Itinerary – 11 Day Tour of Tasmania 2018

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided
Day 1 Sunday 23rd September 2018                              D

Fly to Tasmania

Join Cowan’s on an adventure to Tasmania, vibrant with spring colours, busselling with old world charm, world heritage wilderness and convict stories. Travel to Sydney Airport for your flight to Launceston. Here, you will be met by your friendly Cowan’s Bus Service staff and a local tour guide who will show around the island state. After boarding the coach, we will travel along the north to our overnight  accommodation in NW Tasmania.

Day 2 Monday 24th September 2018                               BLD

Cradle Mountain – Dove Lake – West Coast

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Pass through the coastal towns of Penguin and Burnie before we head inland. Tour via picturesque Hellyer Gorge, with it’s west coast rainforest then journey through button grass plains to reach Cradle Valley. Board the shuttle bus into picturesque Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer. Enjoy lunch at Cradle Mountain Hotel and browse through the Wilderness Gallery before continuing through mountain ranges, past swift-flowing rivers, steep gorges and former mining towns. Traverse the Reid volcanic zone for views of the Tyndall range and Lake Plimsoll in the Henty Anthony Valley en route to Queenstown where you will stay for the next two nights at West Coaster Motel.

Day 3 Tuesday 25th September 2018                               BLD

Macquarie Harbour – Gordon River Cruise – Strahann

Gordeon River Cruise

Gordon River Cruise

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 before we return to our accommodation at Queenstown.

Day 4 Wednesday 26th September 2018                   BD

West Coast – Hobart

The Wall in The Wilderness

The Wall in The Wilderness

Depart Queenstown via spectacular Mt. Owen, the winding Gormanston Hill and ghost towns of the Chamonoi Valley. Cross Lake Burbury to enter the Wild Rivers National Park and experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short rainforest walk to Nelson Waterfalls. At Derwent Bridge visit “The Wall in The Wilderness”, an extraordinary work of art being crafted telling the story of Tasmania’s Central Highlands. In Tarraleah Gorge view the penstocks and workings of an early Hydro-electric installation before crossing the Central Plateau. Descend through hills and hop fields to historic New Norfolk. Follow the picturesque Derwent Valley to the city of Hobart and tour historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place and Constitution Docks before checking into our centrally located accommodation for the next three nights at Quality Hobart Midcity Hotel.

Day 5 Thursday 27th September 2018                        BD

Tasman Peninsula – Port Arthur Travel via Sorell and Midway point for our full day tour to the Tasman Peninsula. Take in the magnificent views from the look-out above picturesque Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay. Continue on to the historic Port Arthur Convict Settlement 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 before travelling to the historic village of Richmond. Walk across Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour between 1823 and 1825. Visit the cemetery of Australia’s oldest remaining Catholic Church, St Johns, built in 1836 or browse through the many delightful craft shops, galleries and tea houses.

Day 6 Friday 28th September 2018                                 B

Free Day Today is a free day for you to explore Tasmania’s capital city with it’s history, culture and scenery. There are many options on offer (own expense) including a visit to the controversial MONA (Museum of Old & New Art); a wilderness cruise to either Tasman Island or Bruny Island; delve into history at the Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum and find out what was on their menu; spend time in the shopping precinct or discover the magic of Tahune Airwalk. Dinner tonight is at your own expense and provides you with a chance to explore the many fine restaurants located in Tasmania’s capital city.

Day 7 Saturday 29th September 2018                              BD

Salamanca Markets – Tassie Devil – East Coast

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

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. Depart Hobart mid-morning to travel through the Prosser River Valley through Sorell and historic Buckland. Pass through Swansea and pause at the enigmatic, convict built Spiky Bridge. Take in views of the jagged granite peaks of Freycinet Peninsula, Moulting Lagoon and Maria Island before heading to Bicheno. Visit East Coast Nature World to meet the endangered Tasmanian devil and ride the ‘Pelican Express’ before heading to our overnight accommodation at Beachfront Bicheno.

Day 8 Sunday 30th September 2018                            BD

St Helens – Scottsdale – Launceston

Tamar River

Tamar River

Travel north beside the blue waters of the Tasman Sea to the town of St Helens which overlooks beautiful Georges Bay. Tour the hinterland and myrtle rainforest of Weldborough Pass, through the former tin mining area of Derby and detour to Legerwood to admire the tree carvings commemorating the war heroes of the region. Pass through the rich agricultural region of Scottsdale, across the unique A-frame Batman Bridge spanning the Tamar River and continue to our overnight accommodation at Country Club Casino in Launceston.

Day 9 Monday 1st October 2018                                 BD

Cataract Gorge – Beaconsfield – Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania

This morning, visit 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. Gain views of the picturesque Tamar Valley as we tour to the former goldmining town of Beaconsfield. Here, we visit the Mine & Heritage Museum, site of the 2006 mine disaster and miraculous rescue. In the afternoon, travel to Sheffield to admire the evocative out-door art gallery of impressive murals. Pass trough the food bowl of the north west coast to the coastal city of Devonport where we board the Spirit of Tasmania for our overnight cruise to the mainland.

Day 10 Tuesday 2nd October 2018                              BD

Melbourne – Albury – Gundagai

Early risers may witness the entry through The Heads into Port Phillip Bay and watch the Melbourne city skyline come into view during the cruise up the bay to Station Pier. Disembark on arrival around 6.00am to enjoy breakfast at a local venue before travelling  the Hume Highway passing through the twin towns of Albury and Wadonga which straddle the mighty Murray River. Our overnight destination is Gundagai, home to the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox Pioneer Monument.

Day 11 Wednesday 3rd October 2018                         B

Gundagai – Sandy Hollow

Sadly today is the last day of your Tasmanian adventure. Continue north through the patchwork of rural New South Wales countryside to your home. We hope you have enjoyed your adventure to Tasmania, a curious island at the end of the world.