• Pricing From $15,995 pp
  • Single supplement $1,995
  • From Launceston
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Max Group Size 11
  • Activity Level Moderate

Join Australia’s Aircruising pioneers for an intimate exploration of the Southern Isles by private aircraft. Immerse yourself in the serenity and scenic delights of remarkable world heritage areas including Port Arthur, Woolmers Estate and the spectacular pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park. Marvel at the dramatic beauty of Bruny Island and the granite peaks of Freycinet National Park, home to iconic Wineglass Bay, heralded as one of the world’s top ten beaches. Discover early Australian history in Launceston and Strahan and explore the fascinating King and Flinders Islands. Journey by private aircraft throughout to maximise touring in each breathtaking destination. This soft adventure style air tour will take you to remote locations few get to explore. As customary on a Bill Peach Journey, we will enjoy the freshest gourmet produce and exceptional award-winning accommodation including Peppers Silo Hotel, Freycinet Lodge and Henry Jones Art Hotel. An Australian odyssey exploring the pristine beauty of the Southern Isles awaits.

Highlights

  • Cruise the pristine waters of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park sampling fine local produce
  • Explore the dramatic landscapes of Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Experience uniquely rugged King Island and the picturesque Flinders Island in the Furneaux Group
  • Meander through the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
  • Spend the day cruising around Bruny Island
  • Stylish boutique accommodation throughout including the award-winning Peppers Silo Hotel, Henry Jones Art Hotel and the magnificently set, Freycinet Lodge
  • Enjoy aerial sightseeing of the breathtaking pristine wilderness of Tasmania, Flinders & King Islands
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code SE2201*
Departs 31 Oct 2022
Returns 11 Nov 2022
Price From $15,995 pp
Single Supplement $1,995
Day 1: Arrive Launceston

Your journey begins this afternoon in Launceston. Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities and is home to many historic buildings. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Peppers Silo Hotel or similar

Day 2: Flinders Island

After breakfast, we board our private aircraft for our flight to Flinders Island. Located in the waters of Bass Strait, off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Flinders is the largest island in the Furneaux Island Group. This group of more than 50 islands are all that remain of the land bridge which once joined Tasmania to the Australian mainland. We will tour the island and enjoy lunch before reboarding the aircraft for the return flight to Launceston.

Overnight: Peppers Silo Hotel or similar

Day 3: Launceston - Freycinet

This morning is spent visiting the historic town of Evandale and Woolmers Estate. A local historian will guide us through the homestead and provide some understanding of its nearly 200 year history. As part of the estate you will also have the opportunity to explore The National Rose Garden. We continue our journey to Freycinet stopping enroute at Campbell Town known for its Convict Brick Trail.

Overnight: Freycinet Lodge or similar

Day 4: Freycinet National Park

Today we take a cruise on Wineglass Bay, renowned as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Relax on board and enjoy the spectacular surrounds of this remote and stunning part of Tasmania. Explore the rugged coastline with towering pink granite cliffs plunging into the Tasman Sea and discover a coast dotted with sparkling white sand beaches before anchoring at Wineglass Bay. Absorb the peace of this remarkable bay and its magnificent surroundings while enjoying fresh Freycinet oysters, sparkling Spring Vale wine and creamy Ashgrove Farm cheese.

Overnight: Freycinet Lodge or similar

Day 5: Freycinet National Park - Hobart

Our private aircraft awaits this morning to transport us to Hobart. En-route we fly over the spectacular eastern coastline, Tasman Peninsula and Maria Island. Enjoy lunch at the Barilla Bay Oyster Farm before taking a historic tour of Hobart.

Overnight: Henry Jones Art Hotel or similar

Day 6: Port Arthur

After a leisurely breakfast, we spend the day exploring Port Arthur, the former convict settlement set on top of the Tasman Peninsula. This dark history contrasts with the beauty of the surrounding area. Full of powerful stories of hardship and loss, it is one of Tasmania’s most visited sites.

Overnight: Henry Jones Art Hotel or similar

Day 7: Bruny Island

We travel to Bruny Island today for an incredible wilderness cruise. Travel alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.

Overnight: Henry Jones Art Hotel or similar

Day 8: Hobart - Strahan

Transfer to our private aircraft this morning for a scenic flight over the western coastline of Tasmania. In the afternoon we arrive in Strahan, known as the gateway to two of Tasmania’s renowned wild rivers, the mighty Gordon and Franklin, which meander through the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Lying in the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness area, it is a region of spectacular gorges and deep river valleys.

Overnight: Strahan Village or similar

Day 9: Strahan - Cradle Mountain National Park

This morning we cruise the world heritage listed Gordon River including Hells Gate and Salmon farms including a guided stopover at Sarah Island. Next, our flight to Devonport offers breathtaking aerial sightseeing over the Cradle Mountain region. Encompassing some 161,000 hectares, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park covers some of Tasmania’s highest country and is renowned for its magnificent alpine scenery. At the base of Cradle Mountain, in deep depressions cut by glacial action, lies Crater Lake, Dove Lake and Lake Lilla. Transfer to Cradle Mountain Hotel located in alpine woodland.

Overnight: Cradle Mountain Hotel or similar

Day 10: Cradle Mountain National Park

Today, explore this World Heritage area of rugged mountains, glacial lakes and wild alpine moorlands. An adventure to remember today as we discover this spectacular pristine wilderness including Dove Lake and Waldheim before spending some time in the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. The afternoon is at leisure, giving you an opportunity to enjoy this outstanding national park.

Overnight: Cradle Mountain Hotel or similar

Day 11: Cradle Mountain National Park - King Island - Launceston

We transfer to Wynyard then fly to King Island and tour this unique island including, of course, a visit to the famous King Island Cheese factory. Continuing on, we fly to Launceston and enjoy our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Peppers Silo Hotel or similar

Day 12: Depart Launceston

After a leisurely breakfast this morning transfer to the airport for your flight home. Say a fond farewell to new friends and take away memories of an unforgettable Southern adventure.


About AIRCRUISING

An Air Tour with Bill Peach Journeys is the perfect way to explore these hard to reach destinations in the style, speed, and comfort of your own private aircraft. The formula is simple – travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel on an Aircruise everything is included and arranged before you even leave home. This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining, and all excursions but every single one of these elements is the finest in its class. Throughout the journey, you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after you every step of the way.

Mode of transport

This journey will be operated by a variety of aircraft. All aircraft are perfect for landing in the isolated airstrips throughout this journey. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day. The aircraft is operated by an experienced pilot and accompanied by a Journey Director. The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned. There will also be air-conditioned 4WD vehicles used in some areas.

Airfares and pre & post accommodation

Please speak to your travel agent or Bill Peach Journeys about flights to and from Launceston to your homeport. We can also arrange additional pre and post accommodation.

Level of fitness required: Moderate

This journey is designed for those looking to venture off the beaten track. You must be able to walk up to 1km unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

* Due to current travel restrictions, there may be operational / date changes required. We will continue to work with suppliers to monitor the situation.

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)