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Wineglass Bay in Tasmania

Coastal Treks of Tasmania

Hobart to Hobart - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania offer an experience of spectacular beauty. These special departures combine an expedition voyage with coastal treks on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks – a uniquely Australian back-to-nature experience.
 
Guided by experienced bush-walkers, explore breathtaking coastal hikes along with insights into the region’s unique eco-system. The ship’s itinerary has been designed to seamlessly enable extensive shore excursions, however guests who wish to simply stay on-board during the day and enjoy the scenery are welcome to do so. After the day’s exertions, retire to the Coral Discoverer’s panoramic Explorer bar and recharge with a Tasmanian single malt or two. Surely there isn’t a better way to explore Tasmania’s coast!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hobart | Embark
Days 2-7 : Expedition Highlights
Day 8 : Hobart | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Grandvewe Cheeses, Australia's only organic sheep cheesery
  • Enjoy a hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and join beachcombers for a walk
  • Tour Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most evocative convict site
  • Hike magnificent coastline to enjoy spectacular views of the Tasman Peninsula

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wineglass Bay in Tasmania Colorful boats in Hobart Harbor, Tasmania Idyllic South Pacific Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast Luggage is packed!

Day 1 Hobart | Embark

Board at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00 pm for a 5:00 pm departure.

Day 2-7 Expedition Highlights

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Mt. Beattie, Port Davey
Mt. Beattie is an easy to moderate walk located close to magnificent Port Davey. The raw and remote beauty of this wilderness area is enhanced by the breathtaking views over Bathurst Channel and Bathurst Harbour.

Walk Details:
››  3 hours return
››  Grade 2/3 walk – some bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, and many steps.
››  Prepare with: a raincoat, woolen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.

Grandvewe Cheeses
Enjoy a tour and tasting at Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Australia. Taste up to 8 different products and view the process of cheese making from paddock to palate. Explore the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Center and learn about and meet species including lobsters, urchins and octopuses. Explore Huon Cruise and quaint Franklin Township, the oldest town in the region. Visit the Wooden Boat School and meet the craftsmen who hand-make each vessel.

Cape Hauy, Three Capes
Cape Hauy (part of the Three Capes Walk) is a medium difficulty walk through an extraordinary landscape. Experience views of Fortescue Bay from Mt. Fortescue and the dolerite columns at the tip of Cape Hauy.

Walk Details:
››  4 hours return (4.4 km one way)
››  Grade 3 walk – some bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, and many steps.
››  Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children.
››  Prepare with: a raincoat, woolen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.

Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay
The Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay trail is noted for providing an experience of some of the most magnificent coastline in Tasmania. The rainforest and blue gum stands and views of the Tasman Peninsula are nothing short of spectacular. At the end of this longer medium grade walk, the Coral Discoverer is waiting to collect hikers.

Walk Details:
››  7 hours return (16 km one way)
››  Grade 3 walk – some bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface, and many steps.
››  Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children.
››  Prepare with: a raincoat, woolen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.

Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
The spectacular peninsula of Freycinet is crafted from pink granite peaks – the Hazard mountains – surrounded by azure bays and backed by dry eucalyptus forest. Enjoy a hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout and later, join a beachcombers walk along Wineglass Bay, consistently voted one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.

Walk Details:
››  1 – 1.5 hours return (3 km return)
››  Grade 3 walk – steep uphill climb one-way with rough bush steps.
››  Prepare with: water bottle, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.

Bishop and Clerk
Bishop and Clerk is a challenging walk located in Maria Island National Park. Pass through diverse landscapes of grasslands and forest to emerge overlooking a dramatic and sweeping view of the Southern Ocean.

Walk Details:
››  3.5 hours return (12 km return)
››  Grade 4 walk – bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough, and steep. Signage may be limited.
››  Supervise children, hazardous cliffs, unprotected track edges, rock screed scramble.
››  Prepare with: a raincoat, woolen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.
Other recommendations may include: thermal pants, warm gloves, and a woolen beanie.

Fluted Cape, Bruny Island
The Fluted Cape walk on Bruny Island is a moderate walk that stays close to the coastal cliffs, providing spectacular views of Fluted Cape and the distant Tasman Peninsula. Bruny Island showcases rich history, magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife.

Walk Details:
››  2.5 hours return (5.4 km circuit)
››  Grade 4 walk – bush-walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough, and steep. Signage may be limited.
››  Some hazardous cliffs and unprotected track edges – supervise children.
››  Prepare with: a raincoat, woolen jumper or polar-fleece jacket, sturdy walking shoes or boots, and a sun hat.

Port Arthur Historic Site
Be sent back in time and gain an understanding of the life of convicts that built Tasmania at Port Arthur Historic Site. This is Australia’s most evocative convict site housing Britain and Australia’s "worst" criminals. Participate in an exclusive "behind the scenes" tour guided by a resident archaeologist. The tour features private collections and historical buildings not accessible to the public.

Day 8 Hobart | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark at Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 8:00 am.

Coral Discoverer

Per person starting at
$3,970
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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:
The captain and expedition team will make daily itinerary decisions to maximize the guest experience and take advantage of opportunities opened up by weather. There will be a daily briefing onboard to advise guests on the upcoming day’s activities.  The expedition will visit Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour conditions permitting. The team always aims to visit these beautiful destinations, but if the ship is not able to enter, an alternative destination more appropriate to the weather conditions will be chosen by the captain.

Also note that the summer temperature can still be very cool, especially with the wind chill, so warm layered clothing is essential.

Note on fitness levels: This trip involves moderate to challenging walks, therefore reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. Our Xplorer tender permits easy boarding without climbing any stairs. Hikes vary in intensity and where possible, groups are split to suit easy and moderate walkers. Guests are welcome to opt out of any excursion and relax onboard – the top deck outdoor lounge is great on a sunny day. As the itinerary covers remote regions, it is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

YOUR CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES:
›› 7-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
›› Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 buffet lunches and 7 table d’hote dinners
›› 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

YOUR CRUISE PRICE EXCLUDES:
›› Travel insurance
›› Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
›› Internet service (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:
Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Discoverer, the crew has no other agenda than your delight.
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