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Hobart: Cradle Country: Premier Escorted Vacation

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,254

Venture across the stunning and rugged landscape of Tasmania to explore its colourful history and savour its natural landmarks. Journeying from Hobart to Launceston, you’ll hike through rainforests, spot waterfalls, and discover the awe-inspiring wonders of Australia’s southernmost state.


This 8-day Australian vacation takes you across Tasmania. It features first-class accommodations, shared tours, and is perfect for active travellers.

Your journey begins in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and second-oldest capital in Australia. Experience the city’s heritage charm and gorgeous position in the shadow of Mt. Wellington. A guided tour will showcase some of the highlights, from the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens to stunning underground MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). After getting your bearings in Hobart, head out of the city and begin your exploration of Tasmania’s stunning nature. Venture into Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, discover mighty Russell Falls, stop by The Wall in the Wilderness, and visit the mining town of Queenstown. In Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, head on a cruise along the waterways, discovering heritage-listed Sarah Island, learning about convict life, and hiking through the rainforest along the way.

Turn north to Cradle Mountain and explore the banks of Dove Lake in the company of a guide. You can also head on a wine and cheese tour to experience the bounty of the region. Turn into the Tarkine region and stop off at Sumac Lookout for breathtaking views of Arthur River. Hike through the Julius River Forest and then connect to Smithton on the northwest coast. Tour the historic homestead of Entally House with its gorgeous gardens and antique collection of furniture and silver. Just outside the city, visit Cataract Gorge to spot stunning rock formations.

On the final leg of your journey across Tasmania, tour the winery of Josef Chromy or stop off at Seahorse World and the Platypus House to see some of Australia’s most beloved creatures. Travel back in time at Beaconsfield Mine and explore the historic brewery of James Boag before reaching Launceston, the endpoint on your journey across the island state.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,254

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Day 1

Arrive Hobart

Prepare for a journey of discovery, delving into colourful cultural history and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Arrive in the romantic harbour town of Hobart, where we'll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. The second oldest capital in Australia, Hobart offers captivating history, exceptional experiences and classic heritage charm. Once settled in, explore the city on a guided tour and visit the Botanical Gardens. Tonight, delight in a welcome dinner and drink with fellow APT travellers.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

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    Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart



    Located right on the waterfront in central Hobart and within walking distance to the city centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor provides you with majestic views over the Derwent River, Mt Wellington and the city. This hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, 24 hour room service, …

    Located right on the waterfront in central Hobart and within walking distance to the city centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor provides you with majestic views over the Derwent River, Mt Wellington and the city. This hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, 24 hour room service, 2 restaurants, public bar, lounge bar, laundry, valet parking, health club, and lobby shops.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Strahan

Discover the magic of Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park today, then continue to the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Visit The Wall in the Wilderness, before travelling via the mining town of Queenstown to Strahan. Tonight, savour dinner at View 42 degrees Restaurant and Bar.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Strahan Village

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    Strahan Village



    Strahan Village is a stylish collection of exceptional cottage and hotel style accommodation at Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast. Strahan Village's selection of contemporary, welcoming accommodation has been designed to suit a range of needs and tastes. Fitted out with a variety of room styles, …

    Strahan Village is a stylish collection of exceptional cottage and hotel style accommodation at Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast. Strahan Village's selection of contemporary, welcoming accommodation has been designed to suit a range of needs and tastes. Fitted out with a variety of room styles, Strahan Village's cottages combine tasteful charm with the best of modern facilities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Strahan, Cradle Mountain

Signature Experience
After breakfast this morning, board the luxurious Spirit of the Wild for a cruise along the secluded wilderness highway, the Gordon River.

From the comfort of the Captain's Premier Upper Deck, glide across Macquarie Harbour and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Stopping at Heritage Landing, prepare for a guided rainforest walk. Back on board, you'll be treated to a delicious lunch of fresh Tasmanian produce before arriving at Tasmania's World Heritage-listed Sarah Island. Here you'll get a chilling insight into the cruelties of convict life as you explore the ruins of what was once a convict settlement. Cruise past Hells Gates then return to Strahan. From here, set off by coach for the remarkable Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, set right on the edge of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

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    Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge



    If you appreciate the finer things in life, this is the place for you. Surround yourself with the pristine wilderness of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and be treated to one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. …

    If you appreciate the finer things in life, this is the place for you. Surround yourself with the pristine wilderness of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and be treated to one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. This serene retreat offers a haven of luxury steeped by breath-taking mountain surrounds and spectacular wilderness. The lodge is home to one of Tasmania's acclaimed dining experiences and Australia's most spectacular wilderness spa, while the luxury cabins and mountain venues are perfectly unique. Just add cascading streams, an abundance of wildlife and that discreet yet impeccable Peppers service. You won't want to leave.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake

Signature Experience
Today set out to explore Dove Lake with a friendly local guide, admiring the beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Freedom of Choose - Sightseeing
Perhaps indulge in a wine and cheese tasting or learn about the flora and fauna of the region during a walk with a naturalist guide. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon then go searching for native animals on a night spotlight tour.

After admiring the beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, visit Waldheim Chalet, then enjoy your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusion.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Stanley, The Tarkine, Smithton

Signature Experience
Journey through the Tarkine region and stop at Sumac Lookout for views of the Arthur River. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Tasmanian fare dinner.

Today, travel to Stanley, set in the shadow of The Nut. Continue to the Julius River Forest
Reserve for a rainforest walk and afternoon tea. Later, head to Smithton.

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Duration1 Night
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Tall Timbers Hotel

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    Tall Timbers Hotel



    Tall Timbers Hotel is an ideal place to stay for leisure travellers, whether for a family trip or couples retreat. This North West Tasmania hotel is located at Smithton, the gateway to visit the abundant attractions the North West Coast, including the magical Tarkine Wilderness. …

    Tall Timbers Hotel is an ideal place to stay for leisure travellers, whether for a family trip or couples retreat. This North West Tasmania hotel is located at Smithton, the gateway to visit the abundant attractions the North West Coast, including the magical Tarkine Wilderness. Accommodation facilities include 67 cabin style suites and luxury lakeside self-contained units and apartments.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Smithton, Launceston

This morning you will visit Entally House, an enchanting historic homestead surrounded by splendid gardens. The house contains a magnificent collection of regency furniture and fine silver and its outbuildings include a chapel, coach house, stables and Australia's oldest conservatory. Afterwards, travel to Cataract Gorge, a unique natural rock formation on the outskirts of the city. Follow the path along the river to explore the geological wonders and soak up the fresh Tasmanian air.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Peppers Silo Launceston

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    Peppers Silo Launceston



    Bringing history alive on the banks of the idyllic Tamar River is the unique characterful Peppers Silo Launceston. Dating back to the 1960's, the heritage building which spanned 35 metres high containing grain in four large silos, is an iconic landmark converted into a sophisticated …

    Bringing history alive on the banks of the idyllic Tamar River is the unique characterful Peppers Silo Launceston. Dating back to the 1960's, the heritage building which spanned 35 metres high containing grain in four large silos, is an iconic landmark converted into a sophisticated 9 storey hotel providing a unique place to stay in Launceston.
    Designed within the original silos and the new North tower are beautifully appointed modern hotel rooms with all of the modern amenities. Plush interiors are decorated with earthy tones to compliment the surrounds and offer in-room Wi-Fi, LCD TV with Foxtel channels, mini bar and guest ensuite. Taking in sweeping views over the meandering river, the Gorge River Rooms and Premier Suites boast private balconies where you can soak in Launceston's natural ambience.
    Overlooking nearby Seaport, Royal Park, the Tamar River Basin and Cataract Gorge, guests are centrally placed to walk from this Launceston hotel to the city centre, with public transport a mere five-minute stroll away across the footbridge, linking Seaport and Kings Wharf together. Should you require assistance our tour desk operators can recommend the best attractions to visit during your stay.

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Day 7

Launceston

Signature Experience
Continue to Josef Chromy, a northern winery that prides itself on celebrating Tasmanian grapes. Here you'll be treated to a specially prepared lunch and have the chance to sample some of the winery's finest drops.

Freedom to Choose - Sightseeing
Perhaps discover the wonders of Seahorse World or see the elusive inhabitants of Platypus House in a unique indoor setting. Alternatively, embark on a historical journey as you enjoy a guided tour of the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Or, embark on a fully guided tour of James Boag's historic brewery, which concludes in a tasting.

Packed with a plethora of old country charm, delicious food and wine and elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia. Here, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. The remainder of the afternoon will be enjoyed at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Depart Launceston

Today, bid a fond farewell to the Apple Isle. We say goodbye before we transfer you to
the airport for your flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Sep 8*, 22; Oct 6*, 20; Nov 3*, 17; Dec 8, 22*
2021: Jan5*, 12, 19*, 26; Feb 2*, 9, 16*, 23; Mar 2*, 9, 16, 23, 30*; Apr 13, 27*;
May 11, 25; Jun 15; Jul 20; Aug 17
* Indicates Guaranteed Departures

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights hand-picked accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers and porterage in Tasmania
  • Included sightseeing in 10 locations
  • Expert local guides in select locations
  • Services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • Fine dining

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Optional excursions & touring that are available for purchase on tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals & beverages not indicated
  • International and doestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees if required

TERMS AND CONDIONS:

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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