The island state of Tasmania may often be forgotten by overseas travellers on their holidays Down Under, but there’s no denying the love Aussies have for the Apple Isle, with its rolling green hills, rich history and delicious produce.
It’s also been blessed this year in avoiding a major outbreak of the coronavirus due to its separation from the mainland, meaning it’s a considered a safe place to visit if you’ve been itching to get away. Best of all, you don’t have to wait long for a holiday, with an incredible 10-day small group holiday setting off next month just after Christmas day!
If Tassie is on your must-do list, this journey offers the ideal introduction to the island state. Combining spectacular landscapes with exposure to rich local history and gourmet artisan produce, this grand guided holiday takes you to unforgettable locations and gets you home at the start of the new year.
You’ll step back in time at Port Arthur, be amazed by spectacular scenery at Cradle Mountain and the pristine Tarkine Wilderness, and taste delicious food, such as local salmon on the Gordon River. And you don’t have to worry about cancellation, because this trip is a definite departure, meaning none of the second-guessing uncertainty of the current climate.
The adventure begins in the state’s capital, with an afternoon tour taking you to all of the top attractions and highlights of Hobart, including the historic Cataract Gorge, Salamanca Place, the botanic gardens and Mount Nelson, which offers panoramic views over Australia’s southern-most city.
From there you’ll venture west to Strahan through New Norfolk and the magnificent Mount Field National Park, before making your way to Lake St. Clair – the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. You’ll see lush rainforests and crystal clear waterfalls as you stretch your legs and explore the area by foot along the way (although you’ll be in the bus for some time, the guides make sure your experiences aren’t just through the window!).
Each day offers incredible experiences, such as a lunch cruise on the Gordon River; a guided walk by Dove Lake, where you may spot local wildlife including wallabies, echidnas and pademelons; a visit to the famous Bridestowe Lavender Estate and a stay in the coastal township of Bicheno where you’ll get to see penguins as they emerge from the ocean. And you can’t forget about the absolutely gorgeous Freycinet National Park where you will take a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville and marvel at the astonishing views across brilliant blue water, verdant forest and golden beaches.
Then finally you’ll take part in an exploration of the Port Arthur Historic site, including a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a fascinating guided walk of the remains of Port Arthur’s infamous convict prison.
It’s an active trip, so comfortable walking shoes and sun protection are a must, but you’ll also get to relax in a luxury coach as you travel between destinations. For peace of mind, and your own health and safety, this trip will have limited numbers to ensure comfortable social distancing and a fabulous small group experience.
You won’t even have to worry about many of your meals, with nine buffet breakfasts, one lunch and six dinners included in the total cost of the trip. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, click here for more information, or if you’re after a different kind of Tassie holiday you can browse the full collection of the state’s top deals here.
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