Board the Bus in Hobart in the early hours for a fun filled journey through the beautiful Tasmanian country side. You will be entertained by the countless stories that a group of ex and current Clearance Divers can spin. Meet and become acquainted with fellow members, encourage the young to continue the united and undaunted traditions. The ladies will not miss out on this deployment. It is a time to hear the real tales of the Clearance Diver and the unwavered support that you all provide.
The bus trip will take us through the historical hydro town of Tarraleah, then on to the “Wall in the Wilderness”, a magnificent wall completely hand crafted from Huon Pine. You will be completely amazed at the skill of this master craftsmanship.
A Lunch break at Lake St Clair hotel will be a pleasant break to the journey.
Then onto Strahan through Queenstown and through some of the temperate rainforests in the World Heritage area of Tasmania (If you spot a Tasmanian Tiger with confirmation, all you expenses will be covered!).
Once in Strahan, check into the accommodation then have a stroll through the small village and maybe pick up some Huon Pine.
In the evening, sit down to a wilderness BBQ showcasing some of Tasmania’s best and unique foods, indulge in some of the best wines and beer locally brewed with the purest water found anywhere.
Bus departs at 9am. Total bus return - $100 per person.
Hotel Accommodation at the Strahan Village
Costs for two persons including full breakfast’s = $360 ($180 per person)
Single occupancy rates are $360 per person.
Tuesday Morning, wake up to a hearty breakfast ready for the day’s activities. Then embark on a Gordon River Cruise that will take you to Hell’s Gates to witness a treacherous opening that early ships were required to navigate to enter the harbour.
Continuing on to the Atlantic Salmon farms, where the best salmon in the world is farmed. The licensed cruise includes a lunch (including smoked salmon!).
Sarah Island (a historic penal colony that has the reputation as one of the harshest in Australia) provides the first opportunity to step off the boat and walk among its ruins. You will get a good appreciation of how hard it was to survive.
The cruise will then take us on to the Gordon River, where you will have to chance to take a walk through the world heritage area and walk amongst some of the oldest trees in the world.
On return to Strahan, you will have the opportunity to either rest or have a look around. As we all know, at times some of those in prompt gatherings provide some of the best memories.
Gordon River Cruise depart 0830 – 1430 (Lunch included)
Cost $95 per person
Wednesday, wake to another breakfast before boarding the historical rack and pinion train through the world heritage park to Queenstown. This is a train journey that you will never forget with steep climbs and descents, stopping at various small water stops along the way.
Once in Queenstown, board the bus for the journey back to Hobart.
Depart Strahan on West Coast Wilderness Rail
Depart 0830 arrive Queenstown 1230
Depart Queenstown 1400 for Hobart
Cost $125 per person
Thursday Hobart, the morning and early afternoon are yours to explore Hobart. Take a stroll through town, explore some of the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, take a look at MONA, the choices are endless. However remember RENE Hiddings MP has organised a BBQ on the Parliament lawns in a show of appreciation to the Branch for the assistance given of the years.
BBQ Parliament Lawns (Navy Band) 1600 – 1800
Cost $10 per person
Friday Hobart, maybe take a trip to Port Author historic site. Have a look at Battery Point, bike down Mt Wellington. All is possible. BUT do not miss the cocktail party reception at Government house. It is an event that you cannot miss. Make sure you register early as numbers may be limited.
Government House reception 1800 – 2000
Cost $10 per person
Saturday in Hobart, you have to go to the world famous Salamanca Markets. This is where you will load those suitcases with Tasmanian treasures. Saturday is yours to do as you wish, however be ready with those dancing shoes for the evening Gala dinner at The Old Woolstore. It would not be a function without the Navy band, so we have secured a three piece Jazz band to entertain you through the night.
Reunion Dinner U/W theme Woolstore (Navy Band) 1900-2300
Cost $130 per person