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Well, it had to happen eventually… We’re spreading our wings and going overseas – to Tassie! Come with us to this amazing island full of history, wildlife, amazing food and wine, and colourful characters. We hope that you like the itinerary we have put together for you…

Day 1 – Canberra to Hobart

qantas jet in the air blue sky and clouds

‘Up, up and away’…. Oops! Wrong airline jingle!

After a mid-morning pick up at your door, we will all travel together to Canberra Airport for our flight to Hobart, arriving at our heritage accommodation at about 3:30pm. Dinner is at Customs House.

Stay at The Lodge On Elizabeth, 249 Elizabeth St Hobart, 03 6231 3830

Day 2 – Hobart (B,L)

yachts on the harbour with buildings and mountain behind

Franklin Wharf, Hobart

Today is all about Hobart Town. This morning we climb to the top of Mt Wellington for some spectacular views, and then head back down to the Mawson’s Huts Replica for a ‘very personal’ introduction to life in Antarctica. The lovely local guide Kaye will then join us for a guided tour of this gorgeous and historic city. After lunch you can enjoy some free time to explore such attractions as the Maritime Museum, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Salamanca, and Constitution Dock. Dinner is at The Crescent Hotel in North Hobart.

Stay at The Lodge On Elizabeth, 249 Elizabeth St Hobart, 03 6231 3830

Day 3 – Hobart to Queenstown (B,D)

very large wall of wood carved art showing workmen

The Wall in the Wilderness, Derwent Bridge

This morning we head north west out of Hobart to Derwent Bridge to view the amazing Wall in the Wilderness. Marvel at this 3m high, 100m long sculpture made from local Huon Pine, begun in 2005 by the artist Greg Duncan. Lunch is at nearby Lake St Clair Lodge with views north through the stunning Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. We then continue to Queenstown via the beautiful Nelson Falls. Dinner is at our accommodation at The Gold Rush Inn.

Stay at The Gold Rush Inn, 65 Batchelor St Queenstown, 03 6471 1005

Day 4 – Queenstown to Strahan (B,L,D)

steam train travelling along lush gorge

The West Coat Wilderness Railway

Toot toot! Step back in history for your Rack and Gorge journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway to Dubbil Barril through breathtaking scenery. Pan for gold, and listen to stories of the trials and triumphs of the pioneers while you enjoy Tasmanian bubbly, canapes, lunch and chocolates from your seat in the premier Wilderness Carriage. Upon our return to Queenstown, we take the short but spectacular drive to Strahan to our accommodation on Macquarie Harbour. Dinner is a at View 42 restaurant.

Stay at Strahan Village, 41 The Esplanade Strahan, 03 6471 4200

Day 5 – Strahan (B,L)

small river cruiser with hills and bush behind

Gordon River Cruises, Strahan

Today we travel with the award-winning Gordon River Cruises on the Premier Upper Deck of their vessel The Spirit Of The Wild. This hybrid vessel can travel in ‘whisper mode’ allowing us to fully enjoy the delights of the tranquil Gordon River. We also visit Hells Gates, Heritage Landing and Sarah Island while we enjoy morning and afternoon tea, canapes, a chef prepared lunch, and an open bar including Tasmanian wine and beer. After our cruise, enjoy some free time in Strahan to visit the Reflections Exhibition at the Visitor Centre and the Huon Pine Mill demonstration, before we see Australia’s longest running play – The Ship That Never Was – that tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the last great escape from Sarah Island. Dinner is at The Kitchen.

Stay at Strahan Village, 41 The Esplanade Strahan, 03 6471 4200

Day 6 – Strahan to Stanley (B,L)

aerial view of historic white buildings, gardens and beach ocean and headland behind

Highfield Historic Site and The Nut, Stanley

This morning we head to the north end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, to take the national park’s shuttle into this unique Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. With guided commentary from the staff, we stop at the brand new, $9m Dove Lake viewing shelter, and weather permitting, enjoy the iconic views of Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain. After lunch at the Cradle Mountain Hotel, we head to Stanley on the north coast of the island, to our accommodation at Stanley Seaview Inn. After dinner at the Stanley Hotel, we will hopefully get to see the Little Penguins coming ashore after their day of fishing.

Stay at Stanley Seaview Inn, 58 Dovecote Rd Stanley, 03 6458 1300

Day 7 – Stanley (B,D)

faces of two black and white dairy cows with more cows behind on green grass

I can make yummy cheese!

This morning we take The Nut chairlift to the top of The Nut for panoramic views of Stanley and the stunning coastline. There is also a short 250m walk to Highfields lookout. It’s then off to the convict built Highfield Historic Site, perched high on a hill with views over Stanley and The Nut, for our private guided tour before lunch in town. After lunch you can join us for the short drive to Smithton and the Duck River Meadows Robotic Dairy and La Cantara Artisan Cheese Factory, or stay in Stanley to browse the shops that are housed in the quaint heritage buildings of the town centre. Dinner is at The Stanley Seaview Inn.

Stay at Stanley Seaview Inn, 58 Dovecote Rd Stanley, 03 6458 1300

Day 8 – Stanley to Launceston (B,L)

eight staff with two wombats in front of high timber fence

The dedicated staff at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, Mole Creek

baby wombat sitting on log

Nope, there is no one cuter than me!

This morning we travel via Sheffield to the privately owned Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary at Mole Creek. Trowunna began caring for native wildlife in 1979 and continues to be at the forefront of the state’s endangered wildlife conservation and education. After our private guided and interactive tour, we head to a nearby surprise location for lunch!? After a stop at Melita Honey in Chudleigh, we continue into Launceston to our boutique 1899 heritage accommodation (originally a convent). Dinner is at The Cock ‘n’ Bull British pub.

Stay at the Auldington Hotel, 110 Frederick St Launceston, 03 6331 2050

Day 9 – Launceston to Hobart (B)

historic 1825 stone bridge with woman and two small children in front by river

Historic 1825 Richmond Bridge

After breakfast at Cuccina Cafe, we meet our local guide Geoff at Home Point on the Tamar River for our guided tour of Launceston, including Cataract Gorge and the Gorge chairlift. Geoff is extremely knowledgeable about all things Launceston, including both its ancient and modern history. We then head south to Ross for lunch, to experience their ‘world’ famous scallop pies and vanilla slices (Janine is certainly hoping there are also other offerings)! It’s then on to historic Richmond, home of Australia’s oldest stone arch bridge (1823). Other highlights of Richmond include the Old Hobart Town Model Village, local arts and crafts and produce, and the ‘Pooseum’! Yes, poo. We then head into Hobart to our cosy Lodge On Elizabeth. Dinner is at The Shipwright’s Arms (Shippies) in Battery Point.

Stay at The Lodge On Elizabeth, 249 Elizabeth St Hobart, 03 6231 3830

Day 10 – Hobart (B,L,D)

walls ruins of stone church

The Convict Church, Port Arthur

Today we experience the Port Arthur Historic Site – a special place of vivid history, cultural heritage and stories so compelling, you’ll want to hear them again and again. It is one of the 11 places that make up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Australian Convict Sites. We will have a private guided 40min walking tour of the site, lunch in the Port Arthur Cafe, a 1hr Isle Of The Dead cruise, and ample time to explore the site at your leisure. On our way back to Hobart, we will stop at the natural coastal features of Tasman’s Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen. Dinner is in-house, for our ‘last night of the tour’ celebrations!

Stay at The Lodge On Elizabeth, 249 Elizabeth St Hobart, 03 6231 3830

Day 11 – Hobart to Canberra (B)

Salamanca markets from above

Salamanca Markets, Hobart

This morning is your last chance to enjoy Hobart Town, spend up big at Salamanca Markets, and have lunch on the waterfront, before we head back home on our afternoon return Qantas flight to Canberra. Our airport transfer will pick us up from the airport and drop us back to our door.

 

This tour will be a maximum of 16 guests.

Tour departs Canberra Wednesday 22 March 2023 and returns Saturday 1 April 2023.

PLEASE NOTE:

This tour involves stairs and walking. At The Lodge on Elizabeth, there are 11 stairs from the street to the lodge entrance. Some showers at The Lodge are over baths, but have rubber non-slip mats and sturdy handrails. There are a few walks, for example, Nelson Falls, Highfields Lookout on The Nut, the shore experiences on our Gordon River Cruise, and the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary which are not paved. But of course, we have selected all of our activities and locations with our wonderful seniors in mind, and we feel that all of these experiences are easily achievable and well worth it!

Inclusions:
All transport including pick-up and drop-off at your door in the Canberra region
All accommodation
Meals as indicated above
All activities as listed above, PLUS several ‘Secret Gang Gang business’ surprise activities!
Two fabulous tour guides and lots of fun and laughs!

Not included:
Airfares Canberra-Hobart (please see below)
Coffee and/or cake at impromptu morning or afternoon tea stops
Alcohol

Cost:
$4565 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $848
Return airfare with Qantas = approx. $528 (still awaiting final quote)
One way fare is available – Please contact Janine for details

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to having you on board our first overseas tour soon!