Tasmania is a place that is best explored like a local. Wine and dine your way through Tassie, sampling the finest local produce, home grown wine, whiskey and gin, all of which is brought to life by the charismatic locals. Explore the pristine natural wilderness, uncover the unique history and immerse yourself in the must-see highlights.
This trip is part of Insight Vacations' Local Escapes, a selection of local journeys that feature a max of 22 guests, staggered seating on the coach and the potential to have a double seat if travelling solo. Insight Vacations has new measures in place to allow for comfortable physical distancing all while guests explore close to home.
Day 1 - Welcome to Hobart
Your driver meets you at Hobart airport and transfers you to your hotel. Later, travel to New Norfolk following the River Derwent to the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery for your tasty three-course lunch. The restaurant is housed in the town’s historic, former asylum offering vast spaces, large windows and high ceilings and it has become a celebration of local, seasonal produce. Farmers and fishermen provide the high-quality ingredients, the kitchen works its magic, and these, combined with friendly local service create a beautiful and unique dining experience. Next, explore the Hobart area with Insight Choice. Visit the Derwent Estate and sample their signature wines at the historic Limestone cottage cellar door. Alternatively, visit the iconic Museum of New and Old Art, a privately funded collection by David Walsh. Take your time wandering among the unusual exhibits, hear an overview of the various artworks and catch a ferry back to Hobart at your leisure. Tonight, you are free to further explore Hobart.
Day 2 - Bruny Island
An early start today to travel to Bruny Island for a seven-course gourmet day tour of the Island. Admire the spectacular scenery, spot wildlife and discover deserted beaches. Indulge in artisan cheeses, fresh oysters, handmade morning tea, homemade fudge, locally harvested honey and Tasmanian whiskey or gin. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Australia’s southernmost vineyard. Return to Hobart after your adventurous day and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner in one of the city’s favourite restaurants.
Day 3 - Wineries and Freycinet National Park
Enjoy an orientation tour of Hobart and see the historic Cascade Brewery, admire the city panorama from Mt Nelson and stroll around the quaint streets of Battery Point. Cross the River Derwent and travel through valleys and past the Rocky Hills to Craigie Knowe Winery, the East Coast’s oldest winery. This family run enterprise continues the vision of founder John Austwick, who planted the first vines in 1979. Sample their wines and enjoy lunch before moving on to nearby Spring Vale Vineyard. Run by the 5th generation of the Lyne family, the vineyard is primarily known for their Pinot Noir, however you’ll get to taste a variety of drops at their historic cellar door. Settle into your hotel in the heart of Freycinet National Park, enjoy your hotel’s facilities or walk to nearby Honeymoon Beach. Join your fellow travellers for a BBQ dinner as you take in the views over the magnificent Coles Bay.
Day 4 - Inland Adventures
Your first stop this morning is Cape Tourville Lighthouse and lookout, offering remarkable coastal views. Visit quaint Bicheno, a popular holiday destination among locals. Choose between a wine or gin tasting at the Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre showcasing wines from all 25 East Coast vineyards, as well as Tasmanian whiskey and gin. Interestingly, they also operate as a post office and a retail gallery. Head inland past forest reserves and farmlands to riverside Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities with many Victorian and Georgian buildings. Stay at the unique Peppers Silo Hotel, a heritage former grain silo converted into sophisticated accommodation. Tonight, dine at the Homestead at Quamby Estate in the heart of the stunning Meander Valley, also the ancestral home of Tasmania’s first-born Premier, Sir Richard Dry. Meet your local hosts Emma and Chef Sarah and indulge in a three-course homecooked dinner.
Day 5 - Return to Hobart
This morning, Make Travel Matter as you visit the Lilydale Falls and join a Local Expert for a walk through native bushland and hear about plant regeneration, growing native trees and riverbank restoration. Journey through the Midlands and visit tranquil Ross, an idyllic village rich in colonial history. Walk amongst its buildings from Australia’s earliest years and cross its 19th century sandstone carved bridge. Continue to historic Shene Estate Distillery, home to Tasmania’s only triple distilled whiskey and embark on a tasting journey of whiskey and gin. Spending time at this property is truly a treat, as you’ll soak in the rich history and beauty while sipping on some of the highest quality whiskey produced. Return to Hobart and come together for a Celebration Dinner.
Day 6 - Farewell Hobart
This morning, your trip concludes after breakfast. Take your complimentary transfer to Hobart Airport for your onward journey.
✓ Insight Vacations have enhanced our existing hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.
✓ All Travel Directors and Drivers have been trained by their fully qualified Training Manager in well-being and hygiene protocols.
✓ Their Travel Directors are also trained to react and activate protocol should any unexpected issues arise on the trip.
✓ Physical distancing measures have been implemented on their customized luxury coaches.
✓ Hand sanitizer is freely available onboard for their guests to use throughout the day.
✓ They only work with establishments that we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which includes hotels, restaurants, sightseeing venues.
✓ Their operations and guest support teams are on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
✓ While sightseeing guests to be allowed immediate entry on arrival with no queuing.
✓ The venues Insight Vacations travels to all have physical distancing measures in all public areas.
✓ Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give.
✓ Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
✓ If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.