We are excited to share the amazing experiences and memories created during our Tasmania Study Tour for 2023. This eight-day adventure for a group of 17 Year 10 students and four staff began during the final week of Term 3 and continued in the first week of the school holidays.
The excitement was clear as we met at MLMC at the early hour of 5.15am on Wednesday 13 September. We flew into Hobart, eager to kickstart our exploration. One of our first stops was the Cascades Female Factory, where we delved into the island's rich history and learned about the lives of female convicts who were once imprisoned there. The guided walk down Kunanyi provided breathtaking views of Hobart and its surroundings, making for an unforgettable start to our adventure.
We continued our exploration of Hobart by visiting the iconic Port Arthur site. This historical location allowed us to step back in time and uncover Tasmania's convict history. In the evening, we all embarked on an engaging ghost tour, where chilling tales from Port Arthur’s past sent shivers down our spines.
Leaving Hobart behind, we made our way to Scamander, a picturesque coastal town on Tasmania's east coast. Here, we had the opportunity to experience the region's incredible wildlife at East Coast Nature World. The close encounters with Tasmanian devils and kangaroos left us all with a new-found appreciation for Australia's unique animals. Additionally, in Scamander, we explored the breathtaking landscapes of Freycinet National Park, soaking in the stunning views.
We then traveled to Launceston, where we discovered the natural wonder of Cataract Gorge Reserve — a picturesque wilderness with some more amazing views. It was a day filled with leisurely walks and stunning scenery.
On our final day we spent the morning experiencing an exhilarating zip line tour at Treetops Adventure Hollybank, an experience that had us soaring among the treetops.
Our adventure ended with our journey to Devonport, bidding farewell to the enchanting island of Tasmania and its warm-hearted locals. On Wednesday 20 September we boarded the Spirit of Tasmania to sail to Geelong, carrying with us the memories and new-found knowledge.
This Tasmania Study Tour was an unforgettable journey that allowed our students to connect with nature, history, and each other in a way that only Tasmania can offer. We hope the experiences gained during this trip will inspire our students for years to come.
Thank you to our dedicated teachers who joined our students on this amazing journey — Mr Paul Wulfrun, Mrs Krissy Collins and Principal Mr Philip Morison. Thank you for giving your time to support us on this tour, it simply would not have been possible without you.
Below is a reflection from one of the students:
I enjoyed the Tassie trip, especially the zip lining and the Spirit of Tasmania on the last day. I also enjoyed Seahorse World and Platypus World because we were able to get up close to echidnas and seahorses, we even got to hold and pat the seahorses. I also loved having free time because we got to hang out with our friends and explore Tasmania.
— Eva J (Year 10 Aqua)