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Launceston: Grand Tasman: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,695

FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Venture across the rugged landscape of Tasmania on this value vacation. Beginning and ending in Launceston, you’ll spend 10 days journeying across the island, seeing highlights like Freycinet National Park, the capital of Hobart, the historic prison of Port Arthur, and the breathtaking wilds of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

This 10-day Australian vacation takes you throughout Tasmania on a great value trip. It features first-class accommodations, escorted coach touring, and is ideal for travellers in Australia who want to explore the nation’s southernmost state.

Your Australian tour begins in Launceston, on the north of the island. The city is known for its location along the Tamar River and easy access to nearby wineries and stunning Cataract Gorge. Take a journey along the river and visit the gold mining town of Beaconsfield before enjoying a welcome drink at James Boag’s Brewery. Turn east and spot Tasmanian Devils at East Coast Natureworld before swinging by Bicheno to see the Little Penguins. Continue south and journey into Freycinet National Park, where you’ll journey along white sand beaches and explore the coastline fringed by mountains.

Even further south you’ll explore Hobart, the state’s capital and a city in the midst of cultural resurgence. Take half a day to explore the coastline to Eaglehawk Neck and cruise to the Isle of the Dead before venturing to nearby Port Arthur, former home of Australia’s most infamous prison. Afterwards, you’ll have a full day in the capital to explore its highlights, from Salamanca Place to Constitution Dock to Salamanca Market, where you can purchase some goods to take back home.

Bid farewell to Hobart and turn northwest, stopping by Russell Falls to admire its three tiers of waterfalls before reaching Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, the island’s most pristine stretch of wilderness. In and around the park, you’ll cruise along Macquarie Harbour aboard the Spirit of the Wild, venture into nearby Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and encounter the rugged wilderness of Tasmania in the heart of Cradle Mountain.

On the final leg of your journey, you’ll visit Waldheim Chalet to enjoy views of Dove Lake’s gorgeous shoreline, enjoy oysters and other fine seafood during a stay in Smithton, and journey across Great Lake before returning to Launceston. Before closing out your vacation, you’ll take a trip to nearby Cataract Gorge for a final exploration of Tasmania’s wilderness.


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10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,695

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Day 1

Arrive Launceston and Beaconsfield

Welcome to Tasmania. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Launceston. Enjoy a picturesque journey following the curves of the Tamar River on your way to today’s Insider Experiences. Visit the gold mining town of Beaconsfield and take a guided tour of the Mine & Heritage Centre.

Back at your hotel this evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Launceston to Bicheno

Drive through northern Tasmania's wine-producing area en route to an Insider Experience.

At Bridestowe Lavender Estate, enjoy a guided tour of the distillery and sample the unique lavenderinspired fare.

Continue on to the seaside town of Bicheno for your overnight stay.
Stay: Beachfront Bicheno

Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Freycinet National Park, Richmond and Port Arthur

Travel into Freycinet National Park to enjoy a walk with a naturalist guide.

Home to pristine beaches, rugged landscapes and granite peaks, Freycinet is a place of breathtaking natural beauty. Explore the park and take in the stunning surrounds. Continue south to Richmond, home to the historic Richmond Bridge. Built by convicts in the 1820s, it is Australia's oldest bridge.

On the way to Port Arthur, see how nature and time have created spectacular rock formations such as the Tessellated Pavement and Tasman Arch.

Accommodation: Port Arthur Motor Inn

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Port Arthur Historic Site, Hobart

Embark on a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, once Australia’s most notorious convict

At Port Arthur Historic Site, join a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and hear haunting stories about the convicts buried there. Afterwards, see Tasmanian devils up close at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

Later, travel to Hobart. This small capital city sure packs a punch with an endless supply of dining, cultural and nature-based experiences available.

Accommodation; RACV Hobart Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5

Hobart, Salamanca Market

A fantastic array of art, handicrafts, food and oddities awaits you today at the Salamanca Market. Housing over 300 stalls, the market has plenty of goods on offer, from tantalising Tasmanian gin to hand-crafted jewellery.

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience - Bruny Island Adventure;

Experience, Hobart. A thrilling cruise along the rugged Bruny Island coastline (additional charges apply - enquire for details).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Hobart, Russell Falls, Lake St Clair, Strahan

Russell Falls is a jewel in the crown of Mt Field National Park. After a short walk to see the falls, marvel at the pristine shores of Lake St Clair. Travel by coach to the town of Strahan and enjoy a buffet dinner at View 42º Restaurant & Bar this evening.

Accommodation: Strahan Village Hilltop

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Strahan, Gordon River Cruise, Cradle Mountain

Board the environmentally friendly Spirit of the Wild ship for a cruise across the Macquarie Harbour and enter World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Continue to the former penal colony of Sarah Island for a tour.

Begin your day with an Insider Experience. Re-join your coach and journey through stirring landscapes bound for Cradle Mountain.

Accommodation: Stay: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, Smithton

Take in the serenity of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Visit Waldheim Chalet and stand on the shores of Dove Lake. Then travel via Sheffield to Stanley, set in the shadow of The Nut.

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Tall Timbers, featuring seasonal produce.

Accommodation: Smithton, Tall Timbers Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Smithton, Deloraine, Launceston

Sample some of Tasmania’s finest chocolate delights during a special tour at the House of Anvers.

Following an Insider Experience, journey to Deloraine then continue to Launceston for a Farewell Dinner and drink.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Cataract Gorge, Depart Launceston

Visit Cataract Gorge, a unique natural formation only a stone's throw from Launceston. Your holiday comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2023: Sep 5, 19; Oct 3, 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5 19, 26
2024: Jan 2, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; Apr 2, 9, 23; May 7, 21 


  • Nine nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Tour Director and Driver
  • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
  • 17 meals – 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners, including special Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate and sample the fare
  • Discover convict history at Port Arthur
  • Explore Freycinet National Park
  • Stay at the Tall Timbers Hotel in Smithton and indulge in a three-course dinner of local seasonal produce


  • Optional excursions and touring that are available for purchase on tour
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities unless specifically indicated
  • Park fees unless stated

Flights are not included.  As experts in airfares to the South Pacific Goway can assist you with the best airfares for your vacation.


Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Seasonal surcharges will apply.  Limited seats and subject to availability.  Single supplements are available on request.  Single guests who are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller (same gender and non smoking) are eligible for twin share rates, ask your Goway Agent for details on the ‘Twin Share Guarantee’ option 

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