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Tasmania in Spring

Tour departs: 13 October 2016
Tour length: 16 Days

Over the years, we have operated many tours to Tasmania at different times and of varying lengths, but given the success of our recent tours, we have again opted for this in-depth and comprehensive tour..

Overview

Tour Departs: 13 October 2016

Tour Length: 16 Days

Over the years, we have operated many tours to Tasmania at different times and of varying lengths, but given the success of our recent tours, we have again opted for this in-depth and comprehensive tour capturing the history, beauty and the spectacular scenery of Australia’s southern most state.

Tasmania is a charming variety of historic elegance, alpine wilderness and stunning mountains that pierce the sky, spectacular coastal scenery, scenic coastal towns and quaint colonial villages, rare flora and fauna, bustling markets, mighty rivers rushing through rain-forested gorges, idyllic and isolated beaches, lush and fertile farmland and much, much more.

Spring in Tasmania is the time to celebrate new beginnings as nature bursts into life.  The heritage towns once more come to life with colour due to the number of trees such as the mighty oaks, ashes and elms.

Highlights include
  • Launceston including the Swiss style village of Grindelwald, Cataract Gorge and Seahorse World.
  • The Tin Centre Derby for morning tea, St. Helens, Bicheno, Freycinet National Park.
  • Historic Swansea, Richmond.
  • The Tasman Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck including Tasman Arch and The Devils Kitchen.
  • Port Arthur Penal Settlement including walking tour and “Isle of the Dead” Cruise.
  • Bonorong Wildlife Park with Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas, Quolls and Forster Kangaroos.
  • Hobart for 3 nights, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peppermint Bay Cruise.
  • Mt. Field National Park, Lake St. Clair, West Coast Wilderness Railway, Strahan Gordon River Cruise.
  • Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain – Stanley – Woolworth – Cape Grim – Smithton.
  • Sheffield, Woolmers Estate and Rose Gardens, Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
  • Launceston for the last 2 nights in Tasmania including Tamar River Cruise.
  • Melbourne for a total of 2 nights, including farewell dinner.

Itinerary

Thursday 13th October

Home – Launceston

Today, we start the tour by flying to Launceston where we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a 2 night stay.


Friday 14th October

Launceston (B,D)

This morning, we enjoy a tour of Launceston and discover the charms of this lovely city. Very close to the city centre is Cataract Gorge Reserve with its tree rhododendrons and peacocks, fern glades and spacious lawns and the longest single span chair lift in the world offering magnificent views of the gorge. We travel to Seahorse Australia at Beauty Point, the only seahorse farm of its kind in the world. We also visit the Swiss-inspired picturesque village of Grindelwald with magnificent mountain and river views.


Saturday 15th October

Launceston – Bicheno (B,D)

Leaving Launceston, we travel North-East out through the green and fertile valleys to Derby to visit The Tin Centre for morning tea. We visit St Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast with the fishing fleet sitting snugly in Georges Bay before turning south to Bicheno for an overnight stay. We visit Freycinet National Park noted for its spectacular coastal scenery and join a guided tour to a Penguin Colony this evening.


Sunday 16th October

Bicheno – Port Arthur (B,D)

We continue our journey south to the historic town of Swansea with its well preserved colonial buildings and see the Spikey Bridge built by the convicts around 1843. On down the East Coast to the fishing port of Triabunna and through the Wielanta State Forest to Eaglehawk Neck, gateway to the Tasman Peninsula. We see the natural wonders including Pirates Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen before continuing on to Port Arthur for an overnight stay.


Monday 17th October

Port Arthur – Hobart (B,D)

This morning we tour the historic site of the penal settlement which was once home to 12,500 convicts. There is time to wander among the buildings and gardens to soak up the atmosphere and scenic beauty of this once horrific place. We take a cruise around the “Isle of the Dead”, final resting place for over 1000 people who died between 1840-1870. Leaving the peninsula, we travel to the historic National Trust classified town of Richmond before visiting Bonorong Wildlife Park where we will see Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Quolls, Echidnas and other Australian Wildlife. Late this afternoon, we arrive into the state capital Hobart, for a 3 night stay.


Tuesday 18th October

Hobart (B)

Tasmania’s capital city is an intriguing blend of heritage, lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. This morning, there is time for a tour of Hobart as we travel to Mt Wellington to enjoy panoramic views of the city and surrounds. We also visit Mt Field, Tasmania’s oldest National Park. A short walk through the ferns and the rainforest sees us at the much photographed Russell Falls. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy time in the shops or just relax and enjoy the city from our waterside hotel.


Wednesday 19th October

Hobart (B,L)

In the morning we visit the Botanic Gardens and then we board a luxury catamaran for a cruise through Hobart’s magnificent sheltered waterways to Peppermint Bay. Cruise the Derwent River and Déntrecasteaux Channel enjoying a delicious lunch on board while cruising around Bruny Island. We see an island bird sanctuary, an Atlantic salmon farm and step ashore at Peppermint Bay. A lovely relaxing day.


Thursday 20th October

Hobart – Strahan (B,D)

A scenic spectacular day as we travel to the beautiful glacial Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake located at the southern end of Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park. We continue on our journey to Strahan where we enjoy a 2 night stay.


Friday 21st October

Strahan (B,L,D)

This morning, we board our luxury cruise vessel for the cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gate where the harbour meets the ocean. As we cruise along the mighty Gordon River, our guide will detail the areas unique native flora and fauna. Visit Heritage Landing and view an ancient 2000 year old Huon Pine. We enjoy a superb buffet lunch on board and then explore Sarah Island, Tasmania’s first and most brutal penal settlement. Schedules permitting, we may see a local theatre group perform the dramatic and true story of escape from Sarah Island in a “Ship That Never Was”. Another great day today.


Saturday 22nd October

Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B,L,D)

Leaving Strahan, we journey north through the rugged wilderness of this wild and exquisite part of the country. We re-enter Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park and explore this World Heritage region, including idyllic Dove Lake and the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain. Overnight in the Cradle Mountain area. After dinner, sit back and relax in our rural retreat.


Sunday 23rd October

Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B,D)

Leaving the mountain region, we travel through the patchwork farmlands of Table Cape enjoying the scenic drive to Stanley, nestled at the foot of the towering volcanic core. We visit the historic grazing property of Woolnorth which is still owned by the Van Diemans Company and is the last Royal Charter Company in the world. We visit Tasmania’s major wind farm producing electricity for the region. We stop at Cape Grim on the tip of the West Coast and sample the clean fresh air before settling in for our overnight stay at Smithton.


Monday 24th October

Smithton – Launceston (B,D)

Leaving Smithton, we travel across the lush fertile country to Sheffield where over 30 murals decorating the town buildings depict the local history of the area. On to Elizabeth Town for a visit to the Ashgrove Cheese Factory specialising in the hand- making of the hard English style of cheeses. Our last stop of the day is at Woolmer’s Estate, an outstanding example of 19th century Australian rural settlement and home to the National Rose Gardens. Then on to Launceston for a 2 night stay.


Tuesday 25th October

Launceston (B,L)

A leisurely day today for our final day in Tasmania. We enjoy a luncheon cruise of the Tamar River as we cruise into spectacular Cataract Gorge and travel past Tamar Island, Freshwater Point, the vineyards and under the Batman Bridge before turning for home at Devils Elbow. The cruise concludes at Launceston Seaport early this afternoon and we return to the hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.


Wednesday 26th October

Launceston – Melbourne (B,D)

Time to farewell Tasmania this morning as we are transferred to the airport in time to join the short flight to Melbourne. On arrival we will be transferred to our central hotel for a 2 night stay.


Thursday 27th October

Melbourne (B,D)

A free day in Melbourne today and it is time for any last minute sightseeing or shopping. This evening let’s enjoy dinner together for the final time on tour.

 


Friday 28th October

Melbourne – Home (B)

Time to head for home as we are transferred back to the airport in time to join our homeward bound flights.

Map

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Prices

Tour Costs

Per Person Share Twin Room – $ 5,650
Supplement for Single Room – $ 1,550

Costs Include

• Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point.
• Prepaid airport/government/airline/security charges and taxes (as at 01/09/2015).
• First Class or Superior Grade hotel or motor inn accommodation throughout.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Breakfasts, L = Lunches, D = Dinners.
• First Class air conditioned coach transportation for all touring.
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
• Services of a Maher Tours leader, coach captain and local guides as appropriate.
• Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
• All Gratuities and tips to local guides and coach drivers.

Costs Exclude

• Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
• Travel Insurance (assistance and advice will be offered).
• Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, telephone charges etc.

Testimonials

We recently had the pleasure of a couple of Maher Tours and we are happy to recommend that organisation to everyone who enjoys travel.

Our first tour was a fortnight in Tasmania. We came across this by chance in a magazine and it sounded like a good one so we joined that tour. It was better than expected – it was excellent! One comment was what would you do for two weeks in Tasmania. Well in that time we saw lots of places that we would never have found by ourselves, (we had self-driven previously) and every day was a highlight.

After the Tasmanian experience we had no hesitation in joining a month long tour of Canada and New England in the Autumn. Again very enjoyable. The “Fall Colours” were amazing, the places where we stayed were extremely interesting.

Both tours were very well organised, first class accommodation, varied and beautiful places to visit, and with very enjoyable company.

We had the added pleasure on both tours of having part of the Maher Family Company as tour leaders. This added an extra dimension of personal attention and family atmosphere to the tours, which made the tours all the more enjoyable.

We judge the experiences that we had as first class. We are happy to recommend Maher Tours, in fact we are now looking forward to our next Maher Tour. – Happy Traveller

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