2022 Tasmania Explorer
Bruny Island, Port Arthur Historic Site, Cradle Mountain, Arthur River and much more!
7 – 20 November 2022
Experience Tasmania’s spectacular rugged beauty dotted with the colours of Spring. Journey into pristine wilderness by land and river and uncover the compelling convict heritage set deep within the historical towns.
Twin / Double TBA
Welcome fellow explorers! Greeting our coach captain, we head to the Brisbane Airport where we find ourselves boarding our flights, eager to begin our holiday to the stunning state of Tasmania! Taking the opportunity to stretch our legs during a brief stopover, we reboard for our final leg of the journey. Arriving into Launceston, we head to our hotel and settle in for the next two nights.
2 nights | Best Western Plus Launceston | 03 6333 9999
Dinner at hotel
With a spring in our step, we set out to explore the Tamar region. Visit Beaconsfield Gold Mine and Heritage Museum, a place where you can lose yourself within its history. Play with treasures from the past and uncover a different story around every corner. At Beauty Point, gain unique access into the world of the mysterious seahorse and meet the playful Tasmanian platypus in an intimate indoor setting. Back in Launceston, we visit Cataract Gorge – a magnificent reserve in the city centre with pleasant walks throughout the landscaped gardens before the remainder of the day at leisure.
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at Seahorse World
This morning we enjoy the clean air and open spaces of the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm, Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm. Watch the farm in action on a tour of the flower shed and distillery. Tasting a hint of lavender in our morning tea, we then have time to browse their extensive gift shop. Next, we veer off to a little place called Legerwood to see some incredible tree carvings, honouring fallen soldiers in World War I. Enjoy lunch at one of Tasmania’s oldest pubs, The Pub in the Paddock, then continue the day through Binalong Bay as we make our way to the Bay of Fires. Back down the coast to St Helens we arrive at our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.
1 night | Panorama St Helens – Eco Nature Resort | 03 6376 1999
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | morning tea at Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm | lunch at The Pub in the Paddock
Stopping in Swansea, a town nestled on the magnificent blue waters of Great Oyster Bay, we enjoy our morning break while marvelling at the mountain range called the Hazards. Leaving Swansea, we spot the Spikey Bridge – there’ll be no doubt as to how it got its name. Feasting our eyes upon the spectacular coastal views to Orford, we peel away to Buckland, where we find a quaint little church with a stained-glass window depicting the life of John the Baptist. At the historic town of Richmond, where the streets are paved with history, we stop to capture the oldest bridge in Australia, the convict-built Richmond Bridge. With plenty of good food to enjoy, from traditional bakeries to local pubs we purchase lunch here before taking a stroll down the pretty nineteenth century lanes. Relaxing back on the coach, we head for Hobart, which will be home for the next 4 nights.
4 nights | Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart | 03 6225 0112
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at own arrangements and cost
Embark on a sightseeing tour Hobart, where everywhere we go the past steps out to meet us. Discover Sullivans Cove and the tiny cottages of Battery Point with architecture that whispers stories of a bygone era. Thanking our guide, we visit the Cascades Female Factory, to be captivated by Her Story. Listening to our hosts, we watch Her tale unfold as they re-enact the life a female convict transported for stealing a loaf of bread. Afterwards we head to Huon Valley, to be wowed by some of the most picturesque scenery in Tasmania. At the Tahune Forest, enjoy lunch before experiencing a gentle tree top stroll through the canopy along the Tahune Air Walk. Capping off a wonderful day!
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at the Tahune Air Walk
Feeling the buzzing atmosphere while wandering through Hobart’s weekly Salamanca Markets we then experience a humbling visit at the Port Arthur Historic Site, a stark reminder of the harsh conditions endured by the earliest European inhabitants. Your tour begins at the Visitor Interpretative Centre where you are taken on a fascinating journey, retracing the life of a convict from the time of his petty crime, to his transportation to Port Arthur. With time for lunch you’ll then be guided through the Penal Settlement. Afterwards, we explore the settlement at our own pace, and take a cruise around the Harbour passing the Isle of Dead. Leaving the site, we journey back to Hobart, stopping to see some natural attractions on the Tasman Peninsula such as the Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen.
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at Port Arthur Historic Site
Today is all about the wonderful tastes produced from the one of Tasmania’s most beautifully preserved natural environments, Bruny Island! Ferry to Adventure Bay and begin a true gourmet experience surrounded by incredible scenery. Keeping a keen eye out for the rare white wallabies, you’ll visit the home of Bruny Island’s Cheese, Oysters, Fudge, Wine and more, savouring their produce and hearing the stories behind the harvest. With full bellies we return later in the day, where dinner will be at own arrangements… if you can fit it in that is!
Breakfast at hotel | lunch on tour | dinner own arrangement and cost
Packing our bags this morning we then journey to the West Coast. At Derwent Bridge, we discover the beautifully carved works of the Wall in the Wilderness, depicting the hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands. Enjoying lunch at the Wilderness Hotel, we travel through the pristine wilderness of the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Witness some spectacular scenery before making the climb into Queenstown. An area perceived as a “moonscape” from years of mining, logging and heavy rains, we fortunately notice that the vegetation is growing back as we drive through to Strahan. Here we settle in for the next two nights.
2 nights | Strahan Village | 03 6471 4200
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at Wilderness Hotel
Cruising down the iconic Gordon River is a must do when visiting Tasmania. Our cruise will bring the river and its rich history to life for an unforgettable experience. Cruising the scenic waterways, we’ll listen to the intriguing stories of the region, passage through Hells Gates and step ashore Sarah Island to see some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins. It’s a great day topped off with a beautiful buffet lunch. On return to Strahan, there will be time to explore the village including the visitor centre and Huon Pine Saw Mill.
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch on cruise
This morning we make our way to Zeehan, to discover the region’s fascinating history. From mines and memories to trains and treasures, the West Coast Heritage Centre offers a unique insight into this history, enhancing the meaning of our visit of this beautiful part of Tasmania. Enjoying lunch in Tullah, we journey through Rosebery to Cradle Mountain. After settling into our hotel, there’ll be time to enjoy the beautiful Wilderness Gallery or for anyone who would like to stretch their legs, there’s a pleasant rainforest walk to Pencil Pine Falls. An early dinner will be served before our special evening with the iconic Tasmanian Devil. At [email protected], you are in for an unforgettable experience, discovering more about these unique carnivores! Witness these extraordinary animals in ‘action’ during a rare and up-close group feeding situation – a spectacular sight to be seen!
1 night | Cradle Mountain Hotel | 03 6492 1404
Breakfast and dinner at hotel |lunch at The Village Meeting Place
Discover the rugged mountains, ancient rainforest and spectacular scenery of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Bring your camera as we travel to Dove Lake, a glacially carved lake directly beneath Cradle Mountain, offering impressive views. We take a short drive to Waldheim Chalet, the forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer. Leaving this stunning area, we journey onwards, stopping in Wynyard to purchase lunch before enjoying the coastal views from Table Cape to the historic Stanley. With its village atmosphere, small craft shops and historic houses, Stanley makes for an ideal stop. You also may like to take the chairlift to the summit of the Nut (own cost) before we head to Smithton. Here we’ll settle into the Tall Timbers Hotel, a local timber building sitting on acres of land.
2 nights | Tall Timbers Hotel Motel, Smithton | 03 6452 9000
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at own arrangements and cost
We have a sensational day planned, starting with a visit to Woolnorth Station, Australia’s biggest dairy operation. Located in the far North West corner of Tasmania, we explore the historic precinct on a guided tour taking in the old farm buildings, Tasmania’s first wind farm and interpretive centre. On our tour, we also visit Cape Grim where the Bureau of Meteorology has measured the cleanest air in the world since 1976. The cape offers sensational seascape views overlooking the islands off the North West Tip. We enjoy a delicious lunch before we return to our accommodation with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at Woolnorth Station
This morning we head to a truly remote and beautiful part of Tasmania. On the far north-west coast, the Arthur River winds through a completely wild and pristine wilderness, having never been logged, dammed or tarnished by fire for over six hundred years. While cruising this spectacular part of the world, our local guide will impart a wealth of knowledge on the plant life, history and the Aboriginal tribes who once lived here. You’ll also witness the feeding of completely wild sea eagles, that nest on the banks of the river. Back on dry land we express to Devonport arriving in time for dinner.
1 night | Quality Hotel Gateway, Devonport | 03 6424 4922
Breakfast and dinner at hotel |morning tea and lunch with Arthur River Cruises
Wow, what a spectacular holiday to have experienced! Discovering s breathtaking beauty from towering mountains to completely wild and pristine wilderness. Exploring charming towns and villages steeped with intriguing history and meeting the some of the unique native wildlife that call this island home! Meeting our flights this morning we begin the journey home. Once again, we stretch our legs during a stopover, then begin flying to Brisbane, where we arrive home eager to share our stunning photos and everlasting memories with friends and family.
Breakfast at hotel
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days of some attractions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.
- 13 night’s motel accommodation
- 13 cooked motel breakfasts
- 13 motel dinners
- 10 included lunches – see below
- Launceston | Best Western Plus Launceston
- St Helens | Tidal Waters Resort St Helens
- Hobart | Wrest Point Hotel Casino
- Strahan | Strahan Village
- Cradle Mountain | Cradle Mountain Hotel
- Smithton | Tall Timbers Hotel Motel
- Devonport | Quality Hotel Gateway
Included Meals & Tours
- Tamar Valley | Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Museum guided tour
- Tamar Valley | Seahorse World guided tour and light lunch in upstairs café incl. tea and coffee
- Tamar Valley | Platypus House entry, Platypus film followed by tour and talk
- Launceston | Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm entry, tour and morning tea
- Pyengana | Pub in the Paddock 2 course lunch incl. tea and coffee
- Hobart | Guided town tour
- Hobart | Cascades Female Factory Re-enactment – “Her Story”
- Huon Valley | Tahune Adventures Tasmania entry, guided walk and light lunch incl. tea and coffee
- Port Arthur | Port Arthur Historic Site entry (includes grounds entry, walking tour & harbour cruise), Escape from Port Arthur Tour and light lunch incl. tea and coffee
- Bruny Island | Bruny Island Cruises, Bruny Island Traveller (fully inclusive). Includes: bus, driver/guide, tastings, morning tea, lunch and return ferry crossing.
- Derwent Bridge | Wall in the Wilderness entry
- Derwent Bridge | Wilderness Hotel light lunch incl. tea and coffee
- Strahan | Gordon River Cruises Half Day Tour – Main Deck Window Seating incl. buffet lunch
- Zeehan | West Coast Heritage Centre entry including Gaiety Theatre
- Tullah | The Village Meeting Place light lunch incl. tea and coffee
- Cradle Mountain | Devils @ Cradle entry and After Dark Tour
- Cradle Mountain | Park Explorer Tour and National Park Passes
- Smithton | Woolnorth Tours guided tour with lunch incl. tea and coffee
- Smithton | Arthur River Cruises including morning tea & BBQ lunch
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