Coastal Tasmania Expedition Cruise

from £3214
excluding flights *
10 nights Jan-Mar

Overview

This expedition-style cruise explores Tasmania’s ruggedly beautiful south and east coasts, reaching otherwise inaccessible bays, sailing around off-shore islands and offering the chance to hike and kayak amongst some of the most pristine wilderness landscapes in Australia.

Highlights

  • Hike to Wineglass Bay and The Hazards in Freycinet National Park
  • Learn about Maria Island’s history as a penal colony
  • Visit Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Spend two full days exploring the wilderness areas of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour
  • Admire dramatic 300m tall coastal cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula
  • Taste Tasmania’s fresh farm-gate produce and world-class cool-climate wines
  • Spot fur seals, wombats and wallabies in Tasmania’s national parks

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Selected alcoholic & non-alcholic beverages with meals
  • Shore landings and cruises by Xplorer expedition vessel & Zodiacs
  • Kayaking excursions
  • Experienced guides on board
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Australia’s island state is poised at the edge of the world where the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans collide. Tasmania’s pristine World Heritage wilderness and national parks teem with native wildlife, where rugged mountain ranges meet the sea with soaring coastal cliffs and crescent-shaped beaches carved by the elements.

Amidst this pristine, natural backdrop, Tasmania’s intriguing colonial history is underpinned by a compelling convict heritage and historic sites. Follow in the pioneering footsteps of intrepid explorers to far-flung reaches of the island where tales of maritime adventures abound, preserved streetscapes are virtual living museums and world-class artists find inspiration at every turn.

Shaped by a climate straddling the Roaring Forties latitudes, Tasmania’s verdant valleys and rolling hills are clad in fertile pastures, vineyards and orchards bathed in crisp clean air and warm summer sunshine. Emerging from centuries-old cellar doors and farm gates are award-winning cheeses, premium wines, craft beers and artisanal spirits inspired by Tasmania’s ample natural assets.

Each departure will vary as, in true expedition-style, the itinerary will be dictated by local weather and sea conditions. Key highlights are likely to include Freycinet National Park, Maria Island, Port Arthur, Bruny Island, and conditions permitting, the remote Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. Along the way you should encounter a wealth of endemic wildlife, including wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, fur seals and rare birdlife.


Cruise and Hike Tasmania

For those interested in hiking some of Tasmania's breathtaking coastal trails, we recommend the Cruise and Hike departures on 06 February and 08 March 2021.  Please refer to the Special Interest tab for further details.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Vessel Twin Price (pp) Special Interest
17 Jan 2021 10 nights Coral Discoverer £3,214 Special guest lecturer: Australian Geographic Society
27 Jan 2021 10 nights Coral Discoverer £3,214 Includes the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
06 Feb 2021 10 nights Coral Discoverer £3,214 Cruise & Hike departure
16 Feb 2021 10 nights Coral Discoverer £3,214
26 Feb 2021 10 nights Coral Discoverer £3,214
08 Mar 2021 10 nights Coral Discoverer £3,214 Cruise & Hike departure

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • House beer and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Welcome and farewell drinks
  • All excursions and transfers by Xplorer expedition vessel & Zodiacs
  • Kayaking excursions
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Entry fees to marine and national parks
  • Port fees and taxes
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 18
Maximum group size: 78

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Depart Hobart

Board the ship this afternoon and get to know your fellow travellers and expedition team over welcome drinks with the Captain. You will cruise out of Hobart’s scenic harbour this evening.

Days 2-10: Exploring Tasmania’s South and East Coasts

The voyage itinerary is flexible to maximise favourable weather and sea conditions – daily briefings will keep you informed as to the Captain’s plans for each day. Possible highlights should include the following:

Woodbridge & Huon River: Where the mouth of the Huon River meets D’Entrecasteaux Channel lays Port Huon, a small community at the heart of the fertile Huon Valley with its Hartz Mountains backdrop. The sheltered waters of the Huon River allow a visit to the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin, where Tasmania’s maritime heritage is kept alive through the production of hand-crafted timber boats.

Port Davey & Bathurst Harbour: On the edge of the world in southwest Tasmania, the landscape here is about as wild as it gets. Raw, craggy-peaked mountains and drowned river valleys. Wild rivers and rivulets carved by an eternity. Where tannin-rich freshwater sits atop saltwater, tinting the ocean the colour of tea. With no road access, the logical way to explore this wilderness is by small expedition ship. Sheltered from Roaring Forties winds that buffet this coast is the protected haven of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. A marine reserve and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the aim is to spend two days hiking, kayaking and enjoying this pristine natural environment. Learn about the intrepid European pioneers and indigenous Australians who once walked this land and keep a lookout for the rare and endangered orange bellied parrot.

Bruny Island & Adventure Bay: Walk along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape and search for Bennett’s wallabies, which are endemic to Bruny Island. Cruising the base of these near-vertical dolerite cliffs in the Xplorer vessels you can take a close look at Penguin Island, which is connected to Fluted Cape at low tide. Learn about how southern right whales were almost hunted to extinction here - Adventure Bay housed four whaling stations before the industry’s decline in the mid-1840s. The ruins can be seen on a walk to Grassy Point.

Maria Island National Park: Much of Maria Island is protected as the Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to see an abundance of endemic wildlife here such as Forester kangaroos, Bennett’s wallabies and wombats. Take a walk to the ruins of the former Probation Station, set against a dramatic coastal backdrop whose grasslands attract wombats to feed, as well as the striking formations of the Painted Cliffs. Rich iron deposits have leeched through the soil staining the sandstone cliffs on the waters’ edge with coloured streaks of red, purple and orange, creating surreal art which is revealed at low tide.

Freycinet National Park & Schouten Island: The Freycinet Peninsula is a dramatic headland dominated by a pink-hued granite mountain range called The Hazards. Blessed with picturesque sweeping bays with white sand beaches, including the famous Wineglass Bay, much of the peninsula is designated as Freycinet National Park. Take a guided hike along the Isthmus Track and be rewarded with magnificent views from the lookout or swim in the azure waters of Wineglass Bay. Cruising close to Ile des Phoques and Schouten Island, keep an eye out for large colonies of fur seals sunning themselves on the rocks.

Port Arthur Historic Site: One of Australia’s most significant historic places, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur ruins stand sentinel on the Tasman Peninsula south of the narrow isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck. For more than 40 years the Port Arthur penal colony housed British and Australian convicts sentenced to hard labour before its heavy iron doors clanked shut for the last time in 1877. Today, the Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 100 acres of landscaped grounds. In the company of Port Arthur’s knowledgeable guides, join an exclusive ‘behind the scenes tour’ which includes access to private collections and historic buildings not otherwise accessible to the public.

Day 11: Arrive Hobart

Return to Hobart this morning, where you will disembark after a final breakfast with the expedition team.

Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on wildlife sightings and weather/sea conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential!

Coral Discoverer

Australia

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

Perfect for an Antipodean adventure, the Coral Discoverer has plenty of space inside and out on deck, with an experienced expedition team on hand to share their wealth of knowledge.

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Special Interest

Cruise & Hike: 06 Feb / 08 Mar 2021
These special departures combine an expedition voyage with the chance to hike some of Tasmania’s best coastal tracks. Guided by experienced bush-walkers, explore breathtaking trails and enjoy insights into the region’s unique eco-system. The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of Tasmania offer a backdrop of spectacular and rugged beauty.

Optional hikes on offer range from 1 to 7 hours in duration, with varying degrees of difficulty and including some steep sections and uneven ground.  Less strenuous walks will also be available at each destination, and those who prefer to simply stay on-board and enjoy the scenery are welcome to do so.

Australian Geographic Society: 17 Jan 2021
This departure will be hosted by a special guest from the Australian Geographic Society, in a partnership that brings together over 65 years of shared passion and experience for education, discovery, travel, and science.

Wooden Boat Festival: 27 Jan 2021
The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events, celebrating wooden boats of all sizes as well as Australia’s maritime heritage. This departure coincides with the biennial Festival and offers the chance to soak up the atmosphere and take in the splendid Parade of Sail.

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