Tasmania 2024

Travel with Blue Bus Tours to the island state of Tasmania. Experience spectacular scenery, pristine wilderness and the compelling history of Australia’s convict past.

16 Day Tour

Saturday 2 March - Sunday 17 March 2024

Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$7,150 per person twin share
$1,550 single supplement


  • Luxury Coach Travel in our Business Class Coach
  • Lunch at Fowles Wine
  • Guided tour and morning tea at The House of Anvers Chocolate Factory
  • Entry to Ashgrove Cheese factory
  • Entry, talk and lunch at Entally House
  • Entry and guided tour at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Museum
  • Entry, guided tour and lunch at Seahorse World
  • Entry and talk at Platypus House
  • Entry, guided tour and morning tea at Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm
  • Lunch at the Pub in the Paddock
  • Afternoon tea and tasting at Wicked Cheese
  • Tasting at Coal Valley Vineyard and Restaurant
  • Guided tour of Hobart including the Salamanca Markets
  • Entry to Cascades Female Factory and entry to The Proud and the Punished
  • Entry, walking tour, cruise and lunch at the Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Dinner at the Drunken Admiral Restaurant
  • Entry to Wall in the Wilderness
  • Lunch at Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel
  • Gordon River Cruise with World Heritage Cruises
  • Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Tour
  • Lunch at Cradle Mountain Hotel
  • Entry and lunch at Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens
  • Entry and guided tour at Don River Railway Museum
  • 13 nights motel accommodation and 2 nights cabin accommodation on the Spirit of Tasmania
  • 15 cooked breakfasts, 15 two course dinners, 12 lunches
  • Fully hosted and escorted by your Blue Bus Tours crew

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: (D)

Brisbane to Forster

Sat 2 Mar 24

Welcome aboard our tour to Tasmania. On our incredible adventure, we’ll travel into Tasmania’s pristine wilderness, experiencing the spectacular scenery and uncovering the compelling convict history set deep within the historical towns. Settling into our travel day we enjoy breaks along the way before arriving in Forster

Day 2: (BLD)

Forster to Wagga Wagga

Sun 3 Mar 24

On the road again, we continue down the coast and bypass Sydney. We stop for lunch at The Campbelltown Arts Centre Café. The café overlooks the Japanese Gardens and there is a lovely pond with Koi fish to look through. This afternoon we arrive in Wagga Wagga for our overnight stay.

Day 3: (BLD)

Wagga - Geelong - Spirit of Tasmania

Mon 4 Mar 24

We continue south, travelling across the Victorian state border. We travel to the foothills of the stunning Strathbogie Ranges for a fantastic shared platter lunch at Fowles Wine. While tasting the finest local produce, we enjoy the incredible views and relaxed atmosphere. This afternoon we arrive in Geelong, situated on Corio Bay, an arm of Port Phillip Bay. We enjoy dinner at Waterfront Restaurant before heading to Geelong Quay where we join the Spirit of Tasmania for our journey across the Bass Strait. We’ll board the ship as the coach gets loaded and settle into our cabins or you can check out the facilities onboard including lounges, bars, shops and viewing areas. .

Day 4: (BLD)

Devonport to Launceston

Tue 5 Mar 24

On arrival in Devonport, our coach is unloaded and we head for breakfast at the nearby Argosy Motor Inn. Travelling to Latrobe we visit the House of Anvers Chocolate Factory. Located on the property grounds formally known as Wyndarra Lodge, this stylish 1931 Californian Bungalow is set on 12 hectares of gardens with mature trees and plants from all over the world. The retail shop is tempting with truffles and fudge. Next, we visit Ashgrove Cheese Factory. Here we can discover their range of award-winning cheese from English country cheeses to a series of uniquely flavoured cheeses including the famous wild wasabi cheese. We continue to one of Tasmania’s most historic houses, Entally House. Set in superb grounds and gardens, Entally has a greenhouse, chapel, coach house and stables to wander. Here we enjoy a talk and light lunch before continuing to Launceston where we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Cataract Gorge – a magnificent reserve in the city centre. These gardens have evolved for over a century and are still one of the most popular places in the city to relax and enjoy nature. The area is laced with pathways for walks through the landscaped gardens. Enjoy a cuppa in the tea rooms (own expense) or those interested can take a ride on the chairlift (own expense) which crosses the gorge.

Day 5: (BLD)

Tamar Valley

Wed 6 Mar 24

Today we head to the majestic Tamar Valley. First stop is Grindelwald, a village established in 1980 inspired by the alpine style architecture of Switzerland. We make our way to Beaconsfield – the site of Tasmania’s largest gold discoveries and of course more recently the incredible rescue in 2006 of two miners trapped underground. We’ll visit the Beaconsfield Gold Mine and Heritage Museum, home to Australia’s only waterwheel driven stamp battery and featuring an extensive collection of memorabilia and artefacts. Platypus House and Seahorse World are two very unique attractions that are right next to each other so we plan to visit both this afternoon. Seahorse World is a working farm and the information we receive here shows us just what fascinating creatures they truly area. Platypus are very shy and quite illusive in the wild but here we get a chance to see them face to face as they swim and go about their daily business in this indoor facility. Returning to Launceston, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 6: (BLD)

Launceston to Bicheno

Thu 7 Mar 24

This morning we make our way east towards Scottsdale, the main centre in this area, serving some of the richest agricultural and forest country in the state. Close by is Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm, where we take a tour of the flower shed and distillery before a delicious morning tea. Continuing our journey east, we veer off to a little place called Legerwood. There are some incredible tree carvings here portraying soldiers lost during World War I. Our lunch stop is at Pyengana. The Pub in the Paddock is one of Tasmania’s oldest pubs (circa 1880) and is nestled in one of Tasmania’s most beautiful valleys. This afternoon we head to the East Coast of Tasmania and travel south through Scamander to our overnight stop in Bicheno, where our hotel overlooks the water.

Day 7: (BD)

Bicheno to Hobart

Fri 8 Mar 24

Our travels today take us to the pretty seaside holiday village of Coles Bay. Sitting beneath stunning, sheer pink granite mountains and overlooking the crystal clean waters of Oyster Bay, it’s the ideal stop. We enter Freycinet National Park and head to Cape Tourville Lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views across Lemon Rock and the Freycinet Peninsula. At the historic town of Richmond, where the streets are paved with history, we stop to capture the oldest bridge in Australia, the convict-built Richmond Bridge. Visiting the Wicked Cheese Company, we enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and time to peruse all the tasty goodies they offer. We complete the day with a wine tasting at a local winery before arriving in Hobart.

Day 8: (BD)


Sat 9 Mar 24

Set between the towering peak of Mount Wellington and the Derwent River, Hobart is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A local guide joins us for a sightseeing tour of Hobart from the coach. Founded in 1804, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city and everywhere we go, the past steps out to meet us. Sullivans Cove is lined with sandstone warehouses reflecting the area’s rich maritime history and Battery Point’s tiny cottages vie for space with grand mansions and Victorian terraces. One of the highlights each Saturday in Hobart is the Salamanca Markets where hundreds of stallholders set up along the elm tree lined street, drawing large crowds. With so many sellers the list of items we can find here are endless with many local crafts, jewellery, fashion and food stalls. Early afternoon we visit the Cascades Female Factory, which was a self-contained purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts. The inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the colony penal costs. Here we take in the performance The Proud and the Punished centring around a female petty criminal rallying against the system of punishment and redemption. The tale of tragedy and triumph is brought to life in this short dramatization, highlighting the strength of character of a woman enduring the hardships of the female factory.

Day 9: (BLD)

Port Arthur

Sun 10 Mar 24

Today we head to the Tasman Peninsula and take a drive through “Do Town” before seeing some natural attractions such as the Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen. A little further along is the Port Arthur Historic Site. The penal settlement is a special place of vivid history, cultural heritage and stories so compelling; you’ll want to hear them again and again. It’s a place where up to 12,000 prisoners were kept in an atmosphere of hopelessness and misery. Even though the Tasman Peninsula is spectacular, you can imagine the conditions, especially on a cold winter’s day, endured by the prisoners 150 years ago. We take a fascinating journey, retracing the life of convicts in the Visitor Centre, before a walking tour through the settlement and a harbour cruise. Leaving the site, we make our way back to Hobart where we can freshen up ready for dinner at the Drunken Admiral Restaurant.

Day 10: (BLD)

Hobart to Queenstown

Mon 11 Mar 24

We farewell Hobart and begin our journey to the West Coast. We visit Russell Falls, arguably Tasmania’s prettiest waterfall and one of the easiest to access. Located in Mt Field National Park, Russell Falls forms as one of three falls that share the same watercourse. Wander through the mossy, deep green forest and watch the water cascading gently over multiple levels creating a unique and beautiful waterfall. We continue to the geographical centre of Tasmania, Derwent Bridge. Here we view the beautiful carved works on the Wall in the Wilderness, depicting the hardship and perseverance of the people in the Central Highlands. After enjoying lunch at the Wilderness Hotel, we travel through the pristine wilderness of the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Witness some spectacular scenery before making the climb into Queenstown, our home for the next two nights.

Day 11: (BLD)

Gordon River

Tue 12 Mar 24

Cruising down the iconic Gordon River is a must do when visiting Tasmania. Our cruise will bring the river and its rich history to life for an unforgettable experience. Cruising the scenic waterways, we’ll listen to intriguing stories of the region, passage through Hells Gates and step ashore Sarah Island to see some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins. We quietly cruise on the Gordon River which gives us a chance to see the famous reflections of the forest against the dark, mysterious waters. The Huon Pine which can be found in this area is commonly known to live for 2000 years. The age of an ancient tree recently “discovered” was put at 10,000 years and if verified, will be recognised as the oldest on earth. We have the opportunity at Heritage Walk to see these and other trees of the dense forest close up. What an incredible day!

Day 12: (BLD)

Queenstown - Cradle Mountain - Smithton

Wed 13 Mar 24

Discover the rugged mountains, ancient rainforests and stunning scenery of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Offering impressive views, we travel to Dove Lake, a glacially carved lake directly beneath Cradle Mountain. We also take a short drive to Waldheim Chalet, the forest home of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer. We enjoy lunch before continuing to our accommodation in Smithton. Settle into the Tall Timbers Hotel with stunning rural views.

Day 13: (BLD)

Smithton - Devonport - Spirit of Tasmania

Thu 14 Mar 24

Weather permitting, we head to historic Stanley. A village atmosphere with small craft shops, historic houses (including the cottage where Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons was born) and tea houses make this an ideal morning stop. A chairlift operates to the summit of the Nut (own expense). We then meander back along the North Coast with a stop in Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens, where we have time to wander the gardens, enjoy the tranquillity of this lush environment and enjoy lunch. Continuing via Penguin we visit the Don River Railway Museum in Devonport. All aboard as we track along the historic Melrose line taking in views of the township of Don and areas of historic value. Dinner tonight will be at The Gateway Hotel before we board the Spirit of Tasmania for our overnight sailing back to Geelong.

Day 14: (BLD)

Geelong to Yass

Fri 15 Mar 24

Disembarking the Spirit of Tasmania at the Quay in Geelong we head off to breakfast. The day’s travels see us head through to Wangaratta where we break for lunch before continuing to Yass for our overnight stay.

Day 15: (BD)

Yass to Old Bar

Sat 16 Mar 24

We have a travel day ahead as we retrace our steps up the New South Wales Coast to Old Bar. We will break for convenience stops and for time to purchase lunch before arriving with time to freshen up before our farewell dinner in the adjacent club.

Day 16: (BL)

Old Bar to Brisbane

Sun 17 Mar 24

With our bags packed full of wonderful memories, we make our final journey back home. What an incredible adventure we’ve had exploring wild and wonderful Tasmania.