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  • Duration:Up to 15 days
  • Departs:Sydney, Melbourne or Devonport
  • Ends:Sydney, Melbourne or Devonport

Price

  • $4195 (Syd/Syd); $4090 (Melb/Melb); $3895 (Syd/Dev); $3795 (Dev/Dev) per person, twin share
  • Single supplement $995 (Syd/Syd); $950 (Melb/Melb); $850 (Syd/Dev); $750 (Dev/Dev)
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Inclusions

  • Comfortable air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Accommodation as listed
  • Entry fees to National Parks
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • All ferry fares, National Park fees and admissions
  • Tour led by Bruce & Lindy Bishop (well researched commentary, morning teas & picnic lunches)

What our guests say

Thanks for a great holiday – we enjoyed every experience particularly the walks, accommodation, food and company. We will have life long memories of our walking tour of Northern Italy.

– Graham & Jill

Thank you Bruno & Christine for a wonderful tour. In a few word “Buonissimo” our Northern Italian walking tour was a smorgasbord of breathtaking scenery, compelling history, cultural insights, fine Italian cuisine and wines and many captivating Italian characters all superbly packaged and led by you both.

– Ellis & Bronwyn

Many thanks for a wonderful tour of Northern Italy. We certainly met the locals and felt that we were a part of this beautiful region. The tour was set at a very comfortable pace which made the distance travelled by both walking and train easy and rewarding. Once again thank you for showing us this colourful Region of Northern Italy and your great pre-tour info reading.

– Bob & Barbara

Thanks to Bruno & Christine for the wonderful experience we shared with you and 14 other intrepid adventurers which ended far too quickly. The food, the views and camaraderie of the tour group were complemented by the care and attention given to us. This adventure will remain high on our list of memorable experiences.

– Mario & Cheryl

Thanks again for an interesting and informative trip, we really appreciated how much preparation you put into the program. It’s not only all that but also the way you looked after us so well too, we will remember this for a very long time. Let us know any future trips planned and we will be there!!

– Fred & Susan

This popular and exciting tour will allow you to experience many off the beaten track highlights that are often not visited due to their difficult access or remote location. Please email or call us to register your interest for 2020.

Please note that the itinerary shown below is in “draft” form with all details to be confirmed.

Itinerary

DAY 1 To Albury

Lunch & dinner included

Depart Nowra 6:00am, Wollongong 7:30am, Sutherland 8:30am and Strathfield 9:30am then via the Hume Hwy to Albury and our overnight accommodation. Dinner tonight in the motel dining room.

DAY 2 Albury - Port Melbourne (Spirit of Tasmania)

Breakfast & lunch included

A late start for the easy drive into Melbourne. We stop in at Benalla for morning tea and later have time to browse around the interesting bayside attractions near Port Melbourne before boarding the Spirit of Tasmania early evening for the overnight crossing of Bass Strait to Tasmania. En-suite cabins on the ferry. (Dinner at own expense).

DAY 3 Devonport (Cradle Mountain) to Wynyard

Lunch & dinner included

Breakfast at own expense on board the ferry. After disembarking at Devonport (passengers on Package D join us here) we travel via the Mural town of Sheffield to the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain.

Enjoy the spectacular park scenery and the many walks. You may wish to walk around Dove Lake, take an optional helicopter flight (at own expense) or just simply enjoy being in this extraordinary location. Mid afternoon we return to the north coast and our waterfront motel accommodation in the pretty fishing port of Wynyard. Dinner in the motel dining room.

DAY 4 Wynyard (Dip Falls) to Stanley

Breakfast & lunch included

From Wynyard we follow the north coast of Tasmania visiting Table Cape with its tulip farms and stopping at the lookout for great views. Morning tea at pretty Boat Harbour before once again heading inland via the isolated community of Mawbanna. It was here in 1930 that a local farmer shot a Tasmanian Tiger believed to be the last known killing. We continue along rural roads to Dip Falls and the Big Tree Reserve where we walk amongst the massive tree ferns, mossy rocks and huge swamp gums. We then drive forestry tracks with forded creek crossing to historic Stanley on the north coast for the next three nights. En-suite, self- contained cabins in the town centre overlooking Sawyer Bay.

Meals while staying in Stanley are at your own expense. Adjacent to the park is an excellent convenience store, all cabins have full kitchen facilities and within easy walking distance is a range of excellent dining opportunities.

DAY 5 Stanley (Woolnorth Station)

Lunch included

We drive by the fertile farmlands of the Smithton area (home of McCain Foods packaging plant) to historic Woolnorth Station on the northwest corner of Tasmania. Then along station tracks we travel past Robbins Island to the wild western coast and the wind farm that harvests wind energy from the “Roaring Forties”. Learn of the famous Van Diemans Land Company’s 350,000 acre property. See where the Bass Strait waters collide with the Southern Ocean. Enjoy a BBQ lunch before returning to Stanley with time free to enjoy the many attractions (chair lift to the “Nut”; former Prime Minister Joseph Lyon’s home; eateries and craft shops; numerous historic buildings; walk along the foreshores; town wharf, etc).

DAY 6 Stanley (Arthur River Cruise)

Lunch included

Today’s highlight is a cruise along one of the world’s last wild rivers aboard a timber ferry. Good commentary en-route with a BBQ lunch at the riverside forest camp where a short walk is enjoyed. Next we drive to the “Edge of the World” on the extreme west coast before a visit to the Forestry facility at Dismal Swamp. Easy walking through the sunken forest with interesting sculptures and suspended boardwalks.

 

DAY 7 Stanley to Queenstown

Lunch & dinner included

Today we drive the adventurous Western Explorer Track through the Tarkine Wilderness heading for the Pieman River at Corinna for our picnic lunch stop. Time to enjoy a beautiful riverside walk. We then drive via Savage River to the historic mining town of Zeehan then on to Queenstown for the next two nights.

DAY 8 Queenstown (Strahan)

Breakfast & dinner included

A free day to spend as you wish (at your own expense). You may wish to ride the ABT Wilderness Railway to Strahan or if you prefer we will be driving our coach to Strahan where you can catch a cruise on the Franklin River, take a float plane scenic flight or just simply browse the town and galleries etc. before returning to Queenstown.

DAY 9 Queenstown to Berriedale (Hobart)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

The stark “moonscape” of the Queenstown hills is visible from our motel’s panoramic breakfast room. First highlight is a stop at the old “Iron Blow” lookout where copper was first discovered at Queenstown and later enjoy a short rainforest walk at Nelson Falls. We visit the amazing “Wall in the Wilderness” at Derwent Bridge then head to Berriedale on the banks of the Derwent River where we spend the next four nights.

DAY 10 Derwent Valley ("Valley of the Giants" & Russell Falls)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today travel through the Derwent Valley with trellised hop fields & distinctive oast houses to Maydena. Then along Forestry trails into the Styx Valley to walk amongst the tallest hardwoods in the world in the “Valley of the Giants”. Enjoy Russell Falls & a picnic lunch in Mt Field National Park.

DAY 11 Berriedale (Optional Bruny Island / Sights of Hobart)

Breakfast & dinner included

Today is free to spend at your leisure and own expense – suggestions are: day tour to Bruny Island or Port Arthur; highlights of Hobart on Grayline city sightseeing (Mt Wellington, museums, etc); visit the MONA gallery – an easy walk from our motel (a transfer to/from Hobart city provided).

DAY 12 The Southernmost Road in Australia

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Enjoy the scenery on our drive through the Huon Valley to Cockle Creek Рthe most southerly point to which it is possible to drive in Australia. Hear about early explorers and enjoy a short walk to view Recherch̩ Bay. Stop in the timber town of Geeveston to see the wood sculptures on our return.

DAY 13 Port Huon - Maria Island - Swansea

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive through downtown Hobart and over the Tasman Bridge then via Sorell to Triabunna where we board the ferry to Maria Island where you can explore the historic former convict settlement at your own pace. Early afternoon we drive to the holiday seaside town of Swansea with a stop at the “Spikey Bridge”. Our motel overlooks Oyster Bay.

DAY 14 Swansea to Devonport (Spirit of Tasmania)

Breakfast & lunch included

Visit the historic town of Ross with its convict built buildings and Campbell Town in the Midlands en-route to Devonport and the return ferry crossing tonight to Melbourne.

DAY 15 Port Melbourne - Home

To Sydney via the Hume Highway with regular stops along the way arriving at Strathfield approximately 6:30pm, Sutherland 7:15pm, Wollongong 8:00pm and Nowra approx 9:00pm.

Optional Departures

Optional departure/return from and back to Melbourne or Devonport are also available. Call us on 0428 244 229 for details.

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Highlights

  • Spirit Of Tasmania crossing of Bass Strait
  • See the mural town of Sheffield
  • Hike at Cradle Mountain
  • Stay in the beautiful town of Wynyard on the Inglis River
  • Visit the “edge of the world”
  • Marvel at the tallest hardwoods in the world
  • Breathe the world’s freshest air
  • Wilderness cruise on the Arthur River
  • Tarkine wilderness area
  • Drive the remote Western Explorer Track
  • Historic Maria Island
  • View the amazing “Wall in the Wilderness”
  • Styx Valley – “valley of the giants”
  • Drive to the most southerly point possible in Australia
  • Enjoy sensational coastal and mountain scenery
  • Guided tour of Historic Woolnorth Station
  • Optional Bruny Island/Port Arthur tours
  • Browse the convict town of Ross