Departing Monday, 29th January 2018 to Monday, 12th February 2018
Tasmania provides a charming holiday experience that mixes historic richness with untouched wilderness. Visit such sites as the former penal settlement of Port Arthur, the enchanting stone village of Richmond, the famous Gordon River, Launceston and Cataract Gorge, Hobart and Salamanca Place and the stunning alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain. Why not beat the heat this summer as you sit back and relax and let us show you the very best of Tasmania.
DAY 1 SPIRIT OF TASMANIA
Monday, 29th January: Passengers fly from home port to Melbourne today to join the Best of Tasmania tour. Late afternoon board the Spirit of Tasmania for overnight transfer to Devonport. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the Captains’s table. Accommodation, Spirit of Tasmania, twin share cabin.
DAY 2 DEVONPORT – SMITHTON BD
Tuesday, 30th January: Disembark at approx. 7.30am at Devonport Terminal. Enjoy breakfast at the Rectory Cafe before a sightseeing drive along the beautiful northern western shoreline to Table Cape Lighthouse for morning tea then on to Stanley for a guided tour of Highfield Historic House. Free time for lunch with a view – of the Stanley Nut, a sheer sided bluff, all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug. For the adventurous, a chairlift ride (own expense) to the top of ‘The Nut’. Next a guided tour and afternoon tea at the delightful Allendale Gardens before settling in to our motel. Stay Tall Timbers Hotel.
DAY 3 SMITHTON – CRADLE MT – STRAHAN BLD
Wednesday, 31st January: This morning travel through the rainforest of Hellyer Gorge State Reserve to the pristine World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. Enjoy a guided tour of Waldheim and gorgeous Dove Lake to see spectacular Cradle Mountain. After lunch at the Cradle Mountain Hotel travel through the mining towns and hydro electric towns of Rosebery and Tullah as we travel to Strahan. Two night stay Strahan Village Hilltop.
DAY 4 GORDON RIVER CRUISE BLD
Thursday, 1st February: This morning join World Heritage Cruises for a memorable Gordon River Cruise where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness. We stop at Sarah Island and discover the ruins of the brutal penal colony. Se Hell’s Gate and heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine.
DAY 5 STRAHAN – HOBART BLD
Friday, 2nd February: Leaving Strahan travel via Queenstown to the Wall in the Wilderness. The Wall is carved from three-metre-high wooden panels which tell the history of the harsh Central Highlands region. Next, discover the magic of Russell Falls, the jewel in the crown of Mt Field National Park. After lunch at the Waterfall Café we continue our journey to Hobart. Three night stay Quality Hobart Mid City Motel.
DAY 6 SALAMANCA MARKETS & HUON VALLEY BD
Saturday, 3rd February: Time this morning for a visit to the iconic Salamanca Markets. The diverse range of nearly 300 stallholders are sure to have something for everyone. Re-joining your coach travel through the beautiful Huon Valley – what better time to visit than in the middle of berry season! Your coach captain will find the perfect opportunity for you to purchase some delicious fresh black cherries or perhaps some plump fresh raspberries before arriving at Geeveston for a visit to the Geeveston Forest and Heritage Centre. After lunch (own expense), head to the Tahune Forest Airwalk for a guided walk amongst the towering treetops, out over the Huon and Picton Rivers on a cantilevered, suspended walkway. The views are stunning.
DAY 7 PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE BD
Sunday, 4th February: Today, take in the dramatic coastal scenes from the narrow peninsula of Eaglehawk Neck as we travel to Tasman National Park. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison and historic site and cruise around the Isle of the Dead. After lunch, view the ruggedly spectacular sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout and for the adventurous traverse the steps to view Remarkable Cave. On our return journey, see the Tessellated Pavement, Devils Kitchen and the Tasman Arch.
DAY 8 HOBART – BICHENO BD
Monday, 5th February: Leaving Hobart, continue to charming Richmond and spend some time exploring this heritage town. We head north to visit Ross then on to Campbell Town where we pause for lunch. After lunch, make our way to Brown Brothers, Devils Corner Cellar Door. Enjoy a wine tasting, sit on the deck and take in the panoramic views of the majestic Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula. Continue to Coles Bay. Stay Beachfront at Bicheno.
DAY 9 WINEGLASS BAY CRUISE BLD
Tuesday, 6th February: This morning, experience the exquisite beauty of the magnificent Freycinet Peninsula with Wineglass Bay Cruises. Wineglass Bay, nestled underneath the Hazards Mountain range, is a location of primeval peace and beauty. The experienced and friendly crew guide you through the sights and history of the Freycinet Peninsula; taking you from the gently shores of Coles Bay, to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. After this stunning cruise, board your coach and travel via Bicheno to St Helens. Stay Tidal Ways Resort.
DAY 10 ST HELENS – LAUNCESTON BLD
Wednesday, 7th February: Start our day with a visit to Binalong Bay at the southern end of the Bay of Fires then make our way through the lush myrtle rainforest at the Weldborough Pass to Ledgerwood where we pause for morning tea. Next, visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm for lunch and a guided farm tour before continuing to Launceston’s Cataract Gorge for some free time before settling in to our hotel. Two night stay Commodore Regent.
DAY 11 TAMAR VALLEY TOUR BLD
Thursday, 8th February: A leisurely sightseeing day today as we head north to Low Head to visit the historic Low Head Pilot Station. Next, cross the Batman Bridge which forges the Tamar River to arrive in Beaconsfield for a guided tour of the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, then head to Beauty Point for lunch followed by a guided tour of Seahorse World. Next, visit the amazing Platypus House for a guided tour of the Platypus ponds to watch them feed and play. Returning to Launceston, stop to explore the quaint Swiss village of Grindelwald.
DAY 12 LAUNCESTON – DEVONPORT BD
Friday, 9th February: Travel west along the Bass Highway to Mole Creek Caves for a tour of Marakoopa Cave. On our Underground Rivers and Glow-worms Tour be dazzled by the caves sparkling crystals, reflections pools, stalactites and stalagmites. Listen to the music of the underground streams and soak up the silence of abandoned river passages. Leaving the caves, we head to Trowunna Wildlife Park for lunch followed by a guided tour which includes Devil feeding. Next, head to Sheffield, ‘the town of murals’ for some free time to check out the delightful murals, then on to Latrobe’s House of Anvers for chocolate tasting. Sadly our time in Tassie is almost at an end as we make our way to Devonport ready to board the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ for our return to Melbourne.
DAY 13 MELBOURNE – WEST WYALONG BLD
Saturday, 10th February: After disembarking in Melbourne make our way north to the Shepparton Motor Museum for morning tea and time to admire the amazing collection of classic, heritage and muscle cars including motorcycles and vintage bicycles. Our lunch break today is in Jerilderie then it’s on to West Wyalong for our overnight stay. Stay Club Inn.
DAY 14 WEST WYALONG – MOREE BD
Sunday, 11th February: Resume our journey along the Newell Highway through Forbes and Parkes to Dubbo where we pause for lunch (own expense). Next a photo stop at Mendooran at the Bushranger murals before continuing on to Moree, for our last night together.
DAY 15 MOREE – HOME B
Monday, 12th February: All too soon we are back in familiar territory with arrival in Brisbane mid afternoon. Northbound passengers stay on board for arrival into the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $5896 pp
Pensioner: $5868 pp
Past Passenger: $5853 pp
Single Supplement: $1474 pp
Please note: Prices do not include airfares.
Final Payment Due: 15th December 2017
FLY $99 DISCOUNTED AIRFARE is available for this tour. Please enquire when booking.
Bookings Close on Monday January 29th, 2018