Hobart to Strahan: Tasmanian Discovery Duo

Full day tall ship cruise on board Lady Nelson & Queenstown Explorer Wilderness Train Tour

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Fly to Hobart, Tasmania’s charming capital, where you’ll begin your tour of this fascinating island. A city with plenty to set it apart from the mainland, it is home to handsome British-colonial buildings and a buzzing old port area. Ideal for exploring on foot - especially the Salamanca Street Market with its many old sandstone warehouses and array of galleries and cafes - one of Tasmania's most visited tourist attractions that just happens to have won many awards for excellence.

Next you’ll embark the magnificent Lady Nelson for a cruise along the River Derwent. This remarkable tall ship is a full-size replica of the 18th century vessel of the same name which once surveyed the Australian coast. Weather dependent, you could enjoy a stop during your full-day voyage, where you’ll be encouraged to pitch in with sailing the ship – perhaps even taking a turn at the helm!

After a day of leisure in Hobart, you’ll head to nearby Port Arthur, home to a former penal colony-turned-museum and partake in a visit to Remarkable Cave. You’ll then transfer to your hotel in Strahan, gateway to some of Tasmania’s finest west-coast attractions.

On your second day in Strahan, a cruise on the Gordon River beckons, which takes in the historic features of Macquarie Harbour. You’ll also learn about the harsh penal conditions at the former prison on Sarah Island and explore a rainforest along with aquaculture farms.

On the thrilling Queenstown Explorer Wilderness Carriage, you’ll discover how early pioneers shaped this untamed coast, despite the very arduous conditions. Your guide will enthral you with stories of the railway, the region and its people, as you savour the many spectacular views of the King River Gorge.

Transferring back to your hotel in Hobart, you’ll have a final day to enjoy at your leisure. If you’re still feeling energetic, you can either head to the 1,270m-high Mount Wellington or amble around nearby Battery Point, the historic district with countless narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages.

Package Includes

All flights & taxes 

Hotel Stays

  • 5 night four-star hotel stay in Hobart with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star hotel stay in Strahan with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours*

  • Full day tall ship cruise on board Lady Nelson cruising the south coast of Tasmania
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Tour
  • Heritage train journey on Australia’s steepest railway on board the Queenstown Explorer Wilderness Carriage
  • World Heritage Wilderness Cruise including lunch, Sarah Island visit, rainforest board walk, Macquarie Harbour and Gordon River

Extend Your Stay: 3 Day Gourmet Food & Wine Extension from $499pp

  • 2 nights accommodation in Launceston
  • 2 course lunch with matching wines at Josef Chromy Wines
  • 3 Day Car Hire

*Tour dates may vary.

At a glance

8 nights
Departing Jan 23 - Mar 23
All flights and taxes

Prices from

Twin Share
$2,999 pp
Price based on 27 Jan 2023 departure
Solo Passenger
$4,199 pp
Price based on 27 Jan 2023 departure

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Call to book:

1800 958 405

Holiday code:

TOU2244

Opening hours:

AWST: Mon to Fri 7am - 5pm | Sat & Sun 7am - 3pm

Queenstown Explorer Wilderness Train Tour

Take a ride on the steepest railway in Australia, which uses the ingenious rack and pinion system. On this delightful journey you’ll pass through dense rainforest and deep chasms to the places where the 19th-century pioneers who built this railway once lived and worked. It’s the only railway of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 | 27 Jan 2023
Hobart - Hotel Stay

Today you’ll fly to the Tasmanian capital, Hobart, founded at the turn of the 19th century as a British penal colony. It’s known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, much of which was built during the Georgian and Victorian eras, giving the city a charmingly Old World demeanour. With heritage-listed buildings, historic churches and a refreshing lack of high-rises it has a look that’s distinctive from other Australian cities.

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DAY 2 | 28 Jan 2023
Hobart - Hotel Stay

Today you’ll have a day of leisure. Take a trip to nearby Mount Wellington, which overlooks the city and offers a number of trails. As well as the views at the summit, you’ll get to see its famous ‘organ pipes’ rock formations. Or you could stick around town and delve into the converted warehouses and flourishing markets around Salamanca Place. Formerly a wharf area serving the whaling industry, it’s now teeming with excellent restaurants, chic galleries and independent cafes.

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DAY 3 | 29 Jan 2023
Hobart - Hotel Stay and Tall Ship Cruise

With her billowing nine sails and elegant silhouette, Lady Nelson is a stunning vessel. A replica of an 18th-century English survey ship – HMS Lady Nelson - it sails the scenic River Derwent, making fascinating stops along the way. Relax and admire the views or help set sails and take to the helm as you navigate local coves and bays, including the Historic Quarantine station on nearby Bruny Island. You’re certain of an unforgettable nautical experience.

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DAY 4 | 30 Jan 2023
Hobart - Hotel Stay and Tour

Following a magnificent photo opportunity at Richmond and the Tasman Peninsula, you’ll arrive at Port Arthur, a village and historic, former 19th-century penal settlement, which is now an open-air museum. Ruins include the huge penitentiary and the remaining shell of the Convict Church, which was built by inmates. Also on offer is a harbour cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a visit to Remarkable Cave, partly so name due it its unique form and observation platform (please note there is no wheelchair access to the latter).

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DAY 5 | 31 Jan 2023
Strahan - Hotel Stay

The small port town of Strahan is the gateway to the untainted wilderness of the island’s south-west region. Settle into your hotel and explore the surrounding streets, home to several pleasant cafes and restaurants where you can rest and relax ahead of tomorrow’s trip. Or make the 6km trip west to Ocean Beach, the island’s longest at an impressive 40km.

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DAY 6 | 1 Feb 2023
Strahan - Hotel Stay and River Cruise

Today you’ll embark on a fascinating cruise that takes in the diverse attractions of Macquarie Harbour. Visit the family-run Huon Pine Sawmill, which uses antique equipment, and sail out to Sarah Island, once home to a notorious prison. On a guided tour learn about the harsh conditions endured by its inmates, and explore part of the Gordon River, stopping off for a rainforest walk. You’ll end the day with a freshly prepared buffet luncheon featuring locally raised smoked salmon.

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DAY 7 | 2 Feb 2023
Strahan - Hotel Stay and Tour

Join us for a full-day heritage rail journey from the harbour port of Strahan, deep into the ancient western wilderness through to the once-booming mining town, Queenstown. Start with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine or juice aboard your Wilderness Carriage and enjoy lunch at Queenstown Station. Highlights of the day include a short walk through cool temperate rainforest, the steam-powered journey along the Abt Rack and Pinion section of the railway track, over 40 bridge crossings, and the stories of rivals and legends that built this magnificent railway.

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DAY 8 | 3 Feb 2023
Hobart - Hotel Stay

Take a coach back to Hobart for a final overnight stay. Stop at the Tasman Arch or the Devil’s Kitchen, renowned rock formations carved by the sea. Be wowed by the museums Hobart has to offer including MONA; Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art and visit one of the many delicious restaurants for a farewell dinner.  

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DAY 9 | 4 Feb 2023
Fly Home

Today you’ll fly home from Hobart.


EXTEND YOUR STAY:

Pick up your car hire from Hobart CBD location and make your way to Launceston.

This afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may wish to explore Cataract Gorge and take the cable-way where you can get panoramic views of the South Esk River.

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DAY 10 | 5 Feb 2023
Tasmania

Make your way to Josef Chromy Winery where you will enjoy a complimentary tasting at the Cellar Door and then retire to the restaurant for a two course lunch of fine Tasmanian produce matched with wines.

This afternoon you may wish to explore Bridstowe Lavender Farm a short 50km drive from Launceston. Running over 260 acres this is the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm.

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DAY 11 | 6 Feb 2023
Fly Home

Make your way to Launceston airport for your flight home.

Fully Escorted Tours

Did you know

The Gordon River flows from the uninhabited wilderness of Tasmania’s highlands into Macquarie Harbour, and despite being the colour of weak tea due to the absorption of tannin from button grass, the water is actually fresh and drinkable.

Did you know

The Gordon River flows from the uninhabited wilderness of Tasmania’s highlands into Macquarie Harbour, and despite being the colour of weak tea due to the absorption of tannin from button grass, the water is actually fresh and drinkable.

Heritage Train

On this unforgettable train journey, you’ll get to pan for gold, explore a remote rainforest and admire the views of the King River Gorge while your guide tells you how Tasmania’s Wild West was won.

Port Arthur

Spend your day with a visit to the nearby town of Port Arthur. This former convict settlement was notorious within the British penal system due to its harsh conditions. However these days it’s an open-air museum where you can learn how British convicts deported to Australia in the 18th century served their sentences.

Lady Nelson Tall Ship

This wonderful nine-masted ship is a replica of an 18th-century British naval vessel that once surveyed the Australian coast. immerse yourself in true nautical romance as you explore the scenic river Derwent like the sailors of yesteryear.

Prices & Departures

  All flights included
regional flights available at a supplement
Departing
Departing 27 January 2023
Departing 24 February 2023
Departing 10 March 2023
Twin Share
Twin Share $2,999
Twin Share $3,199
Twin Share $3,399
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,199
Solo Passenger $4,299
Solo Passenger $4,399
Departing
Departing 27 January 2023
Departing 24 February 2023
Departing 10 March 2023
Twin Share
Twin Share $3,099
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,499
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,299
Solo Passenger $4,399
Solo Passenger $4,499
Departing
Departing 27 January 2023
Departing 24 February 2023
Departing 10 March 2023
Twin Share
Twin Share $3,199
Twin Share $3,399
Twin Share $3,599
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,399
Solo Passenger $4,499
Solo Passenger $4,599
Departing
Departing 27 January 2023
Departing 24 February 2023
Departing 10 March 2023
Twin Share
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,499
Twin Share $3,699
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,499
Solo Passenger $4,599
Solo Passenger $4,699
Departing
Departing 27 January 2023
Departing 24 February 2023
Departing 10 March 2023
Twin Share
Twin Share $3,099
Twin Share $3,299
Twin Share $3,499
Solo Passenger
Solo Passenger $4,299
Solo Passenger $4,399
Solo Passenger $4,499

CALL TO BOOK: 1800 958 405

HOLIDAY CODE: TOU2244