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.

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?
10 nights
All activities stated in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert local guide
All meals (exclusions apply)
Moderate fitness level

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Itinerary

Day 1

Whanganui / Home - Auckland - Hobart

Whanganui / Home – Auckland – Hobart (Date TBC)

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.

Transit

Once we have landed in Auckland, we will meet up with our fellow travellers and complete the check in process and go through customs together. We will have time to shop, or have something to eat, before catching our flight to Melbourne. Your Air New Zealand flight ticket is the ‘Works’ which includes a meal and movies. There will be a few hours to wait before catching our connecting flight to Hobart. 

Hobart

We will be met at the airport and transported to our accommodation by our truly amazing driver Tony, who is a local legend and will look after us for our duration in Tasmania. His knowledge and experience is second to none, and along with the tour leader, will ensure an outstanding tour.

Our accommodation for the next three nights is in a centrally located, and comfortable 4 star hotel, and on the drive in you will receive the information for the following day. A light snack is provided for you to enjoy once you have completed checking in.

Accommodation: The Best Western Hobart

Day 2

Hobart - Richmond - Hobart

Hobart - Richmond - Hobart (Date TBC)

After breakfast, we board the coach for a great day of exploring as we first head up Rosny Point lookout, for a spectacular panoramic view of the Derwent River and Hobart City.

Richmond

We then drive out to Richmond, one of Tasmania's most popular destinations, steeped in history and a hub for food and wine lovers. You have some free time to grab some morning tea and enjoy the elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating back as early as the 1820's, now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.

From here, we get to meet some true locals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary located at Brighton. The Sanctuary boasts wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and many amazing natives including the Tasmanian devils, which are active during the day so they can be viewed at any time. We have a great lunch organized which will be set up in the Bush Tucker Shed, before a guided tour which offers a very hands-on experience, allowing you to view and share special moments with Australia's unique wildlife. You are then given some free time to explore the park and hand-feed the free roaming kangaroos - they love a scratch under the chin!

Back on the coach, we head to the amazing Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Established in 1818, they are the second oldest in Australia. It is a cool climate garden featuring an extensive collection of conifers with sixty of the sixty nine extant genera represented. Housed collections include the Conservatory and Sub Antarctic Plant House. Other themes comprise the Tasmanian, Chinese, Japanese, New Zealand and Gondwana Collections. A shuttle buggy service for people with restricted mobility is available for a small fee, please request at time of booking.

Hobart

If time permits, we will finish the day by heading up Mount Wellington before travelling back to our hotel to enjoy a delicious group dinner.

Accommodation: The Best Western Hobart

Day 3

Hobart - Port Arthur - Hobart

Hobart - Port Arthur - Hobart (Date TBC)

We board the coach and travel down the coast to one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and tourist destinations, Port Arthur. This historic site is located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania and offers a unique and essential experience for all visitors to the area.  

Port Arthur

Here, we start with a guided tour that gives you a great introduction to Port Arthur, its people and its past.

We are then booked on a very informative harbour cruise on the MV Marana, before we all gather in the museum for a fabulous lunch. A must do is also the fun, interactive experience called the Lottery of Life. A shuttle buggy service for people with restricted mobility is available, please request at time of booking.

Hobart

After this fascinating experience, we head back to Hobart for a city highlights tour where we visit locations such as Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino and Sandy Bay, just to name a few. We are then returned to our accommodation with time to rest up before dinner.

Accommodation: The Best Western Hobart

Day 4

Hobart - Strahan

Hobart - Strahan (Date TBC)

It’s time to leave the city and head into the wilderness of Tasmania. Today, we are travelling to the West Coast with some fantastic stops along the way. The first visit will truly be a memorable one as we experience The Wall in the Wilderness, Greg Duncan’s commemoration of those who helped shape the past and present of Tasmania’s central highlands. A work in progress, The Wall is being carved from three-metre high wooden panels. The carved panels will tell the history of the harsh Central Highlands region - beginning with the indigenous people, then to the pioneering timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners and hydro workers. When completed, The Wall will be one hundred metres long. 

We have a great lunch at the Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel before continuing our way west. This afternoon we will visit the Nelson Falls, a beautiful cascading waterfall located in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Tasmanian Wilderness. We also start to learn firsthand about the rich gold history as we visit the Iron Blow lookout. In 1883, gold was discovered at a site known as the Iron Blow. These days, visitors to the cantilevered lookout are offered fantastic views over the former open cut mine and the iconic landscape of Linda Valley in West Coast Tasmania.

Strahan

We arrive on the West Coast at Strahan, a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Nestled on the shores of the massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. This is where we rest our heads for the next three nights with great accommodation in the heart of town. Dinner tonight is a magnificent buffet with a view to match before we rest our heads in preparation for tomorrow's adventure.

Accommodation: Strahan Village

Day 5

 Strahan

 Strahan (Date TBC)

An amazing day ahead, as it's all aboard The Queenstown Explorer Steam Train, a full-day return journey departing from Strahan‘s Regatta Point Station, that includes the King River Gorge, the “rack” section of the railway track, magnificent rainforest and all the stations along the way. We travel in the Wilderness Carriage, which includes a glass of sparkling wine/juice, and morning and afternoon tea.

The train stops in Queenstown, where we enjoy a buffet lunch at the station then there is time to explore the historic mining town and discover the region’s rich history with a guided or self-guided tour. Once returning to Strahan, we will be transferred back to the accommodation then the evening is yours to enjoy the charm of the town and get yourself some dinner. 

Accommodation: Strahan Village

Day 6

Strahan

Strahan (Date TBC)

Today will surely be a tour highlight, as we experience the unique perspective on the natural wilderness and the amazing West Coast while cruising on the famous Gordon River Cruise. The Gordon River is one of Tasmania's natural wonders and an amazing location for a wilderness cruise. From deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it winds its way through the rainforest to arrive at the wide expanse of Macquarie Harbour, then through the narrow entrance of Hells Gates into the Southern Ocean. A buffet lunch is provided on the cruise. 

When back in Strahan we head along to the very clever, The Ship That Never Was show that tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island in the Macquarie Harbour. Dinner tonight, is at the highly rated restaurant just over the road. 

Accommodation: Strahan Village

Day 7

Strahan - Stanley

Strahan - Stanley (Date TBC)

It’s time to pack your bags and carry on our journey as we head inland into Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park. With its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, it is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state's most special places, where ancient pines, fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.

Here, we board the Park Explorer Coach and enjoy their experienced guides as they share their passion for the region and appreciate the uniqueness of the flora, fauna and geological features of this World Heritage listed National Park.

We then have a scrumptious group lunch at Cradle Mountain Hotel before continuing north to the coast.

Stanley

Our destination today is the fishing village of Stanley, a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut. The Nut, rising one hundred and fifty two metres from the sea, dominates the headland and you will have the chance to either walk or catch the chairlift to the top to take in the amazing coastal views. Tonight, we dine at our accommodation with the great views of the area.

Accommodation: Seaview Inn

Day 8

Stanley - Launceston

Stanley - Launceston (Date TBC)

 After breakfast, we start the day with the beautiful Table Cape Scenic Drive. The magnificent plateau of Table Cape is by far Wynyard's most remarkable natural wonder. Sitting at one hundred and eighty metres high, 'The Cape' - as locals refer to it - dominates the Wynyard coastline and offers spectacular views of Tasmania's coast and agricultural farmlands.

We also visit the port city of Burnie, and take the coastal scenic route to Ulverstone before heading into Sheffield. This friendly rural town is where history and art merge to create an entire Town of Murals, where you will have time to marvel at the talent.

Launceston

Continuing on, we have a lovely group lunch organized before making our way towards Launceston, Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food, wine, culture and nature.

This afternoon, we visit Woolmers Estate, a unique and fascinating reflection of colonial life in Tasmania, and one of the most historically significant heritage properties in Australia with beautiful gardens.  A great way to finish the day off, before we head to our central accommodation for the next two nights, where we enjoy the contemporary style of Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, which is where we will also be dining.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9

Launceston

Launceston (Date TBC) 

After a scrumptious breakfast, we head out to experience the fantastic attractions this beautiful region has to offer. First stop is the must-see Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre where you can lose yourself in history. We visit the new mine yard where you can access the iconic headframe and miners' cage. Play with treasures from the past, and embark on a historical journey to a place where life is simple.  The interpretive displays also showcase the famous mine rescue of Brant Webb and Todd Russell.  

Our next visit is the unique Seahorse World, where we also have our group lunch today. 

An educational guided tour will lead you through The Cave of the Seahorse, the working Seahorse Farm and the Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium, ending with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a beautiful seahorse in the palm of your hand!

It’s just a very short walk to Platypus World, where the Platypus House offers the great opportunity to watch live Tasmanian Platypuses and Echidnas in daylight conditions and undercover.

It's then back on the coach and onto Batman Bridge which spans the Tamar River at Whirlpool Reach about thirty eight kilometres downstream from Launceston. The bridge is one of the world’s first cable-stayed truss bridges and is dominated by the one hundred metre high steel A-frame tower. Next stop is Brady Lookout, a unique attraction in the Tamar Valley. Brady’s Lookout was once the hideout for bushranger, Mathew Brady. Views up and down the Tamar River, with the vista extending over one hundred and twenty kilometres to Ben Lomond Massif in the south and almost all the way to the coast and Bass Strait to the north.

On our way back to our hotel, we will drive through the Tamar Valley and view the Swiss-themed resort of Grindelwald.  We arrive with some free time and then meet for the final dinner in Tasmania.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 10

 Launceston – Melbourne

Launceston – Melbourne (Date TBC)

Time to pack the bags as we need to leave this fantastic state. After breakfast, we head for our final visit to Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston's own piece of wilderness just on the outskirts of the city centre. Here you will find walking trails for all abilities, the world's longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, cafe, peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, suspension bridge, inclinator for easy access, Interpretation Centre and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. A great way to start the day!

We then begin our journey to the airport, but first we stop for lunch at the outstanding Tasmania Gourmet Sauce Company.

Melbourne

It is then just a short drive to get us all checked in for our flight to Melbourne.

Upon arrival, a coach will be waiting to collect us and take us to our central city hotel. You will have a few hours free time to enjoy some shopping or exploring some of the great central city attractions. You will be asked to meet back at a certain time for our last group dinner of tour which is at a highly rated restaurant.  

After enjoying a great evening reminiscing about the fabulous time we have had, we are returned to the hotel to rest our heads for the journey home tomorrow.

Accommodation: To be confirmed

Day 11

Melbourne - Whanganui / Home

Melbourne - Whanganui / Home (Date TBC)

After the final breakfast and with bags packed for the final time, we board the coach to the airport to catch our midday Air New Zealand flight to Auckland. Again, your ticket includes a meal and movies.

Home

For those who live in the Auckland area, your shuttle will be waiting to transport you home. If returning to Whanganui or another destination, there will be a few hours to get yourself some dinner while we wait to catch the final flight back to Palmerston North. The coach will be waiting to get you back to Whanganui.

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Meet your tour guides

Jason Granville

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.

Jimmy Elliott

Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

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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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