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13-day Highlights of Tasmania  
Departs:  Monday, 26 February 2018    
Duration:  13  Days Tour Number: 2730    
Price: 
$4500p.p. Twin Share  Travel Club $4275p.p Twin Share Single Supplement:$1320 Deposit $500 To Confirm Booking, Balance Due January 9, 2017
 
 
   
 
 

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Tour Includes:
Meals Where Stated (D) Dinner, (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch Motel Accommodation with private facilities All entrance fees and sightseeing per itinerary  PORT HOLE CABINS INCLUDED IN FARE  HOME PICK UP AND RETURN
 
DAY 1                                   ADELAIDE - HORSHAM - SPIRIT OF TASMANIA D
Your Car will pick you up from home (in the metropolitan area) in time for our 6.15am departure from , Adelaide. We will have several comfort stops and a luncheon stop along the way to Melbourne, crossing the Westgate Bridge before arriving at Station Pier Port Melbourne to board Spirit of Tasmania for our overnight cruise to Devonport departing at 7.30pm After enjoying dinner in the Tasmanian Market Kitchen. Explore the many interesting on-board features including the shop and entertainment areas.  Enjoy the cruise down Port Phillip Bay and settle into your twin berth cabin complete with private facilities.
 
YOU NEED TO TAKE A SMALL OVERNIGHT BAG ON THE COACH WITH YOU AS YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR SUITCASES UNTIL WE REACH OUR OVERNIGHT
ACCOMMODATION TOMORROW NIGHT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE ALL MEDICATIONS WITH YOU
 
DAY 2                                 DAVENPORT - BEACONSFIELD - LAUNCESTON                                  B, D
After berthing in the Mersey River, we travel to a nearby venue for breakfast before we make our way to Beaconsfield and visit the Mine & Heritage Museum, site of the mine disaster and miraculous rescue. You'll be entertained by the interactive displays and live a different story around every corner with buttons to push, levers to pull, tunnels to crawl through. Travel to the city of Launceston where highlights include the City Centre and magnificent Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension Foot Bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world – (ride is optional and own expense.) before arriving at our next 2 nights, overnight accommodation. Best Western Plus Launceston Ph. 03 6333 9999
 
DAY 3                                       TAMAR VALLEY - CRUISE - LAUNCESTON B
This morning we tour the picturesque Tamar Valley to Beauty Point we visit Sea Horse World. Seahorse World at Beauty Point, Northern Tasmania, is a unique Australian Government and United Nations approved breedingfor these (IUCN red list) endangered species providing a Captive-bred alternative for aquariums around the world. We then visit Platypus House. This is an amazing Tasmanianworld experience not to be missed. Platypus House offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch both live Tasmanian platypuses and echidnas in daylight conditions and undercover. We travel back to Launceston then we cruise on the Tamar River. Cruise into the magical Cataract Gorge and through Launceston's riverfront precinct. Head north past Tamar Island and experience the variety of life as we cruise past charming riverfront communities, we return to the motel, tonight's dinner is at your own leisure.
 
DAY 4                                    LAVENDER FARM - SCOTSDALE - ST HELENS                               B D
We pack the coach and make our way to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Bridestowe grows true French lavender the only lavender variety suitable for use in perfume and cooking. We have a talk and tour. We continue east through agricultural Scottsdale, Branxholm and former tin-mining centre of Derby. Visit Legerwood and view the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region. Tour the myrtle rain forest of Weldborough Pass before descending to the East Coast to St. Helens for overnight accommodation overlooking the blue waters of the Tasman Sea. Tidal Waters Resort Ph. 03 6376 1999
 
DAY 5                                       EAST COAST - TASSIE DEVIL - HOBART                                           B D
Travel this morning beside the Tasman Sea, stopping off at the East Coast Nature World to meet a Tasmanian Devil and ride the ‘Pelican Express’. Continue to the east coast resort town of Bicheno to tour the Gulch Fishing Harbour and view the Blowhole before taking in views of the jagged, granite peaks of Freycinet Peninsula, Moulting Lagoon and Maria Island. Pass through Swansea and pause at the enigmatic, convict built Spiky Bridge. From Orford follow the Prosser River Valley through historic Buckland before heading for the historic town of Richmond. Here you may view the spire of Australia’s oldest Catholic Church. We view the oldest stone bridge still in use. Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover the arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms, from there we take in your first view of Mt. Wellington and the Tasman Bridge before heading to the  Fountainside Inn. This will be our home for the next 4 nights
Fountainside Hotel 03 6234 2911
 
DAY 6                                                SALAMANCA - FREE AFTERNOON                                                B
After breakfast we make our way to the Salamanca Markets. Salamanca Market is one of Australia’s most loved outdoor markets and can be found every Saturday morning, along the historic Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart waterfront, The market has an eclectic mix of over 300 stallholders, showcasing the best that Tasmania has to offer. You will find delicious food, artisan jewellery, fine Tasmanian handcrafted timbers, handmade clothing, The rest of the day is free to do as you wish, You may want to join an afternoon tour of Hobart, make you way to the Female Factory, Wander through a replica of Mawson's Hut or simply put your feet up, this evening you are free to dine as you wish at one of the many restaurants handy to the motel
 
DAY 7                                              HOBART - IDA BAY - HOBART                                          B L D
This morning we then make our way through the Huon Valley through Huonville, Franklin and Geeveston to Ida Bay Australia's most southern Railway Step aboard our historic WWII Diesel locomotive and enjoy an unforgettable 2-hour journey alongside the water’s edge, through bush plains and enjoy a history talk from your tour guide. We have lunch on our return from the train. This afternoon we make our way to Hasting and have time for a dip in the thermal pool. Hastings Pool is fed by pure spring water which maintains a constant temperature of 28 degrees Celsius year round. Time to make our way back to Hobart.
 
 DAY 8                                                HOBART - PORT ARTHUR - HOBART                                  B
This morning we head to the Port Arthur Convict Settlement where within its 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short cruise across the harbour, access to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Gallery as well as more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored gardens and houses - explore as you wish before departing the Historic Site to tour the geological sites of the Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and Eaglehawk Neck. Continue along the Highway taking in the Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays heading to the City of Hobart.
  
DAY 9                                                  HOBART TO QUEENSTOWN                                                 B D
Departing Hobart this morning we follow the Derwent Valley through hop fields and hills to New Norfolk. Continuing westward, climb the Central Plateau through trout-lakes country where rivers have been harnessed for hydro-electric power and roads carved from the wilderness. Experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short bush-walk in the Wild Rivers National Park to Nelson waterfalls. Approaching the copper mining town of Queenstown, observe the altered landscape of bare, colourful hills as we cross the Linda Valley and descend Mt. Owen. Tour the town before checking in to accommodation for the next two nights at the Gold Rush Motel. Ph. 1800 008 003
 
DAY 10                                  MACQUARIE HARBOUR - STRAHAN                                        B L D
An early departure for the port of Strahan this morning, cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania's wilderness and the edge of World Heritage region.  Cross vast Macquarie Harbour, visiting Sarah Island, the worst convict settlement of them all - follow the Gordon River through stands of ancient Huon pine, sassafras and myrtle rainforest to step ashore for a wilderness board-walk at Heritage Landing. Voyage to Hell's Gates, the aptly named harbour entrance where many early ships were destroyed by ferocious ocean swells. On return to Strahan, there will be opportunity to explore the Village including the Visitor Centre and Huon Pine saw mill. Return to Queenstown.
 
DAY 11                                  QUEENSTOWN – CRADLE MOUNTAIN                                     B L D
This Morning we hop on the ABT Railway. The Rack and Gorge is a spectacular-day steam train journey departing Queenstown Station and travelling to Dubbil Barril along the steep grades of the rack and pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River Gorge and old growth rainforest complete the experience. Sit back in comfort as your guide brings stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. Discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild West Coast. We farewell Queenstown andTraverse the Reid volcanic zone for views of the Tyndal range and Lake Plimsoll in the Henty Anthony Valley on route to Tullah. Continue north through rainforest and mineral rich mountains, crossing the Vale of Belvior and alpine cattle country to reach Cradle Mountain National Park.
We check into Cradle Mountain Hotel with time to view the Wilderness Gallery before dinner
Cradle Mountain Hotel Ph.03 6492 1404
 
DAY 12                            CRADLE MOUNTAIN – BASS STRAIT                B D
This morning we board the shuttle bus to Dove Lake at the foot of the crags of Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim, forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorffer. Experience what life was like for Kate and Gustav Weindorfer as they established Waldheim Chalet over 100 yrs ago. Departing Cradle Mountain we make our way to Sheffield. Dominated by majestic Mt. Roland to the town of Sheffield to admire the evocative out-door art gallery of impressive murals. Winding your way back through the township of Railton where you can view the many displays of Topiary throughout the town, Then a visit to Elizabeth Town and  Ashgrove Farm Cheese for an informative visit and tasting. A Last stop before arriving in Devonport is Anvers Chocolate. When you visit the House of Anvers you can see our qualified confectionery staff tempering, moulding and enrobing fine couverture chocolates, truffles, pralines, fudges and more. Finally on to Devonport to settle in on board the Spirit of Tasmania in your twin berth cabins and our dinner for the overnight cruise to Melbourne.
 
 
 DAY 13                                     PORT MELBOURNE - ADELAIDE
Early risers may witness the entry through The Heads into Port Phillip Bay and watch the Melbourne City skyline come into view during the cruise up the bay to Station Pier. Disembark on arrival around 6.00am, and returning to Adelaide, reflecting on your holiday to the ‘island of inspiration’.   Thank you for your company.