Food & Flowers – Departing on 9th October 2018
(9 Days/8 Nights)
DAY 1 – Tuesday (D): Depart from Warrnambool to Tullamarine where we will fly from Melbourne to Launceston. We will meet and board the luxury 5 star touring coach and travel into the city of Launceston. Enjoy a short city orientation tour and a visit to the beautiful Cataract Gorge with its cliff-side gardens, peacocks, pools, suspension footbridge and one of the longest single span chairlifts in the world. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax before dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2 – Wednesday (BLD): Explore the nearby Longford/Evandale area stopping at World Heritage Woolmers Estate – a 19th century once working farm estate and outstanding rose garden. We visit the Tasmania Gourmet Source company where we will enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch along with tastings to suit the tastes of the chilli lover to the sweet tooth! Our final garden at the beautiful Strathmore, a colonial estate with extensive gardens overlooking Lockmaben Lake.
DAY 3 – Thursday (BD): We explore the Tamar Valley and River through cool climate vineyards, orchards and hamlets to historic George Town. We pass through Grindelwald village with its alpine style houses and unusual wood carvings. We visit Seahorse World before exploring the Gold Mine and Heritage Centre at Beaconsfield, site of the miraculous mine rescue. View the replicas of “Norfolk” and whale boat “Elizabeth” together with famous martiime artefacts at the Bass & Flinders centre; inc some beautifully worked quilts depicting imaginative scenes. See the maritime museum and pilot station which was est in 1805 and still operating today.
DAY 4 – Friday (BD): We travel along the Bass Highway, visting the historic home of Entally House, built in 1819 containing a magnificent collection of regency furniture and fine silver surrounded by superb gardens and Australia’s oldest conservatory. Visit Yarns Artwork in Silk, and spend time in a private garden before visting Anvers Chocolates to sample some hand made treats!
DAY 5 – Saturday (BD): This morning we visit Wynyard and spend more of the day enjoying the sights and sounds of the Bloomin’ Tulip Festival. The whole town embraces all things “tulip” and a wonderful country fair is held on the banks of the Inglis River. Spend the morning soaking up the atmosphere before travelling to Table Cape and visting Van Dieman Quality Bulbs. This is the farm that started it all and features row upon row of brightly coloured tulips. Surrounded by rich farm land and views over Bass Straight, it’s a photographers dream!
DAY 6 – Sunday (BD): After breakfast, visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens. The gardens are home to a magnificent display of over 20,000 rhododendrons and other plants set on 13 hectares and will be in peak flowering season in October. Next we travel to Wynyard and visit a very special garden which focuses on Tasmanian edible plants. The garden is owned by author Rees Campbell who is passionate about all things Tasmanian and will give us a fascinating insight into Tasmanian bush food. Whilst in Wynyard visit the Wonder of Wynyard car museum which houses the equal oldest Ford in the world.
DAY 7 – Monday (BLD): Today learn about the fascinating history of the Van Diemens Land Co with a visit to its original property “Woolnorth Farm”, situated on the far North West tip of Tasmania. Admire the views over the outer islands from Cape Grim and breathe the purest air in the world! Visit the roaring 40’s wind farm and enjoy lunch before travelling to the historic village of Stanley nestling at the foot of an ancient volcanic core known as “The Nut”. Enjoy a guided tour through Highfield House, the historical headquarters of the early Van Diemans land Co. and explore the quaint town with its terraces and chairlift access to the top of The Nut (ride is optional and own expense).
DAY 8 – Tuesday (BLD): Today is one for the foodies as we eat our way back to Launceston. Sample cheese, chocolate, wine, berries, salmon, ginseng and so much more! Morning tea and lunch is included, featuring all Tasmanian produce. It’s also a great opportunity to grab some yummy treats to take home. On arrival in Launceston, collapse into a food coma before our final farewell dinner.
DAY 9 – Wednesday (B): Enjoy some free time in the city before transfer to the Launceston airport and your flight home.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
TOUR COST – TWIN SHARE $3910pp; SINGLE $4670pp
$500 deposit due 15th June 2018
Full amount due 27th July 2018
Please note payment made on card with credit incur a 1.5% fee
- Luxury coach with climate control, DVD player and seat belts
- Experienced Coach Captain
- All transfers, flights and accommodation
- All admissions and meals as listed
- From 15th June to 7 days prior to tour date, we will refund all recoverable monies from stake holders less $250 administration fee.
- Less than 7 days prior to tour date, NO refund given
- We strongly recommend that passengers consider taking out travel insurance.
- We reserve the right to change or alter the itinerary should circumstance make it necessary.
For all bookings and enquiries phone Belinda on 5562 1866