Heart of Tasmania
Travel DatesDepartures year round
Sale EndsAug 31, 2024
Day 1: Arrive Hobart
Prepare for a journey of discovery, delving into colourful cultural history and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Arrive in the romantic harbour town of Hobart, where we’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Afterwards, enjoy your selected Freedom of Choice activity. Tonight, delight in a welcome dinner and drinks with fellow APT travellers.
Day 2: Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Strahan
Discover the magic of Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park today, then continue to the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Visit The Wall in the Wilderness, before travelling via the mining town of Queenstown to Strahan. Tonight, savour dinner at View 42° Restaurant and Bar.
Day 3: Strahan, Gordon River, Cradle Mountain
From the comfort of the Captain’s Premier Upper Deck, glide across Macquarie Harbour and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Stopping at Heritage Landing, prepare for a guided rainforest walk. Back on board, you’ll be treated to a delicious lunch of fresh Tasmanian produce before arriving at Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Sarah Island. Here you’ll get a chilling insight into the cruelties of convict life as you explore the ruins of what was once a convict settlement. Cruise past Hells Gates, then return to Strahan. From here, set off by coach for the secluded Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, set right on the edge of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Day 4: Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake
After admiring the beauty of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, visit Waldheim Chalet, then enjoy your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing inclusion.
Day 5: Stanley, Tarkine, Smithton
This morning, depart Cradle Mountain and travel to Stanley, set in the shadow of The Nut. Journey through the Tarkine region and stop at Sumac Lookout for views of the Arthur River. Continue to the Julius River Forest Reserve for a rainforest walk and afternoon tea, including Tasmanian wine and cake made with locally produced honey. Later, head to Smithton for an exclusive Tasmanian Fare Dinner.
Day 6: Smithton, Launceston
This morning you will travel along the northern coastline before heading inland to the historic town of Sheffield, famous for the striking murals that adorn the town's buildings, among other quaint constructions and artworks. Afterwards, visit Franklin House, an enchanting historic convict–built home surrounded by splendid gardens. The house contains a magnificent collection of regency furniture and fine silver. Wander through the beautiful gardens and admire the flower beds and Victorian kitchen garden. Travel to Cataract Gorge, a unique natural rock formation on the outskirts of the city. Follow the path along the river to explore the geological wonders and soak up the fresh Tasmanian air.
Day 7: Launceston
Packed with a plethora of old country charm, delicious food and wine and elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia. Here, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity. Afterwards, visit Josef Chromy, a northern winery that prides itself on celebrating Tasmanian grapes.
Day 8: Launceston, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, St Helens
After visiting Bridestowe Lavender Estate, traverse Weldborough Pass and admire the views of forested hills and farmland. Then travel to the largest town on the north-east coast of Tasmania, St Helens. Known as the game fishing capital of Tasmania, enjoy a two-night stay on the edge of Georges Bay.
Day 9: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
After breakfast this morning, you'll travel south and join your Wineglass Bay Cruise to experience the exquisite beauty of Freycinet Peninsula's pristine sheer cliffs, sea caves and remote coves on the Schouten Passage II eco-catamaran. With a highly skilled, local skipper learn about the rich natural history, geology, ecosystems and heritage of the region. Enjoy a delicious ploughman’s style lunch of fresh local produce.After your cruise, visit Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre and enjoy a guided tour along Cape Tourville, admiring the stunning coastal scenery before returning to St Helens.
Day 10: Ross, Richmond, Depart Hobart
Depart for Hobart this morning, via Ross and Richmond. Bid a fond farewell to the Apple Isle, before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.