A tour of contrasts – Port Arthur full day tour with Experience Tasmania
The Experience Tasmania full day tour to Port Arthur is one of contrasts. The day is filled with history and natural beauty that will leave you awestruck and filled with contemplation of times gone by.
The tour commences by heading out of Hobart city across the Tasman Bridge and onto the township of Richmond (Summer season) or Sorell (Winter season). From there you weave through coastal villages and agricultural fields on your way to the Tasman Peninsula. Your experienced driver guide keeps you entertained with personal insights, wildlife facts and other points of interest along the way. As you enter Tasman National Park the scenery changes to a natural bush setting with spectacular coastal views.
Arriving at Port Arthur, you enter the modern interpretation centre, where your driver introduces you to the World Heritage site and is at hand to answer questions. The tour is fully escorted, with the driver guide there to assist you as needed. The Port Arthur historic site contains more than 30 historic buildings, which you can explore at your own pace.
After a short visit to the interpretation centre to view the well thought out and visually stimulating exhibits, you can join an optional walking tour of the Port Arthur site. The tour visits major building sites such as the Penitentiary, Commandants House, the Asylum and Separate Prison. Your guide talks you through life at Port Arthur as a convict and a free settler. There is time to wander through the various buildings and exhibits and admire the neatly manicured gardens before heading toward the dock to join your cruise on Carnarvon Bay.
The thirty minute cruise gives you a different perspective of the site and takes you past the Isle of the Dead, a 1100 grave cemetery, and Point Puer, the site of the boys’ prison. Post-cruise you have time to eat lunch and explore the site further or join the free optional Remarkable Cave tour.
You wrap up the tour of Port Arthur and back on the bus, stop at the breathtaking Tasman’s Arch and Pirates Bay lookout to admire stunning coastal views of Tasman National Park before heading back to Hobart.
There is so much on offer at Port Arthur, it is an amazing, must-see World Heritage site. The coastal views of the Tasman National Park leave you at the end of your tour with memories of an unforgettable experience.
Travellers have spoken – and recognised us for superior service!
Travellers have spoken, and not to blow our own trumpet (but hey, why not, this is awesome) we've received a "2016 Certificate of Excellence" award from TripAdvisor!
Experience Tasmania - Gray Line has been recognised for superior service! We're thrilled to announce that we have been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews we've earned on TripAdvisor. This achievement celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.
Now in its 6th year, the prestigious Certificate of Excellence designation recognises establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travellers, and this year we are one of them. TripAdvisor has this to say about the award:
"The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” says Vice President of Industry Marketing, Heather Leisman.
If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about – book a tour with us or just give us a call to have a chat! You can contact us here. We'd love to hear from you.
Tasmanian Food Discovery Tour just delicious!
Today was our very first day of our new food tour for 2016. Six clients experienced our new Tasmanian Food Discovery Tour and loved it.
From all reports the tour is just sensational. Guests visited the Coal River Farm and witnessed chocolate and cheese making, with tastings! They picked fruit, met the Chocolatier and Cheese Maker and toured TasLive Abalone (including sampling). Their morning was finsihed off with a scenic cruise on Hobart's Derwent River, completing a sweet day of indulgence and culture.
If you too would like to experience this wonderful new tour, visit our new tour page here.
The tour page includes operating times and prices. Below (and avoce) are some photos from todays adventure courtesy of our driver Alyce:
New Food Discovery Tour replaces Cadburys Tour in Tasmania
We are excited to announce that for 2016 we have a brand new delicious tour on our program ... the Tasmanian Food Discovery Tour.
With the closure of the Cadbury tours, this new experience will truly satisfy any craving or void. Operating from Hobart out to the Coal River Farm in Cambridge, the tour includes some tasty highlights:
- Personalised tour of Coal River Farm
- Viewing of chocolate and cheese making, with tastings
- Meet the Chocolatier and Cheese Maker
- Pick your own fresh fruit
- Tour TasLive Abalone and tasting
- Take a delightfully scenic cruise on Hobart's Derwent River to complete your sweet day or indulgence and culture
You can read all about it and find out fares on our new tour page here but below we've included a write up just to whet your appetite:
Tasmania has become world-famous for its fresh produce, pristine growing conditions and artisan food industry. Join this tour and tempt your taste buds at Coal River Farm Tasmania’s hub of handmade cheese, chocolate, farm-grown berries and fruit.
See Tasmania’s finest gourmet cheese and chocolate being made onsite, pick some of the world’s tastiest strawberries and other orchard fruits. Daily tastings!
You will see artisan cheese being crafted by master cheese makers and will witness the fine skills of chocolatiers combining some of the worlds best chocolates with local farm flavours. There are loads of tastings available and you will learn about how the cheese, chocolate and farm fruits are made, grown or processed.
At TasLive Abalone enjoy a tasting and tour, and learn about the processing of Abalone.
Visit the tour page for operating times and prices. We promise you, you won't be disappointed.
Hong Kong identity and Master Chef Wong Wing Chee chooses us!
Experience Tasmania Tours and Charters is the choice of Hong Kong identity and Master Chef Wong Wing Chee 黃永幟 group tour to Tasmania.
Three time Iron Chef winner and international celebrity chef, Wong Wing Chee, is currently leading a tour in Tasmania. The group are members from the Hong Kong horse racing industry.
Experience Tasmania Tours and Charters is proud and honoured to provide a customised itinerary showcasing the best of Tasmanian food and wine as well as visits to iconic attractions.
The group are staying at leading hotels, enjoying exclusive experiences and visiting local producers, wineries and farms. Highlighting the visit will be a unique abalone and lobster cruise experience, on the Derwent River.
The influential chef and TV celebrity is a big fan of Tasmanian seafood and wine “Especially the lobster and the oysters”. The trip is further personalised with a special behind the scenes visit to a leading horse breeding facility.
Experience Tasmania Tours and Charters are well positioned to handle any Tasmanian travel requirements and can provide full and personalised services to meet your groups’ interests. Contact us here to discuss your travel plans.
PS more images from Chef Wongs visit will appear on our website soon. Keep your eyes peeled (pun intended)!
The Brooke Street Pier tourism centre is now open for business!
We have exciting news on the Brooke Street Pier's new tourism development – The Brooke Street Pier Tourism Centre ...
It's now open for business!
Floating on the picturesque waters of the Hobart Wharf, in Tasmania, it's a truly beautiful experience for tourists visiting Tasmania (and locals) to enjoy perusing.
We have a fabulous new booth in the centre that we'd love you to visit! Our first ever retail shop front. Drop in and take a look for yourself – you can chat to our very friendly staff at GrayLine and Experience Tasmania. It's very exciting for us and you! We can assist with general enquiries or book tours for you on the spot! Also on site are MONA and many other wonderful experiences for day trips, half day trips, and multiple day adventures around Tasmania.
You can even have your photo taken with the local wildlife…and we can assure you, you (and the kids) certainly don't want to miss that!
Chinese President's visit to Hobart a huge honour for us.
Experience Tasmania Tours and Charters was very honoured to provide transport for the Chinese President's visit to Hobart.
On Tuesday the 18th November 2014 the President of China Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, made an official visit to Hobart Tasmania.
During the day Experience Tasmania played an important role providing vehicles for the official Motorcade.
While in Hobart the President of China Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan visited Mount Wellington one of our most popular day tour destinations.
Experience Tasmania Tours and Charters was very honoured to provide transport for the Chinese President's visit to Hobart.
Experience Tasmania – Gray Line inviting the world to dinner!
Experience Tasmania – Gray Line was a key player at the recent event “Invite the World to Dinner” providing transport for the gala dinner's 200 guests including 80 media and food and wine experts from around the world.
Held on November 14 2014, the final stage of Restaurant Australia's campaign was an unforgettable feast of art, performance, music and world class culinary experience held at MONA.
Tasmania was selected to host the ‘Invite the World to Dinner’ gala event, which provided a perfect platform for Australia to showcase its culinary credentials to the world and we were there to help!
We were thrilled to be part of this amazing event (which included a panel of Australian culinary heroes like Maggie Beer, Luke Mangan, Matt Stone, Michael Moore and Jeremy Oliver) and are pleased to be able to share some photos with you:
If you would like us to provide transport for your own event contact us here for a personalised quote!
The “Cataract Gorge, Launceston” cruise is absolutely gorge-ous!
Image courtesy of Cataract Cruises
New for 2014 is the wonderful Cataract Gorge Cruise in Launceston (starts 1st September 2014).
If you are visiting Launceston then a trip to the Cataract Gorge is a must and the best way to experience the beauty of this natural wonder is within it - right on the water!
Hop on board the Lady Launceston - reminiscent of the 1890's with sweeping traditional lines. The Lady Launceston has been purpose built to cruise the Cataract Gorge and Launceston's riverfront precinct in upmost serenity with its unique and silent electric drive. Modern lounge seating ensures you travel in comfort.
Explore the Old Launceston Seaport before cruising to Kings Wharf viewing historic vessels and Launceston's delightful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is then cruising into the spectacular Cataract Gorge as they engage the Lady Launceston's unique and silent electric drive. View the sheer cliffs and cascades from your comfortable seat with unobstructed views and enjoy the skippers captivating commentary on the history of this fascinating area.
The cruise is 50 minutes in duration and operates from September to May at 9.30am and 11.30am and then from June to August at 11.30 and 1.30pm.
Sounds like something you’d enjoy (we guarantee you will), then click here to contact us for prices and to book this amazing experience.
New “Bay of Fires, Tasmania” tour will take your breath away!
Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & George Apostolidis - Looking towards Taylors Beach courtesy
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a full day tour to the East Coast out of Launceston (starts 1st September 2014).
Crystal azure blue waters with pristine white beaches and outcrops of orange lichen covered granite rocks … wow the scenery at the Bay Of Fires is simply breathtaking.
This tour takes you through some of the prettiest locations in Tasmania, from the green rolling hills and fertile farmlands around Lilydale and Scottsdale, to the temperate rainforest of the Weldborough Pass and from the spectacular coastal region of the Bay Of Fires, to the open grazing lands of the Fingal Valley and Northern Midlands.
Tour highlights include a short walk through the Myrtle Rainforest, visit to Binalong Bay Beach, a walk along the stunningly beautiful Taylor’s Beach (pictured above), amazingly fresh oysters from the farm at Lease 65, and stop at the wharf in St. Helens to view the fishing boats.
During September to April you will also visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm, considered one of Tasmania's most spectacular vistas.
Stroll through endless fields and browse for beautiful lavendar gifts including Bobbie the Bear!
Departing at 8.45am and returning at 6.00pm, this is a stunning full day that will leave you breathless. For more great highlights and dates of operation click here to contact us for full details on the Bay Of Fires Day Tour.
Or if you are convinced already click here to request prices and to book this great adventure.
Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with an unforgettable treat.
Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania
We know your mum means the world to you, so why not let her know too! Show her how special she is with a personalised tour on one of our private charters.
Wondering what to do with your extended family for Mother’s Day? Let us arrange everything for you. All you need to do is choose where you would like to go!
We can design a personalised itinerary for you, and our professional drivers guarantee your tour will be an informative and fun-filled experience, wherever you choose to travel. Here are some recommendations we think your mum will enjoy:
Half Day option to Richmond – The romance and nostalgic charm of the colonial days is alive and well in the village of Richmond. It’s the perfect place to wind down and enjoy some quality time with your mum. Enjoy a glass of wine or a lavish high tea in stunning historic settings.
Full Day option including Richmond and Wine Touring – As above enjoy a morning or high tea in Richmond after wandering the quaint historic streets. Explore the boutique shops before enjoying a coffee or a meal. The afternoon will be spent visiting premium vineyards in the Coal River Valley where you get to sample some of the finest Tasmanian wines. No need for a designated driver, as we are driving! You may also like to book lunch in at one of the delightful venues.
Think your mum would enjoy this (and you will too!), then click here for more details and to enquire about a personalised Mother’s Day Tour.
Forget the bunnies – devils are more 'egg'citing this Easter!
Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography
Looking for something fun, adventurous and different to do with your family or group of friends this Easter? Than we have the perfect Easter experience for you.
Join the Tasmanian Devils and Richmond Wildlife Half Day Bus Tour – an afternoon drive from Hobart through some of Tasmania’s prettiest scenery to Richmond. Visit
the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you, your friends and family will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s native animals … including kangaroos, koalas and of course Tasmanian Devils!
Enjoy the lovely Georgian town of Richmond where you can shop, visit historic buildings or indulge in a Devonshire tea. Yum … and more memorable than an Easter egg! The tour is available Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. For more information or to book, please click here.
Sounds like fun but you want more time to explore? How about a personalised Easter Charter Tour for your family and friends, catering from four to up to 50 people! You can piece together your own itinerary on a private charter to take you ‘egg’actly where you’d like to go! Spend a morning in Hobart before heading off to Richmond and meeting the devils at Bonorong. Stay the night and enjoy a leisurely drive up the East Coast to Launceston, the choice is yours!
Our friendly personalised and experienced services; guarantee your tour to be an informed, fun-filled experience, wherever you choose to travel this Easter. Click here for more details and to enquire about a personalised Easter Tour.
Think outside the (chocolate) box this Valentine's Day!
Would you like to do something really unique this Valentine's Day? Why not treat someone special to a fabulous day out in Hobart and its surrounds. Be prepared to experience the heavenly, the controversial and the enthralling nature that constitutes the foundation of this celebrated establishment... that is MONA!
Forget the flowers, the obligatory box of chocolates, and share an unforgettable experience with the special person in your life this Valentine's Day. A visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) will open your eyes to a gallery experience unlike any other. The works on display will take you both on a journey of rival contemplations and an emotional roller-coaster. You'll get enough brownie points for a month!
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart Morning City Tour
Tour code: 781MC
Operates: DAILY except TUES/SAT, Departs: 9:20 AM, Returns: 5:30 PM
Fare Includes: Selected hotel pick-up, coach touring, entrance to MONA and ferry ticket
Adult $87.00 per person (and if you have the children with you on this special day they are only $43.50 each!)
Your romantic day's highlights include touring around Sullivan's Cove - Hobart's birthplace, Salamanca Place, Cascade Brewery, Wrest Point Casino, Sandy Bay, the Derwent River and a stop at Rosny Hill Lookout for stunning views of Hobart, Mount Wellington/Kunanyi, The Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy. Take a scenic cruise from Sullivans Cove along the Derwent River to MONA - Australia's largest private collection of art and artifacts. Perhaps enjoy a delicious romantic meal at The Source Restaurant, Museum cafe or wine bar (own expense) before returning to Brooke Street Pier in Hobart by coach or ferry.
To book this fabulous day out or to read a list of the full day's itinerary please click here.
The friendly Experience Tasmania team
New Cruise Ship Terminal for Hobart has us excited!
Hobart has a new cruise ship terminal.
Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Nick Oborne - Star Princess Hobart
We are pleased to announce that Experience Tasmania are one of six companies who have been successful in acquiring a permit to collect visitors from Macquarie Wharf while they are visiting Tasmania on their cruise ship tours.
A fabulous new cruise ship terminal now resides on Macquarie Wharf [shed] No.2. The redevelopment said to have cost $7 million is hoped to boost ship visits.
With our high standards and range of services Experience Tasmania met all the required selection criteria and are now one of a selected few who can operate services outside the new terminal.
We welcome all cruise ship visitors to Hobart, our beautiful, historic, harbour city. To maximize the limited time in port, we have designed tours especially for cruise ship visitors, or bookings can be made from our half or full day tour schedule. Get an intimate knowledge of Hobart on our historic city tour, or be up close and personal with Australian animals, including Tasmanian devils, kangaroos and koalas on our Tasmanian Devil and Richmond tour.
The first of the cruise ships arrived on the 23rd October and from now until the 1st April 2014 there will be a total of 40 cruise ships visiting our state! For a complete list of the cruise ship schedule and list of tours operated for each of these please click here.
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Welcome to Experience Tasmania
Welcome to our latest news blog. Watch out for upcoming articles on our great full day and half day tours around Tasmania.
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