Aboriginal history in Tasmania |Summer School in Launceston

Aboriginal Tasmania explores the deep history through to the contemporary period today. Colonial settlement is explored and the program is supplemented wit field trips.

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Aboriginal history in Tasmania

The Format for this program

Each day we as a group head out to learn about the Aboriginal history in Tasmania. The program goes back into deep history and follows the history through to the current day. The day starts around 9.00am and typically finishes late afternoon. The program includes field trips to places of significant interest to support the program. The class is limited to 15 participants. This is one of a number of summer school programs offered by Odyssey Traveller Australia.

To learn more about our philosophy behind the Odyssey Summer Schools, click here!

Summer School classes for mature and senior travellers

Odyssey offers a collection of week-long learning programs offered each January in Tasmania. Courses are refreshed for each year’s programs. Classes are limited to 15 people.

Over the last twenty-five years, Odyssey’s small group Summer School Program has given countless travellers an unforgettable educational and travel experience. Each summer, we prepare and offer fun and challenging special interest courses and programs designed to give travellers the options and opportunity to learn about history, religion, Australian culture, and the arts, among many other topics. These courses are designed in such a way that enthusiasts can deepen their knowledge of a particular topic or be initiated into new understandings on a subject.

We don’t quite live on campus, but we will be staying in a comfortable hotel in central Launceston for this course. We will enjoy welcome and farewell dinners in between our seminars, as well as daily morning tea.

These programs offered are tailor-made for mature-aged and senior travellers who are eager to explore in-depth a particular topic. Summer school learning programs for mature and senior travellers who are and remain curious about the world. Read more about our philosophy of the Odyssey Summer Schools.


7 days

Day 1: Launceston

The tour will begin with a welcome dinner at the hotel, where we have the chance to meet other Summer School participants.

Day 2: Launceston

Today the group learns about the deep time prehistoric content that leads into Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. Complimented by visiting the Cataract Gorge and also going to see the remains of a 15-million-year-old volcano core near the airport.

Day 3: Launceston

The following session would cover colonial history of Tasmania, but starting with early European explorers such as Abel Tasman, Marion de Fresne, James Cook, Nicolas Baudin. The group explores George Town, then to York Town and then back to Launceston.

Day 4: Launceston

Accommodation: TBA

Today class continues to examine colonial settlement and the Aboriginal communities. This afternoon we visit the local museum

Day 5: Launceston

Exploring Launceston. Architecture and how Launceston has the most diverse collection of architectural styles traversing many eras from colonial to post-modern brutalist…and some contemporary buildings of this century too.

Day 6: Launceston

Accommodation: TBA

Today we take a field trip out along the Tamar Valley to the coast exploring and viewing key locations of settlement and the colonial settlement.

Evening Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner at a Launceston restaurant.

Day 7: Launceston

After breakfast, the tour draws to a close.

Includes / Excludes

What’s included in our Tour

  • Six nights in full en suite accommodation in central Launceston.
  • Six breakfasts and two dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return airfares to and from Launceston
  • Airport transfers to/from your Launceston Hotel
  • Costs of a personal nature.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Odyssey Traveller Summer School

What is the Odyssey Traveller Summer School program?

Odyssey Traveller’s small group Summer School program has given countless travellers an unforgettable educational and travel experience. Each summer, we offer numerous special interest courses and programs. Courses are designed for senior travellers who are eager to deepen their knowledge of a particular topic or be initiated into new understandings of a particular subject. Often these courses underpin our European small groups tours for seniors that are offered each year. We focus on history, religion, Australian culture, and the arts, among many other topics.

Who are your lecturers?

Summer School lecturers and instructors are current or retired university lecturers or experts with a particular passion for teaching their chosen subject. Many of our lecturers have extensive teaching experience, and are gifted educators with the ability to adapt material based on the group’s needs. Many of them have taught with us for several years. They have fine-tuned their courses to allow for deep engagement on the part of participants.

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