Tasmania Food Wine & Wildlife
Highlights: Hobart | Freycinet National Park | Saffire Freycinet | Tamar Valley Wine Region | Launceston
Boasting a landscape of beautiful beaches, native forest and the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, the East Coast of Tasmania is ripe with food, wine and wildlife.
On this tour, you’ll indulge in gourmet meals at a luxury lodge, sip on wine while learning the art of winemaking and have an opportunity to meet Tasmania’s own enigmatic character, the Tasmanian Devil.
You'll also visit Mt Wellington, view the exhibits at Australia's largest private art collection and explore the historic Port Arthur penal settlement to learn the stories of its past..
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Arrive Hobart Welcome to Tasmania! Upon arrival in Hobart your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. Enjoy a stroll through Hobart’s legendary and colorful Salamanca Market, taking in the fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, preserves, wines, and arts and crafts on offer. Continue on foot along Hobart’s picturesque waterfront to the Lark Distillery cellar door for a tour of their historic premises, where you’ll gain an understanding of the craft of whisky distillation.
Day 2 Hobart – Today you have the choice of one of four private tours
A. Private Tour - Tasmania's Wilderness & Wildlife
This tour visits Mount Field National Park, the oldest National Park in the state. Take an enchanting rainforest walk to Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Tall Trees, then enjoy a delightful Tasmanian picnic lunch before visiting the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you’ll experience Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Wallabies, Echidnas, Quolls and other Australian animals first hand. The dedicated wildlife team provides an invaluable service to the research and protection of native wildlife in Tasmania.
B. Private Tour - Mt Wellington and Huon Valley Food and Wine Mt Wellington provides a beautifully imposing backdrop to the city of Hobart. Start your day with an ascent of the Mountain in search of stunning views over southern Tasmania (weather dependent) before continuing your journey into the picturesque and fertile lands of the Huon Valley. Following the Huon Trail, you will visit many fine providers, sample unique and award-winning cheeses, and enjoy eating local produce for lunch at a restaurant by the water. In the afternoon, taste local wines and ciders of this region as you traverse the banks of the Huon River.
C. Tasmanian Seafood Seduction This full day shared tour begins on Hobart's vibrant waterfront, amongst the fishing boats moored at Constitution Dock. As you begin to leave civilization behind, you’ll cruise down the Derwent River and into the sheltered waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel surrounding Bruny Island. From here, enjoy rock lobster and oysters shucked straight from the water, and see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin. Watch in delight as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast before your eyes, accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices. Throughout the day your guide will provide entertaining insight into the surrounding landscapes and animals.
D. Full Day Private Tour - Tasmania's History & Devils This private tour option with driver/guide visits the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site, two of Tasmania’s most visited destinations. The site of Tasmania’s famous convict settlement features many attractions, and our experienced guide will help bring its history to life. Visit the famous geological features of the peninsula as you explore the rugged coastline. In the afternoon, travel to the historic village of Richmond before meeting Tasmanian’s enigmatic character, the Tasmanian Devil.
Day 3 Hobart to Freycinet National Park (239km / 148mi) This morning, pick up your rental car and drive along the East Coast to the Freycinet Peninsula and award-winning Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania’s leading luxury lodge. Gourmet meals, complimentary mini-bar, $100 property credit per suite and many activities are all included. Once settled, review the activities on offer and choose your preferred adventures. A few options include visitng the nearby wineries, indulging in freshly-shucked oysters at an oyster farm, trying a chef-led cooking class or taking an indulgent hamper to enjoy on a self-guided hike.
Day 4 Freycinet National Park and the award-winning Saffire Freycinet
Saffire Freycinet’s complimentary range of activities has something for every mood and every moment. Lasting from one to three hours, these activities are your opportunity to engage and connect with Freycinet’s stunning natural wonders and attractions.
Wine & Vine Adventure A wine lover's delight! At the local Freycinet Winery, you will learn the art of winemaking and indulge in tastings accompanied by some fine Tasmanian fare.
Tasmanian Devil Experience The Tasmanian Devil Experience offers the rare opportunity to encounter Tasmanian devils in a natural setting, and to participate in the quest to save this endangered species from extinction.
Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm Don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm located within an internationally significant wetland and ornithological site. Develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology, and get a taste of prized Pacific oysters.
Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk Freycinet National Park is a must-see during your stay at Saffire Freycinet. Join one of our informative guides on a walk to the lookout over Wineglass Bay. Learn about the Peninsula’s rich history and acquaint yourself with one of the world’s most famous beaches on this two-hour walking adventure.
Pelican Bay Canoeing & Bird Watching Unwind and absorb the breathtaking beauty of the Swanport estuary on this guided canoeing adventure. Gaze into the crystal clear waters of the internationally significant Moulting Lagoon wetland and discover various marine life, flocks of pelicans and more.
Day 5 Freycinet National Park to Launceston (177km / 110mi) After breakfast, it’s an easy drive north into Launceston. Stop at one of the gourmet local produce stores, pack a hamper, and head to Cataract Gorge for a long lunch along the way.
Day 6 Private Tour through the Tamar Valley wine region Today, enjoy a privately guided journey through the Tamar Valley wine region. Drive North along the Tamar River through the Swiss inspired village of Grindelwald and stop at Brady’s Lookout to enjoy the best views of the Tamar River. Call into the Tamar Ridge Cellar door for an introduction to some of Tasmania’s finest wines. Return to Launceston via the river’s edge and take a tour through Boags Brewery that has been in operation on the same site since 1881. Following the brewery tour, we drive south to Relbia for lunch (included) at Josef Chromys vineyard, award-winning winery known for its excellent cool climate aromatic and sparkling wines. After lunch return to Launceston to explore Cataract Gorge or visit some local providers to discover some of Tasmania’s latest artisanal cheeses, hams, olives and chocolates just to name a few.
Day 7 Launceston Tours Ends If time permits, enjoy an al fresco lunch along the waterfront outside of your hotel. Then, drop your rental car at the Launceston airport where you’ll connect to your flight home.
- 2 nights of accommodation at MACq 01 Hotel, Hobart – Superior Hunter Room
- 2 nights of accommodation at Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay – Luxury Suite
(Includes meals, select drinks and $100 property credit per suite per stay for use on spa treatments, signature experiences and non-inclusive beverages)
- 2 nights of accommodation at Quamby Estate Hotel, Launceston – Standard Room
- Private airport transfer to hotel in Hobart
- 5 day rental car (mid-size) including insurance, unlimited miles & GPS
In Hobart, the freedom to choose 1 of 4 full day tours (see itinerary)
- Private Tasmania's Wilderness & Wildlife Tour
- Private Mt Wellington and Huon Valley Food and Wine Tour
- Tasmanian Seafood Seduction Cruise
- Private Tasmania's History & Devils Tour
- Private tour of the Tamar Valley Wine Region
- National Park fees
- International or domestic airfares (unless specified above).
- Meals other than specified above.
- Travel insurance.