Midwifery in Tasmania

17 - 24 Mar 2022
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This tour connects you with a range of local midwives and midwifery institutions within Tasmania while giving you ample opportunity to enjoy Tasmania’s natural beauty, botanical wonders, beautiful towns, rich history and superb local food and wine.

Led by Tasmanian midwife Ava Navidad, the tour starts in Hobart and travels to Strahan and Launceston over a week. Browse some of the best markets in Australia, wander in beautiful botanical gardens, take a stunning lunch cruise on the Gordon River, take a chair lift across Cataract Gorge and visit world-famous MONA. Along the way you will gain excellent insight into both the history and contemporary practice of midwifery in Tasmania.

With a character all its own, Tasmania is the place to slow down and unwind, as well as treat your taste buds with fresh local apple cider, gin, whisky, cheese, berries and wine, and exquisite seafood straight from the ocean.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Hobart (Thurs, 17 March) Arrive Hobart and check into to the Quest Waterfront Hotel located in Hobart’s historic harbour. Welcome dinner at the Drunken Admiral on the waterfront.
  • Day 2: Hobart (Fri, 18 March ) A guided walk through the city with Nunami Sculthorpe Green, an Indigenous Tasmanian looking at the first people’s history of Hobart, Tasmania. Visit the Royal Hobart Hospital and their new Maternity Department Unit and learn of midwifery in Tasmania and visit their new birthing suite and a tour of the maternity department. Lunch at Succulent in the Botanical Gardens. Continue to explore the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens on a specialist private tour. The gardens were a food bowl for First Nations people, a produce garden for struggling pioneers, and a passion project for ambitious colonialists aspiring to showcase botanic collections. Today it is home to a collection of plants and tall trees from around the world department. In the evening hear a talk: ‘From laying bricks to delivering babies – a midwife's story,’ followed by dinner with local midwives.
  • Day 3: Hobart (Sat,19 March) Visit Salamanca Market and spend time exploring this famous market. Take the ferry to MONA and explore this spectacular gallery. Dinner at Syra.
  • Day 4: Hobart / Strahan (Sun, 20 March) Drive via Lake St Clair in Cradle Mountain National Park and Derwent Bridge. See the Wall of Wilderness carved in rare Huon Pine. Visit Queenstown and meet with the community midwifery clinic and learn of their community outreach programme. Dinner at View 42 overlooking the harbour.
  • Day 5: Strahan (Mon, 21 March) Take a cruise on the Harbour Master II on the upper deck. Cruise through Macquarie Harbour to Hell’s Gates and continue to Sarah Island. Disembark and take a guided tour. Following lunch on board continue up the Gordon River with a stop to walk through the rainforest and another to visit a Huon Pine sawmill. Arrive back in Strahan mid-afternoon and at leisure.Option to see the play ‘The Ship that Never Was’ about the true story of convicts stealing a ship from Sarah Island. Optional dinner at Bushmans Thai.
  • Day 6: Strahan / Launceston (Tues, 22 March) Drive via Zeehan and Queenstown to the north coast. Visit the Southern Wild Distillery and enjoy a platter lunch. Take part in a tour of the distillery with gin tastings. Continue the gourmet food tour as part of the Tarkine Cradle to Coast with tastings including produce from Latrobe, Anvers Chocolate and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm. Arrive Launceston and transfer to the Grand Chancellor Hotel.
  • Day 7: Launceston (Wed, 23 March) Visit Launceston General Hospital and meet with local midwives. Wrap up session to discuss midwifery in Tasmania. Following the visit enjoy a walk along the Tamar and take the chair lift along Cataract Gorge. Visit the Lavender House, an award-winning lavender perfumery which grows a small field of the true perfumery lavender and produces lavender skin care, herbal balms perfume and home products on site. Learn aboout the health benefits of lavender on a tour. Farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 8: Hobart (Thurs, 24 March) Depart Hobart after breakfast.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is $2880 per person sharing

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