10D9N Tasmania Explorer
Welcome to Tasmania! Known as 'Tassie' to locals, you can enjoy the best of both worlds here in Tasmania as it is a melting pot of arts and cultures. It is also home to breweries of some of Australia's most respected modern beer brands, such as Cascade and Boags. In this itinerary relive your experiences in the lavish surrounds of both the city and the wilderness and make a visit to a few of Tasmania's premier tourist destinations
- Barilla Bay Oyster: Experience an Oyster Farm, Gillespies Ginger Beer and Candy Abalone tour, learn about the oyster from spat to table the divers and the methods of drying. Then, enjoy plump fresh oysters at the end of the tour.
- Dine at Award-Winning Premier Dining Bar in Hobart: The Glass House was recently awarded by the 2020 TAS Restaurant Awards. Perched at the end of Brooke Street pier with commanding water views over the Derwent River.
- Moorilla’s Posh-As-Day at MONA: Experience a luxurious day of wine and art at Australia’s largest privately-owned gallery and museum. Sail from Hobart to Mona and travel in style. Then, go on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and vineyard. After which, indulge in a delicious two-course lunch of seasonal local produce at Mona’s stellar restaurant, with matched wines.
- West Coast Wilderness: Onboard the Queenstown Explorer, a full day steam train journey to Queenstown, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, canapés, morning tea, a selection of Tasmanian cheese and complimentary tea and coffee throughout, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rain forest and take those magic images.
- [email protected], After Dark Feeding Tour: Visit a unique Tasmanian conservation sanctuary located at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park. The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing these extraordinary animals in ‘action’ each evening. Experience a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation – quite a spectacular sight!
- Bridestowe Lavender Estate: Visit one of Tasmania's premier tourist destinations, the largest lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere, famous for the spectacular view of the lavender in bloom in December and January. Visitors are welcomed to the Estate all year round to see the seasons of Tasmania beautifully reflected in the ornamental gardens, manicured fields and native bushland set against the striking backdrop of Mount Arthur.
Day 1: Singapore - Hobart
Depart Singapore for Hobart/ Launceston (depending on flight carrier) *Overnight flight
Day 2: Hobart
Upon arrival in Hobart, your friendly guide will meet you at the airport. Then, transfer into your private transfer and head to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
The 11-room Islington Hobart on Australia’s laid-back southern island is a few minutes from the city centre with views of Mount Wellington. This historic and urban lodge overflows with an eclectic collection of art and antiques, including Picasso sketches, Khmer statues, Persian rugs and Japanese lacquer furniture. The two-story glass conservatory is a standout and houses the main dining area, serving bespoke menus. Pluck a good tome from the inviting library, and stroll the garden for its reflecting pond, exotic blooms and 100-year-old willow.
Alternatively, you may choose to opt for day trips to nearby wineries and Freycinet National Park.
Accommodation: 5* Islington Hotel
Day 3: Hobart
This morning after breakfast, meet your local guide and driver and make your way to Barilla Bay Oysters, the first oyster farming location at Barilla Bay for an Oyster Farm, Gillespies Ginger Beer and Candy Abalone tour.
Here, you will learn all about the oyster from spat to the table. After having an oyster shucked for you, wash it down with some Gillespies Ginger Beer. Gillespies brew all of their Ginger Beer here at Barilla Bay and you will get to try their entire range of beers. Last but certainly not least is Candy Abalone - this premium dried abalone is processed on-site here at Barilla. Learn about the divers and the methods of drying. Then, enjoy plump fresh oysters at the end of the tour!
If your departure date allows, visit the Salamanca Market (Saturday only).
After which, head to Hobart’s premier dining bar, The Glass House that was recently awarded by the 2020 TAS Restaurant Awards. Perched at the end of Brooke Street pier with commanding water views over the Derwent River. Its menu boasts a selection of fresh Tasmanian produce. Opt to begin with kingfish Crudo, grapefruit, Padron chilli and pickled green coriander; moving on to slow-cooked Cape Grim beef cheek, kale, celeriac and pickled walnuts. For a divine dessert, try caramel chocolate, blood orange, hazelnut brittle and crème Fraiche.
Make your way to your accommodation, MACq 01 Hotel (Luxury Hotel or equivalent)
Nestled in the heart of the historic Hobart waterfront, MACq 01 is a luxurious hotel that combines premium accommodation with unforgettable storytelling. Guests can choose from luxurious suites and rooms at MACq 01 Hotel. Each of these rooms is linked to a real character central to the story of Tasmania, such as heroes, villains, explorers, inventors, convicts and more.
Throughout the halls and walls of MACq 01, guests will find engaging stories and pieces of Tasmanian history and can enjoy the beautiful views of the Derwent Estuary from the hotel.
Accommodation: 5* MACq 01 Hotel
Day 4: Hobart
Today, enjoy a luxurious day of wine and art at MONA, Australia’s largest privately-owned gallery and museum.
After breakfast, sail from Hobart to Mona and travel in style in the ferry’s Posh Pit, which includes complimentary wine, beer, canapés and a private deck. Then, a Wine Ambassador—a bonafide expert in all things wine will take you on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and vineyard.
Following which, indulge in a delicious two-course lunch of seasonal local produce at Mona’s stellar restaurant, with matched wines. The rest of the afternoon is yours to see the rest of the museum before heading back to Hobart on the ferry at 5 pm.
Head for dinner at The Point Revolving Restaurant. Located seventeen floors above the River Derwent, The Point has been a backdrop of memorable dining for over 40 years. Their french-inspired menu weaves some of Tasmania's finest ingredients into a dining experience punctuated with theatre and flair, like the sound of Crepe Suzettes cooked at your table by your waiter.
Accommodation: 5* MACq 01 Hotel
Day 5: Russell Falls – Strahan
This morning after breakfast, take a scenic route and drive towards Mt. Field National Park and enjoy a leisure trek to Russell Falls, a tiered–cascade waterfall on the Russell Falls Creek. Russell Falls is also arguably Tasmania's prettiest waterfall and it's certainly Tasmania's most photographed. Then, take a drive and en-route south of Lake St Clair, passing by Derwent Bridge towards Strahan.
Then, make your way to your accommodation, Wheelhouse Luxury Apartments Strahan (Luxury Hotel or equivalent)
Here, you can explore the West Coast Wilderness of Tasmania’s World Heritage area where the rivers, mountains and rainforests meet. Wheelhouse Apartments perched on the cliff's edge overlooking Macquarie Harbour provide comfortable access to it all. It is an exclusive accommodation with only two fully self-contained apartments, furnished in contemporary design with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Macquarie Harbour.
Accommodation: 4* Wheelhouse Luxury Apartments Strahan
Day 6: Strahan
Today, hop on board the West Coast Wilderness (Wilderness Carriage) onboard the Queenstown Explorer, a full day steam train journey, travelling the entire West Coast Wilderness Railway line. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, canapés, morning tea, a selection of Tasmanian cheese and complimentary tea and coffee throughout, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rain forest and take those magic images.
Enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour as you travel along the foreshore from Regatta Point Station, journey deep into western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest.
Then, travel alongside the King River to Teepookana, once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania. Cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile and take a short walk in the rainforest at Dubbil Barril.
Visit historic stations along the line, including Lower Landing, Rinadeena, Dubbil Barril and Queenstown. Watch the locomotive being turned at Queenstown Station. Enjoy a 90-minute lunch stopover in Queenstown, including a walking tour of the town.
After the tour, make your way to Cradle Mountain and check into Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Luxury Hotel or equivalent) is located in one of the world’s most precious parks is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Most Extraordinary Places To Stay. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is right on the edge of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Your Cradle Mountain Accommodation overlooks a hinterland filled with birds, plants and ancient forest.
Accommodation: 4* Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Day 7: Cradle Mountain
This morning, after breakfast, enjoy an environment perfect for canoeing with soaring mountain peaks, highland air and the tranquil waters of Dove Lake stretching out either side of you.
Alternatively, you may opt to go for a day spa session at The Waldheim Alpine Spa at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. It is acclaimed as one of Australia's most spectacular wilderness spas, overlooking the surrounding rugged mountains and ancient forests of the Tasmanian wilderness. The Spa offers a dedicated therapeutic area known as The Sanctuary. This private piece of heavenly delights overlooks the enchanting Pencil Pine River and towering King Billy Pines, Inside, you will find a steam room, sauna, large hot-tub and cool plunge pool, as well as a relaxation lounge. For the ultimate private celebration, book The Sanctuary for your own exclusive use.
Thereafter, go for a Wine & Cheese tasting hosted by the lodge. Relax and unwind with a hosted tour of hand-crafted cool climate wines and boutique cheeses at a signature wine and cheese tasting event that showcases Tasmania’s gourmet reputation.
Then, spend your evening at [email protected], a unique Tasmanian conservation sanctuary located at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park. The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing these extraordinary animals in ‘action’ each evening. Experience a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation – quite a spectacular sight! Head back to your accommodation to rest for the night.
Accommodation: 4* Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Day 8: Launceston
This morning after breakfast, take a drive to Launceston via Sheffield and visit some hotspots that are part of the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail and discover all the finest produce Tasmania’s beautiful North West region has to offer.
Visit Twelve Acrewood Honey farm gate honey shop. Then, visit the Seven Sheds. Their cellar door provides a range of tasting experiences, beer and mead by the glass, take-home bottles and undercover outdoor seating for up to 20 people. Visitors are welcome to check out the hop garden (you can almost see them growing during late Spring) or find a spot in the sun to relax and wind down after a hard day of hiking or mountain biking.
Then,make your way to your accommodation, Hatherley Birrell Collection in Launceston (Luxury Hotel or equivalent) Hatherley Birrell Collection is Launceston’s most contemporary accommodation in one of the city’s oldest properties. Hatherley House is an 1830’s Italianate grand mansion listed on the National Estate Register. Two self-contained suites are situated in one wing of the main house, where original 1830’s magnificence has been retained and juxtaposed with the ultra-modern all within the sheer expanse of Hatherley’s English parkland garden as a backdrop.
New to the collection are two award-winning garden pavilions nestled within the heritage gardens of Hatherley House. The pavilions are innovative in design, contemporary, eco-friendly retreats inspired by Chinese lanterns. Art filled and featuring moon windows within origami-like roof forms, private outdoor areas complete with your own private outdoor stone bath each set within an exquisite garden setting. A stay in one of the garden pavilions will be an experience to remember.
These four accommodation options are located an easy 1km strolling distance to the city centre.
Accommodation: 4* Hatherley Birrell Collection
Day 9: Launceston
This morning, visit Cataract Gorge, known locally as the Gorge, is a unique natural formation within a two-minute drive of central Launceston - a rare natural phenomenon in any city. The First Basin in the Cataract Gorge Reserve features a swimming pool, a chairlift and a footbridge, guests may take a dip in the swimming pool if they wish.
Then, head to one of the world's largest fine lavender farms, Bridestowe Lavender Estate. This is one of Tasmania's premier tourist destinations. Bridestowe Estate is the largest lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere, famous for the spectacular view of the lavender in bloom in December and January. Visitors are welcomed to the Estate all year round to see the seasons of Tasmania beautifully reflected in the ornamental gardens, manicured fields and native bushland set against the striking backdrop of Mount Arthur.
Make your way to your accommodation, Hatherley Birrell Collection in Launceston (Luxury Hotel or equivalent) and/or depart back to Singapore
Accommodation: 4* Hatherley Birrell Collection
Day 10: Singapore
Depart back to Singapore
Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.
This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.
Image courtesy of:
- MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
- Tourism Australia
- Joe McNally/Tourism Australia