Itinerary in brief:
- 3 nights Melbourne
- 2 nights Beauty Point
- 1 night Longford
- 2 nights Freycinet Peninsula
- 2 nights Hobart
- 2 night Tasman Peninsula
- 2 nights Melbourne
Day 1: Depart UK
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Included: International flight
Days 2-4: Melbourne
You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation, with 3 days to discover the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. It’s a great destination to explore on foot or by tram, and there are a number of excellent walking tours where you’ll pick up on the insider knowledge of a local. On one of your days we’d recommend heading out to the beautiful Yarra Valley for a winery tour or even do a day trip to the stunning Great Ocean Road – we can arrange these for you.
Included: Arrival transfer & hotel
Days 5 & 6: Fly to Launceston – Beauty Point
We’ll arrange a transfer to take you to the airport for your flight to Tasmania. Arrive at Launceston Airport and collect your rental car before making your way to Beauty Point, about an hours’ drive from the airport in the north of Tasmania and on the doorstep of the Narawntapu National Park. This is a haven for wildlife and birdlife especially during dawn and dusk.
Visit the historic town of Beaconsfield (famous for gold mining); see platypus at Platypus House or just enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the north east.
Included: Departure transfer, domestic flight, rental car & hotel
Day 6: Beauty Point to Longford (approx. 1 ¼ hours’ drive time)
After breakfast, leave Beauty Point and head back down to Launceston to explore the city and visit Cataract Gorge. Known as the ‘wilderness in the heart of the city’, this is a great location to spot wallabies and Tasmanian Pademelons and take a ride on the longest single-span chairlift in the world (own expense).
Leave Launceston and drive 15 minutes to the historic town of Longford. Spend a night at the Brickendon colonial estate and farm stay which is adjacent to Woolmers Estate, also World Heritage Listed. Both have stunning gardens to explore and Woolmers has the National Rose Garden. If you’re a history buff, between them, these two properties also house the best-kept convict records in Australia.
Included: Breakfast, car hire & hotel
Days 7 & 8: Longford to Freycinet Peninsula (approx. 2 hours’ drive time)
A two hour drive south down the Midlands Highway brings you to one of Tasmania’s most iconic of national parks, the Freycinet Peninsula. Coles Bay is just a short walk from the most photographed of beaches, Wineglass Bay. This stunning peninsula will be your base for two nights.
Stay at Sheoaks on Freycinet, a B&B on Coles Bay run by Alan and Margaret. The owners are keen birders who will equip you with binoculars, a birding list and a gourmet picnic lunch for you to explore the Freycinet Peninsula including Wineglass Bay, Friendly Beaches and the Hazards Mountains. We’ve included a Wineglass Bay Cruise along the hidden bays and coves of this most iconic of Tasmanian wilderness landscapes, spotting albatross, sea eagles, dolphin, Australian fur seals and if you are lucky, whales.
Your host, Margaret is an accomplished cook, so dinner (by arrangement), is always a memorable experience and a fitting end to a day’s exploration.
Included: Breakfast, car hire, Wineglass Bay Cruise & hotel
Days 9 & 10: Freycinet Peninsula to Hobart (approx. 2 hours 30 mins drive)
Leave Freycinet and drive two and a half hours south to Tasmania’s state capital of Hobart, along the vineyard and olive grove-lined coastline, with stunning views across from the east coast to Maria Island. Look out for dolphins and whales in the bay and we recommend you make a stop at historic Swansea for cakes and ice cream at Kate’s Berry Farm.
Shortly before you arrive in Hobart you will call in at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, where we’ve included a chance for you to have an up-close and personal meeting with almost all Tasmania’s native animals including Tasmanian devils.
Bonorong is a rehabilitation centre not a zoo, and all animals are rescued, rehabilitated and released if possible (apart from the devils due to the Devil Facial Tumour Disease). Bonorong runs Tasmania’s official SOS wildlife rescue line so there is a continual stream of young and orphaned animals being brought in to be cared for by Bonorong’s dedicated team of keepers. As a special privilege, Travel Nation clients enjoy an upgrade from general entry to a personal tour (time must be confirmed in advance).
In Hobart, you’ll be staying in the family-run, waterfront, apartment- style Salamanca Wharf or the historic four star hotel, Lenna of Hobart with views over Mt Wellington or Hobart’s magnificent harbour. If your stay in Hobart coincides with a Saturday, you are literally a stone’s throw from Salamanca Market, where you can experience local Hobartian lifestyle and buy delicious local produce to enjoy at your leisure in your apartment.
Included: Breakfast, car hire, VIP tour at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary & hotel
Days 11 & 12: Hobart to Tasman Peninsula (approx. 1 hour 30 mins drive)
Leave Hobart and drive the ninety minute journey to the Tasman Peninsula, which is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, Eaglehawk Neck.
The Tasman peninsula is home to Port Arthur Historic Site, one of Australia’s most feared of penal settlements as well as stunning landscapes and beaches and some of the best bushwalking in Tasmania.
We’ve included entry to the Port Arthur Historic Site and a Harbour Cruise and Guided Tour. You also have the option to add on the After Dark Pass which includes dinner in felon’s Bistro and the legendary Ghost Tour.
During your stay in Hobart, you can also take the included half-day Tasman Island Cruise beside the highest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere to Tasman Island. You should see huge fur seal colonies, dolphin, Albatross, short Tailed Shearwaters and from June to November, you’re likely to spot whales as they migrate north.
Included: Breakfast, car hire & hotel
Day 13: Hobart to Melbourne
Enjoy a leisurely drive back to Hobart to drop off your rental car and connect with your flight back to Melbourne late afternoon. Stop off at Port Arthur en-route if you haven’t already visited.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. This evening why not try out the famous Melbourne Tram Restaurant and watch the city go by as you enjoy a gourmet meal and fine local wines on board the tram? We can arrange this for you.
Included: Breakfast, domestic flight, arrival transfer & hotel
Day 14: Melbourne
Spend your last full day in Melbourne; sit back and relax or hit the streets and tick off the parts of the city that you missed on your first visit. Melbourne is a foodie paradise so maybe splurge on your last night at one of its famous restaurants – be sure to book in advance though!
Day 15: Depart Melbourne
Enjoy a leisurely morning before checking out of your hotel. We will arrange a transfer to take you to the airport for your onward flight.
You could consider adding on a few days in Sydney, or heading up to Queensland for a beach and Great Barrier Reef experience – let us know and we’ll include this in your tailor-made quotation.
Included: Departure transfer & international flight
Day 16: Arrive UK