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Tasmania Cruise

11 day Cruise - from £3729

Departs from Hobart

A memorable 10 night voyage of discovery through a world of natural beauty and remarkable heritage, along the southern coast of Tasmania.

Highlights:

  • Discover the spectacular Maria Island National Park
  • Cheese tour and tasting
  • Explore breathtaking Freycinet National Park
  • Relax on Adventure Bay’s beaches
  • Spot wildlife on the southern coast of Bruny Island

Your Cruise

With no more than 72 guests on board you will have the opportunity to enjoy some memorable inland adventures. Experienced Wildlife Rangers will lead you on bushwalks through five National Parks including the untouched Wilderness World Heritage Area, Freycinet National Park and Maria Island. There is also a behind the scenes tour of Port Arthur and the opportunity to indulge in Tasmania’s famous food and wine produce. Many of the regions you will visit can only be accessed by boat so this will provide you with a very special experience.

The comfortable cabins and staterooms on the Coral Discoverer all have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms and there are informative talks and presentations on board throughout your cruise from Hobart.

Due to weather and tide conditions no two cruise itineraries are the same. The below itinerary is a sample outline and is subject to change each day dependant on conditions.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Hobart & River Derwent

Board your Coral Expeditions small ship at  Hobart’s Princes Wharf at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before our 5:00pm departure.

Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard before meeting your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2 - Woodbridge

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 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.

Grandvewe Cheeses is an organic sheep dairy farm  there will be time to learn about the cheesemaking process as well as taste their ‘ewenique’ sheep’s whey vodka at the Cellar Door overlooking D’Entrecasteaux Channel

Day 3 - 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, we spend two whole days (weather permitting) enjoying this rare opportunity to hike, kayak and take in this pristine natural environment. We explore by Xplorer tender vessels and learn about intrepid European explorers and Indigenous Australians, who once walked this land and keep a lookout for the rare and endangered Orange Bellied Parrot amongst other wildlife.

Day 4 - Bruny Island & Adventure Bay

At Adventure Bay on the east coast of Bruny Island, we walk along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape and hope to see Bennett’s Wallabies which are endemic to Bruny Island. Cruising the base of these near-vertical dolerite cliffs in our Xplorer tender vessels, we 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 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.

Day 6 - Maria Island National Park

Walk among the ruins and beautifully restored buildings of the convict penal settlement of Darlington. Much of Maria Island is protected as the Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to see endemic wildlife such as Forester Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and wombats.

There is time to take a walk to the ruins of the former Probation Station, which are 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.

Day 8 - 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.

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.

Day 9 - Tasman National Park

The Tasman Peninsula is well known for its fascinating geological formations like the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, sea stacks known as the Candlestick and Cathedral and the aptly named Devil’s Kitchen, so-named due to the furious cauldron of foaming sea far below as the Southern Ocean collides with Tasmania.

These coastal waters are a magnet for marine life attracted to an abundance of food sources. We will usually see fur seals hauling out on the rocks as well as playful dolphins feeding and magnificent albatross which soar among the updrafts created by sea cliffs.

Day 10 - Port Arthur

The Tasman Peninsula is well known for its fascinating geological formations like the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, sea stacks known as the Candlestick and Cathedral and the aptly named Devil’s Kitchen, so-named due to the furious cauldron of foaming sea far below as the Southern Ocean collides with Tasmania.

These coastal waters are a magnet for marine life attracted to an abundance of food sources. We will usually see fur seals hauling out on the rocks as well as playful dolphins feeding and magnificent albatross which soar among the updrafts created by sea cliffs.

Day 11 - Hobart

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

11 day Cruise - from £3729

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  • Upgrade to a Promenade Deck A Cabin from £1143
  • Upgrade to a Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom from £2016

Departures

Departs various dates at 17:00 from Princess Wharf Hobart between 17 January 2021 and 8 March 2021.

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*Special Offer* Save up to £100 per person when you book by 31st December 2020. Offer applies to bookings by first time travellers aboard Coral Expeditions only. Valid on new bookings only. Subject to availability, seasonal variations may apply. Price quoted already includes discount.

Price shown is per person based on twin cabin on Main Deck B.

Upgrade prices: Main Deck A – 18 square metre cabin providing ocean views from deck C (Lower Deck), Promenade Deck A – 18 square metre cabin located on deck B (Middle Deck), Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom – 20 square metre cabin with double or twin beds on the Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge. All have private balconies with expansive ocean views.  Call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.

YOUR CRUISING EXPERIENCE

Delightful small ship cruising with plenty of on-shore activities and excursions. Enjoying a cruise will be the highlight of your Australia holiday.

Your cruise includes:

  • 10 nights cabin accommodation on board Coral Expeditions II
  • All meals including a Captain’s Welcome Dinner
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Daily on shore excursions
  • Presentations by guest lectures
  • Use of the Explorer tender vessel to reach mainland destinations
  • Park fees

Facilities:

  • Three cocktail lounges and dining room
  • Comprehensive resource library
  • Large sundeck with BBQ area and bar
  • On board shop

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