Six friends on a cross-country road trip ended up on The Oprah Show's stage...but that wasn't the end of their adventure! In Australia, these Ultimate Viewers hit the road again for another trip through Tasmania. Located 150 miles off Australia's southeastern coast, this island is home to miles of rugged coastline, spotless beaches, award-winning vineyards, historical sites, and some of the cleanest air and water in the world. Recreate their incredible trip with this complete itinerary.
Where We Stayed:
Stewarts Bay Lodge at Port Arthur: Nestled between beaches, forests, the ocean, a national park and Australia's most profound historic site, Stewarts Bay Lodge at Port Arthur provides stylish accommodation and an abundance of wildlife in a tranquil bush setting.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, a dedicated five-star art hotel, showcases the work of Tasmania's local artists. It was once a warehouse and a jam factory but has been transformed into a 50-suite hotel designed by award-winning architects. Located on Hobart's Hunter Street waterfront area, it incorporates manufacturing machinery, thick sandstone walls, elegant interiors and a magnificent glass atrium. This building has an amazing history, which the staff would be only too happy to share.
Port Arthur Historical Site: Port Arthur was established as a penal colony in 1804 and has recently been awarded World Heritage status due to its internationally recognized convict heritage. A guided walk through some of the 30 historic buildings and ruins on the site will give you an understanding of what it was like to be sent to Van Diemen's Land in the 1800s.
Meadowbank Estate Vineyard: With views over the vineyard and the ocean beyond, Meadowbank Estate Vineyard is the perfect place to stop and take in the scenery over a cup of coffee.
Bonorong Wildlife Park: Tasmania is the only place in the world that Tasmanian devils are found in the wild. Despite its reputation as a fierce beast, the Tasmanian devil is actually a timid creature that poses no danger to humans.
Salamanca Markets: Set between graceful plane trees and mellow sandstone warehouses, this market attracts thousands each Saturday with its food, music, arts and crafts, collectables, books, curios, clothing, and jewelery. Salamanca Place's two street blocks are packed with stalls, and the aromas of coffee, freshly baked treats and vibrant flowers are heavenly. Look for surprises, from beer to bold ceramics, rare coins and vintage toys, with many cafés for refuelling.
What We Did:
Tasman Island Cruise: This cruise departs from a small jetty at Stewarts Bay Lodge. With an abundance of marine wildlife and towering sea cliffs (some of the highest in the Southern Hemisphere), this cruise will blow you away.
Coal Valley Wine Drive: This scenic drive takes you from Hobart's city center to the more relaxed and peaceful setting of the Coal Valley Wine Region where grapes grow fat and juicy in the rich fertile soils and clean air.
From its rich wine heritage to its stunning views and wildlife park adventures, Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula is worth the trip.
Where We Stayed:
Saffire-Freycinet: This luxury coastal sanctuary captures the essence of this unique region and is reflective of Tasmania's growing reputation as a sophisticated vacation destination. Saffire overlooks the wide expanses of Great Oyster Bay, where migrating whales and dolphins come to play. Local farms produce fresh, succulent oysters in some of the world’s cleanest waters.
Where We Ate:
Palate at Saffire-Freycinet: Saffire's restaurant, Palate, prides itself on showcasing the best Tasmania has to offer and provides tailor-made experiences to suit all guests.
What We Did:
Luxury Helicopter Transfer: This is a scenic flight you will never forget! Fly over Freycinet National Park, including the famed Wineglass Bay, pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalyptus forests on Tasmania's east coast.
Quad Bike Experience: This really is a road trip with a difference. Swap your traditional four wheels for the excitement of a quad bike adventure through Freycinet National Park.
Spa Saffire: The Saffire Sanctuary experience will relax and restore you, both energetically and aesthetically. It inspires a feeling of transformation, readying you to return to the Tasmanian world renewed. Saffire Sanctuary selects some of the world's best skin and body care to ensure a luxurious experience.