We begin our 14-day journey in Hobart and explore this capital of Colonial Tasmania. We travel along the Derwent valley and visit sites of early settlement such as Risdon. We visit Mount Nelson and the site of Trugannini's memorial. Then to Port Arthur to see the old penitentiary. From there we spend the next few days following in the footsteps of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie along the Heritage Highway visiting all the main towns, such as Ross and Campbell Town.
We arrive at the area of the Norfolk plains to explore the towns of Longford, Evandale, Perth and Hadspen, enjoying accommodation at the famous Brickendon Estate and at Woolmers. A visit to Launceston and walking tour, and a trip to the historic Low Head Signal Station before enjoying a celebratory colonial dinner and returning to Sydney.
Colonial Tasmania - in the footsteps of the Macquaries
It’s one of the most fascinating islands on earth, richly endowed with a variety of wilderness and pastoral landscapes, a sobering climate and a personal history to match.
Once known for its remote penal settlements and harsh environment, it attracted colonial settlers with the promise of free land grants issued by the government. Denigrated for wiping out its indigenous peoples and animal species such as the Thylacine (the Tasmanian Tiger), its wilderness now attracts walkers from all over the world. If you enjoy Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, good food, great natural scenery and tales of the old days, then this island will delight you.
Throughout the 14-day journey there will be ample opportunity for discussion and sharing of experiences, which is an essential part of a tour, both group and individual.
We'll be following in the footsteps of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie's two tours of Van Diemen's Land, in 1811 and in 1821.
$3,530 National Trust members.
$3,830 non-members (per person twin-share)
Single Supplement: $850
$350 non-refundable deposit required when booking.
This itinerary requires a flight to Hobart and a return flight to Sydney from Launceston. This is your responsibility.
We include only the land-based section of the 14 DAY itinerary. The tour can be taken as a 7 day or 2 x 7 day tour.