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Overview

An expedition to remote and pristine places

Discover the coastal capital cities of Hobart and Adelaide, admire the dramatic scenery of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, observe koalas, kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitats and learn about the histories of convicts and of Aboriginal people in the region.

Listen to stories of traditional Aboriginal culture and religion, the impact of European settlement on Aboriginal life and the role Aboriginal people have played in the development of Southern Australia from the Aboriginal curator and cultural director of the South Australian Museum.

Dates

October 2–12, 2022

Duration

11 days

Price

From $11,495 per person

Trip size

42 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Mike McWilliams

Geological Sciences

Professor McWilliams studies the history of important earth events such as volcanism, earthquakes, mass extinctions and global climate change.

Itinerary

Off the beaten track in Southern Australia and Tasmania

Explore the heritage Australian Convict Site at Port Arthur, the Cascades Female Factory and Sarah Island. Spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos unique to Kangaroo Island, and at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, see the Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

  • Hobart, Australia

    Arrive in Hobart, on the shores of the River Derwent with Mount Wellington as a backdrop. Explore Tasmania’s capital city on foot and learn about the people who were major influences in the city’s early days. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Accommodations:

    MACq 01 Hotel

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Hobart

    Journey by coach to the Port Arthur Historic Site, one of Australia’s most important convict settlements. Delve into Australia’s colonial history as we explore the historic buildings, ruins, restored houses and heritage gardens. Join an archaeologist for a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the historic artefacts found in digs over the years. Following lunch embark on an wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania. The cruise travels beneath the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Pillar, where we see waterfalls, rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves. The coastline is part of the Tasman National Park and is home to hundreds of seals, migrating whales and sea birds in the thousands.

    Accommodations:

    MACq 01 Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hobart

    Tour Cascades Female Factory this morning and hear about the harsh life of the women—and their children—who lived within the cold stone walls of this convict site. After lunch board the Mona Roma ferry to Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, which intriguingly mixes controversial shock-value pieces with antiquities, rare coins and a spectacular 150-foot-long Sidney Nolan artwork, Snake. Explore the museum on your own before taking the ferry back to Hobart wharf. Enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

    Accommodations:

    MACq 01 Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Hobart

    Today we head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which rescues thousands of animals each year, to visit the Tasmanian devils, the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world. Afterward visit Frogmore Creek winery for lunch overlooking the rolling hills, vineyards and waterways, and enjoy a tasting of Tasmania’s cool-climate wines.

    Accommodations:

    MACq 01 Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hobart / Strahan

    Depart Hobart this morning for nearby Queenstown, stopping at the Wall in the Wilderness, Australia's most ambitious recent art project. The 300-plus feet of panels, beautifully carved from rare Huon pine, set out in relief the history, hardship and perseverance of the people who settled and live in the Central Highlands. On arrival in Queenstown, board a steam train for a scenic journey through the Tasmanian wilderness to Strahan. Enjoy lunch and hear about the ingenuity, resilience and determination that turned the west coast of Tasmania into one of the wealthiest mining regions in the world.

    Accommodations:

    Strahan Village

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Strahan

    Today cruise the Gordon River aboard the low-environmental-impact vessel Spirit of the Wild, outfitted with electric motors for a tranquil trip across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates. Venture deep into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to Heritage Landing, where we disembark for a walk through the rain forest to see ancient Huon pines. Disembark again to tour Sarah Island, a 19th-century penal colony. This evening experience Australia’s longest-running play, The Ship That Never Was, which tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the last great escape from Sarah Island in 1834.

    Accommodations:

    Strahan Village

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Strahan / Launceston

    As we head to Launceston this morning, drive past mountains, wild tundra, dense rainforest and farmlands. Stop enroute in Sheffield, Australia’s ‘Town of Murals,’ where more than 150 murals depict the history of the town. Enjoy lunch and a late afternoon walk through the heart of Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities, learning about its architecture and the history of its first inhabitants and subsequent settlers.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Verge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Launceston / Kangaroo Island / Adelaide

    Transfer to the airport this morning to board a charter flight to Kangaroo Island for a safari to see kangaroos, echidnas, koalas and wallabies. On the island’s North Coast, visit Lathami Conservation Park, and at Seal Bay Conservation Park, walk the sandy beach among Australian sea lions. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about the animals’ unique breeding biology. Stop for a barbeque lunch, then set out again in search of animals in their natural habitats: koalas sitting high among the trees, small wallabies that are almost extinct on the mainland, a kangaroo species found only on Kangaroo Island and a variety of other animals, birds and plants native to Australia. Return to the plane in the afternoon for a short flight to Adelaide.

    Accommodations:

    Mayfair Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Adelaide

    This morning visit the Adelaide Central Market, one of the largest covered produce markets in the southern hemisphere. From there, head to Cleland Wildlife Park, an open bushland habitat where we enjoy up-close encounters with wildlife, including hand-feeding kangaroos and emus and cuddling a koala. Venture into the Adelaide Hills wine region for lunch at The Lane vineyard. In the late afternoon, return to Adelaide, where local Aboriginal guide Haydyn Bromley, cultural director and chief tour guide of the South Australian Museum, shares stories about South Australia and his connection to the country’s Stolen Generation. Enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

    Accommodations:

    Mayfair Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Adelaide

    After breakfast this morning, we split into two groups, with one taking a historic walking tour and the other meeting Haydyn Bromley for a tour of the South Australian Museum. We gather together for lunch before swapping activities this afternoon. On the walking tour, explore the utopian planned city of Adelaide and walk in the footsteps of its first settlers. Along the way discover the cultural precinct, with its galleries and museums. On the museum outing, learn about traditional Aboriginal life, the impact of European settlement and the role Aboriginal people have played in the development of Adelaide and its surrounding areas. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening to celebrate our journey.

    Accommodations:

    Mayfair Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Adelaide / Home

    This morning transfer to Adelaide airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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