Embark this journey through the Best of Tasmania with AAT Kings and experience the natural beauty of the Island State. Uncover the wonders of Mt. Field National Park, view spectacular Russell Falls and cruise the dark waters of the Gordon River. Explore Cradle Mountain National Park, enjoy views of Bass Strait and visit Cataract Gorge near Launceston – wilderness in the city. Learn about Port Arthur’s convict past, see a Tasmanian Devil and visit historic Richmond.
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Day 1: Arrive Hobart
Transfer from Hobart Airport to your hotel for check-in, then an afternoon tour of Hobart. Return to the hotel for a welcome drink and dinner with your Tour Director and fellow passengers.
Hotel: Wrest Point, Hobart.D
Day 2: Hobart – Strahan
This morning you’ll head west to New Norfolk and the magnificent Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania’s oldest, and location of the spectacular three-tiered Russell Falls. Later, take the winding journey up to Lake St. Clair – amazing vistas await you. This afternoon visit the Wall in the Wilderness, a fascinating sculpture where artist Greg Duncan has hand-carved a series of scenes into a collection of panels commemorating those who have shaped the area’s past and present. Back down to Queenstown, along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to coastal Strahan.
Hotel: Strahan Village, Strahan, 2 nights.B D
Day 3: Gordon River Cruise
Start the day with the Gordon River Cruise, where the wilderness comes to the water’s edge. You’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the dark waters reflecting the untouched wilderness. Stop at Sarah Island and discover the ruins of the brutal penal colony. See Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing, site of the 2,000 year old Huon Pine. This afternoon simply relax, explore the fishing village of Strahan or maybe visit the Huon Pine Museum. B L
Day 4: Strahan - Cradle Mountain
Discover the mining and Hydro Electric towns of Rosebery and Tullah, as you travel to Cradle Mountain National Park. We’ll take you up to Waldheim and Dove Lake to see Cradle Mountain. The afternoon is yours. Explore the Australian National Wilderness and Landscape Gallery or just marvel at the view and breathe in the fresh air.
Hotel: Cradle Mountain Chateau, Cradle Mountain.B D
Day 5: Cradle Mountain – Launceston
Departing Cradle Mountain this morning you’ll head to Sheffield, where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. You’ll then head to Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for a presentation on cheese making and some delicious product tasting. Continue to Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’, Launceston.
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston, 2 nights. B D
Day 6: Launceston Sights
This morning you’ll discover the Tamar Valley and the Swiss village of Grindelwald. Later visit the Tasmania Zoo to view the Tasmanian Devil and other native animals. You’re invited to lunch at Josef Chromy Wines. The views from the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to enjoy tasting some of the estate-grown wines followed by Tasmania’s fresh local produce for lunch. B L
Day 7: Launceston – Bicheno
This morning visit the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. Continue on to see the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees in honour of fallen WWI soldiers, the old mining town of Derby then drive through the lush myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. You’ll visit seaside town St. Helens at lunchtime.
Hotel: Beachfront at Bicheno, 2 nights. B D
Day 8: Freycinet National Park
Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay on a four hour cruise of the Freycinet Peninsula with a local guide. The cruise will take you from the gentle shores of Coles Bay along the Freycinet coast to one of the world’s best beaches. Later, experience breathtaking Freycinet National Park, with its pink granite mountains, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. A guided walk with a National Park Ranger unveils astonishing views. Cape Tourville Lookout will amaze. B D
Day 9: Bicheno – Hobart
Journey to historic Ross, considered to be the finest nineteenth century village in Australia. Visit the exquisite Ross Bridge with its 186 carvings depicting Celtic symbols, flora, fauna and notable personalities of the day. As you travel south towards Hobart you’ll stop at Shene Estate, a reflection of early Australian architecture and the colonial era. A walking tour of this iconic property with a local expert is followed by High Tea. Then it’s on to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). MONA is Australia’s largest privately funded museum with its mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art.
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, 2 nights. B
Day 10: Port Arthur
Cross the 100 year old Denison Canal and make your way along the impressive treelined coast. En route to Port Arthur cross Eaglehawk Neck to the Tasman Peninsula to feast your eyes on the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk of Port Arthur Historic Site and infamous convict prison and a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. View the rugged sea cliffs from Pirate’s Bay Lookout on your return to Hobart. This evening celebrate a wonderful trip with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. B FD
Day 11: Depart Hobart
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Hobart Airport for your onward flight. B