7 days
Duration
Australia
Destination

Houses and Gardens of Southern Tasmania.

Houses and gardens of Southern Tasmania small group course runs for five days and takes in ten different gardens and three heritage-listed houses where you will step back into the past and experience life as it was two centuries ago.

Settlement of Tasmania.

Hobart grew slowly from its beginnings as a pioneering encampment until Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s visit in 1811, which prompted redevelopment of the area that he had deemed “untidy.” Socially, the population changed from soldiers, convicts and criminals, to adventurous colonists and free settlers who formed a nascent “landed gentry” driving wealth and development in the area. During this development, Hobart’s gardens which had previously provided sustenance were developed into picturesque masterpieces, culminating in the founding of The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in 1818.

The Format for Houses and Gardens

Each day we as a group head out to learn about one of Hobart's leading houses and gardens. The day starts around 9.00am and typically returns mid afternoon each day. The class is limited to the number of participants. This is one of a number of summer school programs offered by Odyssey Traveller Australia.

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Go further south to Glendevie, to a garden created over the years by descendants of the first settlers and hear their stories.
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Inspect a native garden which has strong connections to the botanists who sailed up North West Bay.
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Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens and check out ‘The Patch’ made famous by the ABC’s gardening show.
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Visit the Female Factory, take a guided tour around the site and learn of the sad history of the inmates.
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In the Huon Valley see a nursery and garden which is absolutely gorgeous. Listen to the owner as he takes you around the garden,

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

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hobart

Overview: Morning        This morning, we enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, including Pete’s Patch from ABC TV Gardening programme. This is the second-oldest botanical gardens in Australia, which started out as a farm and is now a magnificent and beautiful site overlooking the Derwent River.

Afternoon      We take a guided tour of the Cascades Female Factory, located in the shadows of Mt. Wellington. While here, we learn the stories of the women incarcerated in this bizarre “factory” and discover the memorial garden created in recent times to remember their sad experiences.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hobart

Overview: Morning        Today we visit Corinda in Glebe, where we stroll around the garden with the owner as he talks about the garden and the historical buildings and stables.

Later on, we walk through Arthurs Circus into Salamanca Place to see the circle of cottages dating back to early colonial settlement.

Afternoon      This afternoon, we visit Runnymede at New Town, where we enjoy a guided tour of this National Trust home and learn fascinating details about its early history.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hobart

Overview: Morning        Today we take a tour of the Inverawe Native Gardens at Margate that is guided by the owner. This garden, with its expansive views over the North West Bay, is an extraordinary example of what can be done with our own native plants. The owner is also an authority on the historical connections of the garden to the days of early colonial exploration, including the work and travels of Joseph Banks.

Afternoon      Later on, we experience the stunning gardens of Crawleighwood at Nicholls Rivulet and enjoy the tour with the owner as he talks about some of his rare plants. See their own arboretum and hear of the history of the area.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hobart

Overview: Morning        This morning, we visit Kurrawin at Lucaston in the Huon Valley and enjoy a wander through this expansive garden with the owners.

We also visit the Skinner Garden also in Lucaston, where we see a completely different garden based around a courtyard and enjoy a tour of the fascinating home with the owners.

Afternoon      Later on, we head further south to Glendevie, to enjoy a guided tour with the owners of Arcadia, a magnificent garden created from farm paddocks. The property also includes a private collection of old farm machinery, and a replica Settlers Cottage with all sorts of surprises.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hobart

Overview: Morning        Today we head to Hamilton in the Derwent Valley, to Prospect Villa, a glorious garden with an old stone house. There are two sorts of garden here, an impressive Italianate garden merging seamlessly with a beautiful English cottage garden. We wander with the owner and listen to the stories of how the garden was created, and how it interacts with the local area.

Afternoon      Afterwards, we travel back to New Norfolk and Rosedown, a beautiful garden hidden behind a huge old hedge. We tour the garden with the owner, who has a passion for the benefits gardening brings to all ages, and enjoy the wonderful place she and her husband have created.

Evening         Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner with other Odyssey Summer School groups.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Hobart

Overview: After breakfast, the tour draws to a close.

What’s included in our Tour

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

What’s not included in our Tour

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

Odyssey Summer Schools map

Houses and gardens of Southern Tasmania
Hobart Botanical Gardens
Garden in Hobart
Native Cottage Garden Hobart
Hobart Country Garden
Cottage garden

Tour Reviews

February 1, 2018

Was nice and leisurely

February 1, 2018

Enjoyed the local knowledge from Pavel and especially loved his garden.

February 1, 2018

I would like to do it again!

February 1, 2018

The leader had a great deal of knowledge and good sense of humour also.

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