Highlights: Woolnorth Station, Table Cape Tulip Farm, Devils@Cradle, Cradle Mountain National Park, West Coast Heritage Centre, West Coast Wilderness Railway - River & Rainforest, Strahan - Macquarie Harbour & the Gordon River Cruise, Wall in the Wilderness, Salamanca Markets, The Cascades Female Factory, Gourmet Day on Bruny Island, Port Arthur Historic Site, Bridestow Lavender Farm, Launceston & The Tamar River Cruise including Cataract Gorge, Axemans Hall of Fame & Timberworks MuseumView Dates & Book
ALBURY – SPIRIT OF TASMANIA SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2022
Welcome aboard Martin’s air-conditioned touring coach for departure at 12.00 noon Lavington Shopping Centre Griffith Rd, 12.15pm Albury Rail Station, 12.30pm Wodonga Plaza Smythe Street and 1.20pm Wangaratta Coles Perry Street Bus Stop for our special spring tour to Tasmania. Our program takes us on a “circle” tour of the Island State and includes all the iconic attractions of Tasmania. After we have completed our passenger pick-up service and loaded the coach we head to Melbourne for dinner at Mercure Caroline Springs before travelling to Melbourne for our departure at 10.00pm on the Spirit of Tasmania. While the coach is being loaded onto the cargo deck we board. The cabins on “the Spirit” are quite small but very comfortable, with a port hole, twin bed accommodation and en-suite bathroom. The facilities on the vessel are extensive with lounges, bars, shops and viewing areas.
Overnight: Spirit of Tasmania, Port Hole Cabins
WOOLNORTH STATION SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER
We arrive in East Devonport on the North Coast early morning and it will take about 30 minutes before the coach is unloaded and we are on our way. Travel across to Woolnorth Station which covers more than 22,000 hectares in the far northwest corner of Tasmania. This property is owned by the Van Diemans Land Company which began in 1825 from a Royal Charter from King George IV. It is the only company in the world still operating under such a charter. Most of Tasmania’s native animals abound on Woolnorth Station including wallaby, wombat, echidna, bandicoot, platypus, sugar gliders, quolls, tasmanian devils and others. Lunch is included in our tour before stopping this afternoon in historic Stanley. With its village atmosphere, small craft shops, historic houses (including the cottage where Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons was born) and tea houses, Stanley makes an ideal stop. A chairlift operates to the summit of the Nut (optional). We can take a wander through the village before driving to Smithton.
Accommodation: Tall Timbers Hotel/Mote, Smithton Ph: (03) 6452 9000
CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Our first stop this morning is at the Table Cape Tulip Farm, the home of Van Diemen Quality Bulbs. This truly spectacular farm just explodes in colour! There will be a fantastic show of tulips in the fields, one of which is open for us to walk in, rows and rows of beautiful bright colours - a perfect spot for a group photo. It’s not far to travel to our next garden – the Annsleigh Gardens and Café. As the name suggests, this is also our lunch venue but have plenty of time to explore this garden; a profusion of colourful trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, with cherry blossom, wisteria, camellia and laburnum walks; rhododendrons, rose garden and colonial section. Our final stop for the day is at Devils@Cradle. This venue is a conservation sanctuary for Tasmania’s most iconic resident – the tasmanian devil. The visit will provide us with an understanding of their lifecycles and the current threats that confront them. From here it’s not far to the Cradle Mountain Hotel and our overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel
Cradle Mountain Ph: (03) 6492 1404
CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK & ZEEHAN TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Following breakfast, we take a tour of the Cradle Mountain National Park including Waldheim and Dove Lake. On our return have a look at the stunning Wilderness Gallery before lunch back at the hotel. From Cradle Mountain, we continue south through Rosebery to Zeehan, once the third largest town in Tasmania. Our afternoon stop is at the West Coast Heritage Centre that offers a unique insight into the history of the West Coast of Tasmania. Our day concludes as we arrive in Strahan and settle into our rooms for the next 3 nights.
Accommodation: Hilltop Motor Inn, Strahan Ph: 03 6471 4389
WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY WEDNESDAY 5TH OCTOBER
This morning have another memorable experience, as we join the West Coast Wilderness Railway for the breathtaking River and Rainforest rail journey. From Strahan take in the stunning views and enter the rainforest, following the King River to Teepookana – once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania, and the place where construction of the railway first began. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment. Our guide will tell us stories of the railway and the resilient people who lived and worked along its length. From the men who laboured to build the line and keep the trains running, to the families and children that made a life in the forest, and the two visionary Irishmen whose fierce rivalry and undaunted ambition brought the railway to life. Morning tea and lunch on return to Strahan is included today and we can enjoy some free time in Strahan this afternoon.
GORDON RIVER CRUISE THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER
We have a stunning cruise to enjoy this morning. It leaves at 9.00am and takes us right across Macquarie Harbour and approximately 12 kilometres into the Gordon River. See Huon Pine trees that are thousands of years old. In fact the age of an ancient tree recently “discovered” has put at 10,000 years and, if verified, it will be recognised as the oldest on earth. We have the opportunity at Heritage Walk to see these and other trees of the dense forest close up. We will also come across the remains of the 3 storey jail house on Sarah Island and take a first-hand view of the only entrance to Macquarie Harbour, known as Hells Gates. It’s a great day topped off with a beautiful buffet lunch. We return to Strahan mid afternoon for some free time to spend around the main wharf and the Esplanade before returning to our accommodation.
WORLD HERITAGE TOURING FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER
This morning take the steep climb out of Queenstown and travel via some pristine wilderness areas including the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The area on our immediate right is part of the huge South West National Park, which, combined with the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, makes up almost one third of the land mass of Tasmania. The little town of Derwent Bridge which is the geographical centre of Tasmania is our lunch stop and we also view the Wall in the Wilderness. The “wall” is a work in progress which will take another couple of years to complete. Carving is now well past the halfway mark and when complete it will measure 100 metres in length. In the reception area, there are many three-dimensional sculptures to view. Continue our journey south into Hobart. Our accommodation is located at the Hotel Grand Chancellor with views overlooking the waterfront area, as well as towards the mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor (3 nights) Hobart Ph: (03) 6225 7000
HOBART & THE SALAMANCA MARKETS SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Set between the towering peak of Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded in 1804, Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital and everywhere we go, the past steps out to meet us. Sullivans Cove is lined with sandstone warehouses reflecting the area's rich maritime history and at Battery Point tiny cottages vie for space with grand mansions and Victorian terraces. A local guide joins us for a sightseeing tour of Hobart from the coach. We are lucky enough to be in Hobart on a Saturday, so later this morning we visit the famous Salamanca Markets. Over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas. We have some free time here to purchase our lunch and this afternoon we visit the The Cascades Female Factory. The Factory was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts, where the inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the colony's penal costs.
BRUNY ISLAND SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER
Today we are in for a fantastic experience with Rob Pennicott's multi-award-winning Bruny Island Traveller tour. It will be a slightly earlier start to the day as we travel through Hobart’s southern suburbs and then cross via ferry to Adventure Bay, Bruny Island. On our tour we enjoy a true gourmet experience visiting the home of Bruny Island's Cheese, Oysters, Fudge, Berries, Wine and Whisky to savour their produce and hear the stories behind the harvest. Throughout the day we take in some incredible scenery. The light bush of the northern island gives way to the dense rainforest of the south - this pristine wilderness is home to diverse wildlife including rare white wallabies. After a memorable day we head back to Hobart.
PORT ARTHUR & BICHENO MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER
With an early start today, we make our way to the Port Arthur Historic Site. The penal settlement is a stark reminder of the harsh conditions endured by the earliest European inhabitants of this one-time island jail. The ruins are the greatest single tourist attraction in Tasmania and the place where up to 12,000 prisoners were kept in an atmosphere of hopelessness and misery. Even though the Tasman Peninsula is spectacular, you can imagine the conditions, especially on a cold winters day, endured by the prisoners 150 years ago. We look through the Visitor Centre, then take a guided walking tour through the Penal Settlement followed by a Harbour Cruise. This afternoon follow the coast and travel through Orford and Swansea on our way to Bicheno.
Accommodation: Beachfront at Bicheno, Bicheno Ph: (03) 6375 1111
BICHENO – LAUNCESTON TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER
Following breakfast, we begin our journey to Launceston, travelling via the small township of Ledgerwood, to see the incredible tree carvings. Near here located in Nabowla is the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. We have lunch on arrival and take a tour of the farm – one of the world's largest single commercial lavender farms, producing the finest quality lavender flowers and lavender oil. Later this afternoon, we make our way into Launceston.
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor (2 nights), Launceston Ph: (03) 6334 3434
LAUNCESTON & THE TAMAR RIVER WEDNESDAY 12TH OCTOBER
Our Launceston touring starts with Tamar River Cruises aboard the Lady Launceston this morning as we explore the Old Launceston Seaport before cruising to Kings Wharf viewing historic vessels and Launceston's delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is then cruising into the spectacular Cataract Gorge as we engage the Lady Launceston's unique and silent electric drive. View the sheer cliffs and cascades from our seats on this 1890's style vessel. We’ll enjoy the skippers captivating commentary on the history of this fascinating area. Next, we travel to nearby Longford for a visit to Brickendon Estate. Built by convicts and owned by the same family since 1824, there are more than 20 heritage buildings to explore, magnificent gardens to wander and many fascinating stories to hear. We have a look through the convict built farm village, have lunch and then look through the lovely estate gardens before heading back to Launceston.
LAUNCESTON, DEVONPORT TO MELBOURNE THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER
This morning we’ll head to nearby Deloraine to visit Yarns: Artwork in Silk. The main highlight of this attraction is the light and sound show presentation in the auditorium. We explore the indoor and outdoor museum at leisure, then its off to Ashgrove Cheeses. Be sure to stock up on gourmet provisions like award-winning milk, specialty cheeses, fancy cheese snacks and tasty Tasmanian produce, or grab a gift for a loved one who enjoys cheese as much as you do. We have a cheese tasting and talk followed by lunch here. On our way to Devonport we pass through Sheffield, a delightful township which sits in the shadows of Mt Roland and the Western Tiers. The town centre features many murals depicting the history of the area. From here we head to the new Axeman’s Hall of Fame and Timberworks Museum. Since early colonial days, timber getting and timber cutting has been a major industry in Australia. The Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame and Timberworks salutes both the pioneers of the industry and those who have triumphed in the competitive woodchopping. We have an early dinner in Devonport, before boarding the “Spirit of Tasmania” back to Port Melbourne .
Overnight: Spirit of Tasmania, Port Hole Cabins
MELBOURNE – ALBURY FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER
The Spirit of Tasmania arrives back at Station Pier at about 7.00am. As we pass through the Heads into Port Phillip Bay, it is a great view of Melbourne. After the coach has been unloaded we head off for breakfast. We then commence our travel home via the Hume Highway back to Albury to complete a fantastic holiday to Tasmania.
$5968.00 Per Person Twin / Double Share
$7250.00 Single Supplement
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
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