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Heritage Itinerary

If you like delving into history, there’s plenty to uncover in Tassie. After all, the island is home to the country’s first brewery, Australia’s oldest bridge and of course Port Arthur Historic Site is brimming with stories from the past. Wrest Point Tasmania is the perfect base for a three-day heritage experience.

Day 1 - Hobart

  • Walk or drive from Wrest Point to the historic suburb of Battery Point for a bakery breakkie. Wander by sandstone mariner’s cottages, through Arthur’s Circus (former village green) and down Kelly’s Steps, built in the 1830s, into Salamanca Place.
  • Take a tour of Australia’s oldest continually operating theatre, the Theatre Royal, and learn about its colourful past including famous performers, fires and fights.
  • During the afternoon head for Cascade Brewery, the nation’s first. The historic tour will take you through gardens and buildings, sharing tales including one of Tassie actor Errol Flynn, of course finishing with a drop of Cascade’s finest.
  • Overnight at Wrest Point enjoying dinner at The Point.

Day 2 – Hobart to Tasman Peninsula

  • Rise early for your trip down the peninsula. Take your time at Eaglehawk Neck to explore the Officers’ Quarters, regarded as the oldest wooden military building in Australia, and walk the ‘dog line.’
  • At Port Arthur Historic Site explore over 30 buildings, take a cruise out to Isle of the Dead and hear grim stories of what convict life was like.
  • Stop in at Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed near Dunalley on your way back to enjoy abalone, oysters freshly plucked from Norfolk Bay and award-winning wines in the late afternoon. Find out about Abel Tasman’s visit to the shores of Bangor.

Day 3 – Hobart to Richmond

  • Take a scenic drive down the Coal River Valley en route to Richmond. Stop in at vineyards along the way and learn about the history of this popular wine region.
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Richmond where you can wander antique stores, indulge in old-fashioned sweets and soak up the colonial past.
  • Hire a row boat to enjoy a different perspective of Australia’s oldest bridge, built by convict hands back between 1823 and 1825. On a sunny day, the Richmond Boathouse lawns are ideal for a picnic.
  • Stop by the country’s oldest gaol, built in 1825 as well as St Johns Catholic Church up on the hill.
  • Finish your day with a cool climate drop at Pooleys vineyard and find out about the passion passed along through three generations.