TAS – Culinary Journey
In this 4 day/3 night itinerary The Tailor has incorporated many unique Tasmanian gourmet experiences from boutique wineries, distilleries and breweries to oyster farms, cheese makers and ancient mills.
Begin in the Tamar Valley wine region complemented with Launceston’s renowned providores of artisan produce. Enjoy the charm of the Red Feather Inn before venturing south on an epicurean journey along the Heritage Highway. Make yourself comfortable at the Islington Hotel and explore Hobart followed by the Huon Valley.
This is the ultimate journey for the foodies, where you are able to get behind the scenes and meet the artisans producing some of Tasmania’s greatest delights from Launceston through to Hobart.
Launceston & Tamar Valley
You will be met at Launceston airport to commence your journey. Some of the highlights of the day include:
- Josef Chromy, a winery known for its excellent cool climate aromatic and sparkling wines.
- Through the Tamar Valley to Ninth Vineyard for tastings and a delicious gourmet lunch at Strathlyn Restaurant.
- Enjoy a beer lover’s tour and tasting at Boag’s brewery to unveil the secrets of beer making from one of Tasmania’s oldest and best breweries.
- Complete the afternoon browsing through Launceston’s renowned providores to discover some of Tasmania’s latest artisanal cheeses, hams, olives and chocolates just to name a few.
- Enjoy a magnificent dinner in the rustic surrounds of Red Feather Inn.
Whilst in Launceston, 1 nights accommodation has been included at The Red Feather Inn
The Red Feather is located in Hadspen just on the outskirts of Launceston. This charming inn, housed in convict built Georgian sandstone buildings is the perfect place to relax after a busy day.
Launceston to Hobart
After breakfast at The Red Feather Inn your guide will collect you to continue your gourmet explorations:
- Take a short stroll through Launceston to the scenic Cataract Gorge where the Tamar River forces its way through sheer rocky cliffs.
- Depart for Hobart via the Heritage Highway which follows the same route as horse-drawn coaches did in the colonial days. Towns along the way reflect the rich history of the pioneers, convicts and graziers who forged this land.
- Stop in Oatlands, a historic town with the finest collection of Georgian buildings in Australia. Do a tour of the 1837 Callington Mill which now grinds flour as it did nearly 200 years ago and sample some at the nearby bakery for morning tea.
- Continue south another charming historic town, Richmond with the oldest bridge in Australia, built by convict labour. Enjoy a stroll through the town and a light lunch at the Richmond Bakery before driving to the Coal River Valley Wine Region for a selection of wine tastings. Pooley Wines is a family owned and operated vineyard set in a beautiful heritage property well known for its Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Grigio. Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard where Peter and Ruth Althaus produce some of the finest Pinots and Cabernets in the French style. The winery is unique for both the style of its wines and for the fact that it uses only grapes they grow themselves at the vineyard.
- Continue to Barilla Bay Oyster Farm for a tour where you will understand how the oysters are farmed and the importance of Tasmania’s pristine water and environment. You will be able to sample some deliciously fresh oysters.
- This evening enjoy a delicious dinner at The Islingon
- After a hearty breakfast, immerse yourself in the morning buzz of Australia’s largest outdoor market, Salamanca Market (please note that Salamanca markets only operate on Saturday).
Whilst in Hobart, 2 night’s stay 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.
Hobart and surrounds
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at The Islingston prior to another full day of touring:
- It’s time for some serious indulgence with an exclusive programme at Lark Whisky Distillery. Mark Nicholson, who was involved in producing smallgoods at Hobart’s well-known Wursthaus Kitchen, will be your guide for the day. The first stop is at the original distillery near Hobart’s waterfront where you will be introduced to the history of Single Malt Whisky and the Lark Distillery. Then travel to the main distillery in the Coal River Valley for some insights into Scottish and Australian whisky-making, a comprehensive tasting and a Whisky & Haggis Lunch in the Distillery’s barrel store. After lunch Mark will give a presentation on local artist, Tom Samek’s floor installations at the Meadowbank Winery next door where you will conclude your day with a much needed coffee and dessert.
- Dinner this evening will be at Marque IV Restaurant for some of Tasmania’s best waterfront dining. Tasmanian-born executive chef Justin Harris will delight you with his innovative creations. He is passionate about supporting small regional food producers from whom he sources the freshest ingredients. Justin’s award-winning portfolio includes two gold medals at the Tasting Australia competition. 24 years of experience in fine cuisine has led to his distinct style. Justin’s focus remains predominantly on South European traditional and contemporary cuisine.
Mt Wellington and Huon Valley
After breakfast at your accommodation your guide will collect you for your final day of touring activities:
- Drive to the summit of Mt. Wellington (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Hobart and southern Tasmania.
- Should today be a Saturday, you may wish to first stroll through Hobart’s legendary and colourful Salamanca Market, taking in the fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, preserves, wines and arts & craft that are on offer.
- Meander through back roads to the Huon Valley – the heart of Tasmania’s apple country and the route is lined with the orchards of apple, apricot and cherry farms. Stop in at Home Hill Winery for wine tasting and refreshments, then continue along the beautiful Huon River to the town of Cygnet. This little town is known as an artistic community as can be seen by the craft shops and art studios and galleries. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Red Velvet Lounge, which is known for its good food with most of the produce coming from the Huon Valley’s farmers, gardeners and winemakers.
- Continue this scenic drive along the Huon Trail, stopping at Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery to discover how our local cheeses are made and at Inverawe Gardens in Margate for a tranquil walk among colourful native plants and birds.
- Your guide will drop you off at Hobart Airport at the end of the afternoon, and bid you farewell.
We can recommend this itinerary 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.
Red Feather Inn
1 night stay in a Deluxe Room including continental breakfast
2 nights stay in a Garden Room including full breakfast daily
Culinary Touring Programme
Airport Transfers, touring with private and knowledgeable guide, 4 x lunch (as described in itinerary, 3 x dinner (as described in itinerary), Boag’s Brewery Private Tour, Callington Mill Tour, Barilla Bay Farm Private tour, Lark Distillery Tour, entry to Inverawe Gardens, wine and cheese tastings