James Cox's Clarendon Estate, Tasmania

National Trust Tour - Colonial Tasmania

Sunday 26 October - Saturday 8 November, 2014

Overview of Macquarie's Grand Tour

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.

Tour's Focus

Journeying the historic route between Hobart and Launceston over 14 days

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.

The Heritage Highway Route
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Full ITINERARY for Macquarie's Grand Colonial Tasmania Tour

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.

  • Begin at: Sydney - fly to Hobart, Tasmania.
  • End at: Launceston - fly to Sydney, NSW.
Macquarie's Grand Colonial Tasmanian Itinerary: 14 days
  • Day 1. ARRIVAL, BLIGH & COOK
    Tour members will be met at Hobart Airport around 2.00pm. From there we continue our 14-day journey from the airport to Adventure Bay, where both Cook and Bligh visited. Tonight we meet for a light welcome BBQ dinner.
    ACCOMMODATION: Captain Cook Holiday park (cabins at Adventure Bay) (L, AT, D)
  • Day 2. MOUNT NELSON OR WELLINGTON
    Visit Mount Nelson,Trugannini Memorial or Mt Wellington, Walking tour of Hobart One of our first walking tours - Macquarie Street, St David’s Cathedral, Ingle Hall, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Lady Nelson, Tasman Fountain, Knopwood’s Retreat, Salamanca place, Kelly’s Steps, Princes Park, Arthur’s Circus, Shipwright’s Arms, St. George’s Church, Narryna, St David’s Park and Anglesea Barracks.
    ACCOMMODATION: Heritage listed Lenna of Hobart, Salamanca Place (B, MT, L, AT, D)
  • Day 3. TASMAN PENINSULA
    Sorell, Dunalley, Eaglehawk Neck, PORT ARTHUR, TASMAN ARCH, RICHMOND: A walking tour of Port Arthur, the world-famous colonial penitentiary.
    ACCOMMODATION: Fox and Hounds Inn (Port Arthur)
  • Day 4. TASMANIA'S EAST COAST
    We explore Tasmania’s superb east coast: Triabuna, Swansea, Coles Bay, Penguin night tour.
    ACCOMMODATION: Beachfront Motel (Bicheno) (B, MT, L, AT, D)
  • Day 5. BAY OF FIRES AREA
    We continue further along the wild east coast: St Helen's, Legerwood, Scottsdale.
    ACCOMMODATION: Pennyroyal Hotel (Launceston) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 6. HERITAGE HIGHWAY VILLAGES
    We travel along the route established by Governor Macquarie in 1811 and visit some of the towns and places he named. Campbell Town, Ross, Oatlands, Kempton, Richmond, Pontville, Jericho.
    ACCOMMODATION: Lenna of Hobart (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 7. HOBART DERWENT VALLEY HISTORIC TRAIL
    Salamanca Markets, Penitentiary Chapel (N.T.) – Risdon Cove - the first European settlement in Tasmania,
    Runnymede (N.T.)
    ACCOMMODATION: Lenna of Hobart (B)
  • Day 8. HOBART HISTORIC TOUR
    Tours of Hobart: Rokeby Church, Ancanthe (Lady Franklin Museum), Female Factory, Royal Tennis Court, Cascades Female Factory, Cascade Brewery, Theatre Royal, MONA (optional 10-6)
    ACCOMMODATION: Lenna of Hobart (B)
  • Day 9. RUSSELL FALLS, LAKE ST. CLAIR
    We drive into the island’s wilderness interior, impressed by the landscape the early travellers encountered.
    ACCOMMODATION: (Strahan) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 10. STRAHAN, MACQUARIE HARBOUR
    A truly memorable cruise on Macquarie Harbour, deep in the wilderness of the island’s west coast.
    ACCOMMODATION: (Strahan) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 11. STANLEY & THE NUT
    On our way to Stanley we pay a visit to Waldheim & Cradle Mountain area. An optional walk up to the Nut.
    ACCOMMODATION: Burnie Comfort Hotel (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 12. LAUNCESTON HISTORIC WALK
    On our walking tour we view Macquarie House, Paterson barracks, Queen Victoria Museum, Boag’s Brewery, Holy Trinity Church, Batman Fawkner Hotel, Old Umbrella Shop (N.T.), St John’s, Milton Hall and Christ Church and Morton House.
    ACCOMMODATION: Pennyroyal Hotel (Launceston) (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 13. TAMAR VALLEY HISTORIC TRAIL
    We explore the historic Port Dalrymple: Mt. George Lookout, George Town, Low head Pilot Station, Low Head Lighthouse, Norfolk Plains Heritage Centre, Cataract Gorge.
    ACCOMMODATION: Pennyroyal Hotel (B, MT, L, AT)
  • Day 14. NORFOLK PLAINS VILLAGES
    Brickendon, Entally House, Longford, Norfolk Plains Heritage Centre, Evandale and James Cox's Clarendon Estate (N.T.) Launceston late pm flight to Sydney. (B, MT, L, AT)
    AT LAUNCESTON – Tour members will be transferred to Launceston airport for return flights.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    N.B. Time permitting, we will visit as many of these sites as possible. Itinerary may be altered due to time available and other circumstances.
    N.B. Accommodation may change due to availability
    B = Breakfast, MT = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
    N.T. = National Trust
  • FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT
    David Smith at Travel on Capri
    1800 679 066
    or sales@traveloncapri.com.au

If you would like MORE INFORMATION or TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST, please contact us for details and options.

Our Take:
This tour gives you a fascinating insight into the lives and aspirations of Tasmania's colonial peoples. Includes four fascinating National trust properties. Travelling through the landscape shows us the challenges and the rewards faced by both convicts and settlers. Tasmania has one of the largest groupings of Georgian era buildings outside of England. The walking tours add to your appreciation of contemporary and colonial life in Tasmania.