Wallaby Walkabout Tours began in 2016 and is the creation of Tasmanian Aboriginal historian, Geoff McLean. Geoff is the primary guide and has many years experience lecturing and tutoring in Aboriginal Studies at the University of Tasmania where he also gained knowledge from various Elders. As part of that knowledge, and his research into Aboriginal cultural connections to the Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Geoff was able to identify opportunities to share that knowledge through conducting guided walking and sightseeing tours of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston and the adjoining Trevallyn Reserve. Adding to that knowledge Geoff is also a local historian who has years of experience creating and providing guided walking tours of Launceston highlighting its heritage and the various intriguing characters involved. Geoff is a master storyteller with an incredible depth of knowledge that enables him to intertwine 38 000 years of Aboriginal history with that of the more ‘recent’ 212 years of European heritage, including the development of the Cataract Gorge, Launceston, into the wonderful attraction it is today. Geoff is also a ‘born and bred’ Launceston fellow who grew up with the Cataract Gorge, Launceston, as an integral part of his life. As such he has unique personal connections, knowledge and stories to share about some of the more recent, and interesting, events that have added to the fabric of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
Anyone can take a walking tour through the Cataract Gorge in Launceston and view its beauty and grandeur but only those who take a Wallaby Walkabout Tour will experience the unique stories and knowledge of the natural, and not so natural, features we have to share. Our walking and sightseeing tours are the only ones that highlight Aboriginal cultural connections, including the identification of bush foods, resources and animals/birdlife that are abundant in Launceston’s Cataract Gorge. We also have an exclusive collection of photographs and video of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston to share with you. We provide an experience like no other.
We offer three standard walking and sightseeing tours of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston ranging from 2 hours to a full day that is a short bushwalking experience. We can also offer tailored tours for those looking for a shorter experience or want to venture beyond the Cataract Gorge in Launceston and explore the adjoining Trevallyn Forest. Wallaby Walkabout Tours also offers specifically designed walking tours (with an interactive display of plant foods and items of interest) for school groups of all ages and any other group or organisation who is looking for something special in the Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
A leisurely 2 hour walk that highlights key features of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston. Hear about some of the intriguing characters and find out about Aboriginal cultural connections to the Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
A wonderful 3 hour walk that takes in many aspects of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston. It goes over the Zig Zag Track so you can take in the magnificent cliff top views. You will also be shown bush foods and resources that reflect the ancient Aboriginal cultural connections.
This tour takes one of Tasmania's top 60 short walks, the Duck Reach Track, and turns it into a top 10 walk. It is a full day experience that takes in many aspects of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston and the natural forest of the Trevallyn Reserve that is home to Aboriginal sites. You can also take part in a cultural session making your own mementos using natural materials.
*waddamanna is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning 'noisy water'.
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Cataract Gorge, Basin Rd, West Launceston Tasmania 7250, Australia
Tours are scheduled to run daily (from 9am) but subject to weather and other conditions. Visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wallabywalkabouttours/ for the latest updated information.
Cataract Gorge Tour: $30
Cataract Zig Zag Tour: $45
Waddamanna Tour: $120
Should tours need to be cancelled full refunds will be provided.