About Eco Tours Tasmania
G’day I’m Geoff,
I’d like to invite you to experience Tasmania’s unique natural environment and see some of the state’s native orchids in flower with Eco Tours Tasmania. We are a Hobart based business offering small group sight seeing and orchid focused tours in our modern comfortable Mercedes Benz mini bus. Our Guides are all orchid enthusiasts who work with passion to show the best of Tasmania’s native orchids growing in their natural environment and to highlight the natural scenery and history of the state.
Hobart is uniquely placed as an orchid ‘Hot Spot’, being a coastal city with Mt Wellington and its alpine regions as a backdrop, this diverse range of habitats at varying altitudes supports a great number of flora and orchid species. Tasmania has over 200 species of native orchids that range from common and abundant to rare and endangered, there’s a native orchid in flower every day of the year, but August to December is the main flowering season.
Eco Tours Tasmania have combined their knowledge of orchid locations and flowering times to plan tours that showcase the orchids in flower throughout the seasons. We are a small and agile tour operator with the flexibility to change our tour itinerary at short notice so our clients experience the best available display of flowering orchids on our tours.
The orchid names used on this site are referenced to ‘Census of Tasmanian Vascular Plants’
and the common names are referenced to ‘The Little Book of Common Names for Tasmanian Plants’
I am the National Conservation Director for the Australian Orchid Council and Executive member of the volunteer group Threatened Plants Tasmania, where I lead many of their orchid focused Field Trips and Surveys.
Thylacinus cynocephalus known as the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger roamed the island state when European settlers first arrived in the early 1800’s, this unique carnivorous marsupial, a mammal suckling its young in a rear facing pouch was demonised as a sheep killer and a bounty was placed on it in 1830. Thylacines were neither pest or vermin but a perceived threat to the states farming industry and over 2000 were killed between 1888 and 1912. The last known Thylacine died in a Hobart Zoo in 1936, just 2 months after the species was wholly protected.
Eco Tours Tasmania has adopted the Thylacine logo as a reminder to never let such a tragedy happen to a species again.
Eco Tours Tasmania owner and Head Guide.