FROM LAUNCESTON G4 24 “THE BEST OF TASSIE’S NORTH AND WEST” – Premium & Gold Class – 3 DAYS

4WDING, WALKING, JET BOATS, EXPLORING TASMANIA’S WILDERNESS Tour Code G4 24 -   ()

CRADLE MOUNTAIN, RUGGED WEST COAST, STRAHAN, FRANKLIN AND GORDON RIVERS, HELLS GATE, LAKE ST CLAIR AND TASMANIAN PLATEAU

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE – 3 Days

G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with special Driver/Guide

Introduction

Travelling around the north and west coasts of Tasmania enables you to discover wonderful scenery with the native flora and fauna not seen anywhere else in the world. Cradle Mountain, The Gordon River, Macquarie Harbour, the lakes, and the Tassie wilderness makes this tour a fully memorable experience.

A Cross Country Journey from Launceston to Strahan Day 1

Depart Launceston at 8.00 am and drive to Cradle Mountain via the back roads to experience rural Tasmania and pass through a number of small villages and towns. Along the way stop to taste some fabulous local foods and wines and admire the stunning scenery.

Your driver guide will not miss a worthwhile opportunity to detour down a 4WD track to show you this beautiful rugged wilderness.

Linger to admire Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake before exploring Weindorfer’s Chalet and investigate the nearby nature walks. It is from here that the Cradle Mountain – St Clair overland begins – Tasmania’s iconic wilderness walk.

Here you can spend a hour or so exploring and absorbing the high country of Tasmania. After a walk along these tracks drive south-west again on bush roads to continue your journey to Zeehan and Strahan on the rugged west coast of Tasmania, here you will establish yourself for two nights.

Highlights:

  • Mole Creek is the home of limestone caves and you can choose to explore the underground world at either King Solomon’s or Marakoopa Caves.
  • There is the native wildlife park at Trowunna allowing you to get up close and personal with a Tasmanian Devil, Wombat, Wallabies, Quolls and more.
  • Cradle Mountain in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania. At 1,545 metres above sea level, it is the fifth highest mountain in Tasmania, and is one of the principal tourist sites in Tasmania, owing to its natural beauty. The mountain is climbed by tourists virtually year round.
  • Tullah is a peaceful former mining town surrounded by a beautiful landscape of lakes, rivers and mountain ranges.
  • Rosebery is a short drive further south-west, is a working mine township proud of its environmental management. Keep an eye out for the old Hercules to Rosebery aerial ore bucket ropeway, constructed to move ore from the Hercules mine to Rosebery.
  • Zeehan was once Tasmania’s third-largest town with gold and silver mines, numerous hotels and more than 10,000 residents. Today, Zeehan’s Main Street is lined with grand old buildings like the Gaiety Theatre, supposedly visited by Dame Nellie Melba and Harry Houdini, beautifully restored and still entertaining locals and visitors.
Meals:
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Gordon Gateway and Aloft Boutique Accommodation or similar. Premium 3 star Gold 4 star

Exploring via 4WD, Hells Gate, Gordon Rivier Cruise and Hiking Day 2

Spend the entire day in and around Strahan.

Strahan is a harbour-side village on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour with a dark and fascinating convict past, set on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Here is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

There are also long stretches of wild ocean beach to explore, massive sand dunes to conquer and forest adventures to be had in all-terrain vehicles.

This is a destination to unwind and let your mind take a journey into the past lives of the Pioneers and Miners, exploring the rugged, the treacherous and unforgiving area that is – the West Coast.

Depart at 8.30 am for a 5 ½ hour cruise on the Gordon River.   Navigate the calm waters of one of the world’s last great untouched wilderness areas. Expert nature guides will talk you through the points of interest as you cruise across Tasmania’s majestic Macquarie Harbour, through the notorious Hells Gates, see the fish farms , the Gordon River and explore the ruins of Sarah Island .

Captains Premier Upper Deck package including morning tea and afternoon tea and a chef prepared buffet lunch featuring Tasmanian produce.

This afternoon travel in your vehicle to Ocean Beach, Hell’s Gate and employ a short wilderness walk to Hogarth Waterfalls.

From May to September you can experience a live professional theatre production – The Ship That Never Was. The play tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island! Delightful family entertainment not to be missed!

 

Highlights:-

  • Take a personalised and exhilarating  cruise on the Gordon River into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
  • Visit Sarah Island, and Hells Gate
  • An ocean beach drive
  • To complete the day, watch a performance of The Ship That Never Was – the longest running theatre show in Australia, telling the story of convicts who stole a small boat and sailed it halfway around the world.
Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Gordon Gateway and Aloft Boutique Accommodation or similar. Premium 3 star Gold 4 star

Depart Strahan and Return to Launceston Day 3

Depart Strahan at 8:00 am and arrive in Launceston around 5:30pm.

Leave the pristine waters of Macquarie Harbour and drive east towards Hobart before heading north to the Central Highland.

Your first stop this morning is the mining town of Queenstown. Step back in time to the mining era quaint building hotels and opera house with exciting history.

Travel through Tasmanian Wilderness with the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park to the south and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park to the north. Detour to visit Lake St Clair, travel onto Miena on the Great Lake. Lake St. Clair is the deepest lake in Australia and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Again you will be on a back road travelling through a protected wilderness area on the Central Plateau and home of the hydroelectric power schemes. Mt Blackwood, maybe Brady’s Lookout and Poatina, Cressy, Longford and Perth. Your arrival at Launceston will be approximately 5.30 pm.

Highlights:-

  • Historic settlement of Queenstown
  • Beautiful Lake St Clair
  • Lunch stop at the Great Lake – a fisherman’s paradise
  • The Central Plateau and power stations
Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
Accommodation:
Nil

Prices:

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 22nd December to  2nd January)

Tour Cost Includes: 

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • The provision of 4 star accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Family Room accommodation if children are travelling.
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  •  The provision of breakfasts, lunches and evening meals as per itinerary.
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide

Excludes:

  • Travel to/from Launceston
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance

Special Notes: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

 

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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