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Tasmania in Autumn (Short Option)

Fri 5th April 2019
11 Day

DAY 1 Friday 5th April HOBART (D)

This morning we fly to Hobart and transfer to our motel settling in for the Next Four Nights at the Wrest Point Casino.  We have free time to explore before dinner.

 

DAY 2 Saturday 6th CITY SIGHTS SALAMANCA MARKET, FREE AFTERNOON (BD)    

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 3 Sunday 7th  PORT ARTHUR (B,D)

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 Tasmans Arch.  Then its back to the days of our convict past as we visit the Port Arthur historic settlement. Enjoy a guided walking tour and a cruise with time to explore. On our return journey we visit the Port Arthur Lavender Farm for afternoon tea before returning to Hobart after a memorable day of sightseeing.    

 

DAY 4 Monday 8th HUON VALLEY (B,D)   

This morning we travel the scenic route to Taroona and Kingston Beach before visiting the Australian Antartic Division Visitors Centre. We then travel through the Huon Valley Stopping at Willie Smiths Apple Shed to taste the famous Cider. After that we travel to Geevestown and visit the Forest and Heritage Centre for a display of 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. Return to Hobart with time to freshen up before Dinner.

 
Day 5 Tuesday 9th  WORLD HERITAGE WILDERNESS REGION, QUEENSTOWN (BD)       

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 Three Nights at the Chancellor Inn, Queenstown.        


DAY 6 Wednesday 10th GORDON RIVER CRUISE, STRAHAN (BLD)

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 Clarks 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 Hells Gates the mouth of the harbour.  Enjoy some free time in Strahan to explore the shops before returning to Queenstown.   

 

DAY 7 Thursday 11th ABT RAILWAY (BLD)

This morning we board the Wilderness Railway, which takes us through 35km of breathtaking rainforest, beside rivers and waterfalls, passing over bridges and along the towering Huon Pines. The Rack and Gorge is a spectacular half day steam train journey departing Queenstown Station and travelling to Dubbil Barril along the steep grades of the rack and pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and old growth rainforest complete the experience. Sit back in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild West Coast. After this wonderful trip we enjoy a guided tour of Queenstown and Tasmanias largest special timbers sawmill (including Huon and King Billy pine) for an interactive interpreted tour also we visit the mine site of the Mt Lyell Mine.

 
DAY 8 Friday 12th CRADLE MOUNTAIN, SMITHTON (B,D)

We depart Queenstown and step back into time 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 Austrian born Gustav Weindorfers vision for Cradle 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 time to 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 this wilderness region we make our way to Smithton to relax for the Night at the

Tall Timbers Motel.  

 

DAY 9 Saturday 13th The NUT, WOOLNORTH, WYNYARD (BD)             

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 where 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 stay the night at the Waterfront Wynyard Motor Inn with time to relax before Dinner.      

 

DAY 10 Sunday 14th Burnie, Devonport, Spirit Of Tasmania (B,D)

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 11 Monday 15th SPIRIT OF TASMANIA, MELBOURNE, HOME (B)

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 enroute. Time for morning tea, farewells and to reflect on all the magnificent Highlights of Tasmania.


Price Per Person: $3,895 Twin Share 
Single Supplements: Motel Only $690 Motel and Boat $955

*15 Day Option Available 

** Fly instead of Sail option available, contact office. 



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