Australia: Tasmanian Explorer
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Hobart
Fly from the UK to Hobart
Days 3 - 4: Hobart
Spend a couple of days in the shadow of photogenic Mount Wellington in Tasmania’s state capital Hobart, a small, yet perfectly formed city. Explore the pretty harbour, with its heritage Georgian architecture, plus a wealth of museums and art galleries at Battery Point, then head up the mountain itself for panoramic views over town and the ocean beyond. Hobart throws a number of great festivals, as well as the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht race and the Royal Hobart Regatta, so if you’re in town at the time, be sure to head on down and join the party. Your stay here includes a night at the Moorilla Estate, where you can taste the top notch wines and feast on a delicious tasting menu with matched vintages, in one of the world's most unique museums.
Days 5 - 6: Cradle Mountain
Admire the dramatic views in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Filled with lakes and mountains, this World Heritage-listed park is best explored on foot. Perhaps take a walk around Dove Lake, with the towering peak of magnificent Cradle Mountain reflected in its cool waters, or explore 200m-deep Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. The plunging waters of Pencil Pine Falls are also worth a look, as is the cosy Waldheim Chalet museum, built by Gustav Weindorfer, the man who campaigned to have this incredible area declared a national park.
Day 7: Launceston
With its stunning location on the banks of the Tamar River, Launceston is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Take a wander along the boardwalks in the wetlands and view countless water birds, watch the yachts coming and going or perhaps sample the wines of the Tamar Valley. In town, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, opened in 1891, is stuffed full of assorted art and artefacts, and has an excellent café. Don’t leave Launceston without cruising through the magnificent Cataract Gorge, just outside town at the confluence of the North and South Esk rivers.
Day 8: Bay of Fires
Head to St Helens, which is just a short hop from Binalong Bay at the southern tip of the mesmerising Bay of Fires. Explore the beautiful coastline and sweeping white beaches among endless stretches of sand, crystal-clear seas and huge granite boulders, perhaps walking or cycling the pathways to see this stunning area in more detail. The town itself is somewhat of a game-fishing centre, with yellowfin tuna and marlin regularly caught here, as well as lobster. The abundance of fish means there’s no shortage of places to eat, especially if it's seafood you’re after.
Days 9 - 10: Freycinet National Park
Gaze over the unspoiled turquoise waters and pure white sands of Freycinet National Park, overlooked by the pink granite façade and rugged beauty of the Hazards Range. Here a variety of activities are offered, from guided bushwalks, to cycling and bird watching. Board your boat and head out along the shoreline of the celebrated Wineglass Bay, blessed with a perfect curve of white sand and frequently named one of the best beaches in the world – and keep an eye out for dolphins and fur seals.
Day 11: Port Arthur
Discover Port Arthur’s fascinating yet turbulent history as a former convict settlement. With more than 60 heritage buildings, some in ruins and some restored, Port Arthur Historic Site covers a large area. The dark history of the site is juxtaposed with its gorgeous setting, with green hills on three sides and glittering blue sea on the other creating a picturesque backdrop. If you dare, take a spooky lantern-lit ghost tour of the site after dark – explore when the crowds have gone home and listen to the eerie night-time noises, hear ghostly tales and see if you can discover the truth behind the supposed hauntings and mysterious goings on.
Day 12: Hobart
Return to Hobart for your final night. Stock up on those last-minute souvenirs in the shops and markets, or have a tasty farewell dinner and reminisce about all the wonderful experiences you've had in Tasmania.
Days 13 - 14:
Depart Hobart and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Hobart - 4* night at the 4* Somerset on Salamanca; 1 night at the MONA museum, in a
- Cradle Mountain - 4* Cradle Mountain Hotel
- Launceston - 4.5* Country Club Tasmania
- Bay of Fires - 4* Tidal Waters Resort
- Freycinet National Park - 4* Freycinet Lodge
- Port Arthur - 3.5* Port Arthur Motor Inn
- Hobart - 4* Somerset on Salamanca
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