9 Day Tassie Icons Self Drive Package – Launceston

9 days - Self Drive Package
Day 1

Arrive Launceston, pick up rental car at airport. Includes unlimited kilometres, insurance, fees and taxes. Drive to Launceston City and visit Cataract Gorge and the downtown area.

Standard Accommodation: Launceston – Penny Royal Hotel or similar
Superior Accommodation: Launceston – Charles Hotel or similar

Day 2

Take in the west of the Tamar Valley with its boutique wineries, beautiful scenery and the Platypus House at Beauty Point. Cut through from Exeter to Deloraine and then to Elizabeth Town to visit the Ashgrove Cheese outlet then drive onto the Alpine Plateau of Cradle Mountain.

At night, join an optional informative feeding tour at the local Tasmanian Devil’s sanctuary

Standard Accommodation: Cradle Mountain – Cradle Mountain Hotel or similar
Superior Accommodation: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, includes Breakfast or similar

Day 3

Morning walks at Cradle Mountain, before heading west to the coastal town of Strahan. Stop at Henty Dunes to experience the sand and the Ocean Beach. This is the west coast at its best.

Standard Accommodation: Strahan – Strahan Village or similar
Superior Accommodation: Strahan – Ormiston House or similar

 

Day 4

Join the Gordon River Cruise as an optional add-on and venture into the wilderness. Spend the afternoon walking on the beach or one of the many forest walking trails.

Standard Accommodation: Strahan – Strahan Village or similar
Superior Accommodation: Strahan – Ormiston House or similar

Note: Superior Package includes “Upper Deck”(VIP) on the Gordon River Cruise

Day 5

The west coast was built on timber cutting and mining. Drive to Hobart through the forests and stop at Queenstown to experience an 1800’s mining town. Continue on to Derwent Bridge (stop at the Derwent Bridge for lunch), see the Wall in the Wilderness and then follow the Derwent Valley into Hobart. Stop off at Mt. Field National Park for a walk in the rainforest out to Russell Falls.

Standard Accommodation: Hobart – Old Woolstore or similar
Superior Accommodation: Hobart – Henry Jones Art Hotel or similar

Day 6

If it is a Saturday the Salamanca Market will be taking place. During the afternoon, drive to the top of Mount Wellington for spectacular views over all of southern Tasmania.

Standard Accommodation: Hobart – Old Woolstore or similar
Superior Accommodation: Hobart – Henry Jones Art Hotel or similar

Day 7

Spend the morning at the Historic Village of Richmond. Continue up the east coast via Buckland (stop and look at the historic Church) and Orford To Freycinet. Stop off at Spiky Bridge for some history, Kates Berry Farm for the produce and Freycinet Vineyard for nibbles and wine tasting.

Standard Accommodation: Freycinet – Freycinet Lodge, One Room Cabin or similar, includes breakfast
Superior Accommodation: Freycinet – Freycinet Lodge, Wilderness Cabin Premier or similar, includes breakfast

Day 8

As an optional add-on take the cruise to Wineglass Bay during the morning. Spend the afternoon climbing the path to the lookout for spectacular views over Wineglass Bay and the Tasman Sea. Drop in and sample the oysters at the Freycinet Marine Farm.

Standard Accommodation: Freycinet – Freycinet Lodge, one room cabin or similar, includes breakfast

Superior Accommodation: Freycinet – Freycinet Lodge, Wilderness cabin premier or similar, includes breakfast

 

Day 9

Drive north up the picturesque east coast, roughly 3 hours to Launceston airport. Or depart from Hobart airport, after driving south from Freycinet.

Drop off rental car at airport.