Depart: Mon & Tue (MAY 01 to OCT 31)
Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat and Sun (NOV 01 TO APR 30)
- 4 Nights accommodation (3-3.5★hotel)
- Coach transportation & sightseeing
- Return airport-hotel transfers
- All entrance fee as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English speaking Tour Guide
Day 1: Melbourne – Hobart
Depart from Melbourne to Hobart. Upon arrival, you are transferred to the hotel. Then, free at your own leisure.
Day 2: Grand Hobart (797)
You can discover Hobart in a day – Mt Wellington summit, Hobart city coach tram tour and Richmond, one of Australia’s most original historic villages. Witness magnificent views on the Kunanyi/Mt Wellington tour – glimpse the unfolding panorama of the river, fields and the setting of Hobart town followed by an orientation tour highlighting the city’s history, culture and lifestyle. On this tour we have approximately 2 hours to explore historic Richmond village, perhaps taste some local produce, shop for unique gifts, explore the historic surrounds including the convict built road bridge, quaint cottages and Richmond goal.
- On a clear day the views from Mt Wellington are stunning.
- In the winter perhaps you will be playing in the snow – despite the weather – take the opportunity to visit iconic Mt Wellington. The traditional indigenous name in Palawa Kani language is Kunanyi
- See St. David’s Park
- Pass by Anglesea Barracks – Australia’s oldest Army facility
- Cascade Valley – home of the Cascade Brewery and Gardens
- On this tour we pass through various ecosystems and experience the harsh alpine environment of the mountain.
- View the massive rock formation of the Organ Pipes
- Kunanyi/Mt Wellington summit – a harsh rocky alpine environment affording unsurpassed views on a clear day
- The summit of Mt Wellington offers a panoramic spectacle of Hobart town, its surrounding suburbs, vast waterways of the Derwent River
- After our descent from the mountain, we have a brief visit to the Cascades Female Factory – a onetime female prison – for an insight into the lives of the women convicts once imprisoned there
- Sullivan’s Cove – Hobart’s birthplace and ferry terminal
- Parliament House
- Salamanca Place – Georgian style warehouses now restored as restaurants, galleries and pubs
- Princes Park – a one time gun battery
- Battery Point – charming historic houses, pubs, boutique shops and restaurants
- St. George’s Church
- Views of Wrest Point Casino and exclusive Sandy Bay
- St. David’s Park
- South Hobart at the foot of Mt. Wellington
- Option to walk and view the exterior of the Cascade Brewery
- Cascade Gardens
- Visit the remains of the Female Factory – a one time female prison
- St. David’s Cathedral
- Treasury Building and Franklin Square
- GPO and Hobart Town Hall
- Penitentiary Chapel
- Queen’s Domain and Government House
- Cross Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River
- Views over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive
- Stop at Rosny Hill lookout for stunning views of Hobart, Sandy Bay, Mt Wellington, Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy
- Victoria Dock and Constitution Dock
- Enjoy some free time to see the exquisite Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
- Head out the Brooker Highway passing North Hobart and New Town
- Derwent Entertainment Centre
- Richmond – one of Australia’s most unique and historic towns dating from the 1820s
- Stroll across the Richmond Bridge – Introduce yourself to the local ducks, as they forage for good under the oldest convict built road bridge in Australia
- Also set in this idyllic location is the oldest operating Catholic Church
- Perhaps visit Richmond Gaol – operational from 1826
- Taste some Coal Valley region wines and local produce (own expense), shop or just relax.
- Whatever you choose there’s plenty of time to explore the village, it’s quaint cottages, unique shops, galleries and restaurants.
- Excellent photo opportunities all round!
Daily except Sat & Sun (November 01 through to April 30). Tue, Thu & Fri (May 01 through to October 31) and Depart: 9:15am Return: 5:30pm
Fare Includes Coach and Tram Touring*
Note: Kunanyi/Mt Wellington itinerary may vary due to weather conditions
*Due to operational requirements sometimes other vehicles may be used
Day 3: Russell Falls with Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Tour (770)
Mt Field National Park, Russell Falls, Salmon Ponds and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
Immerse yourself in wilderness, waterfalls and wildlife on this incredible tour to the pristine rainforest of Mt Field National Park.
- As we leave Hobart and follow the Derwent River into the beautiful Derwent Valley, keep a look out for native birds along the shores of the river before arriving at New Norfolk – the heart of this valley of tiny towns and agriculture
- Pass through the hop fields of Bushy Park
- Visit the Salmon Ponds, the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere, in operation since 1864
- Enjoy a complimentary morning tea
- Perhaps feed the trout and salmon
- Visit the Museum – all this set amidst historic surrounds within the original and stunning English parklands
- Arriving at Mt Field National Park start with an easy walk through a canopy of rainforest and fern glades to view crystal clear waters and the spectacle of Russell Falls
- Soak up the serenity and atmosphere of majestic tall tree ferns providing a canopy for a delightful walk alongside a forest stream
- Lunch (at your own expense) can be enjoyed in the park
- There may be an opportunity to purchase fresh raspberries from roadside stalls (seasonal)
- Arriving at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, get ready for your up close encounter with the iconic Tasmanian Devil and other native animals
- This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about our unique wildlife and perhaps hand feed the animals that roam free
- A wonderful way to end the day before we head back to Hobart with so many special memories and experiences
Tue and Thu Depart: 9:15am Return: 5:00pm
Fare Includes Morning tea, Entry to Mt Field National Park, Entry to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 4: Grand Port Arthur (784)
Sitting tranquilly amidst English oaks and gardens, Port Arthur is a harsh contrast to the beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. Rich in visual history, the Port Arthur Historic Site evokes a powerful sense of our past convict era and of early Australian settlement heritage. On this tour, with an included walk on the Isle of the Dead, we gain a more powerful insight into the personal life and struggles of the convicts. Your journey to Port Arthur departs Hobart and crossing the Derwent River. Leaving behind the city, pass ever changing landscape as you skirt the ocean and impressive rugged coastline. At Port Arthur, take advantage of the included walking tours around the main site and Isle of the Dead. Spend time exploring the multitude of restored and ruined buildings and learn the site’s dramatic history.
- Departing Hobart view Government House, home to the governor of Tasmania
- Travel across the Tasman Bridge over the Derwent River and into the Coal River Valley, an award winning wine producing area surrounding the historic town of Richmond (Oct – Apr).
- Enjoy an orientation drive through this quaint historic town with a short photo stop at the famous convict built Richmond Bridge (Oct to Apr)
- We continue onto the Tasman Peninsula, an area abound with natural bushland, native wildlife and amazing coastal scenery
- Skirt Norfolk Bay on the Tasman Peninsula
- Eaglehawk Neck- stunning rocky coastline
- Doo Town
- Our stop in the Tasman National Park at pristine Pirates Bay, will leave you in awe of the wonderful views, rugged coastline and striking rock formations. A great photo opportunity!
- Arriving at Port Arthur we have approximately 5 hours to soak up the atmosphere of this World Heritage Site
- Visit the Interpretation Centre and follow the harrowing life of a Convict.
- Join a guided walking tour to learn about the many restored buildings and ruins
- See the Penitentiary – a onetime granary and flour mill, separate prison, Commandant’s House, church and more
- Enjoy a cruise on Carnarvon Bay around the Isle of the Dead,
- See Port Arthur from a different perspective on an “Isle of the Dead” walking tour
- Then back to the Historic Site for free time to purchase your own lunch and explore at your own pace.
Daily except Sat
Depart: 8:15am (October 01 through to April 30) or 9:15am (May 01 through to September 30)
Return: 5:00pm/5:30pm (Oct – Apr)
Fare Includes Introductory walking tour by Port Arthur guide (40mins), harbour cruise, guided tour of “Isle of the Dead”, Port Arthur admission and free WiFi* on coach
Note* Tour not recommended for those with mobility restrictions (due to the Isle of the Dead portion)
* WiFi on coach subject to coach availability
* Richmond component operates from October to April
Day 5: Hobart – Melbourne
Enjoy your own free time until you are transferred to the airport to catch the flight back to your sweet home.
Note: Additional surcharges will be applied during high season (18Dec-30Jan), extra $15 per night for adult and extra $5 per night for child. Child price apply for children from age 3 to 12.