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Tasmania - Springtime Tour (also 10 day option)

Tour Includes: Free passenger pickup & return from most major towns in our area. Fare aboard Spirit of Tasmania. Complimentary Gift. Luggage Labels. Luxury 5 Star Coach Travel. Quality Accomm. All Breakfasts, Dinners, Morning & Afternoon Teas. All Admission fees, sightseeing Tours & Cruises as per itinerary.

6th Nov '17
14 days
Flights can also be arranged to replace Spirit of Tasmania one way or both



Day 1 Monday 6th  November 17 SPRING OF TASMANIA - DEVONPORT  

                                

Welcome aboard our luxury coach for an enjoyable tour of Tasmania, with all of its spectacular Spring colour.  We make our way to Melbourne where we board the Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier Terminal for our 9.00pm departure. Dinner will be served onboard during the cruise.  We recommend taking a small overnight bag on board as all other luggage will stay on the coach.  

OVERNIGHT: SPIRIT OF TASMANIA - Port Hole Cabins on a Twin Share Basis, all with private facilities.


Day 2 Tuesday 7th SHEFFIELD - LAUNCESTON                                                             

The Spirit of Tasmania arrives into Devonport at 6.00am.  We enjoy breakfast here before we make our way through the tiny town of Spreyton and onto Sheffield, a small village renowned for the beautiful murals displayed throughout the town. This afternoon we visit the stately Entally House, built in 1819 now magnificently restored.  The gardens and a fine display of antiques will delight you.   We make our way to Launceston and explore before we return to Hadspen where we stay for the Next Two Nights at Entally Lodge.


Day 3 Wednesday 8th GEORGETOWN - CATARACT GORGE                                                   

This morning we make our way along the East side of the Tamar River to Georgetown. We then cross over the unique Batman Bridge and make our way to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, the scene of the Great Escape. This afternoon we visit Sea Horse World at Beauty Point before returning to Launceston to visit Cataract Gorge where  we enjoy a ride on the scenic Chairlift across the Gorge and wander through the exotic gardens. We return to the motel to freshen up before Dinner


Day 4 Thursday 9th WOOLMERS ESTATE - HISTORIC ROSS - SWANSEA 



We farewell Launceston and make our way  to Woolmers Estate, circa 1817, a time capsule of Australian colonial history. Travel to Historic Ross, see one of the oldest and most beautiful bridges in Australia and time to discover some of the National Trust buildings. We then visit the township of Oatlands which has the largest collection of sandstone buildings in Australia, and many of its old cottages are now cafes, antique stores or restaurants. We visit the towns signature landmark, the striking sandstone silhouette of Callington Mill, beofre travelling on to Swansea. W settle in for our Overnight stay at the Swansea Waterloo Inn. 


Day 5 Friday 10th FREYCINET PENINSULA - WINEGLASS BAY  

              

This morning we travel to Coles Bay for a guided cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula, see the rugged shoreline and picturesque Wineglass Bay (Cruise is subject to weather conditions). We return to Coles Bay, reboard the coach and travel via Swansea to the small fishing village of Triabunna. We relive history as we see the Century Old Church at Buckland, featuring several magnificent stained glass windows before making our way to Tasmanias capital, Hobart, taking in some superb views of the city before settling in for the Next Four Nights at the Best Western Hobart. 


Day 6 Saturday 11th CITY SIGHTS SALAMANCA MARKET - FREE AFTERNOON  


This morning we travel to Richmond where we see the historic Richmond Bridge, the oldest in Australia. We return to Hobart and enjoy a town tour taking in the Old World Charm of Hobart, the City sights including Constitution Dock, Battery Point and the Botanical Gardens with time to explore the World Famous Salamanca Markets, set in the beautiful and historic surrounds. This afternoon is free for you to relax or meet with friends. Tonights dinner is at the motel.


Day 7 Sunday 12th PORT ARTHUR 

An early start this morning as we make our way to Eaglehawk Neck where we visit the Tessellated Pavement, Doo Town, Blowhole, Devils Kitchen and Tasman's Arch.  Then its back to the days of our convict past as we visit Port Arthur historic settlement. Enjoy a guided walking tour and a cruise with time to explore before returning to Hobart after a memorable day of sightseeing.    


Day 8 Monday 13th HUON VALLEY      

                                               

This morning we travel the scenic route to Taroona and Kingston Beach before visiting the Australian Antarctic Division Visitors Centre. We then travel through Huon Valley to Geevestown, visit the Forest and Heritage Centre for a display of the forest and timber history.  Travel the Arve Forest Drive where we visit the Tahune Forest Air Walk, overlooking the junction of the Picton and Huon Rivers before returning to Hobart with time to freshen up before Dinner.


Day 9 Tuesday 14th WORLD HERITAGE WILDERNESS REGION -  QUEENSTOWN   

                      

This morning we farewell Hobart and follow the Derwent River, New Norfolk then onto the impressive Russell Falls located in the Mt Field National Park. We continue our journey passing the giant Hydro Power Station at Tarreleah and Derwent Bridge on our way to Lake St. Clare National Park. Here we enjoy lunch and a chance to explore The Wall, which features lifelike sculptures carved from Huon Pine. We travel into the World Heritage Wilderness Region with its raw beauty to arouse us as we cross the Franklin River and onto Queenstown for a total contrast as vegetation suddenly diminishes.  Enjoy a town tour before we settle in for the Next Two Nights at the Westcoaster Motel, Queenstown.         


Day 10 Wednesday 15th GORDON RIVER CRUISE - STRAHAN                                         

An exciting day awaits as we join World Heritage Cruises at Strahan for a spectacular cruise across the Macquarie Harbour with lunch included.  We go ashore Sarah Island, where Marcus Clark's well-known story "For the term of his Natural Life" originated, and then continue along the placid Gordon River.  The cruiser makes a brief stop at Heritage Landing for a chance to take a wilderness walk.  We see the natural beauty of dense rainforest and the 2000 Year Old Huon Pine.  On our return we cruise towards Hell's Gates - the mouth of the harbour.  Enjoy some free time in Strahan to explore the shops before returning to Queenstown.   

 

Day 11 Thursday 16th CRADLE MOUNTAIN - STANLEY 


We depart Queenstown and step back into as we visit the Zeehan Pioneer Museum. We make our way to the beautiful World Heritage Area of Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. We visit the incredible Information Centre that will open your eyes to this wild and beautiful part of our country. It boasts a series of impressive displays of the geography, flora and fauna. We also visit Dove Lake, with Cradle Mountain as its backdrop, which is equally impressive and a perfect shot for the keen photographer. Learn about Australian born Gustav Weindorfers vision for Cradle Park Mountain - This must be a National Park for the people for all time. It is magnificent and people must know about it and enjoy it. We also make timeto visit Devils @ Cradle and both view, and learn, about the Tasmanian Devil, once found all over Australia but can now only be found in Tasmania. Leaving the wilderness region we make our way to Smithton for our overnight stay at the Tall Timbers Hotel. 


Day 12 Friday 17th THE NUT - WOOLNORTH - WYNYARD

                                      

This morning we travel to Woolnorth for an informative tour of the States largest Wind Farm, Cape Grim and Cookhouse Cottage. Then onwards to the historic township of Stanley dominated by its striking feature The Nut ere we visit Highfield House. Enjoy a chairlift ride to the top of the Nut (at own expense) to capture the superb coastal sights.   After our lunch we tour the beautiful Allendale Gardens, best described as a miniature Botanical Gardens. We also enjoy a lovely Devonshire Afternoon Tea. We then travel to Wynyard to relax for the Night at the The Waterfront Motel.  


Day 13 Saturday 18th BURNIE - DEVONPORT - SPIRIT OF TASMANIA                        

A relaxing start this morning as we enjoy some shopping time in Burnie before we make our way along the scenic coast road via Penguin. We visit the  House of Anvers chocolate factory, then  return to Devonport for dinner before we board the Spirit of Tasmania for our Overnight journey to Melbourne.


Day 14 Sunday 19th SPIRIT OF TASMANIA - MELBOURNE - HOME             

A chance to enjoy the views across Port Phillip Bay this morning as the Spirit of Tasmania berths at Station Pier, Port Melbourne. We rejoin our coach and head for home with a breakfast stop en-route. Time for morning tea, farewells and to reflect on all the magnificent highlights of Tasmania. 


DON'T FORGET TO ASK ABOUT OUR 10 DAY OPTION -
FLIGHT (DEPARTURE) /SPIRIT OF TASMANIA (RETURN)
Richmond Bridge
Allendale Gardens
Allendale Gardens
The Wall
The Wall
Dense Rain Forest
Dense Rain Forest
Salmanca Market
Salmanca Market
Entally House
Entally House
Historic Port Arthur
Historic Port Arthur
Tasmanian Devils
Tasmanian Devils

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Tour: Tasmania - Springtime Tour (also 10 day option) on 6th Nov '17