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Only the best of the best will do! It’s all about fresh local produce and superb boutique accommodation. From Hobart to Cradle Mountain, explore Bruny Island, visit country estates and taste your way around the Meander Valley. Cruise to MONA, taste local whisky and wines and indulge with gourmet picnics and degustation dinners.
1 September 2016 - 31 May 2018 ?
Hobart, Salamanca Markets & Bruny Island
Day 1: Welcome to Hobart
On arrival in Hobart you’ll be transferred by private car to The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Designed by award-winning architects, the hotel is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, standing proudly on Hobart’s glorious waterfront. A handsome row of historic warehouses dating from the 1820s (the former IXL jam factory) have been creatively transformed into this superb first class hotel that seamlessly combines antique and ultra modern styling and showcases the work of Tasmania’s visual artists. At Henry Jones, they’ve thought of everything! Meet your Driver Guide and travelling companions before setting out on your journey to discover Tasmania’s world class produce, culture and natural beauty. Cruise down the Derwent River for an afternoon of wine tasting and cultural regeneration at Hobart’s most fascinating and confronting cultural attraction, MONA. You’ll taste Moorilla Estate’s fine wines from the tank on a private tasting experience and Moo Brew Brewery’s famous beers before letting loose in the evocative MONA gallery. After discovering David Walsh’s famous collections, get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious 3 course degustation at The Source restaurant where Head Chef Phillipe Leban and his team have designed an ever evolving menu featuring seasonal produce from Tassie and beyond.
Day 2: Salamanca Markets
This morning is all yours, free to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colour and action of Salamanca Market. Explore the market stalls, wander through the historic sandstone warehouses discovering innovative Tasmanian arts and crafts, and delight in the taste and aroma of freshly baked goods and local produce, meeting the friendly people who make or grow what they sell. Take a moment to sit back and relax at one of Salamanca’s cafés and watch the world pass you by with a cooling ale or locally produced cider. This afternoon you’ll have a unique opportunity to delve in to Tasmania’s unique history from its convict past to modern day when you join a walking tour with a focus on Hobart’s early colonial days and the fascinating role alcohol consumption played. You’ll taste wines from several Tasmanian wine regions at the Gasworks Cellar Door, sample some fine Tasmanian Whisky and finish off with a cooling cider from a local craft cider house.
Day 3: Bruny Island
Discover the best of Bruny Island to experience the spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce and inspiring local people. After a short ferry ride to the secluded island, your first stop will be the Bruny Island Cheese Company where you’ll taste a selection of gourmet cheeses in a beautiful bush setting, along with fresh sourdough bread, baked onsite in the baker’s outdoor wood fired oven. Next it’s on to Get Shucked to sample freshly shucked pacific oysters. Delicious! If you thought that was enough eating for now, next up enjoy an al fresco morning tea. Bruny Island truly does provide Tasmania’s ultimate wilderness experience so you’ll have the opportunity to see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat and take a beach walk to enjoy the fresh unspoiled air. Visit Australia’s southern most vineyard at lunch time to sample the premium wines with lunch then top off the day with a little locally made fudge and a visit to Bruny Island House of Whisky before you take the ferry back to the mainland. It’s sure to be a day to remember.
Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, 3 nights.
Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast. Day 3: Breakfast and Lunch
Hobart – Launceston & Meander Valley
Day 4: Hobart – Launceston
Today is all about grand estates and bygone eras. This morning take a short trip to Pontville to visit Shene Estate. Shene’s custodian, Anne Kernke will give you exclusive access to the country estate’s iconic colonial buildings including the main homestead where Anne lives with her family, the stables, barn, dairy and outbuildings. Anne and her family are incredibly passionate about sharing the rich and colourful past by throwing open and inviting you to look, touch and be inspired by the stunning property. It’s not uncommon to be strolling around the property when something shiny catches the eye and you realise you’ve uncovered more history in the form of antiquities, broken china or even decades-old horse shoes from the property’s polo days of old. Sit down with a warm cup of tea or coffee and a light bite to eat then continue north through the Midlands. Very different to Shene is World Heritage listed Brickendon Estate. While Shene was owned by gentry, Brickendon is an original convict working farm and is still, 7 generations on, owned and operated by the Archer family. The stunning grounds are reminiscent of a quaint English garden with ducks and geese waddling their way around the original timber barns and cottages. You’ll take a guided stroll with one of the Archer family around the property including the magnificent gardens that Angela Archer has been tending for the last 30 years. You’ll stay for the next two nights at Quamby Estate, an iconic country manor situated on 150 acres of picture perfect landscape. The estate dates back to 1828 and was formerly the ancestral home of Tasmania’s first local born Premier, Sir Richard Dry. At Quamby, the elegance lets you know you’re staying at one of Tasmania’s most prestigious properties and blends old world charm with modern touches. Quamby has rediscovered the lost art of picnics! On arrival, grab a picnic blanket and a basket full of goodies and take yourself off to a private patch of paradise with nothing between you and your partner but countryside. Just magic! This afternoon you may like to wander around the property, play a game of tennis or even grab a bicycle and take a ride down the surrounding country lanes.
Day 5: Meander Valley
Today’s journey will take you through the Meander Valley, known for its produce and farm gate sellers. You’ll visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm to enjoy a morning tea featuring the farm’s fresh raspberry creations, then 41° South Salmon & Ginseng Farm where you’ll join the Pyka family to hear how they came to be salmon farmers when they arrived in Australia from Germany. Take a wander through their property to learn a little about aquaculture and feed the salmon that have been reared in cold pristine waters sourced from Montana Falls. Before you leave, you must try the fresh smoked salmon. Next it’s off to a little town called Railton, known as the Town of Topiary, to visit Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark at their micro brewery. Enjoy a guided tour through their Seven Sheds Brewery and hop garden and hear how they use fresh local produce to create great flavours in the beer brewed on site. Before you leave you can taste their craft creations on tap in the tasting room. Back at Quamby Estate, tonight you’ll sit down to a special Hunter and Gatherer dinner crafted by the estate’s Executive Chef to highlight the surrounding local produce.
Hotel: Quamby Estate, Launceston, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Day 5: Breakfast and Highlight dinner
Launceston – Cradle Mountain
This morning it’s time to explore the pristine inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. Join your Driver Guide for a walk around Dove Lake before choosing how you spend your afternoon. For those that who want a more challenging hike, head to Marion’s Lookout and Wombat Pool, or if you’d like a leisurely meander back to Cradle Mountain lodge through the wild ancient forests and alpine heathlands you can follow the purpose built boardwalks and spot grazing wallabies, pademelons and echidna along the way. If horse riding or a pampering Vichy Shower spa treatment are more your thing, your Driver Guide can assist you in making a booking. Tonight have a delicious meal at the lodge in Highland Restaurant. Afterwards, sit back by one of the log fires and sip a warming whisky nightcap.
Hotel: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Farewell from Launceston
Today you head towards Launceston via Tasmania’s rugged North Coast. In Burnie you’ll stop at Hellyers Road Distillery for a Whisky Walk. You’ll ramble through the working distillery where you’ll be shown the ingredients and processes that deliver one of the finest boutique single malt whiskys in the world. After a lunch stop, continue along the coast with views of Bass Strait before you arrive in Launceston where your indulgent Inspiring Journey concludes. We know you’ll have plenty of wonderful tales to tell when you head home, and no doubt your friends and family will want to follow 41 ° South Salmon Farm in your footsteps!
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
The privately-funded Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is the brain-child of an eccentric genius with left field personal philosophies and an overwhelming desire to make us question reality. He is David Walsh. David opened Moorilla Museum of Antiquities in 2001 and closed it in 2007 to undergo a $75 million refurbishment, re-opening in 2011 as MONA, Tasmania’s most provocative and evocative attraction often referred to as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’! Its ever-evolving collection will blow your mind and leave you talking about it for years to come.
- Stay in luxury boutique accommodation
- Immerse yourself in evocative art at MONA
- Taste delicious local wine at Moorilla Estate
- Enjoy a degustation at The Source Restaurant
- Explore Salamanca Market
- Indulge your senses on Bruny Island
- Step back in time at historic Shene Estate
- Visit World Heritage listed Brickendon Estate
- Enjoy a country picnic at Quamby Estate
- Taste 41° South Salmon produce
- Visit 7 Sheds micro brewery
- Experience a Hunter and Gatherer dinner at Quamby Estate
- Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain
- Enjoy complimentary refreshments along the way
- Taste whisky at Hellyers Road Distillery
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Hand-picked boutique accommodation
- Luxury small group experience
- Small vehicle with no more than 16 guests
- Airport transfers (see flight information below)
- Full Buffet Breakfasts (6)
- Lunches (4)
- Dinners (3)
- Highlight Dinner (1)
|Day 1||Flights to arrive prior to 12:30 noon into Hobart|
|Day 7||Flights to depart after 5pm from Launceston
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Warm jacket
Ways to Save
Departures between 1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017
|Kings Club||Save up to $155|
Departures from 1 April 2017
Early payment discount
|Pay by 14 April 2017||Save up to $330|
|Pay by 02 June 2017||Save up to $245|
|Pay by 31 July 2017||Save up to $165|
Kings Club early payment discount
|Pay by 14 April 2017||Save up to $495|
|Pay by 02 June 2017||Save up to $410|
|Pay by 31 July 2017||Save up to $330|
|Kings Club||Save up to $165|
All savings are per person.
Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:
The Henry Jones Art Hotel25 Hunter St, Hobart Tasmania 7000
Hobart, 3 nights.
The Henry Jones is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.
Created within Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses, the Henry Jones Art Hotel merges historic and modern, blending the original 19th century architecture of the city with ultra-modern design and contemporary art.
Located on Hobart’s waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australia’s most successful companies—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL. But by the late 1990s, the property was abandoned and languishing in neglect, until award-winning architects Morris-Nunn & Associates won the right to revive the historic site. By 2004, this former jam factory had been transformed into a sensitively re-imagined, distinctive, five-star hotel.
- Laundry Service
- 24-hour front desk
- Internet Access
- Business Facilities
- Non-smoking rooms
Quamby Estate1145 Westwood Rd, Hagley TAS 7292
Launceston, 2 nights.
A unique and iconic 10 bedroom country manor situated on 150 acres of picture book landscape just 25 minutes from Launceston Airport in the stunning Meander Valley’s gourmet touring region.
Dating back to 1828, Quamby Estate is one of Tasmania’s most prestigious and historically significant properties. Formerly the ancestral home of Tasmania’s first-born Premier, Sir Richard Dry, this enchanting hotel features charming Anglo-Indian architecture and period antiques combined with modern luxuries creating an idyllic haven to escape and unwind.
Escape and relax in ultimate luxury whether it be your whole family, a special event, golfing getaway or self drive gourmet touring…
- Free wireless internet access
- Flat Screen TV
- iPod/iPhone docking station
- Hair Dryer
- Tea & Coffee Facilities
- Private bathroom
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge4038 Cradle Mountain Rd. Cradle Mountain, TAS, 7306
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions.
- Mini Bar
- Alarm Clock
- Tea & Coffee Facilities
- Shower and toilet facilities
- CD player
- Iron / Ironing Board