Day 1: Sunday, Launceston, Hobart, Port Arthur
After leaving Launceston, drive the Heritage Highway through the historic Midland towns of Ross (famous for its carved stone bridge) and Oatlands (with many fine colonial sandstone buildings). Arrive in Hobart and drive to the top of Mt Wellington (1270m) for spectacular views in all directions. After a short drive in the city, head to the Tasman Peninsula, spectacular scenery and views of Eaglehawk Neck from the lookout,see nature’s wonders – the Blow Hole, Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Overnight Nubeena/Port Arthur.
Day 2: Monday, Port Arthur, East Coast, Bicheno
Visit famous Port Arthur Historic site "Penitentiary center for convicts", take guided tour of thee site, brief visit to local chocolate factory before leaving the Tasman Peninsula for the East Coast. Next is Swansea – a beautiful East Coast town. Stop for wine tasting before arriving at Freycinet National Park for a one hour return walk to view famous Wineglass Bay from the Wineglass Bay Lookout. The tour makes a brief stop at Freycinet Marine Farm to replace lost calories (optional!) with a taste of freshly picked oysters and steamed mussels (own expense). Arrive in Bicheno to see the amazing Blow Hole. An evening penguin tour is also available (optional). Overnight Bicheno.
Day 3: Tuesday, Bicheno, St Helens, Launceston
Visit a multi-award winning East Coast wildlife park before heading to St Helens to see Peron Sand Dunes with their Sahara-like feel and great coastal views. See the granite-rock coastline of the Bay of Fires and one of Tasmania’s best beaches at Binalong Bay. Drive toward Launceston via Scottsdale. On the way, see magnificent St Columba Falls (90m), carved trees at Legerwood. The tour concludes in Launceston CBD.
Day 4: Wednesday, Launceston-Mole Creek-Cradle Mt
First, a short drive through Launceston city on the way to Cataract Gorge, the jewel of Launceston. Leave Launceston and stop by Chudleigh Honey Farm for honey tasting and a honey ice-cream (own expense). Next, visit Maracoopa Cave near Mole Creek for a guided tour of limestone cave that is millions of years old. Travel to the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park Overnight Cradle Mountain.
Day 5: Thursday, Cradle Mountain, Rosebery, Strahan
Still in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, see famous Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background. Time allows for a walk around the lake. On the way to Strahan, see beautiful Lake Rosebery, view the Southern Ocean (see as far as you can imagine – perhaps Argentina?). Arrive in Strahan, considered one of the prettiest villages in Tasmania. Take a 40 minute walk through rainforest to see samples of Tasmania’s trees and Hogarth Falls. Visit an award winning woodworks center with beautifully designed woodcraft on display. Sunset from Strahan looks fantastic! Overnight Strahan.
Day 6: Friday, Strahan – Queenstown – Hobart
Queenstown is an old mining town reflecting of past glory and surrounded by mine-colored mountains. After a visit to Queenstown, head towards Hobart. En route, enjoy a 20 minute walk to beautiful Nelson Falls and turn at Derwent Bridge to see Lake St Clair – Australia’s deepest lake. Next stop is Mt Field National Park to view famous Russell Falls (regularly seen on Tasmanian calendars) and the Tall Trees before the tour concludes in Hobart with drop off at Hobart.
Next day suggested activity: Browse at the Salamanca Market (open 09:00 – 15:00).
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