6-14 October 2018
$4075 Per Person Twin Share ex Auckland and Christchurch
$730 Single Supplement
A Go See Touring Special Event
Day 1 – Saturday 06 October 2018 Depart Melbourne/Adelaide/Sydney Brisbane/Auckland/Christchurch – Arrive Launceston
Be greeted by your friendly coach captain on arrival in Launceston. Transfer to our accommodation for the next three nights. Country Club Tasmania is nestled amongst 300 acres of parkland, lakes and rolling paddocks yet only minutes from Launceston CBD. The resort offers a choice of spacious guest rooms all with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and in-house movies. Guests enjoy free access to the health club, including an indoor pool, spa and sauna, squash and tennis courts plus use Country Club facilities, including the championship 18-hole golf course and driving range. Dinner tonight is own arrangements as people are arriving from different ports at different times. Accommodation: Country Club Casino or similar (3 Nights)
Day 2 – Sunday 07 October 2018 (B, D) Launceston City Sights/Croquet at Northern Tasmania Croquet Centre
This morning enjoy a city sights tour around Launceston and the magnificent Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension foot bridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world (ride is optional and own expense). Stroll in City Park and the John Hart Conservatory noted for displays of begonias, cyclamens and other hot house blooms. Lunch today is own arrangements. This afternoon will be social play with the friendly Launceston players at the Northern Tasmania Croquet Centre. A welcome dinner will be held for the group tonight at your hotel.
Day 3 – Monday 08 October 2018 (B, D) Woolmers/Longford/Social Croquet Play
After breakfast today the group will explore the nearby Longford / Evandale area with our first stop being the World Heritage Woolmers Estate. Wander around and soak up the essence of 19th century Tasmanian life on a once working farm estate and admire their outstanding Rose Garden which represents one of the finest collections of historic roses in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the historic village of Evandale full of beautiful heritage buildings and famous for the Glover Art Prize and the National Penny Farthing Championships. Lunch today is own arrangements. This afternoon will another fun afternoon’s croquet play with some local players at either the Northern Tasmania Croquet Centre or another local club. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Day 4 – Tuesday 09 October 2018 (B, L, D) Tamar Valley/Beaconsfield/St Helens
This morning we tour the picturesque Tamar Valley to the Mine & Heritage Museum in the gold mining town of Beaconsfield - site of the mine disaster and miraculous rescue. Cross the unique A-frame Batman Bridge and travel to Barnbougle. Our lunch venue is located near the seaside village of Bridport in Tasmania's North-East and their dining room is perched atop a coastal dune with spectacular views of the world renown golf course and coastline. Visit Legerwood and view the War Memorial Tree Carvings, honouring the fallen soldiers of the region. Cross Weldborough Pass through the myrtle rainforest before descending to the East Coast at St. Helens and our overnight accommodation is at Tidal Waters. Tidal Waters enjoys a perfect waterfront setting surrounded by three hectares of natural lagoons and gardens. Looking out at the bay, you can enjoy an amazing range of birdlife. The elegant guest rooms on two floors, each have sea or garden views. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. Accommodation: Tidal Waters St Helens or similar (1 Night)
Day 5 – Wednesday 10 October 2018 (B, L D) Bicheno/East Coast/Hobart
Travel this morning beside the Tasman Sea and tour through the fishing and holiday village of Bicheno, viewing the ‘Gulch’ fishing harbour and the ocean blowhole. Continue on to the picturesque Freycinet National Park with its jagged pink granite peaks, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Enjoy the views from Cape Tourville before following the Tasman Highway to Swansea for lunch. Ponder the convict built, enigmatic Spiky Bridge then follow the Prosser River valley through Buckland and Cambridge to cross the picturesque Derwent River into the city of Hobart and our accommodation for the next four nights. Wrest Point Casino is only minutes from the centre of Hobart on the waterfront at Sandy Bay. Rooms overlook the river or stately Mt Wellington and the hotel offers a choice of restaurants, free Wi-Fi, day spa and water transfers from the pier into central Hobart. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Accommodation: Wrest Point Hotel Casino or similar (4 Nights)
Day 6 – Thursday 11 October 2018 (B) Hobart/Richmond/Croquet at New Town Club
A relaxed morning around the city of Hobart includes historic Battery Point, Salamanca Place, Constitution Docks and the waterfront. Enjoy some quiet moments in Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens, vibrant with colours and blooms. Tour Mt. Wellington (weather permitting) for panoramic views of the city and estuary before crossing the Derwent to the historic village of Richmond. Here you may view the spire of Australia’s oldest Catholic Church from beneath the arch of Australia's oldest stone bridge still in use. Wander the streets of this delightful Georgian town and discover the arts and crafts, bakeries and tea rooms. Lunch is own arrangements. This afternoon will be social croquet play at the New Town club with members from that club. Returning to Hobart late this afternoon dinner tonight is own arrangements.
Day 7 – Friday 12 October 2018 (B, L, D) Huon Valley/Tahune Airwalk/Croquet at Kingston Club
Today tour the lovely beautiful 'Huon Trail' which takes you through the Huon Valley and D'Entrecasteaux Channel, a region of waterways & wilderness, art, craft & heritage, apple blossom and vineyards. Walk high above the forest canopy and share the lives of the forest giants at Tahune Airwalk. The walkway finishes at a cantilevered platform, high above the riverbanks with views that extend to the mountains of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. Return to Hobart for an afternoon’s social croquet play with the members at the Kingston Club.
Day 8 – Saturday 13 October 2018 (B, D) Salamanca Markets/Port Arthur
As it is Saturday morning, take the opportunity to explore the famous Salamanca open-air market with its bustle and buskers, colour and excitement. Then travel via Sorell Causeway and Midway Point to the Tasman Peninsula. Take in magnificent views from the look-out above picturesque Eaglehawk Neck and Pirates Bay before continuing to the Port Arthur Convict Settlement. Within the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds lies a rich history of Australia’s convict past. Included in the entry is a guided walking tour, a short Harbour Cruise, access to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Gallery as well as more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored gardens and houses; explore as you wish before departing the historic site to tour beside Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays back to Hobart. This evening take in the views of the Tasman Bridge, Mount Wellington and the majestic River Derwent as the group ends the week with a farewell dinner at The Point revolving restaurant at your hotel.
Day 9 – Sunday 14 October 2018 (B) Depart Hobart – Arrive Melbourne/Adelaide/Sydney/Brisbane/Auckland/Christchurch
Breakfast at the hotel this morning and time at leisure until transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Standard checkout time applies today.