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  • 9 Days Luxury Tasmanian Escape

    Reconnect with nature, wildlife and your taste buds on a well-designed self-guided trip to the diverse island state of Tasmania.

    From the rolling plains and tranquil beaches of Tasmania’s east to the rainforest and mountains flanking the west, this 9-day self-guided itinerary will leave you enchanted. You'll circle around Tasmania, starting and ending your journey in Hobart and seeing the most memorable places in between. This is a casual, no-rush destination and you have plenty of time to enjoy it all.

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    The Nut chairlift, Stanley
    The Nut chairlift, Stanley
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    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many unforgettable experiences on this 9-day holiday. Two standouts are the trip to Bruny Island and the Gordon River cruise but the River and Rainforest half-day train journey deep into the wilderness is quite special. From the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast, this is an unforgettable experience not to be missed.

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739pp twin-share [+ $1,065 GCash credits]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • On the water
    • Hinterland towns
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Wildlife

    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. As you enter the rainforest, you'll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Venture deep into the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to share with you, the ancient rainforest, mysterious history and colourful characters of Tasmania's west coast. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set.

    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in 'action' each evening. Experienced keepers will discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work being undertaken for these species within the sanctuary and allow visitors a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation - quite a spectacular sight!

    More trip highlights:

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    Highfield Historic Site

    Perched overlooking Stanley and The Nut on a windy promontory in North-West Tasmania, Highfield Historic Site represents a stunning example of early colonial architecture from the Regency Period. Walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of this significant property so intrinsically linked to the development of the Circular Head community.

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    The Nut Chairlift Experience

    What better way to take in the breathtaking views of the historical and picturesque coastal village of Stanley than from a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of the intriguing local attraction known as The Nut!

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    Bass Strait Maritime Centre

    Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history.

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    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula with award winning operator Wineglass Bay Cruiseson this unforgettable half-day cruise experience. Discover a coast-line dotted with white sand beaches and visit remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters before heading towards beautiful Wineglass Bay and the spectacular scenery there.

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    MONA Experience

    Located just up the river from Hobart, Mona's subterranean architecture showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection of art and antiquities, as well as hosting a busy exhibitions program. Spend some time exploring this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a new world.

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    Bruny Island Tour

    Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land. You can expect an active morning with nature walks, albino wallaby spotting, spectacular scenery lookouts, and exploring pristine beaches and lagoons. In the afternoon, simply unwind and relax as you sample some award winning local produce.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $2,739pp twin-share [+ $1,065 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Hobart Airport (HBA)
    • 9 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 13 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 7 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 9 excellent excursions and activities

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Inclusions

     

    Covering many of Tasmania's highlights at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for a couple looking for a short holiday on a proven itinerary with excellent accommodation and activities included.

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739pp twin-share [+ $1,065 GCash credits]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

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    "Tasmania might be a chip off the old block but it's also a self-contained tourism gem sporting wildly diverse landscapes and architectures."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

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    Inclusions list:

    flight
    Return flights to Hobart

    Starting and ending in Hobart, enjoy return flights to and from this exciting urban hub.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    9 days car hire

    Pickup your hire car at Hobart airport or city and return to the pickup point.

    Holden Trax or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Strahan

    Sea view accommodation in Strahan

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining. Walk across the road to join the Gordon River cruise you'll be enjoying during your stay. Sea view accommodation is included in the Gold Star package.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    1 night accommodation in Cradle Mountain

    Nestled in the mountains

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

    Cottage rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.9+.
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    1 night accommodation in Stanley

    Comfortable and enjoyable sea-view accommodation

    Fantastic location with great views. The apartments are clean and spacious and the local supermarket does a terrific pizza.

    Motel suite rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    1 night accommodation in Launceston

    A Swiss-themed resort that you will really enjoy visiting

    Our recommended accommodation is located outside Launceston. Its Swiss theme is very appealing and makes it completely different from any other accommodation available elsewhere. The open space is what you will enjoy most.

    Villa rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Coles Bay

    Ocean view studio

    Beautiful location with stunning views. Watch the wallabies on the property at various times of the day. Rooms are very comfortable.

    Studio rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.4+; Breakfast included.
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    2 nights accommodation in Huonville

    Huonville classic accommodation

    Huonville sits on the banks of the Huon River about 40 minutes south-west of Hobart. This quaint B&B is set on half an acre of park-like gardens, conveniently located just minutes from the centre of Huonville.

    B&B Room rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+; Breakfast included.
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    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania's rugged west coast. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. As you enter the rainforest, you'll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

    local_activity
    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Venture deep into the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to share with you, the ancient rainforest, mysterious history and colourful characters of Tasmania's west coast. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set.

    local_activity
    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in action each evening. Experienced keepers will discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work being undertaken for these species within the sanctuary and allow visitors a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation - quite a spectacular sight!

    local_activity
    Highfield Historic Site

    Highfield Historic Site

    Perched overlooking Stanley and The Nut on a windy promontory in North-West Tasmania, Highfield Historic Site represents a stunning example of early colonial architecture from the Regency Period. Walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of this significant property so intrinsically linked to the development of the Circular Head community.

    local_activity
    The Nut Chairlift Experience

    The Nut Chairlift Experience

    What better way to take in the breathtaking views of the historical and picturesque coastal village of Stanley than from a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of the intriguing local attraction known as The Nut!

    local_activity
    Bass Strait Maritime Centre Entry

    Bass Strait Maritime Centre

    Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history.

    local_activity
    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula with award winning operator Wineglass Bay Cruises. Step on board the Schouten Passage II, a 150-seat eco-catamaran, for an unforgettable 4.5-hour cruise experience. Discover a coast dotted with white sand beaches. Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short tailed shearwaters before heading towards Wineglass Bay. Keep a look out for dolphins, seals, sea birds and migrating whales.

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    MONA Entry

    MONA Entry

    Located just up the river from Hobart, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection of arts and antiquities, and also hosts a busy exhibitions program. This is your opportunity to explore this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a very different world.

    local_activity
    Bruny Island Tour

    Bruny Island Tour

    Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    A self-guided journey through the world-heritage-listed wilderness of Strahan and the Gordon River; through Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park; to the pristine beaches of Wineglass Bay and Tassie's southern delights. At every turn, there are unforgettable experiences. All that's left to do is to hop right in and experience them yourself...

    "Adventure is worthwhile." - Aesop

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739pp twin-share [+ $1,065 GCash credits]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    HOBART - TARRALEAH - STRAHAN (2 NIGHTS)

    Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Full of convict stories of the past, Strahan is now an iconic travel destination with shops selling artisan wares and eateries serving up delicious local produce.

    Your hire car:

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    9 days car hire

    Pickup your hire car at Hobart airport or city and return to the pickup point.

    About today:

    Visit the gorgeous harbour town of Strahan

    Welcome to Tasmania

    After disembarking your flight in Hobart, pick up your hire car and hit the road, driving north-west hrough the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage-listed wilderness. Stop briefly in Tarraleah which was home to Australia’s first hydro-electric system. Many of the original 1930s-built cottages in the highland village have undergone restoration, some in stunning Art Deco style. Stroll the streets and take in the sights before visiting the Tarraleah Power Station Lookout. Grab some lunch before continuing up to Strahan.

    Strahan is a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. After checking in to your accommodation, head to the West Coast Visitor Information Centre and delve into the town's history as you walk through the permanent West Coast Reflections exhibition. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your own leisurely pace. At the end of the day, we recommend dining on fresh Tasmanian seafood at View 42 Restaurant & Bar.

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    Sea view accommodation in Strahan
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Strahan

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining. Walk across the road to join the Gordon River cruise you'll be enjoying during your stay. Sea view accommodation is included in the Gold Star package.

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    DAY 2
    STRAHAN

    About today:

    River and Rainforest train journey

    An unforgettable West Coast Wilderness adventure awaits

    This morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast as you prepare yourself for the unforgettable day you have ahead of you. Your first experience is on board a West Coast Wilderness train. The River and Rainforest half day tour takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania's rugged west coast.

    After your train journey, disembark and enjoy some lunch and downtime before setting out on a spectacular sunset cruise. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience and watching the sun set.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania's rugged west coast. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. As you enter the rainforest, you'll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

    local_activity
    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Venture deep into the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to share with you, the ancient rainforest, mysterious history and colourful characters of Tasmania's west coast. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set.

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    DAY 3
    STRAHAN - DERWENT BRIDGE - CRADLE MOUNTAIN (1 NIGHT)

    Iconic Cradle Mountain is a place of exceptional natural beauty in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. From moss-covered ancient rainforests and deep river gorges to snow-covered mountain peaks, wild alpine moorlands and glacial lakes, the park is revered for its diverse and breath-taking landscapes.

    About today:

    The Wall In The Wilderness is a jaw-dropping mural carved in 100 metres of timber

    Exceptional natural beauty in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to Strahan. There are two itineraries you can take today: (1) Drive inland to Derwent Bridge to see the amazing carved Wall in the Wilderness then to Cradle Mountain, or (2) Set your sights on Cradle Mountain.

    The Wall In The Wilderness is a jaw-dropping mural carved in 100 metres of timber, most of which is rare Huon Pine. The beautiful carved work by Greg Duncan depicts the history, hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands and pays homage to the individuals who settled and protected the area. There is nothing like this anywhere else in Australia. The Wall is a world-class experience.

    With its beaten roads, ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, the drive to Cradle Mountain is just as spectacular as the destination. Upon arrival, put on your hiking shoes and venture out into Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state's most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.

    Refresh with lunch before continuing to explore. In the evening, you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a Tassie Devil on an after-dark feeding tour at Devils @ Cradle. Finish your day off with a delicious dinner; for an upscale experience, we recommend dining at Highland Restaurant located within Cradle Mountain Lodge.

    Nestled in the mountains
    Great place to spend a night
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Cradle Mountain

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in action each evening. Experienced keepers will discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work being undertaken for these species within the sanctuary and allow visitors a rare up-close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation - quite a spectacular sight!

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    DAY 4
    CRADLE MOUNTAIN - STANLEY (1 NIGHT)

    Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, genteel cafes and quality B&B cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water's edge. It's also close to some great nature experiences and Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness.

    About today:

    The Nut chairlift, Stanley

    Get skyline views over the ocean

    Breakfast is served with a spectacular view this morning. Enjoy some free time before heading to the far north-west along the coast to the town of Stanley. Upon arrival, make your way to Highfield Historic Site where you will marvel at the spectacular architecture from the Regency Period. Walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of this significant property so intrinsically linked to the development of the Circular Head community.

    Following lunch, ride The Nut Chairlift to explore the plateau; a 2km walk around the summit will reward you with sensational views. After your feet are back on the ground, check-in to your accommodation and enjoy dinner at a restaurant right on the waterfront.

    Magnificent views over Stanley and surrounding beaches
    Comfortable and enjoyable sea-view accommodation
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Stanley

    Fantastic location with great views. The apartments are clean and spacious and the local supermarket does a terrific pizza.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Highfield Historic Site

    Perched overlooking Stanley and The Nut on a windy promontory in North-West Tasmania, Highfield Historic Site represents a stunning example of early colonial architecture from the Regency Period. Walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of this significant property so intrinsically linked to the development of the Circular Head community.

    local_activity
    The Nut Chairlift Experience

    What better way to take in the breathtaking views of the historical and picturesque coastal village of Stanley than from a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of the intriguing local attraction known as The Nut!

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    Excess insurance cover

    In the event of an accident or vehicle theft you will be funded the excess amount charged by the car rental supplier. It provides you with hassle free extra cover when renting a car.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 5
    STANLEY - DEVONPORT - LAUNCESTON (1 NIGHT)

    Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.

    About today:

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston

    Explore Tasmania's second major city

    After breakfast, soak up some last-minute experiences in Stanley before rejoining the road and driving east to Devonport. Stroll the waterfront and delve into maritime history at the Bass Strait Centre. Grab a packed lunch from the town and head out to see the wildlife at Narawntapu National Park.

    Continue south to our main destination for the day, Launceston, Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. Your accommodation is in the Tamar Valley just south of the city. After checking-in to your accommodation, head into town to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and then on to Cateract Gorge. This unique natural formation within Launceston is an enjoyable place for an afternoon walk.

    A Swiss-themed resort that you will really enjoy visiting
    Lakeside villa accommodation
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Launceston

    Our recommended accommodation is located outside Launceston. Its Swiss theme is very appealing and makes it completely different from any other accommodation available elsewhere. The open space is what you will enjoy most.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Bass Strait Maritime Centre Entry

    Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history.

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    DAY 6
    LAUNCESTON - COLES BAY (1 NIGHT)

    The seaside holiday village of Coles Bay sits beneath stunning, sheer pink granite mountains overlooking the calm, crystal clear water of Oyster Bay. The uncrowded beaches and crystal clear waters offer the ideal location for swimming, boating, kayaking and fishing. This pretty town is a great base to explore Freycinet National Park with its spectacular coastal scenery that includes famous Wineglass Bay, rated as one of the ten best beaches in the world.

    About today:

    Wineglass Bay scenic cruise

    Cruise the crystal blue waters of Wineglass Bay

    Starting the day bright and early, grab breakfast to go and begin the journey to Coles Bay. Here, you will embark on an unforgettable cruise through Freycinet National Park's spectacular Wineglass Bay. Cruise through the sparkling seas to gaze at sheer granite cliffs, get up close with the incredible wildlife of the area and listen to informative commentary about the landmarks by the experienced captain. After your cruise, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure; continue to hike through the park or simply relax on a white sandy beach.

    Perfect spot to relax with a cool drink
    Ocean view studio
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Coles Bay

    Beautiful location with stunning views. Watch the wallabies on the property at various times of the day. Rooms are very comfortable.

    Activities:

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    Wineglass Bay Cruise

    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula with award winning operator Wineglass Bay Cruises. Step on board the Schouten Passage II, a 150-seat eco-catamaran, for an unforgettable 4.5-hour cruise experience. Discover a coast dotted with white sand beaches. Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short tailed shearwaters before heading towards Wineglass Bay. Keep a look out for dolphins, seals, sea birds and migrating whales.

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    DAY 7
    COLES BAY - HOBART - HUONVILLE (2 NIGHTS)

    Huonville lies on the banks of the Huon River and is a well-known farming area, enticing those who want to live a simpler life on the land to seek out beautiful properties within this valley. Huonville is surrounded by absolutely magnificent mountain ranges. It truly is a valley of epic proportions and it is no surprise that the lush green farmlands provide ideal growing conditions for fantastic produce.

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    Explore Hobart's thriving art scene at MONA

    Spend some time relaxing in quaint Huonville

    After breakfast, we head back to Hobart. Upon arrival into the north side, make your way to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) which showcases the highlights and lowlights of David Walsh's $110m private collection of arts and antiquities, and also hosts a busy exhibitions program. This is your opportunity to explore this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a very different world. Enjoy a spectacular lunch at The Source restaurant.

    Continue onward to central Hobart and the waterfront area for a stroll. Salamanca Place, known by mariners around the world as the place to "hang out" in 19th century Hobart, is now known for its craft shops and extremely popular Saturday market.

    Quaint Huonville, where your accommodation is located is just 40 minutes south of Hobart. After checking-in, if you have the energy, you could head out to Mount Misery Habitat Reserve for a walk through rainforest, subalpine heathland, a mountain top and waterfall. For dinner, Nirvana Indian Cuisine at 4 Wilmot Rd offers delicious meals to suit all tastes. Their butter chicken is superb.

    Huonville classic accommodation
    Guest bedroom
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Huonville

    Huonville sits on the banks of the Huon River about 40 minutes south-west of Hobart. This quaint B&B is set on half an acre of park-like gardens, conveniently located just minutes from the centre of Huonville.

    Activities:

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    MONA Entry

    Located just up the river from Hobart, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection of arts and antiquities, and also hosts a busy exhibitions program. This is your opportunity to explore this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a very different world.

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    DAY 8
    BRUNY ISLAND

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    Bruny Island

    Explore gorgeous Bruny Island

    This morning you will embark on a full-day trip to Bruny Island. Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land. You can expect an active morning with nature walks, albino wallaby spotting, spectacular scenery lookouts, and exploring pristine beaches and lagoons. In the afternoon, simply unwind and relax as you sample some award winning local produce. After such an exciting day, kick back with a relaxed dinner in Huonville.

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    Bruny Island Tour

    Arguably Tasmania's best day trip! Bruny Island has a little bit of everything mainland Tasmania has - world class beaches, national parks, rugged coastline and native wildlife matched with the finest local produce from the ocean and the land.

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    DAY 9
    HOBART - RETURN HOME

    Climb a mountain and view captivating modern art in the same day. Eat fish and chips from a floating fish punt in the docks, or dine in the finest and freshest of restaurants. Add thriving markets, an unsurpassed natural setting and a tangible sense of history, and Tasmania's capital city really does have it all.

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    Hobart botanical gardens

    Your unforgettable holiday comes to an end

    Today marks your final day in Tasmania. Breakfast is served in Huonville, with some time to soak up last minute experiences before the drive back Hobart. Depending on your flight time, you could finish your experience with a visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens followed by a delicious lunch, before making your way to the airport for your return flight home. After such an unforgettable time, there's no doubt you'll be back soon!

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    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from $2,739pp twin-share [+ $1,065 GCash credits]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

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    Strahan

    Perfectly positioned

    Sea view accommodation in Strahan

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining. Walk across the road to join the Gordon River cruise you'll be enjoying during your stay. Sea view accommodation is included in the Gold Star package.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Cradle Mountain

    Nestled in the mountains

    Great place to spend a night

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

    Example Property Type:
    Cottages
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cottage

    Stanley

    Magnificent views over Stanley and surrounding beaches

    Comfortable and enjoyable sea-view accommodation

    Fantastic location with great views. The apartments are clean and spacious and the local supermarket does a terrific pizza.

    Example Property Type:
    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Motel suite

    Launceston

    A Swiss-themed resort that you will really enjoy visiting

    Lakeside villa accommodation

    Our recommended accommodation is located outside Launceston. Its Swiss theme is very appealing and makes it completely different from any other accommodation available elsewhere. The open space is what you will enjoy most.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Villa

    Coles Bay

    Perfect spot to relax with a cool drink

    Ocean view studio

    Beautiful location with stunning views. Watch the wallabies on the property at various times of the day. Rooms are very comfortable.

    Example Property Type:
    Villa Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Studio

    Huonville

    Huonville classic accommodation

    Guest bedroom

    Huonville sits on the banks of the Huon River about 40 minutes south-west of Hobart. This quaint B&B is set on half an acre of park-like gardens, conveniently located just minutes from the centre of Huonville.

    Example Property Type:
    B&B
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    B&B Room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all destinations on the included itinerary. There is a mix of motel-style, cottage and villa accommodation rated Silver or Gold standard. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing.

    This tour includes multiple attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if prferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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