Tour Departs: 07 October 2021
Tour Length: 14 Days
Twin/Double – per person NZD$8,500
Single Supplement NZD$2,250
Over the years, we have operated many tours to Tasmania at different times and of varying lengths, but given the success of our recent tours, we have again opted for this in-depth and comprehensive tour capturing the history, beauty and the spectacular scenery of Australia’s southernmost state.
Tasmania is a charming variety of historic elegance, alpine wilderness and stunning mountains that pierce the sky, spectacular coastal scenery, scenic coastal towns and quaint colonial villages, rare flora and fauna, bustling markets, mighty rivers rushing through rain-forested gorges, idyllic and isolated beaches, lush and fertile farmland and much, much more. With its distinct seasons and unique microclimate, Tasmania is a favoured destination for those who enjoy more seasonal
variation than on the mainland. As winter, at last, gives way to spring, Tasmania is the perfect place to see the changing of the seasons — as long days and colourful blooms return to this beautiful island.
Launceston for 3 nights total including Cataract Gorge and Tamar River Cruise
Overnight stay in Bicheno
Historic Swansea, Richmond
The Tasman Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck including Tasman Arch and The Devils Kitchen
Port Arthur Penal Settlement including walking tour and “Isle of the Dead” Cruise
Bonorong Wildlife Park with Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas, Quolls and Forster Kangaroos
Hobart for 4 nights, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peppermint Bay Cruise
Mt. Field National Park, Lake St. Clair, Strahan Gordon River Cruise
Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain – Stanley – Woolworth – Cape Grim – Smithton
Sheffield, Woolmers Estate and Rose Gardens
Melbourne for the final night, including farewell dinner.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY:
Thursday 7 October Home – Launceston (D)
Today we start the tour by flying to Launceston where we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a 2-night stay.
Friday 8 October Launceston (B.L.D)
This morning, we enjoy a cruise of the Tamar River, with lunch on board. We cruise into Cataract Gorge and travel past Tamar Island, Freshwater Point, the vineyards and under the Batman Bridge before turning for home at Devils Elbow. The cruise concludes at Launceston Seaport and we then enjoy a tour of Launceston and discover the charms of this lovely city. Very close to the city
centre is Cataract Gorge Reserve with its tree rhododendrons and peacocks, fern glades and spacious lawns and the longest single span chair lift in the world offering magnificent views of the gorge. This afternoon return to the hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Saturday 9 October Launceston – Bicheno (B.D)
Leaving Launceston, we will visit Seahorse World before we travel North-East out through the green and fertile valleys to Derby to visit The Tin Centre for morning tea. We visit St Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast with the fishing fleet sitting snugly in Georges Bay before turning south to Bicheno for an overnight stay. Later in the day, we visit Freycinet National Park noted for its spectacular
coastal scenery, and this evening a guided tour to the local Penguin Colony is available.
Sunday 10 October Bicheno – Hobart (B.D)
From Bicheno, we travel to the historic town of Swansea and see the Spikey Bridge built by the convicts around 1843. On down the East Coast to the fishing port of Triabunna and through to the historic National Trust town of Richmond for our lunch stop. Once an important military staging post and convict station, the town nestled in the Coal River Valley is famous for its Georgian
architecture and stone buildings that now house galleries, teashops, craft boutiques and museums. Afterwards, we travel to Bonorong Wildlife Park where we enjoy close encounters with Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Quolls, Echidnas and other Australian Wildlife. Late this afternoon, we continue on to Hobart, where we will stay for 4 nights.
Monday 11 October Hobart – Port Arthur – Hobart (B.D)
Today we journey by coach to Port Arthur, where we tour the historic site of the penal settlement which was once home to 12,500 convicts. There is time to wander among the buildings and gardens to soak up the atmosphere and scenic beauty of this once horrific place. We take a cruise around the “Isle of the Dead”, final resting place for over 1000 people who died during 1840 – 1870. After
lunch, we continue down to the Tasman Peninsula and its gateway at Eaglehawk Neck. We see the natural wonders including Pirates Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen before returning to Hobart.
Tuesday 12 October Hobart (B.L)
In the morning we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens before boarding a luxury catamaran for a cruise through Hobart’s magnificent sheltered waterways to Peppermint Bay, cruising the Derwent River and Déntrecasteaux Channel past Bruny Island. The ship’s underwater camera will introduce you to the marine life of the Tinderbox Marine Reserve. Our cruise continues past an Atlantic
salmon farm and we step ashore at Peppermint Bay and enjoy a delicious lunch at the hotel before cruising back to Hobart later this afternoon. A lovely, relaxing day.
Wednesday 13 October Hobart (B)
Tasmania’s capital city is an intriguing blend of heritage, lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. This morning, there is time for a tour of Hobart as we travel to Mt Wellington to enjoy panoramic views of the city and surroundings. We also visit Mt Field, Tasmania’s oldest National Park. A short walk through the ferns and the rainforest sees us at the much-photographed Russell Falls. The
remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy time in the shops or just relax and enjoy the city from our waterside hotel.
Thursday 14 October Hobart – Strahan (B.D)
A scenic spectacular day as we travel to the beautiful glacial Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake located at the southern end of Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park. We continue on our journey to the mining town of Queenstown with its almost moon-like landscape. Here, we tour the Mt Lyell Copper Mine before the last leg of our journey through to idyllic Strahan where we enjoy a 2-night stay.
Friday 15 October Strahan (B.D)
This morning, we board our luxury cruise vessel for the cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gate where the harbour meets the ocean. As we cruise along the mighty Gordon River, our guide will detail the areas unique native flora and fauna. Visit Heritage Landing and view an ancient 2000-year-old Huon Pine. We enjoy a superb buffet lunch on board and then explore Sarah Island,
Tasmania’s first and most brutal penal settlement. Schedules permitting, we may see a local theatre group perform the dramatic and true story of escape from Sarah Island in a “Ship That Never Was”. Another great day today.
Saturday 16 October Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B.L.D)
Leaving Strahan, we journey north through the rugged wilderness of this wild and exquisite part of the country. We re-enter Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park and explore this World Heritage region, including idyllic Dove Lake and the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain. Overnight in the Cradle Mountain area. After dinner sit back and relax in our rural retreat.
Sunday 17 October Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B.D)
Leaving the mountain region, we travel through the patchwork farmlands of Table Cape enjoying the scenic drive to Stanley, nestled at the foot of the towering volcanic core. We visit the historic grazing property of Woolnorth, which is still owned by the Van Diemans Company and is the last Royal Charter Company in the world. We visit Tasmania’s major wind farm, producing electricity
for the region. We stop at Cape Grim on the tip of the West Coast and sample the clean, fresh air before settling in for our overnight stay at Smithton.
Monday 18 October Smithton – Launceston (B.D)
This morning we travel to Woolmers Estate, an outstanding example of a 19th century Australian rural settlement and home to the National Rose Gardens. We then continue on to Launceston with a stop along the way to explore Evansdale and pick up some lunch before continuing on to our accommodation.
Tuesday 19 October Launceston – Melbourne (B.D)
Time to farewell Tasmania today as we are transferred to the airport for the short flight to Melbourne. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 1-night stay. The afternoon is yours for any last-minute sightseeing or shopping before we enjoy dinner together for the final time on tour.
Wednesday 20 October Melbourne – Home (B)
Time to head for home, as we are transferred back to the airport in time to join our homeward bound flights.
Deposit of NZD$1,000.00 per person is due upon confirmation of the booking.
Final payment date: Tuesday 03 August 2021.
Economy Class air travel from Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington.
Airport/government/airline/security charges and taxes (as at 01/09/2020)
First Class or Superior Grade hotel or motor inn accommodation throughout
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
First-Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring
Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
Gratuities and tips to local guides, coach drivers and cruise staff
Fully escorted by a Maher Tours Leader (subject to minimum numbers)
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service etc
Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned
Travel Insurance (assistance and advice will be offered)