• Animal welfare program at Bonorong wildlife sanctuary
  • Join NITA indigenous education group on a two day indigenous immersion program
  • Wonder amongst the historic ruins of Port Arthur
  • Kayaking and rock climbing in stunning Cole's Bay
  • Conservation and humanitarian service programs with local NGO's
  • Travel through towns, villages, rural settings, rainforests and along Tasmania's spectacular eastern coastline.
  • Immerse yourself in the world famous Freycinet Peninsula
  • Explore the crystals and stalagmites in Mole Creek Caves
  • Hike in the iconic Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Fresh ice-cream at a local dairy farm
  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Expeditions Schools absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel

This Big Experience adventure designed for the students at St Leonard's College starts by exploring the stunning 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 a rich indigenous immersion program, walking and paddling, along with service learning focusing on the local community, habitat restoration and marine pollution. The adventure begins by joining the Kunanyi summit drive before joining a "welcome to country" ceremony. We join an animal welfare wildlife sanctuary program and explore Hobart including MONA Museum. The students join a volunteer humanitarian program with a local food NGO focusing on food security and then take in the history at Port Arthur before embarking on the waterfall walk gaining stunning views of Waterfall Bay. We join a local Indigenous immersion education program for two days ending with a regenerative travel service project before experiencing kayaking and rock climbing in the stunning Cole's Bay. We then head inland and drive to Launceston as we journey through the rugged North West. We have the opportunity to explore the local caves and walk in the iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. We finish our program by sampling the beautiful ice cream at a dairy farm before flying back to Melbourne.


Start and Finishing Point:


Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


After all the planning and preparation the wait is finally over. On arrival in Hobart we will be met by our local World Expeditions experienced guide for a full trip and safety briefing discussing all aspects of your journey. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the program. We then drive up Pinnacle Road on the Kunanyi Summit to the top of Mount Wellington overlooking the city. This offers us wonderful views back over the city. We have the opportunity to explore some of the short walks around the summit and learn of the origins of Hobart as well as how the area became National Parklands. Clear, fresh mountain water from the North West Bay River catchment on the south-east face of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington provides a quarter of Hobart's drinking water supply, and the original Mountain Park was first set aside to protect this precious resource. We then check into our accommodation before heading out to meet one the the traditional ladies from NITA education, as we join her for an official welcome to country. Overnight Lea Scout Centre

Meals:  L,D

Today we rise for breakfast before heading to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a small social enterprise that works tirelessly to protect animals that went extinct in other parts of Australia long ago. Among them are four marsupials that can only be found in Tasmania and nowhere else in the world - the Tasmanian devil, the eastern quoll, the Tasmanian pademelon and the Tasmanian bettong. In addition we can find Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats and other loveable creatures. We have the chance to get up close to some of Tasmania's much-loved locals and endangered animals as we join in a workshop to see behind the scenes the fantastic work being done to help and provide safety and care to injured wildlife. After lunch we head out to the world class MONA art museum located on the Berriedale peninsula. MONA is a an incredibly interactive museum with surprises to challenge and surprise you around every corner! Everything from the setting of the architecture to the artwork is special and demands your attention and insight. With rolling world class exhibitions MONA is sure to encourage discussion surrounding many topics. We then return to our accommodation for the night at the wonderful Lea Scout Centre set in wilderness surrounds. Today students will organise and pay for their own lunch. Overnight Lea Scout Centre

Meals:  B,D

One in five Tasmanian adults are classified as severely food insecure, meaning they haven’t had enough to eat in the last year. On top of this, there are 26,000 children also classified as being severely food insecure. We will join forces with a local NGO whose mission is to support people in need with food relief. There will be a variety of roles that the students will be involved in including stacking and packing in the Hobart warehouse as well as working with local producers and schools. The organization currently helps over 21,200 people every month and provides food and grocery relief to 2,844 front-line charities and 3,379 school breakfast programs to help feed people in need. This afternoon after our work we have the opportunity for some downtime and rest before a well earned meal. Overnight Lea Scout Centre

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will rise early and head to the Tasman Peninsular to complete a stunning bushwalk to Waterfall Bay. The walk is located on the Tasman Peninsula along wild clifftops, looking out over the Tasman Sea to the east. It is a stunning and gentle walk. Looking south, you will see Tasman Island. After Tasman Island only three thousand kilometres of the Great Southern Ocean is between you and Antarctica. The area is quite remote and often we will be the only people out here amongst the abundant flora and fauna. There are a number of lookouts we can stop at to gain incredible views, one of the reasons this area is considered some of the best clifftop and coastal walking in the world. Overnight NRMA Port Arthur

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next two days we will learn all about the local indigenous culture. After breakfast we join the local NITA Education team, a Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural group of educators. During our cultural awareness program we will learn about the culture, history and heritage of their people. Nita Education is creating awareness of how Aboriginal ancestors cared for Country and is inspiring students to discover more about sustainability. The program is a hands on activity based program featuring elements of music, hunting and gathering, history, dance and bush tucker. Tasmanian Aboriginal People have lived in Tasmania for over 42,500 years, for more than 2000 generations. Much of the program occurs down on the beach weather dependant. Students will learn how their ancestors cared for the land, and in return it cared for them. Overnight NRMA Port Arthur

Meals:  B,L,D

Today will will join with a local NGO to complete a service day helping the local community and environment as part of our regenerative travel program. The actual tasks we complete will be determined closer to our departure depending on what the local community and environment require. We then head back in time and explore the Port Arthur historical site on foot with access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses, heritage gardens and walking trails. UNESCO have described the former convict settlement as one of "the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts." This afternoon we head to Coles Bay, an area that offers fantastic fun adventure activities and has immense beauty all of its own, sitting beneath the pink-granite peaks of the Hazards range and overlooking serene Great Oyster Bay. The area is a haven for wildlife, with good chances of spying pademelons, echidnas, wombats, white-bellied sea eagles and wallabies. Overnight Iluka Bay Park

Meals:  B,L,D

Today will see you taking on two exciting challenges. Depending on our group size we will split into 2 groups and rotate through the days activities. 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 professional. After Lunch you will leave the ropes behind and we will head to the small town 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. From the water, kayaking offers remarkable views of otherwise hard-to-access beaches and the Hazards. Overnight Iluka Bay Park

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. On arrival in Launceston we can check into our hotel and prepare for the afternoons service program with a local charity which will be determined closer to the time. Tonight students will choose and pay for their own dinner. Overnight Penny Royal Hotel

Meals:  B,L

Departing Launceston, we first head to the Mole Creek Caves. We will have a private tour through one of the caves and learn all about the fascinating and uniquely fragile world of stalactites and stalagmites, sparkling crystals, reflection pools, delicate formations and colours. The climate inside the caves never changes, it's always 9 degrees year round, so dress warmly. After lunch we make our way by bus up to the stunning and iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. Overnight Waldeim Cabins

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we are spoilt for choice with a number of awe-inspiring walks we can join. If weather permits the main objective for the day is to walk around Dove Lake, a picturesque lake directly beneath Cradle Mountain. The 6km track is one of the top walks in the park and has people travel to Tasmania to complete from al over the world. The walk takes you through some of Tasmania's special vegetation, like button grass, myrtle, sassafras, fagus, King Billy pine and magnificent rainforest. Alternatively, we can explore the ancient rain forests and stunning views of Marion’s Lookout, Crater Lake or Hanson’s Peak, amongst many others. Overnight Overnight Waldeim Cabins

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake in our stunning location near Cradle Mountain and enjoy breakfast with the mountains in the background. We slowly pack and have time to reflect on our adventure before we start to make our way back to Launceston. On route we will stop at an award winning dairy farm to enjoy their world famous ice cream, a little piece of Tasmanian history! We continue to make our way to Launceston heading to the airport for our flight to Melbourne. Fly to Melbourne.

Meals:  B,L

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health And Well-being:  Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Affordable And Clean Energy:  Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

Reduced Inequalities:  To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Climate Action:  Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

Life Below Water:  Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel 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.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • Return airfares ex Melbourne to Hobart/Launceston
  • Teachers from St Leonard's accompanying the group
  • Professional walking and kayaking guides
  • All accommodation
  • All meals as per the detailed itinerary (one student choice lunch and dinner not included)
  • Transport by private minibus
  • National Park fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Conservation and humanitarian service learning program

  • Bottled water or aerated drinks outside of meal time
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc


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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

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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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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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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