7 days
Duration
Australia
Destination
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Tasmania Wilderness

Designed for those who don’t want hard hiking or an uncomfortable campsite, this relaxing summer school allows you to experience the great western wilderness of Tasmania, while staying at a comfortable ‘base camp’ in a Hobart hotel!   The great advantage of this approach is that we meet the Wilderness at several different points, not just one: we’ll visit beautiful places in the South, the South-West and the Centre, not forgetting some of the wild areas on the very doorstep of Hobart.  We travel each day to see a different aspect of the wilderness area.  Days will be moderately long to cover the distances, but there will be opportunities for walking – easy or harder - at each destination. This summer school program is designed to deepen participants' understanding of the Tasmania's Wilderness, with a series of talks, guided walks, and nature expeditions. Learn more about the settlement of Tasmania, including its complex colonial history, and the various ways in which human settlement on this picturesque Island has impacted the surrounding wilderness. For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

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The interface between wild and ‘civilized’ Tasmania at five different points of crossover.
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A greater appreciation of the conflicting passions on the one hand of the Green Movement, and on the other of those who derive their livelihood from traditional industries such as logging and hydro-electricity.
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Visits to different places of extraordinary natural beauty and learn something about the flora of this unique island.
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Opportunities each day, for those who want to, to do some bush walking.
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Meet some Tasmanian wildlife, including the Tasmanian Devil.

Overview: The tour will begin with a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to meet other Summer School participants.

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Overview: Today we’ll do an orientation tour of Hobart, including a drive to the top of Mount Wellington, Mount Nelson and the Lenah Valley.  A walk along the ‘Pipeline Track’ is available for those who want to stretch their legs.

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Overview: Today we enter the South-West: in a long day we visit the famous (or notorious?) Lake Pedder and the Gordon Dam, the Mount Field National Park, Russell Falls, and the Tarn Shelf

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Overview: Today we cross to Bruny Island and visit Adventure Bay, where Captains Cook and Bligh landed to take water on board, then down to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse in the extreme south.

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Overview: South of Hobart the Huon Valley offers some gorgeous sightseeing.  We’ll go as far south as Geeveston, and do the Tahune Air Walk

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Overview: On our last day we’ll visit a Wild Life park to see Tasmanian Devils at first hand, then we’ll go to Orford on the East Coast and take the ferry across to Maria Island, one of the last refuges of the aboriginal population. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local Hobart restaurant.

Accommodation: Travelodge Hobart

Overview: After breakfast at the hotel, we say our farewells and the program draws to a close.

What's included in our Tour
  • Six nights of accommodation in central Hobart.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Six breakfasts, five lunches, and two dinners.
  • Complimentary wifi.
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.
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Tasmania Wilderness

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