Tasmania, Australia

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Tasmania, Australia

Sitting about 460km below of the Australian state of Victoria, just south of the mainland, the island of Tasmania is Australia‘s second smallest, and 6th most populous state or territory. Covering an area the size of Ireland, or similar to Missouri, Tasmania is home to roughly 540,000 people, about 40% of which reside in the state’s capital Hobart. Tasmania plays host to a climate, and landscape distinct from the rest of Australia, this is due to its position further south towards the Antarctic, its position in the ‘roaring forties’ wind current, as well as its distinct flora, fauna, geology, and climate patterns. Most of the island has a cool oceanic climate, with the mountainous area towards the centre of the island being cooler still, this climate makes the eastern part of the island productive for agricultural use, while the western portion of the island is densely forested, with huge national parks and protected areas that cover a substantial 42% of the island. Known colloquially as ‘Tassie‘ to Australian’s, Tasmania is renown for its rich natural heritage, with places like Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair, Mount Wellington, or Wineglass Bay being some of the more well known. The island‘s latitude also makes it one of the best places on earth to see the aurora australis, or Southern Lights, if you’re lucky enough to catch them. As for Tasmania‘s cultural heritage, you can find historic world heritage sites such as Port Arthur on one end of the spectrum, or wild and creative museums such as MONA on the other, the largest privately owned museum in the south hemisphere, which features large exhibits from artists across Australia. In all, a Tasmania holiday is a panoply of experiences, with unique natural and cultural heritage that marks it out as distinct from all Australia‘s mainland states.

Crafted Tours for Mature World Travellers

Tasmania Tours

Tasmanian coastline
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Discovering Tasmania’s Wildlife

Small group tour of up to 15 mature and seniors travellers visiting and learning about Tasmania’s wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 16 days.

19 days
Departing Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov

Tours of Tasmania; exploring colonial history

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.

 

19 days
Departing Sep, Oct, Jan, Feb, Mar, Aug
Coastline near Killiekrankie Flinders Island
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Small group tour of Flinders Island

Explore and learn about Flinders Island on an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers who enjoy a walking holiday. For couples or solo travellers.

9 days
Departing Nov, Jan, Mar, Apr
Houses and gardens of Southern Tasmania
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Houses and Gardens of Southern Tasmania | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

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.

7 days
Departing Jan, Mar

Motorcycle tour of Tasmania for mature riders

Escorted Small group tour of up to 8 mature and seniors Motorcycle riders visiting and learning about Tasmania’s wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 14 days.

17 days
Departing Apr, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar

Tasmanian Colonial homes, centring on Hobart and Launceston | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

Summer School tour that examines the Historic homes and the history of their occupiers.

7 days
Departing Jan

Tasmanian Wilderness | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

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!

7 days
Departing Jan

Convicts and Emigrants in Early Tasmania | Summer School in Hobart, Tasmania

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.

 

7 days
Departing Jan

History

Tasmania‘s earliest history traces back to its Indigenous people, with a history that predates European colonization in the region by almost 42,000 years, with Aboriginal settlement on the continent thought to have begun on the continent as early as 60,000 years ago. The first European contact with Tasmania came in the year 1642, with Dutch explorer Abel Tasman landing at today’s Blackman Bay on the Islands’ southeast coast. This early exploration of the island, as well as New Zealand, and the surrounding seas, has been honoured in the region’s names, with areas such as the Tasman Sea, and the island of Tasmania itself bearing the explorer’s name. Despite the early discoveries of Tasman, Europeans would not return to the area for another 130 years, with French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne arriving in 1772, with the British arriving a year later. At this time, though it was theorized, there was no solid evidence that Tasmania, was in fact an island. This was eventually confirmed in 1798, with British Captain Matthew Flinders, and explorer George Bass circumnavigating the Australian continent, and passing through the Bass Strait, coming to be named after the latter.

Map of Australia from 1826, showing Tasmania and SE coast.

Although the islands of the Bass Strait had been used by whalers, and sealers for some time, colonization of the main island did not begin until the year 1803, with the settlements of Risdon and Hobart Town founded along the island‘s south-east coast. Tasmania‘s early settlements were characterised by their extensive use of convict labour, with about 4 in 10 convicts transported to Australia arriving on the island in its early years. This emphasis on convict labour created a tremendous gender imbalance on the island, quickly leading to turmoil between the settlers and native population, as convicts continued to abduct Aboriginal women. This, coupled with the increasing strain on the islands resources, and grazing lands, eventually escalated into violent conflict between the settlers and Indigenous population, in what came to be the most brutal example of settler colonialism in Australia‘s history. Known in these early years as ‘Van Diemen’s Land’, the island‘s importance to early colonization was paramount, with about a third of Australia‘s non-indigenous population residing on the island in 1830, as well as accounting for a full half of its as yet cultivated land. The Van Diemen’s Land Company was also a tremendously influential body at this time, and enjoyed an undisputed monopoly to the entire northwest of the island.

A view of the town and harbour of Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land (now known as Tasmania), an island to the south of the Australian mainland. Van Diemen’s Land was colonised by Britain in 1803 as a penal colony and became part of New South Wales in 1825. Hobart was then known as Hobart Town, or Hobarton and was named after Lord Hobart, the Colonial Secretary.

The transportation of convicts eventually came to an end in the year 1853, and the name of the island was subsequently changed in the year 1856 to Tasmania. The name change came as more and more free settlers made their way to the island, and Tasmania sought to distance itself from its recent history of convict labour. As time progressed and Tasmania came into its own, it became its own fully fledged state, joining with the mainland in federation in 1901, with the vote to join enjoying the largest margin of any Australian state. Throughout the 20th and 21st century, Tasmania has shaped by the development of the hydro-electricity sector, and has become an important melting pot from which several of Australia‘s environmental movements have formed. Today it is well known as an eco-tourism destination, as well as for its vibrant arts and culture sector.

Wide view of the hydro electricity dam at Strathgordon, Tasmania

Travelling to Tasmania

A tour of Tasmania can offer a rich experience, delving into the state’s incredible natural, and cultural heritage, with travellers to Tasmania able to enjoy its Jurassic era dolerite cliffs, temperate rainforests and bushland, cerulean blue coasts, as well as some of the world’s cleanest air. For those starting out on a Tasmania tour, a good place to start would be the state’s capital city, Hobart. Located on the southeast of the island, Hobart is home to some 206,000 people, roughly 40% of Tasmania‘s population. The city is the thriving heart of Tasmania‘s cultural, and commercial life, and is dotted with cafes, restaurants, as well as museums, markets, art galleries, and more. Visitors to Hobart should be sure to stop by on a Saturday, this is the time when you can catch the famous Salamanca markets, here you can find local craft goods and foods, ranging from carved Tasmanian native woods, to lavender, mountain honey, craft gin, pearls and much much more. While eating out in Hobart you might also want to have lunch or dinner around the famous Elizabeth St Pier, which has incredible fresh seafood, North Hobart is also known as a popular place to eat out, with a variety local favourites found in this part of town. Just outside of Hobart, though omnipresent in the city’s skyline is Mount Wellington, or ‘Kunanyi’, you can make your way up the mountain to the lookout in about an hour’s drive out of town, and up the mountainside. From the top you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city, the harbour, and at times you can even catch the aurora australis away from the polluting lights of the city below. Another major Hobart attraction is the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. Opened in 2011 by professional gambler and philanthropist David Walsh, MONA features large exhibition spaces with brilliant, creative and at times controversial art installations. The best way to get to MONA, since it occupies its own private island, are the Mona Roma ferries, these depart from the Brooke St Pier just next to Salamanca place, where you can also buy entry tickets.

The Aurora Australis visible over the summit of Mt. Wellington/Kunanyi, in Hobart, Tasmania.

Aside from the city of Hobart itself, the city is an excellent staging point from which to explore much of the surrounding area, with plenty of easy day trips or tours in the vicinity of the city. One of the easiest of these would be Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Located near the town of Brighton to the north of Hobart, the wildlife sanctuary is an easy way to see much of Tasmania‘s unique wildlife up close and personal, this can also be an excellent opportunity to meet the islands’ famous tassie devil, which can be rather elusive to spot in the wild. To the south of the city, you might want to take a day trip to Huonville and the Huon Valley. This area is a popular region for wineries, as well as craft ciders, mead, liqueurs, and gin. While in Huonville you might want to stop by at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for a hearty lunch, tasting palette of ciders, and sometimes even live local musicians. Just over an hour west of Hobart, you can also visit Mt. Field National Park, here you can find some incredible walking tracks through the forest and treelines, as well as some truly special waterfalls like Russell Falls, or Horseshoe Falls, whose spectacular scenery is nearly reminiscent of a Tolkien novel.

Russel Falls in Mt Field National Park with the evening light and spectacular waterfall.

Off the southeast coast of Tasmania, and another popular day trip from Hobart is Bruny Island. Bruny Island is famous for its pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, fresh seafood, and local wildlife. Travellers to Bruny often find one of the best spots for sightseeing on the island is the narrow isthmus connecting north, and south Bruny, known locally as ‘the neck’. Another way to see Bruny Island is on a cruise, where you can oft spot seals and dolphins around the islands coastline, on the land you can also find a unique Bruny Island species of wallaby, which due to generations of mutation have snowy white fur. On South Bruny you can also take a Bruny Island Lighthouse tour, with the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse being one of the oldest continually operating in the country’s history. Heading east from Hobart around the coast to the Tasman Peninsula, is Port Arthur. Port Arthur is a World Heritage listed area, with its history harkening back to the colonial era as one of the most notorious and brutal penal colonies in Australian history. The Port Arthur historic site’s colonial history is brought into revealing, and stark contrast, with the site’s museums and tours giving visitors insight into what day to day life was like for some of Australia‘s earliest European residents. Port Arthur is also a good jumping off point for a wildlife cruise around the coastline of the Tasman National Park, along the ride you can find animals such as bottlenose dolphins, and Australian fur seals in abundance, as well as a huge variety of seabirds such as cormorants and sea-eagles.

Port Arthur Tasmania the old church ruins

Leaving Hobart behind, a journey heading up Tasmania‘s east coast is a fantastic way to see how the landscape changes as you pass through forests, mountains, and verdant plains along your trip. One of the first highlight along this route would have to be Wineglass Bay, located on the Freycinet Peninsula, a place famous for its pristine beaches, cerulean blue waters and incredible abundance in wildlife, Wineglass Bay is worth at least a whole day to do it proper justice. For those on a walking tour, heading south from Coles Bay through the national park is a great way to get to Wineglass Bay Beach. Along the way be sure to stop at the Wineglass Bay lookout, here you’ll get a great view of the sandy beaches, rugged coastline, and see the distinctive U-shape the bay is famous for. Another place to look out for nearby while journeying up the east coast is the seaside town of Bicheno. Bicheno is famous for its large naturally occurring blowhole, which launches out huge jets of water into the air as the tide fluctuates, making for a great photo opportunity, it’s also a good lunch spot for fresh seafood and a break from the road.

Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula

Another Tasmanian city hub, though smaller than the capital Hobart, is Launceston. Located in the island‘s Tamar valley region, Launceston has just under half the population of Hobart, making it Tasmania‘s second largest city. Launceston is known for its colonial, and Victorian style architecture dating back to the earliest days of settlement, and is one of the best preserved and oldest cityscapes in Australia. Launceston is another great launching pad for a tour of the surrounding region, or for connecting transport heading further afield. One example of this is Flinders Island, which you can make your way to after a short, light aircraft flight from Launceston. Flinders Island is located off the northeast coast of Tasmania, and is the largest in the Furneaux group of islands, it is known for its natural beauty, walking tracks, and its spotted colonial history. With this in mind, the layout of Flinders Island, is ideal for a walking tour, with Odyssey visiting nearly every major site on the island along our tour.

Flinders Island Killiecrankie Beach
Tip of the point at Killiecrankie Beach, Flinders Island.

Heading west out of Launceston, eventually you’ll come upon one of Tasmania‘s most notable attractions, the UNESCO world heritage listed Cradle Mountain. The Cradle Mountain national park is the highlight of any wilderness tour of Tasmania, with its natural beauty being special even in a place so naturally gifted as Tasmania. The area is dotted with wilderness walks and walking trails to properly explore what the national park has to offer. One of the most popular spots is by Dove lake, which lies at the centre of the park with the mountain looming behind, and is the perfect spot for a photo opportunity. The national park is also incredibly abundant in wildlife, and you’ll quickly find yourself literally tripping over wombats, who have become quite friendly and unafraid of visiting humans, you can also keep an eye out for one of the island‘s famous tassie devil if they make an appearance.

Dove Lake
Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain.

Continuing north, a good place to head to is Stanley, which with its incredibly clean air, and seaside charm, is another great base from which to explore Tasmania‘s northwest region. Along your way to Stanley you may want to stop by the Table Cape, which has one of Tasmania‘s largest tulip farms, and is a visually stunning stop for any ‘budding’ horticulturalist. The town of Stanley itself is notable for a number of reasons, the first of these is its massive dormant volcano, known locally as ‘the nut’. This is a great lookout from which to take in the surrounding seas and countryside, and you can even take a chairlift to the top. The town is also famous for its historic buildings, some of which date back to the time of the Van Diemen’s Land Company. Lastly the air around Stanley, and places in northwest Tasmania such as Cape Grim has been measured as amongst the cleanest in the world, at first this may not sound like much to boast about, but in a world characterized by the omnipresent air pollution in larger cities many of us live in, the effect of fresh, clean air as its supposed to be is really something of an unexpected marvel. Nearby Stanley, you may also want to take a day trip through the Tarkine rainforest, which as one of the only temperate rainforests in the world is definitely something to make time for on a tour to Tasmania. The Tarkine is one of Australia‘s great untamed wild places, with old growth that dates back many hundreds of years, it is home to many of Tasmania‘s native trees and endangered species, and is a great place to get lost amongst one of the few remaining wild places on our planet.

View at the landscape and beaches of Stanley, Tasmania, Australia. In the back the famous landmark is showing, the mountain, The Nut.

Heading further down along the west coast, you’ll find numerous national parks, small towns like Strahan, and rivers such as the Gordon River and Franklin River. The west coast is a great way to see Tasmania‘s wilderness, with a far more rugged landscape that captures the island‘s Gondwanan heritage. Rounding the west coast route back to Hobart, you’ll come across Lake St Clair, listed along with Cradle Mountain as a world heritage site, Lake St Clair is another natural gem to see on a wilderness tour of Tasmania. Lying in a deep basin formed by glaciation over millions of years, Lake St Clair is known for its crystal clear, and incredibly still water. Known as leeawuleena, or ‘Sleeping Water’ in the indigenous language, the huge lake is so calm it reflects the surrounding area, and sky above like an enormous mirror, one which is particularly impressive during the golden hour around sunrise or sunset. One of the best way to experience what Tasmania has to offer is with a small group tour. Odyssey specialises in this kind of tour, offering an engaged and intimate tour of Tasmania ideal for seniors, solo travellers, and couples heading to Australia and Tasmania.

Lake St Clair, Tasmania
Lake St Clair, Tasmania.

Until the respective state borders in Australia  are open for interstate or trans Tasman travel with New Zealand re-commences, your $500  deposit on an Australia or New Zealand tour, is fully refundable, even if the program is guaranteed.  No additional payment for a tour will be requested for a guaranteed tour or summer school program until interstate and trans Tasman travel is permitted. Once a payment request for a guaranteed program is made, then the terms are as per the terms and conditions shall apply in the event of a cancellation due to COVID-19.  

Odyssey’s collection of Australia tour packages with a tour manager enable you to explore each state with Odyssey’s escorted tours Australia 2021 portfolio as a city based tour or a Australia holidays package into the Western Australia outback of the Kimberley or South Australia‘s Flinders range or just spend a week on holiday in Hobart learning about a range of subjects on Odyssey’s Summer Schools tour package. This collection of some 70 scheduled small group holiday departures provides plenty of choice for an Australian holiday. You can make your booking direct for your Australia escorted tour with us or via your travel agent or travel consultant.

Small group tours throughout Australia

Tours in Australia

Coastline near Killiekrankie Flinders Island
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Small group tour of Flinders Island

Explore and learn about Flinders Island on an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers who enjoy a walking holiday. For couples or solo travellers.

9 days
Departing Nov, Jan, Mar, Apr

Small group holidays to Adelaide and surrounds

Explore and learn about on a small group tour of   Adelaide city and its pastoral, cultural and historic settlement. Visit Fleurieu Peninsula, the Barossa valley, learn about William Morris and the arts and craft movement in the Art gallery and National trust houses.

Departing Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Small group tour of Melbourne

Explore and learn about  the Victorian history of Melbourne over a week. For the senior traveller, a small group tour holiday package to Melbourne city,  limited to 12 travellers.

7 days
Departing Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug
Arnhem Land
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Darwin and Kakadu small group tour

Explore and learn as part of a small group tour for seniors on this package tour to Darwin and Kakadu National park, a UNESCO world heritage site. This program also visits Arnhem land. Our focus is on ecology, landscapes and history on this 14 day program in the far north of the Northern Territory.

Departing Jul, Sep, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug
Mungo National Park
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Escorted small group tour of World Heritage sites and more in the Southern States 

Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour. A journey of learning around the southern edges of the Murray Darling basin and up to the upper southern part of this complex river basin north of Mildura. We start and end in Adelaide, stopping in Broken Hill, Mungo National Park and other significant locations.

Departing Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May, Aug

Tours of Tasmania; exploring colonial history

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.

 

19 days
Departing Sep, Oct, Jan, Feb, Mar, Aug
Dingo, Oodnadatta Track
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Small group tour of Australia's Flinders ranges

Escorted small group tour of the Flinders range in South Australia from Adelaide. Learn about Coober Pedy, Wilpena pound and water system of Lake Eyre as we explore and learn also about the history of the people who explored the Flinders.

Departing Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Small group tour; Broken Hill and back

 Small group tour of New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia deserts, from Broken Hill. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Maree.

Departing Sep, Oct, Mar, Apr

Small group tour of outback Queensland

To Dubbo and back, this small group tour takes you to learn about the Brewarrina fish traps, we travel high up into North Queensland to see the Dinosaurs of Winton and incredible Aboriginal rock art at Cathedral gorge and learn about opal mining and the history of Lightning ridge.

Departing Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun
Broken Hill Town Hall.
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Small group tour of Victoria for Senior travellers

This 16 day escorted small group tour of Victoria for the senior or mature traveller who enjoys learning whether as a couple or solo traveller explores an area of central Victoria that is rich in historic houses, gorgeous gardens and some amazing art.

16 days
Departing Feb, Mar, May, Aug, Oct, Jan, Nov

Small group tour of Queensland

On this Queensland Outback small group tour we travel west from Brisbane all the way to Birdsville then continue high up into North Queensland to see the Dinosaurs of Winton and incredible Aboriginal rock art at Cathedral gorge.

19 days
Departing Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May, Jun
Tasmanian coastline
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Discovering Tasmania’s Wildlife

Small group tour of up to 15 mature and seniors travellers visiting and learning about Tasmania’s wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 16 days.

19 days
Departing Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov
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Autumnal small group tour of the Blue Mountains

Spend a week in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney exploring the historic homes and gardens of the region over a week. For mature and senior travellers. This small group tour visits 13 very different homes and gardens during the Autumn.

Departing Apr

Exploring Alice Springs and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park by Motorbike

Explore on a Motorbike tour in the Outback and learn about historic Alice Springs, The MacDonnell ranges, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. This escorted small group Motorbike tour for mature and senior travellers, travelling as a couple or solo travellers also visits the Hermannsburg Lutheran mission plus Henbury meteorite site learning about the Aboriginal outback and contemporary art. 

Departing Apr, Jun, Aug, Nov, Mar, Jul

Small group tour exploring Alice Springs and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Explore and learn about historic Alice Springs, The MacDonnell ranges, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers, travelling as a couple or solo travellers also visits the Hermannsburg Lutheran mission plus Henbury meteorite site learning about the Aboriginal outback and contemporary art. 

Departing Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Nov, Mar, Jul
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The Darling River Run

Small group tour for the mature and senior traveller of the Darling river. Learn about the history, culture and landscapes of the Darling, a key part of the Australian river system  including Aboriginal trading routes  and aquaculture. Suitable for mature and senior couples or solo travellers.

Departing Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Small group tour of Queensland - 11 days

To short break in Queensland’s Outback is a small group tour taking for a glimpse of the landscape and history of the state. We you to learn about the Carnavorn Gorge, and also we travel high up into North Queensland to see the Dinosaurs of Winton and incredible Aboriginal rock art at Cathedral gorge.

 

11 days
Departing Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Sunrise reflected on Eyre Peninsula SA
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Eyre & Yorke Peninsulas, and the Gawler Ranges

This small group tour to the Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, and the Gawler Ranges is designed for mature and senior traveller or solo traveller to discover the hidden gems of South Australia. Visiting the lesser-known western half of South Australia to explore the pristine coasts of the Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula – often strikingly underdeveloped compared to the East Coast of Australia – and the rugged landscapes of the Gawler Ranges. Delve deeper, and you’ll find a fascinating and often unexpected local history.

Departing Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Aug
Bungle Bungles
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Small group tour of Australia's Kimberley

Escorted small group tour of the Kimberley. We explore and visit Cape Leveque, The Bungles, Bell Gorge, Mitchell plateau & Halls Creek in the dry season. Amazing landscapes intertwined with Aboriginal communities resident for some 45,000 years. We also view the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater.

Departing May, Aug, Sep
Mungo National Park
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Escorted small group tour of Western New South Wales

Discover the the Brewarrina fish traps, Aboriginal art at Mt Garrett and visit the opal fields of  White Cliffs. This small group also visits the World Heritage Site of Mungo man and lady stopping in Mungo National Park and other significant locations such as Broken Hill. 

Departing Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Aug

Motorcycle tour of Tasmania for mature riders

Escorted Small group tour of up to 8 mature and seniors Motorcycle riders visiting and learning about Tasmania’s wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 14 days.

17 days
Departing Apr, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar

Escorted small group tour North East New South Wales

Small group tour exploring the the North East region of New South Wales for mature and senior travellers. Travel, learn and explore about New England’s history, the coast, National parks and regional towns in a time capsule surrounding Mudgee.

Departing Mar, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Jul, Apr
Birdsville Track
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Long tour of Australia for a small group

 Small group tour touring most of the Australian territory, travelling through the outback and visiting many of the famous sights as well as off the beaten track locations, giving you the opportunity the explore and meet our people in the most remote locations. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Marree and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

Departing Mar, Jun, Aug

Small group tour to Southern Highlands and Canberra

Explore and learn on an escorted small group tour of key places to visit in NSW including the Southern Highlands and Canberra. Program for mature and senior travellers limited to 12 people for couples and solo travellers. 

 

Departing Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
Field of Rosy Everlasting wildflowers growing in Western Australia.
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Wildflowers tour of Western Australia

Escorted small group tour for senior and mature travellers as a couple of solo traveller. Upto 12 people of WA’s Wildflower regions including Esperance and the Fitzgerald river National park. Local guides and program leader share knowledge about this fascinating region whilst in bloom.

Departing Aug, Sep, Oct

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Small Group Summer School Experience

Summer School Experience for Odyssey Travellers

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Each January Odyssey offers typically a fortnight of classes in Hobart, Tasmania in a classroom setting on a range of topics. The classes are small typically up to 15 retirees sharing a passion and enthusiasm for what their interests maybe. Our students are often regular attendees to Hobart having made lasting associations on our collection of Small group tours  or exploring what a Odyssey program is like before travelling with us.

Getting around

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.

Accommodation

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.

Tour guides

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.

Reading list

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.

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Tour Reviews

Very knowledgeable coach drivers, courteous and friendly (as were they all) but Stuart bent over backwards to show us various landmarks around Hobart on our last day.
Participant 2018
It was my first time with Odyssey & I enjoyed it very much
Participant 2018
Our leader, David Daintree, did a fantastic job. He was able to impart his knowledge and keep an easy-going vibe to the course. Most enjoyable. The two guest speakers were great. As I was reading Alison Alexander's book I was especially pleased to meet her and hear her talk on convicts in Tasmania.
Participant 2018
Nick Mooney is an excellent leader. His knowledge in so many areas is extensive. It became obvious when meeting other local people that he is regarded very highly. As with Trevor, our driver, nothing was too much trouble for him when trying to make our trip memorable. 10 out of 10.
Participant 2018
David is extremely knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. He wasn't rigid with the itinerary (times) as he wanted all the participants to enjoy and see what interested them the most. He did an excellent job.
Participant 2018
Nick had interesting comments and views on his field of expertise. Made me think about some of the things I took for granted.
Participant 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole program!
Participant 2018
The leader had a great deal of knowledge and good sense of humour also.
Participant 2018

FAQs

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.

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