Launceston History Walks (with Wallaby Walkabout Tours) are completely unique experiences that are all hosted by local historian, and Tasmanian Aboriginal historian, Geoff McLean. His knowledge, passion and story telling are a class above others and he takes his guests behind the scenes around Launceston and in the Cataract Gorge.
Guests will get to explore back allies and laneways that even locals don’t know their histories of, and the secrets they hold. There are entertaining stories of the characters who created Launceston, some them ex-convicts who went on to great success. And one of them founded Melbourne but his story is far more than that! Geoff also intertwines his personal connections to, and escapades in, Launceston where you will find out about which pubs provided ‘warnings’ of the detectives prowling pubs for underage drinkers and how they were avoided.
Geoff’s tours of the Cataract Gorge provide more than ancient and contemporary history of the area but also the Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural connections to it. Guests will stand in an ancient river course and discover its history as Geoff discusses its significance to Aboriginal people. Geoff will also take guests to Giant’s Grave it its breathtaking views of the First Basin.