A Christian Tour Leader throughout the holiday
Return Economy Airfares
Quality hotel accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees
Luggage assistance at hotels
Journey with purpose as you explore the stunning beauty of Tasmania in the Springtime. Enjoy the profusion of colour of the traditional “English gardens” where plantings of rhododendrons and azaleas offer a mass of bloom. Experience the glory of God’s Creation through this cultivated beauty as well as the island’s pristine wilderness areas.
Engage with BCA staff doing God’s work here in Tasmania. Enjoy fun and fellowship and a truly memorable holiday as you travel with like-minded people.
Get ready to put a spring in your step and some Spring in your soul when we visit Tasmania. We fly into historic Hobart, the Island State’s scenic capital, to be met and welcomed by our CFT Christian Tour Leader. Get to know your fellow travelers as we come together to share our first group dinner.
Today, we leave the city behind and travel to Southern Tasmania’s rugged interior. We will return to Hobart later in our holiday but for now one of the world’s great wildernesses beckons. This is an almost uninhabited landscape of lakes, majestic rivers, waterfalls, gorges, and 1000-year-old trees. We travel to the Mount Field National Park, one of Tasmania’s oldest National Parks, where a short stroll will bring us to Russell Falls. Visit beautiful Lake St Clair before we travel to Derwent Bridge for lunch. Be amazed by the Wall in the Wilderness, 100 metres of carved timber depicting the history of the highlands. We continue westward through the moonscape scenery of Queenstown and then onto the coast where we’ll stay for three nights at Strahan.
This morning we cruise to Macquarie Harbour and Hells Gate, on the mighty Gordon River.
We will enjoy a superb buffet lunch which is included before we step back in time to our convict past with a walking tour of Sarah Island. This afternoon you will be free to relax and wander Strahan at leisure. Tonight before dinner we will enjoy a show called “The Ship that never was”, a highly entertaining performance that bring history to life as you learn the fate of Sarah Island convicts.
This morning’s excursion on the West Coast Wilderness Railway takes us on a relaxing steam train journey from Strahan Harbour, along the foreshore and then follows the river deep into the rainforest. From fabulous harbour views and stunning rainforest to the engineering marvel of the original iron bridge this is an experience that is sure to be enjoyed by all.
We depart Strahan this morning and travel through the rugged wilderness of the West Coast to the famous Cradle Mountain. This magnificent glaciated landscape is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A local bus will take us to Dove Lake where we will enjoy the majestic setting and conduct our own worship service. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday, being surrounded by the awesome beauty of God’s Creation.
Overnight: Cradle Mountain
Following the beautiful craggy coastline, our route today takes us to Table Cape near Wynyard where we will visit Table Top Tulip Farm to admire the colourful blooms. Enjoy linch at Annsleigh Garden & Café before travelling to Devenport via Penguin and Ulverstone – if we’re lucky we may spot some actual penguins along the way. The highway route affords us unparalleled views of Bass Strait. The undulating countryside near the coast is an interesting patchwork of farms. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery so reminiscent of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road as we travel to Devonport.
We travel through Latrobe to the unique town of Sheffield the town of murals before we travel through the lovely Tamar River Valley to Beaconsfield. Whilst here we will visit the Beaconsfield mining museum and learn more about the famous 2006 rescue of the trapped miners. After lunch we will visit Seahorse World and the Platypus House at Beauty Point before travelling onto the gracious city of Launceston where we will stay for the next 2 nights.
Our day starts with a cruise in the breathtakingly beautiful Cataract Gorge followed by a chairlift ride over the Gorge itself. From here we will travel to the fertile Midlands area south of Launceston; largely settled by the colonial gentry elegant mansions were built on their estates in an attempt to re-create rural England. We will see a good example of this when we visit historic Entally House, a beautifully preserved country residence, built in 1819. Returning to Launceston you will have some free time to enjoy the city, as our motel is right in the heart of the shopping precinct. Why not take a stroll through Princes Square, a serene old park surrounded by Georgian churches, or walk from nearby John Street to the Town Hall and view some very imposing bank buildings.
Our first stop this morning is Bridestowe Lavender Farm, where we hope to see (and smell) the first flowers of the season. Today is a day of delightful scenery as we drive through beautiful forested countryside towards Tasmania’s East Coast. This area is the island’s premier seaside destination as it boasts a mild, sunny climate, some of Australia’s most exquisite coastal scenery, historic sites, and a hinterland of peaks, gorges, waterfalls and forests. What more could we ask for? We’ll travel through lush rainforest and the Weldborough Pass en route to St Helens and the spectacular coastal Freycinet National Park before we journey onto tonight’s destination of Bicheno.
We travel south today, crossing the convict built ‘spiky’ bridge. Natural wonders abound as we enjoy a tour to the Tasman Peninsula and Tasman Arch, seeing the Blowhole and the Devil’s Kitchen before we arrive in historic Port Arthur.
Overnight: Port Arthur
Port Arthur is Tasmania’s most popular tourist attraction, and one of Australia’s most significant historic sites. We visit the Port Arthur historic site today and join an easy walking tour of this important penal settlement with its imposing sandstone prison buildings set in 40 hectares of spectacular landscaping. Learn more about the real lives of those imprisoned here as we take a cruise on the harbour to the Isle of the Dead.
Once again, we arrive in the historic city of Hobart but this time, we can enjoy a more thorough exploration of the Capital.
A short orientation tour before we check back into our hotel which will be home for the next 3 nights. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner with Jamie & Claire Bester to learn more about BCA and the work they are doing to spread God’s Word in Tasmania.
After lunch, it’s just a short run into Hobart via Richmond, a charming town which features Australia’s oldest bridge.
This morning we enjoy worship with Chris & Naomi Duff from BCA and afterwards we will visit the fascinating Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. This multi award winning Rescue Center offers up-close viewings of endangered native wildlife – time to say hello to a Tassie Devil (just don’t get too close!) This afternoon our tour will highlight some of the city sights as we drive to the summit of the majestic Mt Wellington and enjoy glorious views overlooking Hobart.
Hobart’s history is well preserved with whole areas of 19th Century Georgian sandstone buildings, and rows of Federation weatherboard houses in the surrounding hilly streets. We discover the untold stories of Australia’s female convicts on a visit to the Cascades Female Factory. From here we drive on to the Huon Valley to enjoy lunch at an apple distillery/orchard. Delightful!
We fly home this morning feeling blessed. We give thanks for a holiday full of fellowship and fun, incredible sights and memorable experiences that have been shared with new friends.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|SYDNEY||Sydney International Airport||$6,795||$7,895|
|MELBOURNE||Melbourne International Airport||$6,795||$7,895|
|BRISBANE||Brisbane International Airport||$6,795||$7,895|
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