Our journey to this gifted island of rivers, lakes, wildlife and World Heritage National Parks, includes famed Cradle Mountain, Bonnet Island and Great Oyster Bay. Meet the unusual indigenous animals, including wombats, wallabies, dolphins, penguins and of course the legendary Tasmanian Devil. Tour, trek and cruise to investigate the beaches, mountains, rainforests and charming historic villages, then relax and enjoy the tasty and fresh “Tasmanian tucker” along with some delightful local wines. Our journey to Tasmania will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized and inspired.
Devonport to Cradle Mountain
This morning depart Devonport for a scenic drive to Cradle Mountain National Park, stopping to explore the artist colony of Sheffield, and its murals depicting Tasmanian life. This afternoon at Cradle Mountain, a unique natural World Heritage site, take a walk in the forest looking for wallabies and wombats.(L,D)
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Dove Lake Walk
This morning enjoy a 3-hour walk through the Tasmanian rainforest. Observe the birdlife including the Forest Ravens, Currawongs and Wedge-tailed Eagles. After a picnic lunch overlooking the Wombat Fields, visit Waldheim Chalet, home of noted conversationalist Gustav Weindorfer. This afternoon, visit Devils Cradle Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary for some up-close animal encounters.(B,L)
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain to Strahan
Depart Cradle Mt. this morning, stopping in the old mining town of Roseberry for an easy 3-hour walk to Montezuma Falls. Next, it’s on to Zeehan, for lunch and a visit to the Mining Museum, then continue on to Strahan. This evening take an enlightening twilight cruise to Bonnet Island, to view the Little Penguins come ashore, and hear the tales of the lighthouse keepers.(B,L)
Gordon River Strahan
Today cruise on the Gordon River through Hell’s Gates, and across Macquarie Harbour to the tranquil reaches of the river’s ancient pristine wilderness. On board, enjoy a gourmet Tasmanian lunch including local wines as you relax in the Captain’s Upper Deck seating. Stop at Heritage Landing for a rainforest walk, and to see the 2,000-year-old Huon Pine tree. Disembark at Sarah Island for a tour of this notorious convict settlement. Return to the charming village of Strahan by mid-afternoon and enjoy some free time or perhaps an optional kayaking excursion.(B,L)
Strahan to Lake St. Clair Hobart
This morning drive east towards Hobart; en route stopping to see the stunning Nelson Waterfalls, Franklin River, and Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. Visit “The Wall”, a unique in-progress art project, creating a 325-foot long wall of wooden relief sculpture depicting Tasmania’s history. Drive along the steep river gorges, and past the old village of Tarraleah, before descending into the farmlands and pastures of the Derwent Valley. End today with wine tasting at Moorilla Estate. Arrive in Hobart by late afternoon.(B,L)
Henry Jones Hotel
Port Arthur Bonorong Wildlife Park
This morning drive to the Tasman Peninsula, and tour the remains of the old convict settlement at Port Arthur Historic Site. After lunch, explore the Tasman Peninsula with its interesting geology - the Tessellated Pavement, Devils Kitchen and Tasman’s Arch. Next, continue to Richmond, a charming historic village of colonial sandstone architecture; stroll across the oldest bridge in Australia and enjoy afternoon tea. This evening enjoy a private tour of Bonorong Wildlife Park, a Tasmanian park committed to the conservation and care of threatened species. Meet Tasmania’s animals, including the iconic Tasmanian Devil, wombats, wallabies and bandicoots, and at dusk, participate in their evening feeding. Return to Hobart tonight.(B,L)
Henry Jones Hotel
Hobart to Freycinet National Park
This morning tour Hobart - Walk through Battery Point, a colonial maritime village of narrow, winding streets with small wooden cottages, period large houses, pubs and churches. Drive to the summit of Mt. Wellington for stunning views of Hobart and southern Tasmania. Depart Hobart heading east, stopping on the way to taste some of the local wines. Arrive at the Freycinet Lodge and enjoy the view of sunset across the Great Oyster Bay.(B,L)
Freycinet National Park
Today explore the unsurpassed beauty of the Freycinet National Park - starting with a cruise across Great Oyster Bay and around the Tasmanian Peninsula to Wineglass Bay. Watch for dolphins and sea eagles as you sip a glass of local sparkling wine and taste freshly chucked oysters. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic tour of the park and the beautiful Coles Bay coastline. Visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse and stroll the boardwalk high above the ocean.(B,L,D)
The Midlands Tamar Valley to Launceston
Today travel through the agricultural Midlands region; stopping in the charming historic village of Ross, set along the banks of the Macquarie River. Continue north through the vineyards of the Tamar Valley and enjoy a gourmet lunch and wine tasting. Arrive in Launceston, a city whose history is seen in its magnificent Victorian and Georgian architecture. Your day ends with a stroll through scenic Cataract Gorge.(B,L)
Today you are taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(B)
March 31, 2012
From $10,445.00 per person double occupancy.
From $2,288.00 single room supplement.
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- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
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