Discover Tasmania, a 'curious island at the edge of the world,' as a part of Dartmouth Alumni Travel's 2019 Ledyard Explorer Series of trips. Our trip to Tasmania, which was famously explored by John Ledyard during Captain Cook's third and final voyage for the British Navy, also offers an optional pre-trip extension to Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia, for the Dartmouth Alumni Travel Peaks of the World series.
Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle, and a haunting history evoked by world-famous convict ruins. It is Australia's smallest state and the most geographically diverse, with over 40 percent reserved as national parks and world heritage wilderness. Fly a short two hours from Sydney to Launceston, Tasmania, and begin the exploration of some of this unique and untamed world. Spend five days exploring the northern region of Tasmania, including Cradle Mountain National Park. See the unique Tasmania Devil and learn about the history of the region.
Continue to Hobart and board the 72-passenger expedition ship Coral Discoverer for a seven-night cruise to the farthest reaches of Tasmania's rugged coast. A true open-ocean expedition ship, Coral Discoverer's shallow draught and maneuverability allow her an unmatched ability to enter the shallow bays and inlets of Tasmania's otherwise virtually inaccessible West coast. Become immersed in Tasmania's breathtaking National Parks and dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife and history.
Guided by an expert Expedition Team, including a Tasmanian Specialist, there is no finer way to experience Tasmania's remote southern coastline than by expedition ship, and no other itinerary with the ability to capitalize on the unique experiences Tasmania offers. Optional extensions in Alice Springs and Uluru, as well as Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia are offered.
Day 1 & 2: Arrive in Sydney, Australia
Day 3: Launceston, Tasmania
Day 4: Cradle Mountain National Park
Day 5: Hobart and Wilderness Wall
Day 6: Hobart and Wellington Range
Day 7: Embark on the Coral Discoverer
Day 8: Woodbridge, Huon, and Recherche Bay
Day 9: Port Davey and Bramble Cove
Day 10: Bethhurst Harbor
Day 11: Adventure Bay
Day 12: Wineglass Bay and Maria Island
Day 13: Tasman National Park and Port Arthur
Day 14: Depart Hobart
John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth, he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University--all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is American art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia.
Dr. Stomberg is excited to have the opportunity to lecture on ancient and contemporary Aboriginal art, an area of growing specialization for Dartmouth's Hood Museum. He will also discuss how the newly remodeled Hood Museum's architectural features facilitate teaching with art.