Whilst visiting Australia, consider alluring Tasmania as part of your luxury trip. This island truly has it all: epic scenery, tremendous cuisine and marvellous beaches. Steeped in colonial history, Tasmania also provides excellent museums and architecture, particularly in the vibrant harbour city of Hobart.
Tasmania also showcases some exquisite cuisine and is experiencing a rising contribution to world foods - including premium seafood, bread, cheese, honey, nuts, craft beer, whiskey, gin and delicious cool-climate wine. Meanwhile, Tasmania’s east coast offers a magnificent 220-kilometre coastal drive, lined with gorgeous beaches, striking ocean views, historic sites, small and friendly towns, and awe-inspiring national parks - including the breathtaking Freycinet National Park.
The harbour town of Hobart is an exciting and buzzing hub, boasting old pubs alongside trendy craft-beer bars, fascinating museums, and a myriad of restaurants and cafes. Wander to Salamanca Place, uniquely lined by a collection of old warehouses and a hub for those who like to dine and shop. The cobblestone square has a vibrant atmosphere and a wonderful Saturday Market, in which visitors can purchase an array of goodies - from crafts and arts, to locally-made fashion accessories and clothing, to delicious food and drink.
MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art)
Art enthusiasts will simply love MONA, The Museum of Old and New Art, where there are over four-hundred works of art on display. The museum presents ancient antiquities alongside modern and contemporary works, making the collection particularly fascinating and deeply engaging. The architecture itself is a marvellous feat of engineering that cost $75 million to construct.
Freycinet National Park
The Freycinet Peninsula comprises the Hazards Mountains, Mount Graham and Mount 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 a National Park. Visitors have a variety of options at their disposal for exploring the stunning area, filled with granite peaks, secluded bays and sandy beaches. Choose from a number of treks (of varying levels of ease), snorkelling and bird-watching, to name just a few activities.
Kunanyi and Mount Wellington
Nothing compares to the truly breathtaking views over Hobart from the summit of Mount Wellington, standing at an impressive 1271 metres tall. On a clear day, the views stretch as far as the eye can see, but even on a cloudy day the outlook is magnificent, the peak revealing a magic carpet of cotton-like clouds. The summit road weaves its way from the city, through the forest, and up to the rocky summit, making it easily accessible from wherever you are in Tasmania. For those seeking adventure, hiking routes are a brilliant way to see this glorious landscape.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Located approximately 100km south east of Hobart, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most important spots. Port Arthur was a former convict settlement and from 1833 until 1853, was the destination for the most dangerous, convicted British criminals. It is a must see in Tasmania, offering fascinating guided tours that provide an insight into the convicts’ journey from England to Tasmania, as well as a glimpse at 19th-century prison life.
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.