Focus on Tasmania 

Tasmania is an amazing place for great outdoor and wilderness experiences as well as great food and wine, especially seafoods caught straight from the southern ocean. We have highlighted a few destinations but there are many more we can suggest in Tasmania. Whilst we focus on outdoor and wilderness , there is much more to see in Tasmania for example the world famous Mona Museum in Hobart, which we will preview in future newsletters.

Maylands Lodge Hobart

Maylands is an urban luxury lodge on the fringe of the city. A place where relaxation, rejuvenation and a generosity of spirit come together.Our core ethos revolves around being sustainable in how we operate and our food is hyper-seasonal, homegrown, house-made and supports small local growers and producers.

Bruny Island Safaris

Bruny Island sits off the Southeast coast of Tasmania. The local Bruny Island community are producing some of the finest food products in Tasmania and on the world stage, making this one of the best Islands to discover amazing food and spectacular wild scenery in Tasmania.

Bruny Island Cruises

Bruny Island Cruises is an award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise exploring the rugged coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania.
Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. There are also other exceptional cruising experiences in Tasmania such as Seafood Seduction.

The Maria Island Walk

If you love, nature, walking and great food then this is for you.This truly unique experience will give you four days that will stick in your memory for a lifetime. In this newsletter we feature the signature four day walk, but there are many more to choose from

West Coast Wilderness Railway

The West Coast Wilderness Railway operates tourist steam train journeys along a 35km line between Queenstown and Strahan on Tasmania’s rugged West Coast. The line was built in the 1890s to transport valuable mineral ore from the mines of Queenstown to the port of Strahan for export to national and international markets.

GORDON RIVER CRUISE
Cruising aboard Spirit of the Wild on our national award-winning Gordon River Cruise, you will experience quiet cruising with electric motors while taking in the tranquil surrounds of the Gordon River. Our dedicated guides and character-based interpretation will take you through the history of this remarkable place as you cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates and then on to the Gordon River.

GORDON RIVER CRUISE
Cruising aboard Spirit of the Wild on our national award-winning Gordon River Cruise, you will experience quiet cruising with electric motors while taking in the tranquil surrounds of the Gordon River. Our dedicated guides and character-based interpretation will take you through the history of this remarkable place as you cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates and then on to the Gordon River. Click here for a virtual tour of Spirit of the Wild and click here for a downloadable route map and tour description.

GORDON RIVER CRUISE INCLUSIONS:

Quiet cruising on the Gordon River with Spirit of the Wild’s unique hybrid drive system
First access to the Gordon River ensuring the best possible chance of seeing the famous reflections
Dedicated on-board guides
Character-based interpretation during which you’ll meet the likes of Captain James Kelly, Lady Jane Franklin and more…
Chef-prepared buffet lunch
Three seating options, including the Premier Upper Deck
Audio tours for international guests (reservation recommended)
Two walking tours (Heritage Landing and Sarah Island)
The Premier Upper Deck includes an open bar. Main deck provides a cash bar
PREMIER UPPER DECK ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:

Complimentary Tasmanian red, white and sparkling wines. As well as beers, juices, tea and espresso coffee
Premium leather recliners with full length windows
Private viewing deck and lounge area
Morning, afternoon tea and canapés

Bruny Island Cruises

Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do – they work hard to ensure that the experience is fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative.

The custom-built yellow boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife of Bruny Island. Each vessel holds a maximum of 43 guests. Covered open-air tiered seating means an excellent all-round view and connection with the environment. The boats are safe, comfortable and gentle on the environment due to their fuel efficiency, low emission and quiet operation.

Seafood Seduction

This wilderness and fine seafood cruise is a truly great way to take in what Tasmania has to offer, enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water, rock lobster and see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin. Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.

Cruising Tasmania

This cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar. Guests explore waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves.

The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park. It is home to a variety of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales and abundant sea birds in their thousands.

At any time of year you’re likely to see the feeding frenzy of diving gannets, albatross and sea eagles wheeling on the wind, cliff-nesting cormorants and peregrine falcons, or a pod of playful dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat.

GORDON RIVER CRUISE
Cruising aboard Spirit of the Wild on our national award-winning Gordon River Cruise, you will experience quiet cruising with electric motors while taking in the tranquil surrounds of the Gordon River. Our dedicated guides and character-based interpretation will take you through the history of this remarkable place as you cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates and then on to the Gordon River. Click here for a virtual tour of Spirit of the Wild and click here for a downloadable route map and tour description.

GORDON RIVER CRUISE INCLUSIONS:

Quiet cruising on the Gordon River with Spirit of the Wild’s unique hybrid drive system
First access to the Gordon River ensuring the best possible chance of seeing the famous reflections
Dedicated on-board guides
Character-based interpretation during which you’ll meet the likes of Captain James Kelly, Lady Jane Franklin and more…
Chef-prepared buffet lunch
Three seating options, including the Premier Upper Deck
Audio tours for international guests (reservation recommended)
Two walking tours (Heritage Landing and Sarah Island)
The Premier Upper Deck includes an open bar. Main deck provides a cash bar
PREMIER UPPER DECK ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:

Complimentary Tasmanian red, white and sparkling wines. As well as beers, juices, tea and espresso coffee
Premium leather recliners with full length windows
Private viewing deck and lounge area
Morning, afternoon tea and canapés

 

Mayland Lodge Hobart

 

MAYLANDS LODGE HOBART TASMANIA
A merchant “son of a convict”, a legendary architect, an iconic department store and The Salvo’s all play a part in the history of Maylands.

Truly boutique in nature and set within one of Tasmania’s finest Heritage properties. The styling is minimalist and rooms/suites are a fusion of modern and historic luxury.

Maylands is an urban luxury lodge on the fringe of the city. A place where relaxation, rejuvenation and a generosity of spirit come together.

The core ethos revolves around being sustainable in how we operate and our food is hyper-seasonal, homegrown, house-made and supports small local growers and producers.

The Ultimate Wilderness Experience

Experience the grandeur and spirit of the Tasmanian wilderness in its purest sense with our Southwest Wilderness Experience. This new six-hour tour explores the remote and harsh southern coasts and waterways of this rugged and beautiful region of Tasmania.

Departing from Hobart, we pass the Derwent River, Bruny Island and follow the stunning coastline through the Southwest National Park, to the South East Cape, the most southern point of Australia.

Landing at Melaleuca Airport, we take to the water and explore the pristine waterways of The Port Davey Marine Reserve taking in Waterfall Bay and the Breaksea Islands.

After a gourmet lunch featuring delicious Tasmanian produce, we disembark the vessel and explore the Melaleuca Museum and the Neewonnee Walk, a fantastic monument to the rich indigenous history of the area.

Returning to the skies, we head inland over The Arthur Range, arguably Tasmania’s most spectacular mountain range. Taking in Mount Picton and The Huon Valley, we return to Hobart via Mount Wellington for a birds-eye view of the beautiful capital of Tasmania before landing back at Cambridge.

West Coast Wilderness Railway

Welcome aboard the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway and to the West Coast of Tasmania.
This railway was constructed in the late 1890s by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Com- pany to carry copper ore from the mines at Queenstown through 35 kilometres of dense forest, mountainous terrain and river gorges to the port of Strahan in the days before there were any highways in this region. The railway was also vital for carrying all supplies and mining equipment in to Queenstown.
Before it was built, most people believed building a railway here was impossible, and that the Company was crazy for even trying. But with perseverance and living by the motto of “find a way or make a way”, they defied the odds. It took two and a half years to build the railway and cost 230,000 pounds.

 

Cradle Mountain Lodge

is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions.

Just 2 hours scenic drive from Launceston and 1.5 hours from Devonport, this superb escape showcases the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds.

Set discreetly within the wilderness setting, the Lodge offers 4 different styles of accommodation, from the contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins to the luxurious King Billy Suites.

Bruny Island Foods, Sightseeing And Lighthouse Tour ~ Includes Lunch, Tastings And Morning Tea
Bruny Island Safaris full Day Tour – a spectacular tour with nature, wilderness, coast and heritage on Bruny Island, joining the ferry in Kettering.

Be guided through the Mount Mangana rainforests in search of White Wallaby in the wild, cross and climb the narrow sandy isthmus known as The Neck and Wildlife Zone and onwards to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse Station and join Australia’s southernmost Lighthouse Tour which is included in the price of your day tour to Bruny Island.

For morning tea, enjoy Bruny Island Cheeses & Oysters picnic style, with fresh wood oven breads on one of the islands pristine white beaches. You will also have the option to visit the cheese shop and oyster outlet on the return journey later in the day. If you buy any items we can keep them cool in our ice boxes that are on all of our vehicles.

Along the way we stop at many of the Bruny Island food producers, lookouts and sweeping beaches with ample time for short walks or a paddle in the cool ocean waters of the Tasman Sea. For lunch, choose from an extensive menu of locally caught fresh fish, succulent local lamb, salmon, seafood chowder or the popular seafood platter for two (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). A collaboration of fine food with Hotel Bruny & The Bruny Island Producers, overlooking Sunset Beach.

Maria Island Walk 

Four Days you will never forget

Day 1 – The first steps…
You arrive at the historic coastal town of Triabunna. Our boat will take you to Maria Island through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island. You will set foot on a pristine, untouched beach, exactly as explorers did years earlier. Here you enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal azure waters of Shoal Bay before taking a walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp. That afternoon explore the trail through the tall eucalypt forest down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.

Distance: 8 kms
That evening, after a fine Tasmanian gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset
with a glass of wine, delighting in the day you’ve had and excited by what lies ahead.

Landing on Maria Island National Park – Kangaroo on Maria Island National Park

Day 2 – Five fabulous beaches
Wake up to the busy chattering of the wattle birds and, from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest. This is one of the truly great guided walks of Australia! After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your journey along five beautiful beaches. Watch dolphins play in the surf and sea eagles soaring overhead as you walk past the carpet of exotic shells lining the water’s edge. By late afternoon you arrive at White Gums camp for a refreshing swim. After the perfect day, you can relax with your fellow walkers, before enjoying a candlelit dinner of the finest Tasmanian food and wine.

Distance: 13 kms
Can it get any better than this? Day 3 awaits.

Breakfast at Casuarina Beach Camp, The Maria Island Walk – Riedle Bay, The Maria Island Walk

Day 3 – Into the heart, up to the heights
Today our Tasmanian Walking Guides will take you inland to the heart of the Island to discover the rich greens of the grand forests. You’ll wander through the world’s largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums and can choose to climb the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk. It’s a 700 metres climb through rare “cloud” rain forests. As you can imagine, the views are simply breathtaking. That evening you arrive at Tasmanian’s fascinating World Heritage listed settlement of Darlington where you’ll stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House and enjoy a final night banquet with fine wine and conversation.

Distance: 9-17 kms
Another day that’s given you plenty to dream about.

Women walking through Blue Gum Forests on The Maria Island Walk – The Maria Island Walk guest at the summit of Mount Maria

Day 4 – The Fabulous Top End
The final day begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around the northern tip of Maria Island. The walk takes you through a variety of spectacular woodlands and forests with rare endemic birds, wallabies and wombats on show. You continue on to the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs. Arriving back at Darlington we enjoy a celebratory farewell lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland Tasmania and Hobart taking with you incredible memories and stories of an amazing four days, walking in Tasmania, spent in a very special place.

Distance: 4 kms
Memories, stories and new friends that will last a lifetime.

Darlington, Maria Island National Park – View of Bishop Clerk on The Maria Island Walk

Candlelit dining on The Maria Island Walk