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Tassie's East Coast Highlights

5 Day Guided Vacation | Launceston to Hobart

highlights range from Freycinet adventures to tours of Port Arthur Historic Site, with plenty of opportunities to get a taste for the Apple Isle in between. Lavender ice-cream, anyone?

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Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only.

$1924

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only.
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Tassie's East Coast Highlights

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5 Day Guided Vacation

Launceston to Hobart

highlights range from Freycinet adventures to tours of Port Arthur Historic Site, with plenty of opportunities to get a taste for the Apple Isle in between. Lavender ice-cream, anyone?

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

You won’t be the only one yelping with excitement when you spot Bicheno’s little penguins march up the sand from the ocean. We recommend you sign up to see them – the choice is yours.

Time For You

Get an early flight into Launceston to explore Cataract Gorge at your own pace. How many cities in the world have this natural wonderment on their doorstep?

Iconic Sites

From untamed wilderness areas like Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur, Tassie is not short on attractions.

Sustainable Travel

Your entry fees into the state’s national parks assist with the conservation of these pristine natural environments.

Natural Wonders

Cruising around the Southern Ocean off the coast of Port Arthur gives you a front-row seat to dramatic geological sites including the Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole.

Itinerary

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You don’t have to arrive early into Launceston, but we highly recommend you do. Time on your side? Walk the short distance to Cataract Gorge, home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world. It’s quite the ride, taking you up high into this intensely beautiful, and spiritual, place. Otherwise, meet your Travel Director and fellow Tassie companions for a drink in the evening.

  Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

Bridestowe is an assault on all your senses – in the best possible way. There’s the piercing purple of the lavender grown here, backdropped by horizon-wide blue sky. Then the musky aroma of the flowers, which has an instant calming effect. And the taste, beyond anything you ever imagined – try lavender in ice-cream, jams and teas, and thank us later. It’s a tasty entrée to the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, sculpted into World War One soldiers. Come dusk in Bicheno, sign up to spot tuxedoed little penguins waddle to shore from the water. Touring Tasmania doesn’t get any cuter than this. 

  Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nothing quite prepares you for the drama of Freycinet National Park – the colours here seem more vivid, the air crisper, the water cleaner, the skies wider. A patchwork of ocean blues lap Coles and Wineglass Bays, framed by powdery white sand and silvery eucalypts. There’s a reason why this place stars on postcards. Talk about a Freycinet adventure to remember. The other destination that deserves notoriety is Richmond, its grand 1820s Georgian buildings today home to bijou boutiques, galleries and cafés that appear to be lost in time. 

  Hotel: Best Western Hobart, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Port Arthur’s rather grim convict past is reflected in the names of attractions around it: Isle of the Dead, Devil’s Kitchen, the Blowhole… But believe us, they’re all spectacularly pretty. As is the Port Arthur Historic Site, its immaculately maintained buildings scattered over green pastures that fade into the Southern Ocean. Port Arthur tours reveal the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant convict-era destinations worldwide. The stories these walls could tell.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Short and sweet and packed with highlights – this Tasmania tour is sure to inspire future travels. 

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Stay at this centrally located Bicheno resort, situated directly opposite the beach and minutes from scuba diving, fishing spots and penguin tours. The 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

    Features

  • WiFi / Internet Access
  • Gym facilities
  • Restaurant and In Room Dining
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Port Arthur Convict Site
  • • Premium hotels
  • • Freycinet National Park entrance fees
  • • 8 included attractions/experiences

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Freycinet National Park and the Port Arthur Historic site - Medium level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 4 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 3:00pm into Launceston Airport
  • • Day 5: Flights to depart any time from Hobart Airport

Tassie's East Coast Highlights

Best Buys

5 Day Guided Vacation

Launceston to Hobart

Tasmania may be small, but it’s packed with East Coast highlights that you’ll get to experience on this Launceston to Hobart tour. Stop to smell (and taste) the flowers amid lavender plantations, marvel at well-preserved Georgian architecture, witness convict history and spot the state’s cute critters, tiny penguins to Tassie devils. Complete your journey with a dip at Wineglass Bay – the surrounding Freycinet Peninsula was made for postcards.

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

After a day touring, just relax by the pool. Or go out spotting wild penguins. The choice is yours.

Iconic Sites

From the pink granite of the Hazards mountains to the turquoise bays, Freycinet National Park’s never fails to impress.

Time For You

Whether you’re a history buff or love retail therapy, there’s time to enjoy Richmond’s Victorian buildings-turned-boutiques.

Sustainable Travel

Your entry fees into the state’s national parks assist with the conservation of these pristine natural environments.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Tasmania! Tonight, you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink at your hotel.

  Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, producer of high-quality lavender since 1922, is your first stop today. Later, visit the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, sculpted into World War One soldiers, then after a stop for lunch at coastal St Helens, follow the picturesque east coast south to Bicheno. This evening you might like to take an optional tour to see Bicheno’s wild penguins as they emerge from the ocean (seasonal.)

  Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, visiting Coles Bay and taking a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville that affords astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. On your way to Hobart, you’ll travel through Swansea and Orford before making a lunch stop in historic Richmond. This village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating to the 1820s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums Our final stop for the day is to the shores of the Derwent River in Hobart where you’ll immerse yourself in local Aboriginal traditions including a Welcome to Country ceremony performed by the local Palawa people.

  Hotel: Wrest Point, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site today, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison. There will be time for you to wander the site at your leisure. On the drive back to Hobart, see the amazing natural rock formations of the craggy Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. This evening, mingle with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in one of Hobart’s most iconic restaurants.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Stay at this centrally located Bicheno resort, situated directly opposite the beach and minutes from scuba diving, fishing spots and penguin tours. The 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Optional Experiences

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. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 66.50   Child Price: AUD 26.50

Bicheno Penguin Tour

A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and in their own natural habitat. The penguins are accustomed to our tour however our friendly, knowledgeable guides take extreme care not to disturb them from our multiple viewing areas.

Adult Price: AUD 240.00   Child Price: AUD 175.00

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. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do. *Please Note: 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.

Adult Price: AUD 210.00  Child Price: AUD 175.00

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. *Please Note: 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.

Adult Price: AUD 170.00   Child Price: AUD 85.00

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

Adult Price: AUD $50.00 Child Price: AUD $25.00

On this half day tour, pass through various eco systems as we ascend the spectacular kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Look out for the massive rock formation known as the Organ Pipes Crowned by alpine vegetation, and dusted by snow in winter. Visitors will be mesmerized by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart from the summit. On descent, visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prison. *Please note:  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. 

Adult Price: AUD 70.00   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

Adult Price: AUD $95.00 Child Price: AUD $48.00

The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary offers close up experiences of Australian native animals including Tassie’s famous Tasmanian Devil, kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus. Our tour passes through Richmond, a Georgian style village which will take you back in time to the convict days. *Note: This is an afternoon tour starting at 1.10pm and finishing at 5pm therefore in order to partake in this experience on the last day of your tour, you will need to have a flight departing after 7.30pm, or post tour accommodation booked.


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. 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. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Port Arthur Convict Site
  • • Premium hotels
  • • Freycinet National Park entrance fees
  • • 8 included attractions/experiences

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Freycinet National Park and the Port Arthur Historic site - Medium level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 4 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm into Launceston Airport
  • • Day 5 – flights to depart anytime from Hobart Airport

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