Day 1: Tasmania Sample Deluxe Itinerary
Hobart, Salamanca Place, the Waterfront, St David’s Park, Battery Point Walking Tour.
Salamanca Place and St David’s Park.
Explore Salamanca Place and the waterfront. There are many excellent galleries, gift and curiosity shops housed in the restored whaling warehouses of Salamanca Place. The warehouses were built in the early 1800’s, back in the days when whales ventured into the Derwent Estuary and Hobart was a thriving whaling port.
At the north end of Salamanca Place are the Houses of Parliament, the seat of Tasmania’s State Government. Directly opposite the Houses of Parliament are the Supreme Law Courts, and beside the Courts is the lovely St David’s Park.
St David’s Park is situated on the site of the first cemetery for the colony of Hobart Town, and has many of the tombstones of the first settlers, as well as those of some settlers who arrived on the First Fleet in 1788. The fine old trees and the landscaping make the park well worth visiting.
Kelly’s Steps lead from the southern end of Salamanca Place to the narrow, winding streets of historic Battery Point and are a reminder that the seafarers who worked from the waterfront had homes just nearby.
Hampden Road winds its way through antique shops, coffee houses and colonial cottages. Arthur’s Circus, with its 16 cottages from the 1800’s set around a central green, evokes the mood of last century.
Your confirmed itinerary will have full details for a self guided walk around this fascinating historical precinct.
Mt Wellington (Well worth the drive if the top of the mountain is not in cloud).
We suggest a drive (self or driver/guide) up a picturesque back road (approximately 20 minutes from downtown Hobart) to the summit of Mt Wellington (1,270 metres, 4,166 feet high) for panoramic views of Hobart, the Derwent Valley and the south of Tasmania. Full driving instructions will be in your confirmed itinerary, as will directions for a self guided scenic walks on the slopes of the mountain.
The Eating Establishments of the Wharf Area.
There are many restaurants in and around the wharf area of Salamanca Place and in Battery Point. Some cater to the coach tour crowd, but when we are in Hobart, we find certain places to be where the locals and travelers in the know like to eat. When we book your accommodation, we will have information on the better places to eat and can help you with selection. Your final itinerary will include specific restaurants and reservation information.
Accommodation – Tasmania Sample Custom Itinerary.
Accommodation is included in a beautifully restored apartment right in the heart of Historic Battery Point. The building in which it is housed built back in the early colonial days of the 1800’s, and the owners have done it up with modern amenities, but have kept a feel for the dimensions of the original building to make a most comfortable, centrally located accommodation. Laundry facilities are available on site.
Day 2: Tasmania Sample Deluxe Itinerary
Self Drive Tour (or with driver/guide) to the Derwent Valley.
Drive to New Norfolk.
Leaving Hobart, drive to New Norfolk. Driving time is about 40 minutes.
The Township of New Norfolk.
Settled in the early 1800’s, New Norfolk is a pretty, historic township on the banks of the Derwent River, 35 kilometres (20 miles) upriver from Hobart. Suggest a stop at the Oast House, a renovated hop kiln dating back from the turn of the Century. The Oast House contains a craft market and the Hop Museum. Breakfast and lunch is available 7 days a week.
Drive to Mt Field National Park.
From New Norfolk drive to National Park. Driving time is about 40 minutes.
Mount Field National Park and Russell Falls.
The Mt. Field National Park is one of the oldest in Australia, being proclaimed early in the 1900’s.
Just inside the entrance to the Park, a short 15 minute walk from the road, the spectacular Russell Falls are reached by way of a well maintained track (handicapped access) that leads through the old growth rainforest and groves of man-ferns.
Drive to Hamilton.
From National Park drive into Hamilton. Driving time is about 40 minutes.
The Township of Hamilton.
In the heart of the Derwent Valley is the historic township of Hamilton. Originally one of the stage coach stops on main West Coast road, it is now a sleepy hamlet of fine colonial buildings set among farmland.
Glen Clyde House.
Stop in Hamilton and visit Glen Clyde House, circa 1840, for the opportunity to purchase quality Tasmanian made handcrafted products by over 120 leading Tasmanian craft workers. Glen Clyde House has been the winner of Tasmanian Tourism Awards for many years, as well as winner of the Australian Tourism Award of Excellence. Tea, coffee and snacks are available.
Return to Hobart.
Continue south through the Derwent Valley through New Norfolk and along the Derwent Estuary and return to Hobart. Driving time from Hamilton to Hobart is about 1 hour.
Accommodation is included again in Battery Point.
Day 3: Tasmania Sample Deluxe Itinerary
Self Drive Touring (or driver/guide) to Richmond, the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur.
Drive to Richmond. From Hobart cross the Tasman Bridge and drive into Richmond. Driving time from Hobart to Richmond is about 30 minutes.
The Historic Township of Richmond.
Richmond was first settled in the early 1800’s, immediately after Hobart was established. It quickly became a centre for farming and an important stop on the way to and from Port Arthur, though the Richmond Jail, in fact, predates the penal settlement on the Tasman Peninsula.
Richmond boasts some of the best Tasmanian hand crafted ware, including garments hand made from local properties and wood turned by Tasmanian Artisans. The Saddler’s Court Gallery, in particular, is worth a visit.
Drive to the Tasman Peninsula and Eaglehawk Neck.
From Richmond drive east across the Richmond Bridge and follow the road to Eaglehawk Neck.
Eaglehawk Neck, The Blowhole, The Devils Kitchen, Tasman’s Arch.
At Eaglehawk Neck turn east and drive to the incredible coastal formations at the Blowhole, Tasman’s Arch and the Devils Kitchen.
Waterfall Bay Walk.
There is a delightful 1-hour round trip walk to Waterfall Bay from the car park. The track passes along the edges of the cliffs and the views are spectacular. There will be full details on the walk in your final itinerary.
Drive to Accommodation.
From Eaglehawk Neck continue to your accommodation.
Accommodation – Tasmania Sample Custom Itinerary.
You will stay in an individual cottage with views over Strewarts Bay and the surrounding bushland.
Restaurant Options in the Port Arthur/ Eaglehawk Neck Area.
Your confirmed itinerary will have detail as to restaurant options available around the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Eaglehawk Neck area.
Your complete itinerary will present your trip in the style of the above.