Aboriginal Heritage day a unique experience with an Aboriginal Elder -1 day tour
This is an immersive all inclusive small group experience where nature, culture and cuisine are the pillars of your journey.You will feast on fresh crayfish, oysters, beef, lamb, artisan cheeses, honeys and accompaniments and you’ll stay exclusively at The Postmaster Inn, a beautifully restored boutique Bed and BreakfastThe difference with our tours is that you really get to know our unique part of the world in Australia – Tasmania, from its Indigenous roots, through the period of colonization to the region it is today and all against a backdrop of astounding natural beauty.There is no packing and unpacking your bag every night or racing to the next destination only to scrape the surface of what there is to experience.This is an authentic and interactive journey with passionate and informed expert guides waiting to share a story that started over 40,000 years agoYour experience will be nothing short of transformative.
Day 1: Arrival – Welcome North West Tasmania – Majestic, Wild, Spectacular! We transport you from Burnie Airport to Smithton
Stop At: Smithton, Smithton, Tasmania
North West Tasmania Tour’s driver and guide will meet you at *Burnie Airport and transport you in comfort to The Postmaster Inn Bed and Breakfast in the township of Smithton – gateway to the North West Tasmania and your base for the next 5 – 7 days. After a tour briefing and the chance to meet your fellow tour participants you will have time to explore Smithton before your evening meal and a peaceful night’s sleep in your comfortable loggings. In the morning you will embark on an experience like no other, with transformative sights, tastes, learnings and sensations within a small group setting. We deliver a world-class agenda of experiences designed to connect you to one of the most beautiful natural regions in the world.
Our expert guides provide informative and interactive tours whilst you explore our unique terrain in complete safety with everything taken care of.
*If you have your own transport, we will meet you in Smithton at The Postmaster Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Duration: 6 hours
Pass By: Tasmania, Tasmania
North West Tasmania’s natural beauty is staggering, from the moment we leave the airport and drive along the Bass Highway you will see spectacular views at every turn – a sample of what is to come. There is nowhere else on earth like Tasmania’s rugged North West.
• Dinner: Your deluxe tour package includes 3 course gourmet meals every night. Fresh local seafood and produce are featured daily
Accommodation included: You will stay exclusively at The Postmaster Inn a beautifully restored boutique Bed and Breakfast. Unpack and relax.
Day 2: Introduction to the wonders of North West Tasmania we visit Table Cape, Boat Harbour Beach, Dip Falls and The BIG Tree
Stop At: Boat Harbour Beach, Boat Harbour Beach, Tasmania
We journey to the magnificent plateau of Table Cape, a remarkable natural wonder that offers spectacular views of the coastline, at the top of a 12-million-year-old volcano you’ll reach a platform where on a clear day you can see over 175 kms away. Then it’s a short trip to the stunning Boat Harbour one of Tasmania’s top 2 beaches, stroll along the beach, take a dip in the ocean or enjoy a cuppa at the Café.
We then continue onto Mawbanna and enjoy a delicious lunch and guided tour of Blue Hills Honey where apiarists harvest honey containing some of the highest antioxidants in the world.
Then we take a short ride to Dip Falls, a two-tiered structure that cascades over a unique cubic-basalt rock formation making for a thrilling viewing experience. A short walk will bring you to The Big Tree, the circumference of this old timer is nearly 17 metres and its estimated age is 400 years. Spend a few moments at the foot of this majestic beauty and receive its gifts of contemplation and peace
Duration: 5 hours
• Breakfast: Daily breakfast options include a selection of fully cooked or continental dishes. We use local free range/organic eggs
• Lunch: Choose a delicious meal from The Colony Café at Blue Hills Honey featuring honey infused delights!
• Dinner: Ravioli stuffed with prawns and scallops in a creamy white wine & garlic sauce – just one of the many dinner options.
Accommodation included: The Postmaster Inn BnB offers guests unlimited WiFi and a beautifully appointed guest lounge to relax and unwind.
Day 3: Indigenous Cultural Heritage Day – A Special Day with Indigenous People
Stop At: Marrawah, Marrawah, Tasmania
See North West Tasmania through Aboriginal eyes. Today’s journey is led by Aboriginal Elders who will enrich your understanding of the land’s original custodians-the peerapper, pennemuker, pendowte tommeginne paraloihener peternidic and tarkiner. Shared through ceremony, storytelling, and experience of sacred sites including petroglyphs, middens and former homes.
We start at the hub of the Circular Head Aboriginal Community, Trawmanna where we are welcomed to country with a traditional smoking ceremony.
We then travel to Marrawah along a dramatic rugged coastline that is uniquely North West Tasmania. We visit culturally significant sites at West Point/ Green Point and /Sundown Point. It is here at these sacred sites at the behest of the Elders… we evoke the spirit of the ancestors to impart their legend, and in the deep quiet when you are very still, the ancients may whisper to you……this is our untold story.
Many have described this day as nothing short of transformative.
Duration: 5 hours
• Breakfast: Your choice of a hearty home cooked hot breakfast or a healthy continental breakfast. All the tea & coffee you can drink
• Lunch: Freshly made wraps and rolls packed with salads, meats and accompaniments, homemade muffins, tea, coffee, juice & waters
• Dinner: Feature dinner – Fresh crayfish, oysters, scallops, chicken, lamb, salads, vegetables & deserts with Indigenous flavors.
Accommodation included: Another night in the comfort of The Postmaster Inn Bed and Breakfast. That’s right no packing and unpacking no hassle
Day 4: Stanley, Tasmania’s Top Tourist Town and a guided tour of Highfield Historic Site
Stop At: Stanley, Stanley, Tasmania
We start the day by visiting La Cantara Cheese, makers of fine Artisan cheeses and a state-of-the-art robotic diary in Smithton for a tour and tasting. Then its onto to Tasmania’s top tourist town – Stanley where we take a short but breathtakingly beautiful ride up the hill to the infamous Highfield Historic Site, the original home and headquarters of the Van Diemen’s Land Co. for a guided tour and scrumptious lunch in the estates Rustic Barn. After lunch we spend the afternoon in Stanley, a colourful fishing village with stunning views and beautifully preserved heritage buildings and gardens, nestled around the iconic Nut, an extinct volcanic plug that dominates the landscape where you can take the chair lift to the top or for the more adventurous walk the steep path. Explore the many craft shops and galleries, stroll along the beach or if you appreciate a fine whiskey or other quality spirits, call into The Angels Share or try Tasmania Wine and Food for pre-dinner tapas.
Duration: 5 hours
• Breakfast: Try a ham cheese and mushroom omelette with toast and condiments, cereal, juice and tea or coffee to start your day!
• Lunch: Enjoy a rustic style lunch in a 200-year-old authentic colonial barn
• Dinner: Dinner is at local Smithton restaurant – Jenskis, renowned for their tasty and generous servings!
Accommodation included: Your room at The Postmaster Bed and Breakfast has all the creature comforts of a home away from home.
Day 5: Takayna/Tarkine, The Great Ancient Rainforest, a Special Place of Cultural and Global Significance
Stop At: Trowutta, Trowutta, Tasmania
Today you are treated to an expert guided tour of takayna /Tarkine
The Tarkine is noted for its beauty and natural values, containing the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia as well as for its high concentration of Aboriginal sites and is described as “one of the world’s great archaeological regions”.
First stop is the Trowutta Arch a soaring rock structure formed by the collapse of a cave, the short walk is through spectacular rainforest typical to takayna/Tarkine.
We continue onto Lake Chisolm a calm lake hidden in the beautiful ethereal rainforest Imagine, if you will, a beautiful lush rainforest, still and peaceful with a sense of remoteness, and in the middle of it a calm lake with mirror-like reflections. The silence is profound.
From Lake Chisolm we travel to Julius River a pristine flowing river dotted with cascading waterfalls and beautiful bush flowers. A day in takayna will deepen your connection to nature and instill a lasting tranquility.
Duration: 5 hours
• Breakfast: Full cooked breakfast or continental breakfast or both? The choice is yours.
• Lunch: The ultimate Ploughman’s Picnic Lunch in a nature lovers’ setting
• Dinner: Another 3-course meal of your choosing. How does slow cooked beef cheeks with soft polenta, salad & vegetables sound?
Accommodation included: Enjoy time in the courtyard of The Postmaster Inn Bed and Breakfast
Day 6: The Edge of the World and a Premium Arthur River Day Cruise
Stop At: Edge of the World, Gardiner Point, Arthur River, Tasmania Australia
Feel the exhilaration of standing at the “Edge of the World” – the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe. From Argentina the currents sweep unimpeded more than halfway around the planet until they hit this point.
Thundering waves crash against a rugged coastline in a dynamic landscape that is constantly being shaped by wind, fire and water, the Roaring Forties (winds) generate enormous swells which break on lichen-painted rocks at the foot of windswept dunes.
After a thrilling visit it’s off to board the vessel AR Reflections to cruise the Arthur River. We cruise 14kms to the river mouth then upstream past the Arthur and Frankland river junction before continuing on to Warra Landing. On arrival at Warra Landing you disembark and are taken on an informative guided tour enjoying another intimate rainforest experience. As one of the last truly “wild rivers” of Australia this cruise is a cherished experience and the perfect adventure to end a memorable week of touring.
Duration: 5 hours
• Breakfast: Poached eggs with crispy bacon, hash brown, toast, juice and tea or coffee? Just one of many breakfast choices for you.
• Lunch: Gourmet BBQ – prime scotch fillet, award winning lamb sausage, homemade salads, fresh rolls, wine, juice & hot drinks.
• Dinner: Another delectable 3 course dinner with a choice of seafood, poultry, meat, vegetable dishes, salads and desserts.
Accommodation included: Your last night in the warmth and comfort of The Postmaster Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Day 7: Farewell – Transfers from Accommodation to Airport
Stop At: Burnie TAS 7320, Australia
Today we say farewell and best wishes from North West Tasmania Tours
Duration: 1 hour
• Breakfast: The last breakfast, your choice of a fully cooked or continental breakfast or both.
No accommodation included on this day.