Tour Description

East Coast Tasmania

(Combined Departure)
Eight Days: 24th February – 3rd March 2022

Twin Share: $3995 per person. Sole Use: $4595 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Known for its stunning scenery and fascinating history, this tour to Tasmania explores some of the lesser known highlights in the states north-west. We cruise into the Tarkine Rainforest on the Arthur River, visit the historic sites of Highfield, Low Head and George Town and take in the wild coastline at Woolnorth Station—where some of the cleanest air in the world comes ashore! Join us as we tour this fabulous island state.

 

Day One – THURSDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2022

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide Airport. On arrival we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative who assists with our group check-in and helps us through the security procedures. We then head to the gate, ready to board our Qantas flight direct to Hobart.

At Hobart Airport we are met by a guide, who will assist with the collection of luggage and take us to meet our driver.

From the airport we make our way to Hobart’s beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, where we enjoy free time exploring the gardens. The land for these gardens was set aside by Lady Jane Franklin in 1818 and it now hosts one of the most highly acclaimed gardens in the country. Before leaving  we enjoy a light lunch in the Succulent Café, ideallly located in these lovely gardens.

Mount Wellington rises 1271 metres above sea level, so after departing the garden we will drive up to its peak for sensational views over the city (weather permitting). It is quite a drive up the mountain but it’s certainly worth it, as we also have a wonderful perspective on the Derwent River estuary and the wilderness forest to the west of the city. The views on a clear day are magnificent, but we may need a jumper as the temperatures here can be much lower than in the city.

We check into our accommodation at the Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart (Ph. 03 6221 1888) and have time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day Two – FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we delve further into the fascinating history of the early settlers of the Tasman Peninsula.  After breakfast we leave the city behind and cross the Tasman Bridge to the Eastern Shore. We travel along the Tasman Highway before detouring to the Arthur Highway, stopping in Dunalley for our morning tea.

From here it is a short distance to Eaglehawk Neck, famous for its spectacular and unusual natural coastal features. Stunning views of the rugged coastline can be seen from the various lookouts and we will take time to discover the views of Pirates Bay, Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch before continuing our journey to Australia’s best-known historic site, the penal settlement of Port Arthur.

On arrival, we enjoy lunch in the Café before taking a guided tour exploring the ruins and re-established areas of this original convict settlement. We can walk through the buildings, many of which are surrounded by avenues of oak and elm trees planted by the original inhabitants.

Afterwards we take a cruise on Port Arthur Harbour, a wonderful way to take in the surrounds and experience the unusual atmosphere of this place.

After a fascinating day, we return to our accommodation in Hobart for dinner

Please Note: For those who would prefer not to visit Port Arthur, there is the opportunity to spend today in Hobart at your own leisure.

Day Three – SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

We farewell our hosts in Hobart and take a scenic drive to the historic town of Richmond. Proclaimed in 1824, Richmond is as elegant today as it was then, when it was an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur.

We visit Old Hobart Town which is a unique, multi award-winning model village depicting life in Hobart as it was in the 1820’s. Individually handcrafted the authentic model village is made up of over 60 historic buildings and 400 period figurines that have been reconstructed from original plans.

Nestled in the Coal River Valley, Richmond is a classified historic town, famous for its Georgian architecture. The stone buildings now house galleries, teashops, craft boutiques and museums and it is also home to Australia’s oldest Catholic Church, St Johns. We take time to tour the town, including the Richmond Bridge which was built in 1823 and is Australia’s oldest road bridge still in use. Originally named Bigge’s Bridge, it was built by convicts from sandstone quarried at Butchers Hill and hauled by handcarts to the site.

Continuing our travels we journey to Swansea, a seaside village that overlooks Great Oyster Bay with a backdrop of the spectacular granite peaks of Freycient National Park. We enjoy lunch here and stop to view Spiky Bridge, another convict bridge which was built in 1843. Constructed from fieldstones which were laid without mortar or cement, it is claimed that the parapet-like spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides!

Travelling further north along the Tasman Highway, we reach the town of Bicheno, surrounded by some of Australia’s most picturesque beaches and nature reserves. We make our way to our accommodation at the Beachfront at Bicheno (Ph. 03 6375 1111), where we can take in the beauty of this extremely popular coastal destination.

Day Four – SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

After breakfast this morning we drive around to Coles Bay, located at the foot of the granite mountains known as the Hazards, and on the edge of the world-renowned Freycinet National Park. Here we board a cruise vessel to take an award-winning journey with Wineglass Bay Cruises. Departing  the gentle shores of Coles Bay, we are guided through the natural history, geology and eco-systems of the Freycinet Peninsula, to the world famous Wineglass Bay. The sheer granite cliffs rise straight from the sea forming a sheltered waterway that features sea caves, hidden coves and one of the top ten beaches in the world. There are generally abundant wildlife sightings on these cruises including sea birds, dolphins, seals and whales. Whilst on board, we enjoy a delicious lunch including some of Tasmania’s finest fresh produce. Following our cruise we return to Bicheno for a relaxing afternoon.

Our dinner will be slightly earlier tonight as we have a rare and exciting opportunity to visit a penguin rookery. This tour allows us to get close to the penguins without disturbing them, as they return from the sea to their nests.        

Day Five – MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

East Coast Natureworld, is set amongst 150 acres of natural parkland and lagoons. The park offers a more intimate, interactive experience with Tasmania’s unique animals, birds and reptiles, including Tasmanian Devils, Quolls, Wombats, Eagles, Bettongs, Sugar Gliders, Parrots and lots more. We enjoy a guided tour and have some free time to explore the park at our leisure and browse through the shop which has a wide range of Tasmanian and wildlife souvenirs.

After lunch at the park, we head north along the coast through Scamander and on to St Helens which overlooks stunning Georges Bay. This is the largest town on Tasmania’s east coast and the state’s second largest fishing port.

We then retire to our accommodation for tonight at Panorama St Helens (Ph. 03 6376 1999). Situated on the waterfront, surrounded by natural lagoons and gardens, you can enjoy watching the birdlife in this relaxing setting.

Day Six – TUESDAY 1 MARCH 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

After breakfast we start our journey towards Launceston, driving through the North Eastern highlands to the former tin mining town of Derby. A quaint riverside village, Derby is a classified historic town situated amongst a landscape of mountains and rainforests.

Following morning tea, we continue along the Tasman Highway before taking a short detour to the town of Legerwood. This town features a unique Tasmanian attraction—a series of trees sculpted to honour World War I soldiers who came from the area. Planted in 1918, the trees had grown to a dangerous height and were declared a safety risk in 1999. In the same spirit in which the community created the memorial all those years ago, the Legerwood community rallied to preserve the memorials and enlisted the help of chainsaw sculptor Eddie Freeman to bring their fallen soldiers back to life in sculpture. Through extensive research, using stories and photos, they created twenty five carvings that are as authentic as possible and are a wonderful tribute to these heroes.

Continuing our journey west, we travel through Scottsdale to Nabowla, where we visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate, a producer of beautiful lavender flowers and oil. This site provides one of Tasmania’s most spectacular vistas at any time of the year, with panoramic views over the fields to Mount Arthur. We are given a guided tour of the flower shed and distillery before taking the opportunity to enjoy a light lunch in these stunning surrounds.

Late afternoon we arrive in Launceston where we check into our accommodation for the next two nights  at the Best Western Plus (Ph. 03 6333 9999).

Day Seven – WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Launceston is Australia’s third oldest city and the largest settlement in northern Tasmania. It is situated at the point where the South and North Esk Rivers meet to become the Tamar River which flows into Bass Strait. The city nestles in the wide valleys formed by the river systems and is surrounded by mountains.

This morning we join Tamar River Cruises on-board their 1890’s replica Lady Launceston. We take a short cruise along the river, exploring the spectacular Cataract Gorge and Launceston Seaport precinct.

After seeing the gorge from the water, we journey up to Cataract Gorge Reserve to enjoy it from a different perspective. As we take in the surrounding views, there is time for morning tea, a ride on the chairlift or the chance to stretch our legs on one of the pleasant walks through the landscaped gardens.

From here we travel out of the city, heading north to the coast, travelling on the eastern side of the Tamar. After crossing the river at Batman Bridge, we reach Beauty Point, a tiny township in the north-east of Tasmania. It was originally established as the first deep water port on the Tamar River to service the nearby gold mine town of Beaconsfield. When the gold rush ended, it became an apple exporting centre.

On arrival we will enjoy lunch at a local café before heading to Seahorse World. This working seahorse farm, is dedicated to the breeding and conservation of seahorses, as well as educating the public about these fascinating marine animals. We take time to look around, admiring these beautiful creatures.

Mid-afternoon we return to Launceston, this time travelling on the western side of the Tamar. We stop at Brady’s Lookout, a wonderful place to appreciate the diverse beauty of this area of Tasmania.

Arriving back at our accommodation, there will be plenty of time to relax and freshen up before our last evening meal of the tour.

Day Eight – THURSDAY 3 MARCH 2022

(includes cooked breakfast)

We farewell our hosts this morning and set off for the airport. After meeting our guide, we are assisted through group check-in before proceeding to our departure gate, ready to board our Virgin Airlines flight direct to Adelaide.

On arrival back in Adelaide, we will be met by an Endeavour Tours representative who will assist us with luggage collection and take us to meet our drivers. As we make our way towards home, there will be time to reflect on the spectacular scenery and diversity of east coast of Tasmania.