7 Day Tasmania Tour in Circle - Special (STIC7)
Book the late May 2023 departures to hopefully see the Migrating Whales on our fantastic 3 hour scenic boat cruise!!
- The stunning panoramic views from Mt Wellington Summit.
- Hobart city tour including Battery Point, the waterfront area, Salamanca & the Cascade Brewery.
- 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.
- Stop at the township of Richmond to see the 1823 sandstone built Richmond Bridge.
- 3 hour unforgettable Fast Boat Cruise along the stunning coastline of the Tasman National Park.
- Visit the award winning Bonorong animal sanctuary for an interactive experience with Tasmania’s native animals including the Tasmanian Devil.
- Visit the heritage listed Old Kempton Distillery and Callington Mill in Tasmania’s midlands area.
- The carved trees memorial trees in Campbelltown.
- 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.
- Overnight at the foot of Mt Roland in the beautiful Sheffield - The Township of Murals.
- The rugged Queenstown - where many travellers never venture.
- Visit Lake St Clair to see the largest freshwater lake on the island surrounded by imposing mountains. Lunch in the Lake St Clair Lodge.
- 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.
- 6 nights accommodation - including our opening night at the 4-star Movenpick Hotel in Hobart. *(Guests booking the 'Single' option will always have a private hotel room to themselves).
- 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches provided
- 1 x evening meal provided in Sheffield.
- 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 7 Day Tasmania in Circle - Special 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. Due to popular demand and amazing guest feedback we are once again offering this Special package. Fitting neatly into 1 week this tour is a great option for sampling Tasmania in its entirety. Covering approximately 1000km 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 limited departure dates this tour is designed as a Summer offering to take advantage of the warmer weather. 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 (1270m) 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’s 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 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. Lunch will be at a beautifully restored 1840’s colonial venue the Old Kempton Distillery, a great location for those inclined to taste some fantastic Tasmanian Whiskey & Gin. At Oatlands we 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 order.
At the township of Ross visit the stunning Ross Bridge - one of the prettiest in the state. Peruse the Tasmanian Wool Centre to learn about the very early and still very significant Merino Wool trade. 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 41 Degrees 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!
Finally a scenic drive to the township of Sheffield with the stunning backdrop of Mt Roland overlooking the town. Dubbed ‘the township of Murals’ there are giant paintings on every building depicting the history of the township and its people. This is a great opportunity for our afternoon tea & coffee break while taking in some of the most stunning artworks. Tonights dinner is included in the package as we host your group at one of the local Sheffield restaurants.
Day 6 – Cradle Mountain
From Sheffield this morning we snake our way up onto the central highlands plateau to 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 and take a delightful 15min forest walk through ancient King Billy Pine trees behind the chalet. After lunch we take another peaceful, winding boardwalk to the Kynvet falls waterfall.
Cradle Mountain is one of the most refreshing, pristine and unique landscapes in all of Australia. Our time here today is designed to take in a selection of short walks carefully chosen so all guests can participate. They also offer contrasting scenery, provide opportunities to take amazing photos and hopefully spot local wildlife - especially wombats. Stop at Zeehan to see and hold some of Tasmania’s well known rocks and minerals while we learn of the mining heritage of the West Coast. Arriving in the historic and infamous settlement of Queenstown for our final nights stay.
Day 7 – Queenstown to Hobart
Queenstown is an old mining town reflecting past glory and surrounded by colourful, mineral rich mountains. Start the day with a short drive around the town before heading up the imposing Mt Lyell. We will take in panoramic views over Queenstown from the Iron Blow lookout 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. Lunch here in the lodge after strolling to the lake jetty for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Next up is 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. This artwork is a true gem hidden in the Tasmanian wilderness and is not to be missed. An optional guided presentation will be provided by your hosts to discuss the artwork and some of the other iconic Tasmanian timbers.
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.
*last updated 1st February 2023
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