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.
We offer a variety of walking and sightseeing tours of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston ranging from 30 minutes to a full day that is a short bushwalking experience. We can also offer a History Walk of Launceston that is a 1 hour experiences starting at the wonderful City Park and will take in sites such as the iconic Boags Brewery, both former Customs Houses, the old water front docks area and much more. The history walk finishes at the old Cornwall Hotel (now Batman/Fawkner Hotel) where you hear about the rivalry between John Batman and John Fawkner as they 'battled ' to be the founders of Melbourne. Cost is $20 per person.
In addition to our standard tours we also specialise in providing school experiences of the Cataract Gorge that provide a range of learning opportunities across a range of curriculum areas, including Aboriginal Studies, history, geology and place and space. The grade spectrum catered to ranges from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Contact Geoff to find out more.
This is a 30 minute tour that takes you beyond the usual sites and walking tracks of the Cataract Gorge and First Basin. You will discover the Hidden Valley and have the experience of standing in an ancient river bed. You will get to explore Giant's Grave and take in stunning views of First Basin. Geoff will also tell you about some of the history of the Cataract Gorge, including tales of interesting characters such as the Cranky Man, and the Aboriginal cultural connections to the Gorge. This tour is available via direct booking or you can simply find Geoff at the First Basin on the days he is there (check our Facebook page for availability updates) with his interactive Aboriginal resources display. Cost is $15 per person.
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 regarding availability.
Beyond the Gorge Tour: 9am - 3pm. Just turn up* to the First Basin and take a tour - $15
Cataract Zig Zag Tour: 9am - $45
Cataract Gorge Tour: 2pm - $30
waddamanna Tour: 9am - $99 (minimum 48 hours advance booking via email is required)