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Wineglass Bay in Tasmania

Coastal Wilds of Tasmania

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Australia’s island state 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 colonial 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.
Clownfish spotted on snorkeling tripColorful boats in Hobart Harbor, TasmaniaImpressive rocks on Coles Bay, TasmaniaSnorkeling girlWineglass Bay in Tasmania
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
  • Admire dramatic 300m tall coastal cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula
  • Spot fur seals, wombats and wallabies in Tasmania’s national parks
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Day 1: Hobart, Tasmania | Embark

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

Day 2-10: Tasmania Exploration

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
No two Tasmania cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same as each expedition is crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders, allowing us to quickly respond to favourable weather conditions to offer you the very best of Tasmania’s fl ora, fauna and wild coastline. Below are the key destinations we visit.

PORT DAVEY & BATHURST HARBOUR
Here on the edge of the world in southwest Tasmania, the landscape is about as wild as it gets. This region has no road access, surrounded by raw, craggy-peaked mountains and drowned river valleys, where tannin-rich freshwater sits atop saltwater, tinting the ocean the colour of tea. Spend two whole days (weather permitting) enjoying the rare opportunity to hike, kayak and take in the pristine natural environment of Port Davey, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Explore the nooks and crannies of Bathurst Harbour and learn about intrepid explorers and Indigenous Australians who once walked this land. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of kayaking in Bramble Cove, hiking the button-grass hills, and looking for the rare Orange-bellied parrot at Melaleuca.

BRUNY ISLAND & ADVENTURE BAY
At Adventure Bay on the east coast of Bruny Island, hike along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape and spot the endemic Bennett’s Wallaby. Cruising the base of the near-vertical dolerite cliffs in Xplorer, take a closer look at Penguin Island, which is connected to Fluted Cape at low tide. Learn about how southern right whales were almost hunted to extinction and 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
Maria Island can be referred to as a Noah’s Ark for native Tasmanian species. The Maria Island National Park provides an ideal sanctuary, and is one of the best places in Australia to observe endemic birdlife as well as wombats, Cape Barren geese, Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies, and pademelons. Stroll amongst the ruins and restored buildings of the Darlington convict settlement and take a walk to the ruins of the former Probation Station or the striking formations of the Painted Cliffs, where rich iron deposits have stained the sandstone cliffs with coloured streaks of red, purple and orange.

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 like famed Wineglass Bay, much of the peninsula is designated as Freycinet National Park. Join a guided hike along the Isthmus Track and be rewarded with magnifi cent views from the lookout, or swim and kayak 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.

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK & FORTESCUE BAY
The Tasman Peninsula is known for its fascinating geological formations like the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, and the soaring 300 metre high dolerite sea cliffs of Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy - the tallest in the southern hemisphere. Watch fur seals hauling out on the rocks, as well as playful dolphins feeding and magnifi cent albatross soaring amongst the updrafts created by the sea cliffs. We will visit Fortescue Bay, hike sections of the coastal Tasman Trail and kayak in Canoe Bay.

PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE
One of Australia’s most signifi cant 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 convicts sentenced to hard labour before its heavy iron doors clanked shut for the last time in 1877. Port Arthur has over 30 ruins and restored homes set in 100 acres of landscaped grounds. Join an exclusive ‘behind the scenes tour’ with knowledgeable guides, including access to private collections and historic buildings not otherwise accessible to the public.

WOODBRIDGE & HUON
Where the mouth of the Huon River meets D’Entrecasteaux Channel lies Port Huon, a small community at the heart of a fertile valley with the Hartz Mountains as a backdrop. The sheltered waters of the river allow us to visit the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin where Tasmania’s maritime heritage is kept alive through the production of hand-crafted timber boats. We may visit Grandvewe Cheeses, an organic sheep farm, with time to learn about the cheese-making process and taste the ‘ewenique’ sheep’s whey vodka at the Cellar Door.

Day 11: Hobart | Disembark

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Disembark in Hobart at 8:00am A post cruise transfer to the city or airport is included.

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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

Please note that this is an expedition cruise taking us to remote coastlines and waters rarely visited by larger cruise ships. As such, the itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Our experienced Captain and Expedition Leader may make last minute itinerary changes to optimise conditions.

YOUR CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES
›› 10 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

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
›› 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
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental - Snorkeling equipment
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • Selected beers, wines and house spirits and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service.
  • 24-hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain's welcome and farewell drinks 
  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 

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