a trip into nature

In Darwin's footsteps

blue-tongue lizardThis experience follows the footsteps of Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory. In February 1836 Darwin sailed into Hobart on the HMAS ‘Beagle’ and spent 12 days exploring the mountains, hills and coastline around Hobart. He made detailed observations about the huge variety of plants, animals and the landscape he encountered.

We begin our tour on the Queens Domain and poke around in the morning sun amongst wild flowers. Next we head up Mt Wellington through tall forests to beautiful alpine heaths to search for snow skinks, wingless grasshoppers, wedge-tailed eagles and beetles that Darwin discovered. Our descent from Mt Wellington follows the Hobart Rivulet from its source to the historic Cascade Brewery. This is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery – the clear water from the Rivulet has been a key ingredient in the fine ales produced here. We will enjoy morning tea on the mountain and lunch in the brewery gardens.

Allow about 5 hours for this experience.

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