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See and learn about Tasmanian Devils, Port Arthur Historic Site, Sample some of Tasmania's best gourmet produce, Enjoy beer tastings at Australia's oldest brewery, Cascade, Visit beautiful Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
Day 1 – Launceston to Port Arthur via Wineglass Bay & the East Coast
Stunning coastline, local gourmet delights and tales of days gone by await you today as you travel down the East Coast of the 'Apple Isle'.
Our first stop of the day is the seaside village of Bicheno where you may just get lucky enough to see one or two of the resident Little Penguin colony. Witness the famous water blowhole, displaying the incredible power of the ocean, before heading further south to world famous Freycinet (pronounced fray-se-nay) National Park.
Enjoy several hours within the park to take the fantastic walk up to the lookout point with captivating views over the stunning Wineglass Bay with its crystal clear (and a little chilly) waters and white sandy beach. You will also have the opportunity to walk along the elevated Cape Tourville boardwalk to take a nice photo of its picturesque lighthouse and maybe even spot migrating whales.
In the afternoon experience one of the most scenic drives in Tasmania, which is also famous for its food and wine. We will stop by a number of places including Kate's Berry Farm for some delicious ice cream - an icon among Tasmanians. We then take the experience closer to the ocean where you can try some of the freshest oysters in the world. Don't worry, eating them is recommended but not compulsory!
Our accommodation for tonight is situated at the entrance to the Port Arthur Historic Site, where after dinner you have the opportunity to partake in a spine-tingling ghost tour, witnessing the darker side of this former penal colony (activity at additional expense) (L)
Day 2 – Port Arthur to Hobart
Start the morning filling your lungs with the fresh sea air as we visit the Remarkable Cave and Maingnon Lookout. We then step back in time to the 1800s as we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site and learn about the harsh and cruel world of the local convicts who were sent from Europe as punishment. A local historian will take you on a walking tour around the site as well as a boat cruise around the Isle of The Dead where you will learn about the harsh conditions and intriguing rehabilitation techniques used in attempt to reform the criminals. There will be plenty of time to allow you to explore the 35 buildings on this World Heritage site.
From fascinating history to remarkable nature, our next stop is to a Tasmanian Devil conservation park where you will get to meet these fiesty little animals and learn about the research into the creature's aggresive face cancer which is rapidly eradicating the Devil population on the island. You will also get to walk among and hand-feed the wallabies (pademelons) and quolls in their natural surroundings.
On our way to Hobart we will drive along the Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia's highest sea cliffs and where we will stop for some pictures at Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen and a short walk. We drive through unconvential Doo-Town before our final town visit for the day, Richmond village, full of old tales of convict hardship and ghoulish gossip. We complete the day with a stop at a winery for a taste of the local drop before arriving in the beautiful city of Hobart at our accommodation. (B,L)
Day 3 – Tahune Airwalk and Hastings Caves
Today we venture further south for a day of more nature from a different perspective. We start our day wandering through the tree tops some 40 metres above the ground along the Tahune Airwalk, a Cantilever that meanders 597 metres through the tree tops. Witness breathtaking views looking down over the Huon River and mountains dotted across the horizon. Those brave enough will continue onto the "Swinging Bridges" - a 50-metre crossing over the river which makes for fabulous photos and maybe a butterfly in your stomach or two!The day continues further south to Hastings Caves National Park where our journey this time heads underground. An expert National Park guide will take you underground to Newdegate Cave, Australia's largest tourist cave, where you will witness its richly decorated chambers. Be sure to bring along your swimsuit to relax in the beautiful thermal springs pool within the park which is constantly 28 degrees. Later enjoy a walk along the Hot Springs Nature Trail where warm and cool water collide.We head back to our Hobart accommodation via the Huon Valley where we stop to sample the seasonal fruit grown in the area including apples, cherries and apricots. (B)
Day 4 – Hobart City Sights, Mt Wellington and Cascade Brewery
An East Coast tour of Tassie wouldn't be complete without exploring its beautiful capital. Hobart is steeped in fascinating colonial history, from southern fishing fleet to Antarctic ice breakers it really is an intriguing port city.
The day will begin with a city sights where you will hear storie of whalers, convicts and entrepreneurs that shaped this remote island city in the early 1800s during British settlement. You will learn the significance of the Derwent River and Southern Ocean and how they have contributed to the city you see before you.
Creating a lovely backdrop for Hobart is Mt Wellington, of which the summit is our next stop. Some 1,269 metres above sea level, the summit will give you a great bird's eye view of the city and much of southern Tasmania. Learn about 'The Mountain' (as referred to by the locals) and its history, geology and significance to the local Aboriginal people of the area, who refer to the mountain as 'Kunanyi'. Due to the icy winds often blowing in from Antarctica, you're advised to bring a jacket and maybe a beanie... and maybe a scarf... !
In the afternoon we celebrate a fantastic adventure with a visit to the oldest brewery in Australia, Cascade, which has been producing beer since 1832. The ornamental gardens and Mt Wellington as a backdrop make for a very pretty (and tasty) experience. Learn its story involving bad convicts turning good, bush fires and Tasmanian Tigers during a tour of the working factory and then of course sample a brew or two! If beer is not your thing, Cascade also make a range of juices, soft drinks and cordials so there is something for everyone. Your tour comes to an end back in central Hobart. (B)
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
3 Breakfasts & 2 Lunches
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