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A Taste of Tasmania: Autumn Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights – March 2021

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13 Mar – 23 Mar 2021

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A Taste of Tasmania: Autumn Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights – March 2021
Tour Highlights

Led by John Patrick, this tour explores the gardens, agricultural landscapes and natural scenery of Tasmania during autumn when vibrant colour can be seen amid the green on deciduous trees, shrubs and vines in gardens, parks and streets.

  • 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.
  • Discover delightful private gardens such as Old WesleyDale, with one of the most spectacular cottage gardens in Australia, and the contemporary naturalistic 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.
  • Team seasonal food with fine Tasmanian wine and a lakeside view at Josef Chromy, one of Australia’s most exceptional cellar doors.
  • View the work of landscape painter, John Glover, at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery; and visit Patterdale Farm to see his house and the surrounding landscape which inspired him.
  • Explore the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum that shocks, educates and entertains.
  • Spend two nights based at World-Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and take a stroll through breathtaking alpine forests.

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

Testimonial

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

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 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.

Autumn in Tasmania – by Jennifer Stackhouse

Autumn in Tasmania is a real treat for gardeners. Here, on the south side of Bass Strait, as the calendar clicks over to autumn on March 1, autumn colours appear. Almost overnight vibrant colour can be seen amid the green on deciduous trees, shrubs and vines in gardens, parks and streets. Among the earliest plants to colour up are deciduous vines, especially Virginia creeper, which turns brilliant scarlet red, and grapevines, which turn yellow and orange in Tassie’s vineyards. In my garden in north-west Tasmania autumn colour begins on an old water tank which is hidden behind a curtain of Virginia creeper. Soon the odd red sycamore maple leaf begins to flutter on to the lawn heralding the cascade of leaves that will fall for months. While deciduous leaves are usually associated with introduced species, Tasmania has its own native deciduous tree known as the deciduous beech or fagus (Nothofagus gunnii).

In mid April the hillsides of Tasmania’s alpine regions develop an autumn tint as vast tracts of deciduous beech colour the hillsides with gold. See the fagus at Mount Field National Park in the south of the state and around Cradle Mountain in the north-west. In our gardens autumn is also peak time for roses, dahlias, asters and other summer- to autumn-flowering perennials. Expect to see even the smallest garden bright with flower as well as leaf colour. One of the treats of autumn is to spot the bumblebees, which have naturalised in Tasmania (but nowhere else in Australia), feasting on bright pink sedum flowers, which are in full bloom in early autumn. There’s also an autumn feast for humans with an abundance of fresh stone and pome fruit – particularly plums, apples and pears – as well as late berries including blackberries and raspberries. For those who like nuts, there are nuts a plenty – walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts and more are all found here in autumn. This is also the time for curious fungus, especially the red and white spotted fly agaric, which forms colonies under birch trees. These large toadstools look very much like homes for elves or fairies. Be warned though, they are toxic. The Tasmanian bushland too is filled with weird and wonderful fungus. Take a walk almost anywhere into moist native bushland to discover colourful native fungus that may be shaped like coral, bracts or with round mushroom shapes. There are even some species that glow in the dark!

If we’ve had late summer rain the pastures will be green and dotted with contented sheep and cattle. Many fields will be fallow, resting after the summer vegetable harvest. In areas where summer is dry, the first autumn rain turns the brown grass to bright green and fills the dams, watercourses and sets the waterfalls flowing. Although we welcome rain, Tassie’s autumn weather is usually fine and mild. Expect cold nights and warm, clear days especially through early autumn. Sometimes though we get a taste of winter. Snow in March is not unknown, so always have that warm, weatherproof jacket handy!

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 13 March, 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, you 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 14 March, 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 15 March, Hobart – Lachlan – Hobart
  • Gardens of Corinda, Glebe
  • Sumptuous lunch at the Agrarian Kitchen, Farm & Orchard, Derwent Valley
  • Private Garden of Susan McKinnon, Moonah
  • Project Garden of Susan McKinnon, New Town

This morning we travel to Glebe, a suburb of Hobart, where we visit the enchanting gardens of Corinda, which compliment the Italianate Victorian home built in 1880 by former Hobart lord mayor Alfred Crisp. The 1796 sqm property is divided into garden rooms with different effects, some are romantic and a little wild, others very formal with box hedges. The garden’s sculptural feel is created by hedges of pleached linden, espaliered fruit trees, a cobblestone courtyard and topiary animals.

We’ll have a sumptuous paddock-to-plate lunch at the Agrarian Kitchen, 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 two private gardens designed by Susan McKinnon within the suburbs of Hobart. One is her own large suburban garden that 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. Her project garden is newly built and planted out in 2018. It is a family garden which surrounds a lovely heritage red brick home, flanked by a row of huge Bhutan cypresses. There are also convict sandstone walls, a water feature, a herbaceous border and a small woodland. Prior to landscaping the garden was in very poor condition with decaying retaining walls, dying fruit trees, earth banks and lots of patchy sub-standard landscape features dotted around. We will witness the outcome of Susan’s transformation. (Overnight Lenna of Hobart Hotel) BL

Day 4: Tuesday 16 March, Hobart – Russell Falls – Collinsvale – Hobart
  • Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park
  • Private Garden of Janette Good including lunch
  • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery: John Glover Paintings

This morning 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.

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. 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. Here we will have a delightful lunch in the garden.

Next we drive back to Hobart where 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. (Overnight Lenna of Hobart Hotel) BL

Launceston - 3 nights

Day 5: Wednesday 17 March, Hobart – MONA – Pontville – Launceston

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 Epsom House, one of Australia’s oldest private house and finest chamber music venue. Built around 1829 by James Burnip, a retired sergeant, it was used as a coaching inn. With its large ballroom, Epsom House quickly became a social hub, also serving as the Methodist church. The property was operated as a store in the 20th century. It returned to its origins as a venue for public entertainment in 2006 when the restored ballroom hosted the Australian String Quartet for what appears to have been the first public performance in 100 years.

The garden at Epsom is blessed with many established trees – elms, cypress, cedar, eucalypts and a wonderful flowering cherry. Jacqui Robertson designed the garden as a series of rooms to wander through, with formal gardens close to the house, giving way to a more relaxed native garden towards the river. You will also discover rose gardens, an orchard, a picket-fenced potager and an Italianate garden. The garden at Epsom hasn’t been designed to peak at a particular point in the year. It is designed for year-round interest so there is always something to enjoy.

We shall enjoy a lunch in the courtyard, filled with flowers in hanging baskets and cascading from wine barrels retired from vintage duties, or in the garden near the ponds.

In the late afternoon we continue our drive 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 6: Thursday 18 March, 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 visit we travel to Deddington where John Glover built his house, ‘Patterdale’. We will not only see where he 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 7: Friday 19 March, Launceston – Longford – Legana – Westbury – Launceston
  • Historic town of Longford
  • Woolmers Estate, Longford
  • Lunch at Timbre Kitchen, Legana
  • Private garden of Peter Wright, Westbury

We begin our day with a short stop to the classified historic town of Longford. Beautifully preserved historic buildings, such as Longford Christ Church, were constructed between 1830 and 1850. The streets of Longford are lined with charming hotels and inns, elegant homes and colonial buildings.

We then drive a few kilometres to visit Woolmers Estate, a World Heritage-listed convict site with rose gardens displaying all the recognised rose families and one of the finest collections of historic roses in the southern hemisphere. It also has a grand productive vegetable garden. The 82-hectare property, founded in 1817 by prominent grazier and member of parliament, Thomas Archer, includes a two-part manor house, coach house, extensive outbuildings and convict cottages.

We enjoy lunch at Timbre Kitchen which is nestled in the heart of Tasmanian wine country in the Tamar Valley. Situated among Tasmania’s oldest cabernet sauvignon wines, Chef Matt Adams offers a wide variety of gourmet food made from local produce.

After lunch, we will visit the private garden of Peter Wright in Westbury. This is a designed new garden with pavilions and axis, and 40 year old English trees over three acres. Peter is 100% off grid and there is a space left in the middle of the garden where his house is built. (Overnight Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston) BL

Cradle Mountain - 2 nights

Day 8: Saturday 20 March, Launceston – Perth – Cradle Mountain
  • The Jolly Farmer, Perth
  • ‘Devils@Cradle’ – Tasmanian Devils Sanctuary

We begin today with a visit to the Jolly Farmer. Built in 1826, The Jolly Farmer was a popular coaching inn for most of the 19th century, situated on what was then the main road between Launceston and Hobart. It is notable because of its one and a half storey brick structure. It is a Georgian style building that has original floors, and some window panes date from the 19th century. The original stables can still be found in the garden. A private residence since 1876, the property has had a series of occupants, including poet Norma Davis in the 1940s, but few of its features have changed in 144 years. In 1974 there was a prime ministerial visit when Gough and Margaret Whitlam stayed overnight.

The grounds, once bare paddocks, have been transformed over the years into magnificent lush gardens with a mix of exotic trees, roses and perennials displayed in beds defined by dry stone walls and lawn walks.

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 9: Sunday 21 March, Cradle Mountain – Nietta – Cradle Mountain
  • Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • 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. 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 10: Monday 22 March, 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 11: Tuesday 23 March, Cradle Mountain – Longford  – 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 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

All hotels provide rooms with private facilities. 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
  • 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 in a double/twin room for single occupancy throughout the tour. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

How to Book

ASA RESERVATION APPLICATION FORM

Please complete the ASA RESERVATION APPLICATION and send it to Australians Studying Abroad together with your non-refundable deposit of AUD $500.00 per person payable to Australians Studying Abroad.

Passport Details

All participants must provide no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the program a photocopy of the front page of their current passport.

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 11-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 3 hotel changes.
  • 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 $7140.00 Land Content Only

AUD $1150.00 Single Supplement

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
  • 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 or services 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. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to 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, services, terms and conditions. If a service provider cancels or does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, and does not give a refund, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA.

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

ASA’s liability in respect of any tour cancelled or changed will be limited to the partial refund of amounts you have paid, less an administration fee of $500 and other costs and charges of third party service providers. No compensation will be payable to you by ASA where ASA cancels or changes a tour, or any part of a tour.

ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate and in the best interests of health, safety and wellbeing of tour participants. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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