TAS – Blend of cultural city and secluded coastal luxury stays
Commence with 2 nights in Hobart, at the boutique Islington Hotel exploring Hobart and surrounds with a full day private food and wine tour. Travel up the coast to Avalon Coastal Retreat for 3 days of secluded luxury on the Freycinet coast, a sea kayaking tour is included to explore the region from the water.
Days 1 – 3
With the River Derwent at its heart, Mount Wellington rising above it and dramatic settler history behind it, Hobart is arguably Australia’s most distinctive city.
Tasmania’s capital is a pocket-sized modern metropolis but enjoys the tranquillity of a city from a bygone era: its European beginnings are evident everywhere, from quaint settlers’ cottages to the lofty porches of colonial mansions. Once bustling with whalers and entrepreneurs, 19th-century sandstone warehouses now serve as dockside cafes, artist’s studios and restaurants, where you can enjoy excellent cuisine and fine wines.
The area surrounding Hobart is rich with landscapes and experiences, including the Coal River Valley wineries and Australia’s most famous convict heritage site, Port Arthur.
Included in your 3 days here is:
- 1 x full day tour of Tasmania’s premier food and wine
Get a real sense of Hobart with the following experiences:
- Salamanca Market is a must if you are in town on a Saturday
- Explore the many local galleries and museum
- Take a trip to Port Arthur to explore this historic site
- Join a Cascade Brewery Tour
Whilst in Hobart, 2 nights accommodation has been included at The Islington Hotel
The Islington Hotel is a boutique retreat offering history, style and stunning gardens. It also enjoys some of the city’s finest views of Mt Wellington. Built in Regency style in 1847, it was one of the first houses to occupy the Davey Street dress circle of Hobart, an exclusive address highly regarded in what was then a class-conscious town. Today, the property has been restored to combine contemporary sophistication with its heritage elegance.
East Coast & Freycinet
The East Coast is famous for the Bay of Fires: the sea is aqua, and deserted shell-strewn beaches stretch for kilometres. House-sized granite boulders reddened by lichens are polished smooth by waves that thump and sigh as they crumple onto the shore.
Just before the small fishing town of Bicheno, is the Douglas-Apsley National Park, a landscape of rugged river gorges, waterfalls and gently flowing rivers. Nearby is spectacular Freycinet National Park, with Coles Bay at its entrance overlooking crystal-clear Oyster Bay, an ideal place for diving, snorkelling, kayaking, boating and fishing. The park is dominated by the pink granite of the Hazards Mountains and best known for the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay.
The produce of the region is legendary: expect the best in oysters, walnuts, olives and, of course, fresh fish.
Included in your time at Avalon Coastal Retreats is:
- 3 hour sea kayak adventure
Get a real sense of this region with these other following experiences:
- Winglass Bay Cruise
- Freycinet Marine Farm tour with oyster sampling
- Quadbike tour of Freycinet National Park
- Wine Tasting at Freycinet Vineyard
- Scenic flight over the Freycinet Coast
Whilst at the East Coast & Freycinet, 3 nights accommodation has been included at Avalon Coastal Retreat
At Avalon you will wake to the ever changing glorious pre-dawn light. Crimson, red, purple and orange colours wash the sky and Great Oyster Bay. Plan your day or don’t plan your day – just let it evolve. You can simply sit and read the interesting books from the Avalon collection, swim at the secluded beach at the bottom of the path, go fishing, walking, collect shells or – head to Swansea or Freycinet to enjoy the splendor of the east coast.
We recommend travel to these regions all year round.
As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.
Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.
Avalon Coastal Retreat
3 nights stay at Avalon Coastal Retreat on a self contained basis
3 hour sea kayaking tour – The Freycinet Paddle (on a small group basis)