Discover Tasmania’s History

Tasmania’s compelling convict heritage began for those involved, as a very real world experience to literally another dimension: of distance, climate, hardship and environment.  There are many places to visit and we at Great Expeditions would love to share them with you, The history of Tasmania is fascinating albeit very sad.

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The first British convicts arrived in New South Wales in 1788. By the end of that century Governor King of New South Wales needed somewhere to send incorrigible convicts – those who re-offended.

Convicts came from all walks of life. Most had little education, forced into crime to survive in a rapidly industrializing Britain. Many of their crimes were petty, such as stealing a sheep or some clothing. But there were also educated convicts, with skills that enabled them to be used as clerks or draughtsman, or with training in professions such as medicine, architecture, printing or building – all essential in building a new colony.

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Tasmanian Devils

sept2013 700On our Bonorong tour we introduce to a world unlike any other. This is Tasmania at its best. Some close encounters with some native animals are pretty special. At Bonorong Wildlife Park, there are enthusiastic professional staffs who are dedicated to ensuring your visit is both enjoyable and informative. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by Tasmania’s special species, Devils, Quolls, Wombats, Echidna and you can hand feed the Forester Kangaroos with complimentary food, share unforgettable moments with the Koalas and their dedicated keepers. We can organise lunch so you can have a picnic or just a visit.

Australia Five Day Tour

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Day 1 – Hobart to Cradle Mountain

A real welcome to Tasmania day – It’s a lot different from what most people think. Leave Hobart and travel through the midlands where many historic convict towns are located amongst vast farming areas. Stopping for a famous curried Scallop pie (seafood) and delicious local honey, you will be ready to experience the Cradle Mountain National Park which lies on the edge of the World Heritage Listed Area. In the evening you can have an extra tour to see Tasmanian Devils.

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