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Circumnavigation of Tasmania

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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Join Coral Discoverer on a full circumnavigation voyage around Tasmania, showcasing the best of the remote parks, islands, and harbors of this pristine island at the edge of the world. This 16-night voyage includes multiple stops at some of the most beautiful spots along Tasmania’s coastline. Highlights include a visit to the Josef Chromy Vineyard, hiking through the Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island, a gourmet lunch and dairy tour on King Island, and more than two days exploring the rarely-visited world heritage wilderness of Port Davey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hobart | Embark
Days 2-3 : Fortescue Bay | Tasman Peninsula
Day 4 : Maria Island
Day 5 : Freycinet Peninsula
Days 6-7 : Flinders Island | The Furneaux Group
Day 8 : Kent Island Group
Days 9-10 : Tamar River | Launceston
Day 11 : Stanley
Day 12 : King Island
Day 13 : West Coast Expedition Stop
Days 14-15 : Port Davey
Day 16 : Adventure Bay, Bruny Island
Day 17 : Hobart | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise the Tamar River to Launceston and visit the Josef Chromy Vineyard
  • Encounter iconic wildlife such as wombats, fur seals, and dolphins
  • Kayak and hike Tasmania‚Äôs breathtakingly beautiful coast
  • See the coast of Tasmania from the sea, an unusual perspective

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful boats in Hobart Harbor, Tasmania Impressive rocks on Coles Bay, Tasmania Waterfall in the Australian outback Wineglass Bay in Tasmania Snorkel off of Australia's beautiful coast Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific

Day 1 Hobart | Embark

Board Coral Discoverer in Hobart for an evening departure. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks as the ship cruises down the Derwent River and into the D’entrecasteaux Channel.

Day 2-3 Fortescue Bay | Tasman Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Gaze up at the 300 meter sea cliffs of Tasman National Park, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere, from a perfect position at sea. An area of huge natural diversity, it is possible to find Australian Fur Seals “hauling out” on the rocky shore at Tasman Island. Visit Fortescue Bay, hike the coastal Tasman Trail and kayak in Canoe Bay.

Day 4 Maria Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The historic ruins and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to the diverse wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, and wombats. Walk to historic Darlington Settlement, explore the ancient seabeds of the Fossil Cliffs, and marvel at the sandstone formations of the Painted Cliffs.

Day 5 Freycinet Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the Freycinet Peninsula, see the pink granite formations of the Hazard Mountains, and the sweeping bays fringed by eucalyptus. Join a guided hike to the Wineglass Bay beach – one of the best beaches in the world. Witness fur seals lounging on the rocks at the Ile des Phoques.

Day 6-7 Flinders Island | The Furneaux Group

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Visit wild and rugged Flinders Island, and marvel at the pink and gray granite mountain ranges of Strzelecki National Park. Explore beautiful Trousers Point beach, with the possibility of enjoying two of Tasmania’s Great Short, Walks at Trousers Point and Castle Rock. Visit seaside townships, discover the sad history of Wybalenna Settlement, and see relics of Flinders maritime past at the Furneaux Museum.

Day 8 Kent Island Group

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If the weather permits, visit the Kent Group of islands, Tasmania’s northernmost National Park and a marine protected area. These islands are the remains of a land bridge that once connected Tasmania with mainland Australia over 10,000 years ago. The waters of Kent Island are crystal clear, with the highest diversity of fish species in Australia. On Deal Island you can find the highest lighthouse in Australia, standing 305 meters above sea level, which is manned by volunteer caretakers.

Day 9-10 Tamar River | Launceston

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days cruising the scenic Tamar River – which despite its name is actually a tidal estuary over its entire length. Formed by the confluence of the North and South Esk rivers at Launceston, the river’s banks are peppered with scenic reserves, historical properties and notable vineyards. Berth overnight in Launceston, with an excursion to Josef Chromy Vineyard and time to explore the surrounds.

Day 11 Stanley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the charming seaside village of Stanley, steeped in history and famous for its delectable seafood. Make the climb or chairlift up Stanley’s iconic landmark "The Nut," the remains of an ancient volcanic plug, for a spectacular 360-degree view. Later amble past the well-preserved colonial buildings and perhaps sample some of Stanley’s world famous fish and chips.

Day 12 King Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
King Island is known for its fine local produce, featured in the finest restaurants all over Australia. Situated at the western entrance to the Bass Strait, its rugged coastline has been the site of over 60 known shipwrecks.

Tour the island with knowledgeable local guides and learn about the island’s colorful history and current day industry. Sample a brie at the King Island Dairy tasting room, and enjoy a gourmet lunch, with a chance to sample King Island scotch steak and locally caught crayfish.

Day 13 West Coast Expedition Stop

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to striking mountain ranges, ancient pines and untamed rivers, the wild west coast is the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness and a true frontier. Take in the dramatic scenery during a day of cruising. If the weather permits, the ship makes a landing on this truly remote coastline.

Day 14-15 Port Davey

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A marine reserve, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Port Davey is truly spectacular.  Enjoy the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bramble Cove, and explore Melaleuca, along with hiking and bird-watching.

Spend 2.5 days here, and upon departure, you can also cruise past the remote south coast islands of Maatsuyker, home to Australia’s most southerly lighthouse. 

Day 16 Adventure Bay, Bruny Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience the rugged beauty of Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay, and explore the history of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point.

Day 17 Hobart | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Hobart this morning.

A post-cruise transfer to city or airport is included.

Coral Discoverer

Per person starting at
$8,960
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Main Deck B
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Three cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin portholes, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Six cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin porthole windows, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B
Averaging 160 sq. ft. Four cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Eighteen cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Five cabins located on the Bridge Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
Solo cabin occupancy is limited and based on availability in Promenade Deck B cabins only. Single supplement is an additional 50%.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

Note: Due to the expeditionary nature of this trip, there may be ongoing enhancements to the itinerary. Our Master and Expedition Leader will adjust the itinerary to best suit weather conditions at the time of travel.

INCLUDED

› 16-night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
› Expert Expedition Team, including a Guest Lecturer and a Tasmanian Specialist
› Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
› All meals, prepared by our chef on board
› Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
› 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
› Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
› Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
› All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

EXCLUDED

› Travel insurance
› Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
› Internet services (available at a cost)
› Laundry service (available at a cost)
› Australian entry visas or travel permits
› Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted) laundry charges and souvenir purchases
Tipping not required
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