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- A 4-day Tasmanian coastal adventure that’s big on local culture and cuisine
- 3 nights twin-share comfortable hotel accommodation
- 3 breakfasts & 1 dinner
- Ferry Ride & Visit to Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
- Excursion to the Summit of Mt Wellington
- The chance to explore the world-famous Salamanca Markets
- A day trip to the Tasman Peninsula, visiting Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Eaglehawk Neck, & Crescent Bay
- A visit to the Colonial Village in Richmond for a fascinating insight into its history
- A day trip to the Huon Valley, visiting Willie Smith’s Cider Apple Museum, Wooden Boat Centre, & Geeveston & Hartz Mountains National Park
- A day trip by ferry to Bruny Island, visiting Truganini Lookout, South Bruny National Park, Cloudy Bay, & Adventure Bay
- Transport in a private vehicle for the ultimate comfort & flexibility
- Departs from the meeting point at Vibe Hotel Hobart, 36 Argyle St, Hobart (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
- Some meals
- Optional activities
WHAT TO EXPECT
Taking you from the heart of Hobart to the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, this 4-day explorer tour packs in all the highlights of southeastern Tasmania. With a friendly leader to guide the way, you'll chat with locals in the capital city's markets, sample the homegrown flavours of Bruny Island, learn about the region's colonial past and explore a rugged, wild coastline shaped over the centuries by the southern seas. This is the perfect adventure to see the best of the Hobart area in a short amount of time.
Experience the best of southern Tasmania, from the bustling capital to the quiet seaside, with plenty of options for customising your trip to suit your interests. Explore local life in historic Hobart as you browse through the markets and chat directly with producers about their locally sourced goods. See the highlights of the picturesque Tasman Peninsula, such as the rocky formations of Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen, the secluded Crescent Bay and the tragically historic Port Arthur. Discover the rugged beauty and delicious flavours of Bruny Island as you sample local delicacies and explore national parkland where towering cliffs fall away into the crashing sea. Plus, visit a fourth-generation family-run orchard to learn about the history of apple farming in Tasmania and try locally produced cider.
Day 1 – Hobart
Welcome to Hobart! Your tour starts at 10:30 am with a trip to the summit of kunyanyi (Mount Wellington) for spectacular, sprawling views of the city and southern Tasmania.
Back in town, grab lunch at one of the many restaurant options along the Hobart waterfront, where local fishermen, sailors and travellers have gathered for more than 200 years.
In the afternoon, catch the ferry to the quirky Museum of Old and New Art, home to an eclectic collection of pieces – such as a man named Tim, whose tattooed back has been on display since 2011 as living art. After, you'll take the ferry back to check into your hotel, where you are free to relax for the evening or head out and explore local Hobart nightlife.
Day 2 – Hobart to Richmond to the Tasman Peninsula to Hobart
Today, the Salamanca Markets await, ready to tempt you with local delights – everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. You'll spend 2 hours exploring the market, then head to the historic town of Richmond.
With over 40 heritage buildings, Richmond gives you the impression that you've landed back in the colonial 1800s.
From there, head down the peninsula to the southern tip at Port Arthur. Driving down the beautiful Forestier and Tasman peninsulas, you'll pass through the narrow sliver of land that is Eaglehawk Neck and stop at Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen, where the surging sea meets stunning rock formations.
Once you reach Port Arthur, you can opt to hike from the aptly named Remarkable Cave, a picturesque sea cave shaped by ancient earthquakes, out to the breathtaking Crescent Bay, surrounded by steep sand dunes and offering incredible views along the coastline and sea cliffs. Or, you may want to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, a former convict settlement with a horrific past (extra cost). You'll return to Hobart for the night.
Day 3 – Hobart to Huon Valley to Hobart
Feast on local delights at the Hobart farmers' market, where you can meet local producers and browse for seasonal Tassie produce like gooseberries, pine mushrooms or fresh oysters, depending on the time of year.
Then, depart for the Huon Valley and the riverside town of Franklin, where you'll visit the Wooden Boat Centre to learn the fine art of hand-crafted timber boats. From here, you'll go to Geeveston, a small township known for its forestry heritage and gateway to the Hartz Mountains wilderness, where you'll explore this remote and rugged place shaped by ancient glaciers.
The last stop in the Huon Valley is to learn about the history of local apple farming, maybe with a few cider samples, at a fourth-generation orchard and cidery. Then, return to Hobart for the evening to enjoy dinner at an iconic Battery Point pub.
Day 4 – Hobart to Bruny Island to Hobart
Hop on the ferry over to Bruny Island. Climb 279 steps to reach Truganini Lookout at The Neck for sweeping views and wildlife spotting. Explore South Bruny National Park, where the Cape Bruny Lighthouse perches high above the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
You'll also get to visit Cloudy Bay, at the southernmost tip of the island, where whaling stations operated in the mid-1800s. See the beautiful coastline of Adventure Bay, and stop in at a few Bruny Island shops for tastings of locally sourced products such as cheese, oysters, honey, beer and wine.
Your tour concludes upon return to Hobart at 5.30 pm, and you are free to depart at your leisure. However, it is recommended to stay an extra night in Hobart so you can relax.
Where we Visit:
- Salamanca markets
- Mt Wellington
- The Tasman Peninsula
- Devils Kitchen
- Eaglehawk Neck
- Tasman Arch
- Crescent Bay
- Huon Valley
- Willie Smith's Cider Apple Museum
- Geeveston & Hartz Mountains National Park
- Bruny Island
- Truganini Lookout
- South Bruny National Park
- Cloudy Bay
- Adventure Bay
Hobart & Southern Tasmania Explorer – 4 Days, 3 Nights
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
Minimum unit order: 1 persons.
What to bring?
Below are some essential items for this trip. Please review the ‘Climate and Seasonal Information’ to ensure you pack appropriately for the weather at the time of year you are travelling.
- Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Maybe bring a change of smart clothes for dinner in larger cities. Australia is pretty casual, shorts or a skirt and a top, with sandals, is the usual warm-weather wardrobe.
- Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and will act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting. A pair of sandals or thongs/flip flops are great for the beach.
- Sun protection – a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.
- Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of the vehicles and at some of the accommodation.
- Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. You can also bring a day pack/bag to carry water, a camera, sunscreen, etc when you’re exploring during the day.
The Operator is unable to carry large suitcases, particularly hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.
Is this trip right for me?
This trip is new to The Operator's range this year. And while they have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. The Operator likes to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that it includes several guided walks, allowing you to get among nature. Most are relatively short and easy although there are some more challenging options. However, joining a walk is always up to you. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
Can you cater for specific dietary requirements?
While travelling on this trip, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule, the groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.
Australia eats multi-culturally. Everything from meat pies to ramen, tacos, curries, rice and pasta are part of the national diet. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for in Australia and most restaurants and cafes will have a good selection of vegetarian meals. Gluten and lactose-free diets are also well catered for.
- All travellers (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
- A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft-sided bag only
- All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip
- Travel insurance is compulsory for all trips. The Operator requires that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. They strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects
If you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when The Operator receives written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant sales representative of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:
- 28 days or more prior to departure, The Operator will hold the deposit amount as a credit
- 27 days or fewer prior to departure, The Operator will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking.
Any credit resulting from cancellation by you does not have an expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is not transferrable or redeemable for cash. This credit excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions.
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which may cover cancellation fees
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