Highlights of Tasmania | Solo Traveller Special

For 9 Days this tour in stunning Tasmania showcases all that the “Apple Isle” has to offer. From the Tamar Valley, Bicheno, Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and Launceston, experience the rich history and the culinary delights that abound.

 

Day 1 – Tuesday, 05 December

Launceston (D)

Today we meet at Launceston Airport. Transfers will be available at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Upon arrival we will be greeted by our friendly coach captain, board our coach and travel into Launceston and to our hotel. A Welcome Dinner will be take place this evening within the hotel.

Hotel: Tamar Valley Resort

Day 2 – Wednesday, 06 December

Launceston – Bicheno (B-D)

This morning after breakfast we will check out and then tour the picturesque Tamar Valley to the Mine & Heritage Museum in the gold mining town of Beaconsfield, site of the 2006 mine disaster and miraculous rescue. Cross the unique A-frame Batman Bridge and tour the north east to the famous Bridestowe Lavender Farm. The flowering season starts in November so there should be colour a plenty. Enjoy a farm tour and lunch (own expense) before travelling to Legerwood and the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region. Tour the myrtle rain forest of Weldborough Pass before descending to the East Coast at St. Helens and continue to our overnight stay in Bicheno.

Hotel – Beachfront Bicheno

Day 3 – Thursday, 07 December

Bicheno – Port Arthur (B-D)

After breakfast we view the ‘Gulch’ fishing harbour and the ocean blowhole before meeting a Tasmanian devil at the East Coast Natureworld. Learn about the threat to their survival during an informative ride on the ‘Pelican Express’. We continue on and gain magnificent views of picturesque Freycinet National Park with its jagged pink granite peaks, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Following the Tasman Highway we will pass through Swansea, pausing at the convict built Spiky Bridge. As we follow the Prosser River valley through Buckland en route to the Tasman Peninsular we enjoy spectacular views over Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay and explore the geological features before settling into our overnight accommodation at Port Arthur.

Hotel – Fox and Hounds

Day 4 – Friday, 08 December

Port Arthur – Hobart (B-D)

This morning after breakfast we explore the Port Arthur Convict Settlement. Within the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s convict past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short harbour cruise, access to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Gallery as well as more than 30 buildings, ruins, restored gardens and houses. We will have ample opportunity to explore this historic site before departing to the village of Richmond. Here you may view the spire of Australia’s oldest Catholic Church from beneath the arch of Australia’s oldest stone bridge still in use. Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover the arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms before heading to the city of

Hobart and our accommodation.Hotel – Mid City Hotel

Day 5 – Saturday, 09 December

Hobart (B-D)

As it is Saturday morning, after breakfast we will take the opportunity to explore the famous Salamanca open-air Market with its bustle and buskers, colour and excitement. Late morning we will tour the apple orchards and fruit growing regions of the Huon Valley, through Huonville, Franklin, and Geeveston to Tasmania’s southern eucalypt and Huon pine forests. We visit a major attraction that has been established in the Tahune State Forest at the junction of the Picton and Huon Rivers. Exploring the Visitor Centre and taking a unique view of the environment during the 570 metre long walk between the magnificent canopies of the Tahune Forest high in the tree tops at Tahune Forest Airwalk are sure to impress. We will visit the Forest & Heritage Centre at Geeveston before returning to Hobart.

Hotel – Mid City Hotel

Day 6 – Sunday, 10 December  

Hobart – Queenstown (B-D)

After breakfast we will be departing Hobart to follow the Derwent Valley through hop fields and hills to historic New Norfolk. Climb the Central Plateau through highland trout-lakes country to Tarraleah Gorge site of an early Hydro-electric Power Station. We visit “The Wall in The Wilderness”, an extraordinary work of art telling the story of Tasmania’s Central Highlands which has been carved out of Tasmania’s famous Huon pine. Then we enter the Wild Rivers National Park and experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short rainforest walk to Nelson Waterfalls. Observe the altered landscape of bare, colourful hills as we cross Lake Burbury and descend through the ghost towns of the Chamouni Valley to the copper mining town of Queenstown.

Hotel – Gold Rush Motor Inn

Day 7 – Monday, 11 December

Gordon River Cruise (B-L-D)

Today we embark on a full day cruise of the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and the edge of World Heritage. Cross vast Macquarie Harbour past Sarah Island, the worst convict settlement of all, to follow the Gordon through stands of ancient Huon pine, sassafras and myrtle rainforest to step ashore for a wilderness board-walk at Heritage Landing. We voyage to Hell’s Gates, the aptly named harbour entrance where many early ships were destroyed by ferocious ocean swells. On return to Strahan there will be time to explore the village including the visitor centre and Huon pine saw mill before we return to our accommodation.

Hotel – Gold Rush Motor Inn

Day 8 – Tuesday, 12 December

Queenstown – Launceston (B-D)

After breakfast this morning we begin to traverse the Reid Volcanics for views of the Tyndal range and Lake Plimsoll in the Henty Anthony Valley en route to Tullah. We continue north through rainforest and mineral rich mountains, crossing the Vale of Belvior and alpine cattle country to reach Cradle Mountain National Park. Enjoy lunch at Cradle Mountain Hotel then board the shuttle bus to Dove Lake at the foot of the crags of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer. We will visit the Wilderness Gallery before continuing along the highway through mountains and button grass plains to the north west coast. Stopping to spend time in the town of Sheffield, we can admire the wonderful out-door art gallery of impressive murals before we continue to Launceston. This evening we will enjoy Farewell Dinner in the hotel.

Hotel – Best Western Plus Hotel

Day 9 – Wednesday, 13 December

Launceston (B)

This morning we will explore Launceston’s city centre and the magnificent Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world (ride is optional and own expense). Enjoy a stroll in City Park and the John Hart Conservatory noted for displays of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms. We then visit the historic village of Evandale, home of the National Penny-farthing Championships and visit the Gourmet Sauce Company. Maddie the Labrador, their ‘Meet and Greet Lady’ provides the welcome before we sample some of their products which appeal to a wide range of tastes from the chilli lover to the sweet tooth. Mid-afternoon we will travel the short distance to the Launceston Airport where we say goodbye and board our flights home.

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