Admire the breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain from Dove Lake, a pristine wilderness like no other
Visit the exquisite work in progress undertaken by artist Greg Duncan, known as “The Wall in the Wilderness”. View the incredible wooden panels, intricately carved to tell the history of the harsh Central Highlands region.
Visit historic Woolnorth Station at the north-west tip of Tasmania. Also discover Cape Grim, enjoy a guided tour of the Roaring 40’s Wind Farm and breath the cleanest air in the world.
The Gordon River is one of Tasmania’s incredible natural wonders. Cruise across Macquarie Harbour before heading up-river to Heritage landing in the rainforest. Also visit the historic penal colony of on Sarah Island.
Depart your home ports today to arrive in Launceston this afternoon. Upon your arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to your accommodation for the evening, the Peppers Silo Hotel. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers and tour crew in The Grain of the Silos Restaurant. (D)
Depart for the majestic north west, travelling through Ulverstone 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. Also enjoy a visit to Highfield House, the original headquarters of the Van Diemen’s Land Company, a royal charter company formed in 1824 during the reign of King George IV. This afternoon we arrive in Smithton where we spend the night at Tall Timbers Hotel. (B, L, D)
Smithton is home to the historic Woolnorth Station, which is still owned by the Van Diemen’s Land Company. This morning we enjoy a 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 Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)
Today we begin with the ‘Enchanted Walk’, an easy 45-minute stroll amongst the area’s unique alpine flora and fauna. Afterwards 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 glacial-formed 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 nearby.
This afternoon we’ll sample some of Tasmania’s fine wines and cheeses at the Lodge. After dinner there is an optional wildlife spotting tour available. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
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 tell the history of the Central Highlands region, and is truly one of Tasmania’s best attractions! This afternoon we’ll visit Russell Falls before arriving in Hobart late afternoon. We spend the next 3 nights at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, located on the waterfront overlooking Constitution Dock. Enjoy premium harbour view rooms. (B, L, D)
Our destination today is the Huon Valley and pristine Southern Forests. Here we visit the highly acclaimed Tahune Air Walk, one of the region’s top attractions and an absolute must-see on any trip to Tasmania. The walk through the treetops gives spectacular views of the untouched wilderness, and culminates in a cantilever set high over the confluence of the mighty Huon and Picton Rivers. We then visit Geeveston before returning to Hobart. Hobart is a delightful city with a colourful and interesting past, and one of the best ways to experience this is to head off on a 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. (B, L, D)
Today we head to Bruny Island for a sensational 3-hour adventure cruise. This cruise has been 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 100’s of seals. Keep an eye out for dolphins surfing on the bow wave of the boat! This afternoon we return to Hobart. Enjoy dinner at Mures Upper Deck restaurant located on the waterfront and celebrate an unforgettable journey around Tasmania. (B, L, D)
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. (B)
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