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7am: Breezy break­fast

Start your day with the buf­fet break­fast served at VIEW 42º RESTAU­RANT. Sit out on the deck that over­looks Macquarie Har­bour (1).

8.30am: A wilder­ness cruise

Jump aboard Lady Jane Franklin II for a Gor­don River Cruise: the wild scenery will blow you away (2). Along the way you’ll visit sal­mon and trout farms, where you’ll learn what it takes to get a sal­mon from the har­bour to the gal­ley for you to en­joy as part of your buf­fet lunch. You’ll then travel up the un­for­get­table GOR­DON RIVER (3). This spec­tac­u­lar na­tional park is only ac­ces­si­ble by boat or sea plane. Travel 13 kilo­me­tres to HER­ITAGE LAND­ING and en­joy a 30-minute guided board­walk into the rain­for­est. Next is a visit to SARAH IS­LAND, the old and harsh con­vict set­tle­ment (4). Fol­low the an­i­mated and cap­ti­vat­ing guides from the Round Earth Com­pany to learn of the plight of our first set­tlers or wan­der at your leisure be­fore your re­turn across the har­bour back to Stra­han.

2.45pm: Pin­ing away

Fol­low the foot­path to MOR­RI­SON’S HUON PINE SAWMILL for a free demon­stra­tion of the old sawmill that has been op­er­at­ing in the same fam­ily for four gen­er­a­tions.

3.30pm: Platy­pus play­time

Fol­low the self-guided path in the op­po­site di­rec­tion along the Es­planade to Peo­ple’s Park for the rain­for­est walk to HOGARTH FALLS (5); an easy 40-minute re­turn walk. Don’t for­get to keep an eye out for the platy­pus that live in the creek that winds its way through the park.

5.30pm: Since 1994

Watch the long­est run­ning play in Aus­tralia, The Ship That Never Was. Based on a true lo­cal con­vict story, you’ll find the ROUND EARTH COM­PANY per­form­ing it in the Richard Davey Am­phithe­atre.

7pm: Dine on Tassie’s finest

Re­turn to VIEW 42º RESTAU­RANT to try some renowned Tas­ma­nian pro­duce. Don’t miss the Macquarie Har­bour whole baked trout, Woody Is­land oys­ters, Cape Grim beef and West Haven goat’s cheese, just to men­tion a few (6). It’s all ac­com­pa­nied by Tassie beers and wines.

sun­set: Cosy up on the beach

Take the eight-kilo­me­tre drive to OCEAN BEACH. Rug up, take the wine of your choice, pic­nic blan­ket and cam­era to wit­ness surely the most mag­nif­i­cent sun­sets in the world. From Septem­ber to Fe­bru­ary you will also be able to view the ma­jes­tic sight of short-tailed shear­wa­ters com­ing in to roost.

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