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6 Day Heartlands Road Trip in Tasmania

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Trip Summary

Discover the heart of Tasmania with this exclusive road trip designed by Luke Tscharke, one of Australia's most celebrated photographers, and a proud Tasmanian. Rich in history, stories and beauty, a journey in central Tasmania will nudge your sense of time.

Luke Tscharke, a celebrated landscape photographer, has collected his favourite central Tasmania experiences in this self-guided package. Drive around in comfort and experience the best of the Heartlands, including spectacular accommodation experiences at Falls River Eco Luxury and Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge, a unique Tasmanian Tour combining Aboriginal culture with Tasmania's freshest produce, a guide with Luke's favourite photography locations, and more.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 6 days Nissan X-TRAIL SUV hire
• Falls River Eco Luxury (2 nights)
• Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge (2 nights)
• Stillwater Seven (1 night)
• Kooparoona Niara Day Tour
• "Fat Bike" rental
• 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
• Welcome cheese board & glass of wine

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops
• A Tasmania print by Luke Tscharke, to hang in your home

Price per person (twin-share).

From: $2,807 AUD
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Storyteller

Luke Tscharke

Luke is an award-winning Australian landscape, nature, and travel photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. His major passion is inspiring people to respect and connect with the natural beauty in the world around them. Originally trained as a Quality Assurance professional with a Bachelor of Science degree, Luke worked for some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to ensure the quality and integrity of their products. This same meticulous approach has been instilled in his photography, where he strives to create memorable natural landscape images from locations across his beloved Tasmania, wider Australia, and other parts of the world. The quality of Luke's work has been recognized by awards in many photography competitions, publications in books, calendars, and magazines, and work with corporations and charities.
What's included

Included

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:


• 6 days Nissan X-TRAIL SUV hire
• Falls River Eco Luxury (2 nights)
• Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge (2 nights)
• Stillwater Seven (1 night)• Kooparoona Niara Day Tour
• "Fat Bike" rental• 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
• Welcome cheese board & glass of wine PLUS:
• An exclusive travel guide with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops
• A Tasmania print by Luke Tscharke, to hang in your home

Excluded

Package Excludes:

• Flights (unless otherwise included)
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol (unless otherwise mentioned)
• Visas

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DAY 1

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Day 1: Launceston to Meander Valley

Welcome to Tasmania! Pick up your X-TRAIL and drive to Meander Valley for a spectacular stay at Falls River Eco Luxury. Located on the edge of a waterfall and surrounded by stunning natural bush land, this is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature.

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Pick up your Nissan X-TRAIL

Pick up your rental car at Launceston Airport and ride high in this world class family size SUV. Designed to get you from here to there, and everywhere in between, the Nissan X-TRAIL is made for adventure. The perfect car for your Heartlands road trip, with room for 2 adults and up to 3 children. We are proud to partner with Drive Car Hire, a 100% Tasmanian-owned family business. Known for their second to none level of service, their goal is to make renting a car an easy, hassle-free experience.

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Falls River Eco Luxury - The Chalet

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with a wilderness waterfall at your doorstep, set discreetly into the natural bushland and cliff face, Falls River is known to be the best accommodation experience in not only the Meander Valley but also across Northern Tasmania. Purely a couples retreat, located on the edge of a waterfall and surrounded by stunning natural bush land, you will feel at peace with the world. The outdoor heated spa with uninterrupted views of the waterfall is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature. Your Chalet offers a luxurious king size bed, well equipped kitchen with extensive breakfast provisions, wood fire pizza oven and a hot tub on the deck — just you, the stars and the sound of the waterfall. Falls River is nestled in 60 acres of Tasmanian bush land and backing onto a 700 acre bush land reserve.

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Meander Wilderness Experiences

Are you ready for an epic adventure? Meander Wilderness Experiences offers the ultimate river sledding experience that will unleash your inner thrill seeker. The experience takes place on the Meander River. Your tour guides are passionate about their region and excited to share their wilderness playground with you. You will get up close and personal with this beautiful part of the world, taking on the bumps and turns of the pristine Meander River.

Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary

We highly recommend to visit this Wildlife Sanctuary with a difference. Trowunna is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary where native Tasmanian fauna and flora thrive. Trowunna started caring for Tasmania’s native animals in 1979 and it continues to be at the forefront of conservation and education in the state. The Sanctuary is currently involved in five separate conservation breeding programs that will ensure the survival of these threatened and endangered specie

DAY 2

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Day 2: Meander Valley

Enjoy your continental breakfast. You will discover more of the Meander Region and its rich Aboriginal history today with Kooparoona Niara Tours, an authentic personally guided Aboriginal cultural tour that combines historic cultural sites whilst sampling some of Tasmania's freshest produce.

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Kooparoona Niara Day Tour

Discover more of the Meander Region and its rich Aboriginal history with Kooparoona Niara Tours, an informative and authentic personally guided Aboriginal cultural tour that incorporates exploring historic cultural sites whilst sampling some of the freshest produce that Tasmania has on offer. A delicious lunch is included.

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Falls River Eco Luxury - The Chalet

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with a wilderness waterfall at your doorstep, set discreetly into the natural bushland and cliff face, Falls River is known to be the best accommodation experience in not only the Meander Valley but also across Northern Tasmania. Purely a couples retreat, located on the edge of a waterfall and surrounded by stunning natural bush land, you will feel at peace with the world. The outdoor heated spa with uninterrupted views of the waterfall is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature. Your Chalet offers a luxurious king size bed, well equipped kitchen with extensive breakfast provisions, wood fire pizza oven and a hot tub on the deck — just you, the stars and the sound of the waterfall. Falls River is nestled in 60 acres of Tasmanian bush land and backing onto a 700 acre bush land reserve.

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Mole Creek Caves

Mole Creek Tasmania lies in a valley between the Great Western Tiers and the Gog Range, a landscape of spectacular mountains, forests, waterfalls and caves! We highly recommend you don’t miss out on these nature’s wonders. Choose from three different Mole Creek Caves tours, each lasting 45 minutes. Enjoy the wonderful scenery and learn all about this fascinating and uniquely fragile world.

DAY 3

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Meander Valley to Central Highlands

Drive to the Central Highlands and make a pit stop at Quamby Bluff, the northernmost peak in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. You will experience an indulgent stay at Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge for two nights.

-Free Option

Quamby Bluff

On your drive to the Central Highlands, we recommend to stop at Quamby Bluff, the northernmost peak in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Enjoy panoramic views of northern Tasmania including the Central Plateau and Great Western Tiers. The walk takes you through the rainforest and over scree as it winds its way to the summit. The original inhabitants of the area were the Pallittorre Clan of the northern nation of Aboriginal Tasmanians. Lartitickitheker is the Aboriginal name for Quamby Bluff.

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Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge - Explorer En-suite Room

Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge is the gateway to your Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area experience. Smell the crisp air, taste the fresh stream water, touch the ancient dolerite boulders and see the wildlife and ever changing weather. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area is a free-walking zone, so you are free to explore and discover the highlands and make it you own. Your stay includes King Premium accommodation, a welcome cheese board and glass of wine, two-course dinner each night, bike hire and daily breakfast.

DAY 4

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Central Highlands

Enjoy breakfast at Thousand Lakes Lodge and enjoy the alpine wilderness and crisp oxygen. Explore the western lakes of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area today on off road e-bikes, also known as “Fat Bikes".

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Fat Bike (E-Bike) Adventure

Explore the western lakes of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area on our off road e-bikes. Also known as “Fat Bikes”, they are the perfect way to unleash your adventurous spirit whilst still enjoy the comfort of a luxury spring seat and full front suspension. One of the benefits of e-bikes is they can roll over any terrain in the wilderness: sand, loose rocks, even snow and are adjustable to suit all fitness levels. The rider always has complete control over how much pedal power is provided and how much the e-bike system contributes. If you are going up a hill or feeling a little tired – no problem, just pedal less and dial up the power!

- Overnight

Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge - Explorer En-suite Room

Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge is the gateway to your Tasmanian alpine, Central Highlands and World Heritage Area wilderness experience. Smell the crisp air, feel spongy moss under your feet, taste the fresh stream water touch the ancient dolerite boulders and see the wildlife and ever changing weather. The World Heritage area is a free-walking zone, so you are free to explore and discover the highlands and make it you own. Your stay includes King Premium accommodation, a welcome cheese board and glass of wine, two-course dinner each night, bike hire and daily breakfast.

Day 5

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Central Highlands to Launceston

Enjoy a scenic drive to Launceston. Duck into the historic coaching town of Tunbridge, hit Ross in time for lunch and stop at Campbelltown with an impressive collection of colonial buildings. You will stay at the beautiful Stillwater Seven, an iconic 1830s flour mill that is one of Launceston’s landmarks.

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Scenic Drive to Launceston

On the drive to Launceston, duck into the town of Tunbridge, where the convict-built 1848 Blackman River Bridge is Australia's oldest wooden span bridge. Admire Tunbridge Manor, one of three coaching inns that once served the town. Today it's a stately private residence. Hit Ross in time for lunch at one of its two bakeries. Bakery 31 is famed for its scallop pies, while Ross Village Bakery is known for its “world’s greatest” vanilla slice. Tasmania's merino industry began in the Midlands around Ross in the 1830s and is celebrated in the Tasmanian Wool Centre, which features a re-created shearing shed, galleries and one of the state's largest retail areas dedicated to woollens.

Ross Bridge

The town of Ross is the perfect size to explore on foot. Stroll past the red phone boxes on the main street and pick up the phone to listen to audio stories of the town's history. Ross Bridge, built in 1836 by convicts, spans the Macquarie River. The 186 carvings on Australia's third-oldest bridge were considered so exquisite that the stonemasons were issued free pardons. End your walk at the Ross Female Factory Historic Site, a probation station for female convicts and their babies in the mid-19th century. It's one of four female factories built in Tasmania, and regarded as the most archaeologically intact female convict site in Australia.

Discover Brickendon

Brickendon is one of Tasmania's oldest farming properties, settled in 1824 by William Archer. In 2010, Brickendon Estate along with its neighbouring property, Woolmers Estate were listed jointly as a World Heritage Site being part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. We highly recommend a stop in Brickendon to experience the remarkable rural landscape, magnificent heritage gardens, amazing collection of convict constructed buildings, family history and memorabilia.

- Overnight

Stillwater Seven - Deluxe King

One of Launceston’s landmarks, the 1830s flour mill that has housed Stillwater’s award-winning restaurant offers more than just one of the best culinary experiences in Tasmania — now you can sleep at Stillwater! The architecturally designed and beautifully appointed rooms are nestled in the great bones of one of Tasmania’s heritage icons. Each room has waterfront views and its own unique character. Your comfortable Deluxe King suite features a a walk in shower, spacious vanities and a view of the Tamar River. A la carte breakfast is included and can be enjoyed in the restaurant or in your room.

DAY 6

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Launceston

It is time to head back to Launceston Airport and drop off your X-TRAIL SUV. If you can't get enough of central Tasmania, we can always extend your stay!

DAY 6

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Launceston

It is time to head back to Launceston Airport and drop off your X-TRAIL SUV. If you can't get enough of central Tasmania, we can always extend your stay!

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