Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

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10 day Walking With Wildlife Hobart • Huon • Russell Falls • Lake St Clair • Queenstown • Strahan • Corinna • Cradle Mountain National Park • Scottsdale • Bay of Fires • Bicheno • Freycient National Park • Port Arthur

Day 1: Hobart REST Australia Tours will meet you on arrival at the airport and if you have any questions will be happy to assist. Pick up your car from the rental desk and proceed to the scenic waterfront city of Hobart. Your travel documentation will be waiting for you at the hotel reception. Standard: Salamanca Suites; Deluxe: Henry Jones Art Hotel Day 2: Hobart – Huon (132 km/ 82 miles/ 3 hours) Set off early, travelling south through Huon towards Geeveston, a small township set in the lower reaches of the Huon Valley. This picturesque valley has arguably some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Tasmania. Continue onto Hartz Mountain National Park and the Tahune Airwalk for spectacular walking opportunities. With its breathtaking views of the forest canopy, spine-tingling swinging bridges across the Huon and Picton Rivers and countless hiking opportunities, there is a lot to offer. Enjoy a peaceful forest ramble or one of the more challenging hikes. Returning via an alternate route back to Huon, make sure you stop at Willie Smiths Apple Shed and discover the traditions behind making Australia’s best cider. (B) Standard: Hillside B&B; Deluxe: Huon Bush Retreat Day 3: Huon – Russell Falls – Lake St Clair (275 km/ 171 miles/ 4 hours) Make the short journey back through Hobart and onto Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Continue west to Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls, the star attraction. There’s even more to be discovered in Tasmania’s most diverse national park, including Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and many more on the way to the summit of Mount Field itself. (B) Standard & Deluxe: Lake St Clair Lodge Day 4: Lake St Clair – Queenstown – Strahan (132km/ 82 miles/ 2 hours) Travel west towards Queenstown. The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a beautifully restored scenic steam train that runs amongst the old growth rainforest, over valleys and streams and up steep rack and pinion line. Continue west to the harbour side village of Strahan. Set on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan has a dark and fascinating convict past and is the gateway to the magnificent Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. (B) Standard: Strahan Village; Deluxe: Franklin Manor

Day 5: Strahan – Corinna (95km/ 59 miles/ 1.5 hours) Option 1: Depart Strahan at 7:30am and travel north passing through the old mining town of Zeehan en-route to Corinna. On arrival join the Pieman River Cruise departing at 10am from Corinna. This scenic cruise takes you along the pristine Pieman River. Option 2: In Strahan join the most scenic and sought after eco-cruises in Tasmania along the Gordon River. Corinna was once a remote mining town, now an eco-tourism haven set in pristine rainforest surrounded by stunning wilderness and nature. (B) Standard & Deluxe: Corinna Wilderness Resort Day 6: Corinna - Cradle Mountain National Park (123km/ 76 miles/ 2.5 hours) Drive north from Corinna passing Savage River and Waratah onto one of the state’s most remarkable locations, Cradle Mountain National Park, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains. The Dove Lake Circuit is a 6km track and one of Tasmania’s premier walks taking you around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. Standard: Cradle Mountain Hotel; Deluxe: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge Day 7: Cradle Mountain National Park – Scottsdale (264km/ 164 miles/ 3.5 hours) A leisurely drive takes you through the second largest city in Tasmania and one of Australia’s oldest, Launceston. It is one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Cataract Gorge is an essential stop for lunch. Continue north along the banks of the picturesque Tamar River up the Tamar Valley, passing the scented lavender farms on the outskirts of Scottsdale. (B) Standard: Willow Lodge; Deluxe: Barnbougle Day 8: Scottsdale – Bay of Fires - Bicheno (183 km/ 114 miles/ 3.5 hours) Day 8’s drive will have you visiting some of the most scenic coastal landscape Australia has to offer. The world famous Bay of Fires is a slice of coastal heaven. Walk for miles along sugar-white sandy beaches, discover orange lichen-covered granite boulders and swim in the crystal clear turquoise water. Follow the coast south to Bicheno where penguin tours let you get up close to little fairy penguins at dusk. (B*) Standard & Deluxe: Beachfront Bicheno * Standard option only

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