Tasmania has a history, culture and landscape distinct from mainland Australia. This eight day tour offers unique insights into the island and its past, combining renowned attractions, such as the colonial Clarendon Estate and the World Heritage-listed convict site at Port Arthur, with sites of particular interest to the cultural traveller, such as the excellent Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on the Derwent River, and a special focus on John Glover. These visits are carefully balanced with the experience of Tasmania’s pristine natural beauty, including a day trip along the Huon River Valley and a Freycinet Peninsula cruise.
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Tasmania has some fine Georgian and 19th-century properties. We visit the National Trust listed Clarendon, Australia’s grandest rural colonial estate at Evandale, historic Pilot’s Row and the lighthouse at Low Head and artist John Glover’s estate at Patterdale.
Colonial & Contemporary Art
Explore the life and work of Australia’s finest colonial artist, John Glover, at the Queen Victoria Art Museum and Gallery and at Patterdale Farm in and around Launceston. In Hobart, see the various collections at the Tasmania Museum and Gallery, dating from its establishment in 1848.
The Freycinet Peninsula
The stunning granite cliffs of the Peninsula, pristine beaches and abundant fauna make this a sightseeing highlight.
Port Arthur, a World Heritage site that functioned as a ‘panopticon’ style convict prison from 1833 until 1853. It is a remarkably well preserved site, and the beauty of the setting belies the tragic events that took place there.
Days 1–3: The tour begins in Launceston, visiting historic homes and villages, exploring the farm of colonial artist John Glover and touring the Tamar Valley and hills towards the Cradle Mountain region. We also visit wineries and the excellent Stillwater restaurant.
Days 4–5: Travel to the Freycinet Peninsula via colonial-era towns, and cruise Wineglass Bay.
Days 6–8: In Hobart we continue our exploration of colonial artists, enjoy day trips to the Huon Valley and the Tasman Peninsula, and visit David Walsh’s astonishing MONA.
The tour begins at the hotel in Launceston and ends at the airport in Hobart. Qantas and Virgin fly into Launceston and out of Hobart from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
Included meals are shown with the symbols B, L and D.
Friday 4 March: Arrive into Launceston
Group members should arrange to arrive into Launceston by midday, making their own way to the hotel. We meet in the hotel lounge in the early afternoon to make our introductions. We then travel to Clarendon, the National Trust listed three-storey Georgian colonial estate of James Cox, built in 1838 using convict labour. After a guided tour of the estate, we return to Launceston, where we have time to settle in to the hotel before our welcome dinner at Stillwater, an excellent restaurant in a historic former mill overlooking the junction of the Tamar and South Esk Rivers. Overnight Launceston. (D)
Saturday 5 March: John Glover
Our tour today focuses on the art and life of John Glover. We begin with a guided visit to the Queen Victoria Art Gallery with its unique collections of colonial fine and decorative arts from Tasmania. We then visit the historic town of Evandale. In the afternoon, we call in at Nile Farm, once the estate of artist John Glover. Current owner Carol Westmore shows us the restoration work they have been undertaking. Returning to Launceston, the evening is at leisure. Overnight Launceston. (B)
Sunday 6 March: The Tamar Valley
We spend the day enjoying northern Tasmania’s history and scenery. This morning we travel up the eastern shore of the Tamar River to George Town, where we visit the Bass and Flinders Museum, which documents these explorers’ 1798 circumnavigation of Tasmania. We continue north to the mouth of the Tamar River and visit Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum and lighthouse. Dating from 1805, the Pilot and Signal Station has run continuously since 1833 and is the oldest in Australia. Before returning to Launceston this afternoon we stop for a wine tasting at a local winery. Overnight Launceston. (B)
Monday 7 March: The Midlands and Freycinet
Departing Launceston, we head south to explore Ross, one of the best preserved colonial towns in Australia, with buildings mainly from the 1830s and 40s including a ‘female factory’ for female convicts. We also visit Campbell Town where there is free time to explore the Convict Brick Trail down the high street. We then head to the east coast, where some of Tasmania’s finest coastal scenery is to be enjoyed. We spend the night at Coles Bay, with fine views across Great Oyster Bay. Overnight Freycinet. (B, D)
Tuesday 8 March: Wineglass Bay Cruise
Today we enjoy a four-hour cruise from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay, admiring the dramatic scenery of the Freycinet Peninsula and learning about local history, flora and fauna from our on-board guide. The cruise includes fresh oysters, lunch prepared by Freycinet Lodge and a sampling of east coast wines. We continue to Hobart, arriving in the early evening. Overnight Hobart. (B, L)
Wednesday 9 March: Port Arthur
This morning we travel to the Tasman Peninsula, about two hours south east of Hobart. We spend much of the time at Port Arthur, a World Heritage site that functioned as a ‘panopticon’ style convict prison from 1833 until 1853. It is a remarkably well preserved site, and the beauty of the setting belies the tragic events that took place there. We have an introductory guided walking tour including the museum and a cruise on the harbour. There is time after lunch to explore some of the 30 buildings, ruins and restored homes set on the 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Overnight Hobart. (B, L)
Thursday 10 March: Huon Valley & TMAG
We depart early this morning and head south of Hobart to the fine scenery of the Huon Valley. Agricultural land gives way to the rainforest of Tasmania’s southwest wilderness region. We walk the Tahune Airwalk for breathtaking views over heritage-listed forests and the Huon and Picton Rivers. We enjoy lunch at Home Hill Winery, which produces some of Australia’s finest pinot noir. Returning to Hobart we visit the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery, to view the excellent collection of colonial art. The pieces exhibited in the museum have their origins in the Royal Society of Tasmania, established in 1843 and Austalia’s oldest scientific society. Overnight, Hobart. (B, L)
Friday 11 March: Mona – Departure
This morning, we travel up the Derwent to visit Mona, David Walsh’s idiosyncratic museum, which has quickly gained international recognition for its approach to the display of art. After lunch at The Source, the restaurant above Mona led by the acclaimed chef Philippe Leban, we explore the galleries, some of which are cut deep into the rock. We head to the airport in the mid-afternoon for return flights to east coast cities. (B, L)
Dr Anna Lebovic
An historian and educator, with a doctorate on the history of America’s pre-eminent fashion magazine, Vogue.
Anna has a strong personal interest in literature, the arts and food (the good things in life!), and a particular expertise in the United States and the history of fashion.
Anna was awarded a BA and PhD in History from the University of Sydney, and her doctorate was the first academic history of America’s pre-eminent fashion magazine, Vogue. Her research has been supported by a number of prestigious institutions, including the Institute Francais de la Mode in Paris, and she has presented at numerous conferences internationally, including meetings of the Association of Dress Historians in London and the Organization of American Historians in New Orleans. She is currently at work on her first book on Vogue, which draws on previously unseen material from the Conde Nast archive in New York. Her research has also been published (or is forthcoming) in leading academic journals, including The Journal of Women’s History and Gender & History.
As a Research Associate and Lecturer at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Anna lectured in American Studies for several years. A passionate teacher, she has also taught American history at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, and currently teaches media studies at Macquarie University.
Anna is delighted to design and lead Academy Travel’s first fashion-focused tour. In 2020, “New York: The Art of Fashion” will explore the subject of American style, and trace the profound influence fashion has had upon the political life and cultural identity of one of the most exciting cities in the world – New York.
An elegant boutique-style apartment hotel located in the city centre and central to most of Launceston’s main attractions. The spacious one bedroom suites have a separate open plan living room and kitchenette with dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. www.thesebellaunceston.com.au
Coles Bay, Freycinet Lodge (1 night)
This four-star lodge has well-appointed cabins and fine views across Great Oyster Bay. The Lodge’s restaurant is also well regarded. www.freycinetlodge.com.au
Hobart, Lenna of Hobart (3 nights)
Built in 1874, this sandstone mansion is classified by the National Trust. It is close to Hobart’s CBD, Salamanca Place and historic Battery Point. Our rooms in the modern wing are large and functional. lenna.com.au
What is included in the tour price?
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
All accommodation at properties mentioned in the itinerary
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Taxis may also be used for short trips on some tours. Some city stay tours may involve local transport
Lunches and dinners indicated with the letters L and D in the itinerary
Beer, wine and soft drinks at sit-down lunches and dinners. Picnic and light lunches may not include alcoholic drinks
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
All tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
On international tours only
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required, and when stated as included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Some trips may be made by public transport such as high-speed train and subway
What is not included in the tour price?
Our tours do not include the following:
Air or land travel from your home city to the tour start/end points
Local taxes and airport levies that we are not able to prepay on your behalf. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Lunches and dinners not specifically indicated with the letters L or D in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as passports, laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
Airport Transfers on international tours
Tours may begin at either the arrival airport or the first hotel. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
We require all tour participants to have adequate insurance coverage.
For domestic tours, Medicare and your private medical insurance should be used to cover any medical expenses.
Domestic travel insurance is available and strongly recommended to cover non-medical expenses such as cancellation.
For international tours, we require you to have comprehensive travel insurance. Prices vary according to your age, your pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the length of your journey abroad.