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Tassie's East Coast Highlights

5 Day Guided Vacation | Launceston to Hobart

Tassie's East Coast Highlights

5 Day Guided Vacation | Launceston to Hobart | Travel Period: 1 Sep 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Tassie's East Coast Highlights

5 Day Guided Vacation

Launceston to Hobart

This journey along Tasmania’s acclaimed East Coast offers sandy beaches, blue horizons, fascinating convict history and premium produce. Take a walk in Freycinet National Park, step back in time at the Port Arthur Historic Site, cruise the haunting Isle of the Dead, and sample Bridestowe Lavender Estate’s lavender products.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Take an easy guided walk in Freycinet National Park
  • Taste-test the world-famous Tassie Scallop Pie
  • Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site with a local expert
  • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate and taste lavender ice cream
  • Explore historic Richmond and its famous landmark bridge
  • View the fascinating Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees
  • Spend time at leisure in Hobart

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Flexible Vacations

See Tasmanian Devils or the wild penguins returning home to their nests (seasonal) on optional experience tours in Bicheno.

Iconic Sites

Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site with a local expert

Time For You

Enjoy a free afternoon in historic Launceston to explore at your own pace.

Sustainable Travel

AAT Kings donates annually to the Save the Devil foundation and your holiday contributes directly to this important cause.

Your holiday begins in Launceston on the Tamar River. Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’ is a historic city with many well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings. Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Launceston

Bridestowe Lavender Estate is your first stop today. It 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, stop at the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, planted in honour of fallen WWI soldiers. After a lunchtime 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: Beachfront at Bicheno

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, experience the grandeur of Freycinet National Park, taking a guided walk to Cape Tourville lookout that will unveil astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches. On your way to Hobart, you’ll travel through Swansea and Orford and make a lunch stop in historic Richmond. The 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.

Hotel: Wrest Point, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, taking a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating walk with a local expert 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, the Blowhole and the Totem Pole. This evening, mingle with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner at one of Hobart’s popular restaurants.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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. Find out more

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

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 40.00   Child Price: AUD 20.00

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 65.00   Child Price: AUD 35.00

Devils in the Dark

This tour is for everyone who would love to see how the nocturnal Tasmanian devil behaves after dark. It's the only way to see how devils behave in the wild and we take every effort to replicate this fascinating behaviour.

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. *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 599.00   Child Price: AUD 549.00

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. *Please note: This tour is 8hrs in duration. 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.

Adult Price: AUD 90.00   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, 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.

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. 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 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 waterfront from the historic Henry Jones IXL jam factory to Australia's only Georgian corner, and on 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. See and hear about stories of endurance, business empires, tycoons, adventurers, convicts, women, mothers, villains and heroes. Discover the marvellous legacy left by the resilience of our convict and free-settler ancestors.

Adult Price: AUD 72.00   Child Price: N/A

Hobart Walking Tours - Alcohol History of Hobart

Be entertained with stories of the wild colonial days full of rum, corruption and scandal on this fun and informative 2 hour walking tour! Enjoy generous tastings of fine Tasmanian wine, spirits & award winning cider as you explore the colonial Hobart waterfront.

Adult Price: AUD 33.00   Child Price: AUD 15.30

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 from 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.

Adult Price: AUD $45.00 Child Price: AUD $22.00

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 $90.00 Child Price: AUD $43.00

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.

Adult Price: AUD $65.00 Child Price: AUD $32.00

Visit Australia's oldest bridge on this half day tour to the Georgian village of Richmond. Take a stroll to the convict built goal, and explore the many quaint cottages, shops, galleries & restaurants.
Nowhere else in Tasmania is the romance and nostalgic charm of the colonial days more alive. *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.

Adult Price: AUD $160.00

Journey through the picturesque West Tamar Valley on this fun full day wine tour, visiting a minimum of 5 award winning cellar doors and enjoying a delicious Tasmanian gourmet lunch platter with a glass of wine at a selected vineyard. Take the opportunity to meet and engage with the winemakers as you try some of Tassie's finest fair. *Please Note: This tour returns to Launceston at approximately 5pm so 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 7.30pm.

Adult Price: AUD $130.00

Short on time? The Half-Day Tamar Valley Wine Tour is perfect for you and is inclusive of a local cheese platter and a complimentary glass of wine. Visit up to 4 cellar doors, and meet and engage with the winemakers as you taste some of Tasmania's award winning wines. *Please note that this tour begins at 12.30pm and concludes at 5pm therefore 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 7.30pm.

Adult Price: AUD $195.00

Get to meet the makers and go behind the scenes on this exclusive full day brewery, vineyard and distillery tour. Expand your knowledge and foster your appreciation of some of the finest beer, wine, cider and spirits in the world when you visit the famous James Boag Brewery, Swinging Gate Vineyard and Hangar 17 distillery. A scrumptious lunch and all tastings are included before rounding off the day with a boutique beer and cider tasting at Tandys Ale House. *Please note that this tour begins at 10.45am and concludes at 5.30pm therefore 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. 


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.

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 4 Full buffet 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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