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Tasmania: Art, Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Freycinet National Park 2021

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20 Nov – 1 Dec 2021

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Tasmania: Art, Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Freycinet National Park 2021
Tour Highlights

  • Led by John Patrick, this tour explores the gardens, agricultural landscapes and natural scenery of Tasmania during spring, when the roses and peonies are blooming and the landscape is lush and green.
  • Visit Wychwood, one of Australia’s finest gardens, with sweeping perennial borders and an astounding medieval grass labyrinth framed by Mole Creek and mountain views.
  • Jennifer Stackhouse, renowned Australian garden writer, editor and garden book author will welcome us to her private garden in Tasmania’s lush North-West; and visit landscape designer Karen Johnson’s contemporary garden (subject to confirmation in 2021) set on a 100-acre property overlooking the Pipers River in the stunning Tamar Valley.
  • Discover delightful private gardens such as Old WesleyDale, with one of the most spectacular cottage gardens in Australia, and the contemporary perennial garden of garden designer Susan McKinnon.
  • Enjoy a taste of Tasmania with a long table lunch at the Fat Pig Farm, home of chef Matthew Evans, former restaurant reviewer and presenter of the SBS show Gourmet Farmer; and visit The Agrarian Kitchen for a sumptuous ‘paddock-to-plate’ lunch on their sustainable working farm in the Derwent Valley.
  • At Weston Farm, just north of Hobart, walk through open fields of exquisite peonies in full bloom, and sample the family farm’s fresh produce and award-winning olive oil with a lunch in the garden.
  • Team seasonal food with fine Tasmanian wine and a lakeside view at Josef Chromy, one of Australia’s most exceptional cellar doors.
  • Explore the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum that shocks, educates and entertains.
  • Discover how a garden created in the 1900s can be revitalised when we visit the romantic Pear Walk country garden.
  • Visit John Glover’s house ‘Patterdale’ and take in the landscape that inspired his paintings while walking around his garden.
  • Stay in the magical Freycinet National Park and cruise by boat around Freycinet Peninsula to view the stunning Wineglass Bay.
  • Spend two nights based at World-Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and take a stroll through breathtaking alpine forests.

Testimonial

This tour was perfect… It helped to restore my soul! The gardens were so magnificent and a joy to behold! Mandy, VIC

12-day Cultural Garden Tour of Tasmania

Overnight Hobart (4 nights) • Freycinet National Park (1 night) • Launceston (3 nights) • Cradle Mountain (2 nights) • Launceston (1 night)

Overview

Tasmania is an island state with inspiring scenery, fascinating history and art, beautiful gardens, quaint historic villages and delicious food and wine. The island is positioned in the Southern Ocean, 240km south of the Australian continent and divided from it by Bass Strait. It has many micro-climates including rugged mountains and forests, fertile coastal plains and river valleys. It is Australia’s second oldest European settlement and there are many historic buildings and remnants of gardens from the early 19th century. The climate is much cooler than the mainland and lush, English and European style gardens thrive along with orchards of apples, stone fruit, vineyards and hops for beer.

On our journey we will discover some of Tasmania’s finest spring gardens, including cottage garden gems with many cool-climate exotics, contemporary spaces with unusual use of common and unusual plants, some featuring plants native to the region, gardens that have struggled to ‘tame’ the environment, and thriving produce gardens. Garden owners will give us a glimpse into their lives and share their horticultural challenges and triumphs, designers will tell us how they achieved their ideal landscape, gardening personalities will take us through their patch, and growers of food will share their tips on how they achieve bountiful harvests.

We’ll sample extraordinary gourmet delights at restaurants and farms that make the most of the island’s pristine growing conditions to produce quality produce like luscious cheeses, fresh seafood, plump berries, smoked paprika and honey. Tasmania’s cool climate produces grapes with an intense flavour and the region specialises in delicate dry and semi-dry whites, fruit driven sparkling wines and lighter-bodied, low-tannin reds like pinot noir.

Almost 45 per cent of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks, and World Heritage sites including the World Heritage wilderness at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The breathtaking alpine forests in the central highlands of Tasmania are home to one of the island’s unique animals, the Tasmanian devil. The island has picturesque villages and historic towns and the cultural life is enhanced by one of Australia’s most controversial art galleries – MONA.

Itinerary

Itinerary

The following itinerary describes a range of gardens and other sites which we plan to include. Some are accessible to the public, but others require special permission which may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches & evening meals indicated in the detailed itinerary: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.

Hobart - 4 nights

Day 1: Saturday 20 November, Arrive Hobart
  • Time at leisure (optional visit to the Salamanca Market)
  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens incl. the Tasmanian Community Food Garden
  • Welcome Drinks

All participants are to make their own way to our heritage hotel, a 19th-century sandstone mansion, which is in the historic area of Battery Point and a short stroll from Salamanca Place’s Georgian warehouses that now house galleries and boutiques.

If arriving in the morning, there will be some time at leisure to explore Hobart’s colourful Saturday Salamanca Market as the hotel check in is 2.00 pm. Salamanca Market is on the Hobart waterfront and is an eclectic mix of more than 300 stallholders. You can buy some locally produced fare for lunch, or dine in a nearby café, and it’s a great place to meet the artisans, watch buskers and soak up the atmosphere while you browse stalls with jewellery, handcrafted timber items, vintage collectables, pottery, plants and flowers.

Our program will officially commence this afternoon with a guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, including the Tasmanian Community Food Garden which was completed in 2013 on the site of the original ‘Pete’s Patch’ developed by gardening guru Peter Cundall. This working organic production and display garden, with a multitude of veggie production practices has a working example of the original six-bed crop rotation system made famous in the original patch. The site today is used extensively for filming on ABC television’s Gardening Australia program.

For those who want to explore the area further, can join John Patrick on a walk around the picturesque Battery Point. Having been settled in the early 1800’s, it is full of historic character with its winding streets and colonial architecture.

We end the day with Welcome Drinks at the hotel. (Overnight Lenna of Hobart Hotel)

Day 2: Sunday 21 November, Hobart – Huon Valley – Glazier’s Bay – Hobart
  • Crawleighwood Nursery and Garden, Huon Valley
  • Long Table Lunch at Fat Pig Farm, Glazier’s Bay

Our first visit is to Crawleighwood, at Nicholls Rivulet in the Huon Valley. Here, Penny Wells and Pavel Rusicka have created a 2-hectare garden comprising rhododendrons, Japanese maples, woodland perennials, rainforest species and native Tasmanian plants. Crawleighwood contains at least one specimen of each Tasmanian conifer, including the iconic Huon pine.

Our sumptuous long table lunch will feature food grown at Fat Pig Farm in Glazier’s Bay, the home of chef Matthew Evans, former restaurant reviewer and presenter of the SBS show Gourmet Farmer. The show is filmed at the farm and between courses we’ll tour the 70-acre mixed farm which has a 1.7-acre market garden, rare Wessex saddleback pigs, beef cattle, beehives, fruit orchard and micro-dairy. (Overnight Lenna of Hobart Hotel) BL

Day 3: Monday 22 November, Hobart – New Norfolk – Moonah – Hobart
  • 1920s Arts & Crafts Markree House Museum & Garden
  • Sumptuous lunch at the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, Lachlan
  • Private Garden of Susan McKinnon, Moonah

This morning we visit Markree house museum and garden. Built in 1926 for Cecil and Ruth Baldwin, the house, collection and garden all reflect the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Changing displays are arranged to highlight themes such as the Arts & Crafts Movement, women’s domestic artwork and 20th-century architecture, garden design, decorative arts and social history.

We’ll have a sumptuous paddock-to-plate lunch at the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, a restaurant committed to reconnecting the kitchen with the land. The restaurant is on a 5-acre working farm with an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden. Many heirloom plants are grown using organic principles and rare-breed Wessex Saddleback and Berkshire pigs, Barnevelder chickens, milking goats, a flock of geese and honeybees are also in residence.

This afternoon we visit the private garden of garden designer Susan McKinnon, within the suburbs of Hobart. Her large suburban garden was developed from scratch over the last 22 years and contains a mandala vegetable garden, complete with chook dome in the centre of the garden, perennials and ornamental grasses, a small woodland garden, bespoke glasshouse and espaliered fruit trees. Over many years, she has collected unusual and interesting plants which feature in her garden. (Overnight Lenna of Hobart Hotel) BL

Day 4: Tuesday 23 November, Hobart – Collinsvale – Russell Falls – Hobart
  • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery: John Glover Paintings
  • Private Garden of Janette Good including lunch
  • Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park

This morning we will see John Glover’s paintings in the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. It is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium which safeguards the physical evidence of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, and the cultural identity of Tasmanians. TMAG is Australia’s second-oldest museum and has its origins in the collections of Australia’s oldest scientific society, the Royal Society of Tasmania, established in 1843. The first permanent home of the museum opened on the corner of Argyle and Macquarie streets in 1863 and the museum has gradually expanded from this corner to occupy the entire city block.

We then travel to a private garden at Collinsvale, situated in the foothills of Mount Wellington and only 25 minutes from Hobart. At an elevation of 350m above sea level it is in a picturesque valley with panoramic mountain views. Once apple orchards, Janette and Jason Good started with a blank canvas over 18 years ago and have transformed this private garden into over an acre of English cottage style garden with many twisting paths, arbours, ponds and a stream. It is truly seasonal with a wide array of plants and trees. In November the garden peaks, with crab apples blossoming, over 50 colours of lupins (some extending to 6 feet!), numerous columbine varieties, peony roses, irises and roses, just to name a few! There are also lots of animals to enjoy, including chickens, ducks, a pony and donkey. Certainly a garden to relax in and take in the fresh air and the smell of blossoms. Here we will have a delightful lunch in the garden.

Next we drive to Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park which is part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area. Featured on Australia’s first stamp, Russell Falls consists of two vertical drops; the 20-minute return walk to the falls is on a good track and boardwalk through lovely rainforest. The walk passes through towering swamp gums and areas close to the falls are framed by stunning tall tree ferns. After the walk there will be a coffee break at the Waterfalls Café and Gallery.

In the late afternoon we return to Hobart for an evening at leisure. (Overnight Lenna of Hobart Hotel) BL

Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay) - 1 night

Day 5: Wednesday 25 November, Hobart – MONA – Broadmarsh – Freycinet National Park
  • MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
  • Weston Farm, near Broadmarsh

This morning we travel to the Berriedale Peninsula and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum that is the antithesis of the traditional gallery. It was created to be shocking, educational and entertaining with the confronting themes of passion, death and decay explored in unflinching detail. The controversial artworks are all from the private collections of arty eccentric David Walsh, a mathematician and art collector who made his money perfecting algorithms that let him beat casinos and bookies at their own game. Like it or not, you’ll be talking about it for years.

Nearby is Weston Farm, a small family business specialising in exquisite Peony roses, award-winning extra virgin olive oil and fresh farm produce. Horticulturist-turned-farmer Richard Weston and his wife Belinda purchased the farm in 1992 and transformed a bare 5.3-hectare property, about 30 minutes north of Hobart, into a successful mixed enterprise. In 2012 Richard was awarded the prestigious 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by Impact Fertilisers and the Tasmanian Government to investigate white asparagus production for the gourmet market, and in 2016, Weston Farm won the Delicious Produce Awards for their Smoked Paprika.

Richard and Belinda will show us their beautiful working farm, where everything conforms to organic and sustainable farming practices. Beyond the house and vegetable garden is the olive grove and open fields of peonies which will be at their peak when we visit. Weston Farm has over 30 different varieties, colours and forms, varying from soft voluptuous double pinks, dramatic bright crimson, delicate single whites, antique semi double corals and everything in between. They send them all over Australia as they are one of the favourite flowers of brides.

We shall then enjoy a lunch in the garden and sample some of the fresh farm produce that the family grows for fine restaurants such as The Source at MONA and their own café, Pigeonhole, in Hobart.

In the late afternoon we continue our drive to the Freycinet Lodge at Coles Bay, located within the Freycinet National Park and overlooking Great Oyster Bay. (Overnight Freycinet Lodge, Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay) BLD

Launceston - 3 nights

Day 6: Thursday 25 November, Freycinet National Park – Wineglass Bay – Ross – Launceston
  • Boat Cruise around Freycinet Peninsula to Wineglass Bay

Today we take a cruise around the Freycinet Peninsula to Wineglass Bay. The waters surrounding Freycinet National Park are home to diverse and remarkable wildlife such as sea eagles roosting on the granite cliffs, dolphins, cormorants and Australian fur seals. We might see whales, such as the humpback and southern right, as they migrate between September to December and May to July. Diverse birdlife to be spotted includes albatross, shearwaters, diving gannet and little penguins. We will enjoy lunch on the boat.

After the boat cruise we travel north to the Peppers Seaport Hotel in Launceston, a waterfront hotel built on a former dry dock at the confluence of the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar Rivers. (Overnight Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston) BL

Day 7: Friday 26 November, Launceston – Deddington – Evandale – Launceston
  • Queen Victoria Art Gallery
  • John Glover’s house ‘Patterdale’
  • Strathmore Garden

Today we begin with a visit to the Queen Victoria Art Gallery. The beginnings of what is now the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery come from collections of the Royal Society of Tasmania and the Launceston Mechanics Institute, founded in 1842. The Museum itself, originally named the Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, was officially opened in 1891 at Royal Park. In 1998, the Museum began the development of a new site at the Launceston railway yards in Inveresk which opened in 2001. Six years later, the decision was made to create a dedicated Art Gallery at the original Royal Park site with the Inveresk site concentrating on Natural Sciences and History.

Following this we travel to Deddington where John Glover built his house, ‘Patterdale’. We will not only see where we painted but also the garden and landscape that inspired him. Glover Country covers an area of 4000ha, which includes the original land grants of Glover and his neighbour Robert Pitcairn of Nile Farm. The area is now listed by Heritage Tasmania as both a built and natural cultural site. Glover possibly chose this land due to its picturesque views in all directions, fertile valleys and rolling hills surrounding Nile River.

In the afternoon, we will visit the private garden of Strathmore in Evandale. It was Samuel Bryan from Dublin who built Strathmore after receiving a land grant in 1823. The house, estate buildings including a bakehouse and blacksmith shop were built with the assistance of convict labour. Strathmore has the longest mill race in the southern hemisphere, transporting water 3 kilometres from the Nile River to the lake in the front garden to power the mill. Samuel was also responsible for building the garden wall that not only provided protection from the cold southerly wind but was heated by channels running through it from the fireplace in the gardener’s room. The present owners, Sue and Graham Gillon bought the 120 hectare property in 1993, and undertook the restoration of the house and development of the garden, which includes an autumn garden, red rose garden, vegetable cage, heritage rose garden, herbaceous border and a park-like area dedicated to their son Andrew. (Overnight Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston) BL

Day 8: Saturday 27 November, Launceston – Lalla – Pipers Brook  – Pipers River – Launceston
  • The Pear Walk Country Garden, Lalla
  • Lunch at Pipers Brook Vineyard, Pipers Brook
  • Karen Johnson’s Garden, Pipers River (subject to confirmation in 2021)

Today we begin with a visit to The Pear Walk country garden in Lalla. Remarkable garden walks and arches, created in the early 1900s by Frank Walker, a Kew trained plantsman, are hallmarks of this historic garden. The garden has a fairytale ambience and the centrepiece is a 500-foot-long pear arch with 24 trees on each side, twenty feet apart. New trees have been planted to replace those that have succumbed to age. Rhododendrons, azaleas and bulbs bloom beneath the tree canopy. The owners are restoring the historic arbour walk, which has magnificent trees including the original tree fern, liriodendron and cypress. More recent features include a laburnum walk, climbing roses and parkland gardens.

We enjoy lunch and a wine-tasting at the Pipers Brook Vineyard, which is nestled in the heart of Tasmanian wine country in the Tamar Valley. The majority of the winery was acquired by Kreglinger Wine Estates in 2000; a company founded by two brothers George and Christian Kreglinger in Antwerp in 1797, then extended to Australia in 1893. Although the wine industry is small and new by national standards, the wines produced within the region are acknowledged as among the best in Australia.

Landscape designer Karen Johnson’s garden surrounds the house and is part of a 100-acre property, with one kilometre of Pipers River frontage and views to Mt Arthur. She’ll show us how she created a home garden using a blend of native and exotic plants on a windy, hilltop site. She moved there in 2010 and lived in the shed while establishing gardens and building an architect-designed black steel and blackbutt timber home. She’ll share her thoughts on designing for a view, the marathon of river weed removal and revegetation, swap tips for building productive vegetable gardens and provide insights on the advantages of working with a garden designer. (Overnight Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston) BL

Cradle Mountain - 2 nights

Day 9: Sunday 28 November, Launceston – Westbury – Cradle Mountain

We begin today with a visit to the Culzean Gardens (pronounced ‘cullane’), a 13-hectare property with almost 3 hectares of parklike gardens and a 3-acre lake fringed with thousands of iris. The home was built in 1840 and many significant driveway trees were planted in the 1870s. The property has hundreds of conifers and mature trees, rhododendrons and azaleas and many roses.

In the afternoon we continue our journey west to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, an integral part of Tasmania’s World Heritage area. The region is characterised by rugged peaks, deep gorges, glacial lakes, heathlands, Button grass moors and ancient forest.

Following some time relaxing at our hotel, we’ll meet Tasmania’s most famous animal, the Tasmanian devil. They look cute and cuddly but have a ruffian personality. We’ll also learn about the devastating facial tumour disease threatening these Tassie natives. Our early evening visit allows us to observe the amazing night-time antics of these devils at feeding time. (Overnight Cradle Mountain Hotel) BD

Day 10: Monday 29 November, Cradle Mountain – Nietta – Cradle Mountain
  • Dove Lake Park Explorer Tour at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park including Waldheim Chalet and Weindorfers Forest Walk
  • Kaydale Lodge Gardens, Nietta

Early this morning our coach takes us to Dove Lake for a visit and a chance to take some photographs of this iconic scenery. A six-kilometre track, with much of it boarded for easy walking, circles the lake under the towering shadow of Cradle Mountain. The track also meanders through the tranquil Ballroom Forest where myrtle-beech trees are festooned in moss, and Glacier Rock can also be viewed from it. We’ll be on the lookout for Australia’s only cold-climate deciduous tree. Nothofagus gunnii is also known as tanglefoot as bushwalkers sometimes get caught in its twisted, ground-hugging branches. You’ll only find it in Tasmania!

We’ll return briefly to the hotel before setting out for Kaydale where we will enjoy lunch in this 2-hectare garden created by two garden-obsessed generations of the Crowden family. The four gardeners have their own interests and gardens include a grand rockery with a waterfall, one of Tasmania’s best collections of deciduous trees, a vegetable patch, a pear walk with 27 espaliered trees, woodlands garden with a stream and Japanese style zen garden with raked gravel and bonsai. Featured plants in November include peonies and waratah. You will marvel at the energy and enthusiasm of the younger generation as the two women create all the rock walls and stone paving. (Overnight Cradle Mountain Hotel) BLD

Launceston - 1 night

Day 11: Tuesday 30 November, Cradle Mountain – Barrington – Mole Creek – Chudleigh – Launceston
  • Jennifer Stackhouse’s Garden, Barrington
  • Wychwood Garden, Mole Creek
  • Old Wesleydale, Mole Creek
  • Melita Honey Farm, Chudleigh

You’ll remember today as one of the best days you’ve ever spent touring gardens!

Jennifer Stackhouse is a renowned Australian garden writer, editor and author of several gardening books who moved from NSW in July 2014 to a one-acre Barrington garden in Tasmania’s lush northwest to an interstate garden group. She was attracted by the timber Federation home set in an old garden with a small orchard and mature trees that had been lovingly planted and tended for 28 years by keen gardeners. The area she now calls home enjoys a cool climate with high rainfall and has rich red soil. We’ll be able to admire foxgloves, poppies, peonies, clematis, roses, rhododendrons and dogwoods, hear about the changes she has made and what it’s like making a ‘cool’ change.

Many people think that Wychwood is one of Tasmania’s finest garden and today you get to decide for yourself. Wychwood was nothing more than a paddock in 1991 and today mixes sweeping borders of rare perennials and heritage roses with an outstanding contemporary design unlike any other garden we visit. The garden is a work of art with inspired planning and use of materials and plants that ranges from subtle to surprising. The most talked about and photographed feature of the 1-hectare garden is a medieval turf labyrinth but you’ll also love the winding privet hedges, a heritage apple orchard with resident geese, birch copse, water features and woodland.

Old WesleyDale is a glorious English style garden that started in 2001, aided by a backdrop of mature trees and hawthorns from the 1940s that create hedges in the wider landscape. Features include a walled garden for vegetables, picking garden and glass house, a terrace garden and aviary, ha-ha walk, lake walk and an amazing sculptured elephant edge created from honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) that will have you reaching for your secateurs once you get home! The cottage gardens are some of the best in Australia and have symmetrical garden beds planted with a symphony of flowers including granny bonnets, lupins and roses.

Bees do much more than just pollinate and at Melita Honey Farm you can look into a glass-backed hive and see the queen bee laying eggs and the workers spinning the nectar into liquid gold! They produce 50 varieties of honey, nougat and 12 flavours of honey ice cream. How sweet is that! (Overnight Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston) BL

Day 12: Wednesday 1 December, Cradle Mountain – Longford  – Relbia – Launceston Airport
  • Brickendon: A World Heritage-listed Colonial Farm Village, Longford
  • Farewell Lunch at Josef Chromy Wines
  • Transfer to Launceston Airport (arrival approx. 1530hrs)

Brickendon, like Woolmers, was settled by William Archer, in 1824 and has been owned and farmed by the same family for over 180 years. Members of the fifth generation of Archers are now tending the gardens. We’ll see the convict buildings of the farm village and check out the roses, shrubs and some of the oldest trees in Australia including oaks, elms, pines, cedars, yews and lindens and gardens with cool climate specialty plants like old fashioned roses and clematis.

We conclude our tour with a farewell lunch at Josef Chromy Wines, set among old English gardens and stands of 100-year-old oak trees, and overlooking a picturesque lake and vineyard. Acclaimed as one of Australia’s top 10, the cellar door is housed in the original 1880s homestead. The restaurant matches the best local regional produce with award-winning cool climate wines. BL

Accommodation

Accommodation

12-day Cultural Garden Tour of Tasmania

All hotels provide rooms with private facilities. Double/twin rooms for single occupancy may be requested – and are subject to availability and payment of the single supplement. A hotel list will be given to all participants prior to departure, in the meantime a summary is given below:

  • Hobart (4 nights): 4-star Hotel Lenna of Hobart – built in 1874, this sandstone mansion converted into a heritage hotel, is located near Hobart’s vibrant waterfront and only a few metres from Salamanca Place, home to Australia’s largest outdoor market and fine eateries. www.lenna.com.au
  • Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay) (1 night): 4-star Freycinet Lodge – cabin accommodation overlooking Great Oyster Bay within Freycinet National Park just past Coles Bay. www.freycinetlodge.com.au
  • Launceston (3 nights): 4-star Peppers Seaport Hotel – a modern waterfront hotel built on a former dry dock at the confluence of the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar rivers. www.peppers.com.au/seaport
  • Cradle Mountain (2 nights): 4-star Cradle Mountain Hotel – nestled within breathtaking alpine forest in the central highlands of Tasmania. www.cradlemountainhotel.com.au
  • Launceston (1 night): 4-star Peppers Seaport Hotel – a modern waterfront hotel built on a former dry dock at the confluence of the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar rivers. www.peppers.com.au/seaport/

Note: Hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation is for sole occupancy throughout the tour. The number of spaces available for single occupancy is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

How to Book

Making a Tentative Reservation before the tour price has been published

ASA INTENTION TO TRAVEL APPLICATION FORM

Some ASA tours fill almost immediately. Don’t miss out! You can register your ‘Intention to Travel’ by completing this application and returning this to ASA with a AUD $100.00 per person deposit. Once the tour price has been published, the itinerary and ASA Reservation Application Form will be sent to you. From the time you receive the itinerary you will have two weeks to either:

  • Send us a completed ASA Reservation Application Form together with an additional deposit of AUD $400.00 per person. On receipt of this Reservation Application and deposit, ASA will process your booking and if approved, send you a tour confirmation. At this time your deposit of AUD $500.00 is subject to the tour’s Booking Conditions.

Or

  • CANCEL your Intention to Travel in writing. ASA will refund your AUD $100.00 per person deposit, less a $33.00 service fee (including GST).

Participation Criteria

To participate in an ASA tour, you must be reasonably fit, in good health and able to participate in all activities without assistance from Tour Leaders or other tour members. If you require assistance, a fit and able travel companion must undertake to accompany and assist you with all tasks for the duration of the whole tour. ASA’s ability to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your specific needs, your health and safety and the health and safety of other tour members, is of paramount importance to us. For this reason the ASA Reservation Application includes a Medical Information section. As a general guideline, you must be able to accomplish each of these activities without assistance or support:-

  • walk and stand unassisted for at least 2-3 hours a day in hot, humid conditions
  • walk confidently on and over uneven surfaces
  • climb at least 3 flights of stairs
  • embark and disembark from ferries, buses and trains
  • walk up and down steep slopes
  • walk at a steady pace and no less than 1km every 15-20 minutes
  • organise, manage and carry your own luggage
  • follow and remember tour instructions
  • meet punctually at designated times and places
  • administer your own medication
Practical Information

Practical Information

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 12-day Cultural Garden Tour of Tasmania involves:

  • A moderate amount of walking mainly during outdoor site visits, often up and down hills and/or flights of stairs and uneven terrain
  • A moderate amount of coach travel, several on winding mountainous roads
  • The daily schedule generally involves an early-morning departure (between 8.00-8.30am), concluding in the late afternoon (between 5.00-5.30pm)
  • 4-star hotels with 4 hotel changes
  • Boat cruise at Freycinet National Park
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage only includes 1 piece of luggage per person

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on weather, clothing and what to pack.

Tour Price & Inclusions

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $TBA Land Content Only – Early-Bird Special: Book before 31 December 2020

AUD $TBA Land Content Only

AUD $TBA Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with en suite bathroom in 4-star hotels
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch & D=dinner
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Departure airport transfer if travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ departure flight
  • Boat cruise at Freycinet National Park
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at hotels (not at airports)
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour Notes
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare to Hobart and from Launceston
  • Personal spending money
  • Arrival transfers from Hobart Airport to hotel
  • Departure airport transfers if not travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
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Deposits

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply.

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA.

ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies.

ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider.

ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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