Gardens of Tassie

5 - 16 October - 2016

Highlights

  • City Park Launceston
  • Cataract Gorge
  • Bloomin’ Tulip Festival
  • Entally House and garden
  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens
  • Allendale Garden
  • Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Devils @ Cradle
  • Gordon River Cruise
  • Wall in the Wilderness
  • Cascades Female Factory
  • Tahune Forest Airwalk
  • Salamanca Markets
  • Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens

Wednesday 05 October, 2016

BATHURST – LAUNCESTON

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Welcome to our 12 day tour to North West Tasmania featuring the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival. Today we head to Sydney to board our flight to Launceston. On arrival our local coach will be there to greet us. Once we are loaded, we will transfer to our overnight accommodation and have time to settle in prior to dinner.

Thursday 06 October, 2016

EXPLORING LAUNCESTON

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This morning we are joined by our local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city. Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks – one such park being City Park. This beautiful parkland features mature trees and shrubs, a display of annual flowers, a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, senses garden, monuments, chess board and historic Albert Hall. We farewell our guide and join a Cataract Gorge Cruise. We return to explore Cataract Gorge on foot. There are some pleasant walks through the landscaped gardens to the tea rooms, or take a ride on the chairlift (own expense) which crosses the gorge. We have some free time here to explore and purchase lunch. This afternoon we travel to Hadspen to visit Entally House, one of Tasmania’s most historic Trust houses.Thought to have been built in 1819,Entally House is justly proud of its magnificent collection of Regency furniture and fine silverware which is set in superb grounds and gardens.

Friday 07 October 2016

LAUNCESTON – SMITHTON

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img3Our destination today is Smithton in the far North West corner of the state. This morning we drive through Deloraine – keep a look out for the bronze sculptures atop of old gas bottles! We travel across to Sheffield stopping to view the huge and fascinating murals that Sheffield is well known for. After our break, we make our way alongthe coast road to Burnie. Stopping at the Makers Workshop, with interpretive displays and studios for working artists, here we enjoy a papermaking tour with Creative Paper and learn how ancient paper making techniques are used to create beautiful, eco-friendly Tasmanian papers. Next we travel to Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens, one of Australia’s major rhododendron gardens. There are over 20,000 rhododendrons and other select plants set among 11ha with a series of ‘countries’ from which the wild rhododendrons originate, within authentic built environments. This afternoon we continue our touring along the coast making our way to Smithton for two nights.

Sat 8 Oct

BLOOMIN’ TULIPS

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Today we travel to Wynyard for the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival*. We will marvel at the wonderland created by tulips in full bloom along the scenic coast. The Bloomin’ Tulips Festival itself will offer us the chance to enjoy local art, craft, and music to suit all tastes; even sampling the culinary delights of the fresh island produces. We have time to enjoying the festival before heading to the Table Cape Tulip Farm, the home of Van Diemen Quality Bulbs. This truly spectacular the farm just explodes in colour! There will be a fantastic show of tulips in the fields, rows and rows of beautiful bright colours. We can venture inside to view the stunning floral arrangements.

Sun 9 Oct

ALLENDALE GARDENS &STANLEY

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Our first stop this morning is Allendale Gardens. Over six acres of landscaped gardens and lawns sit beside 16 acres of cool temperate rainforest. There are a short walks with paths weaving through lovely tree fern glades, eucalyptus and Blackwood trees. The forest walk includes a rare and endangered fern species known as Hypolepusdistans and is the only substantial find across Australia of this species. A garden of 16th& 17th century roses has been developed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the gardens. We make our way to historic Stanley, a village atmosphere with small craft shops, historic houses and tea houses. We enjoy some free time to wander through the town. After lunch some of us may like to take a chairlift ride to the summit of The Nut(own expense). This afternoon we travel south to Cradle Mountain.

Mon 10 Oct

CRADLE MOUNTAIN

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Today we have a relaxing day starting with a tour of the Cradle Mountain National Park, including Waldheim and Dove Lake. There is time to view the wonderful photographs and artwork in the Wilderness Gallery. This afternoon, we have a guided tour at Devils @ Cradle and take a journey into the mysterious world of the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil. The Centre offers a number of educational displays where we can look into a devil’s den from the comfort of the indoors, or step outside onto the viewing deck for a closer look. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Tue 11 Oct

CRADLE MOUNTAIN to STRAHAN

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Departing Cradle Mountain we travel south on the Murchison Highway through Rosebery and Tullah to Zeehan. We visit the West Coast Heritage Centre for a unique insight into colonial life. This afternoon we take the coastal road to Strahan. This region, which today produces magnificent Ocean Trout, treats visitors to spectacular scenery and protects its ancient Huon Pines. On arrival, we have some free time to explore the village.

Wed 12 Oct

THE GORDON RIVER

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We have a stunning cruise to enjoy today,which takes us right across Macquarie Harbour and into the Gordon River. We will see Huon Pine trees that are thousands of years old. In fact the age of an ancient tree recently “discovered” was put at 10,000 years and, if verified, it will be recognised as the oldest on earth. We have the opportunity on the Heritage Walk to see these and other trees of the dense forest close up. We will also come across the remains of the three storey jail house on Sarah Island and take a first-hand view of the only entrance to Macquarie Harbour, known as Hells Gates. Midafternoon we return to Strahan for some free time to spend around the main wharf and the Esplanade.

Thu 13 Oct

WALL IN THE WILDERNESS

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Today we travel to nearby Queenstown,whose history is about mining, forgotten railways and a colourful past! We travel via some pristine wilderness areas including the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The area on our immediate right 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. Of course much of this area is now World Heritage Listed. The little town of Derwent Bridge is the geographical centre of Tasmania. Wilderness Hotel is our lunch stop before we view the Wall in the Wilderness. The “wall” is a work in progress which should be completed this year and when complete it will measure 100 metres in length. In the reception area, there are many three dimensional sculptures to view. Continuing our journey south, our afternoon stop is at Russell Falls before arriving into Hobart for the next 3 nights.

Fri 14 Oct

HUON VALLEY

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This morning we visit The Cascades Female Factory. The Factory was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts.The inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the colony’s penal costs. We will enjoy the roaming theatre show” Her Story – an accurate and emotional depiction of the harsh life within the Cascades Female Factory in 1833. We spend the rest of the day in the Huon Valley. The valley and D’Entrecasteaux Channel provide some of the most picturesque touring in Tasmania. We travel to Huonville in the hub of the valley and further onto Geeveston. Nearby is the Tahune Forest where we can experience the Tahune Forest Airwalk, high in the tree top canopy. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner in The Point Revolving Restaurant.

Sat 15 Oct

HOBART

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We are lucky enough to be in Hobart on a Saturday, so this morning we visit the famous Salamanca Markets.This afternoon we have a guided tour of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century. It also has an increasing number of important conservation collections of Tasmanian plants and the world’s only Subantarctic Plant House. A number of historic structures, including two convict-built walls, date back to the Gardens’ earliest days. Our guide will talk us through the history and the plants in the garden.

Sun 16 Oct

HEADING HOME

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We have come to the end of our “Bloomin’ Gardens of Tassie” tour. This morning we transfer to Hobart Airport for our flight back to Sydney and transfer to Bathurst. This tour,including quality accommodation & meals, priced at $3,400 twin share$4,250 single plus airfares.

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