Tour Description

Hobart Stay-put

(Combined Departure)
Seven Days: 4th – 10th March 2022

Twin Share: $3595 per person. Sole Use: $4175 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.

 

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and the second oldest city in Australia. Located on the Derwent River, with the stunning backdrop of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, it is a picturesque city and the ideal place to base ourselves to explore the diversity of its surrounds. From the rich heritage of a convict past to the breath-taking scenery of Tasmania’s natural environment, this stay-put tour is sure to offer something for everyone. We browse the famous Salamanca Markets, have a birds-eye view on the Tahune Airwalk, get close to the endangered Tasmanian Devil and taste some of the state’s finest local produce. Join us as we explore beautiful Hobart.

 

Day One – FRIDAY 4 MARCH 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 us with our group check-in and helps us through the security procedures. We then head to the gate, ready to board our direct flight to Hobart with Qantas.

We arrive in Hobart late morning and are met at the gate by a guide, who will assist those who need help with luggage and take us to the Endeavour Tours mini-coach to meet our driver.

From the airport, we make our way to Hobart’s beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  The land for these gardens was set aside by Lady Jane Franklin in 1818 and now hosts one of the most highly acclaimed gardens in the country. On arrival we have some free time to look around before a relaxing lunch in the Succulent Café where we can enjoy views of these lush gardens.

This afternoon we have the opportunity to become more familiar with Hobart when a local guide joins our coach and takes us on a comprehensive city tour. Set between the towering peak of Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded in 1804, it is Australia’s second oldest capital and everywhere you go, the past steps out to meet you.

Following our tour, we check into our accommodation at the Wrest Point Hotel Casino (Ph. 03 6221 1888). As we will be staying here for the entirity of our tour, there will be time to settle in  before dinner with our fellow travellers.

Day Two – SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2022

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

After breakfast we set out to visit Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets. Every Saturday crowds gather to experience the atmosphere and excitement of Salamanca Place where hundreds of stallholders set up their wares along a street lined with lawns and elm trees. While the market itself is fantastic, the location is even more impressive. As you walk along the cobblestone square near Hobart’s waterfront, surrounded by historic sandstone warehouses built in the nineteenth century, it’s easy to imagine that this was once a busy wharf area filled with sailors, whalers and dock workers. Salamanca place has now been transformed into a vibrant cultural precinct which still maintains its heritage atmosphere. We have free time to wander around the markets, enjoy morning tea and perhaps buy a unique gift or souvenir of our holiday.

Nearby, at Murray Street Pier, we board the “Spirit of Hobart” for a lunch cruise on the Derwent River. Starting at Lake St Clair in central Tasmania, this river flows for more than 200 kilometres and its altitude falls more than 700 metres as it travels its winding path through Hobart and out to sea. As we enjoy lunch on board, we pass a number of Hobart’s significant attractions and sites.

Kunanyi / Mount Wellington rises 1271 metres above sea level, so after disembarking the cruise we  ascend 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!

After our descent from the summit, we return to our accommodation with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Day Three – SUNDAY 6 MARCH 2022

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

This morning we travel further south stopping at the town of Geeveston, situated on the Huon River. Known for its forestry and apple growing heritage, this small town also has a strong creative community. We visit the Forest and Heritage Centre which tells the story of the local timber industry and how the Tasmanian forests fit into the national and global picture. We may even see a wood turner in action!

We enjoy morning tea and explore the town which features several carved wooden statues depicting local characters.

From Geeveston we take a short drive to the Tahune Forest Reserve to experience a Tasmanian Rainforest in its natural state. Located near the confluence of the Huon and Picton Rivers, this reserve boasts one of Tasmania’s favourite attractions, Tahune Airwalk.  As its name suggests, this elevated walkway takes us through the tree tops where we gain a birds-eye view. At a height of 30 metres above the forest floor and a length of approximately 620 metres, we definitely gain spectacular views of our surrounds from a unique perspective. The walk is designed with many places to sit and rest, and we have the opportunity to do as much of the airwalk as we feel comfortable.

We enjoy lunch before retracing our journey back to Hobart, this time stopping in Franklin. Situated on the Huon River and home to the Wooden Boat Centre, it is the only remaining school in Australia teaching the craft of traditional wooden boat building. The volunteers here show us around the interpretative area and workshop where we can see boats under construction or restoration.

The drive back to Hobart is relaxing, with a variety of beautiful scenery to admire.

Day Four –  MONDAY 7 MARCH 2022

(includes cooked breakfast, money for lunch and two course dinner)

This morning we make our way north to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Brighton. One of  Tasmania’s most popular wildlife parks, it was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured wildlife. We enjoy a guided tour around the sanctuary and it is the perfect opportunity to see the endangered Tasmanian Devil. We make the most of our time here, having some free time to wander the park at our leisure and stopping for morning tea refreshments.

From here, we head a little further east 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. Nestled in the Coal River Valley, this classified historic town is famous for its Georgian architecture.

Our first visit will be at Old Hobart Town, a unique, award-winning model village depicting life in Hobart as it was in the 1820s. 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.

The historic stone buildings which adorn  Bridge Street, Richmond have now been converted to galleries, teashops, craft boutiques and museums. There will be time to browse at our leisure, enjoying lunch at one of the many cafes.

After returning to the bus, we take a drive around the town to see some of the other heritage sites including Australia’s oldest Catholic Church and the Richmond Bridge. Built in 1823, it is Australia’s oldest road bridge which is still in use. It was built by convicts using sandstone quarried at Butchers Hill and hauled by handcarts to the site.

On our journey back to Hobart we stop at Coal River Farm. This family run business is a celebration of the valley and Tasmania’s world class produce. There is something here for everyone—chocolate, cheese, coffee beans and condiments! We will enjoy a tasting and maybe find a treat or two to take home, before making our way back to our accommodation.

Day Five – TUESDAY 8 MARCH 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 of 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 Six – WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2022

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

After breakfast this morning, we journey north-west towards the town of Hamilton. A small rural farming village, it was once a bustling frontier with several breweries, hotels and a roaring illegal liquor trade!

Tim and Jane Parsons are sixth generation farmers in the Derwent Valley of Tasmania. Their property,  Curringa Farm, is on 750 acres of land with rolling hills, country views and lake-frontage. It is the ideal place for visitors to learn about Tasmanian wool production and farming activities, with over 3000 sheep producing 12,000 kilograms of wool per year and a mixed cropping of cabbages, pasture seed, peas and alkaloids. Tim and Jane run the property with ecology in mind, providing habitat for native birds and animals while nurturing crops and pastures to obtain quality produce. We enjoy the best of country hospitality on our visit, including a delicious morning tea.

We retrace our steps back towards Hobart, but this time we take a small detour, crossing to the other side of the Derwent River to visit the town of Plenty. This town is home to the Salmon Ponds, a heritage hatchery and garden dating back to 1862. In fact, it was the birthplace of trout in Australia and is now the oldest trout hatchery in the southern hemisphere. On arrival, we enjoy lunch in the café, ideally located next to the ponds, before touring the property.

After exploring the gardens and ponds, we depart Plenty, returning to our motel for dinner and an evening’s rest.

Day Seven – THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2022

(includes cooked breakfast)

We farewell our hosts this morning and set off for the airport. After being met by a guide, we are assisted through group check-in and taken to our departure gate, ready to board our Qantas 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 our relaxing and diverse holiday exploring Hobart and the surrounding regions.