Treat yourself this Christmas with the awe-inspiring sights and tastes of Tasmania with 11 days discovering Port Arthur Penal Settlement, Tasman Arch, Derwent Valley, Eaglehawk Neck, Bruny Island and more. We celebrate Christmas in Hobart with a long sumptuous lunch and spend New Years Eve in Launceston. You’ll be tempted by heritage, culture, taste sensations and glorious natural scenery whilst also visiting Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Launceston.
24th December 2023
29 meals Included 8 Eco Experiences 2 Cultural & Heritage Experiences
$1500pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
We fly into Hobart on Carbon Neutral flights, arriving mid afternoon, and make our way to our hotel for next four nights. Tonight we dine out dine out, enjoying the vibrant maritime atmosphere and freshest Tasmanian seafood at the iconic Drunken Admiral.
Merry Christmas! After a festive breakfast together, the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the facilities of our hotel or take a stroll along the waterfront. The highlight today is gathering for our Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings. Enjoy a long sumptuous lunch with fresh Tassie delicacies, traditional fare and included beverages as we celebrate with friends old and new. A light dinner will be provided tonight at our hotel.
Today we visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Australian Convict Sites. Embark on a guided walking tour of this former seaside penal colony, where we explore more than 30 restored buildings and ruins. We then set off on a 30-minute cruise on Carnarvon Bay to admire the natural beauty of this sombre site. We reboard our coach and travel back to Hobart via Eaglehawk Neck.
Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing as we embark on a sightseeing and food tour. Enjoy a gourmet experience and taste local fresh produce, spot wildlife in their habitat, walk the beaches, climb The Neck lookout and tour the iconic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, perched above the stunning craggy Tasmanian coastline.
Departing Hobart, we follow the Derwent Valley to historic New Norfolk and then continue on to Mount Field National Park, where a short walk into the forest we witness the spectacle of Russell Falls. After lunch we make our way further west stopping at the cascading Nelson Waterfalls. Further on we view the Iron Blow open cut copper mine at Queenstown before arriving in Strahan.
Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania and relax in reserved premium seating as we cruise the mighty Gordon River. We pass natural landmarks like Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean. We disembark and visit Sarah Island, a former convict settlement and shipyard. Enjoy a smorgasbord lunch on board as we journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area before we return to Strahan for the afternoon.
Leaving Strahan, we step back in time and climb aboard the fully restored heritage carriages of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We journey into the history of the wild west coast with our guide bringing stories of the railway and its resilient people to life. On arrival in Queenstown we re-board the coach and travel the Henty Road via Tullah to our hotel nestled in the alpine woodland of Cradle Mountain. Tonight, will be an unforgettable experience when we join Devils At Cradle on the after dark feeding tour. We will encounter a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation – quite a spectacular sight.
This morning we join a guided tour, walking through the myrtles and King Billy pines at Cradle Valley to Gustav Weindorfer’s Chalet. Here we gain an insight into the early history of the Cradle Mountain area and the people who played a pivotal role in the establishment of the National Park. There’s time to view picturesque Dove Lake before we depart Launceston. On our way, we will pop in to the quaint little villages of Sheffield, Railton and Deloraine, all unique in their own way. Mid afternoon we visit Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, where we take a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift, enjoying spectacular views of this unique piece of urban wilderness, before our arrival at our hotel. Tonight we enjoy New Years Eve celebrations together and ring in 2024!
Happy New Year! Today we travel to Beauty Point stopping at Brady’s Lookout and Beaconsfield. Here we are given the choice of visiting the only Seahorse farm in the world or Platypus House. We then travel to East Tamar via theunique A-frame Batman Bridge. We break for lunch at the Bridport Hotel beforetravelling on to Legerwood to view the tree carvings - an amazing avenue of memorial tree carvings that are a lasting tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in WWI.
An early start today as we make our way to Coles Bay on the East Coast. Board our scenic flight to view the unique and dramatic Freycinet Peninsula. Take in the pristine white sands and turquoise water of Friendly Beaches immediately after departure. Let the truly remarkable pink-hued granite peaks of The Hazards fill your lens as you make your way south, Wineglass Bay revealing its extraordinary beauty. Follow rugged cliffs along the eastern coastline to the geological phenomenon of Schouten Island before flying over to the vastly softer west coast. Exceptional white sandy bays and crystal clear water will take you the entire way back to Coles Bay via The Hazards, then onwards to the Moulting Lagoon.
After a leisurely breakfast this morning we make our way to Launceston airport for our respective Carbon Neutral flights home.
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Delve into the past at the Port Arthur Penal Settlement and cruise its picturesque harbour. Explore the rugged landscapes of Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Arch, and Devil's Kitchen. Bruny Island will amaze you with its sights, flavors, and iconic lighthouse. Get close to wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy a relaxing Derwent River lunch cruise. Shop at the lively Salamanca Markets and savor a special dinner at the Drunken Admiral. Venture to the Huon Valley, Tahune Airwalk, and explore charming neighborhoods like Sandy Bay, Battery Point, and Mount Nelson. Conclude your journey with a visit to The Salmon Ponds.
Unearth natural wonders, heritage icons and local taste sensations on this remote outpost in the Bass Strait. Local guides with insider knowledge will escort you to the island's most famous landmarks including Shag Lagoon, the Shannon Wreck, Disappointment Bay, the Wickham Lighthouse and the Hybrid Power Station. We'll discover local cheeses, visit a beef farm and dine on culinary delights created by renown local chefs.
See the icons of the Apple Isle on this in-depth tour of Tasmania. Fly into Hobart for 2-nights and explore the Port Arthur Historic Site. Enjoy an epic Gordon River Cruise travelling to Strahan and Queenstown. Enjoy a train journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway line before arriving into Tullah. Take in all the sights of Wine Glass Bay with an aerial view whilst exploring the Freycinet Peninsula before heading back to Hobart.
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