Australia 10 day Tasmania self drive holiday (AUT10)

Introduction:

The 10 day self drive holiday in Tasmania for visitors wanting the get the very most out of their week visit, great scenic diversity from mountains to sea, stunning scenic drives, plus quality time in key city and village locations. Enjoy activities and experiences to really get an appreciation of some of the best of Tasmania

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1 - Arrive Launceston and drive to Cradle Mountain
Day 2 - Cradle Mountain
Day 3 - Cradle Mountain to Strahan
Day 4 - Strahan
Day 5 - Strahan to Hobart
Day 6 - Hobart
Day 7 - Hobart to Freycinet National Park
Day 8 - Full day Freycinet National Pak
Day 9 - Freycinet to Launceston
Day 10 - Launceston and Depart

Itinerary Details:

Day 1 - Launceston to Cradle Mountain
Arrive in Launceston where Edwardian and Victorian architecture feature amongst the streetscapes of Tasmania's second largest city. Visit The Design Centre of Tasmania or some of the many galleries and fine museum. Leave Launceston and travel west passing through historic villages amongst rural landscapes and waterways with bush settings on your way to Cradle Mountain.

Accommodation: Options
Activities: Options
Day 2 - Full day Cradle Mountain
A full day to explore in the Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit Dove Lake, with its splendid mountain backdrop and scenic circuit walk. Explore bush walks where you can watch for wildlife including wombats, echidna, platypus and the elusive Tasmanian Devil.

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Activities: Options

Day 3 - Cradle Mountain to Strahan
Traveling directly to Strahan this morning arrive in time to join an optional West Coast Wilderness Railway trip to Queenstown (return by coach). The historic 35 kilometre railway of tight curves and spectacular bridges clambers through rugged wilderness, dense Tasmanian rainforest and steep gorges. Heritage carriages are pulled by historic steam locomotives.

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Day 4 - Full day Strahan
Departing from the Strahan waterfront this morning take this 5 1/2 hour cruise into the World Heritage wilderness. Enjoy the fabulous scenery of Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River. Visit sites of significant ecological and historical importance and venture into some of the world's last remaining temperate rainforest.
After all this still have some time this afternoon to relax around Strahan.

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Day 5 - Strahan to Hobart
Opportunities today to enjoy short walks and side trips along the route to Hobart. Visit Nelson Falls, The Franklin River Nature Trail and call into Lake St Clair. Allow some time for a stroll to Russell Falls in the Mt Field National Park and visit the mighty swamp gums.

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Day 6  - Full day Hobart
Visit the notorious historic penal settlement at Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula for an insight in the plight of European convicts sent so far from home for often trifling crimes. Explore the highlights of Hobart including the city harbour with its restored warehouses at Salamanca Place that now house galleries, shop and restaurants. Alternatively take a cruise today to Peppermint Bay for fabulous coastal scenery and a delicious lunch.

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Day 7 - Hobart to Freycinet National Park
Pass through coastal settlements and fishing ports, with views across to Maria Island, as you make your way north east to Freycinet National Park. A stunning mix of rugged peaks, Long sandy beaches and crystal clear waters await you at the end of today's journey.

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Day 8 - Full day Freycinet National Park
Walking trails within the park take you to breathtaking lookouts, rocky outcrops, secluded beaches and charming small bays. See the iconic Wineglass Bay, the granite peaks of Mt Amos and the secluded Hazards Beach.
Take a dolphin spotting cruise or a cruise and hike combination.

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Day 9 - Freycinet to Launceston
Return to Launceston today taking in some of the highlights of the Heritage Highway. Visit charming villages, where convict labour was used to turn staging posts into permanent townships through the construction of picturesque bridges and buildings.
Cottages, town squares, stone churches, old storefronts and hotels help retain the atmosphere of a bygone era.
Finish the day in Launceston.

Accommodation: Options
Day  10 - Time in Launceston today subject to flight departure.
 

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