DAY 1 – ARRIVE LAUNCESTON – CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Welcome to Tasmania.
After pick-up at Launceston airport (or your hotel for early arrivals), we’re off to Cradle Mountain via the quirky town of Sheffield, known as Tasmania’s outdoor art gallery.
Located in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland, it’s the gateway to Cradle Mountain and a friendly rural town where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Once a centre for industry, the town has reinvented itself as an arts community with more than 140 murals tracing the history of the area and featuring Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers, and pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past. Our self-guided audio tour explains why the first mural was commissioned and how a rural town in economic decline transformed into a thriving outdoor gallery.
Time for a peek in the galleries and studios before heading to Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, home for the next two nights.
Tonight, relax and get to know your fellow travellers’ at our Welcome Dinner at the Lodge’s Highland Restaurant. Recognised as one of Tasmania’s premier dining experience, we’ll enjoy three courses with paired wines.
Overnight: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (Welcome Dinner paired with wine)
Day 2 – CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Today is free to do as much or as little as you please.
If you’d like to get active, there are numerous self-guided walks available or join the 45 minute Enchanted Walk, one of Tasmania’s best 60 Great Short Walks. Or you might prefer to unwind and take in the glorious views from the Spa Sanctuary in the Waldheim Alpine Spa.
Tonight, an exclusive evening visit to the Devils @ Cradle sanctuary. Enjoy welcome drinks and sweet treats and close encounters with Tasmanian Devils and quolls, visit behind the scenes areas with an experienced guide, all as the sun sets over the Tasmanian wilderness.
Return to the Lodge where you can grab a casual dinner
Overnight: Cradle Mountain Lodge (B / Evening Drinks & Sweet Treats)
Day 3 – LAUNCESTON
After breakfast, we head to Launceston, stopping in the picturesque riverside town of Deloraine, classified by the National Trust for its historic buildings and home to one of Australia’s biggest craft fairs. You’ll see well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture as you stroll through the picturesque streetscape with stores selling unique crafts year-round.
Admire the massive silk artwork entitled YARNS. It was created by more than 300 people in the Deloraine area, taking over 10,000 hours to finish and using 200 metres of silk. Perhaps pop into the quaint Deloraine Deli for a little snack.
This afternoon, there’s time to explore Launceston (or Lonnie as it’s known to the locals). The streets boast Federation, Victorian and Georgian architecture, charming cafes and hipster bars, contemporary restaurants, and a thriving local food culture.
Overnight: Hotel Verge (B)
Day 4 – LAUNCESTON
After breakfast, there’s time for a stroll to picturesque Cataract Gorge. Depending on how energetic you feel, the gentle incline along the northern riverbank takes about 15 minutes, while the hilly Zig Zag Track on the southern side takes slightly longer and requires a little more effort.
Tasmania confidently holds its place as “Australia’s sparkling capital” and “arguably the greatest region for sparkling wine anywhere in the world outside of Champagne itself” says Tyson Stelzer, International Wine Communicator of The Year 2015.
We’ll go behind the scenes and tour the Josef Chromy Winery and learn the how traditional method Sparkling wine is made. The art of making sparkling is explained (and tasted along the way) from base wine to corking and wiring. The tour commences at the Cellar Door and takes in the history of the vineyard and the Tasmanian Wine Industry.
You’ll be taken through the sparkling wine making and disgorging process, then work with the winemaking team in the laboratory to choose and add the liquor, the final step in sparkling wine making, producing a bottle of sparkling to your own taste to enjoy with lunch. You can also order sparkling wine at your own dosage rate to be shipped home!
Afterwards, enjoy a two course lunch matched with wine and a complementary tasting.
To cap off our afternoon, we’ll visit Turner Stillhouse and indulge in a little gin tasting.
Overnight: Hotel Verge (B / Lunch with wine/ Wine Tastings)
Day 5 – Launceston to Freycinet
Today our education of Tassie wines continues as we taste and lunch at Devil’s Corner Winery. Named after a rugged bend in the river, their approach to wine is similar to that of the intrepid sailors who dared to cross it: bold yet humble. Fearless yet considered.
After lunch, we head for Freycinet Lodge, home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Freycinet Lodge (B / Lunch with Wine Tastings)
DAY 6 – FREYCINET
Enjoy breakfast and perhaps a quick walk before a cruise along the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay. Be enthralled by the stunning granite coastline and dramatic pink peaks of the Hazards range as you cruise in style in the Sky Lounge with direct access to the Captain’s Bridge and private viewing deck. Enjoy plump local oysters, salmon, smoked meats, breads, and cheeses served with the East Coast’s renowned wines and artisan brews.
Returning around 2.15pm, the remainder of the day is free to explore the National Park or relax at the Lodge.
Overnight: Freycinet Lodge (B / Morning Tea / Lunch with Wine)
Day 7 – FREYCINET TO HOBART
After breakfast, we begin our journey to Hobart.
En-route, we’ll visit Kate’s Berry Farm, acclaimed for her truly outstanding cool climate berries and unique range of mouth-watering produce and products that highlight what Tasmania does so well. The lavender ice-cream is heavenly – it’s never too early for ice-cream, is it?
We’ll pass through the picturesque town of Richmond and admire the beautiful historic buildings dating back to the 1820s and have a photo stop at Richmond Bridge, the oldest bridge in Australia.
Then it’s on to Frogmore Creek Winery where we’ll sip more delicious Tasmanian wine and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
After lunch, we’ll stop at Coal River Farm, a family run business that started with a little knitting and growing a few vegetables and turned into something a little larger. Taste handmade Tasmanian cheese, chocolate, jams and spreads. You won’t be able to resist taking home a box of exquisite handmade chocolates showcasing farm flavours.
Overnight: Crown Plaza Hobart (B / L)
Day 8 – HOBART
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Core Restaurant and then it’s off to market we go!
Held every Saturday, Salamanca Market is one of Australia’s most vibrant and loved outdoor markets. Here, you’ll find a collection of more than 220 stallholders representing artisans, designers, and producers. Tasmania’s Own Market is one of those special places where you can find Tasmanian handmade and home grown produce, talk to the makers and producers, and discover the heart of this creative and resilient island.
This afternoon, we head to Mona for our Rockstar experience. Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia’s largest privately-owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner, Tasmanian gambler and math’s nerd David Walsh, Mona exhibits everything from ancient Egyptian funerary objects and modernist masterpieces to a word waterfall and a machine that mimics the human digestive system.
Your Rockstar experience kicks off as we board the Mona ferry and settle into The Posh Pit – of course! This is where we escape the riff-raff in the ferry’s private lounge, bar and deck. Includes free drinks, tiny food and inflated egos! Enjoy Moorilla wine, Moo Brew beer and canapes as we sail up the Derwent River to Mona.
On arrival, enjoy an absinthe-heavy cocktail from the Void Bay before heading into the museum to check out David Walsh’s sprawling underground collection of art and antiquities. Then swan into the museum’s Faro Bar and Restaurant for a five-course feast imagined by rockstar executive chef Vince Trim. Sip on fancy wines delivered from Mona’s infamous wine bunker.
We’ll then have exclusive access to some neuron-tingling James Turrell artworks to further addle your synapses.
Our Rockstar afternoon ends with a Coach journey back to Hobart, departing approx 9pm.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hobart (B / Canapes with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9 – BRUNY ISLAND
Today, we taste our way across Bruny Island, visiting renowned artisan producers on a gourmet wilderness adventure, while discovering the spectacular scenery and cultural heritage of Tasmania’s favourite island. Enjoy award-winning cheeses, premium wines and beer, freshly shucked oysters, handcrafted fudge, local honey and a delicious lunch at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant with sweeping views of Adventure Bay.
Meet and hear the stories of island producers including an exclusive cheese and beer experience at Bruny Island Cheese Company and sweet taste sensations from Bruny Island Chocolate Company and Bruny Island Honey.
But it’s not all about the food and wine! Take in the glorious views from iconic Neck Lookout, climb the 240 wooden steps to take in the narrow isthmus between north and south Bruny Island. Step back in time with a walk through the ancient Mavista Rainforest and breathe in the cleanest air as you stroll under the towering canopy.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hobart (B / Lunch / Tastings)
Day 10 – HOBART
Today is free to explore Hobart and Surrounds.
You may wish to visit historic Port Arthur, the Huon Valley, Maria Island or check out the local wineries around Hobart.
This evening we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local favourite – Aloft. With spectacular views, and a seasonal menu, this will be a final experience to remember.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hobart (B)
Day 11 – DEPART
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and after breakfast this morning, your tour concludes with a group transfer to Hobart Airport.
We hope you have enjoyed your Tassie sojourn and look forward to welcoming you on another tour in the future. (B)