Private Gardens, Art & Taste of Tasmania
Travel DatesDepartures year round
Sale EndsDec 28, 2024
Day 1: Launceston and Cataract Gorge
Enjoy a city tour of historic Launceston, known as Tasmania’s ‘Garden City’ for its numerous gardens and parks. We’ll also see beautiful Cataract Gorge, found surprisingly close to the city centre. Afterwards, enjoy fine local produce and a glass of wine at a nearby winery before we reconvene for a Welcome Dinner at our hotel.
Day 2: Private Gardens
Explore two private gardens, including Old Wesley Dale, a peaceful English garden where hedges and walls abound, along with productive potager and lovely vistas that draw upon the ‘borrowed landscape’. A ‘ha ha’, walled topiary garden and conservatory all enhance the property’s English-style garden theme. We will also make a stop at Ashgrove Cheese Factory to sample their locally made cheeses. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant in Launceston.
Day 3: Historic Tasmanian Gardens
Today, visit the historic village of Evandale, as well as the extensive gardens of Strathmore, a residence built by convicts in 1826. Afterwards, explore the heritage gardens of Brickendon Estate, a magnificent family-owned property offering a unique insight into Australia’s colonial history. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the house at Woolmers Estate, which provides a fascinating reflection upon Tasmanian colonial life—it is also one of the most historically significant heritage properties in Australia. We will also have time to explore its National Rose Garden.
Day 4: Historic Villages of Central Tasmania
Discover the delights of central Tasmania with a visit to a private garden near Launceston. Continue on to admire the cottage gardens in the historic towns of Oatlands and Richmond. Arriving in the town of Ross, we pause to view its convict-built bridge, as well as the township’s cottage gardens, before making our way to Hobart.
Day 5: Hobart Gardens
After breakfast, visit the private garden of Corinda House and admire the symmetrical parterres and box hedges. Explore the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, a cool-climate garden with several unique collections, which include Australia’s only subantarctic plant house. Later, take a tour of the Henry Jones Hotel’s private art collection. This evening, enjoy free time to explore Hobart.
Day 6: Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park
Enjoy exploring a very special private garden near Hobart and meet the owners. Afterwards, see the spectacular multi-tiered Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park’s cool temperate rainforest, one of Tasmania’s oldest. Enjoy dinner out tonight at a local restaurant.
Day 7: Salamanca Market and MONA
Wander through Salamanca Market to see the local arts, crafts and produce on sale. Later, perhaps visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) for an eclectic and internationally acclaimed art experience, or taste delicacies at the Barilla Bay Oyster Farm. You will finish the tour at the Hobart Hotel at 3pm.