Join us on an extraordinary journey through Tasmania with Professor Hugh Possingham, former Queensland Chief Scientist and world-renowned conservationist and ecologist. Hugh’s passion for preserving biodiversity and his extensive experience in ecological research make him the perfect guide for this unique adventure.


  • Small group tour of 36 participants hosted by UQ Professor of the School of Environment and former Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Hugh Possingham.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Palawa with an immersive Welcome to Country experience and a smoking ceremony. Walk with an Indigenous elder, learn about the history of Palawa and enhance your knowledge with the bush tucker talk.
  • Unforgettable 3-hour wilderness cruise along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck in southern Tasmania
  • Discover Maria Island National Park’s Painted Cliffs, Fossil Cliffs, wildlife encounters and historic sites
  • Experience the crystal-clear waters, fern glades and waterfalls of Mount Field National Park

Departure: 12 September 2024
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Cost guide: From $2541 per person twin share + airfare*
Single supplement charge of $751 will apply to single rooms

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Your expert guide to Tasmania

Professor Hugh Possingham

Former Queensland Chief Scientist 
Professor, School of the Environment, UQ
Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow, UQ

Professor Possingham's work focuses on securing the world's biological diversity through innovative research in nature reserve design, habitat reconstruction, and cost-effective conservation actions. Alongside his role at UQ, Professor Possingham is the co-chair the National Biodiversity Council and Chief Scientist at Accounting for Nature.

Professor Possingham's work has had significant impacts, such as co-developing Marxan, a tool for conservation planning used worldwide. He also co-authored "The Brigalow Declaration," which helped stop land-clearing in Queensland. This saved 500,000 hectares of native vegetation annually and reduced Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, aiding in meeting Kyoto Protocol targets.

Join Hugh on this tour and discover Tasmania's natural wonders through the insights of a true environmental expert. For more about his work, listen to his 2023 University of Canberra Krebs Lecture.




UQ will collect a modest processing fee for each booking, and these funds directly contribute to supporting the UQ Alumni Travel program. 

*Travel restrictions and conditions apply. Prices are based on twin share unless otherwise stated. Airfare not included.