Wallaby Walkabout Tours began in 2016 and is the creation of Tasmanian Aboriginal and local 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.
We offer two main experiences with our 'Prince's to Park Tour' and 'Beyond the Gorge' experiences in the Cataract Gorge. We can also tailor a variety of tours for your group whether it be a walking tour or a coach tour.
Our 90 minute 'Prince's to the Park Tour' begins in the wonderfully historic and appealing Prince's Square precinct with the beauty of the Square and collection of historic churches, buildings and people. It will take you through the centre of the city as the tour highlights the magnificent architecture and stories of the characters who are part of the fabric of Launceston's unique history. The tour will finish in the serenity of the City Park where there is the option to take an extended guided tour of its key features.
The 45 minute 'Beyond the Gorge Tour' will take you to places that even locals do not know about. You will visit the Hidden Valley and stand in a 10 000 year old river bed and then explore Giant's Grave. A key element of this tour is the identification of Aboriginal cultural connections such as foods and resources.
You are invited to bring your students along on the wonderful and engaging learning experiences we provide in Launceston's iconic Cataract Gorge that are relevant to a range of curriculum areas.
The experiences include Aboriginal cultural connections and identifying native foods/resources; geology of the Gorge; Aboriginal history; visit the Hidden Valley; modern developments and a 'treasure hunt'.
In addition to that we also provide an art session using natural ochres and 'Snotty Vine' where students doing painting and making 'memory wreaths'.
In addition to the Cataract Gorge experiences we can also provide history walking tours of Launceston that take in key moments in history and showcase amazing historic sites such as Prince's Square and the City Park.
Contact Geoff to find out what he can provide for you and your classes.
Should you be seeking a half or full day experience then we can tailor a tour to suit you.
We can also tailor a history tour to suit your group be it a walking tour or a coach tour in and around Launceston.
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Numbers are limited for each tour so don't miss out, book now either by phone or via email.
Cataract Gorge, Basin Rd, West Launceston Tasmania 7250, Australia
From October to March the tour schedule is as follows:
9.30am - Prince's to Park Tour (90 minutes*): $25*
1.30pm - Beyond the Gorge Tour (45 minutes#): Free**
In winter from to April to September tours are conducted on an on demand basis. Give us a call or send and email to find out more.
*The tour will run for an extra 30 minutes and for a fee of $5 should the option to have a guided tour of the City Park is taken.
**You decide the fee based on how much you enjoyed the experiences provided.
#This tour can be expanded depending on your areas of interest and available time.