Premium Tasmania Tour / 8 Day - 7 Night
This 8 Day 7 Night Package offers an unforgettable tour around the West Coast of Tasmania and Bruny Island. Beginning in Launceston this journey includes some of the most iconic attractions in Australia. Concluding in Hobart on Saturday morning you will have immersed yourself in the culture of Tasmania’s West Coast – an area where many visitors never venture.
Day 1 - Launceston to Cradle Mountain
A short drive through downtown Launceston before enjoying a morning stroll at the lovely Cataract Gorge, a fantastic urban wilderness only minutes from the CBD.
Heading west out of Tasmania’s biggest northern city we visit the Melita Honey Farm for free tastings of more than 50 honey varieties, also a great spot to enjoy homemade ice-cream in summer. Followed by a visit to the heritage listed R. Stephens Honey factory in Mole Creek, Tassie’s oldest & largest honey producer.
Next enjoy a private tour of the spectacular Marakoopa Caves with their 250-million-year-old crystal formations, the only show caves in Tasmania boasting resident glow worms! Travelling up onto the central highlands we will reach the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park.
Day 2 – Cradle Mountain
Visit the divine Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain – a photographer’s paradise. Take in the stunning views of this iconic space from several angles as we complete a short walk to Glacier Rock. Wonders abound strolling through the mossy forests of the Enchanted Walk and the mesmerizing cascades of Pencil Pine waterfall.
Visit the old ‘Waldheim Chalet’ of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer – the father of this wondrous park. After a delicious lunch we make our way on to Strahan via the meandering forest highways of the west coast.
View the Southern Ocean from the best lookout point on the West Coast and see as far as you can imagine – perhaps Argentina? Your lungs will thank you as you inhale possibly the cleanest air on Earth. Arrive at Tasmania’s most westerly town for some afternoon relaxation and accommodation in Strahan.
Day 3 – Gordon River Cruise
Spend the morning enjoying one of the most scenic and unique tourist attractions in Australia – the Gordon River Cruise. Aboard the famous ‘Harbour Master’ your 6-hour cruise will include stunning views of Hells Gates and Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island, the salmon farms and of course the jewel in the crown – the Gordon River World Heritage area itself. The cruise will also include a freshly prepared buffet lunch meal onboard the vessel.
Our afternoon plan will see us visit the Morrison Sawmill for a close-up look at Tasmania’s most famous timber – Huon Pine. Followed by some further exploring in Strahan village before heading to Queenstown for the evenings accommodation.
Day 4 – West Coast Wilderness Railway
Don’t bother checking out of your hotel as we will enjoy a lovely day of scenery before relaxing back in the same accommodations for a second night. Today we journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway – a journey back in time on Tasmania’s west coast. Departing from Queenstown we travel premium ‘Wilderness’ class and will be welcomed onboard with complimentary sparkling wine and canapes. The half day journey heads deep into the heart of the west coast on the steep sections of the track where the famous rack n pinion line is found. Sit back in comfort as we cross more than a dozen bridges while listening to your guide bring stories of the railway & its resilient people to life. Enjoy the beautiful sights of the King River waterway, this is truly one of Tasmania’s premier experiences.
Our afternoon will be spent exploring Queenstown at a relaxing pace. The Iron Blow lookout, Horsetail Falls and possibly an evening drink or movie at the classic old Empire Hotel & Paragon Theatre. The grandiose Paragon Theatre is an evening entertainment option for those interested in the cinema classics.
Day 5 – Queenstown Strathgordon
Behold the wondrous views at Lake Burbury before we head into the World Heritage area for a morning stroll through thick forest to the imperial Nelson Falls – beautiful any time of year. Our lunch stop is a true gem in Australian Art – The Wall in the Wilderness. See the 100m long Huon Pine carving by artist Greg Duncan. This is legitimately one of the most incredible art galleries in Australia.
Our afternoon travels will see us visit the old Hydo township of Tarraleah and learn about this monstrous project and how it came to life back in the 1950’s. We then continue via a magical drive into Strathgordon, the deepest point of the World Heritage park accessible by road for the evenings stay.
Day 6 – Strathgordon Hobart
Explore the remote scenery of lake Gordon and the gigantic structure of the Strathgordon Dam built in 1974 and towering to 140m high. For those not averse to heights a walk across the dam wall is a must! Learn about how this single structure generates nearly 15% of Tasmania’s electricity.
In the afternoon we stop at the spectacular Russell Falls – one of Tasmania’s most photographed waterfalls. Enjoy a meandering drive through the Derwent valley en route to Hobart, stopping for afternoon coffee at the picturesque Lake Meadowbank where Platypus are known to nest. Our accommodations for the next 2 nights will be the Ibis Styles right in Hobart CBD.
Day 7 – Choose your own Adventure!
Choose from one of the following 3 great options…
Tahune Airwalk experience
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
Bruny Island Tour and Wilderness Cruise – additional cost of $150.00 per person
Tahune Airwalk – The Tahune Airwalk option will be fully guided by your host Robert Wilson. Travel down the Huon Valley through amazing farming, forestry and fishing settlements to arrive at the Tahune Airwalk. A 600m tree top walk 30m above the forest floor with a spectacular 50m cantilever section over the Huon River. From here you will have panoramic views to the peaks of the adjacent world heritage area.
Enjoy the swinging bridges walk and feel the mighty Huon and Picton Rivers beneath your feet. The first bridge spanning the Huon is over a 100 m long with the second over 60m. This is an amazing forest experience. Spend an additional 20 minutes to discover the ancient and rare Huon pine trees on an easy and tranquil stroll along the pristine river bank. Includes all transport and lunch.
MONA – Go with an open mind. This is Australia’s largest private owned gallery of modern and contemporary art, all housed in a stunning building, amazing architecture and views.
Enjoy the Derwent River ferry cruise to and from the museum leaving from Constitution Dock in Hobart CBD. Includes entry and lunch allowance.
Bruny Island – For the more adventurous a full day tour of Bruny Island includes the amazing 3 hour cruise around rugged Tassie coastline. Experience the awesome power of the mighty Southern Ocean, towering cliffs and deep sea caves. Encounter the regions remarkable wildlife, keeping a close lookout for sea eagles, dolphins, seals and a variety of sea birds. Amazing photographic opportunities abound. Trip includes pickup Hobart 7.45am, scenic guided bus tour and ferry crossing to Bruny Island, morning tea, 3 hour wilderness cruise, lunch and return to Hobart around 5.30pm. This option incurs an additional $150.00 charge per person.
Day 8 - Salamanca Markets
Your 8 Day tour has officially concluded after a full buffet breakfast on Saturday morning but there is plenty more to see for the adventurous traveler. The world-famous Salamanca markets are held every Saturday and we wouldn’t want you to miss them, in fact our tour deliberately concludes in Hobart on Friday evening so guests can spend their Saturday roaming Salamanca Square.
For those still seeking afternoon entertainment we can recommend a trip up the stunning Mt Wellington where panoramic views sweep every direction. Or perhaps a boat ride up the Derwent River to MONA is more your style? It departs regularly from just near your accommodation at constitution Dock.
Spend nearly 24hours at one of Tasmania’s most unique locations - Cradle Mountain.
Cruise the majestic Gordon River, journeying deep into one of the world true frontiers.
Scenic drive through UNESCO World Heritage area of the Wild Rivers National Park.
Enjoy a memorable half-day journey ‘Premium Class’ on board Tasmania’s only functioning steam train - The West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Walk across the mighty Strathgordon dam, peeping over the 140m drop if your game.
Visit one of Australia most original, unique and tasteful art galleries – The Wall.
Return to Hobart in time to sample the culinary delights of the Salamanca Markets while shopping for Tasmania’s best local produce and craft.
Enjoy a full day experience on the magnificent Bruny Island.
Enjoy 2-nights accommodation at the recently refurbished Ibis Styles accomodations in Hobart CBD.
Return to Ho trip to the summit of Mt Wellington (1270m).
Small groups sizes – Maximum of 20 guests.
7 nights’ accommodation at comfortable lodgings rated 3.5 -4.5 star.
All attraction fees including boat & train experiences. All National Park fees.
All breakfasts and lunches.
Afternoon tea, coffee & biscuit stops provided daily.
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