June 11, 2021 Susie Rutz

Tasmania Winter Heartlands Tour

Head to the heart of Tasmania on this bespoke three-day winter experience.

This is no ordinary tour. On this epicurean and informative adventure you will gain deeper insight into what makes Tasmania unique with guided presentations by an ecologist, historian and astronomer.

Guided tours by an ecologist, historian and astronomer
2 x gourmet fireside dinners, dessert and drinks at Rathmore
2 x continental breakfasts
Two nights’ accommodation at Rathmore
Knowledgeable local driver and tour guide
Air-conditioned and heated minivan transfers
Park entry fees to national parks

Passionate and knowledgeable local guide
Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
Orientation tour of each and every location
Small groups of maximum 16 people

Head into the lush forest at Mount Field National Park with an ecologist. Spot glow worms as you stroll through temperate rainforest, past mossy glens and under giant man ferns to Russell Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Tasmania. This tiered waterfall will take your breath away. Then the ecologist will guide you through the Tall Trees Walk where you can discover more about the world’s tallest flowering plant – the giant swamp gum. The ecologist will take you to meet the giant trees of the Styx Valley and explore the densely forested banks and the intriguing undergrowth near the Styx River.

Delve into the history of the region with an historian. Discover the fascinating history of the Willow Court site in New Norfolk on a guided tour. The oldest, continually run mental asylum in Tasmania, Willow Court was established in 1827. The tour will walk you through the atmospheric landmarks and combine mystery and history to unleash your imagination.

The mystery continues into the evening when we go stargazing. With little light pollution, Tasmania has a magnificently bright night sky lit up by countless stars and central Tasmania is the perfect place to see them.  An astronomer will lead you on a Night Sky Tour exploring constellations, planets, meteor showers, asteroids and comets and the Southern Cross. Rug up as we get lost in the stars and learn tips and seasonal changes that impact stargazing.

Warm up by the crackling fire at Rathmore Farm, the cosy historic accommodation where we will stay during the experience. A sheep property settled in 1828, this is authentic country living at its best and the ideal base to explore the Central Highlands. Hearty and delicious gourmet dinners are included with Tasmanian wine or delicious homemade non-alcoholic beverages enjoyed by the fireside.

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