Herbaceous Tours cater for all who are passionate about food and wine in Tasmania as well as offering iconic tourism.
Herbaceous Tours offers a unique opportunity to actually meet farmers and vintners. They take you to farms; vineyards and food producers where you will experience meeting and talking to the people producing the product, be it wine, cheese, oysters, small goods, salmon, abalone, chocolates, olive oil and a host of other wonderful Tasmanian produce.
You will also see some spectacular Tasmanian scenery, learn some local history and taste amazing food.
They also offer personalized day tours to many iconic spots all over Tasmania, maybe a day trip to historic Oatlands with the largest collection of Georgian buildings in Australia, or a trip to the beautiful Derwent Valley and Mt Field National Park, the far south to the Tahune Airwalk, Hastings Caves or the Ida Bay Railway, the choices are endless!
They are also able to personalise extended tours which allows for visits all over the state wherever you wish to explore, just ask and we will work with you to ensure your stay in their beautiful state is truly memorial.
Please select a tour service below to find out more information:
- Huon and Channel
- Herbaceous Tours Grandvewe Sheep Cheese Experience
- Hobart History Tour
- Bruny Island
- Herbaceous Tours and Nonesuch Distillery Experience
- Richmond and Cambridge
- Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
The Huon and Channel day tour is a firm favorite as it provides local produce and the opportunity to learn some local history as well as spectacular scenery. Cheese, chocolate, and cider is on the menu with this tour. They visit Mt Nelson, the Channel Heritage Museum, Margate train for morning tea, Nutpatch chocolate, Grandvewe Sheep's Cheese, the Honey House and Willie Smith Cider. Pick up and drop off is from your local hotel.
Grandvewe Cheeses is a family run business winning many awards both in Tasmania and on mainland Australia. The Grandvewe Experience will allow guests to spend the afternoon with Di Rae (owner and head cheese maker) or her daughter, Nicole, to discover some of the intricacies of making these award winning products. Guests will have a 'hands-on' experience and be involved in the cheese making process, affinage, cheese hooping and piercing the blue as well as indepth discussions about the whole process. You will come away with a strong knowledge of how the whole sheeps cheese making process is undertaken and a true appreciation of the wonderful products Grandvewe make!
On this tour you will learn about some of the history of Hobart and its people. They start at the Lady Nelson where the story begins and move to the "Tench" (Penitentiary Chapel) where the story continues. Then it's on to Basket and Green for morning tea. They travel out to New Town to visit the beautiful historic Runnymede and learn about the various occupants of the house. Their lunch stop is at Cascade Hotel, one of the oldest hotels set in the first actual suburb of Hobart. Depending on time there may be an opportunity to take a stroll through the stunning Cascade Gardens. Their next stop is to the Female Factory and you will probably come away wondering if these females were more sinned against than sinning. They then travel over the river to their last stop, the Bellerive Fort, a very quirky bit of Hobart's history along with some stunning views. This tour departs every Friday at 9am provided there is a minimum of four people with a maximum of 11. Due to operational reasons sometime Runnymede may have to be replaced with a guided tour of the Theatre Royal Playhouse, Australia's oldest continuous use theatre.
History, food, scenery, wonderful friendly people, Bruny Island has it all! The Bruny tour is not for the faint hearted as it is a long day but you will return home with wonderful memories of great food, incredible scenery and the fantastic people you will meet. So come and join them as they explore a whole range of diverse and interesting food facts and sample real food! Depending on the time of the year and the weather they may visit the following places; Bruny Island Cheese Company, Get Shucked-Bruny Island Oysters, Bruny Island Berry Farm, Bruny Island Fudge and Chocolate (Hiba), Bruny Island Vineyard, Murrayfield Station (sheep station) and Primal Living (market garden).
Guests will be involved with charging the still and preparing the botanical recipe. The early start ensures the distillation is finished by 1300 when they break for lunch in the old barn. Once the still is operating, guests will be involved in taking samples, recording readings of temperature in the still, alchol by volume of spirit running from the still, the volume of spirit collected (using density tables) and the alcohol by volume of that collection (calculated using temperature, alcoholmeter and conversion tables). At regular intervals guests will also taste and smell the spirit flowing from the still to identify the individual botanical components. Guests will experience when the "fores" change and when the "heart" can be collected. During this time the test still will be charged with botanicals of your choice and distilled; but don't worry, expert help is on hand to ensure you get a great result. The level of involvement of this experience is such that guests will learn the complete process and would probably come away with enough knowledge to start their own still.
They travel from Hobart out to the Coal River Valley to visit a number of beautiful vineyards such as Frogmore Creek Vineyard, Every Man and His Dog, Pressing Matters, Nonesuch Distillery (Sloe Gin) and a variety of others depending on the day and time of year. They visit Wicked Cheese to sample some of the amazing products produced by Ashley, owner and Head Cheesemaker. Their lunch break is in the delightful historic village of Richmond with its many Georgian buildings and the old gaol (jail). There are many options for lunch in Richmond and you may like to try the famous Curried Scallop Pies at Richmond Bakery. Depending on time we can also visit either Barilla Bay Oysters or Tasmanian Gourmet Seafood for a taste of fresh oysters straight from the sea!
They travel down the Forester Peninsula to their first stop at the Waterfront Cafe at Dunalley for morning tea. Then it is on to Federation Chocolate to taste the amazing apple chocolate with our next stop being at the Port Arthur Lavender, where you may like to try some lavender fudge or lavender ice cream. Once they arrive at Port Arthur Penal Settlement you have two-and-a-half-hours to explore this amazing place. Entry includes a boat trip around the harbour and a guided walking tour. Depending on time and guests preference, they visit a number of places of spectacular scenery which could include Remarkable Cave, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, the Blow Hole, Tessellated Pavement and the Eaglehawk Neck lookout. They travel back to Hobart via a backroad for more spectacular scenery and a very quirky stop.
The Hobart tour has various locations that are dependent on the availability of the producers being visited. As this may change regularly, it is not always possible to list these destinations but some examples could be Mures Fishing, the Wursthaus, Old Beach Blueberry farm. Please call for further information or refer to the website. Pickup is from your city hotel or the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, Davey Street Hobart.
This tour provides a bit of everything taking in spectacular scenery, some history and some food production. Their first stop is at Mt Nelson with it's wonderful views and interesting history. Depending on time, they may stop at the Margate Train with its quirky shops and maybe enjoy morning tea in one of the old carriages. They travel just a short way to the Channel Heritage Museum with its wonderful displays of life in the area dating from the local indigenous people through to present day. It's then on to Kettering to visit Nutpatch Chocolates; a fantastic stop! Did someone say Salmon? Provided they visit Woodbridge Smokehouse on a Thursday or Friday you can sample their amazing Salmon and Trout. Their lunch stop is either at Peppermint Bay Hotel or Oyster Cove Hotel, both have great local food and beautiful views. Grandvewe Cheeses is not far down the road where you will get to taste some of the amazing cheese produced by passionate people and contented sheep. They then make their way to their last stop,over the hills, to Willie Smith's with it's displays of the apple industry in times past as well as a taste of cider.