Food & Wine Vacation Package | Tasmania Wine Trails, Wilderness & Australian Icons
14 Days Tasmania Wine Trails, Nature & Australian Icons from $2,199*
- 14 Days/ 12 Nights, Australia
- Free and Independent Travel (Not a Group Tour)
- Fully Customizable to Your Needs
- Accommodation: Melbourne (1 Night), Launceston (2), Cradle Mountain (2), Freycinet (1), Hobart (3), Cairns (3)
- Australian Domestic Flights: Melbourne to Launceston, Hobart to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
- Tours Included:
- Launceston, Tasmania
- Behind the Label at Josef Chromy
- Tamar Wine Tour
- Hobart: Wine Meets Art Tour & Taste at Moorilla and MONA
- Launceston, Tasmania
- Car Hire – 4 Day Car Rental Launceston Airport to Hobart City Centre
- Shuttle Transfers: Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Launceston Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- Private Transfer: Hobart Accommodation to Airport
- International Flights: Los Angeles to Melbourne, Brisbane to Los Angeles. Not Included, please inquire for current sale pricing.
- US Domestic Flights: Are not included, but can be included on request.
To Book: 888-359-2877 (M-F, 8:30am-5pm CT USA)
Booking Code: ST-TW4
Better Wine than France, Smoother Whiskey than Ireland, Cleaner Air than New Zealand
And….We Have Kangaroos!
Tasmania’s remoteness has allowed its untouched wilderness to flourish, unique wildlife to thrive, and burgeoning food and wine scenes to ripen with unparalleled quality.
And it’s only an hour’s flight south of Australia.
While many Australians haven’t stepped foot on this island state, global travelers are putting it at the top of their bucket list. With top rated food, wine, and rugged wilderness just as it stood thousands of years ago, visiting Tasmania will change the way you see the world.
Transform Your Senses with our Tasmania Wilderness, Food and Wine Vacation Package!
Start your trip with a night in Melbourne, Australia’s main jumping point into Tasmania. Melbourne is city where cultural pursuits are woven into the fabric of everyday life. Its trendsetting food and coffee scene turns heads around the world. Local art galleries and world-class museums draw visitors from all over the globe. Your night in Melbourne allows you to dip your toes into the scene, sure to leave you wanting more.
The next morning you’ll board a quick flight to Launceston. This is Tasmania’s second largest city, and one of Australia’s oldest settlements.
Nestled along the scenic Tamar River, Launceston is a blend of natural beauty, historic Victorian splendor and a passion for only the best of Tasmania’s food and wine.
Its country charm is heightened by gourmet food and award-winning wines produced by the neighboring Tamar Valley, Tasmania’s premium wine region. Exceptional wines, artisanal cheeses, craft beer, truffles and other delicacies are at your fingertips, waiting to be tasted.
You’ll spend 2 nights in Launceston, where settling in means a glass of wine in your hand. You’ll get your first taste of Tasmanian wines at Josef Chromy Wines, just 15 minutes from Launceston. Go “Behind the Label” – one of Australia’s Ultimate Winery Experiences – and learn about the vineyard’s grapes, hear the inspiring story of founder Josef Chromy and sample wines straight from the barrel. The wine keeps flowing with an included 2-course lunch paired with matching vinos.
Your next day in Launceston takes you on a half-day wine tour of Tamar Valley, revealing first hand why Tasmania has been named among the World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations of 2019 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
- Taste sparkling wines considered only second to Champagne in France.
- Visit up to four boutique vineyards showcasing the region’s exceptional Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
- Sample delicious local produce featuring rich Tasmanian cheeses, fresh raspberries, hazelnuts and hot smoked salmon.
After indulging in Tasmania’s premium wine region, you’ll want to discover more gourmet delights.
How about uncovering as you road trip across Tasmania’s exhilarating landscapes?
Let your sense of adventure run free as you drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania’s most renowned natural treasures. Just under 3 hours, this trip encompasses quirky towns, local cheese shops and historic caves.
- Stop in for creamy farm ice cream, fresh bottled milk and cheese at Ashgrove Farm. For a delicious road trip snack, grab a bag of their “Amaze Balls” cheese snacks!
- See Tasmania’s “Town of Murals” – Sheffield, a rural town painted in over 100 murals by local artists sharing the stories and characters of the town.
- Take a tour of King Solomons Caves, abounding in sparkling calcite crystals calling to mind images of fabled treasures.
Arrive to the ancient alpine mountains and glacial lakes of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. When Australian naturalist and conservationist Gustav Weindorfer stood on the summit of Cradle Mountain, he proclaimed it, “A national park for the people for all time. It is magnificent, and people must know about it and enjoy it.” A century later, this expansive park stands as the jewel of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area.
You’ll stay 2 nights at a 4-star wilderness hotel nestled within the spectacular bushland of Cradle Mountain. Settle in for the night and prepare for an adventure-filled day in this stunning national park. Wake up to a free day to venture on walking trails and explore the mirrored waters of Cradle Mountain’s lakes, spotting wallabies and wombats along the way. As the sun sets, witness the breathtaking stillness of a star-laden sky, crystal clear in the Tasmanian night.
Freycinet National Park
It is Day 7 of your “Tassie” adventure, and it’s time you saw one of Australia’s most coveted beaches – Wineglass Bay.
Breathe in the crisp Cradle Mountain air one last time before heading out to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Located on the east coast of Tasmania, driving through surreal landscapes dotted with wild kangaroos is half the fun of getting there. It is about a 4 hours’ drive, but you’ll want to allow a full day to enjoy the stops along the way.
- Part of Tasmania’s Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café is a lakeside spot specializing in all things raspberry. Wake up with a raspberry latte and a fresh Tassie breakfast, or indulge in chocolate coated raspberries.
- Stretch your legs at Campbell Town, brimming with a storied history of its colonial convicts reflected on the Convict Brick Trail along High Street.
- Stop in for a vineyard lunch with a view at the award-winning Devil’s Corner Cellar Door and Lookout, located by the edge of Moulting Lagoon.
As you reach the coast, pink granite cliffs and white sand beaches welcome you into Freycinet National Park. You’ll stay 1 night at a spectacular waterfront location just inside the park, the perfect base for exploration.
Many great hikes are about the journey as much as the destination, but no hike can beat that first magical glimpse of Wineglass Bay. Remote, peaceful and unbelievably gorgeous, Wineglass Bay is easily one of the best beaches in the world.
The next day you’ll head south to Hobart, driving past boutique wineries, historic landmarks and wildlife parks on the Southern Wine Trail.
Arrive into Hobart just as the evening sets in. Nestled against clean waterways at the foot of majestic Mount Wellington, Hobart is primed for fresh seafood, premium whiskey and wines. At the helm of Hobart’s burgeoning art scene is the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), one of the world’s most controversial museums. Its vast collection ranges from subversive masterpieces to the macabre abstract. Located on the banks of the River Derwent, Mona also features a haute-cuisine restaurant, Moorilla winery and vineyard.
Your second day in Hobart takes you right to the heart of Mona with a Wine Meets Art Tour and Taste experience. Explore the museum before enjoying a wine-paired lunch and private guided tour of Moorilla winery with tastings. Then enjoy a free day to relax and explore the city, or join an optional tour:
- Travel down the channel to Bruny Island and discover spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce in a delicious day out where every course on the menu is a stop on your journey. Sample artisanal cheeses, handcrafted whiskies and gin, fresh oysters, local chocolates and more.
- Explore Tasmania’s rugged coastlines on a wilderness cruise along the Tasman Peninsula. See breathtaking cliffs, spot dolphins and seals, and end with a visit to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.
- Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast on a cruise from Hobart’s waterfront down the River Derwent. Gather oysters, mussels, sea urchin and lobster to enjoy onboard with local wines, beers and ciders.
Shake off the Tasmanian chill from your bones and warm up to the tropics of Australia in Cairns. This city is the gateway to some of Australia’s most treasured natural gems – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
You’ll spend 3 nights in 4.5 star resort, perfectly located to explore the vibrant Cairns Esplanade and Lagoon. Your days are free to enjoy this tropical paradise, where the warm waters are primed for snorkeling and the verdant rainforest calls for an exciting expedition.
As the sun on your last day in Australia, you’ll have experienced more in one vacation than you have in all of your vacations combined.
That’s the thing about Australia – one day you’re in metropolitan Melbourne, next in the misty mountains of Tasmania, then soaking up the sun in the heady tropics of Cairns. With a little help from About Australia, we’ll ensure every moving part of this trip runs as smoothly as the wine you’ll enjoy along the way.
Still haven’t seen enough?
We love to customize trips for clients who want to see as much of Australia as possible. Whether you want to visit the famous Opera House in Sydney or extend your nights in Tasmania, we’ll create a unique package just for you.
Start planning your trip of a lifetime today!
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Well designed and good value trip, would recommend to friends
We loved our time in Australia! The diversity between Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney was great. We did several tours including the Phillip Island Penguins, the snorkeling/diving in Cairns (would like to do that one about 10 more times!), the Kuranda Rainforeststation, and the Hop on/Hop off tour in Sydney. We also did some extra exploring at those places and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We highly recommend time in Australia - LOTS of time vs. just the 11 days we spent there! We just may(...)
I wasn't totally convinced that this would work out. But, it did. Darin Hendry did a fabulous job of making our trip perfect. I was worried- I didn't have to- he's a 5 star pro. We loved it all.
Virgin Australia made the lengthy flight enjoyable.The hotel, Breakfree, was in the heart of town, spacious clean comfortable room and front desk staff bent over backwards to assist us with all kinds of requests. The tours were informative and fun. We had time to do a few things on our own, like having dinner at the top of Sydney tower our last night. On the Blue Mountain tour, we even had an impromptu chance to spot an emu in a large field and wound up feeding him apples from our hands. I(...)
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