TASMANIAN SOUTH WEST WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

A journey from Melbourne to Tasmania

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Spirit of Tasmania – Devonport – Table Cape – Stanley –

West Coast Wilderness – Strahan – Gordon River Cruise–

Lake Pedder – Gordon River Hydro – Hobart – Huon Valley –

South West Wilderness – Cockle Bay – Richmond– Fly Return

10 Day/9 Night Tour

Port Melbourne – Spirit of Tasmania – Bass Strait Day 1

Your Island Adventure begins when you board the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry at 8.30 pm. Explore the many on-board facilities including a cafeteria, restaurant where snacks can be purchased at your expense and lounges for relaxing. Enjoy the cruise down Port Phillip Bay and across Bass Strait. Enjoy your special comfortable twin share cabin with facilities.

Meals:
By own arrangement prior to departure or onboard
Accommodation:
Spirit Of Tasmania cabin with private facilities – twin share

Devonport – Table Cape – Stanley Day 2

After berthing in the Mersey River, disembark to be welcomed by your tour guide and escorted to your coach. Travel to a nearby venue for breakfast. Morning sightseeing, along the north coast. After lunch travel to the historic village of Stanley nestling at the foot of an ancient volcanic core known as ‘The Nut’ – a ride on The Nut Chairlift included. Tour past Highfield, historical headquarters of the early Van Diemens Land Co. and onto Stanley.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Stanley Seaview Inn – twin share 4 star

Mountain Ranges – West Coast Day 3

Travel this morning through mountain ranges, past swift-flowing rivers, steep gorges and former mining towns. Tullah, one such town, has since served as a base for the construction of hydro electric power development and is now almost surrounded by superb lakes. Gold was discovered in Rosebery in 1893 and Zeehan was a former ‘silver city’ and population centre. An historic site frozen in time with the Opera House visited by Dame Nellie Melba, Houdini and other world famous celebrities. The port of Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Strahan Village – twin share 4 star

Strahan – Gordon River Cruise Day 4

Cruise the incomparable Gordon River into the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and the edge of World Heritage. Cross vast Macquarie Harbour, visit Sarah Island, worst convict settlement of all and follow the Gordon through stands of ancient Huon pine, sassafras and myrtle rainforest – 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.

This evening enjoy the entertaining interactive play “The Ship That Never Was” before returning to your accommodation for dinner.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Strahan Village – twin share 4 star

West Coast Wilderness Train - Strahan Day 5

Today you are in for a treat; as you take the West Coast Wilderness Railway steam train over two major river crossings with outstanding views, through cool temperate rainforest to Dubbil Barril and return. The railway uses fully restored 100 year old steam loco’s that ran on the original rail line originally built for the Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Company.

This afternoon we tour to Ocean Beach, which is one of Tasmania’s most magnificent beaches which stretches 36km. The Great Southern Ocean is to one side and the wilderness of the west coast to the other.

Later if time permits, you will visit the Henty Sand Dunes, reaching heights of around 30 metres, the Henty Sand Dunes form a desert amid the rainforests of Tasmania’s West Coast.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Strahan Village – twin share 4 star

Lyell Hwy – Central Highlands towards Lake Pedder Day 6

Depart Strahan heading for Queenstown, a once important mining town, via spectacular Mt. Owen, the winding Gormanston Hill and ghost towns of the Chamonoi Valley. Cross Lake Burbury to enter the Wild Rivers National Park and experience the wonders of Gondwanaland during a short rainforest walk to Nelson Waterfalls.

At Derwent Bridge stop for lunch. In Tarraleah Gorge view the penstocks and workings of an early Hydro-electric installation before crossing the Central Plateau. Overnight Pedder Wilderness Lodge.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Pedder Wilderness Lodge – twin share

Mt Field National Park – Lake Pedder & Gordon River Hydro Projects Day 7

This morning you will visit the Lake Pedder and Gordon River Hydro Project. Outstanding scenery, a magnificent yet controversial project. After lunch you will descend through hills and hop fields to historic New Norfolk. Follow the picturesque Derwent Valley.

Travel to Mt. Field National Park and stroll beneath a canopy of the world’s tallest flowering plants along a rainforest boardwalk to beautiful Russell Waterfalls.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Mantra Hotels – twin share – 4 star

Hobart & Surrounds Day 8

Today is a day to explore Tasmania’s capital city with its history, culture and scenery. Visit the nearby hills for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Tasmanian Devil and native animal wildlife centre. Drive through the narrow streets of downtown Hobart, many buildings built before Melbourne was even chosen as a city site in the early 1800s.

Tonight an evening free, dinner by own arrangements. A chance to explore the local scene from the many restaurants, boutique cafes and hotels.

Meals:
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation:
Mantra Hotels – twin share – 4 star

Huon Valley – Geeveston – Tahune Air Walk - Ida Bay Railway – Wilderness Day 9

No visit to Hobart will be complete without shopping at Salamanca Place. Now you will tour the beautiful ‘Huon Trail’, which takes you through the Huon Valley and D’Entrecasteaux Channel, a region of waterways & wilderness, art, craft & heritage, apple blossom and vineyards.

Enjoy lunch at Geeveston before visiting the Forest & Heritage Centre. The Tahune Air Walk averages heights between 20-30metres above the forest floor, with the very last section, the cantilever, sitting at a

height of 50 metres above the river and is where you will get the best views.

A trip on the Ida Bay Railway, ‘Australia’s most southern railway’. Ride in carriages built on bogie flat wagons in the 1890’s, travel along the banks of Ida Bay and Lune River Estuary.

 

After lunch travel to Cockle Creek which sits on beautiful Recherche Bay at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is the furthest point south that one can drive in Australia. Once a settlement with over 2,000 residents, its rich history is found today in Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, gravestones and ruins.

Your stop over in South West Tasmania is a beautiful scenic part of Tassie, a hidden secret to the tourism market with limited accommodation requiring two establishments.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation:
Port Huon Cottages & Kermandie Hotel – twin share

Hobart Airport - Home Day 10

A hearty breakfast before you continue sightseeing. This morning enjoy some quiet moments in Hobart’s Botanical Gardens, vibrant with colours and blooms the cross the Derwent River to the historic village of Richmond. Walk across Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict labour. Visit in the cemetery of Australia’s oldest remaining Catholic Church, built in 1836. Or browse through the many delightful craft shops, galleries and food stores.

Meals:
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation:
Nil

Special Note: This is a group tour requiring a minimum of 30 paying travellers. Bookings will be made through a tour coordinator when appointed. Slight variations to the itinerary and accommodation can be made by the coordinator direct with Austour prior to proceeding with this tour. Prices will be determined when size of group is confirmed. Expressions of interest on apply.

Inclusions:

  • Travel by The Spirit of Tasmania twin share cabin, Melbourne to Devonport.
  • The provision of a 5 star touring coach with services of an experienced & accredited specialist driver/guide & Tour Manager.
  • The provision of 3 – 4 star accommodation – twin share basis.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts, lunches and two course evening meals as per itinerary.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions, entry and National Parks fees as per itinerary.
  • Transfers from nominated group departure point Melbourne and return.

Exclusions

  • Single accommodation
  • All drinks at own expense
  • Airfares – Melbourne – Hobart
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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