Itinerary – 11 Day Tasmania Tour 2019

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided

Day 1 Sunday 24th March 2019 D
Sandy Hollow – Gundagai – Albury
Leaving Sandy Hollow this morning, travel through regional New South Wales enjoying the comfort of Cowans touring coach. Pass through Bathurst, home to Mount Panarama and Cowra with its tranquil Japanese Gardens. Continue past Gundagai, which has been immortalised through poems and songs such as “Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox”, and “Along the Road to Gundagai” on our way to our overnight accommodation at the Quality Siesta in Albury. The twin city of Albury-Wadonga straddles the Murray River and is home to many heritage buildings.
Accommodation: Quality Siesta in Albury (02) 6025 4555

Day 2 Monday 25th March 2019 BD
Albury – Melbourne – Spirit of Tasmania
This morning, we depart Albury which was once the customs post between the two colonies of Victoria and New South Wales. Cross the mighty Murray River into the town of Wadonga which is just 300 km from Victoria’s capital. Driving down the Hume Freeway, we pass Glenrowan, site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. Travel into Melbourne this afternoon where we will board the Spirit of Tasmania for the voyage across the Bass Strait. Enjoy dinner on board before settling in your twin berth porthole cabins for the overnight cruise to Devonport.

Day 3 Tuesday 26th March 2019 BD
Sheffield – Beaconsfield – Cataract Gorge – Launceston
After berthing in the Mersey River around 6.00am, disembark to be welcomed by your Tasmanian tour guide and escorted to
your coach. Travel to a nearby venue for breakfast before touring the hinterland, dominated by majestic Mt. Roland, to the town of Sheffield to admire the evocative out-door art gallery of impressive murals. Visit the Mine & Heritage Museum in the gold mining town of Beaconsfield, site of the mine disaster and miraculous rescue before travelling to the city of Launceston and the magnificent Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world (ride is optional and own expense.) Stroll in City Park and the John Hart  Conservatory noted for displays of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms. Tonight’s overnight accommodation in Launceston is at the Country Club Casino (03) 6335 5777.

Day 4 Wednesday 27th March 2019 BD
Scottsdale – Derby – St Helens – Bicheno – Orford
This morning, tour North East Tasmania through agricultural Scottsdale, Branxholm and former tin-mining centre of Derby. Along the way visit Legerwood and view the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region. Tour past the myrtle rain forest of Weldborough Pass before descending to the East Coast at St. Helens to journey along the coast beside the blue waters of the Tasman Sea. Pause at the Bicheno blowhole before taking in views of the jagged granite peaks of Freycinet Peninsula, Moulting Lagoon and Maria Island. Our overnight destination is Orford where we will be staying at the Eastcoaster (03) 6257 1172.

Day 5 Thursday 28th March 2019 BD
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo – Port Arthur – Hobart
This morning, we visit Tasmanian Devil Unzoo which combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native garden and original art. What is an ‘unzoo’ – well you’ll have to visit to find out! Continue to Port Arthur Historic Site where within its 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short cruise across the harbour, access to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Gallery as well as more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored gardens and houses – explore as you wish before departing the Historic Site to tour beside Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays on our way to Hobart. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now. Check in for a 3 night stay at Fountainside Hotel
(03) 6213 2999.

Day 6 Friday 29th March 2019 BD
Russell Falls – Salmon Ponds – Richmond
Travel through the delightful Derwent Valley to New Norfolk and Mt Field National Park which is one of Tasmania’s most loved national parks. An easy 10 minute stroll will take us to the iconic Russell Falls, the track is edged with graceful ferns and giant eucalyptus tower overhead. Stop at Plenty Salmon Ponds. Circa 1861, this is the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere. It was the birthplace of trout in Australia and the origin of Tasmania’s legendary trout fishery. Enjoy the original 19th century English style public open space of superb trees, hedges and lawns before visiting the historic village of Richmond. Here you may view the spire of Australia’s oldest Catholic Church from beneath the arch of Australia’s oldest stone bridge still in use. Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover the arts and crafts, bakeries
and tea rooms.

Day 7 Saturday 30th March 2019 B
Salamanca Markets – Free Time
Saturday morning in Hobart means the Salamanca open-air Market! Join the bustle and buskers, colour and excitement as you explore the many and varied stalls for treasures and bargains. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Explore Tasmania’s capital city for the sights and ‘retail therapy’ or maybe just rest up in your hotel room. Dinner tonight (at your own expense) provides you with a chance to explore the many fine restaurants located in Tasmania’s capital city.

Day 8 Sunday 31st March 2019 BD
West Coast – Queenstown
Departing Hobart this morning, tour the picturesque Derwent Valley through New Norfolk to climb the Central Plateau. Follow the Wild Way through trout lakes, mountains and gorges and the Wild Rivers National Park. Pass through Tarraleah
Gorge, site of early hydro-electric installations and pause at “The Wall in the Wilderness”, to visit a work in progress depicting the history of the region, beautifully carved in Tasmanian timbers. Cross Lake Burbury and descend through the ghost towns of Linda and Gormanston to the copper mining town of Queenstown and your accommodation for the next two nights at the West Coaster Motel (03) 6471 1033.

Day 9 Monday 1st April 2019 BLD
Macquarie Harbour – Gordon River Cruise – Strahan
Early departure for the port of Strahan this morning to cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and the edge of World Heritage. Cross vast Macquarie Harbour, past Sarah Island, worst convict settlement of all and follow the Gordon through stands of ancient Huon pine, sassafras and myrtle rainforest to step ashore for a wilderness board-walk at Heritage Landing. Voyage to Hell’s Gates, the aptly named harbour entrance where many early ships were destroyed by ferocious ocean swells. On return to Strahan, there will be opportunity to explore the village including the Visitor Centre and Huon pine saw mill. Return to Queenstown for overnight.

Day 10 Tuesday 2nd April 2019 BLD
Cradle Mountain – Dove Lake – Scenic Coast
Traverse the Reid volcanic zone for views of the Tyndal range and Lake Plimsoll in the Henty Anthony Valley en route to Tullah. Continue north through rainforest and mineral rich mountains, crossing the Vale of Belvior and alpine cattle country to reach Cradle Mountain National Park. Board the shuttle bus to Dove Lake at the foot of the crags of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorffer. Enjoy lunch and the visual delights of the Wilderness Gallery
at the Cradle Mountain Hotel before following the highway through mountains and button grass plains to the North West Coast. Tonight’s accommodation is at Beachway Motel (03) 6425 2342 in the bustling seaside town of Ulverstone, situated at the mouth of the Leven River.

Day 11 Wednesday 3rd April 2019 B
Devonport – Launceston Airport – Home
Sadly today is the last day of your Tasmanian adventure. Travel east through Devonport and on to the Launceston Airport for the flight back to Sydney and the transfer back home.