2nd – 19th October.
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, the stunning alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain and the wild, untamed landscape of Cape Grim. Sit back and relax and let us show you the very best of Tasmania.
DAY 1 BRISBANE – MELBOURNE BD
Sunday, 2nd October: Passengers fly from Brisbane to Melbourne today to join the Best of Tasmania tour. A free day in Melbourne for passengers travelling to Tasmania. Late afternoon board the Spirit of Tasmania for overnight transfer to Devonport. Tonight enjoy dinner at the Captain’s table. Accommodation: Spirit of Tasmania, twin share cabin.
DAY 2 DEVONPORT – LAUNCESTON BLD
Monday, 3rd October: Enjoy breakfast aboard ship this morning before disembarking at approximately 7.30am at the Devonport Terminal. Make our way to Beauty Point for 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. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Tamar Cove Restaurant followed by a visit to the BEACONSFIELD MINE AND HERITAGE CENTRE. Mid afternoon settle in to your motel. Two night stay Commodore Regent.
DAY 3 LAUNCESTION SIGHTSEEING BD
Tuesday, 4th October: Begin our day with a visit to BOAG’S BREWERY for an informative tour of the facilities then, for the beer lovers an ‘educational’ tasting session. A special treat this morning is a visit and morning tea at the historic mansion WOOLMERS ESTATE, home of the Archer family for the last 175 years. Returning to Launceston, free time to purchase lunch and explore the beautiful CATARACT GORGE. Later, discover the Tamar Valley and the Swiss village of GRINDELWALD before returning to our accommodation.
DAY 4 LAUNCESTON – SWANSEA BD
Wednesday, 5th October: A guided tour at BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER ESTATE gets things rolling. Travel through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass on through St Helens to Binalong Bay, the gateway to the famous Bay of Fires. Arrive in Bicheno for lunch and a tour at EAST COAST NATUREWORLD. After lunch, make our way to FREYCINET NP where a walk to Cape Tourville Lookout unveils astonishing views. Continue on to our overnight accommodation with its stunning ocean views. Stay Swansea Motor Inn.
DAY 5 SWANSEA – PORT ARTHUR BD
Thursday, 6th October: Continue to charming Richmond and spend some time exploring this heritage town. Afterwards, take in dramatic coastal scenes from the narrow peninsula of Eaglehawk Neck as you travel to Tasman National Park and see the TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, DEVILS KITCHEN and TASMAN ARCH. Stay Fox and Hounds Inn.
DAY 6 PORT ARTHUR – HOBART BD
Friday, 7th October: Today, a fascinating guided walk of PORT ARTHUR’S infamous CONVICTS PRISON and historic site and a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. View the ruggedly spectacular sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout. Weather permitting make our way to the summit of Mt Wellington for an amazing view of Hobart. Three night stay Fountainside Hotel.
DAY 7 SALAMANCA MARKETS & HUON VALLEY BLD
Saturday, 8th October: Time this morning for a visit to the iconic SALAMANCA MARKETS. The diverse range of nearly 300 stallholders includes original, hand-made Tasmanian pieces, from woodwork to jewellery, fashion to fanciful, glassware to ceramics. Then over the undulating hills of the apple-growing Huon Valley, to the impressive FOREST AND HERITAGE CENTRE in Geeveson which tells the story of the area and the surrounding forests. Next, we make a beeline to the TAHUNE FOREST AIRWALK for lunch and a walk amongst the towering treetops, out over the Huon and Picton Rivers on a cantilevered, suspended walkway. The views are stunning.
DAY 8 BRUNY ISLAND ADVENTURE CRUISE BLD
Sunday, 9th October: A remarkable voyage of discovery this morning as we head for BRUNY ISLAND for our ECO ADVENTURE CRUISE. Bruny Island boasts stunning natural cliff formations among the tallest in the world. The awesome ‘Breathing Rock’, the towering ‘Monument’ and the lush emerald green forests of South Bruny – you will fall in love with this island paradise. The impressive array of sea and coastal wildlife rivals many national parks throughout the world. Meet the Bruny Island seals, dolphins, whales, albatross, eagles, gannet, shearwater and petrel who live in this delicate ecosystem. Sit back and relax as your highly trained interpretative guides help make your experience fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative. Please note: waterproof and warm clothing is advised as this cruise can be extremely cold. A dry change of clothes can be stored on the coach.
DAY 9 RUSSELL FALLS – LAKE ST CLAIR – STRAHAN BLD
Monday, 10th October: Discover the magic of RUSSELL FALLS, the jewel in the crown of Mt Field National Park. Next, continue to the pristine World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Visit THE WALL IN THE WILDERNESS, before travelling through the mining town of Queenstown to our four star accommodation. Two night stay Strahan Village Hilltop.
DAY 10 GORDON RIVER CRUISE BLD
Tuesday, 11th October: 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. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine.
DAY 11 STRAHAN – CRADLE MOUNTAIN BLD
Wednesday, 12th October: Discover the mining towns and hydro electric towns of Rosebery and Tullah as we travel to the sensational CRADLE MOUNTAIN NP. After lunch enjoy a guided tour of Waldheim and gorgeous Dove Lake to see spectacular Cradle Mountain. Stay Cradle Mountain Chateau.
DAY 12 THE NUT, STANLEY – SMITHTON BD
Thursday, 13th October: This morning travel through the rainforest of Hellyer Gorge State Reserve to Wynyard on the north coast for morning tea. En route to TABLE CAPE, home of tulips, you’ll think you’re in a butter commercial on your drive through rolling green hills with Friesian cows galore. Visit HIGHFIELD HISTORIC SITE, which was built by the Van Diemen’s Land Company, for a guided tour of the estate. Free time for lunch with a view – of the THE 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 Allendale Gardens before settling in to our accommodation. Stay Tall Timbers Hotel.
DAY 13 WOOLNORTH & CAPE GRIM BD
Friday, 14th October: Travel to Woolnorth where we visit Roaring 40’s Wind Farm. Hear about this exciting part of Woolnorth’s ever-changing landscape and stand on the impressive west coast at the viewing gallery. From the wind farm we head on to CAPE GRIM which is also on the rugged west coast and has spectacular scenery where you can breathe the cleanest air in the World. After lunch travel east along the coast through Penguin and Ulverstone to Launceston. Stay Commodore Regent.
DAY 14 SPIRIT OF TASMANIA BD
Saturday, 15th October: Free time this morning to discover the charm of Launceston. Perhaps a visit to City Park located opposite your accommodation. This beautiful parkland features mature trees and shrubs, a display of annual flowers, a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, senses garden, monuments, chess boards, historic Albert Hall. At 1pm board your coach and make our way to SHEFFIELD, the town of murals, then on to ANVERS CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Latrobe for a chance to taste some chocolate. At 4.30pm board your coach to Devonport for our return journey to Melbourne aboard the Spirit of Tasmania.
DAY 15 MELBOURNE – WAGGA WAGGA BLD
Sunday, 16th October: A travel day today as we disembark in Melbourne and head for Albury for lunch. Continuing on to Wagga Wagga to our motel. Stay Australian Homestead Motor Lodge.
DAY 16 WAGGA WAGGA – DUBBO BLD
Monday, 17th October: Make our way north to Temora for a morning break then continue on to West Wyalong for a picnic lunch. Resume our journey along the Newell Highway through Forbes and Parkes. Beyond Parkes, see in the distance ‘THE DISH’ of the huge Radio Telescope. Cross over the Macquarie River to arrive in Dubbo for an early end to the day and a well earned rest. Stay Golden West Motor Inn.
DAY 17 DUBBO – GOONDWINDI BLD
Tuesday, 18th October: See the Warrumbungle Ranges in the distance on the way to Coonabarabran for our morning break. Enjoy a delightful scenic drive north through Moree to the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi. Stay Goondiwindi Motel.
DAY 18 GOONDIWINDI – HOME B
Wednesday, 19th October: All too soon we are back in familiar territory with arrival in Brisbane mid afternoon. Northbound passengers stay on board the coach for arrival into Maryborough and Hervey Bay early evening.
Adult: $6430 pp
Pensioner: $6394 pp
Past Passenger: $6376 pp
Single Supplement: $1769 pp
Flight: $99 pp (optional)
Final Payment Due: 18th August 2016
Price relates to airfare & taxes from/to Brisbane Domestic Airport only. Flights to/from other major airports are available but may incur an additional fee.
Passengers are welcome to fly in early but may incur an additional fee due to flight price fluctuation. Extra accommodation expenses will apply.
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Bookings Close on Thursday September 29th, 2016