Tasmanian Explorer

Hobart • Richmond • Port Arthur • Tasman National Park • Freycinet National Park • Bay of Fires • Launceston • Cradle Mountain • Strahan • Gordon River

About This Journey

12 Days Starting from $2360 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive

For the naturally adventurous: be charmed by Hobart, then drive to former convict settlement at Port Arthur. For truly iconic views, explore Wineglass Bay, and the Bay of Fires. Take the mythic Trail of the Tin Dragon to Launceston before exploring rugged Cradle Mountain National Park. Cruise the dramatic Gordon River, departing from tranquil Strahan. Lake Saint Clair promises to take your breath away, as does Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park.

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  • 11 nights 3.5 Star - 4 Star accommodation
  • 11 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet and Greet
  • Tasmanian National Parks Pass
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Entry
  • Gordon River Day Cruise - Premium Seating
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities,
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet and Greet
G'day Hobart

You will be met at Hobart Airport by a personal meet and greet service who will provide you with your travel pack. Then make your way to the car rental desk at the airport to collect your car.

Wander the streets of Salamanca Place lined with 19th century waterfront warehouses now home to cafes, restaurants, galleries and every Saturday the famous Salamanca Markets. Discover one of Hobart’s oldest and most historic areas Battery Point. Delve into the unconventional at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Meet native wildlife including Tasmanian devils, wombats and echidnas at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a cold beer and tour at Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest brewery. Drive up Mount Wellington for panoramic views over Hobart. Explore Cascade Female Factory, once a workhouse and prison for female convicts.

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    Accommodation    St Ives Hotel
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    Hobart – St Ives Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: fridge, microwave, toaster, hot plates

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 246 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay; Open Mon-Sun 7am-12am


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      Personal Meet and Greet
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      Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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      Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

      • Insurance:
        Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
      • Transmission:
        Automatic
      • Size Guide:
        5 adults, 3 suitcases
      • Upgrade Options:
        Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
      • Doors:
        5
      • GPS:
        Included
      • Additional Driver:
        Included
      • Unlimited Mileage:
        Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour
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    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour

    Enter the animals’ world on a unique 2 1/2 hour wildlife experience, hand-feeding eastern quolls, tawny frogmouths and sugar gliders. First it’s dinner time for daylight dwellers and then nocturnal animals get their breakfast. Have a tug of war with Tasmanian devils for their dinner, meet a mob of kangaroos plus injured or orphaned animals.

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    Iron Pot Cruise
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    Iron Pot Cruise

    Explore Hobart’s waterways on a 2 1/2 hour adventure, visiting Australia’s oldest lighthouse, see Betsey Island’s birdlife and discover the city’s rich maritime past. Cruise down the Derwent River past historic Battery Point. Witness well-known landmarks like the iconic Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Further south, appreciate the scale of Mount Wellington towering over the city.

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Free Time Hobart

Explore Hobart

Wander the streets of Salamanca Place lined with 19th century waterfront warehouses now home to cafes, restaurants, galleries and every Saturday the famous Salamanca Markets. Discover one of Hobart’s oldest and most historic areas Battery Point. Delve into the unconventional at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Meet native wildlife including Tasmanian devils, wombats and echidnas at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a cold beer and tour at Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest brewery. Mount Wellington offers spectacular panoramic views over Hobart. Explore Cascade Female Factory, once a workhouse and prison for female convicts.

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    Accommodation    St Ives Hotel
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    Hobart – St Ives Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: fridge, microwave, toaster, hot plates

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 246 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay; Open Mon-Sun 7am-12am


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Suggested Activites:

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    Hobart History, People & Places Walking Tour
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    Hobart History, People & Places Walking Tour

    Follow the waterfront to beautiful Salamanca, taking in the wonders of a convict-built city on a 2 hour guided walk. Uncover the story of the birth of a new British colony and view well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture. Hear fascinating and scandalous stories about endurance, business empires, adventurers, convicts, villains and heroes.

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    Bruny Island Traveller Day Tour
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    Bruny Island Traveller Day Tour

    Experience a full day amongst Bruny Island’s spectacular landscapes and gourmet produce with a local guide. Visit the home of Bruny Island’s cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky to savour their produce and hear the stories behind the harvest. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Leave your footprints on a deserted beach and walk amongst pristine wilderness, home to rare white wallabies.

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    Bruny Island Wilderness Day Tour
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    Bruny Island Wilderness Day Tour

    Depart Hobart headed for Kettering to catch the ferry across to Bruny Island. Step aboard a purpose built boat and explore some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Witness the Breathing Rock and pass between The Monument. See fur seals at Friar Rock, sea eagles and albatross above, dolphins surfing the boats bow wave, and from May to July and September to December possible migrating humpback and southern right whales sightings.

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Drive Hobart to Port Arthur

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Hobart to Port Arthur

Explore elegant Richmond’s historic Georgian buildings housing cafes, restaurants, pubs and galleries. Picnic at Richmond Park Boat House or hire a row boat and paddle to convict built Richmond Bridge. Great food and wine can be found in Coal River Valley. Taste fresh seafood including crayfish and oysters in Dunalley. Overlooking stunning Pirates Bay is peaceful Eaglehawk Neck, once home to a brutal barricade to stop convicts escaping. Meet Tasmanian devils and kangaroos at Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Uncover Van Diemen’s Land history at Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s best preserved convict site.

Hobart to Port Arthur
109 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours

Port Arthur Historic Site Entry

Step into the lives of the convicts, soldiers and their families sent from British colonies on a 40 minute guided walking tour. Explore the heritage gardens, the Dockyard and more than 30 historic buildings, ruins and museum houses. Step aboard a 25 minute cruise along the Port Arthur Harbour. Uncover the stories of the Port Arthur Historic Site and its people at the Port Arthur Gallery.

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    Accommodation    Stewarts Bay Lodge
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    Port Arthur – Stewarts Bay Lodge

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable WiFi

    Full kitchen facilities in room

    Laundry facilities in room

    Onsite restaurant breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA X-press Nubeena, 1856 Main Rd, Nubeena; Open Mon-Sun 8am-6pm


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      Tasmanian National Parks Pass
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        Port Arthur Historic Site Entry
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Drive Port Arthur to Freycinet National Park

Port Arthur to Freycinet National Park

Near Eaglehawk Neck a short walk leads to unusual rock formation the Tessellated Pavement. Stretch your legs along The Convict Trail or the cliff top coastal walk between East Shelly Beach and Spring Beach in Orford. Stop and view the convict built Three Arch Bridge and unusual Spiky Bridge. Take a break at Swansea Bark Mill, a fascinating museum with a bakery and tavern. Loon.tite.ter.mair.re.le.hoin.er Walk winds its way along the Swansea headland. Sample Freycinet Coast cool climate wines at cellar doors. On the edge of Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay Lookout provides one of Tasmania’s most celebrated and breathtaking views.

Port Arthur to Coles Bay
236 Kilometres : 3 hours

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    Accommodation    Edge of the Bay
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    Coles Bay – Edge of the Bay

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi hotspot

    Breakfast service available

    Onsite restaurant: dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Bay Express, Esplanade, Coles Bay; Open Mon-Sun 8am-closing time seasonal


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Free Time Freycinet National Park

Explore Freycinet National Park

Views over Sleepy Bay across to Wineglass Bay can be found at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Paddle the crystal clear waters on a kayak tour, join a quad bike tour or take to the skies on a scenic flight. Keep a look out for wildlife including wombats, wallabies, sea eagles and cockatoos. Hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout for views over one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Hike to the white sands, orange coloured boulders and turquoise waters of Wineglass Beach. Taste local oysters, mussels, abalone and rock lobster at rustic Freycinet Marine Farm. Unwind along Muirs Beach or Richardson Beach in Coles Bay.

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    Accommodation    Edge of the Bay
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    Coles Bay – Edge of the Bay

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi hotspot

    Breakfast service available

    Onsite restaurant: dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Bay Express, Esplanade, Coles Bay; Open Mon-Sun 8am-closing time seasonal


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Suggested Activites:

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    Wineglass Bay Cruise - Vista Lounge
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    Wineglass Bay Cruise - Vista Lounge

    Step aboard a magical 4 hour cruise from Coles Bay to breathtaking Wineglass Bay. View the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula coastline matched with the skippers local knowledge. Anchor amongst the white sand and turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay for a delicious lunch. Look out for dolphins, seals, little penguins and in season humpback whales.

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    Freycinet Kayak Tour
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    Freycinet Kayak Tour

    Enjoy a relaxed 3 hour guided kayak tour, gliding beneath pink granite mountains, past pristine sandy beaches and across crystal clear water. Look out for wildlife as you weave along the coastline, while your guide shares little known stories of the area. Stop on a secluded sandy beach for a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a tasty snack.

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    All Terrain Vehicle Adventure Tour
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    All Terrain Vehicle Adventure Tour

    Get on board a quad bike or polaris ranger and wind your way through eucalypt covered hills, boulder strewn valleys and coastal heath, to where red granite, blue seas and fine white sands collide at South Friendly Beaches. Travel to the dramatic sea cliffs of Cape Tourville for panoramic views of the Freycinet Peninsula and a glimpse of Wineglass Bay.

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Drive Freycinet National Park to Launceston

Freycinet National Park to Launceston

Hand feed kangaroos at Bicheno’s East Coast Natureworld. Scenic walks lead to Rocking Rock and Bicheno Blowhole. Discover white sands, azure water and bright orange lichen tinged boulders at Binalong Bay, the southern end of the Bay of Fires. Follow the Trail of the Tin Dragon from St Helens. Stop for a meal or drink at the Pub in the Paddock in Pyengana, one of Tasmania’s oldest pubs. Explore the fascinating historic mining village Derby. Sideling Lookout offers beautiful views across the countryside. Explore Launceston’s crown jewel the Cataract Gorge and discover cafes, restaurants and bars along waterfront precinct Seaport.

Coles Bay to Launceston
297 kilometres : 4 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Leisure Inn Penny Royal
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    Launceston – Leisure Inn Penny Royal

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 198 Charles St, Launceston; Open Mon-Sun 6am-10pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Cataract Gorge Cruise
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    Cataract Gorge Cruise

    Explore the Old Launceston Seaport before cruising to Kings Wharf to view Launceston’s delightful riverfront precinct. Travel into the spectacular Cataract Gorge aboard the Lady Launceston. View the sheer cliffs and cascades from the classic 1890’s style vessel. Enjoy the skippers fascinating commentary on the area’s history aboard the 50 minute cruise.

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Drive Launceston to Cradle Mountain

Launceston to Cradle Mountain

Explore Pearn’s Steam World or get lost in the Westbury Maze in charming Westbury. Stop for a break in delightful riverside village Deloraine and browse through the art and craft shops. Sheffield in the foothills of Mount Roland is covered with murals depicting its rich pioneering history. Kids or big kids at heart will enjoy Tasmazia. Walk amongst the magical scenery in Cradle Mountain along a variety of walking trails. Visit Devils@Cradle to meet the endangered Tasmanian devil.

Launceston to Cradle Mountain
145 kilometres : 2 hours

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    Accommodation    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
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    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Limited fee applicable WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Onsite restaurant: dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking


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Suggested Activites:

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    Night Spotting After Dark Tour
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    Night Spotting After Dark Tour

    Witness Cradle Mountain’s unique wildlife in their natural environment on a 2 hour guided tour at dusk. Keep a look out for wildlife including wallabies, wombats, possums and learn about their habitats.

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Free Time Cradle Mountain

Explore Cradle Mountain

Follow the Enchanted Walk along the banks of Pencil Pine River where you may see platypus or wombats. Discover scenic vistas, cool temperate rainforests and look out for wallabies and echidnas along the Speeler track. Visit Devils@Cradle, a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of Tasmanian devils. Join a quad bike tour or guided horse ride. Explore the hidden canyons of spectacular Dove River on a guided tour or take to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight. Explore one of Cradle Mountain’s most famous walks the Dove Lake Loop Track along the lakes shores.

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    Accommodation    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
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    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Limited fee applicable WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Onsite restaurant: dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking


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    Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Tour
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    Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Tour

    Explore Cradle Mountain National Park’s stunning Dove Lake, Pencil Pine Cascade and Pencil Pine Falls on a guided 2 hour tour. Visit the famous Waldheim Chalet and experience the Weindorfer’s Forest Walk. Look out for native wildlife including wombats, wallabies and echidna.

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Drive Cradle Mountain to Strahan

Cradle Mountain to Strahan

Mining town Roseberry is surrounded by dense forest and volcanic mountains of the West Coast Range. South of Roseberry, walk through rainforest to Montezuma Falls, Tasmania’s highest waterfall. West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum highlights Zeehan’s Aboriginal, pioneering and mining history. Zeehan’s main street is lined with grand old buildings including iconic Gaiety Theatre, while Spray Tunnel an abandoned railway tunnel is a unusual walk. Spot the elusive platypus along the Hogarth Falls track at dusk or dawn in picturesque fishing village Strahan. Watch the unique play The Ship That Never Was based on the great escape from Sarah Island.

Cradle Mountain to Strahan
138 kilometres : 2 hours

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    Accommodation    Strahan Village
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    Strahan Village

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Reception : Open daily 7am-11pm

    Onsite restaurants

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Everyday, 1 Reid Street, Strahan ; Open Weekdays 7:30am-6pm; Weekdends & Public Holidays 8am-6pm


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Cruise the Gordon River

Gordon River Day Cruise - Premium Seating

Cruise the imposing Gordon River aboard a 6 hour cruise, passing through Hells Gate, a narrow entry to Macquarie Harbour named by convicts. See Tasmania’s famous atlantic salmon and ocean trout being farmed. Witness some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins on Sarah Island. Travel past rugged mountain ranges of South West Wilderness National Park and walk amongst rainforest at Heritage Landing.

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    Accommodation    Strahan Village
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    Strahan Village

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Reception : Open daily 7am-11pm

    Onsite restaurants

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Everyday, 1 Reid Street, Strahan ; Open Weekdays 7:30am-6pm; Weekdends & Public Holidays 8am-6pm


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      Gordon River Day Cruise - Premium Seating
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Drive Strahan to Hobart

Strahan to Hobart

View the moonscape surrounds and infamous gravel football oval from Spion Kop Lookout in historic mining town Queenstown. Explore short walks along Lake St Clair highlighting local Aboriginal history, plants and wildlife. View Derwent Bridge’s stunning wood carving Wall in the Wilderness depicting Tasmania’s central highlands history. Magical Russell Falls can be seen in Mount Field National Park. Unusual oust houses in New Norfolk highlight its rich hop-growing history, which explains the Bush Inn, Australia’s oldest pub. Wander the streets of Hobart’s Salamanca Place lined with 19th century waterfront warehouses now home to cafes, restaurants and galleries.

Strahan to Hobart
300 kilometres : 4 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    St Ives Hotel
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    Hobart – St Ives Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: fridge, microwave, toaster, hot plates

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 246 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay; Open Mon-Sun 7am-12am


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Farewell Australia

Depart Hobart

Farewell Hobart and return your rental car to the Hobart Airport depot and continue your onward journey.