Tour ID: 10063776
Day 1 - Wednesday 13th Nov 2019 (L,D)
After a 7.30am pick up at your Devonport accommodation, we head south to Leven Canyon. This spectacular Ravine, formed by thousands of years of weathering, has the Leven River flowing at its base, and is 250m-deep. Between 45,000 and 70,000 kilolitres of water roars through the canyon daily ! We can view the canyon by taking a short walk to the cliff-face viewing platform or, for the more active, you have the option of taking the 697 forest stairs !
At nearby Gunns Plains Caves we take a 1 hour tour through the cave, renowned for its magnificent formations and glow-worm display.
Taking the northern coast road, we now make our way to the small town of Stanley, visiting Dip Falls and Big Tree en- route. The beautiful Dip Falls can be viewed from the viewing platform, with an optional walk down to the base of the falls and its unique rock formations.
It's only an extra 5 minute walk to the Big Tree Reserve, home of the Big Tree with a circumference of nearly 17m, dwarfing the surrounding trees !
Our accommodation this evening is in Stanley, famous for it's extinct, 152 metre high volcano, known as The Nut.
Overnight accommodation- Stanley Seaview Inn- motel room
Day 2 - Thursday 14th Nov (B,L,D)
We explore Stanley this morning including The Nut and Highfield House. At The Nut, you can choose to walk to the plateau (10-20 mins each way) or take the chairlift (extra cost- currently $16 pp return).Once at the top, soak up the spectacular views over the Bass Strait and 360 degree views of the township. There's also a 1 hour circuit track around the Nut plateau.
Sitting on a hillside with views across to Stanley, Highfield Historic Site offers a historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. It . The elegant Regency design house is being restored over time and the site includes convict barracks, barns, stables, a chapel and a large ornamental garden, which we can explore after our guided tour.
This afternoon we travel to Gardiner Point, known as the “Edge of the World”, on the west coast. The sea west of Tasmania is the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe. The wild roaring forties (strong westerly winds) batter this coast from across the Great Southern Ocean, as currents from Argentina sweep unimpeded more than halfway around the planet, until they hit this point. You truly feel you are at the edge of the world.
Overnight accommodation- Tall Timbers Hotel, Smithton
Day 3 - Friday 15th Nov (B,L,D)
Exploring the Tarkine Wilderness this morning, we stop at Trowutta Arch and a couple of lookouts before continuing south along the Western Explorer drive to Corinna. The Western Explorer joins the north and the southern ends of the Tarkine, transecting the world’s largest remaining stretch of temperate rainforest.
Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is in Corinna, a remote settlement on the banks of the Pieman river. As this is truly the wilderness, there is no mobile phone or internet access. Your guide has a satellite phone in the event of an emergency and of course there is a pub/ restaurant as well.
Overnight accommodation- Corinna Cottages, with en-suites (2 night stay)
Day 4 - Saturday 16th Nov (B,L,D)
We spend the day at Corinna today. The day starts on the Pieman River Cruise, which includes commentary on the unique history, flora and fauna, and you can get close enough to the riverbank to actually touch the ancient rainforest, including many specimens of huon pine.
This afternoon is at your leisure. There are a variety of walks available to you from 5 mins to several hours and the forest is also rich in bird life and wildlife, including the Tasmanian Devil. Or, simply relax and enjoy your surrounds.
Overnight accommodation- Corinna Cottages, with en-suites
Day 5 - Sunday 17th Nov (B,L,D)
On the edge of Lake Waratah, lies the small town of Waratah, with it's rich mining past and a magnificent waterfall in the town centre ! This is our first stop today and includes a visit to the restored Stamper Mill, a relic of the richest tin mine in the southern hemisphere.
We now make our way to Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair NP, where there's free time, before we depart for the Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary. Here we take a guided tour and as Devils are primarily a nocturnal species and far more active at night, our tour is an evening one and environmentally sensitive lighting is used
Overnight accommodation- Cradle Mountain Hotel, standard rooms with en-suites (2 night stay)
**upgrades may be available for an extra charge**
Day 6 - Monday 18th Nov (B,L,D)
We spend today at Cradle Mountain. There are a range of walks available for you to take at your leisure, from short walks under an hour to longer walks of 4- 5 hours, including the famous Dove Lake Walk ( approx.2 hours) . We would also recommend a visit to ‘Waldheim', the rustic chalet that was once home for Gustav Weindorfer, the founding father of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. You’ll be provided with shuttle bus tickets for the loop bus which operates every 30 minutes through the day making it easy to explore the park.
The park is also fantastic for bird watching and photography.
Overnight accommodation- Cradle Mountain Hotel, standard rooms with en-suites
Day 7 - Tuesday 19th Nov (B,L,D)
We continue south today, through the mining town of Roseberry to Zeehan, home of the fascinating West Coast Heritage Centre. We visit the museum, which is dedicated to the history and pioneers of the West Coast of Tasmania and includes photo galleries, locomotives, mining machinery, a blacksmith shop, marine display, Masonic Display, crocite cavern, pioneer womens gallery, the historic Gaiety Theatre (Edwardian films playing daily) and a world class mineral collection.
Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is in Strahan, a pretty harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past.Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour and set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
There's some free time this afternoon, for you to browse the shops along the waterfront, enjoy the beach, walk to the Water Tower Hill Lookout or through the rainforest to Hogarth Falls. You also have the option of seeing may also like to see a 1 ¼ hour play telling the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island.“The Ship that never was” is staged every night at 5.30pm for approx $25 pp.
Overnight accommodation- Strahan Village, Standard Hilltop rooms (2 night stay)
Day 8 - Wednesday 20th Nov (B,L)
No visit to Strahan would be complete without a cruise on the Gordon River. So at 9am, we board our 6 hour cruise, where we'll see some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins on Sarah Island, a settlement pre-dating Port Arthur by decades.This tiny outpost of 18th Century British penal history was created to put the 'fear of God' into the convicts of Van Diemen’s Land and hides a fascinating tale of human triumph over adversity, brought vividly to life by expert guides.
Hear the intriguing story of Macquarie Harbour and its settlement;
Passage through Hells Gates the narrow entrance to Macquarie Harbour named by the convicts on their way to Sarah Island;
See high-tech aquaculture where hundreds of thousands of Tasmania’s famous Atlantic Salmon and Ocean Trout are farmed;
Cruise past the majesty of the rugged mountain ranges in Tasmania’s World Heritage listed South West Wilderness National Park;
Spend two hours in the serenity of the imposing Gordon River, complete with a stroll into the rainforest, which reclaimed the land after the last Great Ice Age.
Listen to the narrative, which brings the river and its rich history to life complete what is an unforgettable experience on the Gordon River.
Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch freshly prepared on board - includes smoked salmon, cold meats, a selection of salads, fresh fruit, Tasmanian cheeses and local bakery bread in Strahan, Tasmania.
Dinner this evening is at your own arrangement and expense.
Overnight accommodation- Strahan Village, Standard Hilltop rooms
Day 9 - Thursday 21st Nov (B,L,D)
We’ll travel to Queenstown in style this morning….on a steam train, riding the West Coast Wilderness Railway, including the King River Gorge, the “rack” section of the railway track, magnificent rainforest and all stations along the way.
Meeting us in Queenstown, your driver guide will take us to the decommissioned Iron Blow Mine (now filled with emerald water) lookout. Queenstown is the Largest town on Tasmania's West Coast, originally developed to service the booming copper fields of Mt Lyell. Whereas Tasmania is know for it’s greenness, Queenstown is orange/ red !
We’ll travel east now, through the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers NP to Derwent Bridge, with a short detour to Nelson Falls en-route.
We now make our way out to Lake St. Clair, at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This is the deepest lake in Australia and the headwaters of the Derwent River, carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years.There are a range of walks on offer here.
Overnight accommodation- Lake St Clair Lodge, motel room with en-suite
Day 10 - Friday 22nd Nov (B,L,D)
Leaving Derwent Bridge, our first stop today is the nearby Wall in the Wilderness, an ambitious art project of beautifully carved wood panels depicting the history, hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands and paying homage to the individuals who settled and protected the area.
Continuing through the Derwent Valley to Westerway, we now travel west towards Gordon Dam. Ringed with rugged mountain ranges and set in Tasmania's remote south-west wilderness, Lake Pedder and its companion Lake Gordon, together comprise the largest inland freshwater storage in Australia. Covering more than 500 square kilometres, they hold more than 37 times the volume of water than Sydney Harbour and Gordon is the largest power station in Tasmania. The water in Lake Pedder provides around 40% of the water used in the Gordon Power Station and the original Lake Pedder was flooded as part of the Gordon power scheme, creating wide spread opposition from conservation groups.
The dam can be viewed from the lookout or take a walk along the dam wall.
Overnight accommodation- Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge, motel room with en-suite
Day 11 - Saturday 23rd Nov (B,L,D)
Our first stop today is the Styx Valley of the Giants, where the forests are home to the tallest flowering plants in the world – Eucalyptus regnans. The Big Tree Reserve offers a gravel and boardwalk track with viewing platforms and we should also have time to do another short walk in the area.
Mt Field National Park is our final stop in the wild south-west wilderness. View the tall swamp gums, amongst the tallest trees in Australia and you have the option of taking all of or part of the waterfalls circuit, comprising of Russell Falls, Lady Barren Falls and Horseshoe Falls.
We continue towards Hobart, with a stop en-route in New Norfolk. Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney, located at the entrance to the Derwent River.
Overnight Hobart accommodation- Studio apartment with en-suite at the Old Wool Store Apartments, located in the historic Sullivans Cove area (2 night stay)
Day 12 - Sunday 24th Nov (B,D)
You have today free to explore Hobart at your leisure. Perhaps take a day tour to Bruny Island, Maria Island or Tahune AirWalk or stay within Hobart and perhaps visit the Botanical Gardens, Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum on the Hobart waterfront, MONA art museum or nearby Salamanca Place.
Overnight Hobart accommodation- Studio apartment with en-suite at the Old Wool Store Apartments
Day 13 - Monday 25th Nov (B,L,D)
We spend today at the Port Arthur Historic Site, on the Tasman Peninsula .Established in 1830, the site developed from a timber station into a small town that housed and punished over a thousand of Tasmania's most notorious convicts. Full of powerful stories of hardship and loss, Port Arthurs dark history contrasts with the beauty of the surrounding area. Includes a 40 minute guided walking tour,a 25 minute harbour cruise,access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, gardens and restored houses on the Site and access to the Convict Water Supply Trail, and the Dockyard.
Upgrades are available to include the Point Puer Boys’ Prison Tour or the Isle of the Dead Tour (extra cost for both options).
Overnight accommodation- Fox and Hounds Inn, motel room with en-suite
Day 14 - Tuesday 26th Nov (B,L,D)
Today we explore the other sights on the Tasman Peninsula, including the blowholes and the World Heritage-listed Coal Mines Historic Site, where the site reveals the harsh lives of repeat offender convicts who worked underground extracting coal.
We visit Richmond on our way back to Hobart. Richmond was an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur. Nestled in the Coal River Valley, this classified historic town is famous for its Georgian architecture and the town is as elegant today as it was in the 1820's.
Overnight Hobart accommodation- Studio apartment with en-suite at the Old Wool Store Apartments
Day 15 - Wednesday 27th Nov (B)
Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning.
Seat in 4WD vehicle, with professional driver guide & hostess, Meals, as stated, Accommodation, as listed, Park entry fees, Entry to the Port Arthur Historic Site, West Coast Heritage Centre in Zeehan and the Wall in the Wilderness, West Coast Wilderness Railway train ride from Strahan to Queenstown, 6 hour Gordon River cruise, Pieman River Cruise in Corinna, Gunns Plains Caves tour, Evening guided tour at Devils @ Cradle, Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary
Single room is an additional $1855. Single travellers must have single room and pay single supplement.
7:30 AM Wed
This tour departs Devonport and you will be collected from your hotel at approximately 7.30am- please advise us of your hotel at time of booking.
1L water bottle, per person,
Clothes and personnal items,
Camera and charger,
Wide Brimmed hat,
Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
something warm to wear in the evenings such as a fleece
Tour isn't suitable for children under age 10 years. Adult and child rate are the same
Please advise us of any dietry requirements or special needs at time of booking.
Hobart, Cradle Mountain, Devonport, Port Arthur, Stanley, Strahan, Richmond, Russell Falls, Derwent Valley, Derwent River, New Norfolk, Lake St Clair, Mt Field and The Tarkine
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