Day 1: Auckland – – Hobart (D)
Depart Auckland bound for Hobart. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to your hotel before you begin your first day of exploring the stunning Apple Isle of Tasmania. Head out on an afternoon tour, visiting iconic sites including Battery Point, Constitution Dock and Salamanca Place, before continuing on to Mt. Nelson where you will be privy to stunning panoramic views over Tasmania’s gorgeous capital city. Tonight you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
Please note: if you have purchased the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time make your own way to the hotel.
Day 2: Hobart – Strahan (B, D)
Head to New Norfolk this morning, a quaint town located on the River Derwent. Journey on to Mt. Field National Park and take the time to explore the beauty of the rainforest, making sure to take photos by the spectacular Russell Falls. Next stop is Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St. Clair, before you arrive in the seaside town of Strahan. The gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, the town is situated on the shores of the incredible Macquarie Harbour.
Day 3: Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B, L, D)
Today sees you embark on a cruise along the famous Gordon River, where you will indulge in a delicious lunch. Surrounded by lush, green scenery, the lake is iconic for its striking dark waters, caused by the presence of tannin in the water. Learn about the history of the convicts at Sarah Island, before venturing to Hells Gates, the perilous entrance to Macquarie Harbour. Be sure to keep a lookout for the incredible 2,000 year old Huon Pine that resides here. Journey through Rosebery and Tullah, before arriving in Cradle Mountain.
Day 4: Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B, D)
Wake this morning to head to the spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park. Enjoy a guided walk around Dove Lake, and keep a lookout for local Bennetts wallabies and echidnas that wander through its grounds. Have your camera ready to snap up pictures of the rugged beauty that is Cradle Mountain, before continuing on Table Cape. Here you will bare witness to sensational panoramic views of Bass Strait. Spend some time exploring the town of Stanley in the afternoon. Later on arrive in Smithton.
Day 5: Smithton – Launceston (B)
Visit the gorgeous Tarkine Wilderness region this morning, where you will enjoy a guided tour. This spectacular part of Tasmania is home to magnificent rainforests that are filled with a large range of unique flora and fauna. Stop by the award-winning Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm on your way to Launceston. It’s here you will get the opportunity to learn about the dairy production process and indulge in some delicious local samples!
Day 6: Launceston (B)
Journey through sweeping landscapes of the Tamar Valley, on route to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Discover the mine’s long and rich history, and learn about the dramatic events of the Beaconsfield Mine collapse that occurred in 2006. See the beauty of the Cataract Gorge, before enjoying the afternoon at leisure to explore the city of Launceston.
Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno (B, D)
Lavender is on the agenda today, with a visit to the fragrant Bridestowe Lavendar Estate, a producer of lavender since 1922. Next up is the site of the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees. The trees were planted in 1918 to remember the fallen soldiers of WW1, with 25 statues of men later sculpted into the trees. Arrive in the coastal town of Bicheno. If you’re looking for something to do this evening, why not head out to see Bicheno’s wild penguins or the iconic Tasmanian Devil, on one of our optional experiences.
Day 8: Bicheno – Hobart (B)
Head to Freycinet National Park where you’ll enjoy a guided walk of this beautiful region. Be sure to make it to the top of Cape Tourville, where you’ll be rewarded with the most magnificent views of aqua-blue water and golden beaches below. Continue through the towns of Swansea and Orford, before arriving back in the capital of Hobart later this afternoon.
Day 9: Port Arthur (B, D)
This morning you’ll explore the historic site of Port Arthur. Embark on a cruise around the Isle of the Dead, an island filled with the commentaries of over 1,000 convicts and other residents of Port Arthur that were buried between 1833 and 1877. Be guided on a walking tour through the remains of the infamous convict prison. On your way back to Hobart, stop by the impressive Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole, all sensational natural wonders in their own right. Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 10: Hobart – – Auckland (B)
Indulge in one last breakfast before making your way to the airport to catch your flight back to Auckland.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.