Australia and Tasmania: Food, Wine, and Wildlife Expedition

Go off the beaten path in Tasmania, Australia. Sample delicious local wine and famously fresh cuisine, take in gorgeous natural surroundings, and enjoy intimate wildlife encounters.

We designed this Australia and Tasmania Food, Wine, and Wildlife Expedition for two couples traveling together. They were seeking an authentic, local Australian experience with fantastic food and wine. We sent them to the island of Tasmania, which offers the perfect blend of hospitality, organic cuisine, beautiful scenery, and wildlife.

Their Australia and Tasmania Food, Wine, and Wildlife Expedition began in the seaside town of Hobart, Tasmania’s capital. They stayed at the charming Henry Jones Art Hotel, Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, which blends Hobart’s classic 19th century architecture with modern Tassie art.

While in Hobart, they enjoyed a private food and wine tour that combined Tasmania’s famous cuisine, wine, and outdoor beauty, traveling along scenic coastal and mountain routes to several local producers. Their tour ended with a scenic drive up Mt. Wellington, where they were treated to fabulous views of Hobart and the ocean.

Next on their Australia and Tasmania Food, Wine, and Wildlife Expedition, they traveled to Saffire Freycinet, a luxury lodge in the famous Freycinet National Park. They enjoyed delicious gourmet meals at their hotel and had plenty of leisure time to walk to Wineglass Bay and explore their beautiful surroundings.

Then, it was on to Launceston, where they stayed at the unique Peppers Seaport Hotel. Built on the site of an old dry dock, this stylish and contemporary Launceston accommodation is designed in the shape of a ship, giving it a distinct nautical ambience. From here, they enjoyed a full-day private tour of Tamar Valley’s best wineries with our mates at Pepper Bush Adventures. After the winery tour, they took a fun 4WD adventure in the forest and enjoyed a delicious, private campfire dinner in the bush, watching the wildlife awaken around them as the sun set.

At last, their Australia and Tasmania Food, Wine, and Wildlife Expedition came to an end and it was time to say goodbye to beautiful Tasmania.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Tasmania! Upon arrival in Hobart, collect your rental car and make your way into the city. Your hotel is located on Hobart’s waterfront and is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, with over 300 pieces of artwork throughout the property. Enjoy a stroll through Hobart’s legendary and colorful Salamanca Market, taking in the fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, preserves, wines, and arts and crafts on offer. Continue on foot along Hobart’s picturesque waterfront to the Lark Distillery cellar door for a tour of their historic premises, where you will gain an understanding of the craft of whisky distillation.
Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

Day 2
Today, your private driver/guide will take you on a Tasmania food and wine tour. Leave Hobart for a drive along the Huon Trail, alongside waterways and secluded beaches, past the coastal towns of Margate and Kettering. Stop in at Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery to discover how local Tassie cheeses are made and continue to Huonville, taking in spectacular mountain views. After a delicious lunch, drive to Inverawe Gardens for a tranquil walk among colorful native plants and birds. Complete your day with a drive to the summit of Mt. Wellington (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Hobart and southern Tasmania. In the evening, your guide will suggest restaurants for dinner.
Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

Day 3
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Hobart has an incredible collection of boutique art galleries and historic sites to explore. 15 minutes away is MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), housing a private collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought provoking contemporary art. A guided day trip to Tasman Island includes the convict settlement at Port Arthur, combined with boat rides beside 300-meter sea cliffs.
Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

Day 4
Drive north today to Freycinet National Park and the award-winning Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania’s leading luxury lodge. Gourmet all-inclusive meals, complimentary mini-bar, a 60-minute spa treatment, and many activities are included. Once settled, review the activities on offer and choose your adventures. Perhaps explore the nearby wineries, indulge in freshly shucked oysters at an oyster farm, take a chef-led cooking class, or take an indulgent hamper packed for you to enjoy on a self-guided hike of the nearby beaches.
Saffire Freycinet

Day 5
Today is yours to spend at your leisure. Feel a little more active? Join the half-day quad bike tour or a sunset kayak in the bay. Our favorite hike to Wineglass Bay can be arranged with a delicious BBQ lunch, chef included, waiting for you on the beach. If you’re passionate about wildlife, you can venture to the picturesque town of Bicheno, only 30 minutes away and offering the most intimate and up close viewing of penguins in Australia.
Saffire Freycinet

Day 6
After breakfast, enjoy an easy drive north into Launceston. Stop at one of the gourmet local produce stores, pack a hamper ,and head to Cataract Gorge for a long lunch. Visit the local Boag’s Brewery or some the wineries located along the Tamar Valley, just outside Launceston. Dinner reservations will be made this evening for you at one of our favorite local gems.
Peppers Seaport Hotel

Day 7
Today, enjoy a privately guided journey through the Tamar Valley wine region, well known for pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, and sparkling varieties. Then, it’s on to a 4WD adventure in Tasmania’s forest. This evening, you will experience a private campfire bushtucker dinner. As you sit by the fire, you will watch the valley come to life with wallabies, wombats, possums, and platypus, just to name a few.
Peppers Seaport Hotel

Day 8
If time permits, enjoy an al fresco lunch along the waterfront outside your hotel. Drop your rental car at the Launceston airport, where you’ll connect to your flight home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Does not include the cost of airfare

Based on
8 day stay
2 travelers

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