On Australia Adventure: Adelaide, Tasmania & Sydney, you’ll travel off-the-beaten path during a 6-night stay on the island state of Tasmania that reveals a truly unique side of the Australian story, from history to wildlife, art and cuisine. Tasmania is eclectic – in Hobart, a private evening at the playful Museum of Old and New Art introduces you to works that range from architecture to science, philosophy, statistics, literature, math, ancient Egypt, African art – and books, original, signed editions.
Tasmania’s history is rich, with an Aboriginal heritage dating back 40,000 years. Abel Tasman became the first European to sight the island in 1642, but it wasn’t until 1803 that the first European settlement was started. Early settlers were mainly convicts exiled from Britain – and the haunting 19th-century remains of the prison at Port Arthur harbor the stories that define the island’s earliest days that arrived with the Europeans.
Tasmania is exciting, with a seasonal culinary and wine scene most memorable. It is home to unique wildlife including Tasmanian devils, blue-tongued lizards, bettongs, koalas, quolls and other exotic residents – and you’ll meet them on a visit to the fabulous Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. There’s adventures on Bruny Island, where natural history and unique culinary specialties intertwine – or if you choose, and a cruise along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, teeming with birds and marine-life, highlighted by breathtaking cliffs and rock towers. And there are fabulous vineyards that produce distinctly different varietals than, say the vineyards of South Australia.
And Tasmania is home to fabulous resorts such as the premier luxury lodge Saffire Freycinet. A two-night stay provides an authentic and immersive connection to magnificent Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay in Tasmania (pictured above) – it is distinct in its design, exclusive in its features, surrounded by the magnificence of nature – and set apart by its dedication to service. And… a very wide range of activities are available such as a beekeeping experience; visits to a marine oyster farm or a local vineyard; a kayaking and birdwatching excursion; cooking or mixology demonstrations; a “Tasmanian Devil Experience”; and guided walks, paddle boarding, mountain biking and fishing.
Tasmania… is stunning.