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Tasmania

27 Nov — 10 Dec 2019 | Tour Director: Mark Hanger

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Tour Director

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Mark Hanger, MA

graduate of Otago University, experienced botanist and ornithologist

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Itinerary

Day

1

Assemble at hotel in central Hobart for three nights.

Day

2

Introductory visits in and around the city of Hobart (stunning coastal landscape against the backdrop of Mt Wellington).

Day

3

Penal colony sites around Hobart: Port Arthur, Saltwater River, Richmond. Afternoon: Tasman National Park (dramatic coastal scenery).

Day

4

Mt Field National Park (echidnas and wallabies, stunning richeas, ewartias, Tasmanian celmisias, subalpine flora), spectacular peaks, Russell Falls. Cross central Tasmania for overnight stay at Lake St Clair.

Day

5

Lake St Clair National Park (lakeside black peppermint forests) then through Cradle Mountain region to mining region around Queenstown before continuing to beautiful Macquarie Harbour for overnight stay in picturesque fishing village of Strahan.

Day

6

Cruise around Macquarie Harbour and into Gordon River (UNESCO World Heritage site): shag, osprey, snakes, pencil pines. Afternoon: Cradle Valley, Cradle Mountain National Park. Stay in Cradle Mountain for two nights.

Day

7

Walks in vicinity of Lake Dove, Crater Lake and Cradle Mountain. Evening excursion for wombats, pademelons, Bennett’s wallabies, and possible quolls. Optional excursion for Tasmanian devils.

Day

8

Morning walks along the Cradle Valley boardwalk before travelling north to the coast. Overnight stay in delightful village of Stanley, with option to visit to seabird colony on The Nut to see shearwaters return to their burrows. Possible sightings of Little Blue or Fairy penguins.

Day

9

Free time in Stanley with optional chairlift to The Nut. Via Burnie (wild platypus in nearby creeks) to Launceston for two nights.

Day

10

Day at leisure in Launceston.

Day

11

Ben Lomond National Park (magnificent rockscapes, unsurpassed alpine flora) then continue south to coastal Freycinet National Park (dramatic coastline) for two nights at luxurious ocean-side Freycinet Lodge.

Day

12

Relaxing morning in Coles Bay then walk to Wineglass Bay (granite outcrops, rugged peaks, crystal-clear waters, stunning orchids, Oyster Bay pines). Evening walk for possums and quolls.

Day

13

Ross (former inland garrison town, historical architecture, convict-built Ross Bridge, female convict workhouse, barracks) then continue to Hobart for overnight.

Day

14

Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.

Tour Dates

27 Nov — 10 Dec 2019

Days

14

Cost

£4295

Tour Code

TASM-19

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Cost of £4295 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, all meals except one lunch & two dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: visa, travel insurance, Tasmanian devil excursion on day 7, single room supplement £795, international flights.

 
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