Photo above is the Port Arthur Penitentiary.

Tasmanian Conference Tours

Tours before, during and after the Conference.

Delegates attending the Conference in Hobart will be treated to a number of exciting and different tours taking you to places and experiences with a difference.  Because of the exclusivity of these tours designed especially for OAA members there are limitations in numbers participating.  All proposed tours are subject to final appointment and numbers who wish to book.   As it is hoped all tours will be filled with the maximum number of participants to keep the costs down all those who book will be invoiced separately from the Conference registration payment.

A summary of each of the tours is shown below.  Early expressions of interest with no obligation will assist and can be sent to  Tours 1 and 2 are scheduled before the conference on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April and tours 3 and 4 after the conference on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April.

These tours have been designed for our Association by Kim Dudson of award winning Bespoke Tasmania, who specialises in exclusive visits to private properties not open to the general public and unique experiences at those that are.

This three minute video produced by Brand Tasmania three years ago, shows Tasmania’s innovative and inspiring community that celebrates its difference fitting the Conference theme of “Making the Difference”.

Please select from the following tour options:

Before the Conference

Tour 1, Tuesday, 9th April 2019

Colonial Resourcefulness

This is a remarkable story of Tasmania’s super-fine merino wool industry, prized by prestigious Italian woollen mills.  In 1828 an English woman walked the breadth of Saxony, buying sheep with coins sewn into her skirts, then walking them to Hamburg’s Port.  Leading Tasmanian properties now track their premium wool though to “single-origin suiting”.  Hear a far-sighted 4th generation farmer speak about this exciting development, combined with conservation/restoration of the land.

Added to this tour delegates will visit a country town with exceptional Georgian colonial buildings to observe fascinating heritage building skills such as shingle splitting, stone masonry – shaping superb sandstone and the restoration of colonial wall-papers from oilcloths to beautiful French based designs.

Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10, $315 per person (8)   $280 (10) including morning tea and lunch.

Tour 2, Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Fab Farm to Fork

Driving past beautiful coastal waterways, and fertile hills, be uplifted with the success stories behind some of the following producers:

  • visionary establishment of sheep’s cheesery, and world award-winning distillery using sheep’s whey;
  • native botanicals and herbs prized internationally amidst a verdant kitchen garden, native bush and wonderful sculpture park along with an iris farm;
  • ground-breaking saffron farm, producing some of the best in the world;
  • smoked salmon and trout, sustainably sourced, using native Tasmanian timbers and organic apple-wood from nearby extensive orchard;
  • taste and hear why some of Australia’s leading Pinot Noir makers have chosen an unrecognised corner of Tasmania to make remarkable wine.

Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 at $315 per person (8)   $280 (10) including morning tea and lunch.

Part of the Conference Programme

Incat Express 3

Express 3 completes sea trials on the River Derwent, Hobart

Included in your Conference Registration fee is a visit to two innovative world renowned marine engineering businesses.

Incat, known for its ocean-going wave piercing catamarans, began from the inspiration and far sightedness of its founder Robert (Bob) Clifford AO.  Incat has continued to develop the breed with lightweight, environmentally friendly fuel-efficient ships carrying heavier vehicle loads than ever before and at the lowest operational costs.

Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) is a dynamic company formed specifically for the design and manufacture of high quality Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) and large capacity liferafts.

LSA has developed a product that is synonymous with quality and reliability, which is of paramount importance in the marine safety industry.

After the Conference

Tour 3, Monday 15th April 2019

Hops, Hooch and Heritage.

In a mountain ringed valley, we visit privately owned colonial properties to hear about leading edge agriculture on the edge of the world: then and now, including:

  • the first hops grown for commercial production in Australia;
    • their crucial role in founding a new colony, and exciting future;
  • the first trout breeding and therefore fishing in Australasia;
  • visit an 1860’s pastoral property, restored meticulously, with a world award winning distillery; and
  • lunch* at internationally renowned restaurant, highlighting locally sourced heritage produce. *The lunch is of your own choice and not included in the price.

Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 at $325 per person (8)   $300 (10), including morning tea.

Tour 4, Tuesday 16th April 2019

Make your own gin, and explore the Tasman Peninsula.

In possibly the only place in the world you will craft you own gin using your own mini still, hear the fascinating history of gin combined with a tutored tasting, watch centuries old water bubbling up in a natural spring amidst a beautiful bushland mountain setting.  This is located at one of Gourmet Traveller’s favourite distilleries.  Includes gin-flavour matched picnic lunch.

Combine this with a selection from the following:

  • private guided tour of Port Arthur;
  • hear how entrepreneurial wife of a diesel engineer and sheep farmer, “rebranded” lavender, with her own farm to make it stylish and sustainable;
  • discover how a potato farmer uses second grade potatoes most profitably;
  • arising from the ashes of major bushfire, entrepreneurial farming families have created a most successful vineyard cafe/oyster outlet.

Minimum of 4 at $650 per person and a maximum of 10 at $540 per person including morning tea and lunch.