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Tour code: FHLH

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If Tasmania is on your must-do list, this journey offers the ideal introduction to the island state. Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich convict history and gourmet artisan produce, it takes you to unforgettable locations and ensures memorable encounters. Visit magnificent Russell Falls, the Gordon River, Cradle Mountain, the Tarkine Wilderness and Freycinet National Park, and step back in time at Port Arthur and in Hobart.

Itinerary

1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Hobart

Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in and then you’ll take an afternoon tour of Hobart. Your orientation takes in Battery Point, Salamanca Place, the Botanic Gardens, Constitution Dock, and Mt. Nelson for amazing views overlooking Hobart. Tonight you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner with fabulous views of Hobart.

Hotel: Wrest Point

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Hobart – Strahan

This morning you head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park. Tasmania’s oldest National Park is the location of the spectacular three-tiered waterfall, Russell Falls, which is surrounded by towering swamp gums. Take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair and travel through Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of the World Heritage protected Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and on to coastal Strahan. Stay in Strahan.

Hotel: Strahan Village

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
Gordon River Cruise – Cradle Mountain

A spectacular Gordon River Cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge, is the highlight of today. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters, stained amber by buttongrass tannins, reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island for insight into Tasmania's lesser known convict history, the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. Pass the towns of Rosebery and Tullah as you travel to your hotel on the outskirts of sensational Cradle Mountain National Park.

Hotel: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Cradle Mountain – Smithton

This morning it’s time to explore the inspiring beauty of Cradle Mountain National Park. We’ll take you to gorgeous Dove Lake for spectacular views of Cradle Mountain – make sure the camera’s charged, this is a scenic highlight, and the air – there’s none fresher! You may spot Bennetts wallabies, echidnas and pademelons grazing through the alpine heathlands. Picture rolling green hills and Friesian cows – this afternoon you’ll think you’re in a butter commercial as you make your way past Table Cape, home of tulips, for views of Bass Strait and coastline. Picturesque Stanley is in your sights as you head west with a view of ‘the Nut’ and a chance to explore. Your final destination is Smithton.

Hotel: Tall Timbers

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5-6
Smithton – Launceston
Day 5: Smithton – Launceston

First up you’ll experience a guided tour of the Tarkine Wilderness region, one of Australia’s largest unprotected temperate rainforests and contains vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. En route to Launceston you’ll visit the Ashgrove Cheese Factory to learn all about cheese making and taste some samples.

Day 6: Launceston

This morning travel to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre through the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tamar Valley. Beaconsfield Mine has a long rich gold mining history. Your expert guide will bring to life the mine’s extraordinary past and tell you of incredible engineering feats, the town’s heritage and the dramatic events of the 2006 rock fall and mine rescue. After having time to explore Cataract Gorge, this afternoon is free for you to explore Launceston.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Launceston – Bicheno

Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today. Bridestowe has been growing lavender since 1922 when a London perfumer planted lavender seeds from the French Alps on his family estate which he named after his wife's birthplace in England. Try some of Bridestowe's lavender products and treat yourself to their famous lavender ice-cream! Later make a stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers. After your lunch time stop at St Helens, follow the picturesque East Coast south to Bicheno. This evening you may like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno's wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night, or even take a tour to see Tassie Devils.

Hotel: Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8-9
Bicheno – Hobart
Day 8: Bicheno – Hobart

Get your camera ready for the spectacular and breathtaking – Freycinet National Park. You’ll take a walk that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, forest and golden beach. Cape Tourville Lookout is magic! Travel through Swansea and Orford, then chart a course for Hobart.

Day 9: Port Arthur

Explore Port Arthur Historic Site today. Cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula and enjoy a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur's infamous convict prison. You'll have time to wander the site at your leisure before you leave. See rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout, and feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole on the drive back to Hobart. This evening celebrate your holiday with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner at one of Hobart’s favourite restaurants.

Hotel: Wrest Point, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast. Day 9: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10
Farewell from Hobart

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Murals on the side of the Blacksmith Gallery in Sheffield

Sheffield - town of murals

For the last 25 years, the pictorial history of the region has been painted on almost every blank wall throughout Sheffield! How did it come about you ask? In 1985 a public meeting was held to formulate strategies to overcome the economic decline in the region and a committee was formed, now known as Sheffield Inc. It began investigating an idea that had been successful in a town in Québec, Canada that had been faced with a similar decline. The rest is history!

Highlights

  • Cruise the Gordon River on a lunch cruise
  • Explore Cradle Mountain National Park with a local guide
  • Taste Tasmanian Cheese at Ashgrove Cheese Factory
  • Explore Tarkine Wilderness area
  • Visit The Nut
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre
  • Take a step back in time at Port Arthur Historic Sight and learn about one of Australia’s famous penal colonies with a local guide
  • Indulge at a Farewell Dinner overlooking Hobart’s waterfront

Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 5 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell dinner

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 12.30pm into Hobart Airport
Day 10   Flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Wrest Point
    410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

    • Wrest Point Hobart - Mountainside Room

    Experience an absolute Hobart waterfront destination at Wrest Point; with spectacular river and mountain views and great service.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Business Facilities
    • Foxtel
    • Wi-Fi
    • Guest Laundry
    • Mini Bar
    • Austar
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • TV
  • Strahan Village
    41 Esplanade, Strahan, TAS 7468

    • Cottages at Strahan Village

    Strahan Village is an ideal base for exploring Tasmania's stunning wilderness. Journey into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park with Gordon River Cruises, encounter west coast wildlife and history on the Bonnet Island Experience and discover Strahan’s culture and heritage as you explore the museums, galleries and attractions of this historic fishing port.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Refrigerator
    • TV
    • Phone
    • Alarm Clock
    • Hairdryer
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • 220/240 V AC
  • Cradle Mountain Hotel
    3718 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS 7310

    • Cradle Mountain Hotel - Exterior

    Cradle Mountain Hotel is a stylish, wilderness hotel, located at the northern boundary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

    Set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain Hotel offers warm, welcoming accommodation within easy reach of Tasmania’s most iconic wilderness experiences.

    • Features
    • Heater
    • TV
    • Ensuite
    • Bathtub and shower
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shared self-service laundry facilities
  • Tall Timbers
    5/15 Scotchtown Road, Smithton 7330, Tasmania, Australia

    • Tall Timbers Lakeside Appartment

    Tall Timbers offers its guests holiday accommodation on the North West Coast of Tasmania, ranging from luxury self contained apartments to cabin style units. Our accommodation is situated at the rear of the main hotel complex. Tall Timbers Tasmania boasts unique and stylish accommodation, set out to take advantage of the stunning rural views. Relax and unwind, take a walk around the lake or picnic in the grounds near the waterfall. A modern guest laundry is provided to cater for visitors’ requirements.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Room service
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Wireless Internet access
    • In-house movies
  • Best Western Plus Launceston
    3 Earl Street, Launceston, TAS 7250

    2 nights

    • Best Western Plus Launceston - Room

    With its distinct style and personalised guest services – all features of the BEST WESTERN PLUS brand, whether your travel needs are for leisure or work, the Best Western Plus Launceston hotel caters for all guest needs with comfort and ease.

    Staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Launceston locates you close to several Launceston attractions, and a short walk from the main shopping area.

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Pay TV
    • Foxtel
    • Ensuite
    • Hairdryer
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Work Desk
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Heater
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno
    232 Tasman Hwy, Bicheno, TAS 7215

    • Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno - double room

    Stay at this centrally located Bicheno resort, situated directly opposite the beach and minutes from scuba diving, fishing spots and penguin tours. The BEST WESTERN Beachfront at Bicheno is the most ideally located accommodation in Bicheno. Located opposite the beach, Beachfront at Bicheno affords breathtaking views of Waubs Bay and is the perfect base to explore Tasmania’s stunningly beautiful east coast.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • High-speed internet access
    • Austar
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • LCD TV
  • Wrest Point
    410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

    2 nights

    • Wrest Point Hobart - Mountainside Room

    Experience an absolute Hobart waterfront destination at Wrest Point; with spectacular river and mountain views and great service.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Business Facilities
    • Foxtel
    • Wi-Fi
    • Guest Laundry
    • Mini Bar
    • Austar
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • TV

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019

Bruny Island Cruise (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 225.00   Child Price: AUD 165.00

Bruny Island Cruise

Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.

* Post tour bookings only. This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8pm approx.

Bruny Island Traveller (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 155.00 Child Price: AUD 140.00

Bruny Island Traveller

Savour a delicious al fresco morning tea and a cellar door lunch of specialty local produce including Bruny Island Cheese, oysters, salmon, wine, bread and berries - all grown, made or harvested on Bruny. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Enjoy short walks in the South Bruny National Park and see white wallabies, native wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. Hear the stories of the people who have shaped Bruny Island, from the whalers who used to camp at Adventure Bay, to the lighthouse keepers and their families who braved difficult conditions to keep the light burning at Cape Bruny.

*Post tour bookings only. This tour returns to Hobart at approximately 5:30pm. In order to partake on the last day of your tour, you will need to have post tour accommodation booked or an outbound flight that departs after 8pm approx.

South West Heritage Tour and Scenic Flight (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 499.00   Child Price: AUD 449.00

South West Heritage Tour and Scenic Flight

Take a spectacular scenic flight over one of the World's last wilderness frontiers, South West Tasmania. This World Heritage listed National Park has international significance, comprising of over 4500 sq kms of pristine wilderness, no roads, no civilisation, just pure wilderness. Tour includes a landing at Melaleuca and a visit to the bird hide to see the rare Orange Bellied Parrots.

* Post tour booking only. This tour is 4hrs in duration. In order to partake in this experience on the last day of your tour, you will need to have an afternoon flight, or post tour accommodation booked.

Mt Wellington Tour (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 45.00   Child Price: AUD 22.00

Mt Wellington Tour

On this half day tour, pass through various eco systems as we ascend the mountain look out for the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes Crowned by alpine vegetation, dusted by snow in winter, kunanyi/Mt Wellington enables the visitor to glimpse the unfolding panorama of river, fields and aquatic setting of Hobart. Be mesmerised by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart from Mt Wellington’s majestic summit. Before ending the tour visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prison.

* Post tour booking only. In order to partake in this experience you will need to ensure your flight departs after 2:00pm on the final day of tour. Or have post accommodation booked.

Huon Valley Full Day Tour (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 160.00   Child Price: AUD 80.00

Huon Valley Full Day Tour

Experience cool temperate rainforests with unique Tasmanian timbers and wild rivers. Walk the tree tops of pristine forest at TahuneAirwalk after travelling the Huon River Valley, a region of tended fields, superb forest clad rivers and fishing villages set by picturesque inlets.
* Post Tour booking only. If your tour ends in Hobart, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Tasmanian Devils & Richmond Wildlife (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 87.00   Child Price: AUD 43.00

Tasmanian Devils & Richmond Wildlife

The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary offers close up experiences of Australian native animals including Tassie’s famous Tasmanian Devil. Richmond, a Georgian style village, will take you back in time to the convict days.  
*Post tour bookings only

Richmond Half Day Tour (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 65.00   Child Price: AUD 32.00

Richmond Half Day Tour

Travel to Richmond, one of Australia’s most original historic villages. Nowhere else in Tasmania is the romance and nostalgic charm of the colonial days more alive than in the village of Richmond. Free time to explore the village.
* Post tour booking only. If your tour ends in Hobart, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Hobart Walking Tours - History People & Places (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 38.00   Child Price: AUD 25.00

Hobart Walking Tours - History People & Places

Hobart's waterfront was where it all started for Europeans in Tasmania. This 2 hour walking tour follows the original and the current waterfront from the historic Henry Jones IXL jam factory to Australia's only Georgian corner, and on through town to beautiful Salamanca, taking in the wonders of a convict-built city, with well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture. You’ll cover the story of the birth of a new British colony, and the growth of a lovely city, recalling the good, the bad and the scandalous characters that set the tone for the early days of Hobart. Things have changed! See and hear about stories of endurance, business empires, tycoons, adventurers, convicts, women, mothers, villains and heroes. Discover the marvelous legacy left by the resilience of our convict and free-settler ancestors.
*Post tour bookings only

Hobart Walking Tours - Alcohol History of Hobart (Hobart)

Adult Price: AUD 72.00   Child Price: N/A

Hobart Walking Tours - Alcohol History of Hobart

On a fantastic stroll around Hobart, taste Tasmanian wines, distilled spirits and boutique cider. Robyn and Phil weave an incredible narrative of the role alcohol has played in Hobart from the early colonial days to present.
*Post tour bookings only

Bicheno Penguin Tour (Bicheno)

Adult Price: AUD 35.00   Child Price: AUD 15.00

Bicheno Penguin Tour

A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and safely without disturbing them, or hurting yourself! The penguins are accustomed to our tour and lights, but loud noises and camera flashes will scare them away.

Devils in the Dark (Bicheno)

Adult Price: AUD 70.00   Child Price: AUD 70.00

Devils in the Dark

Be the first to see these amazing nocturnal animals burst into life.  See natural wild behaviour in these Tasmanian devils which are not normally available for viewing. 

Boag's Beer Lovers Tour - 90 min (Launceston)

Adult Price: AUD 33.00

Boag's Beer Lovers Tour - 90 min

Tour the historic working brewery and discover the secrets of Boag’s world famous brew.
* If your tour ends in Launceston, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Tamar River Cataract Gorge Cruise - 50 min (Launceston)

Adult Price: AUD 33.00   Child Price: AUD 15.00

Tamar River Cataract Gorge Cruise - 50 min

Explore the Old Launceston Seaport before cruising to Kings Wharf viewing historic vessels and Launceston’s delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is then cruising into the spectacular Cataract Gorge as we engage the Lady Launceston’s unique and silent electric drive. View the sheer cliffs and cascades form your comfortable seat with unobstructed views on our multi award winning 1890’s style vessel. Enjoy the skippers captivating commentary on the history of this fascinating area.
* If your tour ends in Launceston, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Animal Night Spotting (Cradle Mountain)

Adult Price: AUD 49.00   Child Price: AUD 29.00

Animal Night Spotting

Cradle Mountain at dusk is the best time to see the many nocturnal mammals and marsupials in their native habitat. Join us on a 2 hour tour as we go spotlighting for wallabies, wombats, possum and maybe even a devil.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 September 2018. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.