An epic tour through pristine wilderness

Tasmania Beauty

Tasmania

Tasmania is Australia's smallest state, but it packs a punch when it comes to the ultimate holiday destination.

It has finally arrived, and it’s going to be a beauty alright! After months of planning and sourcing the best on ground support crew, we have partnered up with our award winning friends at Tassie Tours to bring you one of our most anticipated tours to date.

2 amazing guides, 12 days, 11 nights nights you will get everything Tasmania has to offer, and some!

Dramatic coastlines, rare and remarkable wildlife, rich convict history, a buzzing art scene and a gastonomer's delight!

Travel through the most spectacular regions of this amazing island state, taking in all the highlights with the expert knowledge of a local tour guide. From inspiring wildlife sanctuaries, wondrous river cruises and wilderness train journeys, to a World Heritage convict site and a small village of painted wonders, this tour has it all.

We delve deep into Tasmania's stunningly beautiful national parks, which cover a diversity of unspoiled habitats and ecosystems, with unique flora and fauna that are found nowhere else on earth.

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What’s included?
11 nights
All activities stated in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert local guide
All meals stated in itinerary (exclusions apply)
Moderate fitness level

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Itinerary

Day 1

Whanganui / Home - Auckland - Hobart

Whanganui / Home – Auckland (29th March)

Depart Whanganui Racecourse at 9.30am and travel to Palmerston North Airport to catch our midday flight to Auckland. You have time to get yourself an early lunch while we wait to board. 

*If you are starting your tour from another destination, you will be flown or shuttled to Auckland Airport to meet the group, before checking in for your flight to Hobart, with a stopover in Melbourne.

Auckland

Once we arrive in Auckland we will be transferred to Auckland Heartland hotel for our first group dinner. We will rest up for the evening for our international flight in the morning.

Accommodation: Auckland Heartland Hotel

Day 2

Auckland - Hobart

Auckland - Hobart (30th March)

On day 2 we will have an early breakfast at the thoel before we take our flights direct to Hobart landing at 11am local time. 

Hobart

We will be transferred from the airport from our friends at Tassie Tours to our accommodation. For the afternoon we will enjoy a magnificent City tour to get familiar with our surroundings and settle into the Tamsnian way of life.

In the evening we will be treated to a delicious welcome dinner, which will give the group a chance to get to know each other and have our first taste of the world renowned local produce.

Accommodation: Lenna Of Hobart Hotel

Day 3

Hobart - Bruny Island - Hobart

Hobart (31st March)

This morning we begin your Tasmanian Beauty tour with a visit to what is arguably Tasmania’s best day tour - the magnificent Bruny Island.

Our day starts with a 7:30 AM hotel pickup where we leave the early morning hustle and bustle of Hobart City in our wake as we travel south to the sleepy coastal village of Kettering, where we board the ferry for a short ride across the tranquil waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to reach the shores of Bruny Island.

Bruny Island

After disembarkation, we proceed to the Neck lookout to experience one of the most iconic, Instagram-worthy images of Bruny Island where the North and South of the island converge at an isthmus. The climb to the top of the lookout involves many steps, but we are rewarded with a magical, 360 degree view of southern Tasmania.

After snapping the prized Instagram photo, we venture to Lunawanna for morning tea and a wine tasting at Bruny Island Premium Wines - Australia’s most southern vineyard - before departing toward the southern end of the island where we pass through villages, bush and farmlands to the South Bruny National Park and Australia’s 2nd oldest extant lighthouse. Here, we have time to explore the sheer cliffs and expansive views of the southern ocean and watch the seals and other wildlife basking on the rocky outcrops. The walk to the lighthouse is a short climb uphill via a concrete pathway with seating along the path to rest and take in the views of the surrounding landscape.

We make our way on to Adventure Bay to immerse in the historical importance of this area, a short walk (Grade 1-2 along a well-built gravel path) into the Mavista temperate rainforest and an opportunity to spot albino wallabies and other flora and fauna that is endemic to the island. Then, it will be time for lunch at the local restaurant (own cost) in Adventure Bay.

Hobart

After lunch, we unwind and relax while sampling award-winning local produce of honey, cheese, beverages and oysters (own cost) as we meander our way toward the ferry for the drive back to Hobart.

Accommodation: Lenna Of Hobart Hotel

Day 4

Hobart - Richmond - Mt Wellington - Mona Museum

Hobart (1st April)

Today, we explore Hobart and surrounds as we uncover the beauty of Australia’s 2nd oldest and southernmost capital city.

Richmond - Mt Wellington - Mona Museum

Our day begins with a hotel pickup at 8:00 AM where we make a gentle start to the day consisting of a guided commentary loop of Hobart CBD and its iconic landmarks. From there, we proceed up to the summit of Kunanyi (Mt Wellington), where you will be greeted by pristine air and the best views of Hobart and the surrounding landscape.

We descend from the summit of Kunanyi where we arrive at Hobart’s waterfront to the world-renowned Salamanca Markets for morning tea (at own cost) and to explore the 300 fresh produce, bespoke arts and artisan craft stalls that coalesce into Tasmania’s largest selection of locally made products.

After 90 minutes exploring the markets, we make our way on to Richmond - an iconic township rich in convict history, sandstone and colonial buildings that is home to Australia’s oldest bridge and catholic church. Here there will be an opportunity for lunch (at own cost) from one of the many quaint cafes and shops that line Richmond.

After a stop at the Wicked Cheese Company for a sampling of their award winning cheeses, we proceed on to one of the most quirky places in the world: MONA museum (entry included) and Moorilla Winery (drinks at own cost). This awe-inspiring museum will shock, surprise and leave you pondering as you board the MONA ROMA ferry (included) back to the Hobart waterfront where you will be let loose on Hobart’s waterfront to explore at your leisure and make your own way back to the hotel. Dinner tonight will be your own choice at one of the many restaurants that are within the CBD and waterfront. Some suggestions for beautiful meals in beautiful restaurants: Roaring Grill, Cargo, Ball and Chain, Bar Wa Izakaya, Customs house, Blue Eye, Mures, the Drunken Admiral, or food punts on the waterfront.

Hobart

Dinner tonight will be your own choice at one of the many restaurants that are within the CBD and waterfront. Some suggestions for beautiful meals in beautiful restaurants: Roaring Grill, Cargo, Ball and Chain, Bar Wa Izakaya, Customs house, Blue Eye, Mures, the Drunken Admiral, or food punts on the waterfront.

Accommodation: Lenna Of Hobart Hotel

Day 5

 Hobart - Port Arthur

 Hobart (2nd April)

Our morning begins with a 7:45 AM hotel pickup before embarking on the relaxing 90 minute drive east past farmlands, vineyards and small country towns toward our destination: Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula. En route, we will pull up to the Pirate’s Bay lookout for a quick photo and to survey our destination before continuing on to meet our 9:15 AM check-in for a 10:00 AM Tasman Island cruise (included) and the opportunity for a quick morning tea (at own cost) prior to departure.

The Tasman Island cruise provides an unforgettable three hour wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. Travel beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. Explore waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves. Watch closely for chances to spot wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales, abundant sea birds in their thousands or a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave. Dressing warmly is a must as the cruise is on a covered, open-air boat that maximises your connection with the environment and wildlife.

Port Arthur

Upon arrival back to Port Arthur, it is a short stroll over to the Port Arthur Historic Site (entry included) where we will have 3 hours to explore the site with a 35 minute guided introductory tour (included) provided by one of the site’s expert guides. The opportunity to grab some lunch at the cafe and eateries (at own cost) on site to dine-in or takeaway and eat as you gaze upon the UNESCO world-heritage listed former penal colony and its buildings.

After 3 hours exploring the historic site, we will all meet up at the site entrance to board the bus for the short drive to our accommodation via the Tasmanian Chocolate Foundry for tastings of some very unique hand forged chocolates as well as traditional-style chocolates or maybe an ice cream…or both.

Accommodation: Stewarats Bay Lodge

Day 6

Port Arthur – Freycinet

Port Arthur (3rd April)

An early start of 7:00 AM will see us leaving Port Arthur for Freycinet National Park, home to the world-famous Wineglass bay.

On route, we will call in to Kate’s Berry Farm for morning tea and stock up on some snacks for fuel throughout the day. Our destination will be appearing on the horizon as we travel through the old village of Swansea and skirt around the Apslawn forest reserve toward Freycinet.

Freycinet

Upon arrival in Coles Bay, we will briefly stop at the local bakery to grab some takeaway lunch and stock up on fluids as we continue on and into Freycinet National Park

Here we will find many walks of varying degrees of difficulty that we can choose to tackle:

  • Wineglass Bay lookout walk: classed as a Grade 3, 1.5hr/2.6km return walk consisting of short, steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. There are lots of seating along the track for rests and they are some of the best seats to view the world from!
  • Wineglass Bay Beach walk: classed as a grade 3, 2.5-3.5hr/6km return walk (from the carpark) that is a continuation of the lookout where you travel along a similar degree of track difficulty down onto the white sands of Wineglass Bay itself.
  • Mt Amos walk: classed as a Grade 4, 3hr/3.6km return walk that is a rewarding challenge of steep and strenuous hiking for the experienced bushwalker to the peak of Mt Amos where the views are spectacular and causes all pain and strain of the climb to melt away in an instant.
  • For those not looking for the longer walks, you can optionally stay with the guide to head on to the Cape Tourville lighthouse short walk (Grade 1) where we can spy out onto the Tasman Sea to potentially spot some migrating whales breaching the surface. We will then head back down to sea level where options open up to some relaxing in the hotel bar or hotel room, beachcombing along Richardson’s beach for seashells and exploring Honeymoon Bay.

After working up a thirst from exploring Wineglass bay and the Hazards, we will meet up at the walk trailhead where you can optionally settle in to Freycinet lodge or head on to Devil’s Corner vineyard to unwind and relax with an afternoon tasting of the vineyard’s award winning wines while sitting on a sun drenched deck overlooking the vineyard, Freycinet and Great Oyster Bay.

From Devil’s Corner, we will make for our overnight destination of Freycinet Lodge located at the feet of the Hazards mountains, nestled on the shore of Richardson’s Beach. A place where you will arguably experience the best sunset in Tasmania as the setting sun turns the pink granite of the Hazards into a fiery rose-coloured hue and the horizon is bathed in the final light of the day. Here you will sit back and relax over dinner in the Lodge’s restaurant as the sun sets on a day to remember.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge

Day 7

Freycinet - St Helens

Freycinet (4th April)

Our morning starts with an 8:30 AM departure for a very unique tour and tasting at the Freycinet Marine Farm. We will don waders and head out to the oyster farm to see how the oysters are grown, learn how to shuck an oyster and taste pacific oysters fresh out of the water, we finally enjoy fresh oysters and cooked mussels paired with a glass of local riesling.

Bicheno

Now it is time to venture on to the little fishing village of Bicheno where we will call in to the local Blowhole, a drive through of its main sights on our way to the East Coast Nature World wildlife sanctuary (entry included). The sanctuary is home to many native species from Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Wallabies, Forester Kangaroos, Spotted Quolls, reptiles and many more. You will have the opportunity to hand-feed some of the local residents, with a chance to watch a Tassie Devil feeding. A light lunch will be available (at own cost) from the cafe at Nature World before venturing onward.

St Helens

We resume our trip northward up the east coast where old farm homesteads meet the wilds of the Tasman sea until we reach Ironhouse Brewery situated on the wind and sea battered shoreline. Here we will have a guided tour of Ironhouse and a tasting of some of the most extraordinary and delicious craft beers, whiskeys, spirits and wines

After a relaxing afternoon at Ironhouse, its bordering beach and rocky shoreline, we will continue on to the fishing town of St Helens. Here is where we will stay at the newly constructed Tasman Holiday Park and dine at the delicious onsite restaurant.

Accommodation: Tasman Holiday Park

Day 8

St Helens - Launceston

St Helens (5th April)

Our morning begins with a short drive up the coast to explore and discover first-hand why Lonely Planet declared this to be one of the world’s “Most Beautiful Beaches” and how this coastline came to be named the “Bay of Fires.” For the daring, the opportunity for a quick, refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Binalong bay is a must.

With fresh sea air (and a bit of sand) in our hair, we will make a track inland to the idyllic dairy country town of Pyengana where we will pull up to the Pyengana Dairy Farmgate cafe for a cheese tasting.

St Columba Falls State Reserve

Next up, we watch as the green pastures and grazing dairy cows give way to the densely wooded hills of the St Columba Falls State Reserve of which we travel into the heart of to discover the seldom visited and one of Tasmania’s highest waterfalls. A beautiful, short stroll (Grade 1, 20min/1km return) over a hard compacted trail surface which weaves down through a forest of tree ferns, sassafras, beech, myrtle and what was once prime Tasmanian Tiger habitat to the base of the falls. The fine mist will refresh and invigorate you as you stand at the base of the 90m+ waterfall. Although a Tasmanian Tiger is unlikely to be spotted, a sharp eye may spy another elusive character as it rummages around the creeks for yabbies: the platypus.

Refreshed by the walk and an appetite built up, we will move on to the Pub In The Paddock - a quintessentially Tasmanian experience at a heritage listed pub that is quite literally in the middle of a paddock - for lunch (at own cost) and a beer or two. This pub has a unique resident drinking partner called Priscilla, the beer guzzling pig (“special ales” only). So while you await your meal, grab a couple of brews for you and Priscilla to chug on while overlooking the beautiful and lush, forest encapsulated pastoral valley.

After a hearty country pub meal, we will begin our ascent up and over the Blue Tiers and make our way into old mining country. This area is the site of pioneer-era gold, tin and gemstone rushes. At the top of the Blue Tiers, we will stop for a short walk (Grade 1, 5min/200m return) to see “Grandfather Myrtle”, a monumental Myrtle surrounded by ferns and other ancient Myrtle Beech trees.

We continue our journey through the rainforest and make our way to Little Blue Lake. As the name alludes, this lake has a vivid blue hue that is superbly contrasted by white and yellow lake banks lined with green eucalypts.

Launceston

With the blue lake firmly in our rearview, we make for another superbly contrasting colour landscape (and tastes!): Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Bridestowe is a large lavender farm where the hillsides are lined with thousands of rows of lavender that, when in flower, strikingly contrasts with the rich, red soil and big open sky. The ultimate Instagram photo opportunity while testing out your taste buds on beautiful lavender ice cream.

With the day beginning to set, we travel toward Launceston; the heart of the Tamar Valley wine region and our overnight hotel. Tonight, dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9

Launceston

Launceston (6th April)

Today is our recovery day where we take it a little slower to indulge in beautiful local produce, fine wine and relaxation in the newly crowned UNESCO gastronomy region.

First off, we make our way to Launceston's Cataract Gorge - a local favourite on a sunny day - where you can choose to ride the single-span chairlift across the gorge or stroll around the grounds with the peacocks and native wildlife to ease into the day.

From Cataract Gorge, we will make our way up the eastern side of the Tamar river to Hillwood Berry farm for morning tea. Here we will be able to sit and relax with a berry-infused snack or jump out into the fields to pick our own fruit right off the plants (at own cost) to take away for snacking on the road.

With a belly full of berries, we travel across the strikingly white Batman bridge over to the western shore and through to Beauty Point. We will have the option to visit either Seahorse World or Platypus House for an up close encounter with either option that will leave you in awe of these extraordinary creatures. While you are left pondering how on earth a platypus came to be, we will travel through the gold mining town of Beaconsfield and past its gold mine - the site of the tragic 2006 mine collapse and subsequent rescue of miners.

From Beaconsfield, we continue on to Marion’s Vineyard where you will have to remind yourself that you are in Tasmania and not Tuscany, Italy. Here we will relax over a platter lunch and a tasting of some of the world’s best cool climate wines. After Marion’s, we’ll travel onward to Tamar Ridge cellar door for a tasting of one of their 2022 award winning Reserve Pinot Noir wines.

With the savouring taste of beautiful wine and produce lingering, we gently make our way back to our Launceston hotel to where we can spend free time to freshen up, head out for a short exploration of the city centre and/or the local city park. We will meet in the hotel lobby for an evening of fine cuisine at the family-owned and operated Franco’s Italian Restaurant set in the heart of Launceston.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 10

 Launceston – Cradle Mountain

Launceston (7th April)

This morning sees us embark for the majesty of Cradle Mountain. Our morning begins at 08:00 AM where we make for Tasmania’s outdoor art gallery - Sheffield, where over 150 murals line the walls throughout the town. Here is a great opportunity to grab a coffee, some morning tea and stretch the legs while admiring the artwork.

Cradle Mountain

With the foothills of Mt Roland as our compass point, we move on toward Cradle Mountain National Park. Upon arrival we will be greeted by the visitor centre where we will check in to the park before making our way on to the jewel in the Cradle: Dove Lake. Here we will spend an hour exploring the lake and an opportunity to have a light lunch (included) on the shores of the lake.

Our next stop will be at Waldheim Chalet and Weindorfers Forest Walk (Grade 2, 750m/20min loop) where we will uncover the colourful history of the Weindorfers. Following out of the chalet leads to what is a lovely, winding stroll through a rainforest, where ancient King Billy pines, pandani and Tasmania's renowned deciduous beech (​fagus) reside amongst many varieties of colourful fungi and mosses. One could be forgiven for believing that they have stumbled into a fairy tale forest.

With a goodbye to the Weindofer’s chalet, we head up to the Interpretation Centre and Peppers Lodge where we can optionally take multiple short walks through the Enchanted forest walk (Grade 2, 20min/1.1km circuit) and the Pencil Pine Falls Rainforest walk that encircles the Interpretation Centre. For those with a little more left in the tank, the King Billy track (Grade 2, 40min/2km circuit) is a boardwalk trail that rambles through the old temperate rainforest to discover myrtle, sassafras and ancient King Billy pines up to 1500 years of age. For those who wish to pull it back a gear and warm up by the fire, the bar in Peppers Lodge is the perfect place to grab a drink, take it easy and relax in a cosy environment.

We will all converge upon the bar at Peppers Lodge ready to head on to our overnight destination. The Tullah Lakeside Lodge, positioned right on the banks of Lake Rosebery, is set in the heart of Tasmania’s wild west. Dinner  will be at the Lodge’s Lakeside Bar & Grill.

Accommodation: Tullah Lakeside Lodge

Day 11

Tullah - Queenstown - Hobart

Tullah (8th April)

This morning we begin our day at 08:00 AM to travel south to the mining town of Queenstown where we will proceed to the Queenstown train Station and the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We will board a beautifully restored steam engine powered train for a spectacular and often jaw-dropping ride through the mountainous rainforest terrain all enclosed within a luxury carriage. Sections are believed to be the steepest steam hauls in the southern hemisphere. The train stops at various small stations along the way where you can experience gold panning and watch as the engine drivers work on the engines and carriages. The experience includes a glass of wine on arrival and a light meal served throughout the journey.


Queenstown

After the rail experience, we board the bus for a loop of the main sights of Queenstown before we wind our way along the Lyell hwy into the central highlands. Along the way we will stop at the Wall in the Wilderness at Derwent Bridge. The Wall was created over a 15 year period by Greg Duncan, a woodwork sculptor, who set out to carve the history of the highlands in 100 metres of timber, most of which will be in our rare Huon Pine. The beautifully carved works set out in relief sculpture depict the history, hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands and pay homage to the individuals who settled and protected the area.

Hobart

With the legs stretched, it is time to begin our descent from the highlands, down through the Derwent valley for our return to Hobart where we will have a farewell dinner to celebrate the conclusion of an epic journey of Tasmania.

Accommodation: Lenna Of Hobart Hotel

Day 12

Hobart - Home

Hobart (9th April)

This morning, we will depart from the hotel at 9:30 AM ready for the 12:30 PM flight back home to Auckland, before catching our connecting flight to Palmerston North. The bus will be waiting for our transport back to Whanganui. 

*If you are travelling to another destination, your travel arrangements will be made for you in your customised itinerary.

Home

Upon arrival in Auckland we will be catching our connecting flight to Palmerston North. The bus will be waiting for our transport back to Whanganui. 

*If you are travelling to another destination, your travel arrangements will be made for you in your customised itinerary.

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After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

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