A trip to Tasmania, should include the state’s capital, Hobart, which is Australia’s second oldest city (after Sydney), so has plenty of heritage buildings and culture to discover, as well as some incredible scenery set against the backdrop of Mount Wellington. Its famous and picturesque waterfront, which leads to the Derwent River, is the perfect place for a stroll and to see the fresh seafood displayed for sale, and you can dine in fine dining restaurants afterwards. Beyond the waterfront, there are beaches along the shore of the river, while Hobart is the gateway to places of historic or natural interest including Port Arthur and Mount Field National Park.
The Freycinet Peninsula
The Freycinet Peninsula comprises the Hazards mountains and Mt Graham/Mt Freycinet, which overlook Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach. This part of Tasmania is particularly beautiful and it’s no surprise that most of the peninsula has been declared as Freycinet National Park. Visitors have a variety of options at their disposal for exploring the area that is filled with granite peaks, secluded bays and sandy beaches, from a number of treks of varying levels of ease, snorkellling and bird-watching.
• Salamanca Place is lined by a collection of old warehouses and is a hub for those who like to dine and shop. The cobblestone square has a vibrant atmosphere and a wonderful Saturday Market where visitors can purchase all sorts of things from crafts and arts, to locally made fashion accessories and clothing, to delicious food and drink.
• Visit one of the art galleries or craft studios. Enjoy the buzz of live music in the courtyard of the arts centre, which features most Friday evenings.
• Art-lovers can visit MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) where there are over four-hundred works of art on display.
• The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens incorporates historic gardens, heritage buildings and a Sub-Antarctic Plant House.
• Take a short drive from Hobart to the summit of Mount Wellington where you will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views over the city, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula.
The Freycinet Peninsula
• Trek to the lookout point in the Freycinet National Park that offers unrivalled views over Wineglass Bay − be sure not to forget your camera!
• If you want a longer trek, continue from this lookout, along the beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range. You’ll be rewarded with stunning vistas of Great Oyster Bay.
• Birdwatchers should head to Freycinet National Park’s Moulting Lagoon where wetland birds including Black Swans and pelicans can be seen. Take a canoe out on the lagoon for a close-up view of the birdlife.
• Swimming, kayaking and snorkelling can be enjoyed off the beaches in the National Park.
• Visit Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm and see how oysters are harvested. There is also the opportunity to try the Freycinet Pacific Oysters.
• The Freycinet Winery offers an insight into the art of wine-making with the opportunity for wine-tasting.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Private Boat Trip To Wineglass Bay
Saffire offers a boat trip aboard its own purpose-built vessel to discover Wineglass Bay. Stop at sandy beaches, take a short guided walk, or perhaps do a spot of fishing with the Skipper − the choice is yours.
From London Heathrow to Hobart: 24 hours (excludes touchdown time in Singapore and Sydney).
Please contact out Travel Consultants for flight details.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Visas are required for travel to Australia. Elegant Resorts can provide Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for which we'll require: full name (including middle names), passport number, nationality, date of issue, date of expiry, place of issue, your date of birth, your home address in the UK and an email address in the UK as well as an address in Australia (this will be your first hotel or the Southern Crossings head office address, which our Travel Consultants will provide at the time of booking). Alternatively, you can apply for the visa online yourself through the Australian Government website at www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/ there is no charge for the visa but a service charge of approximately AUD$20 per person will apply. Please note, from 1 September 2015 a new Environmental Management Charge (EMC) will be introduced for The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. All visitors will be charged 6 AUD per person, per day up to a maximum of 18 AUD per stay.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.