Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
Days 1 - 2
Launceston lies in northeast Tasmania, just a two-hour drive from the city of Hobart. “Lonnie”, as it is called by locals, is well known for its beautifully restored Victorian buildings and more modern architectural attractions. City Park on the eastern edge of the town is a popular picnic spot, whilethe Queen Victoria Museum reveals the city’s interesting history. Cataract Gorge is a short walk from the centre of town and popular with visitors for its beautiful hiking trails and views from Kings Bridge. The town is also the gateway to the winelands of Tamar Valley and a perfect base from where to explore the rest of Tasmania.
Days 2 - 3
Once serving as the remote outpost where convicts were exiled, the island state of Tasmania is a strange and mesmerising mix of dark and gritty history, trendy arts and foodie cultures, and exquisite scenery with over 70 percent of the island comprising reserves, national parks and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Don’t miss Bicheno, the ‘Jewel of the East Coast’, for sublime seafood, wine-tasting and deep-sea fishing and diving; visit the quaint towns of Wynyard, Burnie or Devonport, with their galleries, art and craft centres, and charming cafes serving top-notch cuisine; and travel to the ‘Edge of the World’ on the northwestern shoreline; and explore the spectacular Tarkine Wilderness Area, with its temperate forests inhabited by diverse wildlife.
Bay of Fires
Days 3 - 5
An area of spectacular natural beauty on the east coast of Tasmania, Bay of Fires is one of Australia’s most vibrant tourist areas. With its 50-kilometre stretch of white beaches, crystal-clear waters and orange-tinted granite rocks, Bay of Fires makes an idyllic beach getaway destination, offering a great mix of tranquillity and invigorating outdoor activities. Bookended by the Mount William National Park to the north and the Bay of Fires Conservation Area to the south, the Bay of Fires area offers camping, diving, surfing, fishing and boating (especially around Ansons Bay), as well as some excellent bird watching routes and wildlife viewing tours. The area also features a number of hiking trails to explore, including a popular hike to the magnificent St. Columba Waterfall outside St. Helens. Nearby Binalong Bay offers some great nightlife.