Historical Hobart Half-Day Tour

3 Hours
Offbeat Originals

From (USD) $34 Per Person

Historical Hobart Half-Day Tour

3 Hours
Offbeat Originals

From (USD) $34 Per Person

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      Historical Hobart Half-Day Tour

      Hobart, Australia
      From (USD) $34 Per Person
      • Rosny Hill Lookout: Glimpse a literal overview of the expansive harbor and dramatic wilderness that greeted convicts and other early settlers of the colony.
      • Anglesea Barracks: Halt at Australia's oldest continuously occupied barracks site, since 1811, still headquarters of the Army, Navy, and Air Force in Tasmania.
      • Cascades Female Factory: Walk the ruins of a unique response to the management of convict women, reflecting grim, 19th-century moral and penal philosophies.
      • Proper beer garden: Stroll three, sereneheritage acres overlooking Mount Wellington and Cascade Brewery, the country's oldest remaining brewery, established in1824.
      • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: Australia's second oldest, these gardens date back to 1818, and cover 35 acres, and boast over 6,000 native and exotic botanical species, plus vintage structures.
      About this Hobart Tour

      As a bygone-days buff, you arewellaware that Britain's penal colonies played a heavy part in Australia's past. But did you know that from 1788 to 1868, 162,000 or so convicts settledthe place (and kept domestic prisons from overcrowding), when sending them to North America stopped after the Revolutionary War defeat? Then dubbed Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania was no exception.

      Given the well-preserved, Georgian- and Victorian-era architecture, there seems to be no escaping reminders of its notorious reputation. But what has haunted locals now echoes in a heritage-rich destination for global visitors. And really, times have changed. Unease over this so-called "stain" has given way to pride, since somany former, hardworking convicts rose to prominence and shaped the nation's population and distinctive character.

      Over half of the country's 25,000 female convicts were brought to this island. A majority, some with children, spent genuinely hard time at Cascades Female Factory. At this archaeological site, witness what was a harsh workhouse, prison, hiring depot, shelter, and hope for reforming wives, mothers, and servants, in a locale where men outnumbered women, ten to one. It's a sorry tale, but one that's crucial in any regional telling.

      On other stops, you'll also dig up the city's past while looking forward to its rosy future. Discover how an ex-convict and his wife rapidly cultivated a rough bush block he was granted into a fruitful farm…and how it sprouted into today's prestigious, popular Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Truly, all of Hobart is fertile ground for exploring antiquity. On this GoBe tour, prepare yourself to turn up nearly every root.

      Out of heartbreak, a garden sown with memories grows

      Nestled into the foothills of majestic Mount Wellington, surrounding the iconic Cascade Brewery, the Cascade Gardens possessmeaningful history of their own. In 1827, they were planted to cease development around the Cascades Female Factory site. You'll hear all about itas your GoBe guide leads you through these "Woodstock" gardens, lushly bursting with flowers, trees, lawns, a flowing creek, rare plants, and pure, natural beauty.

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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