Tasmanian Wilderness Explorer 2024

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12 Days Hobart to Hobart

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Hobart – Port Arthur
Port Arthur Motor Inn
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Please check your required arrival time with the office before booking your flights.

Today you will be greeted by your friendly and professional Tour Directors. The journey begins as we depart for Port Arthur and visit the Port Arthur Historical Reserve. Here we enjoy a fascinating tour and boat cruise before heading to Port Arthur Motor Inn for our overnight stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner to mark the beginning of your Tasmanian Wilderness Adventure. Meals (L.D)

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Port Arthur – Freycinet National Park
Freycinet Lodge
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Depart Port Arthur this morning and journey north along the Tasman Highway. Enjoy a brief detour to explore the charming village of Richmond, home to Australia’s oldest bridge (1823). We then continue north and pass through Orford and Swansea before heading down the Freycinet Peninsula.
This afternoon we enjoy a walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout (good level of fitness required). Take in the stunning views of the pristine bay and beach below, rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world. We then make our way to Freycinet Lodge, one of Tasmania’s premier environmentally friendly resorts located on Great Oyster Bay. Tonight we dine in the Dove Restaurant. Meals (B.L.D)

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Wineglass Bay - Woolmer's Estate - Launceston
Peppers Silo Hotel
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This morning we visit the Cape Tourville lighthouse, which boasts spectacular views of the Tasman sea and beaches. We then enjoy an exclusive 20-minute scenic flight to take in the wonders of Freycinet National Park from the air, a real highlight of the adventure! Fly over Wineglass Bay for a bird's eye view of the stunning beach and bay before marvelling at the park's towering pink granite cliffs that plunge into the Tasman Sea. The helicopter, a Bell Jet Ranger, is chartered exclusively by Outback Spirit from Rotor-Lift in Hobart.

After our scenic flights we depart for Launceston. We visit Woolmer's Estate at Longford before heading in to the city and checking in to the new Peppers Silo Hotel. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at Grain of the Silos Restaurant. Meals: B.L.D

Please note: Weight limits apply to all scenic flights

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Launceston – Stanley - Smithton
Tall Timbers Hotel
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After breakfast this morning we depart Launceston along the Bass Highway, heading for the majestic north-west. Travel through Ulverstone, Penguin and Burnie before arriving at Stanley, home to 'The Nut'. If weather permits, we'll take the chairlift to the top of the Nut for stunning views over Bass Strait.

Stanley was once the administrative centre for the Van Diemen’s Land Company, a royal charter company formed in 1824 during the reign of King George IV. This afternoon we'll visit Highfield House, the company's original headquarters. We then continue on to Smithton where we spend the night at Tall Timbers Hotel. Meals (B.L.D)

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Woolnorth - Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain Lodge
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Smithton is home to Tasmania’s most fertile dairy and vegetable growing area. It's also home to the historic Woolnorth Station, which is still owned by the Van Diemen's Land Company. This morning we enjoy a fully guided tour of Woolnorth, including the Roaring 40’s Wind Farm and rugged Cape Grim.

We then journey south to the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where we spend the next two nights at the Cradle Mountain Hotel.  Meals (B.L.D)

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Cradle Mountain Exploring
Cradle Mountain Lodge
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This morning experience the 'Enchanted Walk', a 45- minute easy stroll amongst the area's unique alpine flora and fauna. We then visit Waldheim Chalet, a replica of the original built by Gustav and Kate Weindorfer in 1912. The original chalet was still used as a guest lodge up until 1974, at which point it was deemed structurally unsound. The replica was built in 1976 using the same local materials.

Later on we make our way up to the stunning glacialformed Dove Lake. Enjoy dramatic views of Cradle Mountain in the distance, the rugged jewel in the crown of this World Heritage Listed area. For the energetic, a 5.7 kilometre walk will take you around the lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. The track is a boardwalk for much of the way and is regarded as one of Tasmania's premier walks. Your guides will accompany you for the trek, which also passes through a magnificent cool temperate rainforest known as the Ballroom Forest. If you don't feel up to taking part in the walk, you'll be transferred back down to the Lodge where you can relax or enjoy the various short walks around the lodge.

This afternoon we'll sample some of Tasmania’s finest wines and cheeses at the hotel. Meals (B.L.D)

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Cradle Mountain - Strahan
Strahan Village Motel
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After breakfast we depart Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and head south. Visit Queenstown and learn about the area's mining history with a local guide before continuing to Strahan.

We spend the next two nights at the Strahan Village Motel, set on a hilltop with commanding views over Macquarie Harbour. Meals (B.L.D)

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Gordon River Cruise
Strahan Village Motel
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This morning we board the 'Spirit of the Wild' for a cruise up the Gordon River and into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. We'll be seated on the Premier Upper Deck and enjoy two guided shore excursions, including Heritage Landing (home to ancient Huon pines over 2,000 years old) and Sarah Island, once a dreaded penal colony. We also head out to Hells Gates where the harbour meets the ocean.

After returning to Strahan mid-afternoon, the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. Wander through the village and perhaps call in to the Huon Pine Sawmill for a demonstration. Meals (B.L.D)

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Lake St Clair - Russell Falls - Hobart
Hotel Grand Chancellor
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Departing Strahan early this morning we head through the scenic Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park to Lake St Clair, carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Then, discover the ‘Wall in the Wilderness’ at Derwent Bridge, an exquisite work in progress by artist Greg Duncan. The carved panels stretch down two rows and tell the history of the Central Highlands region, beginning with the Indigenous people, then to the pioneering timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners and Hydro workers. It is truly one of Tasmania’s best attractions!

After lunch we continue heading south east towards Hobart, stopping off at the beautiful Russell Falls along the way. We arrive in Hobart late this afternoon and spend the next three nights at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, located on the waterfront overlooking Constitution Dock. Enjoy premium harbour view rooms. Meals (B.L.D)

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Hobart - MONA / Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary - Royal Botanic Gardens
Hotel Grand Chancellor
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For today’s touring, you can choose from some of Hobart’s most popular attractions. Discover the highly-acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) or delve into the natural world with a combined visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

MONA is home to the private ancient, modern, and contemporary art collection of David Walsh. Noted for its unusual art curation, MONA makes for an invigorating change of pace with thought provoking artworks displayed alongside interactive and traditional museum pieces. (Subject to opening hours)*.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton is Tasmania’s largest wildlife rescue service. Come face to face with the native animals that the passionate Bonorong team are devoted to returning to the wild, including wombats, devils, quolls, birds, reptiles and more.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are the second oldest Botanic Gardens in Australia. Spend some time exploring the collection of cool climate species, historic plants, and significant trees, many of which date back to when the gardens were first planted.

Later this afternoon we return to Hobart and embark on an historical walking tour. Your guide will take you to various places including the Hobart Docks, Salamanca Place and the CBD with fascinating commentary and local insights. This evening we enjoy dinner together at the hotel. Meals (B.L.D)

*MONA is closed Tuesday & Wednesday

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Bruny Island Cruise
Hotel Grand Chancellor
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Today we head to Bruny Island for a sensational three hour adventure cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, rated as one of the Top 100 trips in the world! Board your custom-built adventure craft and travel along Bruny Island’s rugged southern coastline to spot the island’s abundant marine and coastal wildlife. Spot Albatross and other seabirds that sit at the bottom of Bruny Island’s towering sea cliffs, surrounded by hundreds of seals. Keep an eye out for dolphins surfing on the bow wave of the boat!
This afternoon we make our way back to Hobart. Enjoy dinner at the Old Wharf Restaurant located on the waterfront and celebrate an unforgettable journey around Tasmania. Meals (B.L.D)

12
Hobart - Farewell
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This morning we enjoy a visit to Mount Wellington, which rises to 4170 feet above the city below. Admire the mesmerising views of Hobart and the Derwent River from several vantage points along the boardwalk, a perfect ending to your adventure around Tasmania.
For passengers departing Hobart today, you’ll be dropped off at the airport for your return flight. Please ensure return flights are booked for after midday. For those staying on you will be dropped off at the location of your choosing. Meals: B

Walks on Tour

  Distance Time Level Terrain
Port Arthur Easy
Cape Tourville 600m Easy Slight gradient, boardwalk
Woolmers Estate 40min Easy Flat
Woolnorth 2x 300m Easy Uneven ground
Cradle Mountain, Enchanted Walk 800m 45 min Easy Boardwalk, slight hill at end
Heritage Landing, Strahan 1.5km 30min Easy Flat easy boardwalk
Lake St Claire Pier lookout 10min RT Easy Flat, well-made path. Slightly loose surface
Bruny Island 250m Easy Level, sealed road
Russell Falls 1.5km 30 min Easy Well-made path
Cataract Gorge Varied 45 min Medium Steep decline for about 150m from coach parking to gorge
Freycinet Wineglass Bay Lookout Medium 2 hr Steep uphill, rocky, lots of uneven steps
The Nut 250-400m Medium Steep, sealed path. Uneven ground.
Lake Margaret, Queenstown Medium Steep slope, steps, slippery when wet, uneven
Hobart Walking Tour 1.5km Medium Mainly sealed, level walkways. Slight uphill for last 100m
Dove Lake 6km 3 hr Difficult Uneven surfaces, large sections of boardwalk. Lots of steps up and down

*Note: Distances and times provided are an indication only.

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