Itinerary – 11 Day Tasmania Tour 2023

 

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided

Day 1 Sunday 5th March 2023                                      D
Sandy Hollow – Gundagai – Albury
Leaving Sandy Hollow this morning, travel through regional New SouthWales enjoying the comfort of Cowans touring coach. Pass through Bathurst, home to Mount Panarama Land 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 AlburyWadonga straddles the Murray River and is home to many heritage buidings.

Day 2 Monday 6th March 2023                                   B
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 exploring the many facilities including bars, a restaurant and lounges for dinner tonight (at your own expense).Then settle into your twin berth porthole cabins for the overnight cruise to Devonport.

Day 3 Tuesday 7th March 2023                                         BD
Sheffield – Beaconsfield – Cataract Gorge – Launceston
After berthing in the Mersey River at Devonport ,reboard the coach and travel to a nearby venue for breakfast. Tour 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.

Day 4 Wednesday 8th March 2023                                     BD
Campbell Town – Ross – Wildlife Park – Hobart
Today, we travel down the Heritage Highway through Tasmania’s midlands. Pause at Campbell Town to view the tree carvings, depicting the history of the town before travelling to nearby Ross. Enjoy a guided tour of this riverside village which was built by convict labour in the early 1800s, with its cobble-style paths, grand old elm trees lining the main street and Australia’s third oldest bridge still standing. Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you’ll come face to face with animals that went extinct long ago in other parts of Australia including the Tasmanian devil. Continue to Hobart which is nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington/ kununyi, Tasmania’s capital combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. Check into our accommodation and home for the next 4 nights, the Old Woolstore centrally located in Hobart.

Day 5 Thursday 9th March 2023                                      BD
Port Arthur
Travel via Sorell Causeway and Midway Point for our full day tour to Tasman Peninsula. Take in magnificent views from the look-out above picturesque Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay before continuing to the Port Arthur Convict Settlement. Within the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s convict past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short Harbour Cruise, 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 back to Hobart.

Day 6 Friday 10th March 2023                                          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 eucalypts 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 11th March 2023                                B
Free Day
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 12th March 2023                     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 Comfort Inn Gold Rush.

Day 9 Monday 13th March 2023                                       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 Monday 14th March 2023                       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 toTullah. 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 theWilderness 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 Quality Hotel Gateway in Devonport, located on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait coast.

Day 11 Wednesday 15th March 2023                B
Devonport – Launceston Airport – Home
Sadly today is the last day of your Tasmanian adventure. Travel along Northern Tasmania through the farming districts to the Launceston Airport for our flight and transfer back home.