Sitting to the south of the Australian mainland, Tasmania combines an idyllic, rural charm with rugged natural beauty. Wander through the quaint country towns, or take in the pristine wilderness of the island. Join Odyssey Traveller as we take you on a journey through this remarkable travel destination.
Escorted program for couples and single travellers visiting Hobart, Launceston through the Tamar Valley along the rugged coastline of the north coast and heading back south to the pristine wilderness around Cradle Mountain and then on through Strahan, Queenstown and past Lake St Clair, before arriving back in Hobart. This 18 day small group tours to Tasmania for mature and senior travellers interested in the colonial history of Tasmania. We follow the footsteps of the colonists, visiting the churches where they worshipped, the houses in which they lived, the taverns where they drank and some of the mills in which they worked.
Houses and gardens of Southern Tasmania runs for five days and takes in ten different gardens and three heritage-listed houses. We will step back into the past and experience life as it was two centuries ago.
The course focuses on Tasmania and its similarities and differences from the ‘mainland’ as a convict colony, with a particular focus on women’s experiences.
The Tasmania Wilderness summer school is held annually in Hobart in early January. This summer school allows you to experience the great western wilderness of Tasmania, while staying at a comfortable ‘base camp’ in a Hobart hotel!
The Glory of Greece course examines the history of the Ancient Greeks from Mycenaean, Minoan and Homeric times until the commencement of the Peloponnesian War in 431BC. We discover the development of a classical, ancient people and culture.
This course will look at the life and times of Queen Victoria who reigned over the British Empire between 1837 and 1901. During that period Britain underwent what amounted to a revolution in industry, agriculture, transport, politics, science, medicine and the arts.
This Summer school course will examine the life and deeds of a number of strong women living in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Women seldom wrote the history books in the period between 1050 and 1650.
Discover five masterpieces of French cinema in this new Summer School tour.
This lecture series examines the ANZAC story throughout the Great War from Gallipoli (1915) to the Western Front (1918) through the life of Australia’s greatest wartime military leader Lt General Sir John Monash.
Spend a week in Hobart, Tasmania attending this summer school course which traces the early life and development of the comic genius of the twentieth century through to the end of the silent era. It is set against the phenomenal growth of the American film industry and lasting impact of Chaplin’s life and art upon the world. It goes deeper than the knock about comedian, pantomime artist and Little Tramp that we see in his early short films.
Summer School tour that examines the Historic homes and the history of their occupiers.
This course will investigate contemporary accounts of Roman of the path to occupation and then settlement in Britain and Gaul. This class will endeavour to consider and discuss the contribution Rome and the Romans had on the places controlled by these invaders.
This Summer school course looks at the influence and contribution five key families in shaping today’s Italy. In the 15th and 16th centuries the principalities that became Italy were alive with new ideas. The boundaries of art, architecture, music, science, politics, religion and literature were pushed. It was also riven by bitter rivalry and even open warfare between the numerous independent city states.
This tour brings together discussions and expeditions to visit art collections with particular attention on the critically acclaimed MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art.
This course takes you back to the birthplace of western philosophy and the basis for our inner growth as individuals, as communities and a civilisation that continues to question its values and our very being ever since. Our small group will explore these origins of thought, the masterpieces of literature and drama that reach far beyond their initial time and place and let them speak again to us today.
Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. There are no train services in Tasmania, so bus and coach services are your best bet if using public transport. Metro Tasmania operate bus services in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie and the surrounding areas of these locations, while coach services run the length of the island.
In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.
Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.
Geography, Environment, & Weather
The island of Tasmania lies 240 km south of the Australian mainland and covers an area of 68,401 square km. Tasmania is Australia’s most mountainous state, with the Central Highlands dominating the centre of the country. Much of Tasmania is covered by forest, with the Tarkine Australia’s largest temperate rainforest. Many rivers run through Tasmania, the largest of which are the Derwent, Tamar and South Esk rivers.
Tasmania has a temperate climate, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. Depending on when you intend to travel, check the weather reports and dress accordingly
World heritage sites
There are 1 property in Tasmania listed on the World Heritage List. You can view the listed property here: (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/au). Tasmania’s listed properties includes:
Tasmanian Wilderness, which contains one of the last remaining expanses of temperate rainforest in the world.
Festivals & Events
The arts are widely celebrated in Tasmania with festivals and events frequently cropping up on the calendar. The Festival of Voices is Tasmania’s largest singing festival, with singers and vocal artists flocking to Hobart for two weeks in July for workshops, performances and concerts. Festivale in Febraury brings together Tasmania’s loves for eating, drinking and performing, with over 70 stalls serving food and drink alongside live music and dance performances. Cygnet Folk Festival is dedicated to folk music and acts, with the town of Cygnet playing host to 3 days worth of performances and workshops on niche activities such as banjo playing and folk dancing.
Vanishing Towns: Tasmania’s Ghost Towns and Settlements by Michael Holmes
In Search of Hobart, by Peter Timm
The Convict Letter Writer, by Alice Meredith Hodgson
In Tasmania, by Nicholas Shakespeare
Eating & Drinking
Tasmania is famed for its fresh, organic produce, and has food options galore. Seafood is abundant, with fresh salmon, oysters, and wild abalone being particular highlights of Tasmanian seafood. The rich soil of Tasmania has meant the Apple Isle has some of Australia’s finest produce, including wagyu beef, Flinders Island lamb, olive oil and black truffles. Dairy produce is a big part of Tasmanian food, with many varieties of cheese produced including blue cheese, brie, camembert, and even experimental varieties such as wasabi cheddar.
Besides fine food, Tasmania also produces many varieties of beer, wine and spirits. Many local producers of cider, whisky and gin have cropped up across the island, while Tasmania is also home to some of Australia’s leading cool climate wines. If you’re looking to have drink during your travels, be sure to drop by one of the many boutique breweries, distilleries and wineries that dot the island.
Health & Safety
Generally speaking, Tasmania is safe to travel around in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.
Tasmania has a single time zone, Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10). Daylight savings are observed in Tasmania between the first Sunday of October and the first Sunday of April.
If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you tip an appropriate amount for services. Tipping is not customary in Australian culture, although a small tip will generally be appreciated.
Wifi is widely available in Tasmania, and should be freely accessible in most hotels, cafes and restaurants.