7 Day Tasmania Tour in Circle - January Special (JTIC7)

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Tasmania in Circle (JTIC7) - 7 Day Itinerary

January Special - 3 Departures Only!!!

Highlights

  • The stunning panoramic views from Mt Wellington Summit.
  • Visit a winery in one of Tasmania’s most famous wine regions the Coal Valley.
  • Fully guided tour the UNESCO World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site.
  • 3 hour unforgettable Fast Boat Cruise along the stunning coastline of the Tasman National Park.
  • Tasmania’s east coast and the incredible Bay of Fires.
  • Visit the award winning Bonorong animal sanctuary for an interactive experience with Tasmania’s native animals including the Tasmanian Devil.
  • Sampling some of the best & freshest food and wine in all of Australia.
  • Stroll through the lovely grounds of Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
  • Fully guided tour at the unique Marakoopa show Caves, includes viewing some of the best Glow Worms in Australia.
  • Majestic Cradle Mountain and its stunning highland scenery.
  • An evenings stay at the beautiful, 4-star Cradle Mountain Hotel.
  • Evening animal spotting adventure in Cradle Mountain including Wallabies, Pademelons and our favourite the Wombats!
  • The rugged west coast - where many travellers never venture.
  • The Wall in the Wilderness art Gallery in Derwent Bridge.
  • Tasmania’s most photographed waterfall - the 3 tiered Russell Falls.
  • Fully accredited and experienced local guides.
  • A suggested Sunday itinerary for those looking for further attractions while on the island would be a Bruny Island day trip leaving from Hobart CBD or a ferry ride up the Derwent River to spend the day at the famous Museum of Old & New MONA.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation at 3 - 4 star rated lodgings. *(Guests booking the 'Single' option will always have a private hotel room to themselves).
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches provided
  • An evening meal provided in Queenstown.
  • Bottled water provided on tour.
  • FREE wine, cheese, chocolate & honey tastings.
  • Daily afternoon tea, coffee & biscuit stops included FREE.
  • Complimentary drop-off at any Hobart CBD Hotel on tour completion.
  • All attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks passes provided.
  • The only additional expenses incurred are 5 x evening meals & any spending money.

 *We reserve the right to alter tour itineraries without notice due to climatic conditions and other circumstances outside our control.

Our January 7 Day Tasmania in Circle tour is our most popular itinerary offering with a little twist... it includes 2 nights stay on the Tasman Peninsula so we can offer an unforgettable 3 hour wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline of the Tasman National Park. Fitting neatly into 1 week this tour is a great option for sampling Tasmania in its entirety. Covering approximately 1500km we explore many of Tassie’s premier attractions, moving fast enough to provide a fantastic overview of the island, yet slow enough to enjoy the sights! With 3 departure dates only this tour is a special January offering. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels this is truely an amazing, small group travel experience.

 

Day 1 – Arrive in Hobart

Arrive today and travel into Hobart city at your leisure. Your accommodation for tonight is booked and waiting at the elegant, 4-star Movenpick Hotel centrally located and walking distance to the cities restaurant and shopping areas.

Day 2 – Hobart to Port Arthur

Pick up from the Movenpick Hotel to begin the fully guided portion of your tour package. Explore the Hobart waterfront area before heading to the summit of Mt Wellington (1270 m) boasting spectacular panoramic views in every direction. Further exploration through town sees us take in the historic Female Factory & Cascade Brewery while viewing many of Australia’s oldest convict built structures. Heading east we meander into the Coal River Valley, one of Tasmania’a premier wine regions. Naturally we will lunch at a lovely, family operated winery, sampling some of Tassie’s best wine & local produce.

Much to everyone’s delight we stop at the boutique Federation Chocolate factory just outside of Richmond for some sampling of fresh, hand made chocolates. The flavours change depending on the season and the produce available!

It’s then on to the Tasman Peninsula for our first taste of the east coast. The Tasman National Park boasts towering sea cliffs and a wealth of cultural history as we venture south. A beautiful lookout point over Pirates Bay provides the ideal location for a scenic, mid-afternoon tea/coffee break. Cross onto the Tasman Peninsula to explore some of nature’s true wonders with short, scenic walks at The Tessellated Pavement, Tasman’s Arch & Devils Kitchen. Check-in in for a 2-night stay right on the cusp of the Port Arthur World Heritage Historic Site.

 

Day 3 – Port Arthur and the Tasman Cruise

No need to check out this morning as we will return to our unique Port Arthur lodgings tonight. Our day begins with a 3.5 hour fully guided tour around the Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore many of Port Arthur’s original and most iconic buildings and ruins as we stroll the expansive site. Learn about the early convicts and the role they played in Tasmania’s history. Hear stories of the Port Arthur timber industry, Point Puer (the juvenile boys prison), the Isle of the Dead graveyard, the main penitentiary building and more. Lunch today will be at the lovely Port Arthur Lavender Farm with the flowers in full January bloom!

Next we have a real treat in store - an unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck off the Tasman Peninsula. The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar, explores waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves.

The Tasman National Park is home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales and abundant sea birds in their thousands. At any time of year you are likely to see the feeding frenzy of diving gannets, albatross and sea eagles wheeling on the wind, cliff-nesting cormorants and peregrine falcons, or a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat. Relax for a second nights stay in our Port Arthur lodgings. 

 

Day 4 – Port Arthur to Launceston

This morning we take a scenic drive off the Tasman peninsula to continue our journey northward. One last photo stop at the beautifully crafted bronze statue depicting the savage dogs of the infamous Eaglehawk Neck dogline. Next we continue on to the historic township of Richmond. See the beautiful stone arch construction of the Richmond Bridge, built by the convicts in 1823 this is Australia’s oldest bridge still in operation and certainly one of Tasmania’s most elegant... a great place for a mid morning tea & coffee break.

Visit the multi-award winning Bonorong wildlife park to see many of our native animals and in particular - the feeding of the iconic Tasmanian Devil. Learn about this amazing animal and its recent struggle for survival. See wombats and hand-feed kangaroos, geese and ducks - this is a wonderful and interactive morning.

Then enjoy journeying north up the Midlands HWY, a stunning drive through rolling countryside with fields of many different & colourful crops, grazing livestock and mountainous terrain in the back ground.

At Oatlands we can see Australia’s best collection of convict period sandstone buildings with over 90 old structures on display in the main street. Stroll into the lovely Callington Mill complex to see the imposing windmill granary still in full operational use. This is also a great spot for lunch and an opportunity for those inclined to taste some fantastic Tasmanian Whiskey & Gin at the newly opened Callington Mill Distillery. This stunning new facility uses local and mostly organic produce to produce high quality Tasmanian spirits.

At the township of Ross to see the stunning Ross Bridge - one of the prettiest in the state. Then the carved memorial trees at Campbelltown are a fantastic tribute to the early convicts of the area who toiled in constructing the famous Red Bridge. This evening we arrive in Launceston CBD for our lodgings right by the main city restaurant strip.

Day 5 – Launceston & Surrounds to Cradle Mountain

Today we will spend the morning exploring downtown Launceston - Australia’s 3rd oldest capital city behind Sydney & Hobart. We will see the King Bridge, City Park, inside the beautiful old Heritage listed Post Office and of course take a 40 minute stroll through a jewel in the city - Cataract Gorge Reserve.

Soon after we head westward into the Meander Valley which is an absolutely stunning farming and pastural area. Try local made ice-cream and honey tastings of more than 50 flavours at the renowned Melita Honey Farm in Chudleigh before learning about Tasmania’a oldest and biggest Leatherwood Honey producer R. Stephens Honey in Mole Creek.

Our lunch stop today is a true gem hidden in the forest at 41Degrees South Salmon Farm. After lunch a truely unique attraction follows with a guided tour of the Marakoopa Caves, exhibiting limestone & crystal formations millions of years old, along with a completely natural population of resident glow worms! From here we will snake our way up onto the central highlands plateau to Cradle Mountain National Park to partake in some wombat & animal spotting at dusk. Tonight we stay at the acclaimed, 4-star Cradle Mountain Hotel. 

Day 6 – Cradle Mountain to Queenstown

Start the day with a full buffet hot and cold banquet breakfast at Cradle Mountain Hotel. Inside the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - a photographers paradise - drive to the gorgeous Dove Lake for breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain. Take a short walk to glacier rock and then on to the appropriately named Enchanted Walk to see beautiful cascades and the Pencil Pine waterfall.

Visit the old “Waldheim Cottage” of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer who made Cradle Mountain world famous. En route to Strahan we pass through beautiful Lake Rosebery, old mining towns such as Zeehan and view the Southern Ocean from one of the best lookout points on the west coast - how far can you see - perhaps Argentina? This is some of the freshest air on Earth. Arriving in the historic settlement of Strahan we see the historical train station at Regatta Point, visit an old though still operational saw mill and the award winning Woodcraft Centre with beautifully designed woodworks on display. Continue on to our comfortable lodgings at the infamous west coast township of Queenstown where an evening meal will be provided by your hosts.

 

Day 7 – Queenstown to Hobart

Queenstown is an old mining town reflecting past glory and surrounded by colourful, mineral rich mountains. Start the day by seeing off the Wilderness steam engine for its trip across to Strahan. We will take in panoramic views over Queenstown from the Iron Blow lookout at the top of Mt Lyell before a lovely rainforest drive right through the World Heritage Franklin-Gordon National Park.

Take a stroll into possibly Tasmania’s most photogenic waterfall - Nelson Falls, the 30 minute return walk is one of the west coasts best. We then travel through picturesque valleys and mountains, pristine forests, cross wild rivers before winding our way up Mt Arrowsmith to the geographical centre of Tasmania. Button grass plains, Eucalyptus forests, majestic mountains and spectacular lakes are in every direction here.

Turn at Derwent Bridge to see Lake St Clair – Australia’s deepest freshwater lake and the inception of the mighty Derwent River. Next up is lunch at one of the states premier cultural experiences - The Wall, an amazing ongoing work by artist Greg Duncan, depicting stories of Tasmanian history hand carved in Huon pine - our most famous timber. 

The Wall in the Wilderness

Following lunch we have a close-up look at Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Power scheme in the township of Tarraleah, before pushing further east into the Derwent Valley.

A mid afternoon coffee stop is in order at Lake Meadowbank before detouring into Mt Field National Park to visit the delightful 3 tier Russell Falls. Our final drive leg wanders along side the Derwent River bringing us back to Hobart for the conclusion of our adventures. Drop off at your nominated CBD Hotel approximately 6pm.

 

All dates listed are guaranteed departure with a minimum of only 2 guests. Please contact us to check the status of your planned travel date or if you wish to travel outside the dates listed.

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