About us - Under Down Under Tours

Based in Hobart, Under Down Under is a locally owned and operated Tasmanian tour operator.

Established in 1996, we specialise in small group tours of Tasmania. Our guided tours take place over multiple days with most guests spending between 5 and 10 days to experience the highlights of Tasmania. With a maximum of 24 guests per tour, our quality tour guides deliver personal and authentic Tasmanian experiences.

Our tours enable a hassle-free and eco-friendly way to experience Tasmania. We focus on visiting Tasmania’s outstanding National Parks and cultural heritage sites, while travelling with minimal impact principles.

We were recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for Ecotourism Australia, representing over 20 years of certification as an Advanced Eco-certified tour operator. We are excited to have become the first Tasmanian tour operator to do so.

Our passion is in operating exceptional and responsible tours where guests can experience Tasmania’s Wild Places, Wildlife and Wild Fun.

Why travel with us?

Experience makes a difference, and we’ve got over 25 years of it as a Tasmanian tour operator. Our team and operations is based in Hobart. Being a local tour operator, we work closely with all of our accommodation and activity suppliers state-wide, and maintain positive relationships around Tasmania. Along with assuring premium service, this also means we can offer tours at a fair and great price for customers.

Our itineraries are spot-on. We work hard to create well balanced itineraries so that guests can experience the most each day yet never feel rushed. We maintain a fleet of comfortable minibuses of various sizes, with a maximum of 24 persons per tour. This means that over 5 or more days, guests can make new friends as part of a small group, and our guide can provide personalised support throughout the journey.

We give you lots of choice. We offer a range of tours around Tasmania and itineraries year-round, with several departure options and tour lengths. This means guest have more choice in terms of what days of the week they can join a tour and how long they want to travel for.

Our tours cater to a variety of fitness levels. Our customer reviews regularly comment on how there’s an easier or harder walking option at most destinations, meaning there’s no pressure to join a walk that might not be suitable for you. While a moderate fitness level will suit most guests well for our tours, the Ultimate 10 and Discovery 6 day tours are designed to be a bit easier in terms of the daily walking opportunities.

Tours are active and nature-based. We are passionate about sharing our favourite Tasmania National Parks and cultural experiences with guests. Tasmania’s wilderness, wildlife, and fascinating palawa and European history will leave guests in awe of Tasmania. This passion comes directly from our guides whose enthusiasm is catching!

We are fortunate that many of our guides work for us year-round and return annually to lead our tours. This speaks to the quality of the tours and they fulfilment they experience in spending time with our guests as we tour Tasmania. They pride themselves on being the Tasmanian experts, whether it be on our birds, plants, local stories and more. The local insights make our tours special. We do our best to ensure that Under Down Under is a terrific place to work.

At Under Down Under, we care about what matters most – you and Tasmania.

Advanced Eco Certified Since 2002

We are proudly Advanced Eco Certified. Our certification is with Ecotourism Australia which is globally recognised for its industry standards. Becoming and maintaining our eco-certification means that every facet of our operation is scrutinised including our social, environmental, economic sustainabilty and governance at Under Down Under. Check us out in Ecotourism Australia’s Green Travel Guide. Behind the scenes there a lot that goes to ensure our tours are operated with responsible travel ethics. From a guest’s perspective, what stands out most is the quality of intrepretation provided by our guides, meaning that guests can learn volumes about Tasmania as they travel. We prioritise efforts on our interpretation framework which means all guests can learn about Tasmanian flora, fauna, ecology, history and culture including palawa cultural heritage. Building awareness about conservation and sustainabilty is particularly important to us as a local operator in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area and national parks. You can help as you travel with us: donate a tree when you book direct through our website; we’ll provide a packing list with a few items to help reduce waste as we travel, and our guides will give instructions for how to keep wildlife wild, and apply minimal impact principles as you walk. Thanks for your support!

Preserving and Respecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

We are Respect Our Culture certified through Ecotourism Australia.  On our tours you will learn about aboriginal cultural heritage and palawa’s spiritual connection to lutruwita (Tasmania). We are committed to presenting indigenous heritage honestly and respectfully.

We are serious about climate change

We are certified as a Climate Action Business through Ecotourism Australia, meaning that as a business we take steps to reduce our carbon emissions.

Travelling on one of our modern and economical buses is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to experience Tasmania. For the carbon emissions we can’t avoid, you can reduce your carbon footprint by donating a tree when you book direct on our website.

Visit Carbon Positive Australia, select how many trees you wish to donate, send us your donation receipt and we’ll match your donation!

We operate by ‘Sustainable Best Practice’ principles

Under Down Under is a Sustainable Tourism Accredited Business which recognises best practice in the tourism industry. This qualification recognises us as a professional, ethical and reliable operator, which delivers high quality tourism experiences.

Your fellow travellers

We are an inclusive tour company and welcome solo travellers, couples, and groups, from Australia and around the world. The minimum age is 8 and there is no maximum. Come alone, or with others, and you’ll be pleased with the new friendships made during your journey. According to a guest: “The group was made up of various ages and nationalities who connected extremely well, we had lots of fun and were all friends by the end of the tour.”

Our guides are our heroes

Our guides are professional, knowledgeable, and great fun too, and will really make your experience exceptional. For example, one guest wrote “Our tour guide, Anthony was informative, caring and attentive to every person, no request was too difficult.” Search for reviews about Under Down Under and the quality of our guides is mentioned time and again.

Work with us

If you would like to become one of our outstanding guides, please contact us for more information.

Have a question?

Need to ask a question or want to leave some feedback? We’d love to hear from you! Email us using the below form or give us a call on 03 6232 4800.