James Cox's Clarendon Estate, Tasmania

National Trust Tour - Colonial Tasmania

Sunday 25 October - Tuesday 3 November, 2015 - 10 days, 9 nights

Overview of Macquarie's Grand Tour

We begin our 10-day journey in Launceston and explore this northern headquarters of Colonial Tasmania. We explore the Tamar Valley and the colonial buildings at Port Dalrymple. Journeying along the east coast we enjoy a night penquin tour and follow in the footsteps of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie along the Heritage Highway visiting towns, such as Ross and Oatlands.

Then to Port Arthur to see the old penitentiary. We continue to Richmond to walk across the oldest bridge in Australia, followed by an exploration of Tasmania's capital city - Hobart. We continue into the central wilderness areas to be impressed by the landscapes. A visit to Macquarie Harbour, followed by a journey to Stanley's Circular Head.

We arrive at the area of the Norfolk plains to explore the towns of Longford, Evandale, Perth and Hadspen. There we enjoy a celebratory colonial dinner before returning to Sydney the following day.

Tour's Focus

Journeying the historic route between Hobart and Launceston over 10 days

Colonial Tasmania - in the footsteps of the Macquaries
It’s one of the most fascinating islands on earth, richly endowed with a variety of wilderness and pastoral landscapes, a sobering climate and a personal history to match.
Once known for its remote penal settlements and harsh environment, it attracted colonial settlers with the promise of free land grants issued by the government. Denigrated for wiping out its indigenous peoples and animal species such as the Thylacine (the Tasmanian Tiger), its wilderness now attracts walkers from all over the world. If you enjoy Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, good food, great natural scenery and tales of the old days, then this island will delight you.
Throughout the 10-day journey there will be ample opportunity for discussion and sharing of experiences, which is an essential part of a tour, both group and individual.

We'll be following in the footsteps of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie's two tours of Van Diemen's Land, in 1811 and in 1821.

$2,950 National Trust members.
$3,290 non-members (per person twin-share)
Single Supplement: $690
$350 non-refundable deposit required when booking.

The Heritage Highway Route
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Full ITINERARY for Macquarie's Grand Colonial Tasmania Tour

This itinerary requires a return flight to Launceston. This is your responsibility.

We include only the land-based section of the 10 DAY itinerary.

  • Begin at: Sydney - fly to Launceston, Tasmania.
  • End at: Launceston - fly to Sydney, NSW.
Macquarie's Grand Colonial Tasmanian Itinerary: 10 days
  • Day 1. SUN 25 OCTOBER: ARRIVAL, LAUNCESTON HISTORIC WALK
    Tour members will be met at Launceston Airport around 2.00pm. From there we begin our 10-day journey with a walking tour of Launceston. Tonight we meet for a light welcome dinner.
    ACCOMMODATION: Pennyroyal Hotel ( AT, D)
  • Day 2. MON 26 OCTOBER: LAUNCESTON & TAMAR VALLEY HISTORIC TRAIL
    We explore the historic Port Dalrymple: Grindelwald, Beauty Point - (Platypus World Seahorse World), Mt. George Lookout, George Town, Low head Pilot Station, Low Head Lighthouse. Cataract Gorge (optional).
    ACCOMMODATION: Pennyroyal Hotel (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 3. TUE 27 OCTOBER: TASMANIA'S EAST COAST
    Franklin House (N.T.), Scottsdale, St Helen's. We explore Tasmania’s superb east coast: Scamander, Bicheno, Penguin night tour.
    ACCOMMODATION: Beachfront Motel (Bicheno) (B, MT, L, AT, D)
  • Day 4. WED 28 OCTOBER: HERITAGE HIGHWAY & TASMAN PENINSULA
    We travel along the route established by Governor Macquarie in 1811 and visit some of the towns and places he named. Cleveland, Campbell Town, Ross, Oatlands, Sorrell, Copping, Dunalley, Eaglehawk Neck, Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen.
    ACCOMMODATION: Fox and Hounds Inn (Port Arthur) (B, MT, L, AT, D)
  • Day 5. THU 29 OCTOBER: PORT ARTHUR
    A tour of Port Arthur, the world-famous colonial penitentiary. Coal Mines Historic site. To Richmond to visit Australia’s oldest bridge. To Hobart, the colonial capital.
    ACCOMMODATION: Heritage listed Lenna of Hobart, Salamanca Place (B, MT, L, AT, D)
  • Day 6. FRI 30 OCTOBER: HOBART HISTORIC TOUR
    Tour of Hobart: includes Penitentiary Chapel (N.T.), Runnymede (N.T.), Cascades Female Factory, MONA (optional)
    ACCOMMODATION: Lenna of Hobart (B)
  • Day 7. SAT 31 OCTOBER: CENTRAL WILDERNESS
    New Norfolk, Russell Falls, Tarraleah, Lake St Clair, Queenstown. We travel in the general direction which Sir John and Lady Franklin took to journey across the wilderness region in 1842. We will be impressed by the landscape the early travellers encountered.
    ACCOMMODATION: (Queenstown) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 8. SUN 1 NOVEMBER: MACQUARIE HARBOUR
    Strahan, Cruise to Sarah Island - a truly memorable cruise on Macquarie Harbour, deep in the wilderness of the island’s west coast. Convict boatbuilding, Zeehan, Rosebery, Cradle Valley, Waldheim Chalet.
    ACCOMMODATION: (Cradle Valley) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 9. MON 2 NOVEMBER: HISTORIC NORTHWEST
    Wynyard, Stanley, The Nut, Lyons Cottage, Boat Harbour, Deloraine, Longford.
    ACCOMMODATION: (Longford or Launceston) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 10. TUE 3 NOVEMBER: NORFOLK PLAINS VILLAGES
    Evandale and James Cox's Clarendon Estate (N.T.). Launceston Airport for an afternoon flight to Sydney. (B, MT, L, AT)
    AT LAUNCESTON – Tour members will be transferred to Launceston airport for return flights.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    N.B. Time permitting, we will visit as many of these sites as possible. Itinerary may be altered due to time available and other circumstances.
    N.B. Accommodation may change due to availability
    B = Breakfast, MT = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
    N.T. = National Trust
  • FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT
    David Smith at Travel on Capri
    1800 679 066
    or sales@traveloncapri.com.au

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Our Take:
This tour gives you a fascinating insight into the lives and aspirations of Tasmania's colonial peoples. Includes four fascinating National trust properties. Travelling through the landscape shows us the challenges and the rewards faced by both convicts and settlers. Tasmania has one of the largest groupings of Georgian era buildings outside of England. The walking tours add to your appreciation of contemporary and colonial life in Tasmania.