Tasmania's Cultural Treasures

11 nights from £3,899 per person

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy travelling in small groups to gain an in-depth understanding of Tasmania's convict heritage and history in Richmond and Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Explore this remote island and its coastal fossil caves, visit the historic Darlington probation station and try to spot native wildlife such as wombats and wallabies
  • Board the majestic steam train that follows the West Coast Wilderness Railway deep into the Tasmanian wilderness and rugged terrain
  • Take a self-guided tour through the historic Woolmers Estate and Brickendon farm village and spend the night in an authentic convict cottage

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11 nights from £3,899 per person
Best time to travel OCT - APR
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Tasmania is packed full of cultural experiences as well as being home to some of Australia's most breath-taking landscapes and scenery. Visit historic convict settlements, remote islands and national parks, spot native wildlife in their natural environment and sample some of Tasmania's boutique wines.

Tasmania is steeped with history and cultural experiences as well as offering some of Australia’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. Cultural experiences are as varied as its vibrant arts scene to its compelling convict heritage where five historic convict settlements are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our Tasmania’s Cultural Treasures Tour takes you on a journey through Tasmania’s history and wild landscapes, with gourmet food and wine experiences, scenic flights and cruises to remote islands and national parks in search of native and endangered wildlife. Visit art galleries, museums and preserved convict settlements, then board a steam train for a journey along the West Coast Wilderness Railway, a former connection to the copper mines of Queenstown and port of Strahan. Cruise along the mirror-like waters of Gordon River and spend the night in an authentic convict cottage at the World Heritage Listed colonial farm village of Brickendon.

Itinerary

Day 1  UK to Hobart
Take an overnight flight from the UK to Hobart. You may choose to add a stopover in one of several locations including Abu Dhabi, Singapore or Hong Kong, Melbourne or Sydney.
Day 2  Arrive Hobart
Arrive at Hobart where you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to The Henry Jones Art Hotel, set in former Jam Factory on the site of the first settlers. For an in-depth introduction to Tasmania’s history visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Explore the village of Battery Point (named after the 1818-gun battery that protected old Hobart Town). Don’t miss the Battery Point Sculpture Trail either.
Day 3  Historic Richmond Village & Port Arthur Historic Site
You will gain an insight to Tasmania’s convict history on this full day tour to the historic village of Richmond and Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Richmond, considered Australia’s best preserved colonial village including Richmond Bridge, a historic landmark built by convicts in 1825. At Port Arthur Historic Site you will learn the history of this convict settlement where ruins of 35 historic buildings still remain.
Day 4  Scenic flight to South West National Park
Embark on a spectacular adventure Tasmania’s South West National Park. Land at Melaleuca, the only breeding place of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. Be guided along the Needwonnee Aboriginal Walk, providing an intimate and visual Aboriginal cultural interpretative experience. Explore the pristine waters of Port Dovey Marine Reserve by boat, enjoy a gourmet lunch of Tasmanian produce and return by scenic flight over Mount Picton and The Houn Valley.
Day 5  Maria Island Tour
Explore the mountainous Maria Island, an island rich with history, native wildlife and unmatched in beauty. Choose a 4-hour scenic cruise of Maria Island’s spectacular coastline exploring 300-million-year-old fossil caves and cliffs or cruise to Ile Des Phoques, where you have time with swim and snorkel. On land you will walk through Darlington’s fascinating collection of preserved convict buildings and maybe spot one of the resident wombats, wallabies or possibly Tasmanian devils.
Day 6  Hobart to Lake St Clair (115 miles)
Pick up your car hire from Hobart and start your journey across Tasmania through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Marvel at the 90-metre plus trees of Mount Field National Park and 80-metre Russell Falls which appeared on Australia’s first postage stamp. Arrive at the southern part of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and spend a night in one of Australia’s most unique wilderness lodges, Pumphouse Point.
Day 7  Lake St Clair to Strahan (82 miles)
Take the scenic drive down a winding road with more than 90-bends to Queenstown which was once the world’s richest mining town. Copper mining and mass logging in the early 1900’s has left the area with a surreal rocky ‘moonscape’. Continue to Strahan on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, six times larger than Sydney Harbour! Join a small group tour to Bonnet Island to visit the lighthouse and penguin spotting. Hotel - Risby Cove
Day 8  West Coast Wilderness Railway
Board the majestic steam locomotive for a half-day journey in to Tasmania’s wilderness travelling along The West Coast Wilderness Railway, a reconstruction of the Mount Lyell Mining and & Railway Company railroad that connected the copper mines of Queenstown with the port at Strahan. In the evening we suggest watching the waterfront play, The Ship That Never Was – Australia’s longest running play telling the story of escaped convicts, a stolen ship and mutiny at sea. Hotel - Risby Cove
Day 9  Gordon River Cruise / Strahan to Cradle Mountain (86 miles)
Cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gate before the Gordon River - a river so calm that you will see reflections of the wilderness on its mirror like water. Disembark at Heritage Landing for a short walk along boardwalks in to forests of Huon Pines which are several thousand years old. Visit Sarah Island, where ruins of the former penal settlement give an insight of convict life. Late afternoon drive to Cradle Mountain. Hotel - Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Enjoy easy walking around Dove Lake through the Ballroom Forest and around the summit of Cradle Mountain surrounded by the epic glacial scenery of the national park. More strenuous hikes are possible such as the 8-hour Cradle Mountain Circuit. Visit the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery where there are twelve rooms of powerful imagery Tasmania, Australia and Antarctica. This evening you will ‘Dine with the Devil’ at Devils@Cradle Wildlife Sanctuary. Hotel - Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Day 11  Cradle Mountain to Beauty Point (88 miles)
Drive via Sheffield, ‘Town of Murals’ where some 40 or more colourful huge murals adorn the walls and buildings of this once industrial town that has reinvented itself to become a centre of bohemian art, craft and culture. Continue to Beauty Point near the mouth of the Tamar River, stop at Beaconsfield Gold Mine & Heritage Centre where you learn the history of the mine and Tamar Valley and the story of the mine rescue when it collapsed in 2006. Hotel - Beauty Point Cottages.
Day 12  Beauty Point to Brickendon (46 miles)
Visit the local wineries in the Tamar Valley where you can sample wine and enjoy lunch. Continue to the historic village of Longford and the World Heritage Listed Brickendon and Woolmers, UNESCO convict sites. Woolmers has the most perfectly preserved convict history in Australia and the National Rose Garden. You will spend the night in a rustic and authentic convict cottage on the World Heritage listed convict settlement at Brickendon. Hotel - Brickendon Estate Convict Cottage
Day 13  Launceston to UK
Spend the morning in Launceston and visit the Queen Victoria Museum presenting the culture of Tasmanian Aboriginal People, read stories of the misunderstood Tasmanian Tiger and visit the portrait and contemporary art galleries. Drive to Launceston Airport where you will drop off your rental vehicle at the airport depot in time for your flight to the UK.
Tasmania's Cultural Treasures
11 nights from £3,899 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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