Proclaimed as one of “The 10 Coolest Places To Visit In 2015” by Forbes Magazine for its “stunning landscapes” and “home grown food culture,” Tasmania’s delights never cease to amaze. Discover the wonders for yourself with an all-day excursion that begins with the pleasantries of a genteel tea, continues to the quiet splendor of a landscape forged over millions of years, and ends with a sweet treat.
Your tour begins as soon as you board the coach for the drive to the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Sit back and relax as your coach meanders along the Tasman Peninsula, which wows with stunning ocean views and densely forested areas full of thick green trees.
Once you arrive at the lavender farm you’ll sit down for an enjoyable morning tea of scones served with lavender cream and serene coastal views. After a stroll around the farm to see the distillery feel free to wander through the gift shop filled with lavender goodies.
Renowned as a foodie’s paradise, Tasmania is famous for its freshly shucked local oysters and award winning wines. So next on the day’s menu is a visit to the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed, which sits on the site of Abel Tasman’s landing in 1642.
Perched above the town of Dunalley overlooking Blackman Bay, the vineyard is one of the most southerly in the world—and one of the newest. The five-year-old Bangor Wine, like many wineries in the region, learned what European migrants discovered 165 years ago: Tasmania’s mild temperatures during spring and summer followed by warm autumn days and cool nights could yield excellent wines.
Enjoy the fresh air and learn about the winery’s history as you feast on a tasting platter of freshly shucked local oysters accompanied by a glass of wine. After the tasting session a fresh and tasty lunch is served.
Once you’ve completed your epicurean delights, you’ll rejoin your coach for a photo stop at Eaglehawk Neck, the narrow isthmus that connects the Tasman Peninsula to the mainland. Have your camera ready for the monumental rock formations that punctuate the landscape of Tasman National Park. Devil’s Kitchen, Tasman Arch and The Blowhole are just three of the mesmerizing natural geological wonders created by the wind and waves over the span of countless eons.
Photos taken, you’ll climb back aboard your coach and continue on to Port Arthur. En route, you’ll stop for a sweet treat of ice cream and fresh berries (Optional – guests own expense) before reaching the pier.