Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours, Tasmania coach tour

History, wilderness, food and the freshest of air. Come with us and we’ll show you how the Tassie locals like to experience their unique island home.

Experience the bucket list wilderness of Cradle Mountain, Lake St Claire, Cataract Gorge and walk amongst ancient Huon Pines on the Gordon River, among others. You’ll also explore colonial history of farming, convicts and seafaring.

There’ll boutique browsing and shopping in Salamanca Markets. There’s free time to be wowed at MONA, wander Hobart or take your own wilderness cruise.

Fresh air makes you hungry right? We’ll call into places like The Pub in Paddock, taste Tassie pies, dine on the state’s freshest seafood plus its beef, venison, lamb and Tassie taters too.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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TOUR SNAPSHOT

Departure point: Melbourne, VIC

End destination: Melbourne, VIC

Tour duration: 15 days

Dept date: 3 September 2021

Accommodation type: 4 star hotels

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals and exploring like a local

TOUR PRICES

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Save $400.00 if paid in full by 4th July 2021 !

$7,240.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$1,300.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !

* The night before departure & night of end of tour.

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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 14 day tour

On arrival at the Melbourne airport self-transfer to Port Melbourne using our taxi voucher.

We board our evening departure on the Spirit of Tasmania. The cabins on “the Spirit” are very comfortable, with a porthole, twin bed accommodation and en-suite bathroom. The facilities on the vessel are extensive with lounges, bars, shops and viewing areas.

Overnight | Spirit of Tasmania Outside Cabin

No meals included

We arrive in Devonport early morning and make our way to breakfast at the Argosy Motor Inn.

Don River Railway Museum is our first visit where we take a tour of the workshop as well as a train ride and a morning cuppa.

Tasmania is spoilt with fertile soil which produces absolutely beautiful gardens and our next visit is testament to that. At Kaydale Lodge Gardens we immerse ourselves in the visual delights of this acclaimed two-hectare landscaped garden with unique features such as woodland ponds, streams, waterfalls, pearwalk, stonewalls, fritillaria meadow, massed trilliums and a dry zen garden.  This is also our lunch venue where a light meal ends our time here perfectly.

Back towards Devonport we end our touring with a tasting at Ghost Rock Wines. This venue is all about the wine and accompanied by stories of how the wine came to be makes for a truly pleasurable day.

In Devonport we check in for our overnight stay and get to know our fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.

Quality Gateway Hotel, Devonport – 03 6424 4922

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

From Devonport we head to the Tamar Valley travelling through some rich country to Beaconsfield. This area is the site of Tasmania’s largest gold discoveries and of course the incredible rescue in 2006 of two miners, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, who emerged from the mine 14 days after being trapped almost 1 kilometre underground. We’ll visit the Beaconsfield Gold Mine and Heritage Museum, home to Australia’s only waterwheel-driven stamp battery, featuring an extensive collection of memorabilia and artefacts.

Further on is Beauty Point where we take a tour of Seahorse World, a high-tech working farm housing thousands of these peculiar and magical animals. From the ‘cave’, home to sea horses and sea dragons to the ‘farm’, with a behind the scenes look at thousands of animals in varying sizes to the ‘aquarium’, showcasing many bizarre and mystical sea creatures this is a fascinating visit. We can even hold a seahorse in our hands if we want! There is nowhere else in Australia this is possible.

Right next door is Platypus House, another unique Tasmanian attraction being the only venue where visitors may watch Tasmanian Platypuses in an indoor setting. Most of us know a bit about platypuses, including how shy they are, but how often do we get the opportunity to come face to face with them?

We now head south, stopping at Bushranger Brady’s Lookout where we can take in the panoramic views of the River and Valley.

2 nights Aspect Tamar Valley Resort | 03 6330 0494

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

We join Tamar River Cruises aboard the Lady Launceston this morning as we explore the Old Launceston Seaport before cruising to Kings Wharf, viewing historic vessels and Launceston’s delightful riverfront precinct.

The highlight of the experience is then cruising into the spectacular Cataract Gorge as we engage the Lady Launceston’s unique and silent electric drive. View the sheer cliffs and cascades from our seats on this 1890’s style vessel. The skippers’ commentary on the history of this fascinating area adds to the appeal of the cruise.  

Back on dry land, we make our way to the north-east coastal town of Bridport and stop for lunch at the Barnbougle Golf Course. Rated as one of Australia’s best golf courses, you don’t need to be a golfer to appreciate the stunning views across the dunes and out to sea.

This afternoon we return to Launceston for another night at the resort.  

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning we make our way east towards Scottsdale, the main centre in this area, serving some of the richest agricultural and forest country in the State.

Close by is the Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm where we take a tour of the flower shed and distillery.

Continuing our journey east, we veer off to a little place called Legerwood. There are some incredible tree carvings here and our lunch stop is at Pyengana. The Pub in the Paddock is one of Tasmania’s oldest pubs (Circa 1880) and is nestled in one of Tasmania’s most beautiful valleys.

This afternoon we head to the East Coast of Tasmania and travel south through Scamander to our overnight stop in Bicheno, where our hotel overlooks the water.

Overnight | Beachfront at Bicheno | 03 6375 1111

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Today we travel to Coles Bay at the Freycinet Marine Farm. When Julia and Giles Fisher purchased the Freycinet Marine Farm in 2005 it marked the beginning of a wonderful journey showcasing Tasmania’s best seafood produce to the world. We are given a talk on the business and taste some of the products for sale.

Continuing to Swansea we stop at the Bark Mill Tavern and Bakery to purchase lunch.

This afternoon we visit several of the Tasman Peninsula’s natural attractions, such as Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blowhole which are all natures’ picturesque way of showing off, before arriving in Port Arthur where we check in to our overnight accommodation.

Overnight | Fox & Hounds Inn, Port Arthur | 03 6250 2217

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Today we discover the incredible story of the Port Arthur Historic Site. The penal settlement is a stark reminder of the harsh conditions endured by the earliest European inhabitants of this one-time island jail.

This is the place where up to 12,000 prisoners were kept in an atmosphere of hopelessness and misery. Even though the Tasman Peninsula is spectacular, you can imagine the conditions, especially on a cold winter’s day, endured by the prisoners over 150 years ago.

We take a fascinating journey, retracing the life of a convict from the time of his petty crime in England, to his transportation to Port Arthur and finally his life in the penal colony in the Visitor Interpretation Centre before a walking tour through the settlement.

After some free time to purchase lunch we make our way to Hobart and check into our hotel. Our Hotel is located close to the waterfront and is a historic building that once housed wool and other agricultural products. We are within walking distance of many restaurants for dinner. Ask one of the crew for some suggestions.

3 nights | Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart | 03 6235 5355

Meal: Breakfast

This morning, we welcome a local tour guide to introduce us to this historic city. Set between the towering peak of Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital and everywhere we go the past steps out to meet us. Sullivans Cove is lined with sandstone warehouses reflecting the area’s rich maritime history and at Battery Point tiny cottages vie for space with grand mansions and Victorian terraces.

Our touring finishes at the Cascades Female Factory. This was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts, where the inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the colony’s penal costs. Here, we enjoy Her Story; this re-enactment tells the story of a female convict transported for 7 years for stealing a loaf of bread.

Lunch today is at the Cascade Brewhouse and this afternoon we take a sightseeing drive into the Huon Valley with a stop at the Apple Shed Museum & Willie Smith Organic Cider in Grove for a tasting.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

One of the highlights each week in Hobart is a visit to the Salamanca Markets where hundreds of stallholders set up their stalls along the elm tree lined street every Saturday, drawing large crowds.

With so many sellers the list of items we can find are endless with many local crafts, jewellery, fashion and food stalls all rating very highly. We can enjoy the morning here and the remainder of the day is free for personal sightseeing in Hobart.

A couple of options that are worth mentioning to fill our day are MONA or Pennicott Wilderness Cruises. Both can be arranged by our helpful crew so ask them for details before today, to avoid disappointment.

We meet together this evening to chat about our day over dinner at the Drunken Admiral Restaurant. It’s one of the city’s premier waterfront restaurants and offers the very freshest selection of locally sourced oysters, prawns and fish in a vibrant maritime atmosphere.

Meal: Breakfast

We say farewell to Hobart and begin our journey to the West Coast. The area to our immediate left is part of the huge South West National Park, which, combined with the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park makes up almost one third, of the land mass of Tasmania. Much of this area is now World Heritage Listed.

In the geographical centre of Tasmania is Derwent Bridge where we visit the Wall in the Wilderness. In the reception area, there are many three-dimensional sculptures to view. The ambitious artist has carved the history of the highlands in a wall of timber, most in the rare Huon Pine from the area.

This afternoon, we drive through the pristine wilderness of the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, through some of the state’s most spectacular lakes and mountain areas before the steep drive into Queenstown, a town which was established as a result of the discovery of gold and other minerals at Mount Lyell.

2 nights | Comfort Inn Gold Rush, Queenstown | 03 6235 5355

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

We have a stunning cruise to enjoy this morning. It leaves from Strahan and takes us right across Macquarie Harbour and into the Gordon River. We will see Huon Pine trees that are thousands of years old. We have the opportunity at Heritage Walk to see these and other trees of the dense forest close up.

We also come across the remains of the 3 storey jail house on Sarah Island and take a first-hand view of the only entrance to Macquarie Harbour, known as Hells Gates.

It’s a great day topped off with a beautiful buffet lunch. We return to Strahan mid-afternoon for some free time to spend around the main wharf and the Esplanade.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Cradle Mountain which forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, itself is a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania due to its spectacular beauty.

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the National Park and Dove Lake before arriving at the nearby Cradle Mountain Hotel for lunch. We also have some time for a wander through the unique purpose-built Wilderness Gallery, showcasing environmental photography.

Our last stop in this area is a visit to Devils @ Cradle, a Tasmanian devil interpretation centre. Our specialist guide will introduce us to the lifestyle of the alpine Tasmanian devil. We then enter a special viewing area for our encounter with the real thing. We may see the devils sunbaking, sleeping in the dens or running around in their enclosures. Our guide will gently handle some of the devils during our tour. From Cradle Mountain we head north to the coastal town of Burnie for our next 2-night stay.

2 nights | Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn, Burnie | 03 6431 4866

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning we visit Woolnorth Station which covers more than 22,000 hectares in the far north-west corner of Tasmania.  This property is owned by the Van Diemans Land Company which began in 1825 from a Royal Charter from King George IV.  It is the only company in the world still operating under such a charter.

Most of Tasmania’s native animals abound on Woolnorth Station including wallaby, wombat, echidna, bandicoot, platypus, sugar gliders, quolls, Tasmanian Devils and others.  In fact the last four Tasmanian Tigers ever captured were caught at Woolnorth and sent to the Domain Zoo in Hobart.  We will be accompanied by a Station Guide and have morning tea while we are here.  

This is our chance to breathe the world’s freshest air at Cape Grim, visit the Wind Farm and enjoy a brief but spectacular coastline walk around Woolnorth Point – from the west coast around the point to the east coast!  

We now retrace our steps along the coast where we spend time in Stanley, a village with small craft shops, historic houses and tea houses.  A chairlift also operates to the summit of the Nut (optional).  This has been another great day.

Meal: Breakfast

We have a relaxed start to the day before visiting the Makers Workshop. This is a modern facility with interpretive displays and studios for working artists. We enjoy a papermaking tour with Creative Paper and learn how ancient paper making techniques are used to create beautiful, eco-friendly Tasmanian papers.

Our lunch venue today is just outside Devonport at the House of Anvers Chocolate Factory. A delicious lunch is planned in this lovely setting with a chance to look through the retail store.

During our travels to day we pass through Railton and Sheffield, both interesting little townships. The colourful murals in Sheffield have long made this small town famous and there are around 100 imaginative Topiary characters to see as we drive through Railton as we head to The Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame, which is a national museum showcasing Australia’s wood-chopping sporting champions – very unique!

Devonport is our final destination today where we board the Spirit of Tasmania for our overnight crossing back to Port Melbourne.

Overnight | Spirit of Tasmania Outside Cabin

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The Spirit of Tasmania arrives back at Station Pier at about 7.00am. We have a short drive to Caroline Springs where we can enjoy our breakfast together, then commence our journey home.

Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!

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All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

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Why I love this tour... Leigh

OMG… it’s Tassie. What’s not to love about this trip? Just breathing in the clean fresh air will make you relax. There’s also all the quirky local stories & the ‘off the charts’ food!

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