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Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

Experience the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea on this day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour cruise along the coast of Tasman National Park. Gaze up at towering sea cliffs, look for wildlife like falcons and seals, and learn about the peninsula’s ecosystem. Then visit the World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for an in-depth look at Australia’s penal history at this former convict colony. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on this day trip from Hobart. If you’re a history buff, this is the tour for you, as it’s been designed to provide as much time as possible to explore Port Arthur in one day. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a convict colony, visit ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. A 30-minute cruise is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania on a morning or afternoon cruise from Strahan to the Gordon River. You’ll pass by natural landmarks like Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and see Sarah Island as you journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Select a seating category and departure time when booking. The morning tour is longer at 6 hours, while the afternoon tour is just 3.5.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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The Rocks Walking Tour: the Original Guided Walking Tour of The Rocks

Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Along with famous spots like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll see historic buildings and colonial-era sites such as Cadman's Cottage and Garrison Church. Weave through old hidden alleyways, lanes and courtyards where the past comes alive as you hear fascinating stories of Sydney’s beginnings from your guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

Discover the legendary heart of Outback culture with this half-day highlights tour of Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn how residents have adapted to ultra-remote living at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the School of the Air. Encounter fearsome desert creatures at the Alice Springs Reptile Park, and take in sweeping views of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park from Melbourne

Feel the excitement of Australia’s gold rush with this full-day tour from Melbourne! Visit the former boomtown of Ballarat and travel back in time at Sovereign Hill, a realistic replica of a 1850s mining settlement. History comes to life as you pan for gold, meet characters in period costume and ride an old-fashioned stagecoach. Upgrade to include a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you can meet and interact with native animals of the Australian bush, such as kangaroos, emus and Tasmanian devils.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

Join a knowledgeable local guide for a walking tour in the Rocks, one of Sydney's most popular and atmospheric neighborhoods. The Rocks district boasts a colorful history that dates to the early days of the British colony, in evidence when strolling through alleys lined with heritage buildings and convict-era artifacts. Learn about the district's seedy past and experience its stylish present day incarnation when you sip craft beers at historic pubs with a small-group limited to 12 participants.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Alcohol History of Hobart

Tasmania has been producing homegrown wines and spirits ever since colonial times and this tour offers the perfect introduction. Stroll around Hobart’s historic neighborhoods and learn about the city’s colonial heritage and the changing trends of alcohol consumption through the years. Along the way, stop at popular bars, pubs, and cafés, and sample a range of Tasmanian wines, spirits, and ciders.
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Boggo Road Gaol Ghost Tour

As one of Australia’s most notorious prisons, Boggo Road is full of scary stories. Enjoy the thrill of being scared as you listen to your guide’s tales about the unexplained happenings in this historic building, which some say is haunted. You may agree by the end of the tour. The tour includes walking around the prison, but includes access for the disabled.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops

Step back in time and explore downtown Melbourne’s gangster past. Discover buildings along Lonsdale Street that were once brothels and speakeasies from the 1870s to the 1930s. Hear myths and legends about the famous gangsters of the era such as Squizzy Taylor and the slum of ‘Little Lon,’ and how these gangs used lolly shops—candy stores—as fronts for massive drug operations.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour

Head to The Rocks to learn about Sydney’s colorful past. Your historian guide will regale you with stories of the first convicts to arrive in Sydney, their early experiences in Australia, and how they ultimately transformed a shanty camp to an enduring settlement. Listen to tales of street gangs, see the city’s oldest cottage, visit the Customs House, and check out maps and murals of old and new Sydney.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Mary Valley Rattler

Experience Queensland’s scenic Mary Valley on the historic Rattler diesel steam locomotive. Marvel at the restored Gympie Station and enjoy delicious dishes at Platform No. 1 Cafe. Admire the region’s gorgeous landscape of valleys and waterways, including he Yabba, Kandanga and Amamoor Creeks, and watch for a variety of birds in a lush forest reserve.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

With a 2-day pass for Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site, you can explore this former convict colony, located on the Tasman Peninsula and part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, with the flexibility and time to make the most of your visit. Included are a guided walking tour, access to the 30-plus ruins and historical buildings, a cruise on the harbor, and a visitor guide with a map. Follow the Convict Water Supply Trail, learn what life was like as a prisoner and see where officers lived.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Grand Historical Port Arthur Walking Tour from Hobart

Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, on a day trip from Hobart. On a guided walking tour of the grounds, learn about the site’s history as a penal colony, check out ruins and restored buildings, and admire the coastal scenery that highlights the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. Plus, take a cruise to Isle of the Dead for a walking tour of this prison cemetery. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sydney Crimes and Passions Walking Tour of Kings Cross

Follow your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour that explores Kings Cross, a neighborhood that is considered Australia’s red light capital. Your two-hour walk on the wild side highlights the district’s colorful and sometimes violent history. What began as a glamorous address in the early 1800s transformed into a hardscrabble district rife with prostitution, organized crime, sly-grog shops (illegal alcohol distributors), gangster romances and riots in the 1920s and 1930s. Glimpse into a lesser-known side of Sydney’s on this safe stroll through the past and present of Kings Cross.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Join your Aboriginal tour guide to learn about the Cadigal people – the traditional owners of the Sydney city area. Depending on the season you'll forage and eat Australian Bush Foods as you walk and talk.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

Enjoy exclusive access to Goat Island on 3-hour excursion that includes a leisurely guided walking tour on Goat Island and a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour cruise aboard a traditional vessel. Goat Island can only be visited with a tour in order to preserve its many historic sites, including some of Australia's oldest convict-built structures. Get great photo ops of Sydney icons during your Goat Island excursion, which includes a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour lunch cruise with complimentary sparkling wine and juice.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Hobart

Take in the highlights of central Hobart on a 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Stroll along Hunter Street and the Hobart waterfront, view Salamanca Place, and walk through a city park as you hear about the colonial roots of the capital of Tasmania, and see heritage buildings with Victorian and Georgian architecture. Enjoy a more intimate perspective on the city during this small-group tour that has a maximum group size of eight people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Phillip Island Churchill Island Heritage Farm: Entry ticket

Experience what life in rural Australia was like in the 19th century with this entry pass to the Churchill Island Heritage Farm. You can choose to watch and participate in traditional farming activities like sheep shearing and cow milking, take a walk around the picturesque island and wetlands, or hang out with huge Clydesdale horses and cute farm animals. This is a great day trip for the whole family.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hrs
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Darwin Walking Tour: World War II Reflections

A specially tailored tour for those with an interest in World War II, this guided tour takes you back in time to the day in 1942 when the war reached mainland Australia and the city of Darwin was bombed. Your guide shares stories from the fateful day as they lead you on a leisurely walk through the historic quarter of the city, past historic buildings dating from that era and through Darwin's streets and gardens.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Central Deborah Gold Mine Experience Tour

Learn what life was like as a gold miner in Australia on this fascinating tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine. You’ll wear a hard hat for safety and descend into the depths of the mine with your guide, who will tell you all about the history of the mine and the Australian gold rush. Check out the old machinery, and even get the chance to pan for gold. This is a fun activity for the whole family.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Darwin World War II Historical Tour with Harbour Cruise

Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on this city sightseeing and cruise tour. Visit the Darwin war memorial and East Point Military Precinct, and explore Darwin Military Museum to chart the city’s wartime experience. Midway through, enjoy a small-boat cruise around Darwin Harbour, passing the modern naval base and the remnants and wreck sites of Japan’s devastating February 1942 air raids. Hotel pickup, entrance fees, and live onboard commentary included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Richmond Historic Afternoon Tour from Hobart

Spend some time in the Richmond, one of Australia's most unique and historic towns dating back to the 1820s. Along with passing Richmond Goal, and crossing the Richmond Bridge, you’ll experience the colonial charm of the area with a guide who tells you about the city’s history during this Richmond historic tour from Hobart. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as round-trip transport by coach bus are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour

Explore one of Queensland’s most vibrant cities on this 2.5-hour tour of Townsville with pick-up from designated meeting points. Lookout over Cleveland Bay from the Castle Hill viewpoint; walk the beachfront promenade of The Strand; and tour the Jezzine Barracks at Fort Kissing Point, then browse the shops and cafés along Flinders Street. The ideal choice for first-time visitors, this comprehensive small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring personal attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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