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Itinerary of Tasmanian Tour (19 nights/18 days)

Day 1

Spirit of Tasmania

Board Spirit of Tasmania at dock at either Geelong or Port Melbourne (to be advised, but probably Geelong). Night in deluxe accommodation and evening meal in the onboard restaurant. *****

Day 2

Arrive at Devonport 6.00am and disembark. Should be on our way by 7.30am.

Drive along Highway 1 – 22kms to Penguin for Breakfast or Coffee.

The Ark

As it is very early and not much opens until 10am, we will Travel to Stanley where our B&B accommodation is: The Ark 0421 695 224. (Penguin to Stanley 101kms) Along the way (just past Wynyard) we could stop at Dip Falls and the Big Tree (both short walks from the carpark). We can then spend the day in historic Stanley and surrounds – chairlift up the nut or even, perhaps, drive to Marrawah (67 kms from Stanley) to see the rock carvings (if time permits). Need to purchase breakfast items here.

Fancy a lobster dinner? Dinner booked at Hursey Seafoods – https://www.hurseyseafoods.com.au/ – worth a look.

Day 3

Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens at Burnie

Today we are going to Cradle Mountain. We need to go back to Burnie for the turnoff to B18 (less windy road than A10) so we will visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens at Burnie for a walk around their extensive gardens for an hour or two and maybe have early lunch there. https://www.emuvalleyrhodo.com/

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Then it is off to Cradle Mountain where our accommodation is: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge https://www.peppers.com.au/cradle-mountain-lodge/ Afternoon/evening short walks, dinner at the Lodge – booked for 6.30pm in the Highlands Restaurant. *****

Day 4

Wee Georgie Wood Railway

After early Breakfast, short walks if desired, we are off to the West Coast. Maybe stop at Tullah Tavern to see the longest bar in Tassie. Also in Tullah “Wee Georgie Wood Railway” 20 minute ride (should be open Sunday). We travel to Zeehan and walk through the Spray Tunnel, have some lunch, and visit West Coast Heritage Centre/Museum. (Cradle Mountain Lodge to Zeehan – 104kms) Then drive 47kms to Strahan for our accommodation for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Aloft Apartments (with living area, kitchenette, washer/dryer etc. in each apartment). Dinner booked at Risby Cove Restaurant. https://www.risbycove.com.au/

Day 5

Gordon upon Franklin river cruise

At 8.00am we board for a Gordon upon Franklin river cruise with welcome drinks, morning tea, and luncheon – dining on board. Commentary included also.
https://www.gordonrivercruises.com.au/our-cruises/gordon-river-cruise

Trip covers Hells Gates, Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island and Gordon River. ***** Back to Strahan 2.30pm.
Free time – explore/wash/pack. Sawmill visit recommended.

This evening, we could go see the show “The Ship that Never Was” at 5.30pm at 12 The Esplanade – 1hr 15m followed by dinner locally Bushman’s Thai (6471 7572) eat-in or takeaway at Apartment. https://www.roundearth.com.au/

Day 6

steam train

Under maintenance until Feb 24. Check-out by 7.45am and drive to Queenstown (45 minutes – 36kms) pick up steam train at 9.00am for a morning tour – including morning tea , light lunch and commentary. *****
https://www.wcwr.com.au/tours/rack-gorge

On return to Queenstown – a quick drive around then head off to Derwent Bridge (at Lake St Clair) to see the carved wall info@thewalltasmania.com.au before driving a further 47kms to check into our Art Deco s/c cottage accommodation at Tarraleah – https://tarraleah.com. Recommended pub at Tarraleah – not always open. They may deliver a “hotpot” to our cottages or alternatively self-cater.

Day 7

Check out and head down the A10 towards Hobart. (Tarralea to Hobart approx. 100km on main hwy.) Breakfast/morning tea at historic farming village of Hamilton then head to Westaway and the National Park. We can walk to Russell Falls and have lunch at the Waterfalls Café and Gallery. https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/mount-field-national-park/russell-falls

The Grand Chancellor Hotel

Back to the A10 and The Grand Chancellor Hotel for check in and unpack for the next 6 nights. Dinner at a restaurant of your choice in the wharf area.

Day 8

Australian Tour Company tour of Bruny Island (PRJUS6) – this is a 10 hour tour leaving from the bus stop Campbell St side of  the hotel at 7.00am.  Commentary and refreshments included.  We return at 6.00pm.  Dinner at a restaurant of choice – as it is a long day perhaps at the Hotel. 

https://www.brunyislandsafaris.com/day-tour/  *****

Day 9

Australian Tour Company tour of Port Arthur/Tasman Peninsular/Richmond (PX8M5T). Departing early (time tbc), this 7 hour tour includes commentary and refreshments and should have us back by 3.30/4.00pm. https://australiandaytours.com.au/tour/tasman-peninsula-port-arthur/ *****

If not too tired we could drive up to see the view from Mt. Wellington before dinner (drive is just 20 minutes each way).

Dinner at restaurant of choice.

Day 10

Salamanca Markets then board the Hop-on-Hop-off Bus tour stopping at the Botanical Gardens. After a fill of wonderful gardens we re-board the bus to complete circuit (with commentary) getting off near the hotel. https://reddecker.com.au/

Concert in the evening.

Day 11

Relax or Choose activity:

Trip down Huon Valley to Southport
Historic houses and gardens of Hobart
Female Factory Tour (Convict Women)
Mt Wellington if not done Friday.

Day 12

Wharf area

https://www.mona.net.au/
9.15am board boat to Mona
10.00am entrance to Mona
12.30 Beer & Wine Tastings
1.00pm Lunch
– book from 10/10
3.00 board boat to return to Hobart *****
Afternoon at leisure – pack ready to check out.
Dinner at Wharf area – early night

Day 13

Head north on Highway 1 and along the way visit the lovely and interesting, historic towns of Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town. (Hobart to Campbell Town 133km main highway). Lots of small museums etc. Morning tea at Oatlands, lunch at Campbell Town.

After lunch we travel on the B34 to Swansea (Campbell Town to Swansea 67km – slower bitumen road) and check into our accommodation: Meredith House – historic B&B including a much applauded breakfast. www.meredithhouse.com.au

Maybe visit East Coast Heritage Museum, visit stone bridge & views of Great Oyster Bay (7.5 kms south) and a drive around town and local beaches – or rest up before dinner at Saltshaker Restaurant (seafood and pizza are specialties). https://www.saltshakerrestaurant.com.au/

Day 14

Cruise of Wine Glass Bay

Check-out and drive to Coles Bay where at 9.30am we board our boat for a Cruise of Wine Glass Bay and Freycinet Peninsular – 4 hours with food, drink, and commentary. ***** https://www.viator.com

Little Beach Co

After disembarking we return to our cars check in to accommodation for 2 nights and experience coastal bliss your way! Book a 2-night getaway at Little Beach Co in your choice of a charming glamping tent or a luxurious villa. ****** https://littlebeachco.com.au/

Rest up before dinner overlooking the bay – Furneaux Restaurant booked for 6.30pm    ****** https://www.furneauxrestaurant.com.au/

Day 15

Eco cruise of the Bay of Fires

Today we head north for the day (one car) spending time at Binalong Bay and enjoying an “Eco cruise of the Bay of Fires*****. http://www.bayoffiresecotours.com.au/.

Cannot book until 1/9 when bookings open. Commentary included but not sure what refreshments are on offer. Probably an interesting 2-hour cruise.

Explore Binalong Bay and area – short drive along coast to The Gardens. Early dinner in Binalong Bay, Meresta Eatery booked for 5.30pm before returning to accommodation at St Helens. https://www.merestaeatery.com/

Day 16

Check out of Little Beach Co. and drive to Legerwood to see the Legerwood Tree Carvings. https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au/news/seed-sculpture-first-world-war-remembered-legerwood

Back to Tasman Highway to Bridestowe Lavender Estate https://bridestowelavender.com.au/ (this may be short stay as Lavender flowers mid-December/January and may not be out). If it is a short visit then perhaps: Lunch at Bridport then off to the Maritime Museum, Pilot Station, Watchhouse and Wood Carvings at George Town.

https://bassandflindersmuseum.com.au. Keeping flexible this can be done in the next couple of days if desired.

Woolmers Estate

Off to Woolmers Estate for our ‘Launceston base’ for the final three nights. Lots of history here. https://www.woolmers.com.au/

Takeaway in cottage or casual meal locally e.g. Longford, Perth, or Evandale.

Saturday, 11 November:

Cataract Gorge tour

Day in Launceston
Drive up the hill to view of Launceston.
9.30am collect tickets for Cataract Gorge tour leaving at 10.00am. Batman Bridge tour includes luncheon – 4 hours – seats are booked but details tbc October. ***** https://tamarrivercruises.com.au

Visit Galleries/shops at port and have a cuppa. Visit monkeys in the gardens.

Drive to: Design Tasmania Wood Collection https://designtasmania.com.au

Home to freshen up for Italian meal at Novaros in Launceston – booked. ***** https://www.novaros.com.au/

Day 17

Two recommended local experiences open at 10.00am:
Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Co. https://gourmetsauce.com.au/

Brickendon Estate Tour https://brickendon.com.au/

Josef Chromy Winery Restaurant

Lunch at Josef Chromy Winery Restaurant (Atena’s recommendation and it has a chef’s hat award). Booked for 1.00pm. ***** https://josefchromywines.com.au

Snack at Woolmers accommodation for dinner and time to pack.

Day 18

Early check out. We board the Spirit tonight but are not far away.

If we have not done Georgetown we could do this in the morning. (Maritime Museum, Pilot Station, Watchhouse and Wood Carvings – all close together). Cross Batman Bridge to save time.

Alternatively, visit the Honey Farm at Chudleigh then morning tea at Mole Creek and visit Solomon’s Cave and Marakapoopa Cave. http://molecreek.info/natures-wonders/mole-creek-caves/

Afternoon options to choose from:
Sheffield – Mural town.
Latrobe Museums (Courthouse Museum or Axeman’s hall of fame).

Spend time checking out Devonport.

Ashgrove Cheese Co

We should call in at Ashgrove Cheese Co. to collect some goodies to bring home (which the Spirit allows). https://www.ashgrovecheese.com.au/pages/visits-us

Board The Spirit of Tasmania from 6.00pm for a luxury night with dinner on board. *****