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(SJ)Tasmania in Depth with Bunnik Tours -9th September 2022

 

Defined by its rugged landscape and breathtaking natural beauty, Tasmania is truly a feast for the senses. From the vibrant Salamanca Market through to stunning Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain, we’ll discover the state’s checkered history, explore dense rainforests and deep gorges, take in iconic vistas and sample sumptuous fresh produce.

 

 

 

14 Day Holiday Hobart Return

Max 20 people

 

Special Experiences

  • Spend the day taking in the beautiful sights of Freycinet National Park and the surrounding area on a cruise.
  • See the highlights of Tasmania’s northwest coast, travelling through the Tarkine region and enjoy views of The Nut in Stanley.
  • Experience the Rack and Gorge railway, a famous steam train journey through the rainforest of Tasmania’s west coast, through to the incredible King River Gorge.

 

Stunning Tasmania

  • Small Group of maximum 20 people
  • Travel to beautiful Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park
  • Explore the Salamanca Markets
  • Stop at the Tasman Arch and Tessellated Pavement rock formations
  • Take in the history of Port Arthur
  • Walk amongst the forest canopy on the Tahune AirWalk
  • Visit a wooden boat workshop in Franklin
  • See Hobart from the top of Mt Wellington
  • Visit the quirky Mona museum
  • Stop in the historical township of Richmond
  • Enjoy a Wineglass Bay cruise in Freycinet National Park
  • Walk the upper Wineglass Bay Lookout Trail for views of the perfectly curved bay
  • Visit St Helens, home to the Bay of Fires
  • Enjoy a cheese tasting in Pyengana
  • See the Carved WWI Memorial Trees in Legerwood
  • Cruise through Launceston’s Cataract Gorge
  • Enjoy a birds eye view of Cataract Gorge during a chairlift ride
  • Visit one of Launceston’s wineries
  • Tour a salmon and ginseng farm, sampling some of its delicious produce
  • Stop at a local honey farm to taste an assortment of honey & nougart
  • Visit Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’
  • Visit one of Tasmania’s premier chocolate making factories
  • Travel through the Tarkine Rainforest, stopping at Sumac Lookout
  • Visit the ‘Edge of the World’ lookout
  • Visit Stanley, home to The Nut
  • Venture to the top of The Nut by chairlift or hike
  • Stop at Dip Falls and the nearby Big Tree
  • Meet the resident animals at the Devils @ Cradle wildlife sanctuary
  • Explore Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • Visit Dove Lake and the Waldheim Chalet
  • Stop in the small mining community of Rosebery
  • Visit the West Coast Heritage Centre in Zeehan
  • Cruise along the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour, including a delicious lunch
  • Enjoy walking tours of Heritage Landing and Sarah Island with local guides
  • Travel along the Rack & Gorge Railway, savouring morning tea and lunch onboard
  • Pan for gold at Lynchford Station, traverse over the King River Gorge and take a short walk into the rainforest at Dubbil Barril
  • Visit the Wall in the Wilderness in Derwent Bridge

Touring

  • All touring in full sized 46-seater air-conditioned coach (max group size 20)
  • National Parks Pass

Accommodation

  • 13 nights in 3-4 star hotels

Properties include:

  • Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart
  • Diamond Island Resort, Bicheno (no housekeeping services available)
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston
  • Tall Timbers Hotel, Smithton
  • Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain
  • Strahan Village Hotel, Strahan

Hotels listed are an indication and are subject to change without notice.

Meals

  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • Escorted by a Bunnik Tours representative
  • English-speaking driver guide

Some things to note

Traveller safety is our highest priority. Bunnik Tours’ has therefore adopted the covid safe travel protocols released by the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to ensure a high level of hygiene and safety on our tours.  Bunnik Tours has always practiced social distancing through our policy of using full sized coaches for small groups.

 

 

Price: $6195.00 Twin Share
$8040 Solo Room

Day
1

Arrive Hobart – Mt. Field National Park (Russell Falls) – Hobart

Welcome to Tasmania, Australia’s island state and home to jaw-dropping natural beauty, vastly different from much of what you would find on the mainland.

Arriving in Hobart, the island’s capital, you’ll immediately be struck by the vibrant culture, trendy food scene and the towering Mt Wellington perched high above the city. It might not be ‘The Festival State’, but Tasmania certainly is home to festivals galore, including the Taste of Tasmania, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the Dark MOFO festival.

Meeting up with the tour group at the hotel at 12.00pm, we will have a briefing to find out more about what we can expect over the next 14 days. We’ll then venture out to Tasmania’s first national park, Mt Field National Park.

Located within Mt Field National Park, Russell Falls is one of Tasmania’s favourite waterfalls. From the Visitor Centre, it’s just a short walk through the vibrant green forest to this spectacular sight. A tiered-cascade waterfall formed from eroded beds of rock, you will truly be able to feel the serenity as you see and listen to the gently cascading water.

This evening we’ll get to know each other better with a welcome dinner, bonding over a delicious meal of fresh Tasmanian produce.

(Dinner)
2

Hobart – Port Arthur – Hobart

Hobart really comes alive on a Saturday morning thanks to the bustling Salamanca Market. One of Australia’s most vibrant and loved markets, you’ll be wowed by colourful stalls, music, locally made arts and crafts, tasty food and top-notch coffee. We’ll have some free time here to make our way through the stalls and perhaps purchase a souvenir or two.

After we’ve finished soaking up the atmosphere in the market, we travel to Port Arthur. On our way we’ll have the chance to take in the stunning scenery of the Tasman Peninsula, with photo stops at some impressive natural rock formations including Tasman Arch and the Tessellated Pavement.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur is one of Tasmania’s most visited tourist destinations. The convict settlement tells the tale of Australia’s confronting colonial history, where you’ll see impressive ruins and learn about its checkered past, all while taking in the beautiful backdrop of dense forest and a surprisingly picturesque harbour. We’ll feel the isolation experienced by the convicts and discover the history of the early Australian Penal system on a walking tour and harbour cruise.

(Breakfast)
3

Hobart – Huon Valley – Hobart

The picturesque Huon Valley is our destination today. We’ll begin at the Tahune AirWalk, an elevated walkway perched 30-metres-above the forest floor, to savour amazing aerial views of the surrounding forest canopy and Huon River below.

We continue to the small township of Franklin, located on the banks of the Huon River. Here, we’ll visit a wooden boat workshop, learning about the handcrafted vessels they produce here to this day and the fascinating maritime history of the area.

On our way back to Hobart, weather permitting, we’ll venture to the top of Mt Wellington, Hobart’s highest point for exhilarating views of the beautiful city and harbour below. Often covered in snow, Mt Wellington stands guard over Hobart at over 1,200 metres above sea level.

Upon our return to Hobart, enjoy the evening at leisure.

(Breakfast)
4

Hobart – Mona – Bicheno

This morning we’ll visit Tasmania’s renowned Museum of Old and New Art. Mona, established by David Walsh, is Australia’s largest private museum. Here, everchanging exhibits are on display inside a quirky, visually-stunning architectural masterpiece.

We make our way to Bicheno via the quaint, historical village of Richmond in the Coal River Valley region. Famous for its bridge built by convicts in the 1820’s, Richmond is the quintessential Australian colonial village and a stroll down its beautifully restored main street offers visitors a glimpse into it’s intriguing past. For an eerie insight into the hardships and brutality of convict life in early Tasmania, step inside the cells at Australia’s oldest gaol, Richmond Gaol.

Arriving in Bicheno, we’ll get to meet some of the local penguins that call the town home. Fairy penguins, or little penguins as they are also known, average just 33-centimetres-tall and are the only species of penguin that breeds in Australia. The best time to see them is at dusk, but it’s important not to disturb or scare them by getting too close or using torches.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
5

Bicheno – Freycinet National Park – Bicheno

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Spend the day taking in the beautiful sights of Freycinet National Park and the surrounding area on a cruise.

Freycinet National Park is a stunning region on Tasmania’s east coast, home to white sandy beaches and secluded bays, dramatic granite peaks and abundant wildlife. The jewel of the park is the recognisable Wineglass Bay, with its lookout providing that iconic view of the beach’s flawless formation.

Boarding a boat, we’ll spend the next few hours cruising the sparkling coastline of the National Park, through the peaceful bays of the harbour and the mighty Southern Ocean before a photo stop at picturesque Wineglass Bay. The opportunity to see this unique coastline from the water provides a different perspective to what we can see on land. We’ll take in remarkably white beaches, the towering pink granite peaks of the Hazards range, wildlife on the banks of the remote Schouten Island and many hidden caves, blowholes and waterfalls, all while learning more about the rich indigenous and colonial history of the area. We head back into calmer waters for a delicious lunch onboard before we disembark.

Back on land, for those that are keen, we’ll have the opportunity to walk the upper Wineglass Bay Lookout Trail, passing coastal woodlands and striking granite boulders along the way. At the peak of the trail, be rewarded with stunning elevated views of Wineglass Bay’s perfectly curved beach. Those looking for a less strenuous walk can venture to the Cape Torvar Lighthouse lookout, with its breathtaking views of the bay.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
6

Bicheno – St Helens – Launceston

As we make our way to Launceston today we travel via St Helens, home to the Bay of Fires region. Stretching for over 50 kilometres from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, the Bay of Fires is known for its white sand, sparkling blue water and large granite rocks that are splashed with vibrant orange lichen. Strolling along the magnificent beaches, it’s easy to see why it’s regarded as one of Australia’s most beautiful places, and one of Lonely Planet’s favourite travel destinations.

We’ll also visit the Pyengana Dairy Farm, sampling delicious handcrafted cheese, including their signature Pyengana Cheddar. Cheese-making has long been a part of Pyengana’s heritage, with local dairy farmers in the region applying both techniques from their European heritage and modern methods, including automated milking machines, where the cows simply come in to be milked when they feel like it.

Our last stop is the country town of Legerwood. Here, we’ll see the Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, commemorating fallen World War One soldiers. The enormous tree stumps were intricately sculpted by Tasmanian chainsaw carver Eddie Freeman, depicting various scenes from the war.

Upon arrival in Launceston later this afternoon, we’ll have time to explore the city at our own leisure.

(Breakfast)
7

Launceston

A natural formation on the South Esk River, Cataract Gorge is a tourist hub with walking trails, a restaurant, a swimming pool, rolling lawns, footbridge and a Victorian era garden. Upstream you’ll find the historic Duck Reach Power Station which has been turned into an informative interpretation centre and is well worth the walk.

Embarking on a cruise, we have a chance to explore more of the gorge, as well as the old and new facets of Launceston’s port precinct. We’ll cruise to Kings Wharf where we can view historic vessels and heritage properties, but the highlight is of course cruising past the sheer cliffs and cascades in the gorge, while hearing from the skipper about the fascinating history of the area.

Later, we have the opportunity to see Cataract Gorge from the comfort of a chairlift, giving us a delightful birds eye view of the scenery below.

In the afternoon we’ll travel to the nearby Tamar Valley. Here we’ll get to visit one of the many wineries and enjoy a tasting of their products.

(Breakfast)
8

Launceston – Smithton

The town of Smithton is set on Tasmania’s far north-west coast. There are plenty of sights to see in the surrounding region, including The Nut, a volcanic plug soaring 200 metres out of the ocean, which we will get to explore in the coming days.

Bring your appetite with you this morning as we enjoy an exciting day of local produce! First, we pay a visit to a local salmon and ginseng farm, taking a tour to see the sustainable practices of the farm, and, of course, sampling some of it’s delicious produce. Next, we make a stop at a local honey farm. Here, we have a chance to try a huge variety of honey and nougart (the home-made honey ice cream also comes highly recommended…).

Our journey to Smithton also takes us through Sheffield, affectionately known as the ‘Town of Murals’, thanks to the more than 100 paintings that coat the walls of the buildings. These paintings have been created by local artists and depict scenes and characters from the local history.

Needing another sugar hit in the afternoon, we visit one of Tasmania’s premier chocolate making factories, where we can see the company’s history and drool as we watch chocolates being made.

We continue to the town of Smithton, where we’ll check into our accommodation for the next two nights, seen as the gateway to the many attractions of the North West Coast.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
9

Smithton – Tarkine – Stanley – Smithton

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

See the highlights of Tasmania’s northwest coast, travelling through the Tarkine region and enjoy views of The Nut in Stanley.

The Tarkine is the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and the second largest in the world. Our tour will take us through the forest, stopping at Sumac Lookout for a spectacular view of the gorge below, then we travel all the way to the ‘Edge of the World’! Gardiner’s Point, which sits just south of the Arthur River has been given this title as it lies at the edge of the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe. From Argentina, the currents sweep more than halfway around the planet until they hit this point, which can make for some wild weather! Here we’ll visit the lookout before heading to the township of Stanley to take a closer look at The Nut, a sheer sided bluff.

Either via a chairlift, or a wander up the mountain path, we have the chance to explore the top of The Nut and take in the impressive views of the sea, the harbour and the surrounding peninsula.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
10

Smithton – Cradle Mountain

At 1,545-metres-above-sea-level, Cradle Mountain isn’t Tasmania’s highest mountain, but it’s arguably it’s most iconic. Named after its resemblance to a gold-mining cradle, there is much more to the area than just this recognisable peak.

Our travels today will take us through the forest, stopping at Dip Falls for a photo opportunity of the dramatic falls and then further along to the Big Tree, a eucalypt obliqua whose trunk measures 17 metres around, deep in the wet eucalypt forest.

In the afternoon, we’ll stop to meet the resident Tasmanian devils and quolls at the world class Devils @ Cradle wildlife sanctuary facility. We’ll learn about these threatened and endangered species from the expert Tasmanian Devil Keepers, along with gaining an understanding of their important conservation work.

Arriving in Cradle Mountain, the rest of the day is at leisure to unwind in this truly breathtaking location.

(Breakfast)
11

Cradle Mountain – Strahan

Strahan is a small town on Tasmania’s west coast. You’ll find it nestled between the huge Macquarie Harbour and an expansive rainforest, making it a truly picturesque, secluded setting.

Before departing the National Park, we’ll do a tour by mini bus, visiting remarkable Dove Lake at the bottom of Cradle Mountain. Surrounded by a 6 kilometre board walk, we’ll have some time to stroll along and stop for fabulous photo opportunities on the way. We also see Waldheim Chalet, touring the historic homestead and magical forest beyond.

Making our way to Strahan, we’ll pass by spectacular lakes, mountains and towns, stopping in the small mining community of Rosebery.

In the afternoon, we visit the West Coast Heritage Centre for a fascinating look at the history, heritage and culture of the Tasmanian West Coast.

(Breakfast)
12

Strahan – Gordon River – Strahan

Enjoy a relaxing day as we cruise along the famous Gordon River. We travel to Hells Gate, the notoriously shallow and dangerous channel between the Macquarie Harbour and the Great Southern Ocean. We’ll also see Sarah Island, which was established as a penal settlement in the Macquarie Harbour in 1821. Here convicts laboured under some of the harshest conditions, felling Huon pines to build boats. Today, the ruins offer a moving reminder about the bleak reality of convict life, particularly when you compare it to the incredible natural beauty of the surrounding area.

We savour a delicious buffet lunch onboard and have the opportunity to experience two walking tours – one on Heritage Landing and one on Sarah Island with local guides further deepening our understanding of these pristine areas.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Evening Play ‘The Ship That Never Was’ – witness Australia’s longest running play, providing insight into the dramatic life of Sarah Island, the play tells a hilarious rendition of the last Great Escape from the Island, based on a true story from 1834. (1 hour & 15 minutes – $25pp)

(Breakfast, Lunch)
13

Strahan – Queenstown – Hobart

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Experience the Rack and Gorge railway, a famous steam train journey through the rainforest of Tasmania’s west coast, through to the incredible King River Gorge.

Departing Strahan this morning for our embarkation point in the quaint township of Queenstown, we’ll get to experience climbing one of the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest rail tracks, using the unique power of the rack and pinion system. Along the way, we’ll stop at historic stations and our guide will tell us stories of the pioneers who lived and worked in these remote landscapes. We’ll learn how they were able to create this railway, as well as the richest copper mining company in the world.

Venturing deep into western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest, we can pan for gold at Lynchford Station, traverse over the magnificent King River Gorge and take a short walk into the rainforest at Dubbil Barril before the unique experience of watching the train engine being turned on the turntable. Along the way we enjoy a spot of morning tea, lunch and even dessert before we disembark.

On our way back to Hobart, we’ll stop to marvel at the extraordinary Wall in the Wilderness. Carved entirely from Huon Pine, the artwork spans 100 metres in length, illustrating the beauty and history of Tasmania’s Central Highlands.

We return to Hobart in the evening and enjoy a group farewell dinner – the perfect way to reminisce and reflect on our time in Tasmania.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
14

Depart Hobart

Today marks the end of our adventure exploring beautiful Tasmania. We hope you leave with fantastic memories!

(Breakfast)

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

 

Payment conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit(s) per person is required within 7 days
  • Balance of payment for your tour is to be paid 60 days prior to departure or at time of booking if departure is within 60 days (different payment requirements apply to third party tours, rail and cruise, to be advised at time of booking)
  • You may cancel your booking by giving written notice to us. Cancellation fees and charges will be levied as follows irrespective of when notice of cancellation is received:
    • any amounts we have paid or have contractually committed to pay to third parties to deliver your travel arrangements that we cannot reasonably recover (for example payments made or due to airlines and ground operators);
    • any increase in the costs to operate the tour which we incur resulting from your cancellation;
    • a fee not greater than 15% of the booking value to compensate us for work performed up until the time of cancellation; and
    • a fee not greater than 5% of the booking value to compensate us for processing the cancellation and any associated refund.

    Please note that the earlier you cancel your booking the lower the cancellation charges are likely to be. You agree that these cancellation fees and charges are reasonable and required to protect our legitimate business interests.

    If you have paid any amount to us at the time of cancellation, we may use it to pay the above fees and charges. If after the application of these fees and charges there is a surplus of payments you have made to us, we will refund this to you within a reasonable time. If there is a deficiency, then you must pay us the difference.

    Any payments we have made to third parties will only be refunded to you once we have deducted the above cancellation fees and charges and once we have actually recovered the amounts from the third parties. We will use reasonable endeavours to recover third party payments, but we make no guarantee that we will be able to recover amounts from third parties.

    For group departures, a transfer of a confirmed booking to another departure date is deemed to be cancellation of the original booking.