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Discover Tasmania

Discover Tasmania

10 Day Escorted Small Group
18–27 September 2021

Overview

This Discover Tasmania comprehensive island tour showcases the diverse natural environment of Tasmania and incorporates fascinating landscapes, breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife encounters.

Highlights include the Bonorong animal sanctuary, Maria Island, optional Wineglass Bay Cruise and Penguins, Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain, Mt Field National Park and so much more.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, 18 September 2021 – Hobart Arrival and Bonorong
Arrive in Hobart no later than 3.30 pm and make your way to your accommodation for a quick refreshment stop. At around 5:00pm, your tour starts with a short drive to the Bonorong animal sanctuary where you join a 2.5 hours behind the scenes tour to close and learn everything about Tasmania’s native animals. (for those who arrive earlier at Hobart, the colourful Salamanca Markets are held between 08:30 and 14:00)

Accommodation: The Old Woolstore Hotel, Hobart (Studio Apartment)

Day 2: Sunday, 19 September 2021 – Maria Island Experience
This morning at 8:30 am, meet your local tour guide in the lobby of the Old Woolstore Hotel to begin your Tasmanian journey. Travel up the scenic East coast to the seaside village of Triabunna. Embark on the ferry, crossing the Mercury Passage to Maria Island National Park. Only a short cruise, but a world away. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking amongst historic ruins, along sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. Watch for the island’s resident wombats, Cape Barron geese and kangaroos! Later this afternoon return to mainland Tasmania and continue northbound along the sunny east-coast to Bicheno, your destination for the upcoming 2 days.

Accommodation: Hotel Beachfront at Bicheno, Bicheno (Poolview room)
Meals: Breakfast and Deluxe Picnic lunch

Day 3: Monday, 20 September 2021 – Wineglass Bay and Penguins
After a hearty breakfast, your tour guide takes you to the magnificent Freycinet Peninsula. There is ample time to explore the stunning National Park. Join your guide on a walk up to the world-famous Wineglass Bay lookout for some stunning photo opportunities, with views across Freycinet National Park. A shorter clifftop walk around the lighthouse at Cape Tourville is also on offer. After lunch (own expense) – explore the Friendly Beaches before returning to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. At dusk, join your guide on a Penguin spotting tour to observe and lookout for the resident blue penguin colony.

Optional:
Embark the Schouten Island II for a 4-hour cruise along the spectacular coastline including the dramatic pink peaks of the Hazard range in the background. Take in the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes spilling into glass turquoise waters. While anchoring within Wineglass Bay, a ploughman-style lunch is being served.

Accommodation: Hotel Beachfront at Bicheno, Bicheno (Poolview room)
Meals: Breakfast and Ploughman-style lunch

Day 4: Tuesday, 21 September 2021 – Bicheno -Bay of Fires
After a leisurely morning, continue your journey further north and arrive in St. Helens, the gateway to the Bay of Fires. Walk on the white sandy beaches of Binalong Bay and step onto the orange-lichen covered granite rocks of the gardens. Stunning photo-opportunities and memories are guaranteed.

Accommodation: Panorama Hotel, St. Helens (Standard room)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Wednesday, 22 September 2021 – Bay of Fires, Wines and Launceston
Today, visit one of Tasmania’s highest waterfalls followed by a morning tea at a local dairy farm. Continue your journey via small mining town towards Launceston. Lunch is arranged in a local restaurant before we arrive at Launceston where we will visit the Cataract Gorge where the South Esk river forces its way through the sheer granite rocks before we arrive at the accommodation for the night.

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Launceston (Deluxe room)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6: Thursday, 23 September 2021 – Launceston – Cradle Mountain
After breakfast, continue your journey to UNESCO Word Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Travel to Latrobe for the possible chance to see Platypuses in their natural environment. This unique semi-aquatic monotreme is by nature a shy creature and some patience and luck can required to see it. Travel through lush rolling farm pasture before reaching the alpine bush of the Cradle Valley. Enjoy an introduction to this captivating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the night. Later today, meet our iconic mascot, the Tasmanian Devil with the possibility to get close and observe these quirky animals in a natural like habitat.

Accommodation: Lemonthyme Lodge (Spa cabin)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Friday, 24 September 2021 – Cradle Mountain
Today you will be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, where in many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. On a clear day the rugged grandeur of Cradle Mountain is reflected in the tranquil waters of Dove Lake, or you may experience the drama of its craggy peaks through swirling mist. Your guide will introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks. Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras, King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs and Wedge-tailed Eagles are present in this area, whilst Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen. In the afternoon, cuddle a baby wombat or a baby Tasmania Devil on an exclusive joy encounter at Devils@Cradle.

Accommodation: Lemonthyme Lodge (Spa cabin)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Saturday, 25 September 2021 – Cradle Mountain – Zeehan – Strahan
Depart the Cradle Valley and travel to the rugged Tasmanian West Coast. Passing through old mining town of Roseberry, Tullah and Zeehan. In Zeehan we will stop for a very informative tour and visit of the West Coast Heritage museum where you will learn everything about the local mining and indigenous history. Continue to the quaint fisherman’s village of Strahan for the night.

Accommodation: Strahan Village Hotel, Strahan (Hilltop Harbour View Executive room))
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Sunday, 26 September 2021 – West Coast Wilderness Railway – Lake St. Clair
Today, embark on a steam train half day journey from Strahan into the western temperate rainforest. This tour takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan. After lunch, travel via Queenstown on narrow and windy roads into the alpine wilderness of the Lake St Clair National Park.

Accommodation: Tarraleah Lodge, Tarraleah (Scholars House room)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Monday, 27 September 2021 – Derwent Bridge – Mount Field NP – Hobart
This morning we continue our journey into the Mount Field National Park, the oldest in the state. Be mesmerized by the lush forest landscapes, from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland. Explore the green forest canopy where you can crane your neck to see some of the tallest flowering trees in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species including Scrubtit, Black Currawong and Tasmanian Thornbill. After lunch, you may have another opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet Platypus in the wild. Return to Hobart in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast


Extension Option: 27–30 September 2021:

Monday, 27 September 2021 – Derwent Bridge – Mount Field NP – Hobart
For those guests who wish to extend, your guide will take you to the accommodation in Hobart

Accommodation: The Old Woolstore Hotel. Hobart (Studio Apartment)

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 – History & Geology on the Tasman Peninsula
The Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site are some of Tasmania’s most visited destinations. Set in tranquil gardens, Tasmania’s famous convict settlement site harbours a dark history which our experienced guide will bring to life. As you stroll amongst the now peaceful buildings, envisage the harsh life that was endured by the hapless convicts. View the famous geological features of the peninsula as you explore the rugged coastline. In the afternoon, travel to the historic village of Richmond, nestled in the Coal River Valley. Experience the nostalgia of colonial times as you stroll and admire the well-preserved colonial architecture before returning to Hobart.

Accommodation: The Old Woolstore Hotel. Hobart (Studio Apartment)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 – Taste of the Huon
Begin your day with an ascent to the alpine wilderness of Mt Wellington (Kunanyi). The 1,270m peak which provides a dramatic backdrop to the city offers stunning vistas over Hobart, the Derwent River and beyond (weather dependent). Continue your journey into the picturesque and fertile lands of the Huon Valley. Visit the first alembic copper still in Australia, purpose-built for making apple brandy. Indulge in a tasting and delicious morning tea. Follow the coastal road into the quaint township of Cygnet which lies between the beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel on one side and the majestic Huon river on the other. Enjoy cider tastings and visit other fine providores to sample unique and award-winning cheeses. At a restaurant overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, partake of local produce for lunch. In the afternoon, taste sumptuous local handmade chocolates before arriving back into Hobart.

Accommodation: The Old Woolstore Hotel, Hobart (Studio Apartment)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Thursday, 30 September 2021 – Hobart Departure
Enjoy the hours in Hobart until we transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight back to the mainland.

Meals: Breakfast

Price + Inclusions

 

Discover TasmaniaPrice per person
Twin Sharefrom $3,995
Single Supplement$1,300
Optional extension$930 (minimum 4 pax)

Maximum 10 guests only.

Includes:

  • 10 days of small group touring with local guide
  • transport in a well-appointed vehicle
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • 9 x breakfast, 3 x lunch
  • 2.5 hours Bonorong night tour
  • Maria Island Ferry
  • After Dark Tour at Devils@Cradle
  • Entry to West Coast Heritage Museum
  • Half Day River and Rain forest train excursion
  • All National Parks passes

Extension Includes:

  • 2 days of small group touring with a local guide
  • transport in a well-appointed vehicle
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch
  • a range of tastings (wine, whisky, cheese, cider and chocolate)
  • entry to Port Arthur historic site and private Hobart departure transfer

(small program changes may possible without notice due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control)

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