Tour Description

North West Tasmania

(Combined Departure)
Eight Days: 8th – 15th February 2022

Twin Share: $3895 per person. Sole Use: $4395 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 – TUESDAY 8 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.

A guide meets us on arrival at the airport and after assisting with the collection of luggage, we are taken to the Endeavour Tours mini-coach where our driver awaits. Departing Hobart, we make our way north, crossing the Derwent River and heading into the Tasmanian countryside.

Around lunchtime, we arrive in Ross, located in Tasmania’s premier wool-growing area, on the banks of the Macquarie River. It is arguably one of the finest, most well-preserved nineteenth century villages in Australia, having been built by convict labour in the early 1800s. The buildings at the main crossroads in town are said to represent “Temptation” (Man O’Ross Hotel), “Recreation” (Town Hall), Salvation” (Catholic Church) and “Damnation” (the jail, which is now a private residence).

After lunch at a local café or bakery, there is a little time to stroll around the town or perhaps visit The Tasmanian Wool Centre, which showcases Tasmania’s wool industry.

From here we continue to Deloraine, located in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers mountain range. Deloraine is well known for its many artists and crafts people and today we stop to see one of the town’s creative community art projects. Yarns: Artwork in Silk is a large scale textile artwork, with four soft sculptured panels made of hand-dyed silk. Over 300 artists contributed to the artwork, which includes an audio presentation with sound and lighting effects.

Departing Deloraine in the late afternoon, our next stop is at Devonport, where we check into our accommodation at Argosy Motor Inn (Ph. 03 6427 8872). There will be time to settle in and refresh before coming together for dinner.

Day Two – WEDNESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2022

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

This morning after breakfast, we journey south to Railton, a town that began its life as a rail head but today is better known as the ‘town of topiary’. One man’s vision became a community project that now boasts over 100 living artworks. As we drive around the town we will see a number of topiary animals, people and imaginary characters that have been cleverly created.

In the foothills of majestic Mount Roland, is the friendly rural town of Sheffield, where history and art merge to create a ‘town of murals’. Once a centre for industry, the town is now an arts community, featuring more than 140 murals, as well as several galleries, studios and museums. The murals trace the history of the area and are pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past.

Morning tea is enjoyed in town before continuing to Kaydale Lodge Gardens, where we can wander through this unique two-hectare country garden. The property has a grand-scale rockery, pear walk, zen garden and a productive vegetable area. This amazing and diverse garden is the result of the family’s love of cold climate plants and their enthusiasm for using stone. This is also a fantastic place for our lunch today.

We call in at Braddons Lookout which offers a wonderful vista across the Forth Valley towards Turners Beach and Leith. The lookout includes interpretive signs which provide information on the views and surrounding area.

From here we head to The House of Anvers at Latrobe. If you love chocolate, then this is the place for you! Anvers produce quality hand-made chocolates, truffles, pralines and fudges from the finest  ingredients, including fresh Tasmanian cream and butter. We can see the qualified chocolatiers and confectionery staff at work through the viewing windows and have the opportunity to taste these delicious treats.

We return to Devonport with time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day Three – THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2022

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

Before  leaving Devonport this morning, we visit Home Hill, the former family home of Tasmania’s only Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, and his wife Dame Enid, who was the first woman elected to Australia’s federal Parliament. The elegant homestead remains largely the same, complete with original furnishings and memorabilia. On a guided tour we are given an insight into the political and personal lives of two people who were dedicated to public service.

We begin our travels along the picturesque north-west coast of Tasmania to Penguin where we stop for morning tea and to have a photo with The Big Penguin, a sculpture which stands proud at 3 metres tall and was erected to commemorate the town’s centenary in 1975.

Continuing on we drive through Wynyard, which lies on a particularly beautiful stretch of the coast. We reach the historic fishing village of Stanley which is nestled at the base of the ‘The Nut,’ an ancient volcanic rock formation. On arrival we have a picnic lunch before taking the chairlift to the summit of The Nut where we appreciate the spectacular views across Bass Strait and over the township. This is said to be the prettiest spot on the tip of the north-west coast of Tasmania.

After some free time strolling and sightseeing around Stanley we travel to Smithton, located on the Duck River and surrounded by amazing scenery. The economy is driven by a robust timber mill and potato processing plant. We will be staying for three nights at Tall Timbers Tasmania (Ph: 03 6452 9000) and have time to unpack and relax before dinner.

Day Four – FRIDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2022

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

After a hearty breakfast, we set off to Woolnorth, one of Tasmania’s iconic and unique properties situated on the north-west corner of Tasmania. We are taken on a tour of this historic, 22,000 hectare property. Originally a massive merino sheep farm with convict labour, it’s now a wind turbine, green energy farm, as well as a dairy. We begin with a visit to the cliff top towers of the Woolnorth Wind Farm and information centre, before exploring the historic precinct and driving through the dairy lands of Australia’s largest dairy operation.

A visit to breathtaking Cape Grim is where we marvel at the incredible coastline, breathe in the cleanest air in the world and witness the islands off the north-west coast of Tasmania. It’s great to have a local guide showing us around, and explaining the stories of this fascinating property.

Following this delightful experience, we return to Stanley for lunch before visiting  Highfield Historic Site. Highfield sits on a hillside with gorgeous views across to the Stanley township, The Nut and Bass Strait beyond. It offers an historically accurate vision of a gentleman’s home and farm in the 1830s.

The house is being restored and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables, and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden.

We return to our accommodation in Smithton after a pleasant day hearing about the fascinating, early period of Tasmania’s history.

Day Five – SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2022

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

Today will be one of the highlights of our holiday—cruising the Tarkine Wilderness on the Arthur River!

We begin with the scenic drive south west, travelling through open farming country and dense forest along the way to the tiny coastal township of Arthur River. Tasmania’s westernmost settlement, the town  is surrounded by dense rainforest and named after the river that runs from the mountains to the sea. Here we enjoy the serenity of the river as we cruise on a beautiful old steel-hulled vessel affectionately known as “The Red Boat”.

If you’ve cruised the Gordon River before you’ll notice some similarities, but also some striking differences. Like the Gordon River, we’ll be captivated by the magical, mirror-like reflections of the lush vegetation in the river and the pristine dense forest on the river banks. There are myrtles, blackwoods, leatherwoods, sassafras, silver wattles and ancient giant tree ferns, providing opportunities for some stunning photographs. Unlike the Gordon River, the Arthur River is much less visited. This means our cruise boat is a vessel with charm and character, taking a much smaller group of people into this wilderness area. Therefore the atmosphere of the cruise is entirely different, and so much more special.

Halfway through the cruise our vessel docks at the side of the river, giving us the opportunity to stroll through the rainforest. It’s also here that we enjoy a delicious barbeque—how often do you get to dine in the rainforest?! The return journey leads us back downstream and hopefully we’ll see some of the magnificent local birdlife as we cruise.

After this wonderful, relaxing and informative cruise, we return to our accommodation for our last night in Smithton.

Day Six – SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2022

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

We farewell our hosts, as it is now time to leave this delightful region of Tasmania.

As we drive along the north-west coast, we stop near Flowerdale, a small rural community. Here we visit the Lobster Ponds, a tourist and educational destination providing information about the endangered freshwater lobster. The ponds are set in amongst Tasmania’s trees and we are taken on an informative tour which provides insight into the world’s largest freshwater crayfish. The lobsters are only found in streams and rivers in northern Tasmania and at the haven, they are kept in a habitat as near to their natural environment as possible.

After our morning tea overlooking the beautiful Flowerdale hills and valleys, we drive a short distance to the magnificent plateau of Table Cape, by far Wynyard’s most remarkable natural wonder. The Cape dominates the Wynyard coastline and offers spectacular views of Tasmania’s coast and agricultural farmlands. We reach Table Cape Lookout where, on a clear day, we can see George Town’s Low Head and mountain ranges, over 175 kilometres away.

Burnie, nestled around Emu Bay on Bass Strait, is Tasmania’s most westerly city. This port city was named Emu Bay when founded in 1827  but  was renamed in the early 1840s. It was proclaimed a city by Queen Elizabeth II on April 26, 1988. It is here that we stop for lunch before the last part of our day’s journey to Launceston situated on the bank of the Tamar River. We are staying for two nights at the Best Western Plus Launceston (Ph: 03 6333 9999).

Day Seven – MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2022

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

We start today by making our way north along the western side of the Tamar River to Brady’s Lookout, a wonderful place to appreciate the diverse beauty of this area with panoramic views.

Continuing north, we cross over the Tamar River to the eastern side and make our way to George Town, Australia’s third-oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart, with a rich maritime history. We enjoy morning tea here before travelling a short distance north to the small holiday village of Low Head, situated on the picturesque Low Head Peninsula, with its pristine beaches. Here at the mouth of the Tamar River we find one of Tasmania’s most dramatically situated lighthouses and the Low Head Pilot Station.  As Australia’s oldest pilot and signal station, it dates back to 1805 and has been in continuous use since 1833. We learn much from the Maritime Museum and see a whole range of 19th century buildings in this charming precinct.

Back in George Town we have lunch before a visit to The Bass and Flinders Centre. It is the home of “The Norfolk”, a full sized replica of the boat that Bass and Flinders sailed from Sydney and around Tasmania in 1798, when they were sent to ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ to ascertain if Tasmania was an island. They sailed with a crew of eight, right into the Tamar River where they anchored off what is now George Town. There are other boats here too, including a replica of Bass and Flinders’ wooden dinghy, ‘Tom Thumb’ and  the ‘Elizabeth’, the whale boat rowed by James Kelly around Tasmania. This is a unique and fabulous collection.

We enjoy a scenic drive back to Launceston, where there will be time to fresh up before our last dinner and evening together in Tasmania.

Day Eight – TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2022

(includes cooked breakfast)

Our wonderful holiday in Tasmania is nearly at an end. We have another hearty breakfast before setting off for the Launceston Airport, arriving with plenty of time for a relaxed check-in. This morning we are taking a direct flight with Virgin Airlines form Launceston to Adelaide.

We arrive at the airport late morning and will be met by an Endeavour Tours representative who will assist with luggage if required. We have a final opportunity to farewell our fellow travellers, before we meet the  drivers who will take us home to our doors, with vivid memories of the stunning scenery and diversity of northern Tasmania.