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Hobart and Tasmania’s East Coast Program Pitch
During this three day program you will explore Tasmania’s east coast and stay in the highly awarded Saffire Freycinet where luxury and nature abound. While back in the picturesque harbour city of Hobart, you will witness the incredible art collection at Mona, sample award winning Sullivans Cove whisky at the distillery and cruise the scenic D’Entrecasteaux Channel to indulge in seafood plucked straight from the water.
Arrive in Hobart then take an hour-long seaplane or helicopter flight with Above and Beyond along the spectacular east coast to arrive at Saffire Freycinet, located in the Freycinet National Park. After settling into your luxury accommodation, head to the Freycinet Marine Farm to don waders and stand knee-deep at a table to shuck fresh, award-winning oysters straight from the water to enjoy with sparkling wine. Back at Saffire, join an interactive cooking demonstration with the chef before you feast on a lunch of fresh seafood from the local bays. Walk lunch off on a 2-hour guided hike to the lookout to enjoy the views of Wineglass Bay and the pink-hued Hazards Mountains. Or, relax for the rest of the afternoon aboard the purpose-built Saffire on a 1.5 hour cruise of the Freycinet coastline. Stroll on the pristine, white sand of a secluded beach and perhaps enjoy some high-speed action on the return. After sunset drinks on the deck, dine in contemporary comfort at Palate on a seasonal multi-course degustation menu matched with outstanding local wines.
Wake early to enjoy breakfast with uninterrupted views of the mountains before you return to Hobart on a scenic 2.5 hour road trip. Check-in to your accommodation at The Tasman and then it’s just a 3-minute walk to the Brooke Street Pier where you will catch the ferry to Mona. On board, enjoy drinks and snacks in the exclusive Posh Pit. Walk up the 99 steps from the wharf to the museum grounds. Explore the three levels of this unique private museum, including current exhibitions from owner David Walsh's personal collection. Lunch on seasonal Tasmanian fare and an award-winning wine list at Source, renowned for its lush and living moss-and-herb tables and sweeping views from its location atop the Mona site. Then tour the adjacent Moorilla winery and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting. Take the afternoon ferry back to the city to enjoy sunset views from Kunanyi / Mount Wellington to the Derwent River at the city’s highest bar at Aura, on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Enjoy canapés and cocktails before you dine on shared plates of local fare from the restaurant. Close by, you will rest well in The Tasman, a Luxury Collection hotel.
Begin the day with a short drive to Kunanyi's / Mount Wellington’s summit to watch the sunrise and ease into the day with local Yorta Aboriginal song woman and storyteller Ruth Langford for a cultural wellness and yoga session. Return to your hotel to change before you head to breakfast by the water at Jam Packed cafe, in the historic IXL Jam factory on Hobart's picturesque waterfront. Then, step aboard Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s luxury vessel for a guided tour of the calm waters of the Derwent River and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, which surrounds Bruny Island. On this award winning Seafood Seduction Tour you’ll witness spectacular scenery, deserted beaches and wildlife. Lunch on rock lobster, mussels, oysters, sashimi, and salmon as well as abalone and sea urchin plucked from the waters by your guide. Enjoy with a gourmet spread and local wines, beer and cider. Back in Hobart it’s just a 10-minute drive to the Sullivans Cove Distillery where you can spend the afternoon learning about Tasmania’s renowned whisky. Return to the city to refresh for the evening. Enjoy your final gala at The Glass House, on the waterfront. After a selection of sunset drinks and canapés, sit down to a menu of carefully curated share plates, each with a story of the local producers from fisherman to apiarists to farmers.