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 Highlights


  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Youth Adventures absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel
  • Travel through villages, rural settings, rainforests and along Tasmania's spectacular eastern coastline.
  • Behind the scenes at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Trek the iconic Cape Hauy trail
  • Conservation service program on the Tasman Peninsula
  • Cultural Immersion with NITA Aboriginal Cultural educator,
  • Wonder amongst the historic ruins of Port Arthur
  • Exploring the world famous Wineglass Bay & Maria Island
  • Walk along the rugged trails of Tasman Peninsula
  • Climb Iconic Cradle Mountain
  • Explore Tasmania's history through its rural townships
  • Visit Tasmania's first hydropower station and learn about alternative energy powering the state

This adventure explores the East Coast of Tasmania, traversing from Hobart to Launceston and beyond. Over 12 days you will make the most of this adventure playground with a combination of cycling, walking & paddling along with a conservation service program focusing on habitat restoration and marine pollution. The adventure begins by exploring the Tasman Peninsula before moving onto mountainous Maria Island & the Freycinet Peninsula where you will be introduced to the islands indigenous history and culture and gain stunning views across Wineglass Bay. We then head inland and drive to Launceston as we journey through the rugged North West. We have the opportunity to climb the iconic Cradle Mountain or any of the many trails in the National Park before exploring the historic mining town of Corinna. Here we can kayak, cruise down the Pieman River before exploring the ecosystems in the ancient Tarkine Forrest.

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On arrival in Hobart we will be met by our local World Youth Adventures guide and head straight to the rugged sea cliffs of the Tasman and Forester Peninsulas. Here we will be introduced to our Island home for the next 12 days. We drive to view the spectacular Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, we also stop and view the famous Tessellated pavements. The isthmus connecting the Tasman Peninsula to Tasmania is covered in a pattern of regular rectangular saltwater pools. Although these depressions look distinctly manmade, they are the result of a rare type of natural erosion. Occurring near sea coasts on flat rock which has broken into regular blocks, the effect is known as “tessellated pavement” for its resemblance to Roman mosaic floors (also called tessellated pavement). We study the formations before we switch our focus to cycling and history as we mount our bikes for the first time as we cycle to the World Heritage Port Arthur Historic Site. Once at Port Arthur we will explore and learn about this history of this old penal colony as we access more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses, heritage gardens and walking trails. Drive: 1.5 hours | Ride time: 1 hour Accommodation: Bunkhouse

Meals:  L,D

Today we will have a full service day learning about the local efforts for preserving the natural environment on Tasmania. Our hands on activities will include citizen science programs centring around Habitat Restoration and Marine Pollution. Accommodation: Bunkhouse

Meals:  B,L,D

Today sees an early morning wake up as we embark on a serious bush walk to the iconic Cape Hauy. The trail, part of the Three Capes Track, first undulates through woodlands and heath containing an abundance of wildflowers. It then drops down a steep set of mostly stone steps, before ascending again towards the cape. Cape Hauy juts out into the restless ocean, with stunning views on both sides. The cape itself has spectacular dolerite columns that plunge directly into the sea. Keep an eye out for seabirds, eagles and even passing whales if the timing is right. After packing up and departing the peninsular we board our private coach and head to Maria Island located in the Maria Island National Park. A short boat ride will have us on the Island late afternoon where we will take the time to settle in and set up camp while acquainting ourselves with the local wildlife. Maria Island is one of Tasmania’s least visited yet most wonderful locations – you will be completely captivated from the moment you step ashore. The island has a rich history from its Aboriginal habitation, to convict penal station, farming, and the National Park it is today. Over the next two days we will walk to the stunning vantage points and points of interest. Overnight camping

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we walk to the stunning rock formations, Bishop and Clerk (620m). Listen to the call of native birds and we climb steadily up through native eucalyptus forests then out into scrub battered low by the elements. The view from the peak is incomparable as you gaze across the expanse of the island and out on the Tasman sea. Nearly all the islands animals are native to Tasmania although some like the Red Necked Wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos were introduced during the 1960's. In the afternoon we can choose to walk back via the reservoir circuit and spend a couple of hours soaking in the history of Darlington. Depending on time we will also visit the famous Fossil Cliffs and Painted Cliffs. Walking Time: 5 hours Accommodation: Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

After a morning ferry back to the ‘Mainland’ we will set our sights on the Freycinet Peninsula for the next 2 nights. Upon arriving at the picturesque Friendly beaches we will have the incredible opportunity to spend the next few hours with Trish from NITA Education, a Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural educator. Trish will share with us the culture, history and heritage of her people. This will be an amazing time for learning and insight into such an important part of Tasmania’s and Australia’s history. In the afternoon after setting up camp we will remount our bicycles for a short ride into Coles Bay, during which we will get our first glimpse of the areas brooding mountains which make up the Hazard range. Here we will meet our kayaking guides who will take us on the tranquil waters of the national park gaining impressive views of our surroundings. Drive time: 1.5 hours | Cycle time 30 minutes | Kayak time 3 hours Accommodation: Camping Friendly Beaches

Meals:  B,L,D

Today will see you taking on yet another exciting challenge. You will rendezvous with our rock climbing instructor who will teach you basic skills and help you attempt climbs that are suitable to your level of competency. This session will be within Freycinet National Park and conducted by a qualified professionals. After Lunch you will leave the ropes behind for day packs and climb the highest peak in the park; Mt Amos. From its pink granite peak you will be able to savour the true beauty of this remarkable area with panoramic views of the world famous Wineglass Bay. This is where many of the picture perfect postcards of this iconic feature are taken from. It is a challenging trek and incredibly rewarding. Climbing time: up to 5 hours | Walking time: 3 hours Accommodation: Camping Friendly Beaches

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we bid farewell to the stunning Freycinet beaches and turn inland, stopping along the way in the historic Campbell town. Our first stop upon arrival in Launceston will be the stunning Cataract Gorge. We keep the river on our right as we follow the trail upstream, gently rising to gain fantastic views of the gorge below. Upon reaching the Duck River Power Station – Tasmania’s first ever hydro-electric power station, we cross the river on a swing bridge, where we will find the old power station has been converted into an interactive museum. Here we can learn about the history of the power plant and how Tasmania has been at the forefront of alternative energy in Australia. From here we climb back down the other side of the gorge from which we came and follow the trail downstream until we end back at first basin where we will enjoy a picnic lunch and spend some time in the afternoon relaxing in the manicured grounds and swimming in the inviting river. Drive time: 2.5 hours | Walk time 2.5 hours Accommodation: Big 4 or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

Departing Launceston, we head to the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary just outside of Mole Creek. Trowunna is a privately-owned Wildlife Sanctuary that started caring for animals in 1979 and today is home to the world’s largest heritage population of endangered Tasmanian Devils. The primary goal for Trowunna is wildlife conservation, education and rehabilitation. Here we will have a private tour of the Sanctuary and get up close and personal with some of Tasmania’s much-loved locals! After a picnic lunch we then hop on our bikes for a beautiful ride through the quaint old town of Mole Creek, through farmland, forestry and out into Sheffield – the town of murals. This town has made a name for itself by hosting annual mural competitions, the winner of each has their mural displayed on buildings around the town. Take some time to explore the town before jumping on the bus and heading up to Cradle Mountain. Cycle time: 2.5 hours Stay tonight: Cradle Mountain Discovery Park – bunkhouse

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we are spoilt for choice with a plethora of awe-inspiring walks. If weather permits and your group have a good level of fitness we can attempt to summit Tasmania’s most well known and loved landmark – Cradle Mountain. Make no mistake, the hike up Cradle Mountain is not for the faint hearted, this is one tough hike! The iconic day walk takes you to the top of the island's sixth highest peak, providing magnificent views of glaciated landscape and the mass of surrounding mountains. The last section of climb to the peak is rock scrambling over dolerite boulders, using hands and feet. This is a very time consuming and energy zapping section to navigate through but those who make it to the summit will be flooded with a feeling of elation upon reaching the peak of Cradle Mountain and looking out on one of the best views in Tasmania. Alternatively, we can explore the ancient rainforests and stunning views of Marion’s Lookout, Dove Lake Canyon or Hanson’s Peak, amongst many others. After our day of exploring we make our way back to our accommodation to enjoy a well-earned dinner. Overnight bunkhouse accommodation

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we leave Cradle Mountain behind and make our way out towards the west coast of Tasmania – this isolated and remote part of Tasmania is one not often visited but full of rainforest, mountains and remarkable coastline. Stopping along the way at Philosophers falls to stretch our legs we follow an historic mining water race through the rainforest before descending 210 steps to a lookout for the magnificent falls. After lunch we jump back on board the bus and make our way into Corinna – an historic mining town set in pristine rainforest on the banks of the Pieman River. This is a great spot to learn about this important time in Tasmania's history. Sitting at the southern end of the Tarkine, the largest temperate rainforest in Australia – Corinna provides an escape from city life and provides a home in the wilderness. This afternoon if time permits, we will have the opportunity to take some kayaks out onto the Pieman River to explore this pristine river environment. Walking distance: 2km Estimated time: 1.5hours Stay tonight: Camping at Corinna

Meals:  B,L,D

Departing at sunrise, we journey down the Pieman River aboard the Arcadia II - weather permitting, the dark waters of the Pieman can create mirror-like reflections of the surrounding rainforest. Ancient Huon pines line the banks of river - we can hear the sounds of the forest waking up as we approach the Pieman Heads. We disembark the Arcadia on the southern edge of the river mouth and spend the next few hours exploring the coastline and the intricate eco systems that make up this biodiversity hotspot. Heading south we reach the extraordinary coastal rock formation known as the Conical Rocks. After a picnic lunch on the west coast we make our way back to the Pieman Heads and jump aboard the Arcadia once more for the journey back to Corinna. Once back at Corinna we have the opportunity to take a short walk through the rainforest to visit the site of an old shipwreck from the pining days. Stay tonight: Camping at Corinna

Meals:  B,L,D

After packing up camp we will make our way back to Launceston (approximately 4 hours) once we know the time of the groups airport departure we can introduce some stops on the journey such as Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Ashgrove Cheese Farm (They have local ice-cream!!) to wrap up our journey together and deliver the group to the airport for your flight home.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Youth Adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Youth Adventures absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • Return airfares to Launceston/Hobart
  • All accommodation in bunkhouses and camping
  • Teachers accompanying the group
  • Professional walking / kayaking / cycling guides
  • All meals
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Maria Island ferry transfers
  • National Park fees
  • Tents, sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • cycle hire & bike helmet
  • Conservation service learning program

  • Items of a personal nature - carbonated beverages, email etc
  • Travel insurance

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We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Youth Adventures is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

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School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

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Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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