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JTW 2018 – Tasmania

7 September 2018 – 17 September 2019

Take a bite of the Apple Isle and you’ll wish you had more time to discover an untamed natural paradise. Indulge in history, vast wilderness areas, Australia’s most spectacular mountains, dazzling beaches and the freshest food and wine imaginable. The wonders of nature await on your Tassie adventure, from the vivid hues of the Southern Lights to the tantrums of the Tasmanian Devil.

Day One // 7th September 2018
Today you will be transferred from your home address to Sydney International Airport for your flight to Hobart. Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. Upon arrival we will check in to our accommodation, before enjoying a beautiful dinner at the waterfront restaurant T42degrees.
Meals: Dinner

Day Two // 8th September 2018
This morning is at leisure to visit the iconic Salamanca Markets – a celebration of Tasmania’s unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers. Set among the historic Georgian sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place in Hobart, this famous market (with over 300 stallholders!) attracts thousands of locals and visitors every Saturday of the year. In the early afternoon, we will leave from the Salamanca markets to explore the sights of Hobart.
This is a great introduction to Hobart’s history, Battery Point and the city. Tonight, dinner will be at The Drunken Admiral. Enjoy the freshest Tasmanian seafood and meals set amongst a vibrant maritime atmosphere.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Three // 9th September 2018
See Australia’s early convict history come to life as we visit Port Arthur. The Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and an open air museum.

The site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prison’s establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. Ruins include the huge penitentiary and the remaining shell of the Convict Church, which was built by inmates. While in Port Arthur, we will also board the MV Marana to further explore the harbour. Returning to Hobart in the late afternoon, your evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four // 10th September 2018
Enjoy a day of wine and art. The Museum of Old and New Art is Australia’s largest, privately owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner (Tasmanian gambler and maths enthusiast David Walsh), Mona exhibits everything from ancient Egyptian funerary objects to modernist masterpieces. The Mona site, perched on the banks of the River Derwent is also home to the Moorilla winery and vineyard. Arriving at Mona, begin your exploration of the underground galleries. After your art binge, we will go to Mona’s top restaurant for lunch of seasonal local produce, matched with a glass of Moorilla wine. After lunch take a behind the scenes tour of the winery and vineyard. Delve into Moorilla’s back story with your expert host and learn the finer points of old and new artisanal winemaking techniques. You will be treated to a tasting of a selection of Moorilla wines, including a selection from their prestigious Cloth Label series. This VIP day at Mona is sure to be a highlight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five // 11th September 2018
Today we will depart Hobart, with our first stop at Tarraleah to visit the Wall in the Wilderness. This is a sculptures time line of an inspirational tale, carved from the mountains and rivers of the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Continue through to Strahan to check in to our next accommodation. Strahan is a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six // 12th September 2018
This morning you will board a Gordon River Cruise travelling to Hells gates. The entrance of Macquarie Harbour before cruising alongside salmon and ocean trout farms to observe feeding time. See some of the largest tracts of World Heritage wilderness on earth, cruising at a low speed to view the mirrored reflections. Stop at a Heritage Landing for a beautiful rainforest walk on the boardwalks, where you will be introduced to unique flora and fauna in the area. Once getting back on board you will head to Sarah Island where you will disembark for a walk amongst the ruins to learn about the convicts and their way of life. The day doesn’t stop here! Once you are back in Strahan watch the great production ‘The Ship That Never Was’ performance. The Ship That Never Was is a live professional theatre production, performing in Strahan since January 1994, written by Richard Davey and produced by The Round Earth Company.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Seven // 13th September 2018
Today is an early start as you will be travelling through to Queenstown to board the Westcoast Wilderness Railway. Step back in time as you board a majestic steam train and travel deep into Tasmania’s wilderness, experiencing unique cool temperate rainforest only accessible via this remarkable railway. Sit back in comfort as you hear the stories of railway and its resilient people to life, and discover how the feud of the Irishmen helped shape the wild West Coast. After our rail journey, we will continue travelling through to Cradle Mountain.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eight // 14th September 2018
This morning you will partake in adventures around Cradle Mountain, appreciating the uniqueness of the flora, fauna and geological features of this World Heritage listed National Park. Journey deep into the Tasmanian forest and awaken your senses to the splendor that is Cradle Mountain. Experience the
solitary wilderness of waterfalls, rainforest, wildlife and the unsurpassed beauty.
You will also spend time at Dove Lake and Waldheim Chalet. In the afternoon, we will take a walk amongst a large breeding group of Tasmanian devils. Your local guide will enter the enclosure and feed a number of these animals whilst interpreting their behavior. Devils are primarily a nocturnal species therefore far more active at night; environmentally sensitive lighting are used to focus on the social interactions and feeding habits of these unique carnivores, allowing you to get a rare up close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation – quite a spectacular sight!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Nine // 15th September 2018
Today is time to say good-bye to Cradle Mountain as you travel to Launceston. On your way you will visit Ashgrove Cheese and then onto Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm, for lunch and opportunity to pick some raspberries. Taste your way through 41 South Salmon Farm and visit Sheffield (a town of murals) on route to Launceston. Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten // 16th September 2018
Cataract Gorge Reserve, known locally as the Gorge, is a unique natural formation within a two-minute drive of central Launceston – a rare natural phenomenon in any city. We will start our day with a Gorge cruise and then continue through to the city. Learn about the history of Launceston’s Seaport, Kings Wharf and heritage properties. After our time in the city, we will arrive in the beautiful grounds of Josef Chromy Wines. Stroll through the gardens before dining at the beautiful restaurant, in a truly unique location.  Experience superb Tasmanian wines and fine cuisine featuring fresh local produce.

Following lunch travel to via Evandale, a charming colonial village with Georgian buildings dating back to the 1820’s to Clarendon Homestead. Set in 7 hectares on the banks of the south Esk River, Clarendon was the centre of a large pastoral enterprise developed by James Cox. Complete with servants wing and many farm buildings the House is surrounded by extensive gardens and parklands which can be explored.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eleven // 17th September 2018
This morning you will be transferred to Launceston Airport for your flight back to Sydney. Once we arrive in Sydney, you will be transferred to your home address in Newcastle.
Meals: Breakfast

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