Hobart Wine, Whisky, and Beer Tour Round Trip
This extravagant 21 day wine, whisky and beer itinerary will introduce you to the state’s best grapes and hops. Begin your quest in scenic Hobart where you will experience the boutique beers of Mona and enjoy an all-inclusive whisky experience. Navigate up the east coast through the delightful Coal River Valley wine region and sample an array of cool climate wine including crisp Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Sauvignons. Enjoy long lunches amongst rolling vines at some of the state’s best wineries including Frogmore Creek and the many delights of the Tamar Valley. Don’t forget to sample local beers and wine in hidden pubs and restaurants. Uncover the hidden gems of the historic Weldborough Pub and taste a boutique beer made from the man who wrote the Beer Bible. So what are you waiting for? Begin your Tasmanian Beer and Wine adventure today!
Day 1: Hobart
Day 2: Hobart
Day 3: Hobart to Bruny Island
Day 4: Bruny Island to Huonville
Day 5: Huonville to Coal River Valley
Day 6: Coal River Valley to Orford
Day 7: Orford to Freycinet National Park
Day 8: Freycinet National Park to Bicheno
Day 9: Bicheno to St Helens
Day 10: St Helens to Weldborough
Day 11: Weldborough to Launceston
Day 12: Launceston to the Tamar Valley
Day 13: The Tamar Valley to Devonport
Day 14: Devonport
Day 15: Devonport to Burnie
Day 16: Burnie to Railton
Day 17: Railton to Cradle Mountain
Day 18: Cradle Mountain to Queenstown
Day 19: Queenstown to Strahan
Day 20: Strahan to New Norfolk
Day 21: New Norfolk to Hobart
DAY 1: HOBART
Hop on-board a famous Tasmanian Whisky Tour and sample an array of fine Tasmanian whisky. On this adventure you will visit iconic Lark Mt Pleasant Distillery, Redlands Estate, Old Hobart Distillery, Belgrove Distillery, Nant Distillery, William McHenry and Sons Distillery and Richmond Tasting house. Try a combination of pure clean mountain water and barley all with the bonus of having a designated driver for the entire day!
DAY 2: HOBART
Catch the iconic ferry from the Hobart Wharf and peruse the controversial art exhibitions of Australia’s largest privately owned museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Take a tour of MONA’S boutique beer brand, Moo Brew and sample a range of pale ales, dark ales and German-style Hefeweizen. Visit on-site Moorilla Winery and taste a delightful vintage Brut, Pinot Gris and Merlot. Navigate back to Hobart on the boat and dine out at one of Salamanca’s atmospheric restaurants.
DAY 3: HOBART TO BRUNY ISLAND
Distance: 85 km
Time: 2 Hours
Arrive in Kettering and catch the ferry across to idyllic Bruny Island. Spend the morning marvelling at the island’s unspoilt beaches and take a three hour Pennicott Wilderness Journey around the island’s rugged coastline. Afterwards, make your way to Bruny Island Premium Wines at Wayaree Estate at Lunawanna and sample the vineyard’s specialties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Marvel at the ten year old vines and enjoy the scenic Bruny surrounds.
DAY 4: BRUNY ISLAND TO HUONVILLE
Time: 2 Hours
Navigate through the rolling green paddocks of the Huon Valley and enjoy the top-notch wineries along the way. Experience a mouth-watering lunch at Home Hill Winery and Restaurant and sample some of their award-winning wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sylvaner and dessert wines. Enjoy a picturesque stroll around the grounds after lunch and admire the stunning surrounds.
DAY 5: HUONVILLE TO COAL RIVER VALLEY
Time: 50 Minutes
Delve into the heart of the distinctive Coal River Valley wine region on your way to historic Richmond, home to the oldest bridge in Australia. Stop at tranquil Coal Valley Vineyard and visit their cellar door where you can sample a range of cool climate wines including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Head to Frogmore Creek, one of Tasmania’s most awarded wineries that produce Forty-Two Degrees South and Stormy Bay wines. Here you will sample classic styles of sparkling wine, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
DAY 6: COAL RIVER VALLEY TO ORFORD
Time: 1 Hour
Experience the beauty of Tasmania’s iconic east coast and uncover the hidden gems of Orford, situated an hour outside of Hobart. Appreciate the world-class beaches and participate in an array of water-based activities and bushwalks. Visit Darlington Vineyard with its dry soil providing the area with a unique terroir. Try the vineyards best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
DAY 7: ORFORD TO FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
Time: 1 Hour
Enjoy scenic bushwalks and natural treasures in this magnificent corner of Tasmania. Wander up to Wineglass Bay Lookout and experience panoramic views or stop by the Visitors Centre and follow one of the park’s idyllic bushwalks. Situated on the sheltered east coast, this corner of Tasmania has a drier and more moderate climate than the rest of the island. Be sure to visit The Hazards Vineyard with its spectacular views and unique Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon and Devils Corner.
DAY 8: FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK TO BICHENO
Time: 15 Minutes
Navigate up the stunning east coast to the small but charming sea-side town of Bicheno known for its fresh produce and high-quality wines. Freycinet Vineyard was the first commercial winery on the East Coast and produces a range of gently handcrafted wines. While you’re there you must try the crisp Freycinet Riesling and Pinot Noir.
DAY 9: BICHENO TO ST HELENS
Time: 1 Hour
Sample one of the delightful handcrafted brews of Iron House Brewery located on Tasmania’s east coast just outside of St Helens. Using Tasmanian water from their own spring, Iron House produces a Czech style pilsner brewed with European malts and Czech saaz hops, a Bavarian style cloudy wheat beer, an Australian lager brewed with Australian and German malts, doubled fermented stout and much more. Nestled on scenic grounds, you won’t want to miss a visit to this boutique brewery.
DAY 10: ST HELENS TO WELDBOROUGH
Time: 40 Minutes
Discover one of Tasmania’s most unique hidden gems. Home to the unique MicroBru Experience, this hotel offers a range of top quality Tasmanian beers, ciders and soft drinks from every brewery in Tasmania. Enjoy the charming surrounds of this heritage listed hotel established in 1876 and sample an amber, pale blonde, wheat or dry cider in the leafy outdoor beer garden in the middle of rural Tasmania.
DAY 11: WELDBOROUGH TO LAUNCESTON
Time: 2 Hours
Spend a day in Launceston, the gateway to the world-class Tamar Valley region. Visit the scenic Cataract Gorge with its myriad of walking tracks and explore the historical buildings in the city centre before heading toward J Boag and Son Brewery on the banks of the Tamar Valley. Choose from two popular Brewery tours which allow you to taste award-winning premium lagers and fine quality ales.
DAY 12: LAUNCESTON
Experience the sheer beauty of the Tamar Valley. Stop off at one of the many wineries on the way to sample a range of eclectic and boutique local wines. This area specialises in Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Notable wineries in the area include The Jansz Wine Room, Josef Chromy Wines with its delightful grounds and restaurant and the iconic Pipers Brook Vineyard.
DAY 13: LAUNCESTON TO DEVONPORT
Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Enjoy some down time in Devonport and wander around the city’s historic town centre. Make your way to Ghost Rock Vineyard just outside of the CBD. Absorb the stunning surrounding scenery and enjoy a cheese platter overlooking the vines. Sample their famous Pino Chardonnay Sparkling (Catherine) and try a Pinot Gris and Pinot Rose.
DAY 14: DEVONPORT
Spend the day exploring the Bass Strait Maritime Museum and visiting Mersey Bluff home of a sacred Aboriginal Site. Watch the Spirit of Tasmania trail in from the horizon before heading out to one of Devonport’s best pubs and restaurants. Enjoy a top quality Irish Beer at Molly Malones or experience fine wining and dining at High Tide Restaurant, situated on the shore of the Mersey River.
DAY 15: DEVONPORT TO BURNIE
Time: 35 Minutes
If you’re looking for the ultimate tasting experience in Burnie, don’t hesitate to visit Hellyers Whisky Distillery, Australia’s largest distiller of Australian single malt whisky. Here you can sample a range of top shelf whiskies including one of the nation’s best boutique vodkas and a delightful Whisky Cream Liqueur. After a tasting or two make your way to the onsite restaurant and enjoy fine dining in a charming environment.
DAY 16: BURNIE TO RAILTON
Time: 1 Hour
On the way to Cradle Mountain, stop off at Seven Sheds Brewery, Meadery and Hop Garden in Railton. This charming boutique brewery specialises in Kentish Ale and seasonal beers as well as a range of honey wines and melomels. Owned by the man who wrote the beer bible, you won’t want to miss tasting one of these unique beers before you arrive in Cradle Mountain.
DAY 17: RAILTON TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Spend the day investigating the natural gems of Cradle Mountain. Wander around scenic Dove Lake or take a scenic flight to experience mesmerising views of the area. At night, settle down in Peppers Lodge for a romantic dinner complete with an extensive wine list showcasing some of Tasmania’s best cool climate wines.
DAY 18: CRADLE MOUNTAIN TO QUEENSTOWN
Time: 2 Hours
Visit the historic mining town of Queenstown and enjoy a unique trip underground to experience n authentic mine. Experience spectacular panoramic views from Spion Kopf Hill. Enjoy a cosy dinner at the historic Empire Hotel and sample Tasmanian beer in a unique environment. Don’t hesitate to check out the National Trust listed staircase made from Tasmanian Blackwood located inside the hotel.
DAY 19: QUEENSTOWN TO STRAHAN
Time: 50 Minutes
Enjoy majestic Strahan with its charming Gordon River cruises and delightful port. Navigate through Hells Gates and drink in the historical buildings of the town. Sample a range of Tasmanian wines and beers at Risby Cove’s Restaurant steeled alongside the quiet and reflective waters of the marina and harbour. This is a uniquely beautiful dining experience that shouldn’t be missed while you’re visiting Strahan.
DAY 20: STRAHAN TO NEW NORFOLK
Time: 3 Hours 45 Minutes
The charming town of New Norfolk in the south of Tasmania is the centre of Tasmania’s hop-growing area. While you’re there be sure to fossick through the charming antique stores and wander beside the scenic Derwent River. Visit the Two Metre Tall Company and sample a range of fantastic home-brewed beers and ales. Try the Derwent Aromatic Spelt Ale and delicious Pear Cider.
DAY 21: NEW NORFOLK TO HOBART
Time: 35 Minutes
Make your way back to the scenic capital but not before you stop halfway at Stefano Lubiana Wines. Purchase one of the French inspired Brut Reserves or sample a range of the Pinot Noir’s. Take home a bottle of the delightful Riesling before continuing back toward Hobart and enjoying your final wine and dine experience at the oldest casino in Australia, Wrest Point, serving numerous top of the range whiskies, wines and beers.