery as we travel to Adventure Bay to savour a delicious morning tea. Board a custom-designed yellow boat, ideal for the conditions of the coast of Southern Tasmania. Embrace the power of the ocean and look up at the awesome dolerite sea cliffs, among the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. Glide past sea stacks and go into deep sea caves. Drift up close to the amazing "Breathing Rock".  Keep  an eye out for wildlife such as dolphins and migrating whales.  See Friar Rocks - home to over a thousand Australian Fur Seals and sea bird nesting areas. Look for abundant wildlife such as Albatross, Sea Eagles, Shearwaters, Gannets and Cormorants. After an exhilarating time on the ocean, return to Adventure Bay to enjoy lunch before we journey back to Hobart with memories of a great day in Tasmania's wilderness.

Accommodation: Hobart Travelodge - Queen Room 

Meals included: None

Day 8

Hobart to Launceston

We depart Hobart heading east then following the coastline north.  We travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as we make our way to Freycinet National Park.  Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s first National Parks, famous for its rich and stunning coastal landscapes.  Pink Granite Mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and amazing walking trails. As we enter the Freycinet area we have a brief stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for anyone interested in the local oysters’ fresh from the surrounding pristine waters.  We walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout; this is a moderate uphill walk of around 60 minutes.  Once at the top you are rewarded with that world famous view of Wineglass Bay and the surrounding Freycinet National Park. Enjoy the moment, take in the views,  and let our tour guides help you with those sought-after photographs.  The walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the Great Short Walks of Tasmania and requires good mobility and adequate fitness.  It is 1.3 km uphill, before returning downhill. From the Lookout you have the option to return to the start of the walk with our tour guide, or for the keen hikers you can choose to spend the rest of your time completing the walk down to Wineglass Bay beach. Wineglass Bay Beach return walk – This is a 2.5 hr return walk and moderate fitness is required.  Our tour has ample time for you to do the full walk to Wineglass Bay Beach and return.  Once on the beach you can enjoy your lunch in this stunning setting, head into the water for a swim, or wander along the white sands.  This is one of the most rewarding walks in Tasmania in a truly stunning location.  If you prefer to walk to the Lookout and return, this is the shorter walking option, then we return from the Lookout with our Tour Guide and explore other areas of Freycinet National Park.  Visit Honeymoon Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse & Great Short Walk & Sleepy Bay. We re-group ready for the onward journey to Launceston.  While still on the East Coast we make a final stop for the day, where you can refresh and refuel in a friendly and relaxed location.  Try the local hand-crafted Ice creams or perhaps a famous Tasmanian Scallop Pie!  Then it is onwards into Launceston arriving around 6.30pm.

Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Day 9

Half Day Launceston Walking Tour

This is our most popular guided walk behind the scenes in Launceston - 'Prince's to the Park Tour' that will take you on an easy walk of our great little city.  On this behind the scenes journey you will discover:  The intriguing back alleys and laneways of Launceston. Incredible characters, such as Dicky White and Dr Pugh, of Launceston's history, Notable and significant buildings of Launceston, 'Little Doors and Windows' street art that is the creation of Launceston's own 'Banksy', the enigmatic Lord Scabar, The fascinating history of live theatre and cinema in Launceston, And find out the answer to the question 'Who were the bugs?'. 

Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Day 10

Cataract Gorge Cruise

Tour includes afternoon tea, live commentary, on-board wine, and beer tasting, fruit selection, and unlimited tea and coffee. Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launcestons riverfront district. Head north past Tamar Island, historical buildings: St Mathias Church and the Rosevears Pub. Experience the variety of life as we cruise past charming riverfront communities, vineyards, and farms, to historical Rosevears and Windemere districts. This fascinating collection of history, fauna, and people at work, rest, and play makes an absorbing narrative that will touch, intrigue, and inspire. The best vantage point to view the Tamar Valley.

Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Day 11

Cradle Mountain Day Tour

Spend a full day awakening your senses through the majesty of Cradle Mountain National Park on this guided tour from Launceston. Travel deep into the Tasmanian forest and explore the wildlife, waterfalls and glacial lakes soaring above the sparkling Dove Lake plateau. Begin your day with a scenic drive along the green pastures of Launceston, then pass the picturesque villages of Carrick, Hagley, Westbury and Deloraine. Spot the collection of small mountain bluffs known as the Great Western Tiers just before you reach Sheffield. Watch for the multitude of murals depicting the area’s history and scenery. Continue your journey through mountainous terrain and dense forest as you reach the Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit the visitor centre for an appreciation of the park and spot some wombats, potoroos and wallabies along the way. Stroll along the Enchanted Forest Walk and marvel at the lush green forest and the gorgeous Pencil Pine Falls. While here, take in the stunning view of the park reigning over picturesque Dove Lake. Walk around and enjoy the lake and its surroundings before travelling to Waldheim Chalet—a replica of the park founder’s home that served as a guest chalet until 1974. Conclude your trip with a stop at Ashgrove Farm. Learn how cheese is made and sample several Tasmanian varieties produced on the premises, including their award-winning cloth-matured cheddar.

 Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Day 12

Bay of Fires Day Tour

Tasmania’s east coast is fast becoming renown around the world for its fluffy pure white sands and crystal clear azure blue waters. Granite rocky outcrops covered with orange lichen jut out into the ocean to separate a large collection of hidden away beaches. No crowds, just relaxing peaceful locations that offer you a chance to reflect on how wonderful Mother Nature is. This is the Bay Of Fires.  On your way to the Bay Of Fires visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm for views of the lavender paddocks and the Myrtle Rainforest Walk on the Welborough Pass for a short walk through moss-covered trees and ferns.  At the Bay Of Fires we call into Binalong Bay for a beach experience on Tasmania's white east coast sand, then Harbour Point to view the granite rocks covered with orange lichens, then a beach walk along the remote Taylor’s Beach. Fantastic.  After your beach experience sample fresh oysters straight from the farm—Lease 65, view fishing boats in St. Helens, before heading south to the St Mary’s Pass where we head inland to pass through the contrasting grazing lands of the Fingal Valley and Northern Midlands. Lunch at own expense.

 Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Day 13

Tamar Valley Food & Wine Tour

Along the voyage, we will take you to some of the Tamar Valley’s most prestigious vineyards and cellar doors, where you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious award-winning, cool-climate wines that have made the region famous. You will have the option to taste Whisky, Cider, and Gin. Along the way, you will be entertained with the stories of the origins of Tasmania, the Tamar Valley and the history of the iconic people who shaped the Valley. The tour kicks off with a complimentary coffee or tea at the Hillwood Berry Farm where you can purchase some of their delicious produce.
Then we visit vineyards where you can taste award-winning wines and have a cheese platter and later on the tour a magnificent food platter with a wine of your choice. Weekend tours have the option to visit a Craft Beer Brewery for a tasting too. You will leave the Valley with more than a few tastes to remember, you will have a story to tell friends and family. It ends off with another complimentary coffee or tea at the beautiful Tamar Ridge Cellar door.

Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Day 14

Depart Launceston

Your tour concludes today as you check out of your hotel and catch a taxi to the airport home for flights home.

Accommodation: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment

Meals included: None

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney or  Brisbane to Hobart and Launceston flying Virgin Australia
  • 7 nights Hobart Travelodge, in queen bed room
  • 6 nights Quest Savoy Apartment Launceston, studio apartment
  • Hobart Day Tour including Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huon Valley Day Tour
  • Russell Falls Day Tour
  • Port Arthur Historic Site entry, guided walk and harbour cruise
  • Bruny Island Cruise & Day Tour
  • Hobart to Launceston Day Tour - Wine Glass Bay and Freycinet National Park Day tour
  • Launceston Walking Tour
  • Half Day Cataract Gorge Cruise
  • Cradle Mountain Day Tour
  • Bay of Fires Day Tour
  • Tamar Valley food & wine Tour

 

Accommodation

Hobart Travelodge - Queen Bed Room
Launceston: Quest Savoy Apartment - Studio Apartment
Upgrades available upon request

Exclusions

  • Meals not mentioned
  • All drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel Insurance

 

Child Policy

Please contact us for a custom quote if you are interested in travelling with children.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $1899

 

Booking Conditions

50% deposit option available for all bookings with departures outside of 100 days. If you are departing within the next 100 days, full payment will be due upon checkout.

Departure Dates


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