13 days exploring the tastes of Tasmania, enjoying fresh local produce, berries, cheeses, salmon, wine, whisky and much more. Enjoy this beautiful place by coach, boat and rail.
Coach transfer from Whangarei to Auckland Airport with a refreshment stop en route, arrival at Auckland Airport for our flight to Hobart.
Day Tour including Salamanca Market to Port Arthur
This morning meet in the lobby at 7:45am and together we will breakfast at a local café before a short stroll to the Salamanca Market (approximately 15minutes walk). Enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, colours and action of the Saturday morning Salamanca Market.
Chat to the local growers, wine (and Whiskey) makers, sample cheeses and find an item to contribute to our Group Picnic lunch today. Each person will receive an envelope with A$20 and a mystery item to purchase.
At 11:15am we will board a Grayline sightseeing bus for our tour to Port Arthur.
Taste Tasmania: Today we will have a shared lunch of delicious treats gathered from the Salamanca Market this morning. (Each group member will be provided with an envelope with cash & a mystery item to purchase (ie bread, cheese, deli item, spreads, sweet) and share together at our picnic lunch stop.
Saturday night’s meal is at your own cost and there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from within walking distance. We will make a rendezvous time at the hotel bar and take it from there.
Sunday 8th October - Morning Sightseeing tour with Grayline
Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning as our coach will collect us from the hotel at 9:15am for our morning sightseeing tour. The tour concludes around 12:30pm at Cascades Brewery where we will stop for lunch (included).
Departs at 9:15am Highlights of this tour
· Sullivan’s Cove - Hobart’s birthplace and ferry terminal
· Parliament House
· Salamanca Place - Georgian style warehouses now restored as restaurants, galleries and pubs
· Princes Park - a one time gun battery
· Battery Point - charming historic houses, pubs, boutique shops and restaurants
· St. George’s Church
· Views of Wrest Point Casino and exclusive Sandy Bay
· St. David’s Park
· South Hobart at the foot of Mt. Wellington
· Option to walk and view the exterior of the Cascade Brewery
· Cascade Gardens
· Visit the remains of the Female Factory - a one time female prison
· St. David’s Cathedral
· Treasury Building and Franklin Square
· GPO and Hobart Town Hall
· Penitentiary Chapel and Court
· Hobart Aquatic Centre
· Queen’s Domain and Government House
· Cross Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River
· Views over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive
· Stop at Rosny Hill lookout for stunning views of Hobart, Sandy Bay, Mt Wellington, Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy
· Victoria Dock and Constitution Dock
· See the exquisite Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens featuring ‘Pete’s Vegie Patch’, made famous by Peter Cundall of ABC’s Gardening Show
We will head along the Eastern coast of Tasmania towards Bicheno. Highlights of the day include spectacular Freycinet National Park, a walk to the Wineglass lookout for views of the brilliant blue waters of Wineglass Bay.Bicheno Beachfront Motel
This evening you may either relax at our beachside accommodation, or join an optional tour to see Bicheno’s wild penguin colony as they emerge from the ocean for the night.
World famous in Tasmania for AMAZING Cheese, Chocolate, Berries and everything in between as well as fabulous farm style breakfasts. Prepare yourselves for a taste explosion at this fabulous spot. http://www.coalriverfarm.com.au/
BICHENO to LAUNCESTON
Travelling north along the coastline we will visit St Helens, known as the game fishing capital of Tasmania. Further north we visit the Bay of Fires where pure white sand beach and aqua waters stretch for miles. Next we call into Pyengana Dairy Company today where we will learn about the history of the farm and cheese making before stopping for lunch. From Pyengana we continue towards Launceston stopping at Legerwood Carved Memorial trees and Bridestowes Lavender Estate (and perhaps try the lavender flavoured ice cream!).
Taste Tasmania: Our lunch today will be at Holy Cow Café at Pyengana Dairy Company. Today’s lunch will feature some wonderful produce from the Pyengana area.
Featuring, of course, some of the award winning cheese created by the Pyengana Dairy Company. Don’t forget to save some room for the lavender flavoured ice cream at Bridestowes Lavender Estate later in the day!
The Leisure inn Penny Royal is a heritage property featuring modern facilities and conveniently located within 10 minutes walking distance to the CBD. Close by is the newly opened Penny Royal Adventure, Cataract Gorge, the beautiful Tamar River.
Originally built as a corn mill in 1840, it was moved 54 kilometres to Launceston and was rebuilt as a hotel over 130 years later – stone by stone.
LAUNCESTON REGION SIGHTSEEING
Departure time to be confirmed. We will Breakfast at a local café this morning before heading out for a day of regional highlights including Cataract Gorge, Tamar Island Wetlands, Seahorse World (the only seahorse farm of its kind in the world) and the adjacent Platypus World. We visit Beaconsfield and learn the history of local gold mining at the Mine and Heritage Centre. Enjoy lunch today at Goaty Hills Vineyard before crossing the Tamar River on the Batman Bridge and visit the historic lighthouse and pilot station at Low Head.
Perhaps spot some penguins and seals before we follow the Tamar River back to Launceston late this afternoon.
Fine wine is always at its best when served with fine food. What could be better than to enjoy a glass of wine with a platter of local produce whilst enjoying the stunning views from the cellar door? Enjoy a shared Goaty Hill Gourmet Platter and Cheese Plate containing a delicious selection of local Tasmanian produce and cheese. Wine is available for tasting or purchase to compliment your lunch.
As night falls this evening you may wish to join in the “Ghost walk of Launceston” – details below (this is an optional tour at an additional cost of A$25 per person, I would need to pre- book this so let me know if you are interested in a ghostly night out !).
LAUNCESTON TO WYNYARD
The Royal Launceston Show is held at the Launceston Showgrounds over three days in October. The event is hosted by the Royal National Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Tasmania (RNAPS). The show has been running since 1873 and is a great day out for young and old.
After a fun morning at the Show, let’s say goodbye to Launceston and head towards the North West.
Approximately one hour from Launceston is our ‘Taste of Tasmania’ stop at Anvers House of Chocolate (need I say more). We will enjoy a short guided tour of this boutique chocolatier, have a late lunch at Anvers, and allow time for you to purchase ‘essentials’ from the chocolate shop (Dark chocolate liquorish log is highly recommended) & perhaps enjoy a rich hot chocolate in their café before we continue our journey to Wynyard this afternoon.
Try out some of the local delights at the Royal Show in the morning, but save room for our tasty lunch stop at Anvers House of Chocolate. The specialty of the house is of course chocolates, hot chocolate in many flavours, chocolate desserts and … more
chocolate! Belgian breakfasts and light Tasmanian fare luncheon are served, together with a range of teas and espresso coffees for the morning and afternoon break
Located on the Inglis River in Wynyard Tasmania, this 3.5 star rated motel is the best there is in Wynyard. Hosted by Justin (a former Cantabrian) and Molly (a former shelter dog from the ‘mainland’) the Wynyard Waterfront is a perfect base for us to relax and enjoy everything the North West has to offer in Spring Time.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Waterfront Wynyard before we head off for a day of Spring- time wonders. Today we visit Table Cape and the fabulous Table Cape Tulip Farm. Fields and fields of brightly coloured flowers will have you thinking you’ve somehow woken up in Holland with 90 different tulip varieties grown here. Table Cape generously open their fields for us to ‘tip toe amongst the tulips’ and enjoy the flowers close up!
After our tulip excursion, we will visit the private gardens at Mallavale Farm before heading to Hellyers Distillery for a gourmet lunch and tour of the distillery (tour is at your own cost if you wish to participate).
You will have an opportunity to take a walk around Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens before we return to Wynyard to have a relaxing afternoon at your leisure or visit the Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition Centre.
Taste Tasmania: Enjoy a gourmet lunch at Hellyers Distillery today. I can vouch for their hazelnut whiskey cream as a great shot to enjoy with your coffee! Whiskey tasting and tours are available and you can even pour and seal your own bottle of whiskey straight from the barrel!
Go behind the scenes and tour our working distillery to see how we make one of the finest single malt whiskies in the world.
Smell the ingredients, see the latest batch distilling, visit the bond store filled with American oak barrels and understand everything there is to know about the range of Hellyers Road products and Henry Hellyer himself – the man behind our name.
You’ll also have the opportunity to pour and wax seal your very own bottle of Hellyers Road, complete with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Our fully guided tour takes between 30 to 40 minutes and is just $17.50 per person.
A day of leisure to spend as you wish as the Bloomin’ Tulip Festival takes full swing around town.
Choose from a range of activities including:· Bush Poets breakfast
· Wynyard Foreshore Market and BBQ
· Bloomin’ Tulips photography exhibition
· Wynyard Yacht club Tulip festival race
· Wander amongst 100 stallholders or just sit and enjoy the live music for a range of entertainers
· End the day with a spectacular Fireworks display at 9:00pm
WYNYARD to STRAHAN via CRADLE MOUNTAIN
We head south towards to Strahan, the gateway to Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park. No trip to Tasmania would be complete without pausing to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds Cradle Mountain so today’s lunch stop will be spent on the outskirts of the Cradle Mountain National Park. We continue our journey to Strahan via the West Coast Pioneers Museum in Zeehan for a peek into the town’s industrial and mining heritage.
This evening enjoy a live performance of “Ship that never was” It's January 1834. The Frederick, the last ship built at the convict settlement of Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour, is about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur. Ten convict shipwrights have other ideas. So begins the story of an amazing escape, an extraordinary voyage and an intriguing twist in the tale of The Ship That Never Was.
GORDON RIVER CRUISE with lunch
7:30am Breakfast this morning with be on the run from the Coffee Shack Strahan. Choose a beverage and take-away item from the cabinet to take on board the River Cruise.
At 8:00am we board our Gordon River Cruise. You will be awestruck by the beauty of the waters and surrounding wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island and discover the ruins of the penal colony.
Taste Tasmania: Enjoy a delicious lunch whilst cruising along the Gordon River before continuing our journey to Queenstown this afternoon.
Overnight in Queenstown, Australia
To stay in this National Trust property overlooking Queenstown on the rugged West Coast of Tasmania, is truly a unique experience. Become absorbed in the house’s rich history, photographic displays and a host of other treasures it has to offer.
Coast Wilderness Railway
After breakfast this morning hop aboard the steam train, which has been traversing this beautiful landscape for 118 years – luckily the comfort levels have been upgraded during that time. Sit back and enjoy this spectacular journey deep into the heritage of the wild west while our guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. This afternoon we head back to Hobart via the magnificent Mt Field National Park and the location of the spectacular three tiered Russell Falls.
TheWall in the Wilderness
The Wall In The Wilderness is situated at Derwent Bridge in Tasmania's Central Highlands. It is Australia's most ambitious art project undertaken in recent years. By 2015 creator/designer, Greg Duncan plans to carve the history of the highlands in 100 metres of timber, most of which will be in our rare Huon Pine.
The beautifully carved works set out in relief sculpture depict the history, hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands and pay homage to the individuals who settled and protected the area.
Duncan is already known for the uncanny realism he brings to his work and his pieces are sought after by collectors around the world. Each metre of the panels, including horses, thylacines and foresters represents a month's work.
There is nothing like this anywhere else in Australia. The Wall is a world-class experience.
Russell Falls is one of Tasmania’s most treasured places. The falls delight every visitor and can be reached by a very easy track. You can return from the falls via the same track or follow the creek back by crossing the bridge below the falls. HOBART to AUCKLAND
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Your tour hosts : Sarah & Stuart Selkirk A quick introduction for those who haven’t traveled with me before. I’ve had the travel bug ever since I was a young thing and have worked in the tourism and travel industries for the past 30 years. Back in the ‘old days’ my husband Stuart & I escorted groups of up to 500 (mostly rugby enthusiasts and publicans!) to various sporting events. These days I am happy to take smaller, (more cultured), groups to some really interesting destinations around the world. I travelled to Tasmania for the first time in September 2016 and fell in love with everything this stunning island state has to offer. It is my absolute pleasure to share some of these wonderful sights and hidden gems with you.